This review covers menstrual cups. If you’re interested in other collection methods, please check out our reviews of tampons and period underwear.
The best menstrual cup
The MeLuna Classic’s firmness hits a sweet spot of being both easy to fold up and easy to get it to pop open once inside, and it comes in a range of sizes. It’s also easy to clean.
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A lot of people in menstrual-cup land talk about finding your “Goldilocks cup,” the one that fits you just right. We think the MeLuna is the perfect place to start your search because it falls into the middle of the pack when it comes to firmness, size, and shape, so it’s easy to fold for insertion, but also pops open easily and stays open inside of you. Though all the cups we tested came in at least two sizes, MeLuna has more options when it comes to customizing the size, shape, and firmness of your cup. What that means is that you can change just one variable at a time when you’re trying to figure out what works best for you, instead of starting all over again with a new cup if this one isn’t perfect.
For low cervixes
If you have a really low cervix, this is the shortest cup we tested that still performs well. It’s easy to clean, and goes in and out without trouble. Because it’s a little shorter, certain types of folds are harder to do.
People with low cervixes often have the hardest time finding a menstrual cup that fits, because most cups are too long (more on how to figure this out in the Our pick section). The MeLuna Shorty is one of the few cups designed specifically for low cervixes, and compared with the other low-cervix cups we tested, this one was far easier to fold, insert, remove, and clean. With a low-cervix cup, you do sacrifice volume—because the cup is smaller it can hold less blood—but comfort is more important than having to change the cup a bit more frequently.
For long vaginas
One of the best-known cups and also one of the largest. If you’ve got a long vagina, this is a great cup—it folds easily, is easy to grip for insertion and removal, and cleans without a problem.
The DivaCup is the cup most people start with, but we think it’s actually not a great starter cup because it’s one of the longest cups we tested, which means that anybody who has a medium or short cervix might find it uncomfortable. But if you have a high cervix, the DivaCup works really well, is smooth and comfortable, and holds a lot of blood. It does have a hollow stem, which can collect blood and other tissue easier than solid stems, but we don’t think that’s a dealbreaker.
For wide vaginas
The silicone is smooth and feels good on the skin, and it’s easy to insert and remove. It’s a bit wider than most cups, so if you have a wide vagina this is a great cup for you.
The Lena cup is a bit wider and a lot smoother than many of the cups available. The Lena feels great; the silicone it’s made out of is really smooth and makes it a breeze to insert and remove. Its wider design also helps prevent leaks for those who have a wide vagina, and the solid stem doesn’t collect any blood or other tissue so it’s easier to clean than some of the cups with hollow stems.
The best menstrual cup for you will probably depend on what your internal vagina shape is like. But we’ve learned a lot in our tests about what makes a good menstrual cup aside from sizing, like material and shape, and a lot of good ones are available. In this guide, we’ll also help you try to find the cup that matches your anatomy best.