Menstrual Cup Brands
First of all, before I go into too much detail about the different brands of cups, I would like to say that when you get involved with the community of menstrual cup users, you will se that it is very common for some faithful cup users to purchase their first cup, and then spend the next year or so gradually collecting one of each brand, size or color. They tend to do this for a several reasons:
1– It helps to support cup manufacturers and keep the products cheaper and more readily available (the less they are purchased, the more expensive they have to be, for the companies to stay in business).
2– It allows a woman to have different sizes and textures of cups, to suit her physical needs. During your period, your cervix tends to change positions– going up higher, and then lower, and back again, making your vagina shorter or longer. And with different cervix positions, some cup brands can be more difficult or easy to use. Also, our sensitivity levels and our flow tend to change, so its nice to have one cup with more texture and another without. Or one cup that is firmer or bigger, and another that is softer, or smaller.
3. Some women just like to try all of them to make sure they find the best one for them, or because they like the different colors and shapes. There are also people who like being able to answer other women’s questions about the different brands, from their own personal experience.
So if you feel like you could never possibly decide, and you’re capable of saving up some money here and there, you might want to try a few different brands yourself.
Photo: http://www.cottonbabies.com/images/medium/divacup.JPG This cup is an American version of menstrual cup, which is manufactured in Canada. It is said to be the brand with the most length, so if you are worried about not being able to reach a cup after it is inserted, this may be a better choice for you to start out with. It does have a little bit of texture around the bottom, making it easier to grip. It is moderate in firmness/softness, and tends to be a favorite among U.S. women.
Photo: http://arcanopennazzi.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/mooncup_sacchettino.jpg This is a version manufactured in the U.K. (United Kingdom). It has quite a bit of texture on the outside, which some women say helps to hold it in place better, and makes it easier to grab hold of. The “cup” part of it is a bit smaller than some other brands, and the material is a bit firmer. Some women prefer a firmer material, because the feel it helps the cup to pop open more easily, which is key to forming a good seal and preventing leaks. But if you live in the USA, you may need to purchase this one from eBay, because the actual company itself no longer ships to the USA.
“MoonCup Keeper U.S.A.”–
Photo: http://www.keeper.com/media_files/mooncup-300dpi.jpg This is the American version of the MoonCup, and its also the medical grade silicone version of its latex cousin “The Keeper” which is made by the same company. It is very much like the MoonCup UK in size shape and texture.
Photo: http://www.ladycup.eu/Portals/0/all_colours.gif This cup is manufactured in the Czech Republic. It is one of the smallest brands available, and come in many different colors, as you can see. The “suction release” holes on the sides are a bit larger than the other brands, and there is much less texture on this cup. The silicone in this brand is also much softer or “squishier” than the other brands. Some women say these qualities are good, because they prefer a softer, smaller, slicker cup for the sake of comfort. While some other women say these are bad qualities, because a slicker cup is harder to get hold of, and a softer material is much more difficult to pop open. Ultimately, it is up to the individual. But another important note– this particular company did recently have a problem with cups that would split down the side after a couple of uses (mostly the colored ones). And they were offering the cups from this “faulty batch” as VERY cheap trial cups for a while, which the customers were aware would not last. Later, if the women liked them, they could order a “real” cup. But they seem to have gotten the issue resolved, and they do have many happy customers. And the clear cups are said to have always been just fine.
Photo: http://www.lovemycup.com/FEMMECUP%20CUP.jpg Manufactured in the U.K., this cup is a bit shorter than the Divacup. Moderate in texture, but the rim is a bit thicker, which some say helps it pop open better. The holes suction release holes at the top are moderate in size (not too small, not too large). If your flow is “somewhere in the middle” meaning not too light or too heavy, this is a good first cup for you.
Lunette Photo: http://www.leastore.fi/images/Lunette_size1_coupleoffer.JPG ….
Lunette Selene Photo: http://menstrualcups.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/selene1.jpg Manufactured in Finland, this cup is quite smooth on the outside, like the LadyCup, except the silicone is a bit firmer. Color-wise, it comes in both clear and “Selene” (blue). It has a slightly flattened and solid stem, whereas most other brands have a hallow stem. Some women say this is better, because you never have to worry about cleaning out the stem. The company also distinguishes between virgins, and non virgins, with their cup sizes– unlike most other companies.
Photo: http://www.miacup.co.za/imgs/page_how_cup_large.jpg Manufactured in South Africa, the is quite a uniquely beautiful cup! It is not see-through, the pinkish color is more opaque. This brand also has a solid stem, and is slightly wider than most brands. It also costs a bit more, but offers free shipping to most countries. And the word is that the packaging and cloth pouch included are very classy. As for firmness, it is moderate. Another benefit to this cup is that it cannot discolor, like some clear cups do over time.
“Mpower Cup” — Photo: http://www.mpowercup.co.za/ This brand is relatively new, and is manufactured from a privatly-owned business, based in south Africa. It too has a flat, solid stem. The holes are slightly larger than most brands, and the rim appears to be slightly cornered at the edge. The exterior is smooth, with little testure.
“Alicia”-- Photo: http://thealiciainternational.com/products-alicia.html
This cup was thought up by an Australian woman living in India. It has good texture on the outside, and is great for women at all stages of life. At first, the company only sold to women in south-east Asia, and other underdeveloped countries. But now, on the company’s website, almost every other country (including the United States) is listed in their customer order address menu. So to confirm that they actually ship to your country, its best to contact them. This company actually offers four different sizes: Extra small, small, medium, and large. The smallest size being for virginal teenagers, and the largest being for women who are built bigger or have had many children.
Photo: http://www.yuuki.cz/cz/uvod/ This cup comes from the Czech Republic. If you do not speak the native language of that region, you may have difficulty ordering from their website, as it is not in English. Not a lot is known about this brand outside that area, but you are free to look into it.
Photo: http://www.lovemycup.com/KEEPER%20CUP.jpg Made in the USA by the same company that does the silicone USA Mooncup. However, this particular cup is made from latex, and should only be used by women who do not have latex allergies. It is said to be moderate in firmness, and is a favorite among women who prefer not to “see” everything. In matters of shape and texture, it is very much like the MoonCup.
Photo: http://www.softcup.com/images/homepage/instead_product_box.jpg These are actually very unique as far as menstrual cups go. The Instead cup is the only cup that can be worn during sexual intercourse, to keep everything clean. It is a very soft cup, somewhat like a wide condom, with a flexible-yet-firm rim. It is worn up high by the cervix and it too is also safe to use during swimming, sports, and sleeping. They are disposable, however, ad are readily available in the USA in almost any fine store with a feminine hygiene is