Product Review: The LadyCup Reusable Menstrual Cup (Large)

In my quest for more ethical menstrual cup options (because, apparently, some menstrual cups are tested on animals) I stumbled upon the wonderfully colourful and incredibly well-accredited offering that is the LadyCup Reusable Menstrual Cup.

This cup doesn’t just come with all the typical benefits you’d expect – it’s also recommended by the National Institute of Public Health in the EU, adding to the legitimacy and appeal of the LadyCup Reusable Menstrual Cup.

But that’s not the only trick that this particular cup has up its sleeve (or is it ‘has up its vagina’?…No, that just sounds wrong).

Let’s get in to the LadyCup Reusable Menstrual Cup review!

The LadyCup Reusable Menstrual Cup

The LadyCup Reusable Menstrual Cup is an alternative product to sanitary towels, tampons, cloth pads, and menstrual sponges.

How gorgeous is the cup and bag combo!

Commercial sanitary towels and tampons, although widely available, are dreadfully wasteful, cost a fortune, can cause rashes, dryness, TSS (in the case of some tampons), and are prone to generally fuck their users over. For most, they’re considered more a necessary evil than something that can be conveniently deployed and then forgotten about (please don’t forget your tampon), unlike the LadyCup, or other menstrual cups, for that matter.

Whereas sanitary towels and tampons tend to cope with periods by seeping up any menstrual fluids (with varying degrees of success) and just kind of waiting for the absorbed fluids to be disposed of, menstrual cups opt for a different method. They are, in essence, a flexible internal cup which allows the menstrual fluids to be collected and then removed when the time comes.

In the case of the LadyCup you can expect your internal cup to be made from the highest quality medical silicone available – enough to apparently allow for a health service recommendation.

This silicone is non-porous, phthalate-free, and completely body safe. It’s not the softest of silicone (and is actually quite the lint and dust magnet, such is the cling of its glossy surface when not lubricated). However, when it makes contact with fluids (be they water, the body’s own, or lubricant) this silicone is wonderfully slippery and very easy to insert.

The silicone used for the LadyCup is nicely malleable too, which is important for a menstrual cup.

The most popular way of inserting a menstrual cup is to fold it in to a C-shape, pinch it to keep it in place, and then slide it in to let it unfold. Using a finger to swirl the outer edges of the cup once inserted can also be incredibly useful – as the cup needs to fully unfold to be effective and help avoid leaks – checking can be the difference between a care-free/blood-free day and the initiation of a new pair of blood-stained ‘period panties’ (as I like to call them). And when I say ‘day’ I mean it.

The silicone for this cup is rather chunky too.

At its maximum the LadyCup can offer up to 12 hours’ worth of protection, which is basically an entire working day or a night in bed sorted. If you ever do need to remove the LadyCup its retrieval stem is a reasonable length, has nice bumpy grip sections, and helps you get the initially low-set position needed to then pinch the cup, remove it, rinse it, and then reinsert.

If you need to do this at work then you may need to employ a bottle of water to get a good rinse of the cup but, in any other instance, the non-porous nature of the LadyCup means that it can be scrubbed and rinsed clean with soap and water or given the boil water treatment for a really through clean.

The stem of the LadyCup is either 19 (S) or 13 (L) mm depending on the cup size itself. The small is reserved for those under 25 and those who haven’t given birth and the large for those who are over 25 or have given birth. This is where some potential users may be feeling a bit dubious about the LadyCup. Some other cup companies and cup users believe age and birth are irrelevant markers for what cup size you use. If you’re in this mind then the size recommendations of the LadyCup may be seen as a red flag.

Being over 25, I opted for the large size and then got to one of the most fun parts of ordering a LadyCup: picking the color and bag that suited me.

The LadyCup comes in an amazing array of colors, some limited edition, and some even neon in color. These cups each come with their own complimentary 100% organic bag to allow for ease of storage. These cup colors are sometimes voted for by the consumer, and just fill me with joy. Why not have a cup that really suits you as a person, after all? Especially when they can last for up to 15 years if cared for well.

I like the stem for this cup.

With blue being my self-care color, I opted for a blue cup myself and was incredibly happy with the color and bag design.

What I wasn’t happy with was how the cup sat in my body (uncomfortably) and how, no matter what I did, this cup always seemed to leak without fail. This is pretty much unprecedented for me. I’ve had a fair few menstrual cups and, although I’ve had the odd leak, I’ve never found that a cup just wouldn’t stop leaking for me.

I wonder if the size of the cup had anything to do with this but, honestly, I just don’t know. My cup technique is pretty solid, as is my method of cup checking, yet still the blood kept flowing with the LadyCup despite my best efforts. It was seemingly unpreventable.

Final Thoughts

This is a frustrating puzzle because, outside of this one element, there is nothing that I would fault the LadyCup on. But, damn, is that one pretty big sticking point that means I just cannot recommend the LadyCup from a personal perspective.

If, however, you still want to try the LadyCup and see if you have better luck yourself then you can feel reassured that the LadyCup comes with a guarantee that they will replace your cup if the size isn’t right for you with the other size option, so you’re not stuck with a single size.

If you do select the LadyCup as your menstrual cup of choice it is my great wish that it will work better for you than it did for me but, for now, I’m just greatful that more cup options exists.

Recommend to:

People who want different colored cups.

People who like the sizes offered.

People who like the longevity of these cups.

Do Not Recommend to:

People who dislike glossy silicone.

People who dislike chunkier silicone (which these cups use).

People who have sizing issues.

The LadyCup was provided to me by the company in exchange for an honest review.