Finding The Most Sustainable Menstural Cup

I am approaching the ten year anniversary for my menstrual cup. In late 2021, my current Diva cup will become “expired”.

My first instinct was to replace my Diva Cup with another one, but in my attempt to live more sustainably and ethically, I decided to investigate all the different brands and try to find the perfect balance of lifespan versus distance to get to me. Some cups are made in the USA, but some also only have a two year lifespan.

I am not affiliated with any of these brands. Every link, unless it breaks over time, will take you to the page it has that particular information.

So here are my findings:

The Organicup

  • Price: $28
  • Made in: Material made in the US, Cup made in China(so it means the cup in one form or another has gone from the US to China then back to the US to get to me- tons of miles!)
  • Material: Medical Grade Silicone
  • Lifespan: “tested to last for years”

The Sustain Period Cup

  • Price: $38.95
  • Made in: (they talk about where the condoms and period underwear are made but NOT the cups on their FAQ, I couldn’t find that info on their site.
  • Material: Biocompatible medical grade silicone
  • Lifespan: up to 3 years

The Cora Menstrual Cup

The Lunette Cup

  • Price: $39.99
  • Made in: Finland
  • Material: medical grade silicon 
  • Lifespan: “Reusable, long-lasting and producing zero waste for years on end.”

The Diva Cup

  • Price: ~$40
  • Made in: Canada
  • Material: 100% Silicone
  • Lifespan: “Our general guideline is to replace it once a year” a huge change from what I remember nearly a decade ago. πŸ‘€

The Saalt Organic Reusable Menstrual Cup

  • Price: $29
  • Made in: U.S.A.
  • Material: “100% medical-grade silicone and includes FDA compliant dyes that are BPA, latex, and chemical free”
  • Lifespan: up to 10 years

The Beyou Menstrual Cup

  • Price: $19.40 (converted from Β£14.99)
  • Made in: not listed online anywhere I could find
  • Material: “super-soft and flexible medical grade silicone”
  • Lifespan: up to 10 years

The Lena Cup

  • Price: $24.90
  • Made in: California USA
  • Material: “% premium medical-grade silicone and dyes. All silicone and dyes used in the making of Lena are made and tested in the USA.”
  • Lifespan: Couldn’t find online.

The June Cup

  • Price: $29
  • Made in: silicone sourced from Germany but made in China
  • Material: “100% medical-grade silicone.”
  • Lifespan: 1 year

The Flex Cup

  • Price: $39.99
  • Made in: The search engine says in the little site description they’re made in the USA. I couldn’t find that information on the website, however, so they could have changed the factory and simply not mentioned it on their site properly.
  • Material: 100% medical grade silicone (although the shape looks terribly uncomfortable as I trimmed my Diva cup stem off)
  • Lifespan: Weirdly they don’t give a time- they just say if it gets gross, but silicone does have a shelf life. The example they give is 3 years.

Intima’s Lily Cup

  • Price: $29.95
  • Made in: likely made in China. I couldn’t find anything on the website or the Amazon listing- I had to rely on the customer Q&A section of Amazon and one person did state China, so I’m hoping they checked the box before responding.
  • Material: 100% medical grade silicone
  • Lifespan: also couldn’t find anything on this- a customer on the zon guessed one year.

What cup will I choose?

I’m going to opt for the Cora cup, as I live closer to Maine than any of the other more disclosed locations and because it has a ten year lifespan(if cared for properly). Hopefully it’ll be a good fit but everyone’s bodies are different, so I won’t recommend one cup over another. If you have a need for a cup, you’ll need to decide for yourself.

5 Comments

  1. Great post! I live in the UK so some of the brands are different but it was a good of you to compile all the different types. I’ve never used a menstrual cup (I’m slightly scare of them tbh) but I ordered one online last night since other menstrual products are so bad for the environment

    • It’s a lot like using a tampon without an applicator. That said, if you prefer using external products, I really do like washable pads. You just need to make sure that you have a stasher bag or something to store it in that leak proof, just in case your cycle is heavy.
      I used to use regular pads exclusively and I hated them. Use the toilet on a light day? Too bad, you’ll need to change the pad because it had molded itself odd and will forever be uncomfortable AGAIN. 😨
      And how it gets smooshed in the middle, ugh, THE WORST. The one I have snaps so it doesn’t smoosh and it’s made in such a way it doesn’t mold to my rear and get uncomfy(it’s my backup/emergency pad). πŸ˜…

      So if pads were your go-to and you decide you don’t like the cup, you can always go back but still be greener!
      But I fell for my cup, cramping aside I often forget I’m on! 😁

      • Yeah I exclusively use pads and I have the same problems πŸ˜‚ I think I will get a couple of reusable pads as a back up but I’m hoping that I’ll just get used to using the menstrual cup πŸ˜… I’ve heard they take a bit of getting used to but once you are comfortable with them they are really good, so I’m looking forward to it ☺️

        • That’s been my experience too.
          My best advice when using one is to relax and insert/remove it in the shower the first few times till you gain some confidence.
          Other than that, push in the side when removing. Sometimes it can make a seal and it’ll suction itself making for a painful removal. I’ve never experienced it myself even wearing one for around a decade, because I read to always do that from people who experienced it. 😱

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