Best Menstrual Cup 2017 Buying Guide

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If you’re thinking about switching to a menstrual cup, good for you! Now let’s find you the best menstrual cup for your body. Read through our menstrual cup reviews and take a look at our comparison of menstrual cups on the market today. In no time we’ll help you narrow down your choices and purchase the right cup for your period.

Bear in mind that a menstrual cup is a very personal purchase and what works for someone else, may not work for you. There is a little bit of trial and error in working out the best period cup for your body. Having said that, if you know your body and understand your flow, you should be able to make a confident decision using our menstrual cup brand comparisons.

Don’t have time to read through my whole guide? For an all-around menstrual cup that is best for beginners, easy to use and great price, I would suggest you go for the Lena Cup. It’s comfortable and easy to use. Women love it!  Check prices on the Lena cup and purchase here.

 

Menstrual Cup Comparison Chart

Our menstrual cup comparison chart will help you work out the best cup for your body at a glance. We’ve covered the most popular models on the market in our menstrual cup size comparison. There are of course many more cups on the market but these are the top selling and best menstrual cups in our opinion.

  • For a menstrual cup price comparison just click on the button to reveal the exact cost of each cup.
  • You can sort this menstrual cup size chart by cup capacity, rim diameter (how wide the cup is across the top) and also by height (how long the cup is).
  • Remember when making your comparison menstrual cups are a personal choice and what’s right for you won’t work for someone else so it’s important to know your vagina and cervix height to make an informed choice.
  • In this table, I’ve included the cup length without the stem length taken into account. This is because many women prefer to trim the stem off their menstrual cup for comfort reasons.
ModelBest forCup Length (excludes stem)Cup DiameterCapacityPrice
Diva Cup Size 1Under 30
No vaginal birth
5.7 cm4.1 cm30 mL Check Prices
Diva Cup Size 2Over 30
Vaginal birth
Heavy flow
5.7 cm4.5 cm30 mL Check Prices
Lena Cup SmallLight to medium flow
Low cervix
Under 30
Not sexually active
4.6 cm4.1 cm25 mL Check Prices
Lena Cup LargeHeavy flow
Over 30
Vaginal birth
5.1 cm4.5 cm30 mL Check Prices
Lunette Cup Size 1Light to medium flow
Not sexually active
Sensitive
Low cervix
4.7 cm4.1 cm25 mL Check Prices
Lunette Cup Size 2Heavy flow
Over 30
Vaginal birth
5.2 cm4.6 cm30 mL Check Prices
FemmyCycle TeenTeenagers
Beginners
Not sexually active
Sports/active
3.8 cm3.1 cm17.5 mL Check Prices
FemmyCycle RegularSports/active
Heavy flow
Vaginal birth
4.3 cm3.6 cm30 mL Check Prices
FemmyCycle Low-CervixLow cervix
Sports/active
4.3 cm3.6 cm30 mL
Check Prices
SckoonCup Size 1Sensitive
Found other cups uncomfortable
Beginners
Teens
Low cervix
4.0cm4.0 cm23 mL Check Prices
SckoonCup Size 2Sensitive
Found other cups uncomfortable
Heavy flow
5.0cm4.5 cm30 mL Check Prices
Mooncup UK Size BUnder 30
No vaginal birth
5.0 cm4.3 cm25 mL Check Prices
Mooncup UK Size AOver 30
Vaginal birth
Heavy flow
5.0 cm4.6 cm28 mL Check Prices
Blossom Cup SmallBeginners
Budget conscious
5.2 cm4.2 cm22.5 mL Check Prices
Blossom Cup LargeOver 30
Vaginal birth
Budget conscious
5.4 cm4.5 cm28 mL Check Prices
Intimina Lily Cup Size AUnder 30
No vaginal birth
Sensitive
Found other cups uncomfortable
Sports/active
6.5 cm4.0 cm28 mL Check Prices
Intimina Lily Cup Size BOver 30
Vaginal birth
Heavy flow
Sensitive
Found other cups uncomfortable
Sports/active
6.54.35 cm32 mL Check Prices
Intimina Lily Cup Compact Size AUnder 30
No vaginal birth
4.7 cm4.2 cm18 mL Check Prices
Intimina Lily Cup Compact Size BOver 30
Vaginal birth
Heavy flow
4.7 cm4.5 cm23 mL Check Prices

What is a menstrual cup & how does it work?

So, what are menstrual cups? Menstrual cups (or period cups) are small, flexible silicone cups that your insert into your vagina when you have your period. They work just like a tampon but instead of soaking up the blood, it just collects in the cup. They are an economical, environmentally friendly alternative to tampons because they are reusable.

You insert the cup inside your vagina when your period begins. Wear the cup while you go about your daily business or while you sleep. Your menstrual fluid will collect inside the cup without leaking, no pads required. Remove the cup every 12 hours and just tip the blood down the toilet. You can either rinse your cup under the sink at home or wipe with toilet paper if you’re in a public restroom. If you’re changing your cup at home, many women find it easiest to do in the shower. Reinsert for another 12 hours and you’re good to go. Simple!

Why choose a menstrual cup?

The benefits of menstrual cup usage are huge!

  • Menstrual cups are better for your health – They make your period more a comfortable time of the month. Many women experience a reduction in the severity of cramps after using a period cup for a few months. There’s no risk of toxic shock using a menstrual cup as there are with tampons.
  • Menstrual cups are easier on the environment – No waste to landfill with a menstrual cup!
  • Menstrual cups will save you money – It’s a one off purchase! Once you purchase a cup you can use it for several years. You’ll save money in the long run.
  • Menstrual cups are convenient – You can shower, run, swim, sleep and do yoga while wearing your menstrual cup. The only thing you can not do while wearing a cup is have sex.
  • Menstrual cups are quite discreet – Nothing to awkwardly fall out of your backpack at the wrong time! No rustling around to change pads or tampons in bathroom stalls. Your menstrual blood doesn’t smell! The unpleasant odor you might associate from being on your period actually comes from the pads or tampons.

 

How to choose a menstrual cup?

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What menstrual cup is right for me? Choosing a menstrual cup is actually pretty simple. You need to consider:

  • Your menstrual flow – Women with a heavy flow will obviously need a cup with a larger capacity than ladies with a light flow. If you bleed very heavily for a few days and then very lightly, you might want to get two different cups or wear a cup for your heavy flow days and then period panties for your lighter days.
  • Your vagina – Every vagina is different! Your vaginal muscles are tighter when you’re under 30 and before you’ve delivered a baby vaginally. If this is you, you’ll need a smaller cup. Women who have not had intercourse will also need a smaller cup size to insert and wear a menstrual cup comfortably. Women who are older, have weaker vaginal muscles and who have given birth vaginally will need a slightly larger cup diameter. We’re not talking a huge difference in size though! There are only a few millimeters difference between small and large cups.
  • Your cervix – Your cervix height can effect what cup you’re able to insert. You need about two inches of vagina to use a menstrual cup successfully. Even if you have a low cervix you should be able to use a menstrual cup. Just make sure you select one designed for women with a low cervix. Read this post to determine if you’ve got a low cervix.

So, ask yourself, what is the best menstrual cup for me? Once you’ve thought about your vagina, cervix and flow you can use the chart above to compare menstrual cups and narrow down your options.

One thing women notice when they start using a cup is just how little menstrual fluid they actually produce. It’s a lot less than you think when you collect it in these tiny cups! Most menstrual cups are around 30 mililiters (mL) which is actually only 2 tablespoons and this is plenty for 12 hours of usage on heavy flow days.

 

Reviews of the Top 10 Menstrual Cups Brands & Models

So, what is the best menstrual cup? The best menstrual cup for you might not be right for me and vice versa. It depends on your flow, vagina and cervix as mentioned above. Once you’ve read through the menstrual cup reviews comparison chart above, dive a bit deeper and read the specifics for each model below for details on which menstrual cup is best. We’ll help you find the menstrual cup best suited for your body and budget in no time.

As the Diva Cup is most commonly thought of as the best menstrual cup brand and sells the most units, we’ve used this as a baseline to compare all the other cups on the market. Which menstrual cup is the best is a bit subjective after all so we’ve found this a helpful way to make comparisons.

It’s also worth noting that there are so many more feminine cups available on the market. We have chosen to review to top brands, those that sell the best and the ones that women really love. You can

 

Diva Cup Review

Comes in two sizes – Size 1 and Size 2

The Diva Cup is the most popular and commonly used menstrual cup brands on the market. It’s made of high quality silicone and, as one of the first cups to appear, has been rigorously tested. It comes in two sizes, a slightly smaller-sized cup called “Size 1” which is designed for women under 30 and those who have not given birth vaginally. “Size 2” is slightly larger and is designed for women who are over 30, have delivered vaginally or who have weakened pelvic floor muscles. Having said this, many women who are over 30 and/or who have children still prefer “Size 1” as the Diva cup does run large. Both cups hold the same capacity of menstrual fluid (30mL).

What we like:

  • Affordability – The Diva Cup is one of the most affordable options on our list.
  • Popularity – The Diva Cup is wildly popular and can be purchased in many drugstores (useful if you need to quickly replace your cup!)

What we don’t like:

  • Firmness – The Diva Cup is one of the firmed cups on the market. It can be a little uncomfortable compared to other cups for women who are particularly sensitive.
  • Length – The Diva Cup is one of the longest cups available so it’s not ideal for women with a short vagina or low cervix.
  • Ease of cleaning – The grooves, holes and hollow stem on the Diva Cup require a little extra cleaning than smooth cups and those without a hollow stem.

Click here to read more Diva Cup Size 1 reviews or to make your purchase.

Click here to read more Diva Cup Size 2 reviews or to make your purchase.

Lena Cup Review

Comes in two sizes – Small and Large

The Lena Cup is made from medical grade silicone, thoroughly FDA tested and manufactured in the USA. The suction holes are drilled obliquely in this cup which means getting a good seal is easier with the Lena Cup. There are two sizes available. The small Lena Cup is suggested for women who are younger, haven’t had children and/or do not have a heavy flow. The large Lena Cup is suggested for older women who have given birth or who have a heavier flow. If you’re not sure where to start, begin with a small cup. The Lena Cup comes with a small, discrete cotton storage bag.

What we like:

  • Bell shape – The Lena Cup is a bell shape which many women find more comfortable.
  • Easy to seal – The Lena Cup’s suction holes are designed to create a seal more easily than other cups meaning no leaks.
  • Length – Women with a low cervix will like that the small Lena Cup is shorter in length.

What we don’t like:

  • Firmness – While softer than the Diva Cup, many women still find the Lena Cup too firm. Conversely, if you’ve got very weak pelvic muscles, a soft cup could make you prone to leakage. Choose carefully!

Click here to read more Lena Cup Small reviews or to make your purchase.

Click here to read more Lena Cup Large reviews or to make your purchase.

 

Lunette Cup Review – Best Menstrual Cup for Beginners

Comes in two sizes – Size 1 and Size 2

The Lunette Cup is one of the best reusable menstrual cup’s on our list. Why? It’s a great all-round cup which means it’s fantastic for beginners or women who aren’t sure which cup to buy to start with. Women like the Lunette because of it’s soft, comfortable silicone and less rigid design. The Lunette Cup comes in two sizes. Size 1 is for women who are very active physically and need flexibility, who have a lighter flow or who are not sexually active. This makes it a great cup for teens. Size 2 is made of a slightly firmer silicone for women with weaker vaginal muscles. It also has a larger capacity so works better for a heavy flow.

What we like:

  • Softer silicone – The Lunette Size 1 is made of a softer silicone than the Size 2 (and many other cups) so it feels more comfortable and is great for women with particularly tense vaginal muscles i.e. teenagers, women who are virgins and women who are very active.
  • Easy to clean – The Lunette has a solid stem which makes it a bit easier to clean out.

What we don’t like:

  • Price – The Lunette is a more expensive cup. Roughly $10 more than the Diva Cup.

Click here to read more Lunette Cup Size 1 reviews or to make your purchase.

Click here to read more Lunette Cup Size 2 reviews or to make your purchase.

 

 

FemmyCycle Cup Review – Best Menstrual Cup for Low Cervix

Comes in three sizes – Teen, Regular and Low Cervix

Right of the bat, the FemmyCycle’s bulb-shape looks a lot different to the other cup or bell-shaped menstrual cups on the market. The FemmyCycle Menstrual Cup comes in three models – teen, regular and low cervix. The FemmyCycle Cup has a loop rather than a long stem for easy removal. On the low cervix model the loop is very short, making it the shortest cup on the market. If you’ve got a very low cervix this means you may have found the right cup for you at last! You still do need at least 2 inches between your vaginal opening and cervix to use a menstrual cup successfully. All this innovation comes at a cost meaning the FemmyCycle is the most expensive menstrual cup on our list. We would recommend trying this cup if you have used regular cups in the past unsuccessfully. The unique design might be just the change you needed to love your menstrual cup!

What we like:

  • Variety – With three different models it’s easy to find a cup suited to your needs, particularly if you’re a teenager or have a low cervix.
  • Innovative – The design of the FemmyCycle is completely different to other cups. It’s also smooth which makes it easy to clean with no worry of bacteria forming due to improper cleaning of holes, stems or ridges.
  • Spill-free emptying – The unique opening means spill-free emptying although the design of this does mean you need to “pop” the cup opening out to empty your cup. It’s recommended to use a Q-tip but a pinky finger would work.
  • Money-back guarantee – FemmyCycle offers a 60-day money back guarantee.

What we don’t like:

  • Price – The FemmyCycle is one of the most expensive menstrual cups on the market.

Click here to read more FemmyCycle Teen reviews or to make your purchase.

Click here to read more FemmyCycle Regular reviews or to make your purchase.

Click here to read more FemmyCycle Low-Cervix reviews or to make your purchase.

 

 

SckoonCup Review – Best Menstrual Cup for Teenager

Comes in two sizes – Size 1 and Size 2

The SckoonCup is another popular choice because it’s quite a soft silicone menstrual cup. Women love it for this reason because it feels comfortable and moves with your body. It’s a great cup for beginners or teenagers to try out because of it’s softness and also because the length and diameter of size 1 are quite small. The Sckoon menstrual cup is a bell-shaped cup and has no lip on the upper rim which means it feels a lot smoother and comfortable.

What we like:

  • Softness – The Sckoon Cup is a much softer feeling cup which makes it great for beginners or teens.
  • Size – The Size 1 Sckoon Cup is quite a lot smaller than many other menstrual cups on the market. Even the Size 2 Sckoon Cup is smaller than the Size 1 Diva Cup in length.
  • Comfort – Many women find the Sckoon cup the most comfortable option, again because of the softness.

What we don’t like:

  • Harder to insert – The softness of the silicone can make the Sckoon cup a little harder to insert to begin with.

Click here to read more SckoonCup Size 1 and 2 reviews or to make your purchase. (Select size when checking out!)

 

Mooncup UK Review

Comes in two sizes – Size A and Size B

The Mooncup UK Review is the most popular menstrual cup in the UK. It’s a good option if you’re buying a menstrual cup online from the UK but not if you’re purchasing from the US. (There are more options on Amazon US and the shipping cost is much lower for US brand cups). Mooncup comes in two sizes A and B. Size B is recommended for pre-childbirth and Size A for post-childbirth or women over 30. Confusing right? Most menstrual cup brands have the smallest size cup as size 1 or A but the Mooncup is different. Bear that in mind when ordering! The Mooncup is slightly larger in diameter than the Diva Cup but still not quite as long. 

What we like:

  • Good all around cup – The size and softness of the Mooncup are pretty average all around. You can get away with this cup so long as you don’t have any specific requirements such as a low cervix.

What we don’t like:

  • Hollow stem – This makes the cup slightly more difficult to clean.

Click here to read more Mooncup UK Size A reviews and to make your purchase on Amazon.com.

Click here to read more Mooncup UK Size A reviews and to make your purchase on Amazon.co.uk.

Click here to read more Mooncup UK Size B reviews and to make your purchase on Amazon.com.

Click here to read more Mooncup UK Size B reviews and to make your purchase on Amazon.co.uk.

 

 

Blossom Cup Review – Best Menstrual Cup on a Budget

Comes in two sizes – Small and Large

If you want to try a menstrual cup for the first time and don’t have a big budget, then the Blossom cup is for you. Again, this is a slightly softer cup compared to the Diva so it’s suitable for trying out a cup for the first time. It also works well for active women or women who are overly sensitive. In terms of size, the Blossom is pretty much a the halfway point between all the products on our menstrual cup reviews comparison table above so if you’re unsure about your flow or cervix height it’s a great cup to try.

What we like:

  • Price – The Blossom cup is very affordable!
  • Range of colors including black – The Blossom cup comes in a range of 10 colors including black. It’s the only black menstrual cup we’ve seen but we think a black cup is a brilliant idea as you won’t see any discoloration.

What we don’t like:

  • Capacity – The capacity of the Blossom cup (22.5mL for the small and 28mL for the large) is slightly less than other comparable cups.

Click here to read more Blossom Cup Small reviews and to make your purchase.

Click here to read more Blossom Cup Large reviews and to make your purchase.

 

 

Intimina Lily Cup Review – Best Menstrual Cup for Heavy Flow

Comes in two sizes – Size A and Size B

The Intimina Lily Cup is another slightly different shaped menstrual cup. Rather than being cup or bell-shaped like most menstrual devices, the Lily Cup is more of a cone shaped. Because of this unique cone shape it’s the only menstrual cup that you can roll up to the size and shape of a tampon. This makes it super easy to insert. The Lily Cup also has a spill-free rim. The cup itself is made of matte silicone so it feels smooth. If you’ve tried standard menstrual cups and haven’t quite gotten the hang of inserting them or feeling comfortable with them inside you then in the Intimina Lily Cup would be a great menstrual cup for you to try out.

What we like:

  • Easy insertion – We love that the Lily Cup can be rolled up as thin as a tampon for easy insertion. Even with the other folding methods you’ll find this one of the easiest cups to insert.
  • High capacity – The Lily Cup Size B is the highest cup capacity that we’ve found at 32 mL so if you’ve got a heavy flow check out this cup.
  • Spill-free – The Lily Cup has a spill-free lip to prevent leaking and make it easier to remove without mess.

What we don’t like:

  • Longer cup – Because of the design, the Lily Cup is a lot longer and many women don’t like this.

Click here to read more Intimina Lily Cup Size A reviews and make your purchase.

Click here to read more Intimina Lily Cup Size B reviews and make your purchase.

 

 

Intimina Lily Compact Review – Best Menstrual Cup for Travel

Comes in two sizes – Size A and Size B

The Intimina Lily Compact is the world’s first collapsible menstrual cup! It pops down into a handy little disc-shaped carry case so you can keep it easily and discreetly in your purse or backpack. This makes it the best menstrual cup for travel as it won’t take up any space in your toiletries bag for the weeks when you’re not using it. Great huh? The Lily Compact comes in two sizes – Size A and Size B. Neither are particularly high capacity though, due to the folding design, so if you have a heavy flow you’ll want to change it more frequently or select a different kind of cup. Diameter wise it’s a pretty average sized cup and length wise it’s not overly long so it could work well for women with a low cervix. Once expand you won’t need to worry about it collapsing on you as it holds it’s shape really well. The silicone used it lovely and smooth.

What we like:

  • Collapsible – The only collapsible menstrual cup on the market. It’s discrete, can be carried anywhere and is great for travel.

What we don’t like:

  • Cup capacity – The capacity of the cup is quite small which means emptying more frequently if your flow is heavy.
  • Price – The cost of this cup is on the high side.

Click here to read more reviews on the Intimina Lily Compact Size A and to make your purchase.

Click here to read more reviews on the Intimina Lily Compact Size B and to make your purchase.

Which is the best menstrual cup for my body?

If you’ve gone through our reusable menstrual cup comparison and reviews on menstrual cups and are still not quite decided on which cup would work best for you, then take a look at this handy chart:

If you're looking for the...Then consider...
Best Menstrual Cup for BeginnersFemmyCycle Teen
Blossom Cup Small
SckoonCup Size 1
Lunette Cup Size 1
Best Menstrual Cup for TeenagersFemmyCycle Teen
Blossom Cup Small
SckoonCup Size 1
Best Menstrual Cup for Low CervixFemmyCycle Low-Cervix
SckoonCup Size 1
Lunette Cup Size 1
Lena Cup Small
Best Menstrual Cup for Heavy FlowFemmyCycle Regular
Diva Cup (any size)
Intimina Lily Cup (any size)
Lena Cup Large
Lunette Cup Size 2
Best Menstrual Cup for Weak Vaginal MusclesDiva Cup Size 2
Lunette Cup Size 2
Best Menstrual Cup for High CervixDiva Cup (any size)
Intimina Lily Cup (any size)
Best Menstrual Cup for Very Active WomenFemmyCycle (any size)
Intimina Lily Cup (any size)
Lunette Cup Size 1
SckoonCup (any size)
Blossom Cup (any size)
Best Menstrual Cup for YogaFemmyCycle (any size)
Intimina Lily Cup (any size)
Best Menstrual Cup for TravelIntimina Lily Cup Compact (any size)

 

Once you’ve selected a menstrual cup where to buy is the next question. The best place to buy menstrual cups is online at Amazon. We’ve found Amazon have the best prices, availability and range of menstrual cup brands available. If you’re in a pinch and need a cup asap, you can pop down to your local drug store and see what they have but it’ll most likely be that a Diva Cup is your only option in this instance.

We hope you’ve found our complete guide to the best menstrual cup reviews helpfully and have worked out which is the right cup for your body. If you haven’t decided yet, then shoot us a message and let us know. We’d be happy to help you narrow down your choices and make a purchase.

The good news is that period cups are not an expensive item to purchase. It’s easy to buy menstrual cups online so you can purchase a few discretely and trial them out over the course of your cycle.

Good luck and happy menstruating!

 

Period panties work great with menstrual cups!

period panty reviews

Period panties work great with menstrual cups. You can wear them as a back up to your cup on heavy flow days, wear them to bed instead of a cup or use them instead of a cup when you’re at the end of your period and your flow is light. Click here to read my guide to period panties. You’ll love them just as much as I do, guaranteed!

The Menstrual Cup Site

The Menstrual Cup Site was started by a group of women who want to reach and teach more women about menstrual cups. By using a menstrual cup you will save money, reduce waste and make managing your period easier.

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Blewusi - June 9, 2017

Good read! Thanks for the reviews

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    The Menstrual Cup Site - June 9, 2017

    Thank you! If you have any question about picking the right cup we would be happy to help!

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Ana - June 16, 2017

Super love the Keeper and Moon Cups! Am a fan of both of these – love the ease and comfort without the muss of having to constantly being in search of a tampon.

Need to also say that this was totally easy to use and was.not.messy! LOVED that aspect of the cup. For once I actually felt like I wasn’t having to constantly check and change my tampons or pads every single hour. I barely felt it in and it fit beautifully.

Safe to say I am done with tampons and I am now all about the cup!

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Rachel - July 12, 2017

Thank you, this has been really helpful! Still not 100% which I’ll get but has given me some food for thought!

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