sew-in-love
11 November 2006 @ 11:47 am
I had NEVER heard of menstrual cups until I stumbled upon them while surfing the internet just a few months ago!!
(I am 35 years old and have 1 child, my flow is light because I am on the pill.)

Yes I own the following cups: Mooncup UK size A, Diva-both sizes, Lunette, Keeper size A, and Moon Cup by Keeper (U.S.) size A..

Why do I own them all?
I just found out about menstrual cups a few months ago and was instantly fascinated by them! 

The evening I found them, I immediately bought one out of curiosity more than anything else (the Keeper is the one I chose because it had been around the longest and was approved by the FDA)....{I live in the U.S.}.   I then started intensely researching the cups and wondered if I should have bought a silicone one instead. I received my keeper in less than a week....popped it in for a 'dry run' and was so impressed that I went ahead and ordered the Moon Cup by Keeper U.S. that evening. I started my period a couple days later...... and received the Moon Cup by Keeper halfway through that cycle. 

Learning to use a menstrual cup-  
My first cycle with the Keeper and Moon Cup by Keeper- 
---Well the stems didn't last long. At first I tried using the stems for removal and found that nearly impossible.  (I thought I could pull it out like a tampon by the stem....SURPRISE!!!!..........SUCTION!!!)  From reading this journal, I learned to bear down and grasp the bottom of the cup and wiggle it out for removal, and after feeling secure that I could remove them I cut the stems completely off....(I knew after my first day that I would not be returning them...... and they are SOOOOO much more comfortable without the stems!!!)... 
---I also found out there were different folding methods....tried them all and the 7 fold is the one I prefer!
---I was really surprised at how light my flow actually is.  I empty my cup every 6 hours but could easily wait 12.  Usually the cup is only 1/4 full or less and I didn't expect that........(tampons and pads are very deceiving)   Knowing your flow is a great benefit with cup use! 
---I had a wonderful first experience with both of these cups..... no leaks.... no problems...... comfortable.... I was hooked!!! 

Special note on the Mooncup UK & Moon Cup by Keeper:  I didn't understand that there were 2 Mooncups/ Moon Cups from different companies at first.  I originally thought that the same cup was being produced in different countries.  I am trying in this post to be clear as to which cups are which to help others.

Before my next cycle, I ordered the Lunette, Mooncup UK, and the Diva in both sizes (to see if size really matters. I figured it was my duty to do an official experiment of all the cups and then tell the world!! 

I won't hold you in suspense any longer..... The Mooncup UK is my FAVORITE of them all!!!! 



My official Cup comparisons/ descriptions

Note:  I ended up removing the stems on ALL of my cups... then lined them all up in a row for a visual comparison... I also filled them all with water to see how much they really held.

-Mooncup UK- is shorter than all the other cups and holds least of the 'larger sized cups' the silicone has a 'slight yellow tint' (not as pretty as the Diva's or Lunette's frosted silicone and not as clear/white as the Moon Cup by Keeper) This cup feels 'softer' than the Diva or Lunette. The Mooncup UK opens up easy everytime! It has gripper ridges on the bottom of the cup.  There are ridges inside the cup (ridges as measuring lines?.....ridges to keep fluid from sloshing?) This one also seemed more comfortable to remove (probably because it is the softer silicone.)  The holes are smaller than the Lunettes but are larger than the Divas, Keepers, and Moon Cup by Keepers holes.   It is the most comfortable and I think the main reason is because my body likes that it is shorter than the other cups.

-Keeper- This is the only gum rubber cup (not silicone). This cup seems thicker/firmer than the other cups. There is a definate rubber smell to it. The brown color isn't as attractive as the silicone cups. This cup opens up easily upon insertion. (I think it being firmer makes opening easy)   It does not have gripper ridges on the bottom of the cup....It is smooth on the bottom..  There are ridges inside the cup (ridges as measuring lines?.....ridges to keep fluid from sloshing?)  The holes in the cup are smaller than the Lunettes and smaller than the Mooncup UK..

-Moon Cup by Keeper- This cup is exactly the same size and design as the Keeper but it is made  from silicone. This cup is not as firm as the Keeper, is softer than the Diva and Lunette, and feels most like the Mooncup UK. It does not have gripper ridges on the bottom of the cup....It is smooth on the bottom..  There are ridges inside the cup (ridges as measuring lines?.....ridges to keep fluid from sloshing?)   This cup is also one of the more comfortable cups to remove because of the softer silicone.   Sometimes this one opens up easily..... other times I have a dent and I may have to 'stir' to get it to unfurl completely. The holes in the cup are smaller than the Lunettes and Smaller than the Mooncup UK..

-Lunette - This cup holds the most fluid. The BOTTOM of this cup is wider than the other cups which is why it holds more.  The very bottom of this cup is also thinner than all of the other cups.   It has the frosted look silicone and is stiffer feeling than the Mooncup UK or the Moon Cup by Keeper....It feels most like the Diva but is just a little bit firmer.  It is not as firm as the Keeper.   It is smoother than the other cups making it the easiest to clean.  It has 2 measuring lines.  This cup has larger holes than all of the other cups which makes breaking the seal easier. This cup opens up easily too (probably due to the larger holes).

-Diva Cup- (larger size, remember I am 35 with a child) Excellent packaging!  This cup is longer than the other brands of cups. It has the frosted look silicone and is stiffer feeling than the Mooncup UK or the Moon Cup by Keeper. It feels much like the Lunette but the Lunette is a little bit firmer.  The bottom of this cup is skinnier than the Lunettes. There are 2 marked measuring lines in this cup.  This cup has TURBO SUCTION and I don't know why!!! As a result of the suction, I have to fight with this cup to open up almost everytime! When it is folded for insertion, it just doesn't want to open up and is sometimes flat and sometimes dented! I stir, I poke, I kegal, I stretch the vag walls, and eventually I get it to unfurl. The holes in the cup are smaller than the Lunettes and Smaller than the Mooncup UK..

-Diva Cup- (smaller size/ Does size really matter?, remember I am 35 with a child) Excellent packaging!   Please see the above larger size Diva for cup description.  Believe it or not, I have even more trouble getting this smaller sized Diva to open than the larger size! (SUPER DUPER TURBO SUCTION!) I have come to the conclusion that the problem is that the Divas are longer cups and my body just doesn't fit them as well. (I think my cervix location is the issue.....sits low)...... Once the cup is open, there really is NOT a noticable difference in using the smaller sized cup..... No leaks, it stays where I put it, etc. ..



Here is my personal rating of the cups:  this is how I personally feel about each:

1. Mooncup UK- 1st, My Favorite, best fitting because it is shorter. Comfy because of the softer silicone.

2. Lunette- 2nd,   because I like the larger air holes for ease of opening....easiest to clean because it is smoother.

3. Moon Cup by Keeper- 3rd,  because I like the softer silicone

4. Keeper- 4th, because it opens easily... would have ranked 3rd for comfort but I don't like the rubber smell

5. Diva cup Larger size- 5th, because it is more difficult to get to unfurl than the other brands.  (great packaging... seems to be the most popular cup for others)

6. Diva cup smaller size- 6th,  More difficult to get to unfurl than the other brands and more difficult to open than the larger Diva.  (great packaging....seems to be the most popular cup for others)


I do want to let everyone know that ALL of these cups get my recommendation. I am able to use all of them successfully without any leaks or discomfort. (I empty every 6 hours but could easily go 12 with no problems.)  My main issue is obviously with getting them to unfurl... (I was able to unfurl all of them, just some cups are easier than others..   

Cleaning- I use soap and water- I also boiled the silicone cups at the end of my period....(The cups were all pretty easy to clean....... but I really haven't had them long enough for any major discoloration to occur yet )

Packaging:
All of the cups were ordered online and arrived quickly ( within a week )....
All were shipped discretely in plain outer envelopes or wrapped in plain brown paper.  NO mention of the word 'menstrual', NO pictures, NO advertising on the outer packaging, the company names from where they were ordered were only listed in the return address.

Inner product packaging varied......all arrived with a storage bag and instructions.....all arrived safe and sound....

Diva- was the most attractively packaged in its shaped box with a window to allow buyers to see the product and it was sent in a discrete envelope. (I ordered from a U.S. company and they were shipped from California U.S. even though they are made in Canada.)
Mooncup UK- was packaged professionally in its nice box (no window to see the product)  and was wrapped  and sent in discrete brown paper.  (I ordered from a portuguese distributor and it was shipped from Portugal even though they are made in the UK)
Lunette- Most practical product packaging.  Was in clear plastic packaging with the cardboard hanger for stores....(nice packaging because it allows buyers to 'feel' the product without removing it from the packaging) and it was sent in a discrete envelope.  (Shipped from Finland, made in Finland)
Keeper- was packaged in a clear plastic bag- with photo copied instructions......was sent in a discrete envelope-  (unattractive, unprofessional packaging)  (Shipped from U.S.   Made in U.S.)
Moon Cup by Keeper- was packaged in a clear plastic bag- with photo copied instructions....$5 reward coupons (also photo copied)  were also included to refer others (you have a friend order one, the friend sends the coupon, Keeper company sends you a $5 reward)......was sent in a discrete envelope-  (unattractive, unprofessional packaging)  (Shipped from U.S.   Made in U.S.

Costs-  My costs varied between $20 - $38 U.S. dollars for each cup.   I am not listing the actual costs that I paid for each one as the costs differ depending on where it is purchased from, if it is on sale, or if you are lucky enough to have a coupon.  Because the cups are supposed to last for years, even the most expensive cups are well worth the money spent on them.   I would highly recommend not using price as a factor when deciding on a cup and instead focus on the specific qualities that you are looking for in a cup.


My teenage daughter:   Lunette vs. Diva
I also want to let everyone know that my child is a teenage daughter and she has her own Lunette and smaller sized Diva Cup.   (I had originally ordered her the smaller sized Diva because I thought the size would be better for her because of her age and she is a virgin......... and they package the Diva so nice too!.... Before her Diva arrived she started her period and  'stole' my first Lunette before I had a chance to use it.... she was so excited about trying a cup that she didn't want to wait for her Diva.......  She prefers the Lunette over the Diva because it holds much more and her flow is heavy her first 2 days. ....She does check for dents and stirs and is able to get both to open up with no problems.   She uses the C-fold to insert and refolds her cups to remove them.  Although the Mooncup UK is my  favorite, she has no interest in trying it because it holds much less.   She loves her Lunette and has asked me to get her a second one to keep at school.

Special note:  I had a very LONG AND DETAILED discussion with my daughter on the female anatomy and cup usage before buying her one.   Neither one of us are squeemish and we are able to talk openly with eachother.  I feel this is extremely important for anyone considering buying a cup for a young girl/ teen.   Stress the importance of cleanliness with the cup!



Mooncup UK, Keeper, Moon Cup by Keeper, Lunette, Diva size 2, Diva size 1
from left to right:   All stems have been removed.  
Mooncup UK, Keeper, Moon Cup by Keeper, Lunette, Diva size 2 (larger), Diva Size 1 (smaller)
cups side

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ever so slightly obsessed: Mooncupscien on November 11th, 2006 11:56 am (UTC)
Hoorays for the Mooncup :) BTW, the yellowish tint can be got rid of by using sterilising solution. But it never really bothered me.

It's lovely that you bought your daughter a couple too! Fantastic :)
sew-in-loveblaze5155 on November 11th, 2006 11:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
Thank you for letting me know how to remove the yellow tint. It arrived this color, and if I didn't have the other cups to compare it too I may not have noticed! It is my favorite regardless of its color because of how it fits and feels!
Re: Thanks! - scien on November 12th, 2006 12:01 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Thanks! - panicqueen on December 14th, 2006 08:44 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Thanks! - blaze5155 on December 14th, 2006 09:27 am (UTC) (Expand)
Jenjennifer0246 on November 11th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
great reviews!! and awesome parenting there - good on you for sharing the cup love.
Liana: Divacuptezliana on November 11th, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
Good work!
Fabulous post! Lots of great info here. If you get a chance, could you take a photo of all the cups you have side-by-side? That would be awesome - I know there's a comparison pic somewhere in this comm's memories section, but I don't think it included as many cups as you have!
sew-in-loveblaze5155 on November 11th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Good work!
posted the pictures for ya!!!
That was fast. - tezliana on November 11th, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Beanihatepickles on November 11th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much for going through all the trouble of comparing and writing up a review! I have a smaller Diva and it does have a super suction and takes a bit of effort to get to seal, but I assumed it would be that way with all cups. I like the idea of the Lunette because it has the larger holes, or the Mooncup UK because it is shorter and softer than the Diva, but I'm afraid they would be too big [I'm very small down there and I have very very light periods]. The small Diva is the smallest in diameter, right? Does the Mooncup UK have larger holes than the Diva? If so, how much wider is it than the small Diva? Sorry for the grilling, I'm just not completely satisfied with my Diva for little reasons [like the super suction, which kinda freaks me out] and I'd like to know if there would be something better for me out there. Thank you so much, again, for your post!
ever so slightly obsessedscien on November 11th, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
The exact dimensions are in the memories.
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pineapplewhippineapplewhip on March 29th, 2014 02:26 am (UTC)
i want a mooncup uk
It's weird my diva,small, and lunette small seem kinda alike, however I leak tons on a diva, and not unless full with lunette. hmm. Fleurup, I love, and very much want a mooncup lg.
Abluebuckeye on November 11th, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
Excellent excellent post! We should add this to the memories.
Sarasarasnee on November 11th, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
Excellent review! I just ordered a size A mooncup, and on a dry run, it seems to work SO much better than my small sized diva. I'm so excited for my cycle! again, thanks for the review! Perhaps you could edit it with hole sizes?
sew-in-loveblaze5155 on November 11th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Added the hole info!
I have added the hole size information in the cup descriptions so that others can benefit!! Thanks so much!!
how soon is nowgreenanimal on November 11th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
Wow the keeper's Moon Cup even looks like the original Mooncup. What buttheads :P. Not to offend anyone, I just wonder why they didn't use a different name. More evidence they want to confuse people into buying their cup when someone recommends the UK Mooncup.
how soon is nowgreenanimal on November 11th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
For what it's worth I use the smaller size Diva and I love it. I think the different cups fit everyone differently, and no cup is perfect or absolutely wrong for everyone. Thanks for your post! It's great to see them lined up.
sew-in-loveblaze5155 on November 11th, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
I agree that there is not one perfect cup for everyone! I was able to use ALL the cups successfully, but the Mooncup UK worked best for me, while the Lunette seems to work best for my daughter with her heavier flow, and the Diva is working great for you! Everyone has different bodies, different flows, and different needs/preferences in what they are looking for in a cup! I myself wasn't sure what one would be best, and I was lucky to be in a position to try them all but not everyone will have that luxury. I am glad that my comparison has been so well received and I hope that it will help those not sure of which cup to buy to make a better decision on the one they choose!
weepingmoonblueweepingmoonblue on November 12th, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)
YOU ROCK! :) Thank you for doing this! i was wondering if anybody would, and was hoping to see it happen soon, thanks for the great information and comparisons.
Sidhe: Curves 3sidheblessed on November 12th, 2006 06:17 am (UTC)
Thank you, this was incredibly useful!
Alys Scarlet: mooncup icon by hexengelalysscarlet on November 12th, 2006 02:34 pm (UTC)
This is a wonderful post which I'm sure will help many women. Thanks for taking the trouble to post!

And yay for the UK Mooncup!
Obsidianpurple_obsidian on November 13th, 2006 01:03 am (UTC)
Wow! excellent post

Could I please use your pictures on my website (www.clothpads.org), as I don't have one with all the cups. I will give you credit however you want (can link back you your LJ or whatever)
sew-in-loveblaze5155 on November 13th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
thanks!
Yes, you may use my cup pictures on your site!

Glad to help!
elizabbyelizabby on November 14th, 2006 12:54 am (UTC)
Fantastic! Thanks for doing all this! I would have loved to have seen a post like this before I bought my Lunette - though as it turns out I am happy with the Lunette, so it doesn't really matter.

The smaller size Lunette should be out early next year - maybe your daughter would want to try the smaller one if she is a teenager? On the other hand, it won't hold as much if it is smaller...
sfaithj on November 14th, 2006 08:47 am (UTC)
Actual Capacity?
Thanks so much for this post! It's so great that you have all of the cups and were able to review all the cups! I've also found that my Lunette opens quicker/easier than my Diva.

Out of curiousity, when you did the water capacity test for the cups, what was the actual capacity for each cup? I found This
website that says the Lunette holds approx. 24 ml=0.81 approx ounces, making the Diva with 1 ounce having a larger capacity, yes?

Thanks!
sew-in-loveblaze5155 on November 14th, 2006 10:03 am (UTC)
Re: Actual Capacity?
Hi there!

When I filled the cups, I filled them to the VERY TOP with water then poured the water into a shot glass that has 1 ounce & 1 1/2 ounce markings. I don't have exact ml, sorry! (Please note that others may measure to the air holes) The Lunette and larger size Diva are nearly the same capacity showing at the 1 1/2 ounce mark on my shot glass. The Lunette holds the tiniest bit more. The Keeper and Moon Cup by Keeper held approx 1 1/4 ounces according to my shot glass, and the Mooncup UK held approx 1 1/8 ounces.

***I just now measured the Lunette and Larger size Diva to JUST UNDER the airholes and the DIVA holds 1/4 ounce more than the Lunette when measured this way! So it really depends on if you are measuring to the holes or the rim!!!

Hope this helps!!!!
Re: Actual Capacity? - lemon_dream on November 14th, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Actual Capacity? - sfaithj on November 18th, 2006 11:35 pm (UTC) (Expand)
sfaithj on November 14th, 2006 08:57 am (UTC)
Stiff/Soft and Ease of Opening
I'm also perplexed about the stiff/soft qualities of the cups and the effect it has on ease of opening the cup. You say in your review that the Mooncup UK opens up easy but is really soft and yet the Diva, which is soft too doesn't open up that easy (for me at least). I always thought that my Lunette opened up easier than my Diva because it was stiffer but maybe that logic is incorrect?
sew-in-loveblaze5155 on November 14th, 2006 09:29 am (UTC)
Re: Stiff/Soft and Ease of Opening
Hello!
The Mooncup UK and the Lunette are both MUCH easier for me to open than the Diva. Note that the Mooncup UK and the Lunette both have larger air holes than the Diva which may be why they open easier.... All of the cups are shaped a little differently too which may be why some are easier to open than others. In my experience, the stiffness/softness of the cup was not what made them easier to open as the Diva is the only cup that I repeatedly had trouble opening and it is neither the stiffest or the softest. Hope this helps!
Re: Stiff/Soft and Ease of Opening - sfaithj on November 14th, 2006 09:37 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Stiff/Soft and Ease of Opening - blaze5155 on November 14th, 2006 10:13 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Stiff/Soft and Ease of Opening - sfaithj on November 14th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye Mayplunkybug on November 14th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
I am working on a newsletter post for my friend's parenting website, and would like to be able to reference this post...it will probably be a link, but I feel there is a lot of good stuff here.
sew-in-loveblaze5155 on November 14th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
Great!
Great!
Linking to this site is a great way to spread the word on menstrual cups and the more women that know about them the better!
Re: Great! - plunkybug on November 15th, 2006 03:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
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indira_rose2 on April 19th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
great review!!!!!!!! *applause*

This post made it possible to made my choice! lot's of thanks!!
4forrie on March 8th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
thank you!
just a thank you for doing all this work to help inform others. i am diligently and delicately doing my part in helping other women learn about the cups and this is one really helpful post. thanks again!
peppalocks on September 15th, 2010 10:16 am (UTC)
Re: thank you!
I thought these were a joke and then I read up on them and even purchased one. I find it really good and have no trouble with removing it at all. It also saves money as I no longer have to buy costly Tampons If you believe all you read these towels and tampons pose a risk as the materials used in them are not body friendly so by using the menstrual cup I have eliminated this risk. Locksmiths South East London
cutebloodcuteblood on July 11th, 2008 09:28 am (UTC)
Very nice info!
Nice to read I got a nice cup! For me is working perfect too!
kypovan on September 24th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
comparison
That's great! Thanks for sharing!
lisa356 on January 28th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
shipping to the US
lisa356
January 28th, 13:46
I have been researching the different cups on the market, and have been most impressed with the Mooncup UK. Having finally reached a decision, I went happily online to make my purchase. But... :-( I am not able to find ANY website that will ship to the US. What is that all about?! Has anyone else had any luck finding a supplier on this side of the Atlantic? Thanks!

-Lisa in Alabama
loucheenaloucheena on June 19th, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
You've probably already heard about it, but there's a lady on here who's selling a sm. mcuk, and I think she lives in america or will ship here.
ms.thaimsthai on April 2nd, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
Lunette
What size lunette did you get? I assume it's the smaller one but I just want to verify. I got the size 1 diva but I think it's a little too big or who knows what but it creates a little too much pressure. I had 1 child (now 1) so I'm surprised that I'm still "tight" for the smaller diva. I also have a moderate/heavy flow so I think the lunette would be a good step for now (: thanks! Hope you reply back even though it's been years lol
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