It’s time to try a menstrual cup!

It's time to try a menstrual cup! Here's the how and why with a menstrual cup reviews

My dad at dinner one night: “So people who are natural and healthy and stuff are called crunchy, right?”

Me: “Yep!”

Dad: “So, if someone is just transitioning to natural living, then they are chewy!”

Me: “Ha ha, I guess so!”

Dad: “Well, I think our family is chewy but you, Lauren, are completely burned.”

Yeah, that would probably be accurate. I use tallow as a moisturizer, I brush my teeth with clay, I wash my face with honey… and I have vehemently renounced tampons and pads from my life. Instead, I use a reusable menstrual cup.

Yes, a menstrual cup. It sounds medieval and frightening, but this thing changed my periods forever. So, without further ado, here is my menstrual cup review and experience with it!

Why switch to a menstrual cup?

I’ve now been using a menstrual cup for about a year and I am never going back! My adoration for my menstrual cup has two faces. First, convenience, which I discuss below. Second, wellbeing. Conventional pads and tampons pose a toxic hazard to both our health and the health of our environment.

First, chemical residue from tampons can be absorbed through the thin tissues of the vaginal walls. Even chemicals from pads can be absorbed through the skin contact. One big concern is dioxin. The FDA recently banned the use of dioxin, a carcinogen, in the use of bleaching sanitary products. Now, chlorine dioxide gas is frequently used for bleaching, but this can still produce dioxin residue in the finished item. A 2005 study in the Journal of Women’s Health found that seven brands of tampons had measurable levels of dioxin. Besides being a carcinogen, dioxin has been shown to induce endometriosis in an animal study with monkeys. The widespread use of toxic tampons may be a significant factor in the skyrocketing rates of endometriosis in young women today.

Pesticides and genetically modified (GM) cotton also threaten our health and environment. As the most highly sprayed crop, cotton accounts for more than 10% of total pesticide use.  Pesticide residue on feminine products can be absorbed through the skin. Further, GM cotton makes up about half of the cotton worldwide (source).

Here’s why I’m in love with my cup: 

1. Clean sheets

It's time to try a menstrual cup! Here's the how and why with a menstrual cup reviewsWaking up to blood-stained sheets is the exact opposite of waking up on Christmas morning. I have ruined far more sheets than I would like to admit, but I have not blemished a single item of bed linen since switching to the cup! Unlike pads, I can go the whole night without leaks or feeling like I’m sleeping in a wet diaper.

There’s one caveat: on my heaviest day, I need to empty my menstrual cup right before bed and then it will last me about 9 hours. (On lighter days, it will be fine for 10-12 hours). If you have very heavy days, I recommend you sleep with a backup pad until you know how long your cup can get you through.

2. No surprises

Period surprises are the worst surprises. Especially when you are in ballet class, in WHITE tights, extending your leg a la second when you see the surprise all over your tights in the wall-to-wall mirror. Yeah, that *might* have happened to me.

 Perhaps the #1 reason I love my menstrual cup is that I can put it in a day or two before the scheduled arrival. If it is later than expected, I just keep it in to catch the late arrival. This is totally safe to do! You can leave the cup in for a whole day during the “just in case” time but I wash it out at night.

3. Affordability

Upfront, a cup appears pricey at around $30. But a cup lasts for at least a year, and many women say they upgrade to a new one every two years. If you buy 8 boxes of tampons per year, you are at $56… so the cup is already saving you money.

4. Minimal Changes

A cup holds much more than either a pad or a tampon. Like me, many women need to empty it once in the morning and once in the evening. If it is your first time with a cup, I recommend checking it more often because it does vary from person to person.

5. No chemicals

Unlike pads and tampons, cups present no risk of absorbing toxins. I’ve heard some women say that they did not feel safe putting plastic in their body. I get it: silicone isn’t exactly a product of the earth. But I feel safe since silicone does not leach and no safety issues have been reported, even with silicone bakeware when it is subjected to very high temperatures. But for those who would prefer an alternative to silicone, there is a brand made from natural gum rubber (latex).

Also, cups do not carry the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) associated with tampon use. You can safely leave your cup in for 24 hours, but it is recommended to empty and wash it every 12 hours at least.

6. It works for all activities

My cup has taken me through ballet classes, yoga, and swimming. It works for all activities and it doesn’t slip or leak. And, just like a tampon, it works under a bathing suit or leotard.

7. Saves room in the landfills

Purchasing organic tampons and pads sidesteps the problems of chemicals, pesticides and GM cotton. But still leaves the question of waste… Each year, more than 20 billion disposable feminine hygiene products are dumped in landfills or flushed down drains! (Source)

Menstrual Cup Crash Course

  • Get yourself a menstrual cup. Two popular choices are the Diva Cup and The Moon Cup. They each offer two sizes: one for pre-birth and one for post-birth. And I haven’t tried it but like I said, there is also a natural gum rubber option.
  • Try the ways to fold and insert it. (I prefer the folding in half version). Try the different ways and you will know what you like best. You may wish to trim or completely cut off the stem of the cup if it feels like it pinches.
  • Expect a learning curve with getting it in there in a comfortable position. You know when you first tried a tampon and camped out in the bathroom for two hours trying to get that thing in at the right angle? It won’t take you two hours, but it will entail a couple of tries.
  • The stem of the cup helps you remove it. You can cut off the stem of the menstrual cup to make it shorter. Some women feel like the stem “pinches” so they cut it off. You will still be able to easily remove the cup by pinching the base of the cup and taking it out.
  • When the cup is in, rotate it fully to create a suction and to prevent leaks. This is very important – do not skip this step! Rotating it ensures the cup is fully open. You will usually feel it open after turning it. This creates the suction against the skin to prevent anything from leaking out around the sides of the menstrual cup.
  • To empty the cup, remove it over the toilet and empty in the toilet. Wash the cup with soap and hot water and re-insert. It is not necessary to boil it after each cycle, although some women prefer to do this (it will wear down the cup faster). A really thorough washing with soap and water each time you use it is all you need.
  • It is recommended to replace your cup once a year.

This is a great menstrual cup review and overview video by the people at Mooncup!

Where to find a menstrual cup

You can find DivaCups or MoonCups in most health food stores. Otherwise, here’s the links to them from Amazon (click the words above the picture):

DivaCup Size A                  Size B                     MoonCup A                  MoonCup B


I changed my life by changing my period

My periods used to be horrible, horrendous, unbearable  days of cramps, bloating, acne, headaches and cravings. But because I already knew the healing power of food for addressing my autoimmune disease, I decided that food, lifestyle and supplements could change my periods. So I threw myself into research and accomplished the task of revolutionizing my periods.

Never in my life did I think I would write a whole book about periods and how to calm the hormonal chaos during that time of the month. But I did. This period product post wouldn’t be complete without pointing you to my book for information on how to make dietary, lifestyle, and supplemental changes for a happier period. Take a look at it if you want to end your menstrual misery naturally!

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  1. Courtney says

    I switched to a Diva Cup two years ago and I proudly call it one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. It did take some getting used to, but now I’m completely disgusted by the idea of disposable products. The idea of leaving them to rot in a bathroom trash really grosses me out… I’m single at the moment, but I have a feeling that future boyfriends will really appreciate the “out of sight, out of mind” feature.

    I must say that I’ve had the same cup for the entire duration. I know they recommend that you replace it, but if you care for it properly it doesn’t seem to need replacing. The staining can be unsightly, but I have a feeling it can be removed with a baking soda scrub. I also wash mine with castile soap, which hasn’t seemed to harm it in any way.

    • says

      I don’t mind the staining, but that’s a good suggestion to try a baking soda scrub. I’ve had mine for about a year and haven’t replaced it yet although I probably will soon. There doesn’t seem to be any “wear or tear” besides the very faint discoloration.

      • Moem says

        Why would you replace your cup if it’s still fine? Because Diva tells you to?
        You might want to keep in mind that Diva is the only cup manufacturer (out of over a dozen!) that says that a cup only lasts a year. They have a reason to tell you this, and it’s called money.

        I’ve had my Fleurcup for five years now and it’s fine. I toss it in a glass with a denture cleaning tablet after each period, and it comes out looking like new.

        Turning the cup is actually optional, it’s just one way of getting a seal. Don’t believe the hype 😉

  2. says

    I switched to a cup 4 years ago now and I will never go back. I originally bought it on the suggestion of a woman at REI for a solution while backpacking and kayaking (kayak=water in and around my pants area and I was a pad user… you can see the inherent issues there.) I wanted to practice with it before taking it out in the wilderness as you would with any gear and so I tried it out for a few months. I haven’t bought a pad since. I did upgrade to a moon cup a while back as it was “time to replace” and they are MUCH cheaper. I don’t think I’ll be buying a new one until I see an actual need. I think the replacement thing might be something to avoid issues with someone saying it caused something because it wasn’t clean.

  3. Jones says

    I’ve been using it for a few months now – it’s taken some getting used to – very messy on day 2 and 3 as those are my heavy days, and at first I wasn’t sure if I got it in correctly – I still wear a panty liner on heavy days for a little extra security. I was actually wondering about washing it – they sell a wash but it’s $$$ – I’ll try the baking soda.

  4. Allison says

    I have used my DivaCup twice now and I love it. I appreciate how it keeps that nasty period “smell” away from your body and your trash. Unfortunately, I have still experienced some leakage if I didn’t put it in correctly, so a word of caution – if you insert your menstrual cup improperly, be prepared for a small leak. For first time users, I do recommend wearing a pantiliner to protect your underpants!

      • Rachel says

        Hahahaha! I was about ready to replace mine (about 2 years in) when my dog chewed mine! Still need to store it away from dogs!

        • Carol LaTorre says

          Ohmygoodness, I still have nightmares from the memories my two sisters and I had coming home from high school or outings and forgetting to lock the door to the bathroom. We had TWO golden retrievers…my poor dad…

  5. Natalie says

    Don’t worry about not getting it out…. it’s not going anywhere. Plus, you could leave it in for a whole day and keep trying as many times as you need. Squatting sometimes help push it into the right position for removal.

    I first bought one when I was 18 and it took a couple of years for me to be totally comfortable with it, but since then, I haven’t used a single disposable product. I didn’t even love it at first but I was so adamant about not using a disposable product that I just used LOTS of Lunapad backups. Then I switched to the bigger size, even though I was only 20 and had never had kids, and then I really loved it! It worked just like it was supposed to. So even if you don’t fit into the size specs, if it’s not working perfectly, size could be an issue. Now it’s been a little over four years and I think I JUST bought my fourth one. For people who think it’s gross…. just think about all those disposable products in a landfill. A related question…… can you recycle them?

  6. Carla says

    Ah, menstrual cups. I have 3 sisters and they all think I’m crazy, but my Diva Cup has changed my life. I will never go back to tampons. It wasn’t easy. I am – *ahem* – unusually small in that area, and while I might not have locked myself in the bathroom for two hours the first time, it was at least one hour and a few tears of frustration before I was able to get the blasted thing in. Taking it out was just as terrifying. I decided then and there that I would never have children. It was a couple months before I really figured out a pain-free system and stopped dreading changes. But it was definitely worth it. It is now far more comfortable to insert than a tampon, and it feels cleaner. The best part, for me, is that it has taken a whole lot of stress out of my life. I can leave the house without thinking about whether I’m ‘prepared’ or not. I don’t have to watch the clock, thinking about it all the time and making sure I have access to a washroom, because I only need to change it in the morning and in the evening. And for a somewhat absent-minded person, this is of ultimate importance.

    Oh, and Elle – don’t worry about getting it out. It doesn’t go very far in, so it’s not like it could get lost in there. Nothing like a tampon if the string gets lost (which may have happened to me – horrifying, absolutely horrifying). It’s super easy to pinch the end and pull it out. If it is a little farther in, you just – and this is a little gross, but we are discussing menstrual cups – push, kind of like you’re pooping, and it will come down, trust me. I have to kind of fold mine, while it is still in, and then pull it out. But there is nothing to be afraid of.

  7. Amanda says

    The Diva Cup has changed my life too. I haven’t haven’t bought tampons/pads in years. And no more worries about night leaks (nights were always the worst for me) . I nominate it the best invention for women ever.

  8. Genevieve says

    I use Softcups. They are offered in reusable (for one period) and disposable versions. They’re made of safe, non-toxic materials. Like the Divacup, you can leave them in for up to 12 hours. You can also safely use it if you and your partner are feeling a little… frisky, during that time of the month. I originally picked them up from Whole Foods, but I have recently seen them in Walgreens as well. They are not exactly the same as the Divacups, but they might be a nice transitioning product for women interested in eventually trying the Divacup.

  9. Bonnie says

    I also use the Softcup and LOVE it. I have never been able to comfortably wear tampons and I hate the period smell. Can you have s*x with the Divacup in place? Is it much different from the Softcup? I hate that you throw them away so often when there really isn’t anything wrong with them when you trash them.

  10. Christine says

    After having my first baby, I decided to swear off all disposables and try the DivaCup when my period returned. For all the reasons you mentioned, I was determined to make it work, no matter how rocky the beginning would be. I took time to read about others’ experiences, which helped incredibly. I’ve only used it one cycle so far, but I am a convert. It is amazing! There is a learning process for sure, but if you’re willing to get through it, the rewards are beyond worth it.

  11. Ella says

    Another one vote for Diva cup for all the reasons above

    Sadly, no frisky time when using it because it takes up a bit more space than the soft cups. But you can enjoy non-penetrative play without any problems

    • Savannah says

      On the subject of play while on your period, with Diva cup–just like any other form of menstrual protection–you can just excuse yourself, go to the bathroom, and remove it. Of course, you and your partner have to be comfortable with intimacy while on your cycle, but that’s a completely different issue.

  12. Bettina says

    I bought one about a year ago. And I tried to insert it but it just didn’t work out no matter how hard I tried. I bought the smallest one but it just didn’t want to fit and I felt terrible.
    Even though I feel really bad about the waste, I figured out that stress and pain aren’t really healthy either. So I decided to stick with unbleached tampons and pads for now. I have some washable pads too but for some weird reason they leak on stronger days.

    I’m actually really jealous because I really want to use one. But who knows. Maybe this tight spot will become a little more flexible in the future 😉

    • Nicole says

      Bettina, I just read this post and came across your comment. I have the same problem! I’ve bought a couple of different types of these cups and I can’t get them to go in no matter what. I can’t even get the stupid things to stay folded while I’m inserting them. It just doesn’t work for me at all. I have cried over this it’s upset me so much. I’ve spent HOURS trying to get it to work. Now I just feel angry and a bit jaded about the whole thing, because everyone else seems to be able to use them and I can’t. I’ve been using tampons for many years, so it’s not like I haven’t used internal menstrual products before. I have a feeling I’m smaller than usual down there, and there’s not much hope for me with these :-(

      • JoAnna says

        The Diva didn’t fit me well either, but I liked the idea, so I tried the Lunette. There are even smaller cups on the market, I think the Meluna has the smallest one.

        There are also all sorts of different folding techniques, not just the C (or U) and the Punch down that can make the insertion smaller.

        If you’re still interested, look into the Live journal community about menstrual cups. They have sizing and capacity comparisons, troubleshooting, pretty much all the info you need to make it work for you.

      • AW says

        I have a similar issue. I use the smaller size of the latex rubber one called The Keeper. Got it from Gladrags.

        I don’t have a heavy flow but sometimes I need to not have to think about my period, like when swimming or during busy/active days. First I wetten the end of the cup with a little water so it will slide in better. Then I flatten the cup, then fold it in half. In this smaller position, I gently twist it back and forth until it’s in. Once it’s all the way in, I try to get another twist inside so it’s opened up somewhat.

        Hope this helps. Even though I’m sexually active, my yoni doesn’t like having things inside it all day, so I usually wear washable Gladrags and my Keeper occasionally. Once it’s in, I don’t really feel it. But when I take it out, my vagina thanks me that it doesn’t have the stress of holding an object in it any longer. It’s supposed to last 10 years+. Even if you don’t wear them all the time, it’s much more sustainable than using cotton tampons. There’s a learning curve but you can do it!

    • Julia says

      Bettina, I’ve used the smaller DivaCup for nearly four years now, and while I definitely recommend finding an even smaller size for your issue, I also recommend trying the hot water trick I use. The first day I insert it is always the hardest, and I often have a little leakage or discomfort for the first 30 minutes.

      I’ve learned to solve this issue with three techniques. A pantyliner, for 1st-day leakage; rotate or wiggle the cup once inserted to fully open and “seat” it for protection and comfort; and most importantly, hold the cup under HOT tap water before inserting it. If you fail to insert it before the rubber cools down, try the hot water again. It provides a little lubrication, and the heat softens the rubber and reduces the temperature shock (thereby reducing cramps). Also, if you can still feel the cup inside you, wiggle the end and push it further inside (it can’t get lost or stuck; your un-stretched vagina is shorter than your fingers), and even try rotating your hips while standing (like you were club dancing). The rotation often “pops” it loose from where it was stuck and allows it to seat properly.

      I also don’t bother washing it with soap between emptying, I just rinse with hot water and reinsert. I’ve never had any issues with infection from doing so, and I don’t see why I would. I’m not putting anything inside my body besides the rubber that wasn’t there already, and with an air-tight seal, oxidation and growth of bacteria is practically eliminated. I lost both my Divas recently, and my first day I had to use a tampon… for the first time in years! Oh, it was so gross and uncomfortable, and it leaked! I can’t believe I ever used those things regularly. I would never go back. :-)

  13. Julia H. says

    I have had a Diva cup for years (8-10, I think). I’m not sure why they recommend replacement every year (except maybe to stay in business!) They used to advertise that it would last for years. I have *never* replaced mine. Its made of silicon, after all, which surgeons put permanently into people’s bodies. The only sign of age is a slight discoloration. I do clean it well, of course!

    My period is not terribly even, so I have to empty a couple times on days 2 and 3, but that’s just me. I also wear a panty liner those days because I do get a little leaking. Some days it takes a little maneuvering to get it settled in right–depends on the state of my bowels….

    Bettina, I recommend you try again every few months. It’s SO worth the learning curve.

    • ruth says

      I’m the same, I’ve had a moon cup for 10-12 years and never replaced it – kind of thought that was the point! Hadn’t had children at that point but since had 2 and not needed to change to the post-birth one. I love it, I do use thin pads as extra security at times but rarely needed (on heavy days I need to empty it every 2hrs in the day so pad just stops me clock-watching! I used to need to replace tampons that often on heavy days if not more often!)

  14. EB says

    I am kind of obsessed with my menstrual cup and really feel like there needs to be a PSA about these babies. Using one has cut the grossness factor of my menses by at least 80%…It’s so clean, reliable, safe and… CLEAN. It’s amazing to me that they aren’t more popular.

  15. Annie says

    Are these cups impossible too use with prolapses? I’m dealing with a pretty severe prolapse and even large tampons don’t even sit inside correctly.

    • Martina Villarreal says

      Meluna makes a cup specifically for prolapses. Meluna shorty I believe. I know this is like a year later than your post– I hope you found a cup for you, but if not, Meluna makes one.

      • katy says

        Thank you for this comment, I have a frontal prolapse, which I can’t wear tampoons, I have therefore been using towels but would like to use a product that is discrete & if on holiday can go swimming etc

  16. Sheila says

    I wanted to save money and not have the hassle of tampons and I am glad I switched. It took 4 months of frustration and trying different insertions methods before getting it right. I love it. Inserting it in the shower helps a lot: I lean against the wall in a seated position. After four years’ of use, I would never go back to string tampons. I also attribute it to a reduced cycle length.

  17. Tiffany says

    I started using the disposable Instead Soft Cup withmy last cycle. It worked better for that cycle than for this one. I’m coming off my birth control pills so my flow is heavier this month. I’m bleeding about an ounce in 12 hours this cycle. So with this cycle I’m leaking pretty heavily and went to a tampon for the day only because I’m at work and I’m very physically active as a nurse. I can’t be lifting a patient and have my cup slip.

    And that’s the thing, it slips out of place. It won’t stay completely hooked behind my pubic bone! I’ve read all the avaliable forum posts that I can find and I know I’m inserting it as it is recommended. Part of my issue, I think, is I have a very well developed and long G-Spot and I think the tissue is getting in the way of getting a perfect suction seal.

    I just can’t figure it out. Most days I LOVE this cup and others I worry about it constantly.

    I’m thinking I might have to switch to a Diva Cup since it is softer and I think it might suction to my tissues better than the Instead Cup even with the developed G-Spot.

    Any thoughts or advice?

    • Teb says

      Try a Sckoon cup. They are the softest/.most flexible cups on the market. the Diva Cup is actually one of the most stiff/inflexible cups. I’ve even heard they are so stiff they can cause cramps in some people. I got my Sckoon cup on Amazon. They have a lot of colors to choose from. I highly recommend that brand!

  18. Elli says

    I’ve been using cups for 6 years now. You don’t need to rotate the cup to make sure it’s open, just ‘sweep’ around it with your finger. And it isn’t necessary to replace them every year. Some cups can last 5-10 years. Check out for more information and community support!

  19. Michelle says

    A new cup every year or 2. Whaaaa?

    I bought my Lunette in 2007 and see no need to replace it yet. I still use the small size even though I’ve given birth vaginally, and yes it’s discoloured after 7 years but even on a heavy day there’s no leaking. Love that thing!

  20. Amanda says

    Thank you so much for this post! I’ve never heard of a menstrual cup before, but I’ve been really uncomfortable about the toxins in the pads and tampons and have been looking for an alternative. Just ordered mine and so excited to get started! You and your blog share such wonderful information…thank you for all you do!

  21. Dineen says

    I switched to the Diva cup two years ago when I got tired of rashes by the end of my period from using absorptive products. It took me a long time to get used to it and in a way, I am still getting used to it. I rinse it a couple times a day during my heaviest days and wash it at the end of my cycle and again before my cycle starts. I’m still using the same one I bought two years ago. Baking soda does a great job reducing the stain build-up when I feel inspired to spend extra time with my cup between flow weeks.
    To be honest, I do have leaking issues with the cup and they are not with insertion problems. I have given birth so I am using the larger size, so I have thought of trying the smaller size to see if I get better results, since I have a small frame.
    One of the things I like best about the cup is that the volume of the cup is greater than an average woman’s total flow for a whole cycle. The Diva cup has markings on it to help you monitor your flow. Just recently I actually overflowed my cup overnight, so I knew I was *really* having a heavy period. If that day had continued to be a heavy day and I felt that I needed any medical assistance, I could have told my provider very specific information that I had a flow of an ounce every so many hours.

  22. Beth says

    I finally transitioned to a cup about 2 months ago. It was not as easy of a transition as I thought it would be! I started off with the small Diva cup. At first it seemed like all was going well, but I would start leaking before the cup was even halfway full. I was not able to get through the night without emptying it, and had to empty it about 4 times on my heaviest day, which was just as much, if not more, than with super heavy tampons. Thankfully there is a wonderful community of very helpful women over that helped me troubleshoot my issue.
    I next went with the Sckoon, which I liked better than the Diva, but I ended up having the same issue – leaking when the cup wasn’t even half full. The ladies over at Live Journal clued me in – I have a dangly cervix. It takes up part of the space in my cup, which is why it overflows before it’s full. They gave me a few suggestions of other cups to try, and what to look for. I ended up with a large Fleur cup. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, so I don’t know if it’s my Goldilocks cup. If not, I don’t think another cup is the solution. I’ll just have to use panty liners on the heavy days and accept that the cup will need to be emptied a few times. I have no problems on my lighter days. But I’m not going back to tampons.

  23. darlene says

    In the 1960’s, there was a rubber cup out the same as the new siicone ones. I used it for over 10 years, just cleaning it well after each cycle. I was very active, and it saved a lot of accidents. I did not have to wear a pad with it, it never leaked. Only came in one size, as one size fits all, so I am fortunate I had no problems. Then for some reason, they were off the market, about 2 years after I bought mine. I felt it was a great idea, just waiting for someone to invent.

  24. Mariah says

    I have had such a frustrating experience with menstrual cups! First I tried the Diva, but it leaked on me after only having it in a few minutes. I thought it wasn’t wide enough to cover my cervix, and it was too long, so I bought a large Lunette even though I have never had kids. It’s too big, and it leaks. Then I bought a small Lunette. It fits better, and leaks less; but it still leaks on my heaviest days. It is in the proper position with my cervix in the cup. I try it every cycle, but end up giving up after few days out of frustration. And I have tried each cup for several months each. I have been trying to figure this out for over a year and a half now. Ugh. Does anyone have any suggestions?
    Right now I use organic tampons and pads (some reusable). Because I have had such bad experiences with cups, I can’t wear them in public for fear of them leaking and me having to change it in a public bathroom (uh, no). So I can only use them at home.

    • amanda says

      I use a large lunette because I have a really heavy period the first few days. I have to empty several times a day on those days (I used to go through a super tampon in an hr or less!!) but I never leak if I am diligent in emptying regularly on those days. The rest of the days it gets emptied and cleaned in the shower in the morning, put back in, and left until bedtime when I empty it again. That’s it! It is so brilliant. LOVE LOVE the lunette!

    • amanda says

      the other thing I meant to say is, maybe try a femmycycle cup? It is apparently a new design and a clever no spill design and larger capacity as well

  25. Nat says

    I started using a Keeper about 12 years ago and loved it! Then I started having a hard time getting it in. It was really strange. Anyway-I am thinking of trying a diva cup this time round…But speaking from experience-the cups are awesome. I wore it backpacking and never had to worry about packing tampons in and out of the forest :) And I even gave a little back to my garden. Creepy? Maybe…but I guess a lot of women do it <3

  26. says

    I am so happy to have found your blog and to have found this POST! I have been using my Diva Cup for about 2 years now (the same one), and like many of the other commenters, it is one of the best purchases I have ever made. Hands down – this little baby is seriously life changing.

    It’s so amazing that still, almost 2 years later, I find myself thinking about how happy I am to have found menstrual cups – even when I’m nowhere near my period!

    I love that it’s saved me so much money, lessened my impact on landfills, lessened the possible toxins seeping into my body and made my periods so much more enjoyable, and not to mention cramp-free (they literally never happen ever anymore, how on earth does that work? I don’t quite understand that perk, but I’m not complaining). And one of the absolute best aspects of the cup is that I have not had a single “accident” or bed sheet mess since switching.

    A “crunchy” girl I worked with originally told me about this wonderful device. She boasted about it, and now I do as well (to anyone: new coworkers, strangers in the pharmacy, my Dad, my boyfriend…I can’t help it – I’m happy)! I think I’ve transformed about 5 different women in the last year – I hope this post and all these comments help to convince some more curious and thrifty ladies who are sick of expensive, bleached, toxic tampons!

  27. Tana says

    I first got my diva cup when traveling around South America for a year. It was great to not have to worry about finding supplies abroad. when i came back, i shelved it, but have since started using it again. I love the lack of smelly trash created. I do have to change it every few hours on my heavy days. My only problem is that when the cup is inserted, it seems to constrict my bladder and i have trouble peeing. Has anyone ever heard of this?

  28. Kristine says

    I’ve been warned by my trusted ob/gyn to be careful with the menstrual cup because the suction that occurs when you remove it could dislodge my IUD. I figured I should share this info so anyone with an IUD using a menstral cup at least has some forewarning of a potential issue >=/

    • Teb says

      I had an IUD while using a menstrual cup (Sckoon cup) and I had no problems whatsoever. It probably depends on a variety of factors, like the stiffness of the cup, the tightness of the seal, the position of your cervix etc. But I would not let having an IUD scare anyone from at least trying a menstrual cup- they are amazing!

  29. Stephanie says

    I have been using a DivaCup for 10 months now. All I can say is…i’m never going back! All the women I know think im crazy but I say to anyone who hasn’t tried it…make the’s life-changing! Its ha changed my periods drastically. I never worry about leaking, I empty once in the morning and once in the evening and I can feel safe about using it.

  30. F says

    I’m just gonna say it — I am lazy!! It’s hard being a person who menstruates, you know? That’s a lot to manage. On top of that I’ve always had both irregular and extremely painful periods. I’m 22 and it’s been like this since my first period at 12. Originally I only used pads, then I used tampons for a while in high school. During college I went back to only pads due to issues with it feeling like tampons were “falling out” of me, and then this last year back to tampons again — Same issues though! I may never find out why my tampons, no matter the brand or size, always feel like they are poking out of me because then I decided to buy a cup, which I’ve recently started using.

    I had heard that after a lot of use of menstrual cups it can somewhat diminish cramping due to not having the bad chemicals in it that tampons do (I get my worst cramps with tampons, but due to my heavy flows I blow through pads easily). Also, the benefit of being able to put something in even if my period hasn’t started yet “just in case” was of huge importance to me. I’ve always been irregular, but thank god I usually feel a tell tale warning cramp a day or so before things ‘might’ get started. When this happens I know to start using my cup (at least when I am not in the house) just in case.

    I got a Diva and will eventually get a Ladycup because I have heard they are smaller. While I am not a virgin I am an extremely tiny person and my cervix is pretty low. Women love to insist that the vagina is made to “stretch” as it can fit penises/dildos and babies through it. While this is true remember that one of those things you should be sufficiently aroused for, and the other thing is………childbirth!! My point is, if it’s not comfy try a smaller size. I cut my stem off completely on my Diva cup, it hurt like a bitch and stuck out. Now it goes all the way in, nothing sticking out.

    I do get awkward cramps the first day using the cup…I think it is touching my cervix but until I get a smaller cup I am not sure what to do. All in all though the benefits out-weigh the minor inconveniences. Hands down better than pads or tampons.

  31. Trudy says

    ok so i bought a menstrual cup i have tried may folds but i cannot insert it. it pops open before it is even in the vagina and vacuums to the labia!!! lol i know im doing something wrong!! how do you keep it folded to insert? i am over weight so im thining that may be the reason?? please help…

  32. Tamara says

    I’m 27, sexually active, and have never been pregnant. This is like the 3rd or 4th cycle I have used my diva cup. I love that it is a natural option for what is usually a miserable week for me. I love that I don’t have to buy pads or tampons anymore. I DON’T love that I am still struggling with leaks on my heavier days. Today, I have already had to change it three times. This last time I just took it out completely and put on a pad. Ugh!! I have read about “finding my cervix” so, I’m gonna try that, but I am thinking I need to try the larger size. My question is, should I get another Diva, or should I try another brand? I want so desperately to make this work! Help!!

  33. Dee says

    I haven’t tried any of the cups yet, although I want to because I have REALLY heavy period with clotting on my heavy days. I am afraid that the large clots will over fill the cup and I will have a disastrous mess. Anyone else who has this issue ever tried a cup?

  34. Kay says

    I switched from tampons and pads to a menstrual cup about 10 years ago, when I started with cups the options were Divacup, Keeper, or Mooncup UK – I use a Mooncup UK and still like the brand as it’s a good medium sized cup with good customer service.

    I would leak constantly with tampons and pads, they cost me a small fortune as my flow was so heavy and long, I had chronic vaginal infections too. With cups I don’t worry about leaks, my flow has reduced, I save a small fortune, I save a lot of waste, and not a single infection since making the switch either!

  35. says

    The universe works in mysterious ways…literally bought a cup online five minutes ago and then visited your site to see what you had to say about menstrual cups! Looks like you just posted this article!!

    Did some pretty thorough research and ordered the Lunette cup in blue. According to user reviews it’s flexible, easier to clean and the ridge isn’t too raised, which would otherwise cause unnecessary discomfort. Free shipping and currently 10% off! The Fleurcup did come in a close second though, but no cool colors on there very sketchy website.

    On lighter days I like to use a pad, but I’ll see how the cup works (probably not as uncomfortable as a less-than-well-lubricated tampon on light days) before exploring reusable pads. I often wear liners during my period too because of leakage but I’ll see if the cup can help prevent that.

    Currently going through Shark Week right now but actually looking forward to my next one because of this new purchase! I was thinking of cleaning it with a very diluted Dr. Bronner’s soap between uses, and then boiling it in a glass jar filled with water.

  36. Karen Scott says

    Yes I completely agree that menstrual cups are the safest and most comfortable way of having menstruation protection. It becomes easy to do all the physical activities during periods as well with the help of menstrual cups. Check here for some useful information about cups at .

  37. julie says

    I bought my first menstrual cup-sckoon cup in small size, 34 never had kids, physically active. I have no issues getting it in or out. I however can’t urinate with it in and have to constantly take it out to do so. I think the sckoon cup is supposed to be one of the softest… I’m at a loss. As a nurse when I do get to pee during my shift I don’t really want to have to take this out all the time. PS… No leaks ever.

    • Stef says

      I have read that the Sckoon varies a lot in firmness. I can’t remember where exactly, but it was a cup community. The poster had 3 Sckoons and they all had a different firmness. Maybe you were out of luck and got a firmer one?
      Do you feel it when you wear it? that would indicate it being too firm.

      That post was the reason why I haven’t bought a Sckoon. I definitely want a soft cup without a chance to get a firm one.
      I got a Fleurcup instead. It gave me a bit pressure, too, but I fixed it by wearing it inside out. Maybe try that, if you think you can take it out without the stem.

  38. Marcy Zacherl says

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! I am 46 and have two kids (many years ago). My flow is very heavy and even using super tampons each hour I was leaking on pants and furniture, so I read about alternatives and came across Menstrual Cups. The Whole Foods near me sold the Diva Cup so that is what I bought. I actually slept without underwear last night after taking a bath ALL WHILE the cup was in! I have had to empty it 3 times today but yesterday it was only needing to be emptied at the 12 hour mark. No spilling as blood is not water and the viscosity is not as tricky, so that was neat. I am trying to make sure my hands are clean clean clean as you are a little more involved with the insertion, pinching, etc. than other feminine products. Insertion was tricky and I don’t think I am doing it perfect but I am willing to keep at the practice because the alternative of tampons and pads leaking is so awful. I talk to everyone about this kind of stuff AND currently work in a medical office and have found NOONE with experience with these which is a shame. AND truly I had not heard of them before which I find really crazy! I just LOVE LOVE LOVE it so far!

  39. Kate says

    I just switched to the Diva Cup 5 months ago and LOVE it! I would be appreciative for any tips on washing it though, as their website specifically says not to use vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and all oil-based soaps (which would include glycerin, jojoba, coconut oil, hemp seed oil, castille, olive oil, etc.) I’m at a bit of a loss as to a natural cleaner to use as a wash during my cycle? I’d love to try Branch Basics foaming hand soap on it….although it is a coconut-oil based soap:( Has anyone tried this? Any other ideas on natural washes?

  40. Helen says

    I recommend the Ruby Cup ( as for the same price as the others (actually a little cheaper I think) they give one away to a girl in need! Also they sell sanitizing tablets and wipes to clean your cup!

    Best decision ever, right?

  41. Sienna says

    I used the Diva cup larger size because of heavy periods and had issues getting it out (small and a deep cervix, didn’t help matters). I gave up on using it, in fact. Are there any with longer ties or better options that are latex free out there?

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