What is the menstrual cup? How do I choose one?

The menstrual cup already is a standard period product, if you are not yet familiar with it, it is really worth giving it a try.

If you experience heavy menstrual flow there is no better option.

There are already many good brands of menstrual cups so you can be confident that you will choose well.

Below are some key things to consider:


Menstrual Cup

Sizes

Manufacturers typically offer 2 or 3 different sizes, which are not standard across brands. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to determine the right size for you (each brand has slightly different guidelines). If you don’t get the size for you (each brand has slightly different guidelines). If you don’t get the size of your cup right the first time it is no big deal as most manufacturers offer a free exchange.

Materials

Most menstrual cups are made of medical grade silicone. This is a non-toxic material, which is soft and very long lasting. There are some cheaper versions made of plastic too.

Brands

There are many brands of menstrual cup, both international and local brands. Some examples: Ruby cup, Diva cup, Mooncup, Organicup, Naturcup, Intimina Cup. The good news is that you can buy cups in stores, supermarkets and pharmacies. All brands offer a very similar product and with many guarantees which is great for us, the users. Make sure that guarantees are part of the product you finally choose..

Complements

Some cups are sold with a sterilising container, made of hard material and inside which you can place the cup with water and microwave boil between each period. Other cups are sold with a cotton storage bag. Some come in 2 cup packs. Having two cups can be useful as this allows you to change your dirty cup for a clean one when in a public toilet or without access to water for rinsing.


Tip: If you are undecided still, a way to break the inertia can be to buy a cheap supermarket label product, for example the Mercadona cup costs less than 10 EUR. Once you have experienced a cup you can decide if you want to trade for a higher quality product.