Which Size Menstrual Cup is Right for Me? – JuJu

1. Mooncup menstrual cup, Mooncup, £19.99

(Picture: Mooncup)
(Picture: Mooncup)

‘I’ve been seeing this advertised on the back of motorway service station toilets since I was a kid, and used to make fun of them. Look at me now.

‘However, I made the initial mistake of buying the larger size Mooncup (size A) when I was confused and hungover, which is for those who have given birth vaginally, and those over the age of 30.

‘I was 28 at the time and thought, “Welllllll, close enough”, but my god. No. It wouldn’t unfold inside me and it was a pretty traumatic experience trying to get it out.

‘Luckily, when I got hold of the right size, it was a much smoother experience. You can tell when it’s “suctioned” inside you so you know it’s sealed.

‘When I first used it, I was really paranoid about leaks, and there were a few instances where it felt like it was leaking but wasn’t. It just takes a few cycles to get used to.

‘Now, I couldn’t live without it, and it’s so useful when travelling, as you don’t have to take a whole loads of tampons with you when visiting countries that don’t sell them.

‘Just don’t leave your cup to dry in an outside bathroom. I woke up one morning to find a rat had eaten half of mine.

‘My biggest fear was using this cup at a festival and having to empty it in those dreaded portaloos, but it wasn’t as bad as expected. I just took a bottle of water in there with me to give it a good rinse out. So much more convenient as it holds more blood than even the biggest tampon.’

 

3. Enna menstrual cup with applicator, Healthy2U, from £24.95

(Picture: Enna)
(Picture: Enna)

‘I’d never used a menstrual cup before this, so can’t compare it to other brands, but will say it’s been super life-changing

‘I have heavy and long periods so not having to change a tampon every four hours is amazing. It takes some time to get used to, particularly learning how to make sure it “pops” and creates a seal.

‘The unique thing about Enna cup is that it doesn’t have a traditional stem and instead has a silicon string that guides you to where it is.

‘I’d be wary of pulling this as it looks quite flimsy, so it’s probably not best for people who are squeamish and need to pull something external to get the cup out.

‘Using the applicator was way more complicated than just using it normally. It’s like a little clothes peg that you push it in with, but the cup keeps unpopping before you get it in, so I just did it the normal way.

‘Overall, I would buy this. The fact that there’s two cups as well as a sterilisation package makes it good value and it’s ideal for me.’

Enna cup costs £29.95 with applicator, and £24.95 without.

 

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Is the quiz sponsored by any menstrual cup brand?

No. The quiz at is not sponsored by any menstrual cup brand. Because of this, we feel that we can provide unbiased cup suggestions based on what your situation is and not what companies are going to pay us to sell their item/s.

How Does a Menstral Cup Work?

A menstrual cup is actually very simple. It’s a bell-shaped cylinder that is designed to sit low in the vaginal canal and collect fluid. They are usually made from silicone, but the Keeper Cup is made from Latex, while the Meluna is made from TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer).

Once you insert it, you can leave your cup in for up to 12 hours. You’ll have to change it more often if you have a heavy flow, but it does have 2-4x the capacity of a jumbo tampon so you won’t have to deal with it as often.

Empty the cup into the toilet or sink, wash with soap and water, and then reinsert it. At the end up your period, you can sterilize it by boiling it in a pot of water for a few minutes, or not.

It really is that easy. Be sure to take our menstrual cup quiz for help in choosing the best menstral cup for your body type.

Which unique result did you get? Let us know below and also be sure to check out this video for more tips and tricks.

Types of Menstrual Cup Quizzes

There are two types of menstrual cup quizzes.

  1. Regular menstrual cup quiz.
  2. Brand-specific menstrual cup quiz.

Regular menstrual cup quizzes are not brand-specific.

Meaning they can provide an array of cups from any brand.

These are the types of quizzes that you usually think of when you hear the phrase menstrual cup quiz.

Brand-specific menstrual cup quizzes are provided by menstrual cup brands themselves, and the cups that are eligible are based on each brand’s own products.

In this post, we’re going to focus on the regular menstrual cup quizzes.

: Cupstrologer

Overall Score:

Ratings Ease of Use Number of Cups in Quiz Results Quality of Results Overall What Is Hygiene&? Hygiene&You.com is a great resource if you want to learn more about menstrual cups and periods in general. The site has some excellent material including videos, quizzes, an e-commerce store, charts, and a blog. Hygiene&You.com also offers its own product range. Their brand is called SochGreen and they’ve been offering cloth pads, period underwear, and two menstrual cup models Small and Large since 2017. Hygiene&: Cupstrologer Description The Hygiene&You.com Cupstrologer landing page has a minimalistic design with some headings and paragraphs followed by a yellow call to action button with the text “Take the quiz”. The form is hidden in its initial state but becomes visible after clicking the yellow button. The quiz or form is custom-made and consists of 7 steps. Hitting the submit button on step 7 takes you to the results page where you have three options: View the suggested products, visit a comparison chart, and retake the quiz. Web Address to Quiz: Brands in Quiz Result: Me Luna, SochGreen, JuJu Cup. Supported Languages: English, Hindi.

Hygiene&: Cupstrologer Features

  • Available in English and Hindi (The Hindi version of the quiz seems broken at the time of this writing).
  • Comparison tool (Unfortunately the comparison tool was broken when I did my testing).

Hygiene&: Cupstrologer Cons

  • Too many bugs.
  • Very few cups.
  • Bad user experience on the results page.
  • Results may be biased due to the inclusion of their own cup brand.
  • Natural rubber cups and natural rubber allergy missing.

Hygiene&: Cupstrologer Test Results

  • Low Cervix Test: Passed
  • Very Heavy Flow Test: Failed
  • Allergy Test: (Silicone) Passed | (Rubber) Not available in quiz | (TPE) Passed
  • Sensitive Bladder/Incontinence Test: Passed

Regarding the Very Heavy Flow Test:

The cups that were suggested were the larger models of average cups.

So for its own database, the answer is correct.

However, there are cups with capacities ranging from 35+ ml to a bit over 40 ml.

And one has to assume that these are the capacities a menstruator with a very heavy flow is after when taking a quiz.

Hygiene&: Cupstrologer Final Thoughts

The Hygiene&You.com: Cupstrologer quiz is a nice-looking quiz but does not deliver when it comes to performance.

Too many bugs, very few cups, and bad user experience on the results page bring down the score considerably.

The positive thing about The Hygiene&You.com Cupstrologer is that it has got potential.

I’ve seen it and the comparison chart is a great example of that.

How to find the right menstrual cup size for you

When it comes to working out which of our soft cup sizes will work for you, we start by helping you find out how your body is actually shaped, both inside and out.

That’s because there are two factors to consider when you’re working out which size Ruby Cup will work for you.

 

1. How heavy is your menstrual flow?

The first thing to consider is how much blood you lose when you have your period. We call this your menstrual flow and it can be light or it can be heavy.

  • Light flow? If you have a light menstrual flow, you may be using small or regular tampons and slim pantyliners or pads. You’re likely to be changing your period product a few times during the day.
  • Heavy flow? If you have a heavy menstrual flow, you’re likely to be using super or super plus size tampons and maxi pads. You’re also likely to be changing your period product frequently during the day and also at night.

 

Related Post: Tampons vs Menstrual Cups: Which Is the Right Choice for You?

 

2. Do you have a low cervix or a high cervix?

 

  • How to find your cervix: To find your cervix, you’ll need to slide your longest finger into your vagina. You can do this while you’re lying down, or with one leg up on the side of the bath or the toilet lid. You can also do this whether or not you have your period. We recommend that you wash your hands well first and try to relax. Then carefully slide your longest finger into your vagina.
  • What does a cervix feel like? You’ll find your cervix sitting at the top of your vagina. It’s likely to be at the top of your front vaginal wall – closer to your belly button than to your spine. To the touch, it will feel like a smooth round, raised circle with a dimple in the middle – a bit like the tip of your nose.
  • Do you have a high cervix? If your longest finger goes almost all the way into your vagina before it reaches your cervix you have a high cervix.
  • Do you have a low cervix? If your longest finger finds your cervix around the middle knuckle mark, then you have a low cervix.

 

Related Post: Where Should a Menstrual Cup Sit & How to Insert It

 

What size menstrual cup do I need? A simple guide to menstrual cup sizing

This simple guide will help you to match your menstrual flow and the position of your cervix to the size of Ruby Cup that will work for you.

 

FAQ:

How to insert a menstrual cup for beginners?

1) Wash your hands thoroughly.

2) Take a deep breath and relax your vaginal muscles. If you are tense down there, you will have a hard time inserting the cup.

3) Apply water or water-based lube to the rim of the cup.

4) Tightly fold the menstrual cup in half (or use punch down fold), and hold in one hand with the rim facing up.

5) Insert the cup; imagine you insert a tampon without an applicator. It should sit a few inches below your cervix.

6) Once the cup is fully in, rotate it, to get the cup to open. You can also pinch at the base, and keep pushing and twisting it gently until the cup opens.

This is crucial, as you want the cup to open, to create an airtight seal that will prevent any leaks. 

If you wonder how to remove a menstrual cup, without making a mess, follow my guide.

How do I know if my menstrual cup is in right?

To see if the menstrual cup is placed right and it is open once inside is to pull on the stem gently.

If there is some resistance or a feeling of suction pressure, then your menstrual cup is in right.

In case this doesn’t help, don’t worry – you can still try one of these 3 tips

Which menstrual cup is most comfortable?

There isn’t a single cup that is the most comfortable. Each female is different down there, and each body is anatomically unique. For me, the OrganiCup is exceptionally comfortable, but perhaps it won’t be for you. 

As a general rule, I can recommend buying a well-known menstrual cup.

Do not try to save $10-$15, and find a cheap Chinese menstrual cup. I know that from a fact; two of my friends ordered cheap menstrual cups from AliExpress.

The result wasn’t good, and they weren’t happy at all. The cups were uncomfortable, they were leaking, and the overall experience wasn’t great.

Additionally, know that sometimes, the first cup you get – won’t be the one for you. If that happens – don’t freak out, and don’t dismiss menstrual cups altogether.

You might need some trial and error, but most times, you will find the cup for you either the first or second time. In rare cases, you will need to try more than two cups. 

Lastly, know that no one can tell you what cup will fit you. Only you will know after you try it by yourself.

However, if you are still a teenager, your body hasn’t fully developed yet, so your uterus and vaginal canal are smaller. Thus, it is recommended to try smaller cup sizes if you are a younger female. 

How do I know if I have a high or low cervix?

To measure your cervix, you should:

1 – Wash your hands (it is recommendable if your nails are trimmed).2 – Squat on the ground, or lift one leg onto the toilet seat. 3 – Insert your finger into your vagina. 4 – Reach for the cervix, which is the lowest part of the uterus. It may feel like the tip of your nose: firm but a little soft.5 – If you can reach the cervix at just your first knuckle, your cervix is low. If you can reach it at the second knuckle of your finger, your cervix is an average height. If you can insert your finger almost all the way up before touching it or you can’t touch anything, you have a high cervix.

How much can a small menstrual cup hold?

Most smaller cup sizes hold around 24-27 milliliters, while most larger cups hold around 30 milliliters. So, you don’t necessarily need a large-sized cup to hold a lot of fluids.

Unless you have a very very heavy flow, don’t be too worried about the cup’s capacity. Just make sure it can handle your flow level.  

Can a 12-year-old use a menstrual cup?

Many recommend that girls can use menstrual cups, even at the age of 12.

Just like tampons, it is inserted during menstrual cycles. If a girl is old enough to menstruate, then they can use a menstrual cup.  

Additionally, Ruby Cups are saying:“Using a menstrual cup will not take away the virginity status (or stretch out the vagina) of a girl or young woman.”

It is best to inform young girls how menstrual cups work, the benefits, and the insert/removal methods. As long as they are comfortable with the idea of trying a menstrual cup, then it is okay.

Users of Lunette Cup, for example, are as young as 12, and they are already rocking their periods with Lunette menstrual cups.

Another menstrual cup brand, called Mooncup, says that their cups are designed for younger girls, and they know a lot of young girls, from 11 upwards, using their cups. 

Do you have to boil a menstrual cup before first use? 

Yes. It is essential to sterilize your menstrual cup before you insert it for the first time. The easiest way is to add water into a pot, wait until it starts to boil, and then add the cup inside for 5-7 minutes.

After that, take the cup carefully (once it’s cooler), wash it with lukewarm water and fragrance-free soap. Rinse thoroughly. Then, it will be ready to be inserted. 

You should do that at the beginning of your period and the end of your period, so it is always sterilized. 

Have your Say about this Diva Cup Quiz!

One of the reasons that menstrual cups aren’t more popular is because it can be overwhelming to find the best one for your body type. Did the menstrual cup quiz help you with that? Do you have a previous or current cup that’s working particularly well for you? Or, need help choosing your next one?

Have you taken the Put a Cup In It Quiz? How do your results compare. We’d love to know your thoughts!

Leave a comment below and tell us what your favourite brand of menstrual cup is. Why do you love it so much. Is there a menstrual cup that you’ve tried but didn’t like? What’s the best menstrual cup for you?

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