There is a proliferation of menstrual cup brands currently available, and an ever increasing number that are available in Australia. Unfortunately, such a diverse range of options can make deciding on a particular cup very difficult. While many women can successfully use any brand of cup, there are instances when a particular brand may be more suitable than another. For this reason, we stock a wide variety of proven and quality brands to help our customers find the best menstrual cup for their particular needs. Throughout our site, you will also find helpful tips and advice to make choosing a menstrual cup easier.
Menstrual Cup Selection Tips
Tip #1 The most important advice we can give to any woman looking to buy her first period cup, is to check her cervix position. This is probably the most important factor in choosing a cup. If you have a low cervix and buy a cup that is too long, it will constantly slip out and be uncomfortable. If you have a high cervix and purchase a cup that is too short, you may find removal more difficult.
Tip #2 – Teens, or women who know they have a small vaginal canal, should opt for the Teen size cups. These are smaller in diameter and easier to insert for young girls beginning their cup journey.
Tip #3 – If you have a weak pelvic floor, a partial prolapse, or suffer from any degree of incontinence (urine leakage when sneezing, laughing, jumping etc), and if you have a low to mid height cervix, then you should opt for wider and shorter ‘low cervix’ cups (such as the Juju Model 4). These cups are wider and will be less likely to leak for women with poor pelvic floor tone.
Tip #4 – If you are prone to UTI’s (Urinary Tract Infections) then you may find a softer cup more suitable, as it will place less pressure on the urethra, ensuring you can adequately empty your bladder. Good options are the Saalt Soft, Me Luna Soft, and Super Jennie cups. These are also good cups for women who find they can usually feel a menstrual cup when it is inserted, or who feel any pain or pressure when using a cup.
Tip #5 – If you are a particularly fit person (athlete or engage in regular intense exercise), or have very strong pelvic floor muscles (from regular Yoga or Pilates type activities), then you may want to consider a firm cup (such as the Me Luna Sport). Strong Pelvic Floor muscles will be less likely to ‘squash’ the rim of firmer cups and reduce the possibility of leaking.
Cup Brands Overview
DivaCup – Probably one of the most well known menstrual cup brands in the world. Diva has forged a name for itself over the years and is a good reliable cup. However, the Diva may be too long for women with a low to mid height cervix.
FemmyCycle – Designed by a Gynaecologist, the FemmyCycle is quite a bit different in design and function to other brands. Unlike other brands, it is not designed to pop open once inserted. It features a handy ring pull to assist removal, as well as a spill proof rim for easier emptying. Available in 3 sizes including low cervix.
Haakaa Flow Cup – Similar to the Pelvi Cup, this is a budget friendly good all rounder.
Haakaa Valve Cup – A soft cup with a unique valve design. This means the cup does not need to be removed to be emptied. A good option if you are camping or unable to empty and rinse your cup easily during the day.
Hello Cup – NZ made and owned and one of the few cup brands that is made from TPE plastic. This is a good option for women who may have silicone allergies and comes in a selection of vibrant colours. The Hello Cup is one of the firmest cups available.
Juju Cup – Australian made and owned menstrual cup. Juju was a key player in making cups more easily accessible to Australian women. Available in 4 different styles to suit varying anatomies (Regular Model 1 and 2, Model 3 for high cervix, and Model 4 for low cervix or poor pelvic floor tone).
Keeper Cup – The only menstrual cup made from Gum Rubber (Naturally derived from the Rubber Tree). This is one of the only cups that is completely natural and fully biodegradable. However, it is not suitable for women with a latex allergy.
Lunette Cup – A well known and quality all rounder cup made in Finland. Meeting some of the highest manufacturing standards, the Lunette is a great size and feel cup that will suit most women. Available in a range of 5 colours to help brighten your day during your period.
Me Luna Cup – Made in Germany from high quality TPE, the manufacturing of the Me Luna® menstrual cups takes place in the company’s own in house factory. Quality is paramount and all cups are subject to exacting quality assurance requirements. The Me Luna has a slightly firmer rim to other brands which makes it pop open more easily. However, this may cause discomfort for women with sensitive bladders or who have a tendency to feel menstrual cups when inserted. The L and XL Me Luna cups also offer a very high capacity, making them a great option for women with a heavy to very heavy menstrual flow. For new cup users, Me Luna offers a range of compatible accessories (Nupsi Handle and Cotton Withdrawal Cord) to make removal of the cup easier.
Merula One Size – The Merula menstrual cups are German made and they are an uncomplicated design that suit most women’s anatomies. It is a one size fits most design so there is no guessing sizing. The Merula has a large 38ml capacity and is are suitable for women with any pelvic floor condition and almost all cervix heights.
Merula XL – The Merula XL is a German made, uncomplicated design, that suits most women needing a very high capacity menstrual cup. With a capacity of 50ml, this is one of the highest capacity cups available. The Merula cups eliminate the need for size guessing with a one size fits most model. They are suitable for women with any pelvic floor condition and the unique ladder stem also means it can suit mid or high cervix heights (and sometimes also a lower cervix).
Mia Amika – Distributed by a Gold Coast mother and daughter, the Mia Amika is one of the longest stemmed cups on the market. The regular size measures an impressive 85mm long, making it the best option for women with a very high and hard to find cervix. Because the stem itself is long, it can be trimmed, making this cup just as suitable for women with a more mid height cervix. The added advantage of Mia Amika, is that for every cup sold, one tree is planted.
Organicup – A great all round cup which is vegan certified and comes with a 90 day money back guarantee.
Ruby Cup – The Ruby cup is vegan certified and most well known for it’s Buy 1 Give 1 programme. For every Ruby cup sold (anywhere and through any store), they will donate 1 menstrual cup to a disadvantaged girl or woman. They do this through partnering with organisations which educate women on understanding and better managing their period, and then providing them with menstrual cups.
Saalt Cup – Made in the USA, the Saalt cup is a great all rounder cup. It is an average length and has a softer rim than some other brands. This cup would be suitable for most women, and the beautiful packaging makes receiving this cup a great experience. Due to the packaging and the broad suitability of this cup, the Saalt would be a good gift option. This brand is also available in a Duo Pack in which you receive one of each size Saalt.
Super Jennie (SJ) Cup – One of the highest capacity cups available, this is particular good for women who have a very heavy flow. It is a very soft cup and may not pop open easily if you have poor pelvic floor strength or any degree of prolapse.
TOM Organic Cup – The TOM Organic cup is Australian made and uniquely designed with finger indents for easier insertion and removal. This is a good allrounder cup and to make cleaning easier, each TOM Cup comes complete with it’s own microwave steriliser case
XO Flo – Made by GladRags, the XO Flo is a high capacity cup which is suitable for women with a heavy flow. It has a smooth ‘rimless’ exterior and is best suited to women with a mid to high cervix.
Period Underwear and Reusable Pads
We also carry a range of period underwear and washable pads for those women who would like a ‘peace of mind’ back up for their menstrual cup, or for Teens who do not wish to begin their cup journey just yet. Period underwear and cloth pads are also useful for the beginning and end of your period to handle spotting, or if several are purchased, can be used instead of a cup completely.
Menstrual Cup Accessories
Choose from a range of menstrual cup cleaners that are free from oils and harmful chemicals. Using the wrong soap to clean your cup has the potential to affect the integrity of menstrual cup silicone, reducing it’s lifespan. Cup wipes and the Hello Go spray are also great options for cleaning your cup while out and about, or when unable to access clean water.
If boiling your cup on the stove is not your preference, you can choose to microwave sterilise your cup using the Ruby Steriliser or a Microwave steriliser bag. While many cup brands now manufacture their own cup cleaner, you can use any brand of cleaner on any brand of cup. If boiling on the stovetop, sit it inside a whisk to protect it from touching and burning on the bottom of the pot.