Women have been dealing with menstruation since… forever, from the first commercial sanitary pads manufactured in 1896 to nowadays’ modern products, it’s been a long way. We needed the World War I to swipe the old, plain cotton pads for cellulose bandages – an observation strangely derived from taking care of the soldiers’ bleeding wounds. Then came the reusable sanitary belts and the disposable pads, the first menstrual cup in the 1930’s (which didn’t raise much interest since it involved women handling their own blood) and the first tampon patent (1933 was the beginning of Tampax).
By 2015, a lot has changed and from all those products, menstrual cups have surprisingly regained women’s interest. These flexible cups, made of silicone and designed for vaginal use, come with plenty advantages: they cost less but last longer, they can be reused and therefore they reduce the landfill waste, they eliminate the embarrassing odors and they don’t interfere with the beneficial bacteria or the vaginal pH. Indeed, they can be a little more difficult to insert (especially for younger women or those with IUDs), they can turn messier when emptying the cup and they will definitely require a bit of hygiene and maintenance work.
Reviews of the Best Menstrual Cups On The Market
Below you will find unbiased information on everything you need to know. We’ve put under scrutiny the best 10 menstrual cups currently sold on the market with our review. From benefits to any kind of challenges they could give you, it’s all in here. Hopefully, those delicate days will fly by from now on. Just make sure you follow the “Full Review” button for even more detailed information on each product.
DivaCup menstrual cups belong to one of the oldest and most popular brands on the market. They are also the only brand that obtained the ISO 13485 medical quality certification. The 100% healthcare grade silicone cups promise up to 12 hours of leak-free protection. They come in 2 sizes (1/8″ difference between models), for women under 30 without prior pregnancies and for women over 30 or/and women with at least one pregnancy carriage. DivaCup has an average price and, as long as you follow the cleaning and care instructions from its User Guide, it should provide you a… stainless experience.
Lunette menstrual cups belong to a Finnish brand with a shelf life of about 11 years. A little pricier than DivaCup – but promising a life span of up to 10 years, they seem to care more about design. If colors have an effect on you, their limited editions available in blue, light green, purple, yellow or coral red might catch your eye. They also come in 2 sizes and they are made from medical-grade silicone. The manufacturer recommends you to empty the cup between 2-6 times a day, which is considerably more than for DivaCup, but not necessarily worse once you get used to it.
EvaCup menstrual cups are made from medical-grade hypoallergenic silicone, approved by FDA and just as colored as Lunette. You can buy them along with a sterilization cup and a special gift – a carrying pouch and a heart-shaped heating pad. Furthermore, they are among the most affordable on the market, but there have been some complaints that both sizes are too short for some women. Sporadic vaginal infections were reported as well, especially related to women with silicone sensitivity, which can trigger irritations regardless the brand.
Keeper & Moon Cup (US)
Keeper and Moon Cup (US) are two different menstrual cups manufactured by the same company (The-Keeper™) but also distributed by Gladrags. The Keeper is a rubber cup while the Moon Cup is made of silicone. Any kind of sensitivity to one of these two might give you itches, but if you’re ok with the fabrics, one of the 2 sizes available should work easy on you. They’ve both been on the market for more than a decade, they’re more affordable than some of the brands from above and they come with some tempting bonuses. If you’re not very picky about the slight rubber odor, you should give them a try.
Mooncup menstrual cup is different from Moon Cup – it has a different manufacturer (Mooncup®) and it was launched on the UK market back in 2002. Just like the majority of other popular menstrual cups, it comes in 2 sizes (A and B), it is also made from medical-grade silicone and it has a simple, plain translucent shade. The manufacturer recommends it as a latex-free product, ideal for women with allergies or sensitive skin. The only inconvenient might be the price, which is even twice higher than the cups from above. Also, some women asked about the possibility to trim the stem, for an easier handling.
FemmyCycle menstrual cups were launched 3 years ago, in 2012, and are made from FDA approved silicone. Cups are available in 3 sizes – a small cup (17.5 ml), a full-size shorter model, for low cervix (30 ml) and a regular full-size model (30 ml). It has a unique design that blocks blood spill. It can be purchased in packages of 1 or 2 cups, the manufacturer claiming that you could use the same cup for a whole year, with the proper hygiene measures. While the price is a bit above the average, the no-spill design can sometimes make it difficult to… collect the blood.
Iris Cup looks like any average menstrual cup – it comes in 2 colors and it is available in 2 slightly different sizes. It is made from a hypoallergenic, non-latex material (platinum-grade silicone), but it sure draws attention as one of the cheapest products in this category. The smallest size, however, is recommended to women under 25, not 30 as with most other cups. Another minor drawback is that it has a Spanish manufacturer and US residents can only order it online.
MeLuna is a menstrual cup manufactured in Germany and it only recently received clearance for US distribution from the FDA. It’s made from a material called TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer). It comes with a rather average price tag and it’s popular for the numerous sizes: 4 regular sizes – S (23 ml), M (28 ml), L (34 ml) and XL (42 ml); and 4 shorty sizes, for women with a shorter cervix – S (15 ml), M (18 ml), L (22 ml) and XL (27 ml). Models also vary by firmness and handle or grip options. Just pay attention – some women complained that they’re not quite fully leak-proof.
SckoonCup has been on the market since 2009 and while it doesn’t strike as having significantly different features, it somehow manages to remain on top of women’s preferences. The cup is made from medical-grade silicone, it has the full approval of FDA and it is available in 2 sizes at 6 different colors. The price is a little above average, but it brags with an Ecopack that includes a recyclable pouch. If you opt for a full kit, you will also receive some sanitary pads made from recyclable cloth. Some women would say that the cup doesn’t open up completely, but it might not be just because of the cup…
Yuuki menstrual cup is an interesting appearance coming from a Czech company specialized in healthcare products. The cups are made from silpren LSR 4050, which is another medical-grade silicone and it seems to compete with MeLuna through its wide range of products. You can choose between Soft, Classic and Economic as product ranges, 2 different sizes and packages that combine multiple cups and sizes. In addition, you can order adjacent hygiene products, such as sterilization or cup washes containers. If you won’t find the material a bit too hard – like some women did – you should check this one too.
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
Menstrual cups come in so many different forms and designs because different women have different needs. If one particular model doesn’t seem to fit, it could be because of the size and the shape, but also because you are not handling it the right way. When you are looking to test new menstrual hygiene products, you must be sure that they are FDA approved and, of course, discuss your options with a healthcare practitioner. Everything else is debatable – only their life-shelf and the popularity on the market could incline you to one way or another. And these aspects are precisely what led us to bring the above 10 menstrual cup brands together!