Menstrual Cups

Lena – review

I’ve been excited for the release of this Lena cup for a while now, after being involved in the development process and having tried out prototypes of the design…. and having to keep tight-lipped about it until it was officially released 😀

With the package Lena sent, they also sent me a little card thanking me for my help and support!  Awwww 😀

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I’m always very impressed when cup companies have spent in contacting people like me to get feedback and discuss cups with them.  To me it shows a company is trying to do as much research as they can, to try and bring out what they believe to be a great cup.

Even a little sticker on the back 😀

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The boxes they come in are really lovely and unique.  They have an interesting feel to the box, it’s hard to explain…. almost sort of suede-like… almost like the “peach skin” texture cups have.  The boxes are 100% recycled and printed with vegetable ink!  Environmental win!

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The boxes are sealed with a little clear sticker, so you would be able to see any tampering.  Tampering or knowing if the box is factory sealed is not something I would have thought of, but it’s something I have seen people comment on, so I thought I’d mention that.  Removing the sticker on both my boxes destroyed the sticker.  So I imagine any tampering would be evident on the sticker.

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The booklet gives the standard instructions you’d expect, but an interesting addition is a diagram of the positioning of the cup for both a high and low cervix.  Explaining that if your cervix is high you may not need to trim the stem, but if it is lower you may need to.  I don’t recall any cup instructions specifically talking about cervix position before.

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The cup has a flat tab stem with a rounded bottom, good grip rings on the stem and base of the cup.  Overall a smooth sided cup (no ridge or protrusions), in “peach skin” sort of feel.

Currently only available in pink, which is a sort of rose pink with a touch of apricot.  Hopefully it will come out in other colours (like purple) in the future 😉  (I love purple cups!)

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The inside of the cup has a slight ridge and has “Lena” in slightly raised letters.  4 large airholes, horizontal with a slight downward angle.

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(My camera isn’t detailed enough to show the inside ridge properly)

The silicone is reasonably soft – In my squish test, the small measured 28mm (the same as Eco-cup), and the large 24mm (the same as Fleur and Lily Compact).  The silicone feels much the same in squishyness between the rim and the body of the cup.

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Since I tested out the prototype, I already know that I really like this cup – I love the tab stem, I am unable to feel the stem while the cup is in place, and I find the smooth outside cleans easily and is more comfortable to insert (than cups with a pronounced ridge).  As with a lot of softer cups, I did have to use my finger to push against the vaginal wall to make the large size cup open fully, but the small cup opened up without any trouble.

I’ll write up a more in-depth review in a month when I’ve had a chance to test it with my period.

 

Unfortunately at the moment they are sold through Amazon and not able to be shipped Internationally, however Precious Stars in the UK does sell them, and ships Internationally.  Hopefully once the cups have been out for a bit longer, International shipping will be available.

If anyone in the US would like to try out this cup, I’ve been given a discount code OBSIDIAN that can be used for a 15% LENA purchase discount from http://amzn.to/1MYBOEP

http://www.lenacup.com

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July 14, 2015 - Posted by | photos, reviews | ,

8 Comments »

  1. Hi Obsidian 😀

    I would allow myself to send your daughter my sweethearted wishes for a good and fast recovering^

    Ah, is the word “recyclable” missing after “100%” in this sentence of yours ? : “The boxes are 100% and printed with vegetable ink!” 🙂

    Only once you get some rest, and above all if this isn’t too much to ask !, might you take two photos and then post them.. Eff one showing the slight ridge inside the cup, and maybe another one for the drawings inside the notice for the high and low cervix situations ?

    I feel (and hope) you’ll be delighted with the Lena ;D Cheers x

    Comment by Quitterie | July 14, 2015

  2. 🙂 thanks for the well wishes, Fixed the missing recycled, and yes I’ll take more photos today!

    Comment by obsidian | July 15, 2015

  3. Have you been Included in the deSign process?, or just the trying or test running. As I think, correct me if I’m wrong, Bree from precious stars helped to design this hers.ef.

    Comment by Dani | July 16, 2015

  4. Yes, I was involved in the design process (of the cup and packaging) as well as testing the prototype cups.

    Comment by obsidian | July 16, 2015

  5. Thank you for the review and promo code!! I was able to purchase mine today for $21.20 – yay!
    I’m sure I will be back to review tips and tricks!
    ~Stephanie

    Comment by Stephanie | July 17, 2015

  6. Oh wow, I didn’t know you were involved with this cup! I ordered a Large after busting another Si-Bell stem.
    I’m still a week or two away from my cycle so I can’t really judge it yet, but on a dry run I couldn’t feel the stem while briefly wearing (yay…I hate tab stems because they poke one side of my walls, with my cervix being so far off to the left, but I cant cut stems because my cervix is so high). Upon removal though I did get a bit of bright red blood inside the cup and was residual slobbering for several days afterward, so I think the suction may have been a little much. My anatomy is NOT used to cups with any sort of firmness (all the cups I’ve had are among the softest on the market). So we’ll see if it gets easier when I’m on my period. Otherwise, I may beg them for a version with Si-Bell softness!

    Comment by MC Community Member | July 23, 2015

  7. I guess the code is expired?

    Comment by K D | July 25, 2015

  8. Umm, it might be….

    Comment by obsidian | July 31, 2015


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