Merula Cup Review
The Merula cup is a unique and intriguing menstrual cup made in Germany out of 100% medical grade silicone. The Merula cup was originally founded by Merle-Marie Forstmann when she first heard of menstrual cups in 2011 and dove into designing the Merula in 2012.
The Merula Cup is available in the classic and XL. I have been testing these cups for the past few months and want to share my experience and thoughts with you. While typically recommended in cup chat groups for low cervix users, as a high cervix cup user I’ve found this cup to be comfortable and great to wear after some trial and error.
The number of menstrual cups on the market can be overwhelming. Many brands offer two sizes, a small for persons under 30 who have not given birth and/or have a light flow. The large is typically recommended for persons over 30 who have given birth and/or have a heavy flow.
Where does that leave teens?
Luckily, there are several brands that make a cup specifically for teen users and I wanted to put them all together for you!
Here are menstrual cups for teens and information about each one available.
DivaCup has Quietly Released a Model 0 and I have one!
If you’re familiar with DivaCup, you know they have a Model 1 and a Model 2. Traditionally, the Model 1 is the small Diva and the Model 2 is the large Diva.
Everything has changed! DivaCup has quietly placed the Diva Model 0 / DivaCup Model Teen size on store shelves and people are noticing! What size is it? How does the DivaCup teen compare to the Diva Model 1 and Model 2? Read more below!
Claripharm Claricup Review – A size for everyone!
The Claripharm Claricup may possibly have a menstrual cup size for everyone! Available in 4 sizes, these deep violet cups are made in France and have a flexible stem that can be left on the cup or trimmed to meet your needs.
In addition to the huge range of sizes, Claricups have a great number of vent holes and channels that go up the sides of each cup that I believe contribute to helping form and release the cup’s seal. See my review samples below and check out how they compare to some brands you may already know.
I had sex with the ziggy cup in and here’s how it went…
When I saw the ziggy cup released by Intimina I was intrigued. In fact, I had a friend mail me one from Germany before I could purchase one in the USA! When it arrived I was surprised at the shape and a bit worried about the claim that it “sits high.” I worried it would go too high and be difficult to remove. This cup definitely has it’s own learning curve. With some practice, I’ve become pretty good at inserting it and recently talked my husband into having sex with the cup in. Here’s how that went…
Warning. This content is for adult readers only.
MermaidCup Review + Comparison to Other Brands
I’ve been testing out the MermaidCup and want to share my thoughts and some photos with you! What’s the MermaidCup? The MermaidCup is a V-shaped menstrual cup that is designed in Malaysia and manufactured in China with 100% Imported Japanese (Shin-Etsu) Soft Medical Grade Silicone.
MermaidCups are available in two firmness levels, soft and firm, and two sizes plus a huge range of colors. Take a look below:
Can you really pass out from your menstrual cup?
When I heard that Kristen Bell literally passed out while removing her menstrual cup I had to read the article. Turns out, there are many articles. Then, I hat to watch the video.
Kristen Bell, a glowing actress, describes how she got her DivaCup “stuck” and “suctioned to the wrong part” of her. She even felt as though it was “pulling on her insides” as she describes this event during a spot on Busy Phillips’s new E! talk show, Busy Tonight.
To make matters worse, she actually passes out and then comes to and reports ripping the cup out. Dear Lord, Kristen Bell. Do you hear menstrual cup users all over the globe yelling “Pinch and break the seal, break the seal!” Because they are.
Friends don’t let friends use tampons and friends also tell friends about breaking the seal.
What happened? Can you actually pass out from your menstrual cup?
Tampax Menstrual Cup Review – Slam Dunk or Try Again?
When I saw a friend announce that a Tampax menstrual cup would be released in October of 2018, I had mixed feelings. For starters, menstrual cups are not a new invention. The first menstrual cup was patented by Leona Chalmers in 1937 and even the Moon Cup has been around since 2002. (1,2) So, why now for Tampax/Proctor & Gamble?
Menstrual cups have been growing in popularity and my guess is that they saw an opportunity to make money. Is that a bad thing? What does it mean for a large company to have a reusable menstrual product? For starters, their reach is as big as it gets. This cup may be more accessible to menstruators than any other cup out there.
Currently, unless you want a Diva Cup or Lunette Cup from Target…if your Target carries them… or Lily Cup from CVS…again if your local branch even carries it…you have to shop on the internet to buy a menstrual cup. What if you don’t have the internet or a credit card/PayPal account to shop online? You’re out of luck. However, the Tampax cup may be on the shelves everywhere Tampax is carried! Which is…everywhere.
So now you’re wondering how the actual product is. How does the Tampax Cup compare to the Diva cup? I started using these cups this week and I’ll tell you!
Cruelty-Free Menstrual Cup Brands
The first time someone mentioned cruelty-free menstrual cups to me I needed a moment to process. Menstrual cups are environmentally-friendly products used for menstruation in humans. How could a menstrual cup not be cruelty-free?
To my shock and surprise, I learned that not all menstrual cup brands avoid animal testing including the materials like silicone and dyes to make sure they are “safe” for use with humans and/or have dyes that are animal derived. Really? Really.
I have been working on a list of Cruelty-Free Menstrual Cup Brands to collect them into one spot! Here we go!
Don’t Let This Happen to Your Menstrual Cup
When it comes to reusable menstrual cups one of the first questions users ask is; How do I clean a menstrual cup? Because it’s worn inside, like a tampon, it’s important to make sure that it stays germ-free to avoid the potential risk for infection.
There are several ways to clean a menstrual cup. However, some ways are safer than others. More below: