With so many menstrual cups on the market, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with choice. All the different sizes, shapes, colours, stems - where do you even start with making a decision? We’ve put together a quick guide with seven important things to consider when choosing a menstrual cup.
1. Quality and safety
Probably the most important thing to consider is choosing a menstrual cup that is made by a reputable brand that can guarantee it is made from materials that are safe for your body. Your health should always come first, and a menstrual cup is worn in one of the most sensitive parts of your body. Do your own research until you feel confident that the brand you are purchasing from has adequate quality standards in place.
We recommend avoiding the cheap non-brand cups available online for the following reasons:
- they are unlikely to have undergone any form of sensitisation or toxicity testing so you may be putting your health at risk
- materials claimed to be used in the manufacture of the cup may not be the actual materials used
- they may not be manufactured to any ISO standards or in a cleanroom environment which could result in the products containing contaminants
- they are unlikely to be registered/listed any governing body that safeguards consumers' health (such as the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA))
- the companies or individuals selling these cups are often not able to be contacted once you have made your initial purchase, leaving you with no customer support if you are having difficulties
JuJu is manufactured in a sterile cleanroom environment to strict ISO standards and is listed with the Therapeutic Goods Administration of Australia (TGA). Find out more about menstrual cup safety here.
You should choose a menstrual cup that is made from medical-grade silicone, TPE or latex. If the brand can’t verify the safety of the material or dyes used in their cup, it’s best to steer clear. Consider whether you have any allergies that need to be taken into consideration.
JuJu menstrual cups are manufactured from hypoallergenic, 100% medical-grade silicone. The pink and blue JuJu menstrual cups are coloured using UPS Class VI pigment, which complies with FDA registration requirements.
Firmness relates to the 'squishiness' of the cup - some people prefer a firm cup, a medium cup or a soft cup. Generally speaking, if you have a particularly sensitive bladder or body, you may wish to choose a softer cup. Those who are very active, have a strong pelvic floor or who have trouble getting their cup to open should choose a firmer cup.
JuJu menstrual cups have a medium firmness and are suitable for most bodies.
If you have heavy periods, you may wish to consider a larger capacity menstrual cup. Choosing a larger cup will mean you won’t have to empty it as often. Larger cups might not be comfortable for some people, particularly teens or those with particularly strong or tight vaginal muscles, so consider this before making your purchase.
JuJu menstrual cups range in capacity from 16ml - 25ml, with four sizes available.
5. Size and shape of the cup in relation to your body
Before choosing a cup, you should find your cervical position. This will tell you which shape menstrual cup is most likely suited to your body. For example, you may wish to choose a longer cup if you have a high cervix, or a shorter cup if you have a low cervix. Likewise, you should consider if you have given birth, or have lost pelvic floor tone due to age or any other reason. Those with petite bodies or a strong pelvic floor should choose a narrower cup (such as the JuJu Model 1 or 3), while those who have lost pelvic floor tone or may wish to choose a wider cup (like the JuJu Model 2 or 4).
JuJumenstrual cups are available in four sizes with varying shapes.
6. Stem length and design
Menstrual cups come with a range of differently shaped stems including rounded, flat, ball, hollow, solid and with or without grips.
JuJu menstrual cups have a solid round stem for easy cleaning with matt nodes for extra grip and to use as trim points for people who prefer to trim the stem of their cup.
7. Air holes
This is what helps your menstrual cup form a seal inside the vagina. The number and placement of air holes vary across brands.
JuJu menstrual cups have four holes placed around the rim of the cup to maintain a seal.
We encourage everyone who is making the switch to a menstrual cup to keep an open mind, and not give up if the first cup you choose is not quite the right fit for your body. It can take trying a few different cups to find your ‘Goldilocks’ - the one that fits just right! Remember, even if you do need to try a few different cups before finding your match, you’re still creating significantly less waste in the long run. However, we hope this article has helped guide you to make the right choice for you, first time round!