If you’re thinking about buying your first menstrual cup, good for you! I’ve put together a guide on the best menstrual cup for beginners because I’ve had a bit of practice in this department. Finding the best menstrual cup for first time users can really make a difference to your overall menstrual cup first time experience.
Picking the right menstrual cup for beginners will mean you have a way better chance of success when you first start giving a menstrual cup a go to manage your period. If you get the right beginner’s menstrual cup and learn how to put insert and remove it properly, you won’t look back. Get it right and you’ll fall in love with this wonderful little invention. #cuplife
Menstrual cups have truly changed the way I feel about my period. I’ve been using a menstrual cup for over a year now and I find it so much more comfortable than pads or tampons. It’s cleaner, cheaper and less wasteful.
I’ve also included some tips on using a menstrual cup for the first time because there can be a bit of a learning curve associated with getting it in and out without stress or mess.
Best Menstrual Cups for Beginners
|Menstrual Cup||Image||Length *||Diameter||Capacity||Price|
|Lena cup (small)||4.6 cm||4.1 cm||25 mL||Check Prices|
|Lena Cup (large)||5.1 cm||4.5 cm||30 mL||Check Prices|
|Lunette Cup (size 1)||4.7 cm||4.1 cm||25 mL||Check Prices|
|Lunette Cup (size 2)||5.2 cm||4.6 cm||30 mL||Check Prices|
|Blossom Cup (small)||5.2 cm||4.2 cm||22.5 mL||Check Prices|
|Blossom Cup (large)||5.4 cm||4.5 cm||28 mL||Check Prices|
|Sckoon Cup (size A)||4.0cm||4.0 cm||23 mL||Check Prices|
|Sckoon Cup (size B)||5.0cm||4.5 cm||30 mL||Check Prices|
|Diva Cup (size 1)||5.7 cm||4.1 cm||30 mL||Check Prices|
|Diva Cup (size 2)||5.7 cm||4.5 cm||30 mL||Check Prices|
* Length not including the stem of the cup which can be trimmed (although I don’t advise that until you’re completely comfortable with removing the cup.
Things to consider when choosing your first menstrual cup:
- High cervix vs low cervix – If your cervix is low you’ll need a menstrual cup that is shorter in length and if it’s high you’ll need a longer cup. How do you tell? Well, you need to get in there and check! Have a look at this video on YouTube on how to check your cervix.
- Heavy flow vs light flow – If you’re a heavy bleeder, you’ll need a higher capacity cup. This can be daunting though as these cups are often wider. If you don’t want to risk getting a cup that’s too wide for your vagina (especially if you’re young or not sexually active) you can get a smaller one and just change it more regularly. If you’ve got a light flow, a cup with a smaller capacity will work for you.
- Have given birth vaginally – Most cup brands offer two different cup sizes. If you’ve given birth vaginally, it’s often recommended you go for the larger size of the two cups. However, sometimes this is not the case and you may still need to go for the smaller-sized cup, particularly if you have a light flow. I think it’s best to start with a smaller one and go up if you need to.
Why not the Diva cup for beginners?
I honestly don’t think that the Diva cup is the right cup for beginners. Many women use it, but this is mostly due to the fact it’s the most well known brand of menstrual cup and can be bought in stores. The Diva cup is actually quite a large cup so it can be tougher for first time users. By all means, give it a try if you think that it would work for you. I’ve included it on the table above as a means of comparison.
Tips for Using a Menstrual Cup for the First Time
Using a menstrual cup for the first time can be a bit daunting, especially if you’re not used to “working” around down there. Here are a couple of tips for first time menstrual cup users:
- Wait until your period starts. Don’t be tempted to try a dry run. Girl, that will not work! You need a bit of lubrication to help the cup go in.
- For the first few times you might want to apply a little extra personal lubricant to help insertion but once you get used to it you won’t need it.
- Try and stay relaxed both mentally and physically. Give yourself plenty of time and privacy to get this right.
- Try out a couple of different menstrual cup folds to find one that inserts easiest for you. Start with a C-fold and see if that works for you. See the video below for examples.
- Pay attention for a popping sensation. That’s the cup unfolding inside you, popping open and forming a seal. I find it easier to feel “the pop” that lets me know my cup is in right when using the punchdown fold.
- Don’t do it over the toilet! You don’t want to drop your brand new menstrual cup down the toilet. It’s better to squat or put one leg up on the toilet/bathtub to insert your cup.
- Try doing it in the shower. I find it easiest to insert and remove menstrual cups in the shower. If you’re emptying it for the first time, it’s easiest to do this in the shower so you don’t have a massive clean up job on your hands.
- Poop first. I know that sounds weird but I always find it a bit harder to get my menstrual cup in if I’m backed up. TMI, I know but not one article I’ve read on inserting a menstrual cup has mentioned this and I know it to be the case from personal experience.
Questions About Buying Your First Menstrual Cup
If you’ve got a question about which menstrual cup to buy for beginners or about using a menstrual cup for the first time, let me know below and I’ll do my best to help you out!
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