The menstrual cup is taking over.
Did you know that the first modern usuable commercial version of menstrual cup, was invented in 1937 by American actress Leona Chalmers? In 1987, a latex rubber menstrual cup called The Keeper proved to the first commercially viable menstrual cup and is still available today. These days, the menstrual cup is manufactured from medical grade silicone because it is durable and has hypoallergenic properties.
Using a menstrual cup can also significantly cut down on the plastic and water waste generated by menstruating females. Every person with a period will send about 250 pounds of tampons and pads to the landfills in their lifetime.
If you’re looking to try one out, we list five brands here you can pick from.
Hello Cup was launched by registered nurses Mary Bond and Robyn McLean after they were frustrated by the lack of quality menstrual cups in the market. This cup is made from the highest quality medical-grade TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) available, are hypoallergenic and recyclable. They are free of silicone, rubber, latex, BPAs, and heavy metals. Each Hello cup will last at least five years.
When co-founder Cherie learned that pads and tampons were not easily available in Venezuela from a family member, she took it upon herself to change that, and empower women by giving them a solution to care for themselves. Roping in co-founder Amber, Saalt was born of an idea to give people a healthier way to care for their periods and divert waste. The company is a certified B corporation and commits 2% of their revenue to funding education and donation of period care to regions with the most needs. Each Saalt cup is made from 100% medical-grade silicone and FDA compliant dyes that are BPA, latex and chemical free.
The Lena Cup is biocompatible with the body. This brand of menstrual cup is one of the few on the market that is officially registered with the FDA. It is made from 100% premium medical-grade silicone and dyes, and are BPA and latex-free. On their site are very clear guidelines on different folding methods for insertion; great for first time users. To verify if you are buying an original Lena cup, look for the logo debossed on the inside rim.
The Lily Cup is the only cup that can be rolled as thin and a tampon, and perfect for ladies with a higher cervix or heavier flow. All the materials used to make the Lily Cup are held to the highest standards, are non-toxic and phthalate-free. On their blog, you can also find information on intimate wellness topics concerning sexual wellness, menopause etc.
The OrganiCup is made from 100% medical-grade silicone, and is not coloured, avoiding the use of additives. Its cotton storage bag is made from unbleached organic cotton. OrganiCup regularly partners with creatives to tell stories of women who dare to be different. Under their project Taboo: Global Periods, they explore the implications of periods in women’s lives around the globe. They donate cups to women. should be a basic human right.