LadyCup Menstrual Cup
Over the last few years I’ve tried a few different menstrual cups, even reviewing a couple of them. I started out with the MoonCup which I liked but found to be a little too firm for me at times. With menstrual cups it is all about finding the size and firmness that is right for your body. I recently had better luck with the Lunette Cup which I reviewed for them. I am still always looking for new cups to try though so I was pleased when LadyCup.eu agreed to send me a cup for review.
The LadyCup is available in an impressive range of colours and each cup comes with a patterned drawstring storage bag. The LadyCup comes in two different size options:
Size Small is suitable for women who have not given birth or women under 25
Size Large is suitable for women who have given birth or who are over 25
Being 28 years old I opted for the size Large.
I didn’t specify a colour preference so I was surprised and pleased when the ‘Touch of Lavender’ cup showed up. The packaging lists it as a limited edition option but there a similar Lilac option on site if purple is your colour of choice.
The packaging also mentions that the LadyCup provides a maximum of 12 hours protection and that it is ideal for sports and travelling. I have to agree that menstrual cups do come in very handy when travelling, they offer enough protection to get you through long drives without extra stops and packing a single cup for a weekend away is much handier than packing a whole box of tampons or pack of pads!
The LadyCup is made in the EU, it is made from certified medical grade silicone and does not contain softeners, BPA or phthalates. It is hypoallergenic ~ in other words it is body safe.
Most silicone menstrual cups are reusable for up to ten years. On the LadyCup website it is listed as having a lifetime of up to 15 years if it is maintained correctly.
I would describe the LadyCup as one of the softer menstrual cups I have owned, or at least the base of the cup is soft. The rim of the cup is thicker and firmer than the base which helps the cup to ‘pop open’ after you insert it, this firmness around the rim is reassuring as it makes the insertion of the cup easier and means the cup is less likely to leak.
The base of the cup has a ‘stem’ which makes removal of the cup easier but most cup users either remove these stems or cut them shorter. I removed mine completely as I find stems too uncomfortable. If you are new to menstrual cups you may want to keep the stem on while you practice the insertion and removal of the cup.
The base also features a few raised bumps which help you to grip the cup for removal.
As I expected; the softer silicone of the LadyCup meant it felt comfortable during wear. I have had trouble in the past with firmer cups leaving me with a discomfort around my bladder and even difficulty relaxing my pelvic muscles and emptying my bladder with them in.
As someone with light enough periods I had no problems with the cup becoming too full and no problems with leakage. Menstrual cups are a real plus at night as they last most people the whole night without leakage, meaning no period product changes to interrupt sleep.
The soft base of the cup made it easy to pinch and hold onto when removing the cup. After emptying the cup it can simply be rinsed under the tap and reinserted. Some people give their menstrual cup a more thorough clean between periods by boiling it in water for a few minutes, this is safe to do with silicone cups.
Comfortable soft silicone base and firmer rim, up to 15 years of use if maintained.
The name LadyCup might put off Trans or Non-Binary people wanting a cup.
Thanks to LadyCup.eu for sending me this to review!