Merula Menstrual Cup XL

(15 customer reviews)

Original price was: $ 49.95.Current price is: $ 44.95.

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What is the Merula XL Cup?

Made in Germany from 100% medical grade silicone, the Merula Menstrual Cup XL is an excellent high capacity option for women with a very heavy flow. As one of the highest capacity cups on the market, the Merula XL can hold up to 50ml of menstrual fluid. This is around 20ml more than most model 2 cup sizes. Not only will this higher capacity mean less bathroom trips throughout your day, the vibrant pink colour and the matching cotton pouch will just make your day feel that little bit brighter.

Unlike most other brands of menstrual cup, the Merula is designed in such a way that it does not need to be completely open after insertion. As long as the edge has opened, the cup itself can be worn in a folded state, while still providing leak free protection. The exterior of the Merula is completely smooth, with no top rim. This makes it more comfortable for women who experience discomfort from other ‘rimmed’ cups. The unique ladder stem can be easily trimmed and allows for easier cup removal. Finally, the lesser vacuum level of the Merula makes this cup suitable for any pelvic floor condition, whether weak or very strong.

Merula XL Features:

  • Extra large 50ml volume. Equivalent to 2.5 of the largest commercially available tampons
  • Made from 100% medical grade silicone that is free from chemical additives like plasticisers or animal-based ingredients
  • Can be successfully worn in a folded up state
  • Suitable for weak or strong pelvic floor muscles. Strong pelvic floor muscles will not cause the Merula to lose its shape
  • Smooth exterior with no upper rim
  • No holes in the rim that require cleaning
  • Trimmable ladder style stem, making it suitable for medium to high cervix (Portio) height
  • One size fits most
  • Vegan
  • Includes a cute ‘strawberry print’ cotton storage bag



Size Guide:

The Merula XL is a ‘one size’ cup that is designed to fit women with a heavy flow, and of all ages and stages of life.

The Merula XL is larger than most model 2 brands of cups. For this reason, it is NOT recommended in the following situations:

● If you have a very low cervix (Portio) or,
● If you feel your vagina is exceptionally “tight”, or have previously only used teen or small-sized menstrual cups

In these cases, this cup may be too big for you and it may be best to consider the Merula Cup ‘one size’

How to use the Merula Cup:

The Merula menstrual cups work differently from traditional bell-shaped cups, and therefore, may require a few cycles to adapt to (particularly if you have used traditionally shaped cups previously). While most bell and v-shaped cups are designed to sit below the cervix, the Merula is designed to have the cervix sitting within it. We recommend watching the instructional video to learn how to correctly insert and remove the Merula. We have also listed a few other helpful tips to get you started.

  1. Always wash your hands before and after using the Merula Cup.
  2. Before inserting the cup, feel for your cervix. Fold the cup into the punch down fold to insert it. Once inserted, push the cup in the direction of the cervix and open it in front of the cervix/push the cup onto the cervix while opening the cup.
  3. To help the cup open, push into the folded side of the cup and gently press away the vaginal wall to create more space. Once the Merula Cup’s rim has expanded and created a slight suction on the vaginal wall (this is hardly noticeable), its body can be worn squished and does not have to expand fully.
  4. Sometimes using a water-based(!) lube can be helpful. Apply the water-based lube on the cup’s rim, additionally it can be helpful to also apply the water-based lube on your cervix. This helps the cup to slide onto the cervix easier.
  5. The Merula Cup must not be removed by solely pulling on the ladder stem. It is important that the seal is first released. If the cup is positioned high up within the vaginal canal, you can hold the stem and gently move the cup down using ‘zig-zag’ movements. Once you can reach the cup, break the seal by pressing against the cup body, and proceed to remove as normal.

Positioning the Merula Menstrual Cup

How to Clean the Merula Cup:

Sterilise the cup before first use, and again after each menstrual cycle. This can be done by adding a pinch of vinegar to a pot of boiling water and sterilising the cup for 5 minutes. It can also be done with the use of a microwave steriliser such as the Merula Cupscup or the Ruby Clean.

When you empty the cup, rinse it under cold water in order to prevent staining. Before reinserting, clean it with some warm water and a suitable menstrual cup wash.

If you are out and about and find that you have to empty your Merula without access to a private sink, you can simply wipe it with toilet tissue, or use some menstrual cup wipes. You may also like to take some bottled water with you for rinsing your cup. Properly wash your cup when next able to do so.

Keep the cup in a pouch or container that provides adequate airflow. If maintained properly, your Merula cup should last for several years. If there are any signs that the silicone may be deteriorating, it is time to buy a new one. Slight staining due to regular use is normal.


One Size




Diameter: 46mm Diameter
Total Length: 72mm
Stem Length: 22mm

Cup Colour

Galaxy (Purple), Midnight (Black), Orange (Fox), Strawberry (Pink), Ice

15 reviews for Merula Menstrual Cup XL

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  1. Verified Buyer (verified owner)

    Very difficult to insert compared to other cups I’ve used and it seems to leak even when not full. Will give it another few months to see if I can get it to sit better but at the moment I think I’ll be looking at other options.

  2. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Really great. This is the cup for weak pelvic floors! No leaks and it stays up! Definitely worth the money.

  3. Anonymous (verified owner)

    This is my third menstrual cup. When I opened the package I admit it looked huge compared to my original Lunette size 2 cup. By measurements, the width and length were about the same, but the capacity was significantly more due to the wider base. I really appreciated that all this info was easy to find on thr website to help me make an informed decision.

    My Lunette occasionally overflowed on heavy nights, and sometimes pushed its way down (prolapse after my second pregnancy, which has possibly contributed to that). I was also having trouble getting a good seal at times. I had also tried the larger sized Diva Cup, which was a complete fail. I would never seal, and was almost falling out as I moved. I couldn’t get it to work properly even once, and that was after six or seven years successfully using Lunette.

    The Meluna XL stays in place perfectly, seals without any manipulation from me, and it’s firmness is just right to make it easier to insert than either of the cups I’ve tried. Interestingly, I had to trim the stem of the Lunette, but not the ladder on the Meluna, which is about the same length.

    With any cup, I sometimes need to remove it to urinate or defecate, but again, I assume that’s because of my prolapse rather than the cup itself. I’ve been using cups now for about eight years, and this is definitely the easiest and best for me so far.

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  5. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Easy to use, great to be able to measure my flow on heavy days, excellent helpful hints online.

  6. Anna (verified owner)

    This is a game changer. The Merula XL is a high capacity cup that is comfortable and effective. The ladder makes removal so much easier than other cups. I love the deep pink colour. My Goldilocks cup!

  7. Angela (verified owner)

    Not for beginners!

    This cup is — as advertised — extra large. It can be a little awkward to insert and a little uncomfortable to remove. The silicone is thicker than the Merula One Size, making the cup firmer and the rim very “springy”.

    These trade offs, however, are a small price to pay for the impressive cup capacity. I also prefer the shape of the XL and find the firmer rim to be a little more “idiot proof” than the One Size. The thicker silicone pops back into shape almost too easily, compared to the One Size, which I struggled with.

    The ladder stem is fantastic and very user friendly. The intense colour of the silicone looks great, though it’s a shame only one colour is available for the XL. Another fair trade-off, however, to be able to order during my period and receive and start using the cup before my period ended.

    It’s not the “perfect cup”, but it is pretty close. If you need a high capacity cup and have some experience with inserting one, I can definitely recommend the Merula XL.

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  10. Lucia W. (verified owner)

    Fantastic for heavy flow. Easy to use and very comfortable. I love the microwave option to keep it clean. It makes my monthly so much more manageable. I can swim, run and cycle and there’s no issues! So pleased.

  11. Zara (verified owner)

    I hate this cup. It had such great reviews, but I was only able to use it twice before giving up on it. I’m 34 years old and have been using a Lunette size one for years but have recently started having heavy periods and was having to empty my Lunette cup constantly. I made this cup as small as I could using the punch down method to get it in, but taking out you can’t really squish it down too much and it’s so big it was excruciating to pull out. I could bring myself to use it again. Wish I hadn’t wasted $60 on it.

  12. Nicole D. (verified owner)

    Love it! Feels very industrial to use, but I’m not mad about it. I have been using menstrual cups for 14 years and I couldn’t be happier with this one. I had to upgrade from a 28ml cup and this 50ml size is so helpful. It’s a little different to put in, but you can feel when it makes a seal. The silicone is quite thick and sturdy, but the tab on the bottom is really easy to use for removal.
    There would definitely be a learning curve if this was your first time using a menstrual cup, but great for experienced users who are after a bigger size.

  13. Anonymous (verified owner)

    I absolutely love this cup. I have previously owned the DivaCup and thought the switch would be hard. I couldn’t be happier that I decided to change, I just wish that I changed earlier. My period is quite heavy and so I would be changing the Diva Cup every 3 hours for the first 3 days. With the new Merula XL cup I now change my cup once of a morning and once in the shower, I don’t even feel like I’m on my period and don’t have to calculate when I need to change it next. I couldn’t recommend this cup enough. I am 18, a virgin and have never given birth, nor did I find it painful to insert or remove. Once the cup is in I can’t even feel it and I love that I can workout without any leaks (my DivaCup leaks all the time during exercise). I would highly recommend this cup to anyone that experiences heavy periods. I would say the punch fold technique works the best for this cup and removal is easy with the ladders.

  14. Zoe (verified owner)

    Easy to use. Heavy days with no spotting

  15. Anonymous (verified owner)

    I have been wanting to try this cup for a while now and I finally decided to give it a go. I have only used it for a day now without my period and I really like it. I was a bit hesitant to buy this because I am 20 years old and have never been sexually active nor given birth, however I have really heavy periods. My only experience with another cup is the Diva Cup and the transition was amazing. I would definitely recommend this cup to anyone who has a heavy period. I can’t even feel the cup when it is inside me. I haven’t experienced this cup on my period but I can feel that it covers my cervix and it does pop open when inside of me so it will most likely catch my period without any leaks. I am a very active person and this cup is much firmer than the Diva cup so it shouldn’t leak, the Diva cup did leak when I was at the gym.
    Overall it is amazing!!! Would highly recommend

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