The different cups
Which size, grip and softness shall I chosse ?
MeLuna comes in a wide range of styles and sizes a very for good reason: Every woman is different!
For any menstrual cup to be effective, choosing the right size is vital.
A cup that is too small ...
will not seal properly
may slide down or twist
can be difficult to remove when placed very deep
A cup that is too large ...
cannot fully unfold inside the vagina
can cause discomfort or even pain
The heaviness of your menstrual flow does not necessarily determine your size.
You may have a heavy flow, but a large cup may not be able to unfold properly, and you might find a larger cup uncomfortable.
By contrast, your flow may be light, but if you use a smaller cup and it is too small, it might change position or not seal properly.
To choose the right size, several factors should be considered:
BIRTHS: Because the vagina is stretched when giving birth, it may change shape, meaning that a larger cup is needed. In most cases, after a vaginal birth you will have to change to the next larger MeLuna size.
PHYSIQUE: Small, petite women often use sizes S or M. Women who are tall and strong tend to prefer larger sizes. Body size and stature seem to have an impact on the required size of a menstrual cup.
FITNESS LEVEL: Sports activities affect overall stability of your connective tissue, as well as general muscle tone. Sports and exercise have a strengthening effect on the pelvic floor muscles, particularly horseback riding, yoga, Pilates, Kegel exercises, and pole dancing. Women who have stronger pelvic floor muscles usually prefer a smaller menstrual cup.
AGE: It is commonly said that the size of choice for menstrual cups is dependent on age, with the reason that muscle tone decreases with age and therefore older women will need a larger menstrual cup. However, our evidence leads us to believe that there is no demonstrable connection between age and the need for larger menstrual cups.
Women with small physiques, whose stature has not changed and have had no vaginal births, may well use size S until menopause. Similarly, a young woman might be tall and strong, and might use MeLuna size L successfully from a young age.
For women who have never had sexual intercourse, we recommend the size S (possibly Me Luna SHORTY)
Me Luna SHORTY
For women with special menstrual cup needs, we have developed the Me Luna SHORTY. The Me Luna SHORTY is shorter than our standard model, and is available in 4 sizes: SHORTY S, SHORTY M, SHORTY L and SHORTY XL. It is designed for women whose vagina is shorter (for example, as a result of uterine prolapse).
Degrees of softness: Classic, Sport (Bloodmilla can order it for you), Soft (Bloodmilla can order it for you)
Sizes: SHORTY S, SHORTY M, SHORTY L, SHORTY XL
Grip options: ball, ring, stem (Bloodmilla can order it for you).
The shape of the Me Luna SHORTY is slightly different from the "normal" Me Luna cups, it is shorter. The removal of the Me Luna SHORTY might require a little more practice.
We recommend the Me Luna SHORTY for women whose vagina is very short, or whose cervix is located near the entrance of the vagina. Very slightly built women who have never had sexual intercourse, and women have a uterine prolapse should try the Me Luna SHORTY.
History: Me Luna SHORTY replace the previous versions of short menstrual cups "Me Luna MINI" since October 2014.
Me Luna Classic, Soft or Sport? Which softness shall I take ?
Me Luna Classic
The material of the MeLuna Classic has a softness of 40 Shore (a term for describing the flexibility of plastic). A menstrual cup must unfold, or "pop open" completely inside the vagina to form a seal. The cup's material should be firm enough to unfold inside the vagina while being surrounded by the vaginal muscles, but at the same time the material should not be unpleasantly hard. A menstrual cup should not cause any feeling of pressure when in place. Ideally, a menstrual cup should be soft enough to fold easily, with enough resilience to "pop open" inside the vagina.
Who should choose Me Luna Classic?
Me Luna Classic is the degree of softness suitable for most women:
- Any woman with normally developed musculature
- Any woman with normal sensitivity (no pain or pressure with previous tampon use)
Me Luna Soft (Bloodmilla can order it for you)
The material of the soft Me Luna has a softness of 30 Shore, and is therefore 25% softer than Me Luna Classic. This material feels very soft and can be compressed quite easily. However, this means that the material does not have as much tension as the Me Luna Classic, and therefore sometimes does not "pop open" inside the vagina as easily. Using a Me Luna Soft usually requires more practice than using the Me Luna Classic.
If the pressure of the vaginal muscles around Me Luna Soft is too strong, there is a risk that the cup will not properly unfold inside the vagina. Me Luna Soft is recommended for women whose pelvic floor muscles may not be quite as strong. Women with normal pelvic musculature should choose Me Luna Classic.
Who should choose Me Luna Soft?
Me Luna Soft was developed for women who are particularly sensitive, and for women whose pelvic floor muscles are less developed:
- Women who find using tampons uncomfortable, causing pressure or pain
- Women who are particularly sensitive to pressure and pain
- Women whose pelvic floor muscles are less developed
Me Luna Sport
The Me Luna Sport has a softness of 50 Shore, and is therefore 25% more resilient than Me Luna Classic. If you press the cup in your hand, it immediately springs back into shape.
This resilience makes Me Luna Sport a little more difficult to use, but this resilience also means that even under pressure of strong pelvic muscles the cup can unfold perfectly and its seal can stay in place, even under the stress of sport and exercise.
Me Luna Sport is designed for women with strong pelvic floor muscles. Some sports and exercises develop particularly strong pelvic floor muscles, such as yoga, horseback riding, Pilates, Kegel exercises, and pole dancing.
Who should choose Me Luna Sport?
Me Luna Sport is recommended for:
- Women whose athletic fitness is above average
- Women whose pelvic floor muscles are very well toned
Stem, ball, ring or basic? Which grip is the best for me ?
The ring is easy to grasp and can make removal easier, so it is often preferred by beginners.
The ball is our most popular grip style.
The stem is recommended for women who prefer to wear MeLuna very deep, or whose cervix is positioned very far back in the vagina. Beginners who are anxious about removing Me Luna might prefer the stem grip. By the way - if the stem is too long or bothersome, it can be easily trimmed to your preferred length.