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Why Every Woman Should Use A Menstrual Cup

Aside from saving money and reducing environmental waste, menstrual cups, commonly recognized as the “Diva Cup” or Instead Softcup, are the best menstrual products for women because they are chemical-free and provide better leak-protection than tampons and pads.

Join the bandwagon, and get over your self-inflicted “gross” meter. Use the cup, and change your life.

My personal experience with the cup began a few years ago while researching coral reefs in Palau. Mirta, a fellow researcher from Croatia, said, “Clare, do you have a menstrual cup? It’s all the rage in Europe. I love it.

Notice how I never have to worry about my period while on the boat?”

I hadn’t noticed, but then I realized she made a valid point. How did she work while on her period?

We’d spend upwards of eight hours out on a reef, rotating between scuba diving and boat-sitting for a long-term coral experiment.

We worked out of a tiny speedboat, which obviously lacked a latrine.

I wasn’t getting my period at the time due to amenorrhea issues irrelevant to this story, but I realized our work schedule would be almost impossible while menstruating.

If Mirta used tampons instead of a cup, she would’ve had to squat on the four-foot long, slanted boat deck and exchange tampons in the open air, storing her used ones until we got back to shore.

We couldn’t afford to drive back to land just for a tampon switch.

She was so proud of her menstrual cup, as it allowed her to do her job, prevented tons of waste (Being marine ecologists, this is more important to us than most people.) and saved her money.

“I haven’t bought tampons in years. It’s awesome,” she said.

Upon returning to the US, I realized European women were leading the transition from tampons to the menstrual cups.

Mirta’s excitement for the cup was the norm in Europe, but my American friends didn’t know about it or thought it was gross and intimidating.

Fast-forward two years to today: I finally have a normal period, and I am ecstatic to use a menstrual cup and encourage American women to embrace the transition, especially my fellow, active Gen-Yers.

We can go camping without carrying our used, bloody tampons with us. We can sleep 10 hours straight without worrying about staining our sheets.

We never have to stop at a gas station and begrudgingly buy overpriced tampons and then use the bathroom to change out of our stained underwear into clean underwear that will surely also be stained before we’re able to exchange our tampon again.

We don’t have to worry about toxic shock syndrome (TSS) or the toxic chemicals in many tampons that so many of us don’t even know exist.

So, aside from reducing environmental waste and saving money, the cup can positively change our lives and the way we think about menstruation (or don’t think about it).

We put chemicals in our vaginas?

Did you know the tampons and pads you’re using likely contain harmful chemicals?

Synthetic fibers of tampons produce and harbor toxins absorbed by vaginal mucous. And, the ever-feared toxic shock syndrome is linked to these toxins held in such synthetic tampon fibers.

Some tampon advocates may say cotton tampons don’t produce and contain bacteria like synthetic-fibered tampons.

This is true, but all tampons, regardless of material, can create minuscule vaginal tears, which may still allow entry for toxins, including the TSS toxin.

More importantly, cotton blend tampons contain toxins called dioxins. These are environmental pollutants that have the potential to be highly toxic if ingested or absorbed; they are the byproducts of cotton bleaching.

Although one study shows cotton tampons contain very low levels of dioxins, the World Health Organization, the Environmental Protection Agency and women’s advocate groups, such as the Women’s Voices for the Earth, have reported the dioxins in cotton feminine hygiene products, including pads, are still concerning considering their highly toxic potential.

Even a small amount of dioxins absorbed through the vaginal mucous leads directly to the bloodstream.

More alarmingly, tampons and pads have a terrifying lack of regulation.

So, if you don’t have to risk the potential consequences, which include immune, nervous and reproductive system impairment and links to cancer, why use tampons and pads when you can use a menstrual cup?

Menstrual cups don’t contain chemicals!

All brands of cups are made with medical grade silicon, which is free of the previously mentioned noxious chemicals contained in tampons and pads.

The silicon cup merely collects blood instead of absorbing blood and vaginal mucous.

This means that unlike tampons, the blood can neither harbor the toxins that cause TSS, nor can the cup cause micro-tears in the vagina.

Since the cup doesn’t absorb anything, women commonly report feeling less dryness.

Having sex on your period doesn’t have to feel like a slog through the Sahara anymore, and there are no more worries about chemicals entering your bloodstream.

Aren’t you sick and tired of leakage?

The menstrual cup creates a seal in your vagina, preventing leakage that inevitably occurs with tampon use.

Because of the suction of the cup’s rim, it provides unparalleled protection against blood clots from slipping out of your vagina and onto your underwear or clothes.

Combined with the longer time period you can leave the cup in versus the mere hours tampons last during a heavy flow, the cup lets you forget you’re even on your period.

You can empty it in the morning before work and not think twice about staining your pants until dinnertime.

And, the ability to sleep through a night without worrying about leaking onto your sheets can be life-changing for some women.

Of course, women with particularly heavy flows must monitor their collection times and will have to empty their cups out more frequently than every 10 hours, but still, the average cup collects more blood than even the most super-absorbent tampons.

Want extra cash?

It’s no mathematical conundrum that using a menstrual cup saves you money.

Buying one cup for $30 (a high estimate, as you can purchase many cups at discounted prices in a five-second online search) saves you hundreds of dollars on tampons and pads in future years.

The average woman spends anywhere from $40 to over $100 dollars on menstrual products a year, so using the cup starts your savings in just the first year of use. Cups can last for decades.

The math is simple: The cup provides a considerable cost saving over time.

Don’t you feel guilty for throwing away so many tampons and pads?

According to “Flow: The Cultural History of Menstruation,” a woman throws away an average of 300 pounds of feminine hygiene products in her lifetime.

To characterize this statistic, here’s the story of just one used tampon.

A few years ago, I was also researching coral reefs in Bermuda. Immersed in a scientific community of scuba divers and particularly environmentally conscious people, we heard stories every day about marine trash and debris.

But, the most memorable story was about what a scientist saw while diving from a popular beach for a beach cleanup.

Near the beach, a sewer pipe flowed into the ocean, and the scientist saw a sea cucumber with a sail-like appendage on its back.

The scientist finned closer, and she realized a tampon had affixed itself to the back of the poor sea cucumber and algae had grown over the appendage.

It had become a permanent vestige, and other marine debris latched onto the floating string.

Multiply this story by the thousands of tampons thrown away and irresponsibly flushed into sewer drainage systems every year, and you have a lot of sad (and dead) critters.

The environmental reasons for why the menstrual cup outshines tampons and pads needn’t be overwrought.

The habits of adding to landfills, to marine trash, to the “use, use, take, take” mentality of our consumerism-driven culture are bad.

It’s not cool to be wasteful. Reusing a silicon cup is way better.

You think the menstrual cup is gross?

Common complaints and reasons for why women refuse to try a menstrual cup:

“I don’t want to touch or see my blood!” “I would have to shove the cup into my vagina!” “What if I can’t rinse the cup out? Gross!”

Yet, none of these complaints are warranted. There are very few reasons not even to try to use a menstrual cup (and the few are likely medical problems, like auto-vomiting at the sight of blood).

We already stick tampons into our vaginas, and our fingers inevitably touch our lady parts, so inserting the cup is no different.

Shouldn’t we already wash our hands before and after tampon insertion? So, inserting a cup isn’t any different.

Shouldn’t we already properly dispose of our tampons, which often means we get some blood on our fingers and or have to carry tampons until we can throw them away?

So, using a cup is better in the sense we never need to find a trash can. And, if we cannot access clean, running water, no biggie. We can reinsert the cup and will rinse it out the next time we can.

“But the blood,” you say? God forbid we touch our own blood!

It’s true we’ll see more of our blood using a menstrual cup — blood isn’t absorbed into a tampon’s cotton womb — but when you think about all of the chemicals in tampons, I’m sure we can agree that the sight of more blood outweighs the possibility of TSS or worse.

As far as touching our blood, well that’s just silly. That’s the whole point of the cup: It holds our blood. We don’t have to scoop our blood out with our fingers; we merely pour the cup out.

We have to wash stained underwear and often-ruined underwear or clothes from tampons that leaked, but not while using the cup!

We can skip numerous annoying and harmful aspects of tampon and pad use while developing modern, practical and exciting new relationships with our periods by using a menstrual cup.

Start your search for the perfect cup now.

We know that there are hundreds of reasons to switch to the DivaCup, but don’t just take our word for it!

We asked thousands of users what their reason for using the DivaCup was. Below are our top 50 favorite reasons!

1. Spend less on your period so you can spend more on things that matter.

With a large family, I need to save every penny I can. Buying this item cuts the cost of feminine care products for my cycles down to nothing for a long time. Not having to spend money each month on care items saves over $100 a year. This doesn’t include the cost that I am saving on laundry for not having to bleed through any of my clothing. Also this is the best menstrual cup I’ve used! The quality of the product is unbeatable, reliable, and easy to get the hang of using. I love using the Diva Cup. – Ashley T.

2. Do what you want, when you want.

An alternative to conventional pads and tampons that allow a woman to be more active, and free to do what they want, when they want, regardless of their cycle. You are not chained by your cycle if you break free with the DivaCup! Thank you for the opportunity to use this product that is innovative and something every woman should try! – Sandi

3. People with heavy flows rejoice!

Periods are never a fun time. If you have a heavy flow you can be changing tampons and pads constantly. At time you have to wear both causing havoc with your daily life. If you have kids and a family you are limited with the things you can go and do. With this product you all your options open. The product will leaving you worry free for hours at a time. This leaves your day open to go out and explore and play with the little ones. They are also very hygienic and you are never worried about leakage or odor. – Angie H.

4. No bathroom, no problem!

As one of two girls on a construction crew working mostly surrounded by cornfields and no bathroom, this product is a lifesaver. Its rare that there is anywhere to throw garbage on the job site and you have saved me from being forced to choose between polluting or toting my used tampons around. Simple and safe! The guys on the job are thankful I don’t take a break every two hours and I’m thankful I no longer have to pack tampons around in my tool belt. Score for the working women. – Annabelle L.

5. The end to inconvenient leaks.

For years I used tampons. Decades, really. (Dang.) For five days every month, I had to stay close to bathrooms, keep my purse stocked and pray for no leaks. I travel. I run half marathons. Inevitably those five days would fall on inconvenient times, and I would experience inconvenient leaks. But now? I get to forget about my period for 12 hours at a time. 12 WHOLE HOURS! No leaks, no dry tampons (you know what I mean!), no extra trash going out in landfills, no stocking my purse with tampons. I actually feel like I’m forgetting something. Nice, right? – Mary S.

6. It changes your relationship with your period for the better!

The DivaCup has changed the way I view my period. After having my son, tampons were excruciating to remove, even in heavy days. Plus, I would overflow almost daily. Now, I can go all day, run a 5k, drive 500 miles and even go camping without worrying about having my period. I have not ruined a set of sheets in years! I even gave a detailed 5* review on Amazon (A.B.Gibbs). I don’t mind being a lady as much thanks to the DivaCup. I just wish I had found it sooner! – AmyBeth G.

7. Empowers you, empowers your daughters.

I use the DivaCup to encourage my three daughters. My oldest was having bad cramps and I researched natural remedies. Using reusable products was one suggestion! I ran to the store and bought two DivaCups. I LOVE that it’s safe for my daughters (no TSS or chemicals leaching into their bodies)! It has opened up more dialogue between us (we discuss folds, comfort, and how much we’ve bled)! It has empowered my daughters to feel “in control” of their periods, as well as develop a better understanding of their bodies! – Barbara R.

8. Be more confident during the least confident time of the month.

I use the DivaCup because it allows me to be more confident at my least confident time of the month. I don’t have to worry about embarrassing leaks and I can go on without dreading the one week of the month that I have dreaded since I was a teen. Thanks for giving my confidence back to me. – Toma R.

9. PCOS was cramping my style. The DivaCup was on fleek.

For my physical and emotional health. I have PCOS and my periods have become unbearable since my diagnosis. I’m trying to become healthy in all aspects of my life and read that traditional tampons can cause your period and symptoms to worsen. After transitioning to the DivaCup I’ve noticed a huge difference in my period! It is lighter and the cramps have eased up a bit as well. This has been a huge improvement on me emotionally as my periods have been debilitating. I’m extremely happy with the choice to change and I’ll never go back to using tampons again. I love my DivaCup! – Hollie T.

10. Bye bye allergies to disposables!

As tampon companies started using different products to absorb more, I found myself terribly allergic and getting worse. During cycles I had to put barrier creams on and take Benedryl, then would still end up with an infection. Finally I heard about DivaCup and it changed my life! After telling my gyno she said she has many other people having similar reactions. I printed the info from your website and it is now hanging in the clinic room! – Jesika F.

11. Scent free and easy for me!

So many things to love about the DivaCup! I love that there is no perfume and no ingredients that can hurt or harm me. It’s gentle and easy to insert and to remove. There is no period scent when using it (you know the smell, from pads and tampons) and you can have it inserted a lot longer than you can with tampons. Easy to clean and comes with a cute sack to store it in. I also really love that it’s not wasteful! I recommend the DivaCup whole heartedly. – Julissa H.

12. I can live a normal life.

It may be TMI but I have been having MONTHLY vaginal infections. MONTHLY. It was miserable. They were so bad the doctor actually told me it was the worst they’ve seen and I had to take time off of work. I went to multiple doctors and no one could figure out why. I was on high doses of medicines to help to no avail. When I got pregnant the infections stopped. I had my baby and when my cycle started again so did the infections. I switched to the DivaCup and haven’t had an infection since. Apparently something in tampons was triggering infections for me. The DivaCup has been more than a convince to me. It has helped me so much so I can live a normal life. – Tiffany

13. A better planet for my kids and a better period for me.

I began using the DivaCup as one of the things I can do to help leave my children a better planet by reducing waste. After I used it for a few months I love it because I have no leaks and my cramping has greatly diminished as well. I love that this is an option that I can give to my daughter in a few years and feel good knowing there is no toxic chemicals in it, in addition to all of the other benefits of the Div Cup, Thank you! – Brenda

14. Never waking up to blood stained sheets again.

With the DivaCup I no longer need to worry about what position I sleep in. While using pads, I would always have to be careful in how I perched myself every night; one wrong move would result in a leak. Sometimes my careful planning didn’t even pan out– I would still wake up in the middle of the night with that feeling of horror every person with a period has felt. Switching to the DivaCup meant that I didn’t have to do that anymore! I can sleep on my back, side, belly, any way, and still be comfortable and leak-free! – Amanda S.

15. Freedom from the tyranny of the period.

The DivaCup has changed the way I feel about my period forever. I used to dread it, but now it’s like any other day or time in my life. I switched to the DivaCup initially for environmental reasons but I got a new lease on life when I switched. I used to wear a tampon and a pad together for very heavy flow and still have to change every 3-4 hours. Now on heavy days I can go at least 6-8 hours without emptying my cup and 12 hours on light days. The DivaCup has given me freedom. – Raegan F.

16. Active lifestyle – without harsh chemicals.

I can’t use tampons and pads are horrible. The DivaCup gave me my life back. With pads I can’t go to the gym and kill it on leg day; with the DivaCup I can leg press 125 and squat 90 with NO LEAKS! Pads make it impossible to go to the beach or canoe, I don’t have to worry about that with the DivaCup. The DivaCup lets me keep my active lifestyle without harsh chemicals and cotton. The best part, I’m not sick my entire period and my clots aren’t the size of a half dollar. – Amanda N.

17. Travel ANYWHERE!

The moment I realized I would never go back from the DivaCup was when I was traveling across Europe and ended up getting my period. At that time I didn’t use the DivaCup so I had to scramble to find a solution in a foreign place. Now, I can throw the DivaCup in a bag anytime I travel whether across the state or across the globe and be prepared. – Heidi

18. Feeling comfortable in my own skin.

I love the DivaCup because it makes me not only feel comfortable in my own skin, even after having a baby, but it allows me to be comfortable with our anatomy as women. It is not only a matter of making my periods easier to manage, with a toddler running around and also working for myself but its owning my own health and fertility! It’s taking matters into my own hands and allowing myself to enjoy life even during the menstrual flow! Not being stopped, limited or held back during any part of the month! We are Limitless! – Jill

19. Doctor recommended.

My doctor recommended the DivaCup and I can’t be happier with his suggestion. It is very easy to use but it does take some practice. It has made my period easier to deal with and traveling during my period a breeze. It has saved me money and stress. I would and do recommend it to everyone. – Angela L.

20. Free from hormones.

I had an IUD for five years. When the five-year limit approached, I got it removed and got the DivaCup for my menstrual care. Not having a period for five years was awesome, don’t get me wrong, but I wanted to be free of the chemicals, hormones and the affects of birth control. With the DivaCup having a period is hardly noticeable to me, not to mention the money it saves! It’s been almost a year and I have no regrets and don’t look back! I recommend the DivaCup any time “monthly” period topics come up. – Crystal

21. The best option for Perimenopause.

When you get to my age your last days of having a period are totally unpredictable. It could be a light flow for a few days but then be heavy. Before switching, I used to have to wear a jacket wrapped around my waist in case I was leaking. What a mess! My daughters told me about the DivaCup. I don’t have the worry now and I wish the DivaCup was around when I was younger. They’re comfortable and dependable. Like a best friend. – Helen G.

22. Leaving no trace.

The utter convenience and durability of the DivaCup cannot be overstated. I love that the DivaCup lasts a year, that it is easily transportable, and that it’s perfect for outdoor adventures. I cannot imagine bringing a bunch of tampons with me while backpacking, camping, or hiking. Not to mention, living by the “leave no trace” philosophy while out on the trails means packing all of your trash with you. I’m so thankful for the DivaCup because it makes it easy to live by my values and ethics. – Adalia

23. A new mom lifesaver.

As a new, first time mom, I am constantly on the go caring for my little girl. She is 7-months-old and my period just came back, with a vengeance! Luckily, I found the DivaCup! It can handle my new heavy flow AND it is much more convenient and cost effective to use. And these days, I am all about saving time and money. Not to mention, it is earth-friendly, which is helping make the world a better place for my little one! There are more than #50reasonstoDiva, and mine is that it is a new mom lifesaver! – Alison W.

24. Appreciating my body.

I am a HUGE advocate for the DivaCup. I tell all my friends about it! After I had my first period using the DivaCup I knew I would never go back to tampons OR pads. I have used The DivaCup for over a year and it has honestly has changed my life! I have super heavy periods and would use a super tampon AND an overnight maxi pad. The DivaCup has made my period 100% less terrible! Also, the financial benefits are amazing! I love my body more through the DivaCup experience. Thank you to The DivaCup for changing periods forever. – Adrienne C.

25. Control and dignity!

I went through life with an undiagnosed, blood disorder; it would have been fine if I had not been a female (menstruation) and suffering a major injury while overseas (which almost killed me). Complications from my injury lead to severe anaemia and heavy haemorrhaging; I could not clot and suffered through 3-6 weeks of constant bleeding, physical pain and infections related to tampons/pads and emotional/mental exhaustion (depression). The DivaCup that gave me hope; it helped me look after myself, aware of my body, prevented constant infections and it was comfortable. I felt like I had control and dignity once more. – Aliva D.

26. No longer ashamed.

My period was never normalized to me. From the very first one, it was something I tried to hide. Because of this I was always ill prepared, always ruining underwear, always making a mess. The DivaCup has changed my life. The DivaCup has finally made me feel normal. I feel clean, confident, in control of my body. 23 years of shame gone. Thank you! – Robin J.

27. Freedom on the road.

I work as a truck driver and nothing in the job has been hard to deal with as my period has been. I’m surrounded by guys and it is always awkward to ask for a bathroom every half hour. The DivaCup has given me the freedom I never thought I could have. I can go to work and just do my ‘thang’ as normal as I can, without even a worry. I have even got my fellow female truckers on board and they are also impressed. This is a game changer 🙂 – Samantha H.

28. Focused while living life on the edge.

It’s 7 AM and I insert the DivaCup. My climbing partner and I pack our gear and hike to the cliff. We spend an entire day on the wall climbing 600 feet of limestone. There are a few moments where my foot is above me head and I almost poop my pants trying to make my next move. After a successful day of climbing we arrive back at the campsite it’s 7 PM back at the campsite. I empty, clean, and reinsert The DivaCup. Glad that’s one thing I didn’t have to think about today. #50ReasonsToDiva – Victoria F.

29. Anxiety-free period!

My period has always been a time of anxiety for me, from the leaks to the smells to ‘oh my god I’ve been sitting in this lecture for two hours, what if I have a red spot on my pants when I stand up?!’ I was recommended the DivaCup by a friend, took her advice and am now far beyond ever looking back. The DivaCup has granted me such relief, and allowed me to finally stop stressing over the dreaded red week of the month. Thank you to the DivaCup, for letting me live in peace. – Rose L.

30. Treating my vagina with respect.

I use a menstrual cup because I love my body and everything it’s blessed me with. I want to treat my vagina with respect and care. I want to know that my periods will be as comfortable as possible. I have PCOS and with menstruation always came unbearable cramping and discomfort. Switching to the DivaCup was life changing. No leaks, barely any cramping and $$$$ saved every month! I spread the word whenever the opportunity comes up. I wish someone would have introduced me to The DivaCup earlier! – Hannah H.

31. Helped with the emotional battle.

Trying to conceive can be exhausting. Month after month, your very unwelcomed period makes its appearance. It can turn your menstrual cycle into an emotional battle. I loved the DivaCup during the time we were trying to conceive. I can forget about it for up to 12 hours at a time, not being reminded of another failed month. I don’t have to run to the store to buy tampons and stand around the feminine wellness aisle when I’d rather be checking out baby gear. Now that I’ve conceived, I’ll need a size 2 soon! – Tara W.

32. Helped this endo sufferer suffer a little less.

I’ve suffered from endometriosis for over 10 years. There were times when putting in and taking out a tampon would be terribly painful. In addition, I wore tampons A LOT because of irregular cycles. I was always worried about toxic shock syndrome. Enter: the DivaCup. I was hesitant, but this weekend, rather than buying another box of tampons, I finally bought the DivaCup. I popped that sucker in and immediately went to the gym. Hey, no guts no glory! NO LEAKS! TOTAL COMFORT! NO PAIN! I’m amazed and a total convert. Thank you for helping this endo sufferer suffer a little less! – Jennifer

33. No longer hating on my period.

I used to hate my period. I had hellish periods every month and tampons were the worst. Since making the switch to the DivaCup three years ago, I am much more friendly with the monthly beast. I love that I can go for hours and hours before I have to take it out (which helps as a teacher when I get very limited bathroom breaks). I especially love that I make one purchase each year and spend half as much. Making the switch was one of the best decisions and I love telling my friends how I made the switch! – Alexandra L.

34. Set it and forget it.

Being a plus sized woman is no fun when you’re on your period. Tampons never really felt right and I would experience leaks with pads because they just don’t cover enough real estate (if you know what I mean). It’s as if my menstrual blood defied the laws of physics. In all of my years of experiencing periods, I had never had an accident free period. Not until the DivaCup. With the DivaCup, I don’t have to worry about an awkward fit or leaks. It’s like a crock pot. I just set it and forget it. – Vanessa B.

35. Who has time for bathroom breaks?

I’m a social worker so working in homes of families in my community leave little time for bathroom breaks. With the DivaCup, I focus on my client’s needs, not my need to change feminine products constantly. I took my stash of disposable feminine products to a local women’s shelter, so you not only helped me, but women in my community. I experience less cramping, which helps me to be fully present for my clients and my own family, and has given me a quality of life I never thought possible for one week each month. I’m so thankful. – Sarah S.

36. Plastic-free from the sea and for me!

I was on vacation, visiting the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key, FL when I observed firsthand how destructive disposable products are to aquatic life and the environment. Beaches were littered with tampon applicators, but even worse, I learned sea animals often mistook these applicators for food causing their digestive tracks to be blocked, often resulting in death. There had to be a better way. An Internet search led me to the DivaCup. It is both eco-friendly for the sea (reusable!) and safe for me (medical-grade silicone + no chemicals). I took the bait and now I’m hooked! – Kristen L.

37. Focus on my patients, not my period.

As a busy nurse, the DivaCup has been my saving grace. I no longer have to worry about finding break times to deal with my periods, and my mind is at ease during my (sometimes very long) commutes. The confidence I have in the DivaCup is outstanding. I know I can deal with my period once in the morning and not even have to think about it during my shift, meaning my focus can be on my patients. The DivaCup is discreet, sanitary, and cost effective. I recommend them to everyone! – Rebecca N.

38. A year of freedom.

I was very skeptical when I started using the DivaCup. I watched a bunch of videos and emailed the support team. With a little practice, it took me a few cycles to be a confident Diva user. I’m proud to say it’s been a year of freedom! No more bulky pads or leaky tampons! I’ve saved so much money and gained so much! – Serena L.

39. Adventure without the hassle.

As an ultra-trail runner I would be running through the woods on a mountain for 30, 50, 100+ miles. I often chose races and my training runs based on my cycle because being in the middle of no where, on an exposed ridge line or for hours away from everything did not make dealing with my period easy. Thanks to the DivaCup I don’t have to wonder how I’ll deal with my cycle and all that used to go along with it. – Shelly C.

40. From heavy bleeding to forgetting my period.

I have had the worst periods since I first started: heavy bleeding, excessively long and extremely painful. Since switching to the DivaCup, the first two don’t impact me as much. I can almost forget I’m having my period and go about my daily business without worrying that I need to change my pad or tampon. ~ Brittney J.

41. For swimming and happy memories.

I use the DivaCup for freedom. Being a lifeguard and water safety instructor, I’ve always had worries about tampons failing and leaking. I’ve had it happen and it’s a horribly embarrassing event. With t.he DivaCup properly inserted, I no longer worry. I’m free to enjoy swimming and making happy memories for young girls too. – Asa P.

42. Better for country living.

My family moved to the country and we have a septic system so I was having to throw ALL period related waste away. The DivaCup is so easy, much more sanitary, and there’s no more trash so it’s better for the environment too! – Cindy F.

43. Empowering!

I diva because after having three gorgeous little girls, I wanted to find a safer alternative to disposable options. I’d love to pass all of my feminine health successes on to my girls in the future! Being a Diva user has been one of the best and most empowering decisions I’ve made for my feminine health. I’m a Diva, and I’m in control! – Mesha S.

44. Changes the way you see your period.

It does get better ladies! With the DivaCup, I no longer worry about packing those terrible pads and tampons! I am not running to the bathroom every hour either. You know what I am talking about!! Change the way you see your period! – Amanda K.

45. One reason? I have 10!

10 reasons why I switched to the DivaCup: Money saving! Environmentally-friendly! Canadian-made product! No pads sticking to me anymore! No more stains on underwear! Long time between changes! No odors! Lady parts stay clean! No leaking! Don’t have to wear underwear to bed anymore! No more sleeping on towels! YAY for the DivaCup! – Stacy

46. Hope for heavy periods.

After my son’s delivery (10 lbs. 6 oz.), I noticed my periods became super heavy. I would go through a super tampon in an hour during my heaviest time, which made sleep impossible. Luckily, I came across the DivaCup and hoped it would be the answer to my prayers, and it was! What do I love about the DivaCup? I love that it can hold more volume, that it is environmentally-friendly, better for my health (no nasty chemicals), and that it saves me money in the long run. Awesome product 😉 – Keri L.

47. In with the new.

After decades of little change in menstrual products, we finally have another alternative! It’s safe, effective, portable, reusable and replaced ALL other products! Get over the ick factor ladies, it’s YOUR body and it’s time to get to know it better! I hate tampons, they never seem to fit right and pads, ugh, no matter how you think they claim to be they ride, bunch and feel like a diaper. The DivaCup is perfect for even my heavy flow days. I can’t feel it and love that I don’t have to keep different products for every day of my cycle! – Sunshine

48. It has never failed me.

Since I was 12 I have had my period and it has been a painful, complicated experience. My flow is so heavy I leak through the largest tampons and sometimes right through pads. Then I heard a whispering about something called a menstrual cup. After researching in depth I found the DivaCup. When I finally bought it after careful deliberation, I was astounded that I had never heard of the amazing product before. It never failed me. I am no longer scared to leave the house or complete activities because I know I am always protected. Thank you DivaCup! – Ashley

49. In tune with my body.

There are so many reasons I use the DivaCup–value, eco-friendly, body friendly, cramp reducing, mess free, etc. Out of all those reasons, I think my number one reason is because it allows me to be in tune with my body. When I use conventional menstrual products I feel like I’m applying a band aid to a wound I don’t want to deal with. The DivaCup, on the other hand, gives me the opportunity to connect with my deepest parts and be fully aware of what is going on. There is nothing better than that. – Yvonne

50. I can leave the house on heavy days!

I have had very heavy periods for 26 years. I was unable to wear tampons for many years due to heavy bleeding. By using the DivaCup I’m able to have a life during my menstrual cycle. It’s such a blessing to be able to leave the house on the heavy days. – Maria H.

Thank you to all of our Divas for submitting their reasons for making the switch to the DivaCup!

The First Major Review of Menstrual Cups Has Just Given Its Verdict

In the last few years, menstrual cups have emerged as an eco-friendly alternative to disposable pads and tampons. Rather than absorbing menstrual blood, these flexible silicone cups collect it from within the vagina, and because they can last for up to 10 years, they are much cheaper than buying thousands of single-use products.

Yet even though menstrual cups have slowly grown in popularity, many women, girls, and transgender people do not know they are an option, and others remain skeptical that they even work or are safe.

The first systematic review of the international use of menstrual cups should put some of that fear and reluctance to rest. According to the current literature, menstrual cups are cheaper, greener and just as safe and effective as other menstruation products.

Analysing 43 studies, encompassing data from 3,300 females, the review suggests that menstrual cups are a legitimate option for handling menstruation, regardless of income, access to water or sanitation facilities.

The authors admit that the quality of the studies included in the review are a limitation, with only three assessed to be of good standard. But this says more about the state of menstrual product research in general, which is severely lacking and has been for decades.

“Despite the fact that 1.9 billion women globally are of menstruating age—spending on average 65 days a year dealing with menstrual blood flow, few good quality studies exist that compare sanitary products,” says senior author Penelope Phillips-Howard, a public health epidemiologist from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the UK.

“We aimed to address this by summarising current knowledge about leakage, safety, and acceptability of menstrual cups, comparing them to other products where possible.”

The research combined medical studies and grey literature, such as abstracts, reports and theses, with global information on menstrual cups, such as use, cost, publicity and waste.

Of the four studies that made direct comparisons between sanitary products, cups, pads and tampons were all found to be similarly effective. In fact, one study found that leakage was significantly less when menstrual cups were used.

Not only that, but these bell-shaped plastic cups also appear to be quite safe. Data from 370 females found no abnormalities in the vagina or cervix following its use. Plus, there were no adverse effects on vaginal flora, and there was no increased risk of infection among European, North American or African women and girls.

Toxic shock syndrome (TSS), a potentially fatal disease caused by an overgrowth of toxic bacteria, was found in five cases. This number seems low, the authors, say, but because the overall number of menstrual cup users is unknown it’s hard to say how clinically relevant those numbers truly are, especially in comparison to other causes of TSS, like tampons.

Among 604 girls in Kenya, for instance, no adverse event or TSS was detected with menstrual cup use.

Because of its apparently low risk and its myriad rewards, the authors of the review think the menstrual cup could help combat “period poverty” in low-income situations. Not only are these alternatives cheaper over time, a few studies suggest they might require less water than cloths, pads, tissues, or other makeshift materials commonly used in Africa.

“Even in situations where there was less water available, like in refugee camps, figured out how to menstrual cups with less water,” Phillips-Howard told NPR.

Nevertheless, awareness remains low, and even in high-income countries, the review found that only 11 to 33 percent of females know these products are an option. What’s more, those that do often cite worries about pain or reproductive consequences.

Much of this is probably due to ignorance. Among 69 websites containing educational materials on puberty in 27 countries, the authors found that 77 percent mentioned disposable pads and 65 percent mentioned tampons, while only 30 percent mentioned menstrual cups.

Still, when menstrual cups are introduced with some form of education and training, far more people are willing to consider them. Thirteen studies analysed in this review suggest that around 70 percent of females wanted to continue using menstrual cups once they were familiar with how to do so.

“This systematic review suggests that menstrual cups can be an acceptable and safe option for menstrual hygiene in high-income, low-income, and middle-income countries but are not well known,” the authors conclude.

“Our findings can inform policy makers and programmes that menstrual cups are an alternative to disposable sanitary products, even where water and sanitation facilities are poor.”

The research has been published in The Lancet.

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Dear Male Readers of Adventurous Kate: I love you, I appreciate you, you make up one third of my audience, but while I know you enjoy many of my female-oriented posts, today’s post is not going to be enjoyable for you.

If you’re a dude, I suggest you catch up on a hilarious vintage post instead: like the night I crashed Vanilla Ice’s stage or when I was an extra in a really bad German movie or pretty much anything on the newly redone Best of the Blog page.

Really. Today’s post is not for you. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you Monday.

It all began with a conversation I had last night while at dinner with my friends Beth and Gayle. Gayle was talking about her upcoming speaking engagement.

Kate: “That’s great. The more you speak, the more they’ll ask you to speak, and then you’ll start getting paid to speak.”

Gayle: “Do you get paid to speak?”

Kate: “Sometimes.”

Beth: “Did you get paid to speak at the Women in Travel Summit?”

Kate: “No, but I got a round-trip flight from Guatemala and a hotel room and some swag. And a DivaCup.”

Beth and Gayle: “What’s a Diva Cup?”

Kate: “You’ve never heard of the DivaCup?”

Beth and Gayle: “No.”

Kate: “It’s a reusable silicone menstrual cup. It’s awesome. It saves you so much money.”

Beth and Gayle: “….”

Kate: “It’s great! Seriously! It’s perfect for travel, great for the environment, and you’ll never have to buy tampons again!”

Beth and Gayle: “….”

Kate: “And you get used to it. It feels like nothing.”

Beth: “Do you have it with you?”

Kate: “Um, yes. Inside me.”

And so began a long, in-depth conversation about menstrual cups and why they rock. We had such a great talk, I decided that it’s finally time I talk about the Diva Cup.

First things first: this post isn’t a paid advertorial — this is just a product that I use and like very much. I’ve been a Diva Cup user for nearly five years now. I started right before quitting my job to travel the world in 2010 and have been using one ever since.

Though, in the interest of full disclosure, I did receive a complimentary Diva Cup in my swag bag at the Women in Travel Summit. Nobody asked me for a review; nobody is expecting a review; I haven’t been compensated; I’ve never even spoken to anyone at their company.

Why should I use a menstrual cup?

There are lots of benefits to using a silicone menstrual cup, whether a Diva Cup or another kind, both as a woman and as a traveler.

1) It saves you tons of money.

If you care for a Diva Cup properly, it can last for years. How much money will you spend on tampons and pads in that time? At least quintuple what you’d pay for a Diva Cup, and that’s if you’re being super-economical.

2) It’s good for the environment.

Think of how many tampons and pads you use in a year. Imagine a giant pile. Imagine women all over the world with equal amounts of trash. Now imagine if that waste never existed.

3) No more packing tons and tons of tampons.

Not to mention tampons of different absorbencies. Just one cup in its little bag and you’re good to go.

4) You won’t have to worry about finding tampons in a foreign country.

No more last-minute Googling to find out whether you’ll need to stock up on a large box before arriving in Sri Lanka, or Laos, or Nicaragua.

5) You can wear a cup for longer than you can wear tampons.

Menstrual cups hold a lot more liquid than a standard tampon does. Most tampon manufacturers recommend wearing tampons for a maximum of eight hours, while you can wear a menstrual cup for 12. You can also insert it ahead of time when you’re expecting your period to start.

Which brings us to our next item…

6) Zero risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome.

Toxic Shock Syndrome is a potentially deadly disease that can result from wearing tampons for too long, but it’s not a factor with a menstrual cup.

7) No excessive dryness before sex.

If you are your partner have sex during your period, you’ll be dryer than the Sahara when you pull your tampon out. Using a menstrual cup keeps things slippery in all the right places.

Isn’t it gross?

Not really. Whether you use tampons or pads, you’ve been dealing with your period for a long time and you know what it looks like.

Is it difficult to insert?

I won’t lie — it takes a little getting used to at first. It will take several tries before you get into a rhythm, so please don’t be discouraged in the beginning.

Because your first few tries will be hit or miss, I recommend wearing a panty liner the first few times you try a cup.

How do you insert a Diva Cup?

Take the cup, pinch the edges together, and fold it in half until it resembles a U, as pictured above. Insert the cup inside yourself as far as it will go, let go of the edges, and rotate it in a circle until it unfolds into its normal shape. This rotation forms a seal.

If you’ve pushed it in far enough, you won’t feel it, just like a tampon.

How often do you change a menstrual cup?

You can wear a menstrual cup for up to 12 hours, which is nice — you only need to change it twice a day. I change it once at night and once in the morning.

How do you take out a Diva Cup?

Reach in, pinch the bottom of the cup gently, and pull it out. Pour the blood in the toilet, clean yourself up, and wash the cup.

You can wash the cup with gentle soap like Dove or buy a bottle of Diva Wash, which is specially formulated for the Diva Cup.

Do menstrual cups leak?

If worn correctly, menstrual cups don’t leak more than a tampon, which is rarely. I do recommend, however, that you wear a panty liner with it at first, just in case it takes a few tries before you’re inserting it correctly.

Can you wear a Diva Cup or other menstrual cup while swimming?

Absolutely. And you can exercise, take baths, hike, or do anything else that you would do ordinarily.

Can you wear a Diva Cup during sex?

I won’t say that it’s impossible, but I would highly discourage wearing a DivaCup during sex due to the nozzle on the end.

Do you need to get sized for the Diva Cup?

No. It comes in two sizes: Model 1 is for women who haven’t given birth, Model 2 is for women who have given birth.

Are there other brands besides Diva Cup?

Yes, there are! Moon Cup, Lunette, and Dutchess Cup are some of the other brands.

I can’t speak to their efficacy, as I’ve only used the DivaCup.

Where can I buy a Diva Cup for cheap?

It’s cheapest on Amazon. $27.99 for Model 1, $28.64 for Model 2.

The Takeaway

The Diva Cup revolutionized how I handle my period during my travels, saving me quite a bit of money and helping the environment in the process. I highly encourage all female travelers to give it a try.

This is not an advertisement and I was not compensated for this post — I just love my Diva Cup and wanted to write about it. However, this post does contain affiliate links. If you choose to buy through these links, I’ll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you, which will help reduce the increasing costs of running this site. Thanks!

If you’ve been debating on whether or not to hop on the menstrual cup bandwagon, then keep reading! Lunette Cup will change your life – LITERALLY! We’re talking no more having to worry about changing your tampon or pad every few hours, saving hundreds and hundreds of dollars over time, and saving the environment. Of course, there’s more reasons why you should switch to Lunette Menstrual Cup, so follow along below!

We’ve put together our top 10 reasons why you should use Lunette Cup. The reasons are all so great they can’t possibly be ordered by importance!

Top 10 Reasons to Use Lunette Menstrual Cup:

It’s convenient

Because Lunette Menstrual Cup can hold much more liquid than a tampon, it only needs to be emptied 2 to 4 times per day during normal flow, so the times you have to deal with it are less frequent. 

It’s easy to use

It’s similar to using a non-applicator tampon. Simply fold, insert, and live your life. For the nitty-gritty details, we have an informational video with steps on how to use your cup.

You won’t feel damp during your period

Our cups are made with medical-grade silicone, which also means it’s not a bacteria-friendly environment. Pads create a stifling, moist environment that is a breeding ground for yeast infections, bacteria, and odor. With a menstrual cup, you can forget about feeling “wet” or uncomfortable down there and feel as if you weren’t even menstruating!

It’s all natural

With Lunette, you won’t have to worry about chemicals being introduced and held close to your vaginal membranes. Our cup is hypoallergenic, toxin-free, durable, and isn’t harmful to human tissue! On the other hand, tampons made from non-organic cotton may contain pesticides. Major brands are known to contain anti-microbials, dioxin, and use bleach in the production process. These chemicals are surely at a trace level and we cannot know the level of danger they present.

You’ll save TONS of money

Say goodbye to your monthly run to the nearest grocery or convenient store to purchase your monthly box of period products! The average menstruating human spends approximately $84 + per year on disposable tampons and pads. Making the switch with Lunette is a one-time cost that will last you years. In fact, it pays for itself after a few months. Wouldn’t you rather spend your money on something else every month?

It eliminates the need for multiple kinds of vaginal care products

Your menstrual cup can be worn at any time during your period, on your heaviest or lightest flow, and you can use it during the day and while you sleep. You won’t need other products tailored to particular flow needs. It also eliminates the need to have “supplies” on hand at all times during your period.

No more dryness

Are you familiar with that horrid feeling that happens when you pull out a dry tampon? Just thinking about it makes us cringe! A tampon’s absorbency can dry out the mucous membrane by over-wicking natural moisture in your vagina. Lunette Menstrual Cup does not disrupt the natural lubricating ability of the vagina nor does it interfere with the natural process of shedding menstrual blood, dead cells and bacteria.

Lunette Menstrual Cup is zero-waste and eco-friendly

Being environmentally friendly is always a plus! Lunette will last for years and generates no waste, no accumulation of plastic applicators, wrappers or bio-waste from used disposables. In fact, the Lunette box and enclosed informational material is made from recycled cardboard and paper, and you can compost or recycle the box! It’s a win-win situation. Fun fact: once you’re done forever with your cup, you can burn it and it will turn into ash!

You can live your life normally

Lunette Menstrual Cup can be worn during sports and other physical activities without any burden. Not to mention, there’s no risk of a string peeking out of your bikini bottoms at the beach, or getting a rash from sweating! Your cup will sit comfortably inside you, making it completely comfortable and easy for you to do all your daily activities!

You can still be intimate

There are extra benefits to having no strings attached – if you like to sleep naked, you absolutely can while you’re using Lunette! Of course, if you’re feeling frisky with your partner one night, cups are so discreet they won’t even notice you’re on your period. However, PLEASE don’t have penetrative sex while using a cup.

“There is a learning curve. It takes some time and getting familiar with your body. And I think it’s very important for people who want to use the cup to be prepared for that.”

New users are often shocked at the size of the devices. Menstrual cups hold just less than one fluid ounce. They come in different sizes, but all are about 1.9 inches high. The rim of the cup, or bell, is about 1.6 inches in diameter.

“People don’t understand their anatomy — they see it and think, ‘It will never fit,’” said Penelope Phillips-Howard, the review’s senior author, also of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. “They don’t realize that actually it’s very flexible. You shape the cup in a certain way in position and fold it so you can insert it, and then it opens up inside the vagina.”

If the cup is inserted incorrectly, it will be uncomfortable, and the user should remove it and try to reinsert it, Dr. Phillips-Howard said. It can take two to three months for a woman to become accustomed to the device. (Her own research has found that teenage girls in Kenya preferred menstrual cups to pads)

And, she said, there is an initial ‘ick’ factor that needs to be overcome.

“This is just anecdotal, but many girls and women I’ve spoken to say it’s a bit yucky,” Dr. Phillips-Howard said. “Menstrual blood is taboo. It’s not to be seen, not to be talked about. And some people don’t like to touch their bodies. You have to be willing to touch yourself, though it’s not very different from using a tampon.”

The new analysis found no increased risk of infection associated with the use of menstrual cups. But the authors identified five cases in which menstrual cup users developed toxic shock syndrome, a life-threatening condition caused by the release of toxins from the overgrowth of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria.

Since the total number of menstrual cup users is unknown, however, the authors were not able to estimate the risk compared to other menstrual products, such as high-absorbency tampons, which were once linked to toxic shock syndrome.

For years, women have used either tampons or pads to collect blood and protect clothing during their periods. But a menstrual cup provides women with an alternative to these traditional methods. Some are long-lasting and reusable, while others are disposable.

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Menstrual cup basics and advantages

Aren’t sure what a menstrual cup is? It’s a flexible cup designed for use inside the vagina during your period to collect menstrual blood. The cup actually collects the menstrual flow rather than absorbing it like tampons or pads do.

Most menstrual cups are made of silicone or rubber. I always remind my patients that if they’re latex-sensitive, they should make certain to purchase a cup made entirely of silicone.

You can use a cup all the way through your cycle, but you might need to change it more often on heavy flow days to guard against leaking. Remove and rinse your cup after 12 hours, or when leaking occurs.

Advantages of menstrual cups include:

  • Lower costs and less landfill waste. Some cups are designed for long-term use – even years – providing a significant cost savings over tampons and pads. Since you can reuse them, there’s less waste to clog up our landfills and fewer trees sacrificed to make the paper-based alternatives. Keep in mind that some cups are designed to be disposable. Make sure you read the box label carefully before buying if you want a reusable one.
  • Less embarrassing odor. You won’t have to worry about embarrassing menstrual odor wafting out at the most inopportune times, since the fluid doesn’t get exposed to air as it does with pads and tampons.
  • Vaginal pH and beneficial bacteria stay in place. Tampons absorb all your vaginal fluid along with the blood, which may disturb the delicate pH and bacterial balance in your vagina.
  • Fewer visits to the pharmacy. Even if you replace your cup once a year, you’ll still make 11 fewer trips to the pharmacy than you would if you used the disposable paper-based methods.
  • More time between changes. You need to change tampons every four to eight hours, depending on flow. You can go up to 12 hours with a menstrual cup before emptying.
  • Intercourse is possible with the cup in place. It’s possible to have intercourse while the cup is in your vagina. It’s really a personal choice whether you want to remove it first or not.
  • Easy to use. Anyone who has used tampons, especially the kind without applicators, should have little trouble learning how to insert a menstrual cup. If you’ve ever used a diaphragm for birth control, you’ll have even less trouble learning how to use your new cup. Simply fold it so it looks like a tampon, aim it toward the back of the vagina and give a little push. It should actually draw itself up. When inserted properly, you shouldn’t feel its presence at all.

Menstrual cup disadvantages include:

  • More mess. The main disadvantage that my patients note is that cup emptying can be messy. With practice, most women will work out a suitable technique and quickly get over the “ick factor.” Also, cleaning it in a public bathroom may cause embarrassment to some.
  • Difficulty of insertion for some. Younger girls and those who’ve never had intercourse may find it difficult to insert the cups. And, if you have an IUD in place, using a menstrual cup could pull the IUD strings and dislodge it. Ask your OB/GYN or primary care physician about his or her preferences in these instances.
  • Possible fit problems. Sometimes individual anatomy can make proper use of the cup difficult. For instance, if you have fibroids or a dropped uterus, it may not fit in place properly.
  • Cup removal issues. Removing the cup can sometimes present more of a learning curve. You shouldn’t pull on the stem. Instead, pinch the base and pull. The collected fluid then empties into the toilet. Rinse under tap water and reinsert.
  • Maintenance. After each cycle, sterilize the cup using boiling water or a sterilizing solution used for baby bottles.

The only way to know if a menstrual cup is the right device for you is to buy one and give it a try! They come in various formations and sizes, so sometimes, if the first one doesn’t suit you, the next one will do the trick. You can find them at drug stores or buy them online.

Contributor: Elisa Ross, MD

Considering how long menstruation has been around, the options for managing it are, frankly, limited. About 7 in 10 people in Western Europe, Canada and the USA use tampons, or a combination of tampons and pads (1). While the first menstrual cup was patented way back in 1867, they’ve only recently risen to mainstream appeal.

For some background, menstrual cups are small flexible cups that you slip into your vagina during menstruation. Unlike tampons and pads, cups collect your menstrual blood rather than absorbing it. It might seem a little gory, but a recent study showed that 9 in 10 people who tried a modern menstrual cup for three cycles said they preferred it to a tampon or pad (2). They may not be right for everyone, but they’re definitely worth trying.

In fact, you just might love them.

There are so many reasons to love menstrual cups… once you get used to them. It takes about three cycles to get a realistic idea of how they fit with your body and life (2)(3).

How they work:

Most menstrual cups can stay in for up to 12 hours before being emptied and rinsed.

This means you can wear one when you’re sleeping, or all day long. You may need to empty a cup more often if your flow is at its heaviest, but you can use the same cup for your heaviest and lightest days. You can even wear it when you’re anticipating your period, or not sure if your period is over (though if you have regular cycles, you could just check Clue!). Menstrual cups might have fewer leaks for you than tampons or pads, and usually have less odor (3). You’ll also have fewer trips to the pharmacy and no tampon string at the beach. The environmental impact of menstrual cups is also significantly lower than disposable products. Certain cups are even safe to leave in during sex. These cups are typically flatter when empty and cover the cervix, sitting higher in the vagina. Other cups are round and sit low, close to the vaginal opening.

The health benefits:

Where to start!? Unlike tampons, menstrual cups keep all your other healthy vaginal fluids right where they should be: in your vagina. Tampons absorb anything they can get their cotton-y fibers on. This includes healthy bacteria, hydration and lubrication. Tampons also cause friction in the vagina, especially when they are too absorbent for the amount of blood flow. This can cause little tears in the delicate vaginal wall (4). Menstrual cups have almost no history of causing toxic shock syndrome (TSS), a rare, but dangerous, buildup of certain bacteria in the vagina mainly associated with high-absorbency tampons (5)(6). Lastly, menstrual cups let you monitor exactly how much you are bleeding. This can help you spot a change, or keep an eye on an existing health condition.

The downsides (and how to handle them):

Menstrual cups are easy insert and remove, once you get the hang of them. Even so, adjusting to a cup can take time and be inconvenient. Be patient and don’t expect to make the switch flawlessly or all at once. Try your cup when it’s convenient at first, and carry a pad or tampon for back up.

Cups can also be pain to deal with in public restrooms. You can get around this by carrying a tampon or pad for just-in-case situations. You can also carry a little bag for your cup (this one collapses into a convenient case) . If rinsing it at the sink isn’t an option, you might try peeing on it to rinse it off. Then clean it when you get home, and re-insert. In general, reusable cups need to be periodically cleaned with boiling water.

How to insert a menstrual cup:

It can take a few cycles to come up with the cup position and routine that works for you. You may put it in too high at first and spring a leak, or too low and have pinching (depending on the cup you use). It can also be tricky to get the hang of removing a full cup. The first few times you do it can be messy. These are all normal bumps in the road on the way to becoming a dedicated cup-lover.

Each menstrual cup is a bit different, so read the instructions before you try. Most cups will have you fold them up, and insert them horizontally towards your tailbone. You may need to rotate or adjust certain cups to get them in place. Be sure your cup isn’t suctioned to your vaginal wall. To remove, go slowly at first and expect to feel a bit unsure. A great place to get used to removing your menstrual cup is in the shower.

As always, the best thing to use is what’s best for you. Whatever your choice, read the instructions carefully and use your products as they are intended. If you have personal experience with the cup you’d like to share, let us know on social media. You can also contact our support team if you have questions about the cup and we’ll do our best to help you.

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Diva Cup vs Lena Cup: Overview

The LENA Cup and the Diva Cup are two top-quality menstrual cups that are both manufactured in North America. The Diva Cup is from Canada while the Lena Cup is American made (California).

They are two of the best menstrual cups in the world, and you really couldn’t go wrong with buying either of them. They’re an eco-friendly, affordable feminine hygiene option that we hope more people will try out.

10 years ago, the Diva Cup dominated the menstrual cup world, and today, they’re still the most popular brand worldwide. They’re so popular that many people associate the name “Diva Cup” with “menstrual cup.”

Diva Cup Since 2001

The Diva Cup has been around since 2001 and is the most popular menstrual cup in the world. If you’re going to find just one menstrual cup available in a store, it’ll probably be the Diva Cup.

It’s an excellent period cup, and it’s often the first one that people buy. It’s so good, that many people end up sticking with it for the rest of their lives.

Lena Cup: A Newcomer to the Scene

The Lena Cup is a relative newcomer to the menstrual cup world and has only been around a few years. Except that it’s taken the menstrual cup world by storm because it’s such a great cup and offered at a very reasonable price.

We predict that this will be the one dominating the market in just a few years time, unless the older, established companies lower their prices.

The company’s mission is to put a top-quality menstrual cup in the hands of as many people as possible for a reasonable price. They’ve done that extremely well. We also love how many great reviews they have online. People that try the Lena Cup really seem to love it.

We also LOVE how there are two firmness options for the Lena Cup: regular, and sensitive. If you find something like the Diva Cup too stiff for you, try out the Lena sensitive and you’ll probably find that it works.

Here at Reusable Menstrual Cups, we love having more affordably priced, yet still high-quality cups to recommend!

The Lena Cup, one of the top menstrual cup brands.

Lena Cup vs. Diva Cup Pricing

In terms of price, the Lena Cup is a little bit cheaper on Amazon. The Diva Cup usually comes in a bit more expensive. The manufacturers of the Lena Cup want to put a top-quality, affordable menstrual cup in the hands of every person who wants one.

While the Diva Cup company doesn’t have this explicit goal, it’s in fact what they’re been doing for years.

Considering that a menstrual cup can last for up to 10 years with proper care and cleaning, a few extra bucks isn’t a big deal, if it means getting the cup that’s right for you.

Let’s sum this up! Paying a few more, or less dollars for the right cup isn’t such a big deal because you’ll save so much money when compared to tampons. It’s more important to just get the right one for your body type.

Ratings for the Lena Cup and Diva Cup

There are plenty of satisfied customers with both of these popular period cups and very few specific complaints with either of them.

Over on Amazon, both the Lena and the Diva Cup have thousands of 4-5 star reviews, and a very good overall rating.

The unhappy people seem not like menstrual cups in general; their negative review doesn’t have anything to do with problems with these specific cups.

This perhaps partly explains the Diva Cup having a slightly lower rating. It’s the first cup that most people try, while the Lena Cup has more experienced cup users who buy it for the second, or third one.

Diva Cup and Lena Cup: Registered with the FDA

Both of these excellent period cups are registered with the FDA and are made from the highest quality medical grade silicone. You really couldn’t go wrong with buying either of them in terms of design, safety and ease of use.

The Diva Cup is made in Canada, while the Lena Cup is from the USA. North American menstrual cups have a reputation for being among the best that you can buy, and these two are no exception to that.

These two menstrual cups flip flop back and forth between our top and second top rated cup, depending on the author’s mood! We love both of them and personally use them interchangeably.

Diva Cup vs Lena Cup: Design

In terms of design, the Diva Cup and the Lena Cup are quite similar. They are both bell-shaped cylinders that have a long stem on them. The Diva Cup has a little bit longer bell, while the Lena Cup is a bit more stout and rounded at the bottom.

These sanitary cups are designed to sit low in the vaginal canal, unlike something like the Ziggy Cup which sits right below the cervix.

Both these period cups are similar in size, although the Lena Cup is a bit smaller, for both the small and large sizes.

Lena Cup vs Diva Cup Capacity

In terms of design, these two popular period cups are almost identical. One slight difference is in the small size of the Lena Cup which has a capacity of 25 ml vs the 30 ml of the Diva Cup.

If you have a very heavy period, you may want to opt for the Diva Cup over the Lena Cup. But, you might do even better by considering one of these high-capacity menstrual cups instead.

Check out this Menstrual Cup Capacity Comparison Chart for more details:

Diva Cup vs Lena Cup Shape

The shape of the cups is slightly different as well. If you compare the two products side by side, you’ll see that the Diva Cup is more of a cone. The LENA cup has a bit more of a bell-shape to it. Both of these designs can work well.

In our experience, if you find that the Diva Cup leaks, you can try out the Lena Cup and perhaps have better results (or vice-versa). It’s sometimes not useful to try out something so so similar.

For example, if the Diva Cup doesn’t work for you, don’t try the MoonCup next because they are almost identical to each other.

It’s the same with the Lena Cup. If it doesn’t work for you, don’t try something like the Sckooncup, which is very similar in terms of design.

Diva Cup vs Lena Cup Color

Lena Cup Colours

Another small difference is color: the Diva Cup is white, which can start to look dingy after months of use, while the Lena Cup is pink and can look quite new even after a year or two.

The Diva Cup company does this on purpose. They say that their cup is more stable, and lasts longer because of this.

This disadvantage can be overcome by cleaning your Diva Cup regularly. You can also use something like the Diva Wash, which should help prevent serious staining.

But, in reality a little staining or discolouration doesn’t really matter. After all, it’s something you’re putting into your vaginal canal! You’re not displaying it to the world.

Staining in no way impacts the effectiveness of the cup, nor does it indicate that the cup is degrading and needs to be replaced.

Diva Cup vs Lena Cup: Comparison Chart

Lena vs Diva Cup: Which One is Best for Beginners

You’re new to menstrual cups and you’re trying to decide between the Lena Cup and the Diva Cup. Which one is right for you?

In reality, both of them (Diva Cup + regular Lena Cup) are great beginner menstrual cups. They both have a nice firmness to them and most people will find that they’re reasonably easy to insert and get them to open.

Over on Amazon, there are thousands of happy customers with both of these products. Many of them are first-time menstrual cup users.

Another Diva Cup vs. Lena Cup Comparison

Diva Cup vs Lena Cup: Which one to Choose?

Both these menstrual cups are an excellent choice for your first cup. They are top-quality products, from reputable companies and you can get them at a reasonable price.

Stiffness: Lena Cup vs Diva Cup

The Diva Cup is considered to have an “average” stiffness. This means that it should pop open reasonably well once you put it into your vaginal canal. However, it’s not so firm that it will press strongly against your vaginal canal walls. A very firm cup can cause cramping for some people.

There are two models of Lena Cup: Regular, and Sensitive. The regular one is considered to be a firmer menstrual cup, while the sensitive is one of the softer ones. We love that Lena has come out with two options, one firmer, and one softer than average. It’s a nice alternative to the majority of menstrual cups which kind of fall in the middle.

A very firm cup will be extremely easy to insert. However, it can sometimes feel a bit uncomfortable because it pushes so strongly against your vaginal canal. The soft Lena Cup can feel very comfortable, but be slightly harder to insert.

The choice really is up to you. For more details, check out this Menstrual Cup Firmness Comparison Chart:

Price: Diva Cup vs Lena Cup

Another reason to go with the Lena Cup over the Diva Cup is the price. If you have a look on Amazon, you’ll see that the Lena Cup is usually a few dollars cheaper than the Diva Cup.

Because it’s such an excellent cup, there’s no reason to spend more money if you don’t have to! We LOVE that have some of these newer menstrual cup companies are offering their cups at a bit of a cheaper price compared to the Diva Cup, MoonCup, or Lunette.

The Slight Edge Goes to the Lena Cup over the Diva Cup

Considering these factors, it looks like the Lena Cup has the slight edge! We love a cup that is easy to insert and place inside, as well as remove. And any menstrual cup that doesn’t leak for most people is a serious win here at Reusable Menstrual Cups.

Plus, you can save a bit of money. Who doesn’t want to have a few extra dollars in their wallet at the end of the month?

The other thing that we love is the different firmness options. If you’re a beginner to menstrual cups, you may want to try out the regular one. Firmer cups are easier to insert because they’ll usually just pop open when you put them inside of you.

If you’re an experience sanitary cup user, and are looking for your next menstrual cup, you may want to try out the Lena sensitive. This is particularly true if a firmer cup has caused pain or cramping.

Lena vs Diva Cup: Are they Comfortable?

If you’re new to menstrual cups, you probably want to know whether or not the Lena Cup or the Diva Cup are comfortable to wear.

In general, most people can’t feel either of these cups when they’re inserted. It’s similar to tampons, in that once they’re in, you don’t even notice that they’re there.

However, a small percentage of people may experience cramps from a menstrual cup. This is because some of the stiffer ones (The Diva Cup, or the Lena Cup Regular) can push quite strongly against the vaginal canal walls.

This can cause some discomfort for some people. A stiff cup can also push quite strongly on your urethra, which can be painful for a small proportion of people.

The solution to an uncomfortable menstrual cup? It’s usually to get a smaller, softer one. Check out the Lena Sensitive, Small and it’ll probably work well for you.

The Diva Cup is for You?

“The Diva Cup is one of the best things I’ve ever bought. Just like tampons, it takes a while to get used to it. However, it’s kind of a game-changer for your period. Don’t forget that you can trim the tail of the cup if it’s a bit too long for you.”

The best place to buy a menstrual cup is on Amazon. There is a huge range of choices and you can get the exact menstrual cup you want, instead of just choosing from the one or two at the local drugstore. Delivery will be within a few days and shipping is often free.

“I love using my Diva Cup! I was super nervous before using it for the first time, but I watched a lot of YouTube videos about how to do it. Also be sure to read the instructions that come along with it. I wasn’t let down. No leaks at all, and I couldn’t feel it when it was inside me.”

As the Diva Cup is the most popular menstrual cup in the world, you can often find it at the drugstore, even outside of North America. If a store carries only one menstrual cup, it’s probably the Diva Cup. However, prices are often cheaper on Amazon, so check there first.

You can get the Diva Cup on Amazon today:

Or, is the Lena Cup the One?

“I used the Diva Cup for years, but was never really happy with it. It always seemed like the cup was pushing out whenever I went to the bathroom. I found that the Lena Cup just worked better for me…it sealed really nicely to my vaginal wall, which made it not leak as much.”

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“I’m on my second cycle with the Lena Menstrual Cup, and it’s true what everyone says—there is certainly a learning curve. However, it’s going much better than the first few times, so I’m not going to give up.”

Perhaps you’ve decided that the LENA Feminine Hygiene Cup is the one for you?

It’s often quite difficult to find the Lena Cup at your local stores because it’s a newcomer to the menstrual cup world. The best place to buy it is on Amazon. You can check out the reviews and compare prices over on Amazon:

Diva Cup vs Lena Cup: More Information

Lena Cup Review

The Diva Cup Review

Diva Cup vs Lena Cup: How Often to Replace Them

A common question that people have is how often they need to replace the Diva Cup or the Lena Cup. What do the companies recommend?

Diva Cup’s Recommendation

Well, the Diva errs on the extreme conservative side of things and says that you should replace the Diva Cup every year or two.

Lena Cup’s Recommendation

The Lena Cup says to replace it when it starts to become worn out, and they actually give no specific timeframe.

More Details

Both companies mention that some discolouration is normal and that it’s not a reason to replace your menstrual cup.

What about user experience? Most people find that top-quality menstrual cups that are made from medical grade silicone (like the Diva Cup or Lena Cup) can last for 5-10 years. This assumes you take care of them properly.

Tips for Extending the Lifespan of your Diva Cup or Lena Cup

Neither of these menstrual cups are cheap! That’s why it makes sense to take the best care of them possible in order that they last for a long time. Here are a few quick tips:

  • Wash your menstrual cup with mild soap (water based) or menstrual cup wash and water. Do this every time you remove your menstrual cup.
  • Deep clean your Diva Cup or Lena Cup at the end of your period by scrubbing it well with an old toothbrush.
  • You can sterilize your cup by boiling in a pot of water on the stove for 5 minutes.
  • Most importantly, NEVER store your Lena Cup or Diva Cup in an airtight container. Keep it in the cloth bag that came with it.

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Lena vs Diva Cup: Toxic Shock Syndrome?

What about toxic shock syndrome with either the Lena or the Diva Cup? Is it possible for this to happen, and is the risk higher or lower than with tampons. Let’s find out.

Every year, there are hundreds of cases of TSS from tampons. However, there are many people who use tampons so the overall risk is actually not that high. This is especially true if you take basic precautions such as changing your tampon frequently enough.

There’s been only one reported case of Toxic Shock Syndrome happening from a menstrual cup. It happened with the Diva Cup. The person cut themselves when inserting it at the beginning of their period, and then came down with TSS around a week later.

It’s clear that the overall risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome is lower with menstrual cups that with tampons. But, as far as Diva Cup vs Lena? The overall risk is probably the same.

Lena Cup vs Diva Cup: Compatible with an IUD?

If you use an IUD, you wonder whether or not the Lena Cup, or the Diva Cup is the better option. Both of them are very similar in terms of whether or not they’ll work for you if you use an IUD.

Here are a few general tips for using an IUD along with a menstrual cup:

  • There should be room between your cervix and the rim of the cup. If you have a low cervix, neither of these cups may be a good choice for you to use along with an IUD.
  • You can get your doctor to trim the strings on your IUD as short as possible so they don’t interfere with your cup.
  • Check the location of your IUD strings periodically to make sure they haven’t shifted.
  • Be careful when removing your Lena Cup or Diva Cup. Make sure to break the suction seal first (squeeze in at the base with two fingers) before pulling out the cup.
  • DO NOT pull out the Diva Cup or Lena Cup completely by the stem. It’s the fastest way to dislodge an IUD.

Menstrual Cups and IUDs.

Lena vs Diva Cup: What about Sex?

A common question that people have is whether or not they can have sex while using the Lena or Diva Cup. For anything up to penetrative sex, they’re a great option. This is because unlike tampons, there are no strings hanging out.

However, for penetrative sex, the Lena Cup and the Diva Cup are not suitable. There isn’t room for everything, and they’re also quite stiff. Even if you were to try, you, as well as your partner would probably find it very uncomfortable.

Try the Intimina Ziggy Cup Instead

If you want to have non-messy sex during your period, then an excellent option is the Ziggy Menstrual Cup.

The Ziggy Cup is made from the same material as the Lena or Diva Cup, but it’s a flat, flexible disc. Instead of sitting low in the vaginal canal, it fits right below your cervix. Most people report that neither they, nor their partner were able to feel it during sex.

We LOVE that there’s now a reusable option for period sex that we can recommend to people. Nice work Intimina!

You can check out the Ziggy Cup for yourself over on Amazon:

How to Use the Intimina Ziggy Cup

Diva Cup vs Lena Cup: Have your Say

Diva Cup vs Lena Cup: Which one are you going with? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts.

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The internet’s taught me a lot. I’ve learned how to write checks, how to make homemade macaroni and cheese, what “TFW” and other modern slang terms mean, and countless other more or less priceless things that I just never learned in school. One of the genuinely priceless pieces of information that I have gathered from the internet, though, is the existence of menstrual cups.

If you don’t know what a menstrual cup is, basically, it’s a reusable menstrual product that, like a tampon, is inserted vaginally but, unlike a tampon, collects menstrual fluid rather than absorbing it. Once the cup is full, the wearer simply removes it, empties it, cleans it with a gentle soap, and reinserts it. The use of menstrual cups rather than tampons greatly reduces, if not eliminates, the risk of toxic shock syndrome. Most menstrual cups can be safely worn for around twelve hours, unlike tampons, which should be changed every four-eight hours, making these a great option for students, athletes, employees, etc. Additionally, since menstrual cups last for years (if they’re cared for), they’re quite environmentally friendly, as you won’t be throwing away a ton of pads and tampons each month. Add all of this with the money you’ll spend on disposable menstrual products and, honestly, there’s not much of a reason not to switch to a menstrual cup!

Now, if you do know about menstrual cups, you know that there are a TON of options out there. They vary in shape, size, firmness, color, design, price… basically, there’s a menstrual cup for every body. I can’t claim to be familiar with even a third of the menstrual cups in existence, but I am familiar with the three that will be reviewed in this post: the Diva Cup, the Lunette, and the Lena Cup.

I know that many people have reviewed the Diva Cup and the Lunette due to their popularity, but when I was considering buying the Lena Cup, I struggled to find many comparisons. I didn’t want to just compare it to one of my other cups, so I decided to do both. I’ll review the cups in the order that I purchased them (Diva Cup, Lunette, Lena Cup), then finish up with a quick “who-did-what-best” at the end.

Without further ado, onto the comparison!

From left to right: Model 1 Lunette in coral, Small Lena Cup, and Model 1 Diva Cup

The Diva Cup

The Diva Cup

Some quick numbers:
Size 1
Diameter: 43mm
Cup Length: 53mm
Total Length: 70mm
Capacity: 30ml
Size 2
Diameter: 46mm
Cup Length: 57mm
Total Length: 70mm
Capacity: 30ml

A short, unbiased summary
The Diva Cup is available in sizes 1 and 2. Size 1 is recommended for women under the age of 30 who have never given birth, while size 2 is recommended for women 30 and over and/or women who have given birth. Both sizes are only available in the clear color. The stem is round and hollow. There are four suction holes beneath the rim.

The good
The Diva Cup was the first menstrual cup I ever used, so it’ll always hold a weird, dear place in my heart. It’s a good beginner’s cup due to the softness of the silicone; without a doubt, this cup is the least firm of the bunch that I own. Because of this, inserting and removing it is a breeze.

The softer silicone also means that this cup is great for those who suffer from intense cramping. Although my cramping isn’t awful, I definitely experienced the least cramping while wearing this cup.

The Diva Cup has the shortest stem out of the cups I own and the cup itself takes up most of the total length, so you most likely won’t need to worry about trimming the stem down to size.

This cup has the least noticeable seams out of the cups that I own – honestly, looking at it, I struggle to detect any seams at all. As seams tend to cling on to stains, this cup actually ended up being pretty easy to clean for the most part. The Diva Cup took much longer to become discolored than my Lunette did.

Finally, this cup is the only one that I own that has measurement lines on the inside, which can be a great help if you want to be more conscious of your flow. There are lines indicating 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, 7.5 ml, and 15 ml.

The bad
The main reason I decided to splurge on a new cup after little less than a year of using the Diva Cup was the unavoidable discoloration. Because the Diva Cup is only available in clear, some mild fading begins to appear rather quickly, regardless of how often it’s cleaned. The four suction holes at the top of the cup are the smallest of each of the cups I own and are nearly impossible to clean without using a toothpick or something similar. The hollow stem (probably my least favorite feature of this cup) gets dirty and discolored very quickly and will likely need to be cleaned using a cotton swab, which isn’t typically doable throughout the day.

The down side of this cup’s softness is that it’s rather difficult to open fully. Firmer cups “pop” open quickly, whereas this one takes a bit of poking around. I did eventually get used to it, but the Diva Cup is definitely not a cup I can quickly insert then immediately be ready to go.

Lastly, I experienced the most leakage while using this cup. I’m not sure if this is just something with my body or if it’s something with the cup itself (perhaps the difficulty I experienced with opening it fully), but I could never wear this cup without wearing a thin pad as well.

The Lunette

The Lunette

Some quick numbers:
Model 1
Diameter: 41mm
Cup Length: 47mm
Total Length: 72mm
Capacity: 25ml
Model 2
Diameter: 46mm
Cup Length: 52mm
Total Length: 72mm
Capacity: 30ml

A short, unbiased summary
The Lunette is available in models 1 and 2. Model 1 is recommended for women with a light to moderate flow, while model 2 is recommended with women with a normal or heavier flow. Both models are available in clear, blue, purple, yellow, and coral. The stem is flat. There are four suction holes beneath the rim.

The good
The first difference I noticed between the Lunette and the Diva Cup were the color options that I could choose from. In getting a Lunette that isn’t clear, it becomes much easier to fight discoloration.

I much prefer the shape of the Lunette (and the Lena, as it is similar) to that of the Diva Cup. While the Diva Cup is widest at the top then simply becomes narrower as it goes towards the stem, the Lunette forms more of a bell shape, bulging out slightly beneath the rim then becoming narrower.

Perhaps due to this shape, I experienced next to no leaking with the Lunette when it was completely opened. On my heavier days, I did wear a small pad as well just to give me peace of mind, but it was rarely actually needed. I could go many hours without needing to empty it and still have no fear of leakage.

The stem on the Lunette is quite long which, for me, is a good thing, as I have a higher cervix. I never had any issues with removing my Lunette. Also, because it’s a solid stem, it’s impossible to get any residue within the stem.

The suction holes on the Lunette are wider than those on the Diva Cup, making it easier to remove and (ideally – we’ll get to this soon!) easier to clean.

Out of the three cups I own, the Lunette falls right in the middle in terms of firmness. Because it’s firmer than the Diva Cup, it pops open really easily; it never took me more than a few seconds to feel confident that my Lunette was completely open. Although it is firm, it’s still softer than the Lena Cup, so it is gentler than that cup for those with intense cramping.

The bad
You might detect a theme going here, but my least favorite thing about this cup was, again, the difficulty I experienced in cleaning it. In purchasing a coral Lunette, I expected little to no discoloration for at least a few months. Surprisingly, I actually found the Lunette to become discolored much quicker than the Diva Cup, even with washing it daily and boiling it after each cycle.

The Lunette has undoubtedly the most noticeable seams of the cups that I own. As noted in my Diva Cup review above, seams cling onto stains, so my Lunette discolored really quickly, particularly at the tip of the stem (this is actually visible in the pictures of my Lunette in this article) and on the seam around the rim. While this doesn’t mean that my Lunette is unsafe in any way, I became really bothered by it quite quickly.

Although the suction holes in the Lunette are wider than those in the Diva Cup, they were somehow much more difficult to clean. It seems that they’re rough around their walls, making it nearly impossible to clean them fully. While boiling my Lunette does sanitize it, the extreme discoloration in the suction holes is a huge turn off for me.

The Lena Cup

The Lena Cup

Some quick numbers:
Small
Diameter: 41mm
Cup Length: 46mm
Total Length: 71mm
Capacity: 25ml
Model 2
Diameter: 45mm
Cup Length: 50.7mm
Total Length: 70.5mm
Capacity: 30ml

A short, unbiased summary
The Lena is available in small and large. The small is recommended for women with a light or normal flow, while the large is recommended with women with a normal or heavy flow. Both models are available only in pink. The stem is flat. There are four slanted suction holes beneath the rim, which is undefined.

The good
With the Lena cup, I finally found a cup that is mostly stain-resistant. Because it comes in pink rather than clear, the silicone itself doesn’t stain easily. The undefined rim leaves no crevices that will cling onto discoloration. Although there are more noticeable seams than in the Diva Cup, they are smaller than those of the Lunette, and so far, I haven’t had any issues with staining there, either. (See “The bad” for an update on this.)

The Lena cup is the only cup I know of to have slanted suction holes. On their website, the company that made this cup explains that this allows the holes to have a smoother interior, making them easier to clean. This is the first cup with which I have had absolutely no problem cleaning the suction holes, which is great!

The shape of the Lena cup is very similar to that of the Lunette in its bell shape, which I find both more attractive and more functional in terms of avoiding leakage.

This cup is definitely the firmest cup that I own, meaning it pops open really easily once inserted. Because I had no issues with opening it fully, I also had next to no leakage.

At the base of the Lena cup there are very well-defined grips. Although I keep the stems on my cups, for cup users who opt to remove stems, this feature would make the cup easily removable.

The bad
The Lena cup is the only cup that has given me something of an issue with removal. Because I have a higher cervix, I typically find my cup’s stem and pull it downwards until I’m able to pinch the base to break the suction. The firmness of the Lena cup has made this process somewhat uncomfortable for me and, on days when I have cramping, even slightly painful.

Like the Diva Cup, the Lena only comes in one color option. Although I really like the pink color, this might be a deterrent to some cup users.

06/05/16 update:
I’ve actually had terrible staining on my Lena since I first wrote this review. I’m very careful about washing it, but the entire cup is very noticeably tinted brown and the stem is so dark it’s nearly black. It’s definitely more stained than my other cups. I can’t be sure why; it could be because of the transparent pink, though, as opposed to the opaque coloring of the Lunette.

The Roundup

The following rankings are 100% based on my opinion and my experience with the cups. No two bodies are built the same so your experiences might not match up with mine. Also, these are just a few categories that I’ve decided to use to compare these cups. If you’re interested in any other categories for comparison, let me know in the comments and I’ll be happy to add onto this!

Best Design: Lena
When it comes to attractiveness and function, the Lena cup is the clear winner to me. The shape has prevented leaking for me and honestly, it just looks cute to me. (Well, as cute as a menstrual cup can look!)

Ease of Cleaning: Lena
I described this more thoroughly in my full review of the Lena cup above, but the company behind this cup made very conscious decisions to make this cup easily cleanable. Those choices definitely paid off!

Firmness: Lunette
The Lunette falls right in the middle of these three cups in terms of firmness. While the Diva Cup is so soft that it can be difficult to open fully and the Lena cup is so firm that it can be tricky to remove, the Lunette’s firmness is perfect.

Avoidance of Leakage: Lena and Lunette
The bell shape of these cups in combination with their firmness meant I had almost no leakage. I didn’t notice a significant difference between the two in the amount of leakage I did have (usually right after emptying and reinserting my cup), so I think these two cups tie in this category.

Best Beginner Cup: Diva
Because of the Diva Cup’s softness, it’s ideal for beginning cup users. It’s really, really easy to insert and completely unnoticeable when you’re wearing it.

Conclusion

I hope this comparison was helpful for you! For the record (and because I get annoyed when reviews exclude this), my current cup of choice is the Lena cup. That’s not to say that I’ll never switch back to either the Lunette or the Diva Cup, but right now, the Lena is definitely my favorite.

I know I’ve said this multiple times, but remember that this comparison is based completely on my opinion. I paid for each of these cups with my own money and was not asked by anyone to do this comparison. I wrote this in the hopes of helping anyone thinking about buying one of the cups in this comparison; however, I know that my experience with these cups might not match up with others’ experiences. I know people who love the Diva Cup, which is my least favorite of the three. I know people who hate the Lunette, which was my favorite for close to a year, until I bought my Lena cup. Basically, everybody’s different and every body’s different! I can only write about my experiences, which is what I did.

Let me know in the comments if you find this review helpful, if you have any other questions, if you’d like me to compare the cups based on any other categories, etc. Also, if you’ve had an experience with any of these cups that differs from what I’ve detailed in this comparison, please comment with that as well! Not only will it help me to look at the cups differently, but your experience could definitely help out other cup users.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post and good luck with your cup search!

Menstrual cups are the newest trend in sustainability. Using the flexible, reusable silicone cups can replace hundreds of tampons or pads each year alone. In a Good Housekeeping Institute survey, our panelists reported that the number one reason they use menstrual cups is due to the lessened waste.

Menstrual cups are generally made of medical grade silicone and are inserted close to the cervix to collect the blood and uterine lining released during your cycle. Because they don’t absorb blood, menstrual cups can be washed and reused. They can also hold more blood than tampons and pads, so they can be worn for up to 12 hours. That means that it’s safe (and comfortable!) to sleep in your menstrual cup. Plus, our panel swears they’re more comfortable and have fewer leaks than tampons.

How do you use a menstrual cup?

Each cup comes with instructions on use, care, and answers to common questions – we recommend thoroughly reading the instructions, so that you have the best experience off the bat. Our tester panel said that inserting the cup takes time and practice.

To insert, fold the cup and insert into the vagina. Upon release, it should “suction” into place, so you don’t feel it and it stays in place. Then to remove, pull at the base of the cup – our panel recommended not to pull on the stem, as you’ll be more likely to spill the contents!

To clean a menstrual cup, make sure to first sterilize the cup by submerging it in an open pot of boiling water for 5-10 minutes before using. It should then be washed between each use with warm water and an unscented, water-based, and oil-free soap (there are also specific menstrual cup soaps you can use). Be aware that our tester panel said they can be a hassle to use in public settings, like work, as they have to be rinsed and washed in the sink.

Between each cycle, sterilize the cup in boiling water. To prevent damaging (and thus ruining) your menstrual cup while sterilizing, make sure to use plenty of water and to keep a close eye on your cup the entire time. Store your menstrual cup safely, either in an included bag, or a case. Do not store your menstrual cup in an air-tight container: a lack of air can actually damage and misshape the cup.

The below picks are recommended from our tester panel, earned rave online reviews, and are from brands we trust. If you are sick of leaks and feeling uncomfortable during your cycle, try one of the best menstrual cups to buy in 2019.

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