This is part of my comparison chart section for the menstrual cups I have tried.
Even though you can cut the stem to the most comfortable length, I’ve tried these with the stems as they are when they are shipped to you.
Now, while you’re not supposed to use the stem for pulling the cup down, so theoretically no cup should need a stem – a lot of us find the cup sits up higher than we can reach, so need to use the stem to pull down the cup down so that we can reach up to the rim to break the seal for removal. So I find I do need a stem on the cups for ease of use.
So these are my thoughts on stems:
- Aneer/iClean – Tab stem I find is a very comfortable stem style
- Bassrose – Long hollow stem with marble ball (valve to empty the stem with). Because of the length and rounded end, it didn’t seem to poke and was actually comfortable.
- Claricup – Long thin stem, with grip rings. Great amount of grip, not stretchy. Couldn’t feel it. Most comfortable stem style
- Cup Lee – Hollow tube, although the silicone is very soft, so this is one of the softest hollow tube stems. Still slightly uncomfortable.
- Diva – Small stem, but still a little uncomfortable
- Eco-Cup – Hollow tube stem with spiral. I find long hollow tube stems uncomfortable
- Femmecup – Original was as uncomfortable as Mooncup’s stem. New stem is a smaller solid ‘stick’, and much more comfortable
- Femmycycle – Large ring stems, I found I couldn’t feel them at all, and they provided a great amount of grip.
- Fleurcup – Tab stem I find is a very comfortable stem style
- Gaia Cup – Stem is very short and thin. While it felt comfortable it was very difficult to grip.
- Juju – “Stick” stem, comfortable but no grip lines mean it’s slippery and harder to use.
- Keeper – Longest stem but slightly less uncomfortable than Mooncup’s stem… still uncomfortable though.
- Lady Cup – Softer than the other tube stems, so not as uncomfortable, though I would trim small cup stem.
- Lily Compact – Hollow tube. Smaller and softer than Lily Cup. Good grip
- Lily Cup – Hollow tube. Stiffer than some other hollow tube stems, but also shorter. Good grip
- Luna Cup – Ball stem, I found harder to grip than tube/tab stems.
- Lunette – Tab stem I find is a very comfortable stem style
- Luv Ur Body – Leaf shaped tab stem. Not as much grip as some tab stems, but had a good grip. Comfortable design.
- Mami Cup – Tab stem with great grip rings. Comfortable and grippy.
- MeLuna – Comes in 3 choices of stem! Though I prefer others.
- Miacup – Tab stem I find is a very comfortable stem style
- Mooncup – Most uncomfortable of all the stems, but once chopped halfway is about even with Diva’s stem. Old style was a smooth stem with 2 rings up the top of the stem. New style has grip rings running down the length of the stem.
- MPower – A very comfortable stem style, however the silicone on the stem is literally falling off.
- OrganiCup – Thin “stick” stem, with good grip lines. Stem wasn’t too stretchy, so removal was easy. Most comfortable.
- Ruby Cup – Tube stem was flexible enough not to be too uncomfortable, but very narrow and hard to clean.
- Sckoon Cup – “Stick” stem, comfortable, but slightly harder to use due to less grip and stretchyness.
- Si-bell – Long thin stem, with grip rings. Great amount of grip, not stretchy. Couldn’t feel it. Most comfortable stem style
- Yuuki – The version I have is the old style, with a solid stem. I found it more comfortable than the other tube stems (except Lady Cup) – However they have now changed to a tube stem, so I presume it would be as for the tube stems.
- Vcup – Ball stem. I find these are more comfortable than the hollow tube, but are harder to grip
The Claricup, Si-bell and OrganiCup get 2 points each for having stems with great grip, easy to clean and not being able to be felt. MeLuna gets 2 points for giving women the option of the different types of stem, and the innovation of a ball, ring or no stem!… even though I personally prefer to have a good stem to be able to hold. Femmycycle gets 2 points for having a great ring stem. Bassrose gets 2 points for having a stem that feels comfortable and allows the cup to be emptied while the cup is being worn.
Tab stem cups each get a point for being the second best stem – flexible, easier to grip, can’t fill with gunk and flat for a much lower profile with less poking. Lily Compact and Ladycup gets 0.5 point because the shortness of the cup meant I couldn’t feel the stem, despite it being a hollow tube, and it was just long enough to still be able to grip.
MPower would have received 1 point for having a tab stem, but will lose 2 points for the fact it’s defective (See the individual MPower listing here) – which is disgraceful.
Ruby loses 0.5 point because while the stem is quite soft and not too annoying to wear, it’s a very narrow hollow tube, which I found was harder to clean out if it got blood in it. Gaia Cup loses 0.5 point because while their stem is comfortable, I found it wasn’t long enough to grip properly, making it a little pointless. Juju loses 1 point and Sckoon loses 0.5 point because their stems are slippery/stretchy and aren’t as useful for removal as other stems.
More detailed info on my stem ratings:
I would have to trim the hollow tube stems for comfort. I actually prefer the longer stem so I can use it to pull the cup down, so I don’t like the shorter Diva stem as much as I do the longer ones….. however the Mooncup stem was very uncomfortable unless cut in half. I also like the solid (tab) stems better as it can’t fill with gunk, and its more flexible/softer – and has ridges for gripping.
Ladycup stems are so soft the tube squishes flat when grasped, so I found it just as comfortable as the tab stem. Yuuki stem (old style) at first I could feel, but then as it settled further up and I got used to it, I stopped being able to feel it at all – it doesn’t seem to poke, perhaps because the end is rounded and the tube stems have a flat end. Their newer stem I can feel more though. The Femmecup changed stem to being a thin “stick” style which is more comfortable to wear, but slightly more difficult to use.
Lily cup stems I could feel a bit when I first put them in. Lily compact stems I couldn’t feel, probably because they are also a bit shorter cups.
MeLuna offers various options for stem, however I found the (original) ball stem to be too slippery to work properly (though very comfortable, couldn’t feel it). The (original) ring stem was great though, providing enough grip without being protrusive. I haven’t tried the newer ring stem that is more solid (might be a bit more uncomfortable?) The old “stick” stem I couldn’t feel at all, but didn’t offer much grip, the new “stick” stem was not uncomfortable, but I could feel it which was annoying (especially while walking). Until it had been in for an hour or so…and then it settled into a better position or I got used to it… but it offers a lot more grip.
I’ve mentioned the stems and their grip properties, so here I’ll just focus the grip on the base of the cup – useful to know if you’re going to cut off the stems or to grasp the base of the cup for removal (like you’re meant to)
- Aneer/iClean – Grip rings around base
- Bassrose – not that you need to grip the base, since you can’t cut the stem off, but it has grip rings.
- Claricup – No grip lines around the base, however the cup does have indented lines running up the sides which has a slight amount of grip.
- Cup Lee – Raised rings for grip. Pretty good grip.
- Diva – Raised rings for grip. Pretty good grip.
- Eco-Cup – Very slight grip rings
- Femmecup (old) -Raised spiral, not quite as much grip on the base of the cup, but good on the stem.
- Femmecup (new) – Spiral less raised than old version, so a bit less grip, but cup is “stickier” which helps grip
- Femmycycle – no grip lines
- Fleurcup – Quite well raised broken rings for grip. Good grip
- Gaia Cup – Raised rings for grip. Good grip.
- Juju – Pretty butterflies, but not raised enough, barely there, but cup is a little “sticky” which helps grip
- Keeper – Nothing at all.
- Lady Cup – Very slight bumps, barely anything, but cup is slightly “sticky” which helps grip.
- Lily Compact – No grip lines, but the fold up design means there is extra texture there.
- Lily Cup – No grip lines.
- Luna Cup – Pretty leaf design on 2 sides, would have more grip if pattern was raised higher and on all 4 sides.
- Lunette – Raised rings on base, good grip
- Luv Ur Body – Has raised flower designs. Not as raised as other cups grip rings, but unique and provides a small amount of grip.
- Mami Cup – good sized grip rings
- MeLuna (Old) – Nothing at all.
- MeLuna (new) – Very raised rings, good grip
- Miacup – Raised rings, good grip
- Mooncup – Raised rings, good grip
- MPower – Very slightly raised rings,barely there. Silicone that is rough from the mold actually provides more grip than the lines.
- OrganiCup – Slightly raised ring around base
- Ruby Cup – Low profile rings around base, could be raised more for better grip.
- Sckoon Cup – Really clever use of using their name and a flower design with ring lines to make a very textured base of the cup. Lines are high enough but are thin so they feel a little flimsy. Good grip
- Si-bell – No grip lines around the base, however the cup does have indented lines running up the sides which has a slight amount of grip.
- Yuuki – Raised rings on base, could be raised more for better grip
- Vcup – base of the cup is made from a slightly “stickier” silicone, one grip ring further up the base.
I’ll score Sckoon 3 points because they have a great practical and beautiful way of providing grip – the best of all the cups I’ve seen.
2 points for Fleurcup because it’s got the next highest/most grippy grip lines on the base
1 point each to the other cups with “good” grip..
0.5 point for OrganiCup and Eco-Cup as it has grip rings, but they aren’t as grippy as some other cups.
0 points for Luv Ur Body – it has grip, but not raised enough to provide much grip, but better than not having anything.
1 point removed for MeLuna (Old), Lily Cup and Keeper for no grip on the base at all
0.5 points removed for Claricup, Si-bell, Juju, Lily Compact, LadyCup, Femmecup (new) and Vcup – who have something there, but barely enough to make a difference. I’ll take only 0.5 off for Femmycycle since it is unlikely people would cut the stem off, so it doesn’t need grip, and it has a “sticky” silicone to help grip.
This is part of my comparison chart for the menstrual cups I have tried.
This is looking at:
- How easily the cup pops open
- How comfortable it feels for insertion & Removal
- How comfortable the cups were to use while you are actually wearing them
- How well they worked (if they leaked or not)
Not all of these aspects have been used on the Rating chart because some of them have different variables that makes it unfair to actually score them against the other cups. But I have described my findings here, which you may find useful.
Insertion (Opening Up)
This was not scored on the cup ratings table, because it seems some days I can have troubles with cups that don’t give me troubles on other days….
Using the same folding method (“c”), and the same insertion positions (seated on the toilet, as I figure that’s the usual way people would insert them) essentially trying to keep everything the same, how easily the cups opened for me.
Now I will point out here that I am in my late 30s, I had a child via caesarian delivery, I am a dancer and I reasonably regularly do kegal exercises. So take that into consideration.
Basically speaking I found the very soft cups in the large sizes usually require me to use my finger to stretch out the vaginal wall enough to give the cup room to open properly. Sometimes I find different positions (like lying on my side on the bed) make insertion much easier and give less problems, some days just sitting on the toilet to insert is fine. The hard and very hard cups I sometimes find pop open too quickly on their own, which can give me cramps, so I have to make sure I release the fold gradually to let it open slowly (which is hard to do, especially since I have a weak grip).
Keeping in mind that issues with the cup opening properly can be due to many factors. Often I’ve found a cup will open up fine one time, and not the next time. Also some of the cups I have are small sizes, some are large. I find the large ones sometimes have trouble opening when the small ones don’t, and I also don’t find the small ones leak – so I believe the cups I have trouble opening I should be using the smaller size.
So this is one reason I didn’t score this on the rating chart, because there are too many variables so it’s not really fair to score. However I will comment on how each cup performed.
- Aneer/iClean – While I only tried them twice each, both the small and large sizes would not open up for me. I think they are just too soft for me.
- Bassrose – No trouble opening up (only comes in a small size)
- Claricup – Large has slight problems opening up, small was fine.
- Cup Lee – Large has slight problems opening up, small was fine.
- Diva – A few more issues opening up than the other cups (small size)
- Eco Cup – Large has slight problems opening up, small was fine.
- Femmecup – No problems opening up.
- Femmycycle – Shape means it was difficult to tell if it opened properly.
- Fleurcup – No problems opening up.
- Gaia Cup – Had slight trouble getting it to open, no smaller size available.
- Juju – Large has a few problems opening up, small was fine.
- Keeper – Couldn’t test accurately due to the sample being cut
- Lady Cup – Occasional problems opening up with large size, small size opens fine
- Lily Compact – no problems opening up
- Lily Cup – Slight problem with large size first time I used it.
- Lunacup – No problems opening up
- Lunette – Occasionally slight problems opening up.
- Luv Ur Body – I wasn’t able to get the large one to open at all, not even close. The medium I had slight problems opening. The small opened up fine.
- Mami Cup – I only have the large, and that seemed to open up ok. It felt like it hadn’t, but when I ran my finger around to check, it seemed fully open and didn’t leak. Ideally I’d like the small size though, just to make it quicker to insert so I don’t have to worry about checking.
- MeLuna – New version has no problems opening up, old one popped open a bit too quickly.
- Miacup – Slight problems opening up.
- Mooncup UK – No problems opening up (either size).
- MPower – Couldn’t get it to fully open up, in the 2 tests I did. Not sure why
- OrganiCup – Large has slight problems opening up, small was fine.
- Ruby Cup – No issues opening up
- Sckoon cup – A few problems with large cup opening (small was fine)
- Si-bell – Large has slight problems opening up, small was fine.
- Yuuki – No problems opening up
- Vcup – No problems opening up
Mpower (which is quite stiff) and iClean (in small size) didn’t even open fully with me pressing against the vaginal wall to give it room to open. I’m not sure why.
I find the Lunette usually pops open with no problems, but occasionally needs me to push against the vaginal wall also. Lady Cup can have a few issues depending on the position I am in.
For the original style MeLuna I couldn’t use the “c-fold” as it opens too quickly for me doing it that way, so I used the “punchdown” instead and it still popped open very quickly (perhaps due to the stiffness and the thicker rim). Which was uncomfortable (caused cramps). The newer version I could use the same fold as the other cups, and it opened up normally, like the other cups (not too quickly).
This is going by how comfortable the cups felt being inserted. Basically I found the more pronounced ridges to be slightly less comfortable than the smoother ones (obviously a smooth surface is going to feel less noticeable being inserted than a bumpy one). Not “uncomfortable”, just more “noticeable”…Basically if there were 2 cups otherwise identical, I’d pick the smoother sided one, but I probably wouldn’t let the ridge put me off a cup I otherwise liked. It’s really not a big deal, since inserting the cup is all of a few seconds, but still, it is an important factor to think about….
- Aneer/iClean – Less pronounced ridge, more comfortable than ridged cups
- Bassrose – No ridge, smooth outside
- Claricup – Smooth outside, more comfortable to insert.
- Cup Lee – very slight ridge, more comfortable than ridged cups
- Diva – Pronounced ridge around the top, slightly less comfortable.
- Eco-cup – No ridge, smooth outside
- Femmecup – Pronounced ridge around the top, slightly less comfortable.
- Femmycycle – Smooth outside, more comfortable to insert.
- Fleurcup – Smooth outside, more comfortable to insert
- Gaia Cup – No ridge, smooth outside
- Juju – Less pronounced ridge, more comfortable to insert than ridged cups
- Keeper – Couldn’t test due to the cup being cut
- Lady Cup – Smooth outside, more comfortable to insert
- Lily Compact – Has a bumpy outside due to the fold-up style, but it’s quite soft so I didn’t feel it.
- Lily Cup – completely smooth outside. No ridges
- Lunacup – Less pronounced ridge, more comfortable to insert than ridged cups
- Lunette – Less pronounced ridge, more comfortable than ridged cups
- Luv Ur Body – Had a rounded “ridge” a little further down the cup than where the other cups have their ridge, but is nice and smooth. More comfortable than ridged cups
- Mami Cup – very slight ridge, more comfortable than ridged cups
- MeLuna – Smooth outside, more comfortable to insert
- Miacup – Pronounced ridge, slightly less comfortable.
- Mooncup – Pronounced ridge, slightly less comfortable.
- MPower – Less pronounced ridge, more comfortable than ridged cups
- OrganiCup – Smooth outside, more comfortable to insert.
- Ruby cup – Less pronounced ridge, more comfortable to insert than ridged cups
- Sckoon cup – Smooth outside, more comfortable to insert
- Si-bell – Smooth outside, more comfortable to insert.
- Yuuki – Smooth outside, more comfortable to insert
- Vcup – Very slight, more comfortable to insert than ridged cups
I believe the new Divas have a lower profile ridge, almost similar to a Lunette, but I can only go by one picture I have seen of that, so I am judging this based on the cup I personally have. My Keeper sample couldn’t be folded into a proper shape for insertion due to the hacked out side poking up, so was exceptionally uncomfortable to insert like that, so obviously cannot be scored because I don’t have a proper sample.
So for the scoring on my Cup Rating Chart, I’ve combined the comfort of insertion with the ease of keeping it folded (because it’s more comfortable to insert something that isn’t fighting to pop open :P). I’ll give 2 points to the cups in section 1 for being both fairly easy to keep folded and smooth outside for more comfortable insertion. 1 point to the section 2 for also having a smoother outside, but some need a bit more pressure to keep them folded.
So on insertion/removal I’d rank the cups:
- Aneer, Claricup, Cup Lee, Femmycycle, Fleurcup, Gaia Cup, iClean, Ladycup, Lily Cup, Lily Compact, Mami Cup, MeLuna (new), OrganiCup, Sckoon, Si-bell, Yuuki.
- Bassrose, Eco-Cup, Juju, Lunacup, Lunette, Luv Ur Body, Rubycup, Vcup
- Diva, Femmecup, Keeper, Miacup,
- Mooncup, Mpower, MeLuna (old)
Wearing – comfort while in use & leakage
In actual wearing (once they are in and not considering the stem issues) they all felt exactly the same…No difference in feel for the different sizes or cups with a smooth outer or pronounced ridge.
I had a little leakage (slight spotting) with the Diva, but it was the small size cup (by age and the fact I’ve been pregnant, cup companies usually say I should wear the large size), and having a hole punched in my sample cup may have effected it (though the mooncup sample also had a hole punched in it and didn’t leak and the Diva hole was up high in the rim so I hadn’t worn it long enough to fill to there).
I couldn’t try letting the cups fill to the rim with the Diva or Mooncup as they have holes punched into them…so I couldn’t test that obviously. I did get slight leakage with the large size Lady Cup when it was filled past the holes and did the “bubbling” feeling… and I occasionally get that with Lunette when it’s filled past the brim too. I haven’t tested the other cups filling past the airholes. The sample Keeper with half its side missing I didn’t bother trying during my period at all.
So I won’t rate this for any of the cups, because some of the cups are samples with holes punched in which can affect whether they leak or not, some are small and some are large – So I can’t accurately tell which performs better, and they all feel the same once they are in.
This is part of my comparison chart for the menstrual cups I have tried.
See here for the chart and links to the other sections.
This is looking at what markings are on the cups (and their potential to collect blood and make cleaning harder). None of the cups were “hard” to clean, but those without anything inside were slightly easier to clean and/or have less potential for being difficult to clean….
- Aneer/iClean – No markings
- Bassrose – No markings
- Claricup – No markings.
- Cup Lee – No markings
- Diva – Raised name, country, size & capacity lines.
- Eco-Cup – No markings
- Femmecup (old) -Website, capacity lines.
- Femmecup (new) – Very slight capacity lines
- Femmycycle – No markings, the anti-leak spout part means you can give the cup a good shake/swish to help cleaning inside.
- Fleurcup – No markings
- Gaia Cup – Has the brand name on the top of the rim and also down near the base in slightly raised handwriting type font. Also the Size marking.
- Juju – Very light indented name & size
- Keeper – Name, country and capacity lines?
- Lady Cup – No markings
- Lily Compact – No markings. The base of the cup does go down into a small recessed section, which may make cleaning more difficult, also has the slightly bumps from the folding design.
- Lily Cup – No markings. Does have the lip which will require a little more care when cleaning to ensure it is clean under there.
- LunaCup – No markings
- Lunette – No markings
- Luv Ur Body – Brand name on top of rim, measuring lines on the inside and a size marking.
- Mami Cup – Brand name, “made in Italy”, size marking and measuring lines on the inside.
- MeLuna – No markings
- Miacup – Name.
- Mooncup UK – Website, sizing, logo around the inside rim. Pattern on the base and capacity lines with 6mls and 12mls markings.
- MPower – No markings
- OrganiCup – No markings
- Ruby Cup -Raised name and capacity lines on both sides.
- Sckoon Cup – No markings
- Si-bell – No markings.
- Yuuki – Name, size and capacity lines.
- Vcup – Very slightly raised logo and measuring lines
Keeper has “The keeper made in USA” in raised capitals all around the inside of the rim (I hate the typeface.. looks large chunky and less professional) and 2 rings around the inside. Not sure if they are measuring lines or not. Mooncup UK has their website in larger letters, their sizing in raised letters on the flat inside bottom and raised dots beside the size (not sure why). Some of the cups use indented writing, which seems less likely to catch blood than smaller raised lettering.
I found none of the measuring lines collected any blood really… not as much as I’d thought it would. Though it did make it a fraction harder to clean inside (one lazy wipe cleans the smooth inside cups and I had to wipe a bit more carefully to clean the others) – but rinsing with water (which is how I normally clean the cups between use) seemed to clean them all with the same amount of ease.
I noticed once that there was dried blood in the writing that hadn’t washed off properly when I’d rinsed it after use (oops). So the potential for blood catchment in the writing/markings is there, so having no markings is better than having the chance to be harder to clean IMHO…
So score one point for cups with a smooth(er) inside that is easier to clean, half a point to Juju, Lily Cup, Lily Compact, Yuuki Femmecup (new) & Vcup because the markings/details are only very slight.
This is looking at what markings, ridges and writing is on the outside of cups (excluding grip lines on the base of the cup) and their potential to collect blood and make cleaning harder. I found the more pronounced ridge (where the cup has the “stepped” sides near the top rim) to be slightly more likely to catch blood (and other vaginal secretions) than the smoother sides.
- Aneer/iClean – very slight ridge, no markings.
- Bassrose – No Ridge, no markings
- Claricup – No ridge, no markings, slight indentations up the sides.
- Cup Lee – Very slight ridge, no markings
- Diva – Pronounced ridge, no markings.
- Eco-Cup – No ridge, no markings
- Femmecup (both)- Pronounced ridge, no markings.
- Femmycycle – No markings, no ridge
- Fleurcup – No markings or ridge
- Gaia Cup – No ridge, no markings
- Juju – No ridge or markings.
- Keeper – Pronounced ridge, no markings.
- Lady Cup – No ridge or markings.
- Lily Compact – No ridge or markings, does have bumps from the foldable design.
- Lily Cup – No ridge or markings
- Luna Cup – No ridge, size mark and raised capacity lines.
- Lunette – Slight ridge, indented writing and raised capacity lines.
- Luv Ur Body – Slight rounded ridge, with grip patterns all over the cup.
- Mami Cup – Very slight ridge, no markings, slight lines up sides of cup.
- MeLuna – No ridge or markings.
- Miacup – Pronounced ridge, no markings.
- Mooncup UK – Pronounced ridge, no markings
- MPower -Slight ridge, no markings.
- OrganiCup – very slight ridge, brand name in raised writing, measuring lines.
- Ruby Cup – Slight ridge, no markings.
- Sckoon Cup – No ridge, no markings.
- Si-bell – No ridge, no markings, slight indentations up the sides.
- Yuuki – No ridge, no markings.
- Vcup – very slight ridge, No markings.
Score 2 points to the cups who have no ridge and no markings. 1 point to cups with slight ridge and no markings. 0.5 points to cups with no ridge and markings.
Cleaning (and info on) the holes
This is going by how large the holes are and how easy they are to clean (or how likely they are to get full of gunk). I’ll describe the holes as “tiny”, “small”, “regular” and “large”. Some holes are punched through on an angle (so the holes are longer) and some are straight through. I don’t know how much difference this makes to cleaning, but an angled hole has more surface area so may be slightly harder to clean (especially if the holes are small)
- Aneer/iClean – 2 “small” straight holes, 7mm (small) ans 8mm (large) from rim. iClean cup had 1 of the holes not punched out properly, and I had to pull off the extra silicone.
- Bassrose – no holes due to the valve stem
- Claricup – 4 “regular” straight holes, 7mm from rim. Some not neatly punched through.
- Cup Lee – 4 “regular” straight holes, some not as neatly punched. 7mm from rim
- Diva – 4 “tiny” / angled holes, 7mm from rim (small). Took a lot of effort to clean.
- Eco-Cup – 5 “small” \ angled holes, 8mm from rim. Some holes not punched cleanly.
- Femmecup (old) – “Small” straight holes cleaned ok
- Femmecup (new) – 4 “Large” horizontal angles holes, 17mm from rim. Easy to clean
- Femmycycle – no holes
- Fleurcup – 4 “regular” horizontal angled holes, 7mm from rim (large). Easy to clean
- Gaia Cup – 6 “regular” \ angled holes. 5mm from rim.
- Juju – 4 “regular” straight holes, 8mm from rim (small & large). Easy to clean
- Keeper – 6 “tiny” straight holes, 17mm from rim (small). Given the colour, hard to see if clean or not.
- Lady Cup – 6 “large” \ angled holes, 17mm from rim (large & small). Easy to clean
- Lily Compact – 4 “small” straight holes, 6mm from rim.
- Lily Cup – No holes
- LunaCup – 4 “regular” straight holes, 11mm(small) 8mm (large) from rim. Easy to clean
- Lunette – 4 “regular” straight holes, 7mm from rim (small & large). Easy to clean
- Luv Ur Body – 4 “regular” straight holes, 7mm 9small), 8mm (med), 9mm (large) from rim. Easy to clean.
- Mami Cup – 4 “small” horizontal slightly angled holes. 6mm from rim.
- MeLuna (old) – 2 “regular” straight, easy to clean
- MeLuna (new) – 2 “small” straight holes, 9mm (large) from rim. Easy to clean
- Miacup – 4 “medium” straight holes, 11mm (large) from rim. Cleaned easily, large enough to see if clean.
- Mooncup UK (new) – 6 “small” \ angled holes at the edge of the ridge, 11mm from rim.
- Mooncup UK (old) – 6 “small” straight holes, 16mm from rim (small & large). Easy to clean
- MPower – 4 “huge” straight holes, 8mm from rim. Very easy to clean
- OrganiCup – 4 “large” slightly horizontally angled holes, 8mm from rim. Easy to clean.
- Ruby Cup – 4 “small” straight holes, 13mm from rim. Easy to clean
- Sckoon cup – 5 “medium” \ very angled holes, 6mm from rim (small & large). Easy to clean
- Si-bell – 4 “regular” straight holes, 7mm from rim.
- Yuuki – 4 “tiny” \ angled holes, 6mm (small) from rim. Cleaned easily
- VCup – 2 “tiny” straight holes. 17mm from rim
The holes of the Diva really bugged me, and I only tried it twice. The only holes I really had a problem with. They would not rinse clean for me, I had to get a pin and poke them clean. I imagine I would take to it with a heated metal skewer to enlarge them if I bought one and had to use a pin each time…. I tried putting my hand over the cup and squirting water out through them (my usual method) , and it doesn’t work to clear them (where it does for the other cups)….The Yukki holes are not much bigger and also angled, but those cleaned fine. I don’t know if it’s because of the direction they angle in? Diva holes angle down, Yuuki holes angled up.
With the Keeper’s brown colour, you can’t see if the holes are dirty though, which is a big turn off for me – given the amount of gunk I’ve seen in the silicone cups holes, if you don’t see it, you might not clean it well enough to remove it…. and not all of us disinfect or boil the cups between uses…. The larger the holes obviously the easier to clean them. The large holes didn’t even need the palm squeeze trick to clean them, they came clean with a rinse under the tap. Miacup’s holes while also opaque like Keeper, are larger so I can see through them, so I’m happy with them.
So I’ll give a 2 points to each cup with no holes or “large” (or “huge”) holes, 1 point to “regular” holes. No points for “small” holes and minus 0.5 for the “tiny” holes. While Yuuki cleaned easily for the, the Diva had incredibly difficult holes to clean, so it’s a potential problem for that size holes….. and -1 to Keeper for the fact that while they seem to come clean ok, you can’t see clearly if the holes need cleaning or not….
A few cups don’t have the airholes fully punched through, leaving either a thin skin of silicone over the holes, or a piece of displaced silicone sitting beside or over the top of the hole. Some of these I noticed can gather blood and be harder to clean. They also detract from the look of the cup, so I’ll score -1 point for any cup with 1 or more holes that are not fully clear. So for example ClariCup would get 1 point for easy to clean size of holes, but loses 1 point because some of the holes have this issue.
This is part of my comparison chart for the menstrual cups I have tried.
See here for the chart and links to the individual sections.
This is somewhat subjective…. everyone has different likes and dislikes… but I figured I’d also rate these things as well..
- Aneer/iClean – “Sticky” shiny silicone, pale colours. I personally find this type of transparent shiny/sticky silicone to look and feel very “cheap” and I don’t like it. The “purple” is too close to a pink. Has Seams
- Bassrose – Has a fairly unique shape (though similar to Sckoon), silicone is a whitish-clear “sticky” feeling silicone that looks a bit “cheap”. Has seams
- Claricup – Dark blue soft silicone, shape is appealing, some may not like the colour. Has seams.
- Cup Lee – Slightly transparent “sticky” shiny silicone. Good vibrant colours. The surface of the silicone has some small marks on it that almost look like it is greasy. Doesn’t feel as “cheap” as something like the Aneer, but doesn’t feel as nice as some others. No seams.
- Diva – Frosted silicone, looks appealing. No seams.
- Eco-Cup – Nice frosted silicone, Pink version has a good depth of colour. Clear version has a slight “white” look. No seams.
- Femmecup (old) – Whiter silicone with a slightly shiny look, which felt a tiny bit more plastic and “cheap” than the other cups.
- Femmecup (new) – Very clear silicone. Cool spiral on the stem. Slightly sticky feel. Very slight (barely there) seams
- Femmycycle – Very clear silicone, “sticky” feel to the silicone. Has a very unusual shape.
- Fleurcup – Frosted silicone, looks appealing – available in several (albeit pale) colours. Has seems.
- Gaia – White, almost opaque frosted silicone. No seams.
- Juju – Very clear silicone, pretty butterfly grip on stem. Has a slightly sticky feel. No seams.
- Keeper – Brown rubber, does not look appealing. Goes kinda sticky with age.
- Lady Cup – Clearer silicone with a slightly shiny look, without markings (plain), doesn’t look as appealing. However they have coloured cups available which I do find very appealing.
- Lily Compact – Really smooth and lovely feeling “peach skin” silicone. Feels really nice and soft. No seams.
- Lily Cup – Really smooth and lovely feeling “peach skin” silicone. Feels really nice and soft. No seams.
- LunaCup – White frosted silicone with pretty leaf design on base. feels soft. Slight seams visible.
- Lunette – Frosted silicone. Slight seams.
- Luv Ur Body – White frosted silicone with flower designs. feels soft and nice. Seams are raised and obvious. I don’t find the shape of the cup as appealing as a bell shape though.
- Mami Cup – Frosted translucent silicone outside, shiny on the inside. Has Seams.
- MeLuna – Several coloured versions, and nice deep/vibrant colours, including glitter!! they do not quite have the same look as silicone however. Has seams.
- Miacup – Love the purple! It is very different to the other cups, being a solid colour. However the exact colour can vary between cups, so it is not a consistent colouring. No seams.
- Mooncup (new) – Frosted whitish silicone, looks much more appealing than the old one.
- Mooncup (old) – Yellowed silicone, doesn’t look as appealing. No seams.
- MPower – Has a similar “cheap plastic” look and feel to the old Femmecup, which isn’t as appealing. The cup I have also has several faults.
- OrganiCup – soft whiteish frosted silicone, appealing shape.
- Ruby Cup – Frosted silicone, feels nice and smooth. No seams.
- Sckoon – Has a line where around the base of the cup it’s not frosted and the rest is. Faint seam in non-frosted area. Frosted area has strange patterns in it (like water drops or stretch marks). Pretty flower design on the base.
- Si-bell – shape is appealing, Soft whitish frosted silicone. Has seams.
- Yuuki (old) – A very clear silicone, but without the shinyness of the Lady Cup and Femmecup.
- Vcup – White frosted silicone, interesting contrast between the stickier clearer sections and the more frosted section.
The “frosted” cups usually have a feeling people describe as “peach skin”. Some feel nicer than others. Sckoon cup has a frosted finish about the same as Diva but has an odd finish and feels a little “stickier”, whereas the other frosted cups have a smoother feel and don’t have the same odd finish.
The silicone used in both Lily cups is really soft, smooth and really lovely to touch.
Juju and Femmecup (new) are the clearest of the cups, then old Yuuki, then LadyCup. Juju is the “stickiest” feeling of the cups.
While I don’t like the feel of the sticky cups, I imagine that could actually provide better grip than the soft/smooth feeling frosted cups, so I won’t add or detract points for stickyness or smoothness – because they could be both positives or negatives.
I personally find the frosted look to be nicer than the clear cups, though that is down to personal taste I guess. So I’ll give 0.5 points to all the nicely clear/white frosted cups.
Cups that come in more than 1 colour option can get 2 points each for bringing out cups in a colour that is solely designed to increase it’s visual appeal. Luv Ur Body can have 2 points because they do offer a couple of colours and the coloured flower design options. Both Lily cup and compact can have 2 points for the lovely feel of their silicone. Miacup and Eco-cup will get 1 point because while they offer a colour it’s only 1 colour, so the others get an extra point for offering multiple colours Aneer/iClean likewise get only 1 point because the colour difference is not great enough. MeLuna gets 3 points for adding not only coloured, but also glittered cups! Claricup would get a point for having a colour too, but I’m not sure it is as appealing as other colours, so I’ll remove half a point for the unusualness of that colour.
MPower loses a point for each (4) for the flaws in the cup I have (being the silicone is literally falling off the stem; there are rough parts around the rim, stem and base of the cup; there is a brown speck embedded in the silicone; and one of the holes has been drilled twice). Keeper loses half a point for being unappealing in it’s brown colour.
Accessories & Packaging
The packaging is also something that isn’t really important, but I’m mentioning it anyway. The accessories are things like the pouch and anything else the cups come with.
- Aneer/iClean – Some come with a satin pouch, some don’t.. some come in a chiffon pouch. Pretty cheap.
- Bassrose – comes with a cotton pouch that has the rose logo printed on the strings.
- Claricup – Came with a black plastic storage/steralising container, with the brand name on the side. No pouch.
- Cup Lee – comes with a (linen?) pouch
- Diva – Mine came with nothing, as it was a sample, but I’ve seen the bags they normally come with – a pretty bag and pin. Very nice!
- Eco-Cup – comes with a plain green pouch
- Femmecup – Plain bag like Mooncup, but thinner fabric and a bit cheaper looking. Ribbons are in keeping with the colour theme though, and the box/packaging is bright and colourful without being too cheesy. Nice.
- Femmycycle – Comes with a pouch that is made from the same sort of synthetic fabric that reusable shopping bags are made from, which isn’t as attractive as other cup pouches. But it does come with a CD that gives information on the cup and how to fold.
- Fleurcup – I chose one without a bag, so it came just in a ziplock bag, which is pretty boring… but I do like the fact that you can chose to have it without the pouch and without wasteful packing.
- Gaia Cup – Comes with an interesting pouch with flat bottom with custom printed fabric!
- Juju – By far the prettiest and most outstanding packaging! Beautiful box that opens up like a flower, with satin pouches with lining.
- Keeper – Mine came with an interesting bag (black satin with lace trim), was pretty… but rather flimsy. I’ve seen ones online that are better made, but I’ve also seen the keeper packaged in just a plastic bag looking very cheap. They claim to be against wasteful packaging so that is why they don’t do fancy packaging – which I do respect!
- Lady Cup – Colourful cotton bag with co-ordinated ribbon. Quite nice (some say one of the most attractive bags for the cups)
- Lily Compact – Came with a little storage case. I love the concept of being able to fold it up and pack it away. The cup was sealed in a plastic pouch.
- Lily Cup – Came with a lycra pouch. The cup was sealed in a plastic pouch.
- LunaCup – Like the Yuuki, this came in a tin, which makes a convenient storage place. The bag was nothing fancy and the instructions were not in English.
- Lunette – The first pouches they had were very stiff, but the new ones they have are a nice soft satin. Their product packaging is lovely – in a pretty box, which you might be able to reuse.
- Luv Ur Body – The pouches aren’t fancy but made from a pretty floral cotton, with beads on the ends. The plastic bag packaging they come in looks nice and professional.
- Mami Cup – Comes with a plain coloured cotton pouch
- MeLuna – My first one came without packaging, but with a blue suede-like pouch with printed silvery design, which is nice. The Soft glitter cup I got came with a purple pouch (something soft suede/jersey like), which is very nice – with a nice double drawstring.
- Miacup – Comes with a lined satin pouch with embroidered logo – very swanky indeed! In a box. Packaging is probably overkill but looks impressive.
- Mooncup – Comes in probably the plainest cotton bag, but I do like the more natural look..makes it seem more environmentally friendly.
- MPower – Came with a very stiff denim pouch that has only 1 ribbon drawstring, so it can’t stay closed – the worst of all the pouches I’ve seen. The design on their box packaging was nice though.
- OrganiCup – Came with a well made but very stiff/thick cotton pouch,
- Ruby Cup – Unbleached cotton pouch with the logo on it.
- Sckoon – The most “retail” type packaging, in a clear box, which would look good on a shop shelf and makes it seem special. Their pouches are quite pretty and the ribbons have Sckoon on them.
- Si-bell – one cup came with a cotton pouch that wasn’t very well sewn and a bit basic. The other came with a silicone pouch that gathers dust and feels weird. So both bad :(
- Yuuki (old) – Mine came without a pouch, not sure if the regular ones you buy include a pouch, but it did come with a sturdy cardboard tube which you could use to store the cup in.
- Yuuki (new) – Came sealed in plastic bags, with storage/cleaning plastic containers. No pouches.
- Vcup – Came with a few different goodies – cleaning cloths, hand sanitiser and soap strips as well as the pouch.
Juju gets 3 points for their amazing packaging. It really does make it special to open. Vcup gets 3 points for the extra accessories that other cups don’t provide.
From what I’ve seen online, Diva gives a nice pouch and the pin is a nice touch (I’m not sure if they still give out a pin?) So it gets 2 points (though I reserve the right to bump them down in points if I find out they no longer give out the pin). Miacup’s pouch is very well made and plush, so it gets 2 points too. Ladycup gets 2 points because they have put effort into their pouches so that each coloured cup has a different pouch (usually with matching colour ribbon). Sckoon gets 2 points for the professionalism of the box and the printed ribbons on the pouches being a bit more special than others. Claricup and Yuuki (new) get 2 points for the storage container. Lily Compact gets 2 points for being packed nicely and coming with a storage container. Gaia cup gets 2 points because their pouch is also quite fancy.
Lunette gets 1 point because they have the nice satin pouch and lovely boxes. MeLuna gets 1 point because their pouches are that bit extra fancy compared to other brands. Keeper gets 1 point because I appreciate that they made the choice not to do fancy packaging for the environmental impact. Lily Cup gets 1 point because of the nice packaging they have that includes having the cup in a plastic sealed pouch.
I don’t know if Yuuki (old) came with a pouch or not (I didn’t get one), but I’ll give it and LunaCup 0.5 points because while they aren’t fancy packages or pouches, the tube packaging is useful to store the cup in. Femmycycle gets 0.5 point for the inclusion of the CD. Luv Ur Body can have 0.5 point because they have a printed bag with bead ends, which is a bit different to other cups. Bassrose gets 0.5 point because they have the rose design on the ribbons.
MPower gets minus half a point because I don’t think the pouch is any good at all, since it’s so stiff and has only one drawstring, so it can’t actually be drawn closed. (honestly, I’m not trying to be mean, but they couldn’t make the cup or the pouch properly *sigh*). Aneer and iClean also lose 0.5 point because they come with no packaging and less appealing pouches.
While most menstrual cups are similarly shaped and don’t offer much more than a slight change to the design. A few of the cups offer something more innovative, so I’m giving points for that.
MeLuna gets 2 points because they were the first company to offer multiple stem types, multiple softness options, multiple colours and even glitter.
Lily Cup gets 2 points because of the addition of the anti-spill rim around the inside of the cup and a really nice feeling silicone and elegant shape.
Bassrose gets 2 points, because while there was a valve stem cup before them (Victoria Love), the Bassrose has a better valve system, and the valve stem design is fairly unique.
Lily Compact gets 3 points because it is a cup that can fold up and be stored in a compact form.
Femmycycle gets 3 points because of the flip out anti-spill lip
Ruby gets 2 points because they donate a cup to schoolgirls in Africa for every cup sold.
Luv Ur Body gets 1 point because it has a different shape to the others and has a raised flower design over the whole cup, with the option of that being coloured.
I’ve tried some of the cups, and these are my thoughts to compare those I’ve tried. I’ve pretty much only tried the cups who have sent me samples for reviewing… I don’t really have the budget or desire to buy a bunch of cups just to review here… so that’s why there are lots of brands whose cups I haven’t tried. (If you’re a cup brand and want me to review your cup, I’d love to!)
I have 2 methods for rating/ranking the cups I have tried. One is by personal preference – so this is just which cups I “like” the best. I have also done a system where I award (or remove) points to make a score based system. This gives a ranking for how good the cups are “on paper” (as the phrase goes), but are not necessarily a reflection of how much you may like the cups in actual usage. But I feel that ranking system can be helpful, since a ranking based on my personal “likes” is very subjective.
By looking at both (and my comments about why things are scored where they are), this might help you in your cup shopping endeavours :)
Cup Rankings By Personal Preference
While a score based ranking system shows which cups are “best” when scored for particular things, it doesn’t necessarily reflect what I would personally pick as my favourite cups. Everyone is different, and everyone has different needs and different preferences. So this is just based on what I would recommend to others based on what I personally would choose.
In a perfect world – my most ideal cup would be a Lena or Claricup in the same purple silicone the LadyCup “Lilac”, with the same soft silky feel as the Lily Cups, and a silicone firmness of the Fleurcup. I prefer the shape of Lena because it’s a bit smoother (and prettier) on the outside, I prefer the Claricup stem, and I love that particular shade of LadyCup purple.
Taking colour out of the equation, I look for a tab stem. I have found these to be a good balance of grip and comfort. My next choice over the tab stems would be a “stick” stem so long as it has enough grip – the Claricup and Organicup stems being a great example. The best of the “hollow tube” stems I’ve found was the LadyCup’s stem, as their stem was flexible enough not to be bothersome, even though it’s a hollow tube that I don’t especially like. I have not tried the “wide” flat tabs, I suspect those would be good too. The other thing I look for is less ridges and markings on the cup – the smoother the cup, I find the nicer it feels.
|Personal Choice (Including Colour)
If I allow colour to influence me, then I would score some cups differently, this is the order of my preference.
|Personal Choice (excluding Colour)
If I ignore the colour aspect and rank the cups I’ve tried based on physical features alone, this is the order of my preference.
Cups I won’t Rank (and why)
Aneer/iClean I had trouble getting the cups to open since the silicone is very soft, so I wasn’t able to give them a proper review to compare them with other cups. Also, since I personally wouldn’t recommend them anyway (since I am wary of very cheap cups), I really don’t know where I would rank these. I find the colours are not as good as the colours in other brands, and the silicone softness is not a good match for me. Yet I acknowledge that they could be good cups for someone else. They do have the tab stem I find more comfortable, and the soft silicone appeals to some people.
Bassrose is a difficult cup to rank, since I personally would not choose to buy this cup, and I don’t know how to recommend it. It has some good features that would rank high (stem was comfortable, the size and silicone stiffness was a good match for me), and it has some aspects that would prevent me buying one (I don’t need a cup that can be emptied in place like that). As far as the comfort and ease of insertion/removal aspects go (ignoring the negatives), I would probably rank it about a #3. However given the negatives, if I think about which cups I would prefer to use before I would use a Bassrose, I’d have to rank it down near the bottom of the list. But then some people may like the idea of a cup you can empty without removing. So since I don’t know how to rate it, I will leave it off the personal rankings.
Detailed info of the rankings for my personal choice can be found here:
Cup rankings based on Score
What I’ve done here is considered different areas for rating the cups. Where a cup performed better than average, I awarded a point (or more than 1 point if it was exceptional in that area). Points were deducted when a cup performed worse than average in an area. In some areas a cup will have scored no points and had no points removed – which means there was nothing either particularly good nor bad about that cup in that area – it was just average. So low rated cups may be low because they had no features that particularly stood out against the other cups, not necessarily because there was anything wrong with them.
A detailed rundown of what I was looking at, what properties each cup had in that area, and how I scored each one – is found below:
Cup Ratings Chart
(See the updated online chart here)
- Sckoon (14)
- MeLuna [new, “classic”] (13)
- Femmycycle (12)
- Bassrose (11.5)
- Fleurcup (11.5)
- Lady Cup (11.5)
- Lily Cup (11)
- Claricup (10)
- Lily Compact (10)
- Aneer (8.5)
- OrganiCup (8.5)
- Lunette (8)
- Si-bell (8)
- Gaia Cup (7.5)
- Cup Lee (7)
- Luv Ur Body (7)
- iClean (6.5)
- Juju (6.5)
- Miacup (6.5)
- Eco-Cup (5.5)
- Luna Cup (5.5)
- Mami Cup (5)
- Vcup (4.5)
- Yuuki (4.5)
- Ruby Cup (4)
- Femmecup [new] (2)
- Diva (1.5)
- Meluna [old style] (1)
- Mooncup UK (1)
- Femmecup [old style] (0)
- Keeper [damaged] (-1)
- MPower (-2)
Please take into consideration that some of the first cups I tested and reviewed were done from 2008 onwards – so some aspects of the cups I’ve tried have since changed. Yuuki, Diva, MeLuna and Femmecup for example have made changes to their design since I rated them. Some of these new cups I have been able to test as well as the older versions, some I only have the older versions.
Please note – this is general advice, please check with the cup manufacturer of your particular cup to see what they recommend, as different cup companies recommend different cleaning methods.
When to clean the cup
You should clean your cup when you first receive it, to make sure it is clean of any particles from manufacture/storage.
You may like to clean the cup at the end of every day, or before reinserting it after emptying it. It is up to you.
When your period has finished, make sure your cup is properly cleaned, then store it in a bag or non-airtight container. Some people like to boil their cup or soak in sterilizing solution – either at the end of their period, before they use the cup again the next time they have a period, or both. If you only boil/sanitize at the end of your period, the cup may pick up dust or other particles while being stored for a month (and the pouch you store it in should probably be washed occasionally too), so you may also like to clean it again before you use it when your period starts.
Do I need to Boil or Sanitize it?
Some people feel they need to boil the cups or use a sterilizing solution – this is completely up to you.
It is not recommended to boil the rubber keeper.
If boiling the cups, make sure you use enough water to completely cover the cup, and do not allow it to boil dry or you may burn the cup. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how long to boil the cup for – but usually 5-10 mins is recommended. You can pop the cup into a metal wisk to hold it above the bottom of the pot while boiling! (Photo)
If microwaving, the cup must remain sully submerged or it can burn. Do not wash cups in the dishwasher!
If using a sterilizing solution, make sure it is of a type that the manufacturer recommends using. Some cup companies recommend Milton sterilization tablets. If you are unsure, contact the manufacturer for advice. Make sure you rinse off any sterilizing solutions so that it cannot irritate the skin of your vagina.
You can use a rubbing alcohol (which is likely what cup wipes are) – pour rubbing alcohol onto a cotton ball and wipe it all over the cup, allowing it to fully dry before storing the cup in the pouch or reinserting it.
Do I need to clean the cup before reinserting after I’ve emptied it?
Some people like to wash the cup with soap or cleaning solution each time it is reinserted. Some people like to just rinse with water. Some like to wipe with toilet paper or a tissue/cloth. Some reinsert without cleaning. You can choose whatever method you feel most comfortable with.
If you will need to empty and reinsert the cup while away from home, you can carry a moistened face cloth, a bottle of water or one of the special cup cleaning wipes with you, if you don’t want to leave the toilet stall to rinse it in the sink. Or you can wipe it with toilet paper, or just reinsert it as is. DO NOT rinse it in the water from the toilet bowl! (and not even with the water that comes from under the rim when you flush)
Cleaning the Airholes
Some of the cups have large airholes that come clean very easily. Some have very small airholes that can trap the blood. To clean the airholes, fill the cup with water, place your palm on top and squeeze the cup – this should force the water out through the holes.
For some harder-to-clean airholes, you may need to soak the cup in warm water. You could try stretching the silicone to enlarge the holes for cleaning. Or use a toothbrush, toothpick or pin (cup companies don’t recommend a pin, as it could damage the cup – so be careful) to clear out the holes.
Stains and Discolouration
Often the clear silicone cups will take on a “golden” colour with use. This is perfectly fine and does not mean you need to replace the cup (unless the silicone looks damaged), but some people find this unattractive. Some people recommend soaking the soak the cup for a few minutes in 3% hydrogen peroxide. Or using vinegar or lemon juice.
What to wash it with
When washing your cup with soap or other cleaning products, make sure they are designed specifically for cups or for silicone “toys”.. or that they will be safe to use with your cup. If using soap, use a plain (unscented) soap, preferably as basic as possible (oil free soap is recommended) – this is both to protect your cup but also to protect your vagina from anything that could irritate the skin.
Some brands of cup sell cleaning wipes, sterilizing solutions and other cleaning products to help you clean your cup. While these are not necessary to purchase, you may find something like the wipes to be useful while away from home.
Diva Cup recommends:
“When cleaning your DivaCup be sure to avoid using: vinegar, tea tree oil, scented/fragranced soap, castile/peppermint soap or any other oil based soap, rubbing alcohol, antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, pre-moistened wipes, hydrogen peroxide, dishwashing soap, bleach or harsh chemicals as some have been known to damage or compromise the silicone (may leave a sticky or powdery film, etc.) and may need to be replaced to avoid irritations, burning, etc.”
The measurements for the cups
Divacup – 4.1cm wide 5.7cm long (7cm including stem)
Femmecup – N/A
Keeper – 4.4cm wide?, 5.4cm long (7.9cm including stem)
Lady Cup – 4cm wide, 4.6cm long (6.5cm including stem)
Lunette – 4.1cm wide, 4.7cm Long, (7.2cm including stem)
Mooncup (UK) – 4.3cm wide, 5cm long (7.5cm including stem)
Mooncup (USA) – Suspect same as Keeper
Divacup – 4.5cm wide, 5.7cm long (7mm including stem)
Femmecup – 4.5cm wide, 5cm long to base of cup. (7.3cm including stem)
Keeper – 4.6cm wide, 5.4cm long (7.9cm including stem)
Lady Cup – 4.6cm wide, 5.3cm long (6.6cm including stem)
Lunette – 4.6cm wide, 5.2cm long (7.2cm including stem)
Mooncup (UK) – 4.6cm wide, 5cm long (7.5cm including stem)
Mooncup (USA) – Suspect same as Keeper
Country of origin: USA
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: A & B (A = After childbirth, B = Before childbirth)
Dimensions: (assumed same as Keeper) Size B = 4.5cm wide, 5.4cm long and 2.5cm stem, Size A – Keeper – 4.6cm wide, 5.4cm long (7.9cm including stem) ?
Stem: Hollow tube
Measuring Lines: No
Cost (RRP): Approx US$35 [Currency Converter]
Guarantee: 3 months
Been around since: Company since 1987, this product since (July?) 2006
Other Details: Named the same as (already established) UK Mooncup.
Country of origin: UK
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: A & B (A = After childbirth, B = Before childbirth)
Dimensions: B = 4.3cm width. A = 4.6cm width. Both have 5cm length plus 2.1cm long stem.
Capacity: Size B = 13mls (to under airholes), Size A = 15mls (to airholes)
Stem: Hollow tube
Measuring Lines: Yes (inside), Cup B marks 6mls and 12mls, and Cup A 7.5mls and 15mls
Cost (RRP): GBP$18.99 (including International postage at official site)[Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2000
Other Details: Registered with the Vegan Society (Vegan approved). “Original Mooncup” (first cup to be given that name). Pay attention to the look of the product and packaging when buying from online stores to make sure you are buying the Mooncup you intend to (as there are other brands of cup using this name). Often known as “Mooncup (UK)” to help distinguish it as the Original UK version.
It’s getting really hard to rank the cups! A lot of them are really great and it’s hard to pick which I would rank higher than others.
For me, the colour (and to a lesser extent the overall look) of the cups are a huge factor in how much I like a cup – like with clothing, cloth pads or anything really, when things look more attractive to us, we like them more. I feel that using a cup or cloth pad you like the look of, can make you feel better about your period.
Second to that I go by the features I personally am most interested in, and that is a stem that gives me enough grip to use it to pull the cup down – while also not being able to be felt while being worn. And a cup that opens up easily for me (basically not too soft).
Also I find that I prefer a cup with a moderate amount of stiffness, I find that in a stiffer cup like the Lunette, I can wear the large size cup without problem, but with softer cups I need to use the smaller size because the silicone doesn’t seem to have enough strength to open up properly for me. Since my periods are light (I’m on the pill), the smaller capacity of the smaller cups doesn’t bother me, so it’s not really a major concern, but if I had the choice, I’d prefer a slightly stiffer cup to a soft one.
But, I am very easily swayed to anything purple :P and I realise that is not particularly helpful to people who aren’t as purply persuaded as me. (though my same purple bias could be the same as another colour bias for someone else). So I have done 2 personal choice rankings. One if I let things like colour influence my decision, and one based solely on the shape and design of the cup and disregarding the colour.
So I’ll do coloured rating first, scroll down for the ranking excluding colour (and detailed descriptions for why the cups are ranked where they are)
Personal Choice including Colour
I’m not going to lie, if it’s a good colour purple cup, it’s likely to score highly with me and I’ll be more willing to overlook flaws. Since some of the cups I’m ranking are uncoloured, those positions don’t change, but the coloured cups I would rank differently based on colour. So here’s my rankings of the cups I’ve tried, if I allow colour to influence me:
- Mami Cup
- Claricup / Si-bell
- Lena Cup
- Lily Compact
- Luv Ur Body (small)
- Lily Cup
- Sckoon/ Ruby Cup
- Cup Lee
- Gaia Cup
- Luna Cup
- Mooncup UK
Choice #1 – Lunette
I’d been hoping for a purple Lunette for ages, but when they did bring out the Cynthia I was really disappointed to see it wasn’t “purple” and was actually more of a reddish colour. Which was strange since the other colours they have brought out have been quite pretty. They have since changed to something that is a proper purple (albeit not quite my favourite shade), so that is excellent!
Choice #2 – Ladycup
I do prefer the LadyCup’s range of colours, they have more colours and they are nice and vibrant. They have released a few purples over the years and I really love the Lilac and Plum colours. The only disadvantage with Ladycup is they change the colours every now and then, so if you like a colour, you might have to get it when you see it, or it may change later. I do prefer the feel of the silicone of the Lunette, and I prefer the tab stem, so I’d rank Ladycup just under Lunette… but they are almost equal, because of the colours.
Choice #3 Mami Cup
I like the tab stem on this cup, and I found that the overall design feels good and the silicone feels nice. The colour of their purple is a little pale for my liking, but better than the Fleurcup. I think the smaller size might be a bit better fit for me than the large, just to help it open a little better – but I would be happy using the large. The only reason it wouldn’t top my list is the purple isn’t as nice as others, and the fact that the large size I tried takes a little longer to insert because I need to check if it’s opened properly (something the smaller size would probably fix)
Choice #4a – Claricup
The colour is unusual, and that may put some people off. Since I personally am not a fan of pink or some of the other cup colours out there, and my preference for purples tends to be more on the blue end of purple than the red/pink end of purple – I do find this colour to be attractive enough, even though it’s not a colour I would ordinarily choose. However, I do REALLY love the shape and most importantly the stem design of this cup. I’d have to say it was the most comfortable and easiest to use of all the cups I’ve tried. If it came in a really good purple, it would probably be my “Goldilocks” cup I think!
Choice #4b – Si-bell
The slightly softer silicone, and the lack of colour means I like the Si-bell slightly less than the ClariCup, since it is a little more difficult to open for me and I prefer a coloured cup. Although I think the Si-bell is a little better made (the holes in the ClariCup weren’t punched through properly). But I’d consider them basically equal.
Choice #5 – Lena Cup
The pink colour is nicer to me than some of the other pinks, but I’m not a fan of pink, so I would never buy a pink cup like this shade. However, I do love the cup design itself, and I’d probably prefer a coloured cup of any colour to a clear one. I love the tab stem and the smooth outside of the cup. Great grip and comfortable.
Choice #6 – OrganiCup
The stem is a little shorter than the Si-bell/ClariCup, which is the only reason I would rate the OrganiCup a bit lower than them, as I found the longer stem a little easier to reach. But otherwise it has the same great features of those cups.
Choice #7 – MeLuna
They also have an awesome purple :) and I love the look of the Cyan…. and GLITTER! While I don’t like the shape and feel of these cups as much as others, if you’re wanting a cup that looks pretty, then MeLuna definitely offers a lot of options for you.
Choice #8 – Fleurcup
While they do (or did, I think they are discontinued the colours?) offer a “purple” it’s really really pale and disappointing compared to the colours the other cups come in. So the only reason this cup ranks here and not at the bottom of the coloured cups, is because I’m also thinking about the shape and design, and this is the shape and design I like best of all the cups I’ve tried, other than the stem of the Claricup. (if it was a “proper” purple, this cup would top the list for sure!). Though their website doesn’t list any colours at all any more, so maybe they don’t do colours any more? Which is a shame… Colour does influence me, so it’s hard to know whether I’d drop this down for lack of coloured options.
Choice #9 – Lily Compact
The design of this cup is amazing! The silicone feels lovely and the cup shape I found to be comfortable. I’m not terribly fond of pink, but I didn’t mind the darker pink colour. The only reason this doesn’t rank higher is that I did find it a little short for me, and I would ideally like to use a higher capacity cup for regular use. But this is definitely something I would recommend people have on hand for travel or to keep in a handbag for emergencies if they aren’t interested in using it as their regular cup.
Choice #10 – Miacup
They have changed the colour of their new cups slightly, which is apparently more “purple” than the “magenta” type of purple it was before, but to me (only seeing a video of it, side by side with the old version), it looks a bit brownish to me… so I’m not sure if I’d like the new one…. While Miacup (old and new) isn’t my preferred shade of purple, it’s the cup shape I like, and in the same colour range I like, so I’d rank it here.
Choice #11 – Luv Ur Body (small)
I think the flower designs on the cup are quite pretty, the cup itself I feel is good – not the best design, but definitely a good one. I would rank the medium and large sizes lower because I feel the size/shape of them is not good for me, and I would be concerned they may not fit others well either.
Choice #12 – Sckoon
Sadly they don’t have a purple…. while their other colours are quite pretty, and also are quite vibrant, I like the Sckoon stems less than I like the stems of other cups, which is why this scores lower.
(other cups rankings are the same as below, so don’t need extra descriptions)
Personal Choice (Excluding Colour)
If I ignore the colour aspect and rank the cups I’ve tried based on physical features alone (cup shape, feel of the silicone, comfort, ease of cleaning etc.), this is the order of my preference.
- Lena Cup / Fleurcup / Lunette / Mami Cup
- Claricup / Si-bell / OrganiCup
- Lily Compact
- Miacup / Ladycup
- Luv Ur Body (small)
- Lily Cup
- Skooncup / Ruby Cup
- Cup Lee
- Eco-Cup / Yuuki
- Gaia Cup
- Luna Cup
- Mooncup UK
Choice #1 – Tab stem cups – Lena Cup / Fleurcup / Lunette / Mami Cup
Easy grip tab stem without being uncomfortable. Overall I find it difficult to say which I prefer to a tab stem or the thin grippy stems of Clari/Si-bell/Organi… I find them both very comfortable and easy to use. I think the tab stem does have slightly better grip though. Lena has a lot of similar features to the Fleurcup, so it’s difficult to say which one I like better of the 2, but I think the Lena has a slightly prettier design, so I’d rank it first. I do prefer the slightly softer design and silicone of the Fleurcup to the Lunette. Large Lunette is a bit easier to insert for me than the large Mami because of the stiffer silicone (and I don’t have a small Mami to test that), so I’d have to rank it last out of these 4 cups.
Choice #2 – Thin Long Stem cups – ClariCup / Si-bell / OrganiCup
I really love the stems on these cup – thin and not able to be felt, but have enough grip to be able to pull the stem down without it being slippery like some of the other cups (Skoon/Juju). Also with the lack of writing and ridges – it is overall a quite smooth and easy to clean cup, comfortable. I do slightly prefer the ClariCup because I prefer the blue colour to clear, and the slightly stiffer silicone I find easier to open up for me, and the OrganiCup stems are a little short for me to reach.
Choice #3 –Lily Compact
This cup has a great design feature, to be able to fold up to fit into a small little container. The cups themselves are a bit smaller than regular cups, which may be a problem for some people, and they may not be as suitable for those with a high cervix. But the silicone feels lovely, the stem design gives (to me at least) just enough grip without being too “pokey”. I think overall it is a great design. I admit that I wouldn’t use this as my regular-use cup, as I do prefer other designs – and I normally wouldn’t consider the need to have a cup kept especially for travel or keeping in your bag for emergencies, but the compact nature of this cup means it is something I would definitely recommend having for those uses. Though you may also find it suitable to use as your regular cup too.
Choice #4 – Miacup / Lady Cup
This cup has a lot of positive features I love. (It’s purple) It has a tab stem, offers a money back guarantee, has fantastic customer relations and donates to charity. But it does have the more pronounced ridge that I prefer not to have on the cups, and I believe it is one of the most expensive cups, which drops it to #3. Lady Cup is very easy to clean, easy to insert/remove and a stem that I found comfortable enough to wear untrimmed. However it does have a tube stem (which I don’t like as much as solid stems) – although it is by far the most comfortable of all the hollow tube stems I’ve tried. I also found the softer silicone *ever so slightly* harder to get to open up, and it’s a bit less grippy for removal than other cups.
Choice #5 –Luv Ur Body (small)
I wouldn’t recommend the medium or large sizes, but I would recommend the small. I found the flower designs pretty, the leaf stem was a good combination of grip and comfortable design. The cup has low-profile rim design.
Choice #6 –Lily Cup
I do prefer the shape of the other cups better than this one, but the silicone feels wonderful and I do like the addition of the lip to help reduce spilling with removal. It seems to be a very “elegant” and “modern” design of cup, and I find it quite appealing.
Choice #7 – MeLuna
I had rated the old-style versions of this cup much lower. I think with the new softer material I’d put it here. While I do like a tab stem, MeLuna offers different types of stem, and that is a huge positive, which I think earns this position, even though I personally didn’t like their new stick stem as much as other (tab) stem cups (it’s thicker and I could feel it). I haven’t tried the ball or ring stem in their new design however. I have found the outside nice and smooth, and the new material they use is as soft as the silicone cups, so a vast improvement on the very stiff cups they first offered. (Of course the colour options, including glittered, which I’m not ranking on, would increase it’s appeal greatly ;))
Choice #8a – Sckoon Cup
A nice shape and smooth silicone with no pronounced “ridge” to make insertion/removal uncomfortable. The large size I had a few minor problems getting it to open up, but I do have that problem with some of the softer large cups – I think the small is a better size for me. I find the stem comfortable, although a little less grippy (and more stretchy) than the tab or tube stems. Nice large holes, cleaning is easy.
Choice #8b – Ruby Cup
I couldn’t decide which of the Sckoon or Ruby to rank higher, so I’ve ranked them the same :P Where the Sckoon has the slight issue of slippery/stretchy stem, the Ruby has the issue that I don’t like the hollow tube stems as much as stems that are thinner/more flexible. But they each have their pros and cons. Even if I was to ignore the stem, I’m not sure which of these I would rank higher than the other. They are both quite good cups. Sckoon has the advantage of colour and a pretty design, Ruby has the advantage of charity.
Choice #9 – Femmecup
With the newly designed Femmecup, I think I would rank it here. The solid stick stem I find to be a more appealing option than the hollow tube stems, and the new cup has a nicer feeling silicone than the old one. Still with the pretty spiral on the stem, the silicone of this cup is much nicer to that of something like the Mooncup UK, which is yellowish. I do find the “stick” stems slightly more difficult to grip than the hollow tube stem of the LadyCup, and this has slightly less grip than the Sckooncup at the base, which is why I’ll rank it just below. But I prefer a “stick” stem to a hollow tube.
Choice #10 – Cup Lee
The only thing I didn’t really like about this cup was the stem, since I don’t like hollow tube stems very much. So I would rank this cup higher than the hollow tube stemmed cups that are made from a stiffer silicone. If you are someone who cuts stems off and likes a soft cup, then this could be a good option for you.
Choice #11a – Eco-Cup
The only thing I didn’t really like about this cup was the hollow stem, which I found uncomfortable untrimmed. If it had been a tab stem I’d have ranked it much higher. If you need to cut stems off anyway, then you’d probably find it a good cup. There were also the issues of the airholes not being punched through properly, but that is a more minor issue.
Choice #11b – Yuuki
I did like the one I tested first, that had a solid stem, however they have replaced the solid stem with a hollow tube and have made the silicone firmer. Which in my opinion are both negative changes, which would lessen my recommendations of this brand. There is nothing wrong with this cup, but other cups have features that I feel rank them higher than this cup.
Choice #12 – Gaia Cup
The main thing I didn’t like about this cup was the stem – I found it didn’t offer enough grip for me, even though it was comfortable. I also found it a little soft for me, and it is a shame they don’t come in a small size that is more equal to the smaller sizes of other brands. If you normally need to cut off stems though, then this cup may be suitable for you.
Choice #13 –Femmycycle
Not a cup I would ordinarily buy myself, as to me it looks a bit “weird”, and I would be more drawn to the standard look of the cups. However after trying it, I did actually really like the concept and design. I did find it was a little more awkward to insert due to the design (though I am sure that would become easier with more use), and it’s not as visually appealing as I find other cups – which is why I’ve ranked it lower. It did however rank quite highly in my scoring system, which I think is very fair – since it has some great features.
Choice #14 – Luna Cup
The cup was a little long for me, so I could feel it, and I found the ball stem to be a bit more slippery to use than the other types of stem, so that is why I would rank this cup here. For people who cut stems off and like balls stems, you’d probably rate it higher than me. Other than the stem and length of the cup, I do like the smoothness of the outside of the cup, with no pokey ridges.
Choice #15 – Vcup
Like the Lunacup, I don’t like the ball stem, long bodied cups as much as the more bell shaped cups. I slightly prefer the Lunacup shape/design to the Vcup. But the Vcup does come with some very cool accessories! It’s not that I didn’t like this cup, just that I liked others more.
Choice #16 – Juju
I really really wanted to love this cup, since it’s the only Australian one :( But I don’t like the stem. I find it has almost no grip to it, so it was very slippery. IMHO if you need to use toilet paper or something to clean off the stem (which they even recommend), then the stem isn’t well designed. I personally think it needs grip lines. Now while most cup companies do say not to pull the cup out by the stem (and you shouldn’t just yank the cup out without first breaking the seal, and pulling too hard on any stem can damage it)….. Some people *DO* use the stems to help pull the cup down to an easier position to be able to reach it. That’s one reason why stems normally have some sort of grip lines on them… I found the suction on the large cup too great to be able to pull it down to be able to reach up to the rim to break the suction. The smaller size was better, but still harder to remove than every other cup I have tried. For users who don’t rely on a stem though, then I think this would be a very good cup, since the rest of the cup I quite liked – nice and easy to fold, no bumpy ridges.
Choice #17 – Mooncup (UK)
The Mooncup is a bit less attractive because of the yellowed silicone. yes, I am that picky. I can’t help it :P I also found the stem to be more irritating than the other forms of stem. Based on the stem, I would choose other (softer stemmed) cups before this cup. I also prefer the outside of the cup to have a flatter ridge, so I would generally pick a smoother cup than this style.
Choice #18 – Diva
The holes are why I rank this cup lower than the others… they annoyed me… *a lot*.. Plus it’s longer length poked me more despite the short stem, and I like the longer stems to grip. I have heard that they brought out a new design with less ridge and larger holes, but I have not tested this myself, so I am not sure.
Choice #19 – Keeper
The fact you can’t see the holes, it’s brown and in my opinion unattractive …and that it’s latex mean I’d choose most other cups before this. But, I would still chose it over a tampon (unless I had a latex allergy)… so it isn’t all bad, it’s just that compared to the others, it wouldn’t be high in my list of choices. The latex does have the advantage that is is the most natural of the cups however, which I’m sure will be important to some women. I would choose the silicone “Moon Cup USA” over the keeper if I had to choose between the two, because of the brown colour and latex issues.
Choice #20 – MPower
Going purely by the one example I have – I would not recommend this brand to anyone. AT ALL. It will always be the very last in the list to recommend. It’s better than a tampon, sure, but I would choose *all* the other cups before this brand. (and that’s not taking into account the fact that there are disputes about whether the MPower was copied off the Lunette cup). The MPower cup I have is of such poor quality that I do not hold much faith in the quality of the brand. It’s completely unacceptable quality, and I find it worrying that my one cup has so many faults (one or two you can pass off as being an inevitable flaw in manufacture, but not so many and of the type they are) – It was given to me by a reseller – from normal stock, that would have gone out to other customers. My MPower, straight from the box, had:
- 2 splits coming down from the holes, one fairly deep – This could have been caused by the cup being squashed in transit, however all of my cups have been though transit and none of them have been affected (with the exception of the Keeper having a slight oval shape rather than round, I presumed from being squished in the mail)
- 1 hole has been partway drilled through then the hole shifts over about 1mm and then continues through
- A brown speck is embedded in the silicone
- Rough silicone around the rim, end of stem and in the outside base of the cup – basically looking like overflow from the moulding process, and I have heard other cups are “sandblasted” – presumably to remove this sort of stuff
- The ridges on the tab stem are not attached properly – most are able to be lifted up as if they were an elastic band placed around the stem and only stuck on at a few points. One ridge has already broken and is hanging on only by a small point of attachment on the side.