- The Holy Grail?
- “Know thyself”
- Who Should NOT Use Menstrual Cups?
- What factors should you consider?
- Brand Generalizations
- Best Menstrual Cups Overall
- Best Menstrual Cup for Beginners
- Lunette Cup Reviews
- Best Menstrual Cup for Low Cervix
- Best Period Cup Reviews for Heavy Flow
- Best Menstrual Cups for Athletes and Active Women
- Best Menstrual Cup for Women Who Have Given Birth Vaginally
- Best Menstrual Cup Reviews for Women with Sensitive Bladder or Heavy Cramping
You probably found this article after asking yourself, “What is the BEST menstrual cup for me?” That is a great question!
What many women do not realize is that not all cervixes are created alike.
That is understandable because most women have not seen their cervix, nor any other cervix and only have awkward sex-ed diagrams, or the basic illustrations on the boxes of feminine care products to give them a frame of reference.
The Holy Grail?
Since not all cervixes are alike, it stands to reason that no one cup will be right for every woman. Every woman has her so called ‘Goldilocks’ cup, because there is no ‘Holy Grail’ cup that is perfect for all ladies everywhere.
So you first need to understand your own body, then you need to understand the subtle differences between cups and cup brands.
Now, that’s not too much to ask, right? Well, OK, it is a lot, and with all the info out there it can get a little overwhelming.
We hope our guide and review clears a few things up.
OK, so maybe this is not exactly what the Ancient Greek aphorism means by know thyself, but you should get to know your own anatomy.
How high or low is your cervix? Well, that depends.
A woman who is in her infertile time has a lower and closed or firm cervix. As the woman comes into her fertile time the cervix gets higher and softer in response to estrogen. Once the egg is released, the cervix lowers again and becomes firm once more.
What type of cervix do you have?
This information is important because you need to “measure” your cervix height during the same time you have your period, which is also the same time it will be low and firm.
Measuring during your fertile time will give you an inaccurate sense of what length cup you need.
You can determine how high your cervix is by inserting a finger or two inside your vagina while you are menstruating. Wash your hands first to avoid introducing bacteria into your vagina.
Just for reference, your cervix, should you find it, should be about as firm as the tip of your nose, and you may be able to feel a dimple in the center. It will feel more firm than the walls, so you will be able to distinguish between the vaginal walls and your cervix.
High Cervix: If you can not touch your cervix and have your finger fully inserted, you have a high cervix and might be better off with a longer cup.
Average Height Cervix: If you can insert your finger past the second knuckle, but not up to the third, you have an average height cervix.
Low Cervix: If you can insert your finger up to the first knuckle but not past the second knuckle, you have a low cervix.
Who Should NOT Use Menstrual Cups?
What factors should you consider?
Your Age and Childbearing Factors
After you have your cervix height figured out you should know most cup makers have two sizes.
Sometimes called “1”, “A” “petite” or “small” (although we know of one brand who calls the smaller size “B”, so read the description before you buy) The smaller size is for women under 30 who have never given birth vaginally. If you fit these criteria, start with the smaller size.
Sometimes called “2”, “B”, “Regular” or “Large”. The larger size is for ladies that have given birth vaginally, regardless of age. It is also for any woman over 30.
The label ‘large’ can be off putting, but the size difference is very small (1/8th inch give or take) between the two sizes, and many times it is only the circumference of the rim that is larger.
However the slight difference in the rim circumference can mean the difference between a great fit and leakage, so it is important.
Sizing a menstrual cup is a very personal process, but this guide is meant to get you closest to the best fit for you on your first try.
Are You Sensitive?
Many women get more sentimental around their time of the month, but that is not what we are talking about here.
If you have a sensitive bladder, or you have severe cramping during your period, a cup with a firm or thick rim may be uncomfortable.
It’s likely you will not know if your bladder is sensitive until you try a cup or two and see how it goes. Just be aware of your body and if you notice increased cramps or bladder sensitivity you might want to try a softer cup with a low profile rim.
Does Color Matter?
Some brands offer colored cups, while others only offer clear. Here is the deal:
Pros of Colored Cups
- They are fun and pretty.
- They may make a woman more comfortable with the cup.
- Color can affect perception of the cup.
- Dyes are generally considered safe and most are FDA approved.
Cons of Colored Cups
- They actually stain easier than their non colored counterparts, possibly because the dye requires the use of chemical additives to bind the color pigments to the silicone and slightly lessens the integrity of the silicone so it breaks down a bit sooner than the clear, and that allows staining to occur.
- Some ladies also object to the product containing extra added chemicals that dyes and tints introduce, especially when it is not essential for successful product use.
We should mention, cups with dyes and tints will be softer than the same brand and material in a clear, un-tinted cup.
Incidentally, the recommended way to know when it is time to replace your cup is if it is badly yellowed and discolored.
Before we get into the period cup reviews, we will go over some of the brands and list their most distinguished qualities in general. This should help you differentiate between brands when trying to decide where to start when looking for a menstrual cup that is right for you.
- Shorter overall than other cups
- Lunette’s size 1 is softer than its size 2
- Slim low profile rims
- Larger slanted vent holes are easier to clean and less likely to leak
- Low profile rim for sensitive bladder or cramping
- Firmer than other cups
- Diva cups are slightly firmer than others, great for sports
- Diva cups are usually a bit longer, good for high cervix
- Diva Cups have measurement lines on the interior
- Medium firm
- Thicker rim, but still soft, good for sports and active women
- Easy to grip with a stem that does not stretch, east to remove
- Shorter overall cup, 48mm for the small size, 51 mm for large
- Less Firm than other cups
- Both small and large cups are actually on the small side, compared to other cups
- No seams and low profile rim for bladder sensitivity and to minimize cramping
- Slanted vent holes, higher capacity
- Softer than other cups
- Unique ball shape means high capacity plus a short cup length
- Short cups and ring shaped stems, overall shorter length
- Overall higher capacity – this cup is short and fat
- Shorter than many cups
- High capacity, small and large 32 ml and 42 ml respectively
- Softer, but slightly thicker rim
- One of the longer cups, good for high cervix
- One of the firmest cups, good for positioning and active ladies (although they offer a ‘soft’ model)
- More prominent rim, easy to position and less leaks
TOP 16 MENSTRUAL CUP REVIEWS
And now without further ado, let’s take a look a closer look at some of the different categories, and when and which brand to use better.
Best Menstrual Cups Overall
Best Menstrual Cup for Beginners
First time users should start with a firm cup which is easier to position and stays in place. While a firmer cup may be more noticeable or even uncomfortable, they are great for sports, leak less and position easily.
Once a beginner has the insertion down pat, if they find the firm cup uncomfortable they can try a softer cup. Their experience should help them position a softer cup with ease.
Lunette Cup Reviews
Our Lunette cup reviews revealed to us that Lunette cups are known for being soft and comfortable, and that’s great if you are sensitive and find other cups uncomfortable.
However, some gals have trouble with leaks when using softer cups. Remember, if a cup leaks it is either positioned incorrectly or it is not the right cup for your body.
If leaking is a consistent problem make sure the cup is getting a good seal. It is also a good idea to try another brand.
Many users rotate between an entire collection of cups to suit their needs. Don’t be discouraged if one cup does not work perfectly. The right fit is out there, and your technique will improve making for a better experience.
Best Menstrual Cup for Low Cervix
Best Period Cup Reviews for Heavy Flow
Our menstrual cup reviews showed us that some cups are better at handling heavy flow than others. Here are a few that stand out as being great for heavy flow days.
Best Menstrual Cups for Athletes and Active Women
Best Menstrual Cup for Women Who Have Given Birth Vaginally
Best Menstrual Cup Reviews for Women with Sensitive Bladder or Heavy Cramping
We hope our menstrual cup reviews and guide have helped point you in the right direction and that you find the best menstrual cup for you or your Goldilocks cup sooner rather than later.