It can be difficult to figure out which menstrual cup is right for your period, especially if you're new to using them. There are several sizes to choose from, depending on your lifestyle and how heavy your flow is. We're here to explain how to insert and use a menstrual cup, which brands are the most reliable and which shape you should choose if you have a high cervix.
We've compiled a list of the best menstrual cups to buy at Amazon and Boots, from popular brands such as Lunette, Mooncup, Diva Cup and OrganiCup. Our honest reviews, which consider factors like capacity, duration and ease of removal, will help you to make an informed decision ― so you can get on with your day without worrying about leakage!
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As a rough guideline, a large cup with a capacity of 30-35 ml is suggested for those who have given birth, have a heavy flow or are over the age of 30. For teens who have just started menstruating or individuals who are only prone to light spotting, a smaller cup that holds around 25 ml should be sufficient.
You should also think about how long you plan to wear your cup. Some cups will only last for 6 hours before they need to be emptied, while others can be worn for up to 12 hours.
If you want to wear your cup while sleeping or travelling, go for a capacity on the higher end to minimise the risk of leaking. Also, if you tend to have a heavy flow, we recommend emptying your cup regularly to avoid discomfort.
Firm cups are a popular choice for athletes, yogis, or gym lovers, as they're found to be more reliable than tampons. They also have less chance of leaking and slipping out compared to softer cups, due to their stronger suction. This makes them a secure option for those who live an active lifestyle.
Soft cups are a great option for beginners to make sure you're comfortable with using one. They're also ideal for those with sensitive bladders or people who frequent the toilet often, as a softer cup has less suction. They have a higher chance of leaking than firm cups though.
Since not every company labels their cups as soft or firm, we've done some extra research for you and we'll mention the firmness of each cup in the specification table below its product review.
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The stem of the cup helps you to comfortably and safely remove your menstrual cup, but the type you choose all comes down to personal preference. There are three main designs on the market:
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The Best Choice for Those With an Active Lifestyle
Yellow Model 1 Menstrual Cup
An Easy to Use Option for Beginners
Violet Model 2 Menstrual Cup
Ideal for Handling Heavier Flows
Soft Menstrual Cup
Perfect for Those With a Sensitive Bladder
Menstrual Cup, Size A
A Popular, Affordable Choice for Newbies
Reusable Menstrual Cup
A Conscious Cup That Donates to a Great Charity
An Extra Large, Super Comfy Cup
Menstrual Cup ｜Size A
The Classic Cup for Those With a High Cervix
Menstrual Cup Model 2
Target a Heavy Flow With This Reliable Cup
Reusable Menstrual Cups ｜Set of 4
An Inexpensive Multipack for Lighter Periods
Saalt's ocean blue cup is a game-changing addition to your monthly care package. Designed for those who live active lifestyles or have used a firm cup before, this brilliant product will save you from having to worry about staining your favourite pair of gym leggings.
Not only is this cup the best choice for exercise, but it's great for sleeping and travelling too, as it will last up to 12 hours. It has a long, flat stem and its unique rounded bulb shape makes it one of the easiest cups to insert and seal. Give it a go!
Despite its bold colour, this is one of the gentler options on the market and it can help you start your menstrual cup journey calmly and confidently. It's best suited to someone with a light to normal flow due to the 25 ml capacity, so if you're new to the world of periods then this is a solid choice.
Happy reviewers have said that this cup made their periods much easier to handle and it's especially useful for teens and those who struggle with pain and sensitivity during their periods.
If leaking is your main concern, this strong cup is what you need to give you the utmost reassurance. Featuring grip rings on both the stem and the cup, it's very unlikely to slip out of place, so you can go about your day with peace of mind.
Despite the firmness of the cup, the rim is actually very flexible, so you can easily fold it and insert ― it's so comfy that you should forget that it's even there! Plus, it has a wide, flat stem that can be easily pulled out and the cup has a capacity of 30 ml.
This cup ticks all the right boxes ― it's comfortable, practical and even looks pretty! It's best suited for a light flow and it has a long, flat stem that's easy to reach when you need to pull it out.
The revolutionary soft silicone material makes this product a fantastic option for those who are new to the game and aren't quite comfortable with a big cup. With a suction that's strong enough to lock into place but that won't affect your bladder, this cup is a safe, reliable choice.
This cup won the 2019 Allergy Award in the category "Best Skin-Friendly Product For the Body", so we had to include it on our list! Working to eliminate dryness and irritation during your period, this menstrual cup can hold up to 3 tampons' worth of liquid, making it a hygienic option for anyone with a light to normal flow.
Designed to be worn by those who haven’t given birth vaginally, it has a duration of up to 12 hours. However, some customers have said that it can be difficult to "pop" open and lock in place.
This soft cup is designed for a heavy flow, making it the ideal solution for people who are over the age of 30 but who aren't yet used to the feeling of menstrual cups. For every cup sold, Ruby Cup donates one to someone without access to period protection, so they're an amazing company to support.
Sold with a cute little pouch for easy carrying, this cup has a gentle suction and is suitable for people with a sensitive bladder. Plus, if you're looking for aesthetics as well as practicality, you'll love that this cup is available in 6 bright colours!
This extra-large menstrual cup is useful for a multitude of reasons. Firstly, its rounded stem makes gripping a lot easier and its short length is just right, as longer stems can often snap when paired with large cups.
Secondly, this product comes with four free wipes to keep it clean after using it! However, bear in mind that despite its 35 ml capacity, users have suggested that it's best to empty it as often as possible.
If you've heard of menstrual cups, then you've probably heard of Mooncup. They're the brand that started this eco-friendly, user-friendly concept way back in 2002. If you're looking for a reliable cup company, this is the one for you.
This "A" size cup is long with a long, ribbed stem, making it ideal for those who have a particularly high cervix. However, the rim is wide and thicker than most others on the market, meaning that folding and inserting might not be as easy for beginners. A "B" size aimed at users under the age of 30 is also available.
Just be aware that the stem of this cup is rather short, with reviewers finding that it can take a while to get used to the grip and pull system. Once you've got the hang of it though, it's a reliable option.
It's important to note that the stem is quite short, making it a bit difficult to grip, so it might be difficult to remove the first few times. If you've used a menstrual cup before, however, this shouldn't be a problem.
Menstrual cups can seem like a daunting prospect if you're used to pads and tampons, but they really are incredibly simple and you'll wonder why you didn't make the switch sooner! Here's a helpful video from OrganiCup to advise you on how to use yours.
Written and researched by Annie Speight
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