Now they are apparently longer than their smalls were before and the shape has changed. Check this post for pictures and more info
I asked MeLuna for a sample of their softer (preferably a glitter!) cups… since I really wanted a comparison with their original ones.
To be honest, I didn’t like the stiffness of their original cups, and I would not buy one myself, or really recommend them to others (especially newcomers to cups) because of that… but I knew they had brought out a softer version and updated the ring/tab/ball ends, so I wanted to see how these improvements had gone.
I didn’t get any reply back from my e-mail. Which I was a bit surprised about, since they originally were really good with offering samples to me (I think they asked me if I wanted some, without me having to ask them).
Anyway, Feminine Wear came to my rescue (again ) and we did a little trade and she sent me one of the blue glitter cups to try.
I love it!
I don’t know why the pouch is so long…. but it is a gorgeous soft purple suede sort of thing. The first lot of samples I got from them had a blue (shorter) similar bag… I’m thrilled this is purple I really like the material they use, it seems a lot more fancy and plush than the satin or cotton bags other companies use. And it has a double drawstring (where you pull both sides to close it, rather than just one), which is awesome.
I don’t know what size the original purple one is (on the right)… A small I think. I could measure it to check, but I can’t be bothered But the new glitter one is a Large. It’s narrower than the larger cups of other brands. The stem is much thicker than before, being about as thick as a tube stem, but solid. This might be thick enough to be irritating for those who don’t like stems, so it is good that the MeLuna comes with different stem options. When I first put it in, I can definitely feel the stem… and it’s… weird lol… It’s not physically uncomfortable, but I’m definitely aware of it being there, and while it’s ok if I’m sitting down/not moving, when I walk I can feel it… but after a while I wasn’t aware of it. Either I got used to it, or it moved into a better spot… not sure.
A casual comparison (eg just putting the 2 together and going by looks rather than actual measurements) of that and the Lunette show about the same width at the rim, but the MeLuna is narrower in the body of the cup, and overall a little shorter than Lunette. I don’t have a large Diva, which is another narrow cup, to compare it to.
As for the material. This one is more like the silicone of the other cups. In fact I’d never know it wasn’t silicone. It’s about the same squishyness as the Lunette. So unlike the old style cups, this folds easily, and doesn’t unfold with a sudden pop like I found the other ones did. The material is a great improvement
Blue, pink and silver aren’t my most favourite colours (I’ll always pick a purple cup over anything else), but I tell you, if they came out with a purple glitter cup, I might just have to get one! The glitter feels smooth, it doesn’t feel rough to touch… and it’s pretty fancy – cup bling!!
Charts showing the sizing and other details of the cup brands. I’m missing some of the data though, so if anyone can help me fill it in, please comment with the info – thanks. I’m also only including info on the cups that are officially available for sale. So Green Donna, Alicia and MPower are not included in these charts.
The best way to view this is to download the spreadsheet file:
You will need something like Microsoft Excel to view it, but I’ve also taken screen shots of the spreadsheet pages below for those who just want to look at an image file.
I’ve also arranged the lists by different attributes. Where I didn’t have enough data to properly rank a brand, I’ve put them at the bottom of the list.
This is hard to rate really, but I will give it a shot. This is just my opinion, it’s quite hard to judge, and the cup sizes actually make a difference in squishiness. Some cups are stiffer at the rim, than they are in the body. 1 being most squishy, 10 being least squishy. Basically it is rated on how much effort it takes to push the material in.
Please note that Yuuki is apparently stiffer than when first brought out (I have the old style)
With several users having problems with the MeLuna stems being damaged through use, MeLuna have redesigned their cup stems.
See some photos here
It seems there have been some reported cases of the stems being damaged or breaking with use. This could be from users pulling the cup out with the stems, rather than using them to assist the cup coming out…
The statement from MeLuna on the Menstrual Cup Live Journal is
“If a stem rips of we will of course replace the cup. Is possible that a stem rips of if its pulled too hard and the muscles are strong. The handle is to assist you to find and remove the cup, but not to just pull it outside with the handle without removing the pressure. That can happen with other brands as well. If you have to pull hard to be able to remove your cup we recommend to choose a ball style instead. The ball is much more stable than a stem and could not be ripped off. You will not feel the ball inside.
Anyway: because we had some cases with ripped of stems we will react on these and change the stem style to be more stable during the next weeks. We will make a note than on the homepage and new photos when ready.
One again: if you have any problems: don’t hesitate to contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org”
I found out about this brand in a post on the Menstrual_cups community. I must say, I found the picture of the dolls wearing the cups as hats to be just waaaaaaaaaay too cute to not have a fondness for this company right there! (I love it when a business has a sense of humour and fun about them).
I wrote to them and asked if they could send me some samples, and asking for some more info on the cups, and I got a reply back straight away saying yes, and giving me the info I asked for (and several pictures). Which I was impressed with.
I was excited about this brand not only because of the cup-hat wearing dolls but they are also purple and with a tab stem! I must say though that the plastic composition doesn’t put me at as much ease as it would being silicone, but then that is only because I don’t know much about the type of plastic they use. Apparently the same type of plastic is used in the Instead cups and also in things like baby bottle teats – so I am going to assume it is safe for menstrual cups, as the company says. And to be fair, I was a little wary of silicone when I first started researching cups (hearing stories of killer silicone breast implants [though that is a different type of silicone])… I think sometimes we are always wary of something new, and that doesn’t always mean bad. But I do know that a lot of people (myself included) are a little scared of all plastics, with the things you hear about (chemicals leaching out etc.)
They do however have a “flaw”, which I assume has to do with production, that the silicone cups for some reason don’t have. It is a round mark on the rim, you can see in the picture below.
The price is certainly good, which is one benefit of using the plastic they do, instead of the silicone.
Testing it out – Firstly, it’s a very stiff material. Much more so than the other cups. It has the same sort of shape and rim as the Lady cup. With the folding tests I did prior to inserting the cup, I was a bit worried about the strength of the “pop” the cup does as you unfold it. But it pops out less violently when doing the “punchdown” method, so I used that. It is actually nice to have a cup that pops open without problems when I’m inserting it on the toilet – I normally find that position a bit challenging to get the cups to open fully. Even if once it did pop open too suddenly and give me a bit of a surprise
I first tried the cup with the tab stem. I found it very hard to grasp that stem. The cup has a lot of suction (more than I have experienced with other cups), so I wasn’t even able to pull the cup down a little to better reach the rim, as I am normally able to do. It took a bit to break the seal (especially since the rim is stiffer than other cups), and it was still more difficult than other stems to keep hold of (it was a bit slippery and thin). Then I tried the ring stem – I was able to grip that better, so I would prefer this stem to the tab one.
Removing the cup is a little more “uncomfortable” (not painful, just not comfortable) than the other cups due to the stiffness. I think the smoothness of the inside might make it easier to wipe clean than the other cups – it seemed to clean slightly more easily. I like the fact there is no writing or markings on the cup at all, so nothing to collect blood.
I noticed that when you fold the cup fully, little crack-like lines appear in the folds, which doesn’t happen in the other cups, so I assume it has to do with the plastic vs silicone thing? (or perhaps the cups they sent me are different in quality to what you would normally buy?) The “cracks” completely disappear when the cup isn’t being held in the fold, so I don’t think it is doing any permanent damage…. and also I didn’t boil the cup, I just poured boiling water over it and used a mild natural soap….. and I tried to fold it while still warm from the water, and it distorted the shape (oval). I folded it the other way to bend it back to round again, and it was then fine, but I don’t know if it would have stayed in that shape if I’d not folded it the other way.
I was trying the large size, and I had no leaking, though so far I haven’t worn it long enough to get anywhere near the holes.
Gear – I don’t know how they are usually packaged, but mine were packaged in a small plastic bag each, and then put in a mailing envelope. I assume customers actually buying these will get instructions – and I don’t know what other packaging they would use.
included with my samples was a pouch. Which is made from a blue suede-like fabric, with a silvery printed design of the woman and a moon. I quite like the pouch
Personal Observations – I’ve been impressed with this company. Not only with the fact they offer a good range of colours, but also a choice of stem types! Which is a great idea!!! When I have contacted them, the response was very quick and in good English (useful for us non-German speaking people)… and they have been more than helpful with providing extra images, and a sample of each of the colours and stem types of the cups!
I’ve rated all the cups I’ve tried. They can be found here: http://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2008/06/11/my-comparisons-and-ratings
The very generous people over at MeLuna have sent me some of their cups! So I thought Id take some photos of them.
This is all the colours of the cups, and the pouch. The pouch is a sort of suede-like fabric, it feels very smooth and nice. The black is actually black! solid colour (not transparent) and very black! I’m sure there will be lots of gals who will love that.
I don’t know how they will show on your screen, but the green is a lime green, the blue is a quite bright blue, the purple is gorgeous The “red” is a sort of orangish red. They are all quite vibrant colours.
I e-mailed MeLuna and asked if they had any pictures of the coloured cups. They replied back straight away, and sent me several pictures! Including pictures of the cups next to tampons, which is a great visual reference for people who have never seen a cup in real life. They are also sending me samples, so I will be able to include the MeLuna in some photos with other cups! So here they are.
Country of origin: Germany
Composition: FDA approved TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) Which is apparently a (BPA-free) plastic that is used to make medical equipment such as catheters, as well as other products such as baby bottle teats and some vibrators. It may also be the same material as Insteads disposable cups are made from.
Sizes: S (small) and L (large) (With an XL coming out shortly)
Dimensions: S = 40mm diameter, 46mm long with ball end, or 55mm long with stem (40mm body and 15mm stem) L = 45mm diameter, 51mm long with ball end, or 62.5mm long with stem (45.5 body and 17mm stem)
Capacity: S = 11mls to holes 16ml to the rim. L = 17ml to holes and 22ml to rim
Stem: Flat tab, ball, ring or no stem
Measuring Lines: No
Cost (RRP): € 12.00 [Currency Converter]
Been around since: Early June 2009
Other Details: Colours available: red, pink, blue, green and purple. With the website mentioning glittered and gold and silver options as special editions, and a poll offering options of various colours, including black. First cup manufacturer to offer the additional ball/ring or no stem options
I thought I’d do a post about coloured cups, as I know some women are really enticed by colours. There are some great coloured cups on the market – which shows the cup manufacturers are thinking about their customers needs for visual appeal too.
Cup Lee - Offers pink, green, blue and yellow
Fleurcup – Offers pink, purple, orange and black
IrisCup – Offers a translucent pink
LadyCup – Offers translucent Pink, Blue, Purple, Orange, Yellow and Green. And limited editions “lotos” (pinky/orange), Turquoise, “Green Meadow” (grassy green)
Lunette - Offers translucent blue “Selene” and green “Diana” versions
MeLuna - offers red, orange, black, blue, green and purple. With the website mentioning glittered and gold and silver options as special editions.
Miacup – Offers an opaque (non-see through) purply-pink as their standard colour cup.
Shecup- Offers a translucent pink cup