I have used menstrual cups for years and they were honestly life-changing for me. Less hassle, less money and weirdly less period pain.
How do you know which one to choose?
Menstrual cups are made from one of 3 materials- Silicone, Natural Rubber or TPE, which is a thermoplastic rubber (usually a plastic/rubber combination)
What is Medical-grade Silicone?
- A non-toxic polymer mostly mostly made from Silica (sand). It has a lifespan of 5-10 years.
- Silicon is the second most abundant element on the planet, after oxygen. (Royal Society of Chemistry).
- Silicone is very strong and less likely to tear.
- Silicone cups are more likely to retain their shape for their lifespan.
- Used for lots of medical devices. Very hypoallergenic.
- Can withstand sunlight or high temperatures (i.e to boil and sterilise).
- Expensive to make.
- Recyclable where facilities exist.
Menstrual Cups made from Silicone:
Made in: UK
Accreditations: Certified Vegan, Cruelty-free and an Ethical Consumer Best Buy.
Different Sizes: 2
Help after purchase: Help section on website.
My review*: I have used a Mooncup for years and am really happy with it. A good sturdy cup, that is easy to insert, use and clean. I feel comfortable using it overnight. As a vagina is non sterile and is self cleaning to a certian extent I am happy with cleaning with hot tap water at the beginning, during and end of my period. I have never felt the need to sterilise it.
Tip: The rinsing with water also helps with insertion.
The only slight issue is that it is made with a clear silicone that discolours over time. So does not look its best!
*My own cup. Paid for by myself.
Where to buy: Wild Earth Beauty for £17.95
Natural Rubber Latex
- A Natural Material
- People can be allergic to latex
- Unsure of the lifespan
Menstrual Cups made with FSC certified fair trade natural latex
Made in: Germany
Made from: FSC Certified Fair Trade Natural Latex Rubber
Accreditations: Certified Vegan & Fairtrade Rubber.
Different Sizes: 2
Help after purchase: Could not find much on the brand website.
TPE – A thermplastic rubber, which is a mixture of plastic and rubber.
- Cheaper to make than Silicone, easier to colour.
- Last 3- 5 years may lose its shape over time
Made in: Spain from FDA approved medical grade TPE
Accreditations: PETA Certified Cruelty-free & Vegan
Different Sizes: 3
Help after purchase: Website, message or phone
My Review*: I used with no problem, not as thick as the Mooncup, possibly easier to insert for teenagers, and teenager have their own size, which is good. No stem to trim. A lovely hot pink colour that has not discoloured with use. Easy to clean and use.
*50% Discount given in exchange for a review.
Personally I am very happy with my Mooncup and would not use anything else. I am happy that it is made from a medical grade material that has been tested over a number of years with the highest biocompatibility rating for use inside the human body. With a Rubber cup, I would worry about a latex allergy.
The TPE is fine and I would recommend for teenagers but it does not have the longevity of Silicone which is what I need as a woman in her forties.
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