If you’ve tried a menstrual cup before, it’s likely that you’ve tried the Diva Cup. It’s the most popular period cup in the world, and it’s easily to find in most local drugstores.
Maybe you’re happy with the Diva Cup? Many people start with this one, end up sticking with it for their entire lives.
However, there are lots of options that may work better for you. I know that I didn’t personally like the Diva Cup because it seemed to leak all the time, and was too firm and caused cramps. It’s also one of the most expensive cups you can buy.
Clearly there are many reasons why you might want to consider something besides the Diva Cup!
Option #1: Sckooncup
Here’s why you should consider the Sckooncup:
- Very soft so won’t cause cramps or discomfort
- Small Sckooncup is very small and perfect if you haven’t given birth vaginally, or are a teenager
- Made from a single piece of silicone (no uncomfortable seams)
- Easy to insert, despite being so soft
- Made in the USA from medical grade silicone
Quick Note: The Sckooncup is perhaps not the best choice for your first menstrual cup. Softer cups are harder to insert correctly because they don’t just pop open easily.
Option #2: Lena Cup
In a couple of years, the Lena Cup has quickly become one of the most popular menstrual cups in the world. It has thousands of five-star user reviews on Amazon and most people that try it really seem to love it.
Here’s why you might consider the Lena Cup:
- Usually a bit cheaper than the Diva Cup
- Made in the USA from medical grade silicone
- 2 firmness options (regular—good for beginners + sensitive—good for experienced people).
- Easy to insert correctly
Option #3: Eva Cup
The Anigan Eva Cup is one of the most affordable menstrual cups you can buy. Anigan makes a whole line of top-quality period products including period panties, first period kits, and the Eva Cup.
Here’s why you should check it out:
- Heavy Period? Check out the high-capacity, large Evacup which will work well for you
- It’s one of the cheapest, top-quality menstrual cups made in the Western world
- Variety of colours
- Medium-low cervix? It’s shorter than the Diva Cup and should fit better
Option #4: Meluna Cup
The Meluna Cup is a bit unusual and is NOT made from medical grade silicone. Instead, the Meluna is made from Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE). While slightly less durable than silicone, it feels smooth and dry, instead of soft and sticky.
Here’s why I love the Meluna:
- Made in Germany
- HUGE variety of sizes and styles. Seriously, there is a cup for just about every single person
- Low cervix? The “Shorty” version is very short and will fit you well
- There are two firmness options: classic (firm) and sport (extra-firm) options. The sport version is one of the firmest menstrual cups which will work well for you if you have some serious pelvic floor muscles
One small negative about this menstrual cup. If you live in North America, there are only a few options for the Meluna Cup available. This makes it difficult to find the exact size and style you might want. However, if you live in Europe, you should be able to find the Meluna Cup much more easily.
Option #5: Ziggy Cup
Previously, if you wanted to have period sex, you didn’t have many good options beyond the Instead Soft Cup or Flex Disc. Although they do work well, they’re disposable. I’m all about eco-friendly period options, so kind of hated recommending these things to people.
I’ve been waiting YEARS for a reusable option and was very happy to see 2018 bring us the Intimina Ziggy Cup. It’s similar in design to Softcups in that it’s a flat, flexible disc that fits right below your cervix, but it’s reusable.
Here’s why you should try the Ziggy Cup:
- It’s the newest, coolest thing in the world of period protection
- Perfect for penetrative period sex
- If you’ve found that regular menstrual cups like the Diva Cup leak, try this. It’s so different in design that it might be just what you need
- The Ziggy Cup is made from medical grade silicone, the same material as most menstrual cups
Quick note: If you have finger/wrist problems, or a very long vaginal canal, the Ziggy Cup can prove difficult to insert and remove. You have to reach ALL the way up in there, right below your cervix.
Move Over Diva Cup: Lots of Good News!
If you’ve tried the Diva Cup, but found that it didn’t work for you, I have some good news. There are many other options. The five that I’ve mentioned above are a great starting point. But, how to pick between them?
Check out this quiz. There are 5 simple questions that’ll take a minute of your time. Then, you’ll get a recommendation for the best menstrual cup for your body type. Find it here: Menstrual Cup Quiz.
Jackie Bolen is a tree-hugging, friend of the Earth who hopes that a reusable period product will one day be found in the hands of every single menstruating person in the world. She can most often be found on top of a mountain, paddling the rivers, or drinking coffee around Vancouver, Canada.