For this year’s International Women’s Day, we would like to delve into one of women’s greatest celebrations – cups! Menstrual cups to be exact.
Pictured above: Hand holding menstrual cup | Photo credit: Healthline
For someone who has about 15 years of ‘period-experience’, I have come to learn about my body and the right period routine (yes, it’s a thing) to get me through that weeklong period. Icy-cold Coke or Pepsi with exactly 10 ice cubes is my customary pre-period drink, followed by an occasional cup of hot chocolate during my 1st or 2nd day of shedding.
Now, finding the right feminine sanitary product is equally important. If you are looking to buy a menstrual cup in Singapore or find out more about it, we are here to share!
There are over 20 menstrual cups in the market. While each serves the same purpose, it’s still important to find the perfect menstrual cup for yourself. The ‘Goldilocks Cup’, they call it.
There are many reasons why women use the menstrual cup, one of our very own at Spotted! even swears by it, saying she’ll “never go back to pads and tampons again”!
Advantages of Menstrual Cups
• Ecological and economical
A menstrual cup when cleaned and used properly can last you for several years! Think about all the tampons and pads you’ll be saving. Plus, the money on these supplies as well.
• 8 - 12 hours
You can wear the menstrual cup for 8-12 hours, depending on how heavy your menstrual flow is. We recommend nothing more than 5-8 hours if you can!
Menstrual cups can hold an about 20ml – 60ml of fluid. This doesn’t seem much but a woman releases an average of 30-50ml of blood during each period. In comparison, it holds about three times more fluid than a regular tampon.
You can swim and pretty much participate in any extreme sports or activities. Also, no more calculating and packing all the tampons or pads you’d need for travelling. Just one cup will do the job.
Disadvantages of Menstrual Cups
• Can be messy
Menstrual cups can be rather hard to insert and remove, and thus it may get a little bloody and messy, if you get what we mean. Tip is to Get. Over. It.
• Steep learning curve
Unlike pads and maybe tampons, using the menstrual cup is not as straightforward as the other two. It all takes time getting used to, so don’t give up if you can’t achieve the perfect fit your first try. Be prepared to take up about 3-4 period cycles to get the groove of it.
• Takes time to find the right fit
You may not find your Goldilocks cup on your first buy. For many reasons, the cup may not suit you – size, fit, length, stem, shape, etc. Get another cup if you need to.
1. Before using your menstrual cup for the first time, sterilize the cup in boiling water for 3-5 minutes
2. If you are afraid of leakage, consider wearing a panty liner until you feel 100% confident and comfortable
3. We recommend to practice inserting and removing your cup before your period starts.
4. Use water or a water-based lubricant to make the insertion easier.
We tried 6 different menstrual cups and here’s our review on them!
Psst: Local company The Period Co. sells different types of menstrual products including reusable cloth pads, period underwear and of course, menstrual cups.
LENA - For the beginner
What: Made in California from US medical-grade silicone, the Lena is touted as a great starter cup.
Size(s): It comes in 2 sizes: small and large, suitable for people with a normal flow or a heavy flow respectively. What We Think: We tried it on a first-timer, and her feedback was how easy it was to put it in and out at ease. Shaped like a tulip, there was no leakage for the whole workday on a medium flow.
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Lena is priced at $54.90.
Lunette - Crowd Favourite
What: The Lunette received the prestigious Key Flag Emblem for high quality products in its home country. Made in Finland from medical-grade silicone, the cup is hypoallergenic and safe for long-term use.
Size(s): 2 sizes, Model 1 and Model 2 for normal and heavy flow. Model 1 is made up of a softer silicone and recommended for teens and young users. What We Think: We loved the variety of colours, sizes and add-ons the Lunette offers! It is extremely versatile and suitable for most women. There was minimal leakage after 8 hours of use, so we were happy with its protection. The long stem can be awkward at times, so we had to cut it to make it shorter. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Lunette is priced at $49.90.
Lily Cup Compact- On-The-Go
What: Swedish brand, Intimina, produced the Lily Cup Compact, the world's first collapsible menstrual cup with a compact, go-anywhere design. Made of smooth medical-grade silicone, the Lily Cup Compact is ultra-soft, hypoallergenic, phthalate- and BPA-free.
Size(s): 2 sizes in small and large options. What We Think: First impression counts, and the Lily Cup Compact does present itself to be an eye-catching one! Complete with a pretty compact case, the selling point for us was how portable and minimalist this was. In terms of its usage, there was slight leak after 5 hours, but the soft cup managed to hold its shape. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Lily Cup Compact is priced at $59.90.
Merula - Seasoned User
What: The Merula is made of 100% medical-grade silicone and produced in Germany. It is round, and comes with a rigid edge and soft body.
Size(s): 2 sizes, the original which holds up to 38ml; and the XL which holds up to 50ml What We Think: The learning curve for this cup was a little steeper than the rest, making it a little frustrating to use. However, the cup does not come with the typical stem and therefore easier to remove than other cups. We did not face issues with leakage throughout a full work day. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ The Merula is priced at $54.90.
Hello - Eco Warriors
What: The Hello Cup is made in New Zealand using top-notch German medical-grade thermoplastic elastomer - or TPE. The entire cup and its packaging is fully recyclable at its end-of-life, perfect for the eco-conscious movement!
Size(s): 3 sizes XS (teenagers, petite users), S/M (the ‘one size fits most’) and L (recommended for mummies who pushed a baby out or two) What We Think: It was a simple-to-use cup and the surface felt a little different to the touch. When inserted, it felt effortless and light, which made wearing is ultra-comfy. This was our favourite to use by far. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Hello Cup is priced at $49.90.
Fleurcup - Budget Seekers
What: The Fleurcup is a French product and has been a local favourite since 2009. It is made of 100% medical-grade silicone and meets international regulatory standards.
Size(s): 2 sizes, small (41mm) and large (46mm) What We Think: The Fleurcup does its job, simply said. Again as with most of the cups, there was no leakage as long as it is inserted properly. There were no colour choices but with its price, it can be a good backup cup or for those who wish to try menstrual cups for the first time. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ The Fleurcup is priced at $24.90. Whether you prefer sanitary pads, tampons, period underwears or menstrual cups, finding the one that suits you best is vital. Remember, we are all created differently, so there are no right or wrong methods when it comes to adapting to your period lifestyle.
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