Which one for you?
Criteria of the menstrual cups
Main personal criteria
- Brand (over 50 brands)
- Size (1 to 4 sizes)
- Stems (1 to 4 variations)
- Colour (up to 10 colours, depending on the brand)
Main personal criteria
- Strength of your flow
- Vaginal birth/c-section/no pregnancy
- The fitness of your pelvic floor
- Your age
- Current models of menstrual cups which are presented on Afriska.ch.
- Order from smallest to largest capacity (up to the holes).
Old and current
- Old and current models which are presented on Afriska.ch.
- Please note that certain models in these photos are earlier versions (eg MeLunas), some are still missing (eg SI-BELL), and some are not (yet) presented on Afriska.ch (eg Naturcup, Iriscup, ...).
Classification after criteria
- Young age (about 25 years and under)
- Small stature/tight vagina
- Pelvic floor muscles very fit
- No pregnancy
- No C-section
- No vaginal birth
- Regular sports that's good for the pelvic floor (eg yoga or Pilates)
- Light to medium blood flow (a large tampon will easily last over 4 hours)
- Older age (25 years and over)
- "Wide" vagina
- Vaginal birth
- Pelvic floor muscles is not so fit (eg mild incontinence)
- Heavy flow (a large tampon won't last more than 4 hours)
- With a heavy flow it's recommended to choose a model with a large capacity.
- The decisive factor is the strongest day of your menstrual period.
- Heavy blood flow: if you have to change a large tampon at the latest after 4 hours.
- Order of the gallery, from the smallest to the largest capacity.
- For teenagers and young women who have never had sexual intercourse it's recommended to use a small model.
- The use of a menstrual cup can injure the hymen. It is advisable to try with a lot of patience and not to try to force anything.
- Lube at the vaginal opening may be helpful.
- Stem - round + hollow: LadyCup, Mooncup, Yuuki, DivaCup, Keeper, Moon Cup (USA)
- Stem - round: MeLuna, Femmecup, SI-BELL
- Stem - flat: Lunette, Fleurcup, Miacup
- Ball: MeLuna
- Ring: MeLuna
- Nothing at all: MeLuna
- Stem not hollow: easier to clean
- Stem grooved/dimpled/spirals: easier to grasp
- Nothing at all: nice and smooth finish, if you'd cut the stem anyway
Is it easy to clean?
The menstrual cups with no inscription on the inside are the easiest to clean:
Lunette, MeLuna, Fleurcup, LadyCup, Yuuki, Miacup
Does it unfold easily?
The most unfold well. However, there are a few models where it's slightly more difficult:
LadyCup, Yuuki, DivaCup, SI-BELL
The color of your menstrual cup is a purely esthetic aspect and should not be the main criteria. But once you've chosen the right brand and size for you, why not choose the one you like best!
Colored menstrual cups:
Lunette, MeLuna, Fleurcup, LadyCup, Miacup
Prices vary greatly, depending on which brand you buy and where. It is worthwhile to compare a bit. On the other hand, you will save money anyway after a few months and the most important thing is that you buy to match your needs.
The producers protect the environment already coming up with a reusable product. However some of them have thought the matter through more than oterhs: recycled cardboard and paper, environmentally friendly inks for packaging and flyers, organic cotton bag for storage, ...
The Keeper company (USA) produced the first Keeper of rubber. Then a company (Mooncup Ltd. - UK) produced the Mooncup made of silicone but didn't declare the name. Later the Keeper company (USA) produced a silicone menstrual cup named Moon Cup, too (but spelled in two words) ... and declared the name. This leads to great confusion among consumers, who often are not sure which product they have ordered. The reasons are not clear why the Keeper company chose the same name.
There's nothing actually wrong with the product itself but I personally find the behavior of the Keeper Company questionable.
- Average cycle: 30-60ml blood.
- Besides bleeding comes up to 1 / 3 of mucus.
- Heavy flow: from 80ml blood.
- Extremely heavy flow: up to 200ml of blood.
- When your flow exceeds 80ml per cycle it is advisable to talk to the gynecologist. For some women the iron reserves may suffer greatly.
Capacity (up to the holes)
- 12,00 ml - LadyCup S
- 12,00 ml - Keeper B
- 12,00 ml - Moon Cup B (USA)
- 13,00 ml - Femmecup
- 13,50 ml - Mooncup B (UK)
- 14,00 ml - Naturcup 0
- 15,00 ml - MeLuna S
- 15,00 ml - Mooncup A (UK)
- 16,50 ml - JuJu 1
- 16,50 ml - Shecup
- 17,50 ml - MeLuna M
- 19,50 ml - Naturcup 1
- 20,00 ml - Yuuki 1
- 20,00 ml - Lena S
- 20,00 ml - Lunette 1
- 20,50 ml - Fleurcup small
- 21,00 ml - LadyCup L
- 21,50 ml - Miacup 1
- 21,50 ml - SI-BELL S
- 22,50 ml - MeLuna L
- 23,50 ml - DivaCup 1
- 24,00 ml - CupLee L
- 24,00 ml - Ruby Cup
- 24,50 ml - Miacup 2
- 25,00 ml - Naturcup 2
- 26,00 ml - Lunette 2
- 26,50 ml - JuJu 2
- 28,00 ml - MeLuna XL
- 28,50 ml - DivaCup 2
- 28,50 ml - NaturalMamma
- 30,00 ml - Fleurcup big
- 30,00 ml - SI-BELL L
- 32,50 ml - Lena L
- 32,50 ml - Yuuki 2
- 38,00 ml - Luv Ur Body L
- To arrange the menstrual cups according to the capacity seemed most appropriate since it is a main argument for the choice of model with a heavy flow.
- It is technically difficult to make a precise ml declaration. Therefore I have taken particular care to observe the correct order when I compare the models directly with each other.
Country and year of first production
- 1987 - Keeper (USA)
- 2002 - Mooncup (UK)
- 2003 - DivaCup (Canada)
- 2005 - Lunette (Finnland)
- 2006 - Moon Cup (Keeper, USA)
- 2007 - Femmecup (UK)
- 2008 - Miacup (South Africa)
- 2008 - LadyCup (Tchec Republic)
- 2009 - MeLuna (Germany)
- 2009 - Yuuki (Tchec Republic)
- 2009 - Fleurcup (France)
- 2010 - Mpower (South Africa)
- 2010 - Naturcup (Spain)
- 2010 - Shecup (India)
- 2011 - CupLee (Russia)
- 2011 - Iriscup (Spain)
- 2011 - MiaLuna (Chile)
- 2011 - SI-BELL (Italy)
- 2011 - JuJu (Australia)
- 2011 - NaturalMamma (Italy)
- 2012 - Copita Menstrual (Chile)
- 2012 - Mami Cup (Italien)
- 2012 - OrganiCup (Dänemark)
- 2012 - Ruby Cup (UK)
- 2012 - FemmyCycle (USA)
- 2013 - Luv Ur Body (Nigeria)
- 2015 - Lena (USA)