At Lady Matters we know how daunting it can be to find the perfect menstrual cup to suit your body and lifestyle. The Lady Matters founders have 16 years combined personal experience using menstrual cups of many different brands, including pre and post birth. With our experience and knowledge we would love to help you find your perfect fit! Not too sure what a menstrual cup is and how it works? Click here to view our FAQs page.
Which brand should I choose?
There are so many different brands on the market today in South Africa, it can be overwhelming to know which one to go with. After a lot of personal testing, research, and customer feedback, we settled on a brand that we truly love and believe to cater for each and every woman’s sanitary needs. The MeLuna brand is unique in that it offers a whopping 8 different sizes and three consistencies for you to choose from (and they are pretty good-looking too). These also come in a variety of colours to suit every personality. This brand is made to the highest standards in Germany, so you can be sure you are getting a quality cup at a good price. (Did you know: Many of the cheaper cups on the market are actually rebranded or white labeled cups. This means that a manufacturer (usually a mass producer in China) creates a basic generic product and distributes it to anyone who would like to put their own branding on it. Always ask a retailer about their cup design and manufacturing process. This will ensure you are getting a cup that has been professionally designed with the correct certified materials).
At the bottom of this post is a form for you to complete, you can submit it with your details. We will advise on the right cup for you and you will get a discount on your menstrual cup purchase.
So without further ado, here’s the factors to consider when choosing your cup
Most menstrual cup brands base their size recommendations on age. As we get older, our muscles weaken and so older women generally require larger size cups. We recommend size S – M for women under age 30, and size S for teens. Women over 30 years old can consider size L – XL.
- Vaginal Births & Cesareans
Women who have given birth vaginally may need a bigger cup and a size L-XL is recommended. It is important to note that pregnancy can affect your cervix regardless of whether you birthed vaginally or via cesarean section. For more info on this, click here.
While this isn’t typically a deciding factor in which size cup to get, it is worth noting if you have a particularly large or petite bone structure.
- Fitness Levels and Sporting Activities
Ladies that do certain types of sports often have strong pelvic floor muscles. Certain sports also require us to twist and turn into all kinds of positions we wouldn’t usually get ourselves into otherwise. MeLuna sport cups protect against leaking and are suitable for very active women with strong pelvic floor muscles.
- Heaviness of periods
Menstrual cups typically hold a lot more than tampons, but if you have very heavy flow, it may be worth sizing up for the extra little bit of capacity. This is particularly applicable to the short cervix cups as they offer less capacity due to their shortened length.
You can measure your cervix in order to find out whether your cervix is high or low. If you have a very low cervix, you may want to consider the MeLuna shorty cup in order to stay comfortable. See how to measure your cervix here.
- Other Products You Have Used
It is useful for us to know what types of products you have used in the past, and what you like or dislike about them. If you have used a menstrual cup before it is also useful to know as we can then use it as a marker on where to improve or what you would like to change about the next one you choose.
If, after reading this, you still feel a cup is not for you, you can check out our cloth pads or sponges here.
So there you go! Fill in the form with as much info as possible and await your professional recommendation. Our combined experience and daily interaction with clients on this topic will result in your perfect cup. All info provided is confidential and will only be seen by myself, Elmarie, and fellow co-founder, Annelize. Your privacy is important to us.
Link to form here.