Before pads and tampons were available, women used clothes for protection during their periods. It used to do the work, but they were not hygienic and caused a lot of health issues. Thankfully, with time pads and tampons came into existence which are hygienic and healthy. But there are some debates regarding usage of tampons too, see here.
And now another feminine hygiene product for menstruation is becoming popular- menstrual cup. It is not new, but it started gaining popularity only recently. Most women now prefer menstrual cups instead of pads/tampons as they are environment-friendly, reusable and cost-effective.
What is a menstrual cup?
- A menstrual cup is a rubber cup that is inserted into the vagina to collect blood. It is made using medical grade silicone and is 2 inches long.
- It is a reusable sanitary product, and you can wear it for 6-7 hours.
- After every 6-7 hours, you need to clean it by disposing off its content into the toilet.
- Next, wash it and re-insert into the vagina.
- Once the cycle is complete, boil it for 15-20 minutes. It can be then kept safe until the next month.
- When you buy it for the first time, you will invest a bit more. But in the long run, it is cost-effective as you can use it for up to 5 years.
With menstrual cups getting popular day by day, many companies are coming up with it. Here are the best ones:
1. Lena Cup
Lena cup is the most recent yet very popular menstrual cup. It is made in the USA using medical grade silicone. It is more affordable than most cups in the market. Lena cup comes in three colors and two sizes. The best part is that it can be inserted without much pain and doesn’t leak. It can be bought online and has got good reviews. Read more about Lena cup on here: https://reusablemenstrualcup.com/menstrual-cup-reviews/lena-cup/.
2. Ruby Cup
Ruby cup was launched in 2011 by three women. It is manufactured in China and has its headquarters in Barcelona. It is shipped worldwide and has many stores in Europe.
Ruby Cup is made using 100% medical grade silicone. It comes in two sizes and four colors. It is best suited for low cervixes.
3. MeLuna Menstrual Cup
It is the only cup in the market that has been manufactured using TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer). Just like Silicone, Thermoplastic Elastomer is also very safe. MeLuna has the motto “Because everyone is different”, and this shows in their products. They offer the biggest variation in terms of colors, sizes, firmness, and handles.
4. Lunette Menstrual Cup
Lunette was first launched in 2004 and is made in Finland. It is also made of medical grade silicone and comes in two sizes. It comes in a variety of custom lunette cups like Lunette Lucia (yellow) and so on.
DivaCup is the most popular and highly rated menstrual cup in the world. It uses medical grade silicone and comes in two sizes. The positive feedback it has gotten is due to its firmness, comfort, and effectiveness.
For new users, this is the best cup and is equally great for women with a medium or medium-high cervix.
Developed by Anigam, EvaCup uses FDA approved silicone for its cup. EvaCup also comes in two sizes but has eight hypo-allergenic fresh colors. The cup sizes are usually fit for any women. Bonus, it comes with a sterilization cup. It has a secondary rim that helps it to open easily and has a softer body than its competitors.
7. Fleur/Zen Cup
It is developed in France and has a round design. It has a flat tab stem that can be shortened for ease of use. It is made using medical grade silicone and has a firm yet subtle rim. It comes in translucent and other colors. It comes in two sizes and easily fits in your cervix and doesn’t compromise the capacity.
8. Luv Ur Body Menstrual Cup
It was designed and originated from Nigeria in 2013. Its manufacturing unit is in Malaysia. It is FDA and IOS certified and uses medical grade silicone just like all other cups. It comes in three sizes and four colors. The largest cup of this brand is best for women with a high cervix.
These are the best menstrual cups that are available in the market today. Let me know which cup is your favorite.