I try to be as honest as I can when it comes to my position on products, so I rarely use the phrase, "This thing changed my life." When it comes to menstrual cups, however, my life really did change. That's why I'm a massive advocate for the best menstrual cups for beginners, so even if you're a little bit intimidated by the process, you can find one that overrides all your worries.
Why use a menstrual cup? For me, the turning point was a monthly issue with painful cramps. I'd used tampons since I was 11, but suddenly, whenever I had one in, my whole abdomen would ache; when I took it out, I'd be fine within the hour. After doing some research about alternatives, I decided to switch to a menstrual cup. Many menstrual cup users (myself included) report fewer cramps after switching, but people also love it for a multitude of other reasons: It's eco-friendly, saves you loads of money long-term, can stay in for hours at a time, leaks less than most other feminine hygiene products... The perks go on and on.
Of course, everyone's body is different, so there are a few tips when it comes to finding the best menstrual cup for you. When you're just starting out, you'll want something that's comfortable, flexible, easy to get the hang of, and provides the right fit. Here are a few of the best options, so you can start off your menstrual-cup journey on the right foot — and hopefully become a life-long advocate like me.
1The Most Popular Menstrual Cup On Amazon — And My Personal Pick
Lena Menstrual Cup
The Lena menstrual cup is the most well-reviewed option on Amazon, and it's also one of the most reasonably priced. It's available in two sizes (small and large), so you can choose the best fit for your body, but they recommend a small if you're just starting out. Beginners find it easy and comfortable to insert thanks to its bell-shaped design and soft, flexible rim — plus the textured removal stem adds some extra peace of mind. It uses medical-grade silicone and skips the additives, and you can wear it for up to 12 hours without irritation, dryness, or toxicity. Personally, this is the one I use and I was able to comfortably insert it on my first try, but there are countless how-to videos on YouTube if you're having some trouble.
2The Best Menstrual Cup For Sensitive Vaginal Walls
Saalt Menstrual Cup
The beginners in the review section are loving the Saalt menstrual cup, but even more telling are the buyers who have used other options. They say it's "softer," "more comfortable," "forms better to [their body]," and "holds more" than the other leading brands on the market. Due to its molding abilities, reviewers say it causes fewer leaks and is more comfortable to insert, which is great news for newbies. Where this cup differs specifically from the Lena Cup (the top pick) is the ribbing, which doesn't protrude as far on the Saalt cup and can be less irritating to those with more sensitive vaginal walls. It's also made from 100 percent silicone and skips the BPA and latex, so it's totally biocompatible and hypoallergenic. It also comes in two sizes, small (best for beginners) and regular.
3The Best Menstrual Cup That You Can Wear During Sex
Intimina Ziggy Cup
Due to its flat-fit shape and petal-thin body, the Intimina Ziggy is one of the most unique options as far as designs go. Rather than an elongated cup, it's shaped like a disc, so it's especially similar to disposable cups if you're transitioning from those. It's also the only menstrual cup that you can wear during sex on your period to prevent messes because rather than obstructing the vaginal opening, it slides in under the pubic bone and sits flat. It's made from medical-grade silicone, you can use it for up to two hours, and it offers up to 12 hours of protection. Reviewers say that once it's in, you can't feel a thing — and it won't rip or dislodge during intercourse, either.
4The Best Menstrual Cup If You Lead An Active Lifestyle
Super Jennie Menstrual Cup
When you do a lot of jogging, swimming, yoga, or endless errand-running, you need something that's not going to slow (or let) you down. The Super Jennie cup holds more than other brands, but it's also designed to stay put while adjusting to your movements. It has a very firm rim for an all-day secure fit, but the cup itself is extremely soft and flexible, so it conforms to your body while you stretch, move, and run. That way, you can participate in any activity without having to worry about leaks or pain. It's made from eco-friendly reusable silicone, and it comes in two sizes for all different fits and flows.
5The Best Disposable Menstrual Cups If You're Not Ready To Commit
Softcup Disposable Menstrual Discs
When I first decided to stop using tampons, I didn't want to spend a ton of money on a product that I wasn't even sure I would like. As a result, I started out with these Softcup disposables before investing in a reusable one. They use a hypoallergenic and latex-free ring to help you position the disc under your pubic bone, as well as a thin sheet of plastic-like material to catch up to five tampons-worth of blood. You can keep them in for up to 12 hours, and after that, they go straight into the garbage; this is a great perk for someone who's down with the idea of getting biologically acquainted with themselves, but isn't ready to start boiling silicone just yet. Plus, because they come in a pack of 14 for just $11, you'll get tons of practice so you can decide if you like them before fully investing.
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