The best menstrual cups for your time of the month

Have you ever thought about the cost of your period over a lifetime? In just three cycles, a reusable menstrual cup can save you thousands of dollars. The best menstrual cups are reusable bell-shaped devices inserted into the vaginal canal to collect menstrual blood. A single latex or silicone cup can last up to 10 years, making it much more environmentally friendly than tampons or pads.

Why should I use a menstrual cup?

Think about it: the average menstruating person has an average of 520 periods in their lifetime, which translates to about 10,400 tampons used. That’s a lot of stuff ending up in landfills and sewers, and that’s not even factoring buffers into the super waste equation. The average box of 34 pads is $7 (according to some quick Amazon searches), which works out to $2,200. Worldwide, menstrual products cost consumers US$26 billion in 2019. That’s a lot of money spent on something painful, emotional, and unpleasant.

In addition to saving money, this simple switch can help the planet. Tampon applicators are almost always made from single-use plastic, which isn’t very good for the environment. Then there’s the huge carbon footprint that goes into making these products. I’m looking at you, the cotton, which goes into tampons and pads.

Buying a menstrual cup won’t save the planet, but it is a more sustainable menstrual product. Before grabbing another box of tampons or sanitary napkins, consider switching to a menstrual cup. It’s easier on the planet and your wallet.

How to use a menstrual cup

Obviously, alternatives to rules are not available to everyone. On the one hand, there is the initial cost. Additionally, they can be difficult to use for some people with disabilities.

If you’re new to menstrual cups, it may take some practice to find the perfect fit for your cup, so you may want to lay down a towel in case you’re using a menstrual cup for the first few times.

Every vagina is different, just like every body is different. The most important thing is to find your cervix to determine how far you need to insert the cup. The back edge of the cup should go below and beyond the cervix (essentially the end of the vagina) while the front edge sits behind the pelvic bone, just beside the G-spot.

So really what you’re doing is wedging the menstrual cup between the back wall of the vagina and the pelvic bone so that it hugs your cervix and snaps into place and stays there until until you are ready to withdraw it. Here are some popular folding methods.

A quick note about pregnancy and periods

Friendly PSA while we’re here: Remember that menstrual cups can act as a barrier to blood, but they don’t block sperm. Despite common misconceptions, you can still get pregnant on your period.

The best menstrual cups for your time of the month

Ziggy Cup 2

This stemless menstrual cup is essentially the answer to penetrative period sexual prayers. Its flat design sits below the cervix and looks a lot like a diaphragm (but doesn’t leak). Ziggy also has the added benefit of keeping things comfortable because, unlike tampons, it’s not absorbent. During your period, you are still producing much-needed moisture (i.e. flow) in addition to your menstrual fluid, so everything stays lubricated and your flow is flushed out of the body more easily. . Bonus: Silicone is soft and easy to clean.

Price: $40


Fun fit

Yes, then the menstrual cups from FUN FACTORY, aka FUN CUPS, are available in two different sizes. Depending on the size you choose, they hold 4-6 times longer than a tampon.

The FUN CUP, made of medical grade silicone, is designed to conform to the shape of your body. The rim is thicker and firmer to reliably hold your mug in place, and its tapered tip is also firm for an easy fit. In the middle, the silicone is softer and thinner, so it molds to your body shape for maximum comfort.

It also comes with a storage bag and is available in different colors, which is ideal for anyone who is tired of hyper-feminine period products. It’s also good to note that all packaging and instruction language is gender neutral.

Price: $24.99 for a single cup; $39.99 for a pack of two


DivaCup

This cup is made for you if you have a long vagina and a high cervix. It’s one of the biggest and longest on the market, but its firmness makes it easy to fold and open once inside.

In my experience, it is also waterproof for a long time. If I don’t change my tampon overnight, I’m a big menstruator, like at a murder scene, and I can go 12 hours without emptying it. This mug can keep up with my heaviest day and I’ve never had any issues with overflow. There’s a reason a lot of menstruating people start with this bestseller.

Price: $32.99


FLEX cut

Not to be confused with the Flex Disc, this soft, foldable beanie comes in two sizes: slim and full fit. What sets this cup apart is its curly stem. It may not seem like much, but it’s a big deal for people with muscle weakness or reduced hand mobility, which makes it difficult to remove from a traditional cup. Like the DivaCup, this cup is well suited for people with high necks.

Price: $34.97


nixit

The nixit design is another great choice for new tumbler users. Unlike most mugs, this disc style mug doesn’t use suction, it naturally stays put. In addition, its soft and flexible double-ribbed rim makes it easier to insert and remove compared to other models made with more rigid materials. Plus, its one size really fits most vaginas.

Finally, this cup resists the most important flows, being able to contain up to four plugs of liquid (blood of the uterine lining mixed with other liquids). Sure, it’s one of the more expensive models, but it’s one of the sacred few that’s safe to wear during penetrative sex.

Price: $42


Ryn Pfeuffer

Ryn Pfeuffer is a queer writer on sex and relationships, and over the past two decades her work has appeared in over 100 media outlets, including Marie Claire, Men’s Health, Playboy, The Globe and Mail, The Washington Post, and WIRED. . Ryn is also the author of 101 Ways to Rock Online Dating (2019). She lives in Seattle with her companion and rescue dog, Mimi.

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