Menstrual Cups


Super Jennie Menstrual Cup Reviews - What the Web is Saying About It

If you are looking for reviews of the Super Jennie menstrual cup, look no further! We have compiled a list of helpful online reviews from all over the world.

Super Jennie Menstrual Cup

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So I bought the SuperJennie cup earlier this month and was able to try it out right away.

My goldilocks cup is the large Fleur. I was a bit skeptical about how the SuperJennie could work better. At first I found it a little harder to open. It took some fiddling, but I got used to it. I use the punch down fold and coudn't punch it down all the way because it wouldn't pop open as easily as the Fleur. By the end of my cycle it was as easy to insert as the Fleur.

For the first time in a long time I had an accident-free month. No overflows. I think this could be a combination of two things. One, I was being paranoid and emptying it any time I felt the slightest bubbling, and that was usually at 7.5mL.  Two, my cycle alternates between angry river and silent flood. I was on angry river this month (cramps, but lighter flow). I only completely filled the cup once, (overnight) and I wasn't able to see how full it was because I was sleepy, wasn't used to the cup, and dumped half of it in the toilet trying to remove the cup. Removal got easier too. I'm curious to see if I can wear it overnight without leaks on a silent flood month. With the Fleur I usualy have 1 or 2 nights that I have to get up and change it in the middle of the night.

The cup measures approximately 37mL to the holes and 41 to the top. Although I don't need the stem I might just leave it because it didn't bother me at all. - kathlyne

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I got my Super Jennie in the mail today and here is my review.

The first thing I noticed is that the Super Jennie was a lot smaller than I thought it was going to be. The SJ is a very soft cup. For me it is just on the verge of being too soft, but not quite. I am one of these people who has to let the cup open and then push it up. Even though the cup is really soft, this method still works with this cup. Once the cup is in, it is like you are not wearing a cup at all. I know you can’t feel most cups but with this cup, it is as if it is totally non-existent. Even when you squeeze with your muscles, you cannot feel it whatsoever. It’s great that you can’t feel it there but I am curious to see if when I have my period that I am over-anxious because it feels like nothing is there. Sometimes just feeling I am wearing one gives me security knowing I am not bleeding all over the place.

I did a capacity test with the SJ. It turns out that the SJ holds the exact same amount as the large Yuuki. This means it holds more than the Meluna XL but less than the Luv Ur Body.

The stem on this cup is really thin. I like it in the fact that it looks like it is part of the cup, not a stem that has been added to the cup. When I removed the cup, it was quite easy to get out. I can’t really talk about a “seal” with the cup because I never really experience much of a seal with most cups aside from the Meluna XL Sport. I was worried that the stem would come off like the one on my large Yuuki did but I think it is going to be fine since getting the cup out was easy.

I am not good with getting a cup to pop open while inside but I tried folding it in a C-fold for my review. The cup is pretty springy and wanted to open up on my hand while holding it. If my hands were slippery or wet, I don’t think I could have held onto it.

I can’t write about whether or not I experienced any leaks since I am not having my period right now. We’ll see how it works when that time comes! - bluemoon79 

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Okay, my period is due any day now, so the SECOND my cup was dropped into my mailbox, I rushed out to grab it, wash it, and try it on.

I'll be honest. I like a firm cup. When I say firm, I mean FIRM! This cup isn't even close to what I would consider to be firm, or even what I would consider to be medium softness. It is soft like a Jello jiggler! That worried me. I thought for sure I wouldn't be able to get it open, and even if I did, I would have to spend a lot of time coaxing it open. Nope! I was able to use the punch-down fold, and get the cup open and in position in 60 seconds or less! You don't know how much this means to me. My biggest problem with any cup, is being able to get it open quickly and easily. I thought it was maybe a fluke, so I pulled it out, rinsed it off, and tried again. Easy as the first try.

This cup also holds a LOT. I'm not worried about capacity or leaks as I'm pretty experienced with using a cup, and can troubleshoot those problems, should they arise. So, this little gem will be great for my heaviest flow days!

On to the stem. I actually couldn't feel it. This was a surprise to me because I ALWAYS feel the stem, at least at first. Not on this cup! Again, I thought it was too good to be true, so I stood up and wriggled around. I sat down as fast as I could on the hardest surface I could find. I did toe-touches. I bounced around on my bed like a kid at bedtime. I twerked. I scrunched myself into a ball. I did lunges. I did everything I could think of to try to make the cup shift uncomfortably, or make the stem feel awkward. Nothing worked! The cup stayed completely in place! So, I tried the ultimate test. I had a bowel movement. If you can do that whilst wearing a cup, without having to reposition it, you know you've got a good thing!

In short, I do not understand how they could make a cup so small that can hold so much, a cup that is so soft, yet can open so easily and not slip, and how they can keep the price so low, while making it attractive, with everything from the holes to the seams being nicely finished. I suspect there might be some sorcery involved. Either way, thank you Super Jennie for coming to the rescue! Five stars all around! - Jennifer Lewis

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After having used other branded menstrual cups for four years I recently bought both the large and small Super Jennie cups. I LOVE THEM!!!! Super Jennie large has such capacity that I can easily wear my cup without any concern, even overnight! I have no leaks, don't experience any cramping, and find the Super Jennie brand cups to be the BEST I've ever seen. So much so that I bought one for each of my siblings! Super Jennie makes my period not just manageable but actually semi enjoyable! I cannot recommend Super Jennie enough - truly 10/10 all around, plus the have exceptional customer service. All round this company has me as a customer for life! Thank you Super Jennie! You really do come to the rescue and exceeded my high expectations in every aspect <3 - Liz

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Can Virgins Use Menstrual Cups?

“Will using a menstrual cup make me lose my virginity?”

This is one of the most frequently asked questions by young people who are interested in menstrual cups but who are worried about using them if they are a virgin. The following is a guide that will help dispel the most popular myth regarding menstrual cups and their relationship with virginity.

Can a virgin use a menstrual cup?

Yes, absolutely! Virgins can use menstrual cups just like anyone else.

You may find using a menstrual cup uncomfortable or daunting at first, but you can reduce discomfort in a few key ways:

  • Use a smaller menstrual cup size
  • Make sure you are relaxed and comfortable, as tension makes insertion harder
  • Inspect your body before you try to insert your cup so that you are familiar with where things go
  • Use a water based lubricant or water to ease insertion
  • Practice a few times before your period

Remember: it is perfectly normal to feel uncomfortable or awkward when you use a menstrual cup for the first time and it may take a while to feel comfortable using this type of product. The more you practice, the easier it will become.

Do menstrual cups take away your virginity?

No. Menstrual cups have nothing to do with your virginity and using a menstrual cup will not make you lose your virginity.

The hymen has been used in many cultures as the “proof” of women’s virginity, but this is an incredibly flawed understanding of the hymen.

The hymen is a thin tissue that covers the vagina. The hymen may cover the entire vagina or part of the vagina; some people are born without a hymen at all! The hymen can be worn down over months or years due to bike riding, sports, doctor examinations, tampons, and other activities. A person may be a virgin but not have an intact hymen.

Virginity is not a tangible physical barrier that is ‘broken’ upon penetration, such as the insertion of a menstrual cup or even a tampon. Virginity is a social construct related to someone’s first penetration through sexual intercourse; it is not a biological construct.

Inserting a menstrual cup is not sexual intercourse, so even if you stretch or tear the hymen, (if it has not already been worn down), this does not mean you are no longer a virgin. The state of the hymen is not a reliable indicator to prove or disprove virginity.

Final Thoughts

Ultimately, it is your body and your choice of which menstrual product you want to use. Menstrual cups can be a great alternative to traditional pads and tampons, as they don’t need to be changed as often, can help prevent leaks, and are more sustainable than other options.

If you are considering using a menstrual cup as a virgin, here are some options that may work well for you.

Hello Cup XS (Teen)

 

Lunette Model 1

 

Saalt Soft

 

 

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Merula Menstrual Cup Reviews - What the Web is Saying About It

If you are looking for reviews of the Merula menstrual cup, look no further! We have compiled a list of helpful online reviews from all over the world. 

Merula Menstrual Cups | LiveLoveLuna

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I know not all cups work for all women, but if you're a low cervix, heavy flow person or someone who's been let down by traditional shaped cups once too often, definitely give this a go. I'm so glad I went out on a limb for this one! Now, please excuse me whilst I go and buy this in every single colour :) 

- lch173

 

The instructions tell you to use the punch-down fold, which I did. I also decided to insert it with the fold facing my back, so that when it popped open, the rim would be aimed slightly down and hopefully under my cervix.

Bam. I got the easy, 5-second insertion that I get with traditional bell-shaped cups. It still doesn't open 100%, but it's not supposed to (reading the instructions for the win!). It did open much more though. It's also very comfortable. Strangely, despite how stiff it is, I still don't feel any pressure on my urethra.

...And it didn't leak at all.

I wore it for 12 straight hours on the first day of my period. I can count on one hand the number of times I've been able to do that with a cup in my entire life. Normally I can't go more than 5 (and with any other menstrual product, I've never been able to go more than 2 hours). Normally, that's just more than even larger cups can handle, especially since my extremely sneaky cervix seems to eventually find a way to get past them, or otherwise reduces their capacity by sitting directly inside them. At this point in my life, I have basically resigned myself to the possibility that leaks on the first day or two of my period might just be inevitable no matter what product I use. 

- lilin_unite 

 

- I have no problems with number 1 or 2. I feel no pressure on my bladder or experience the need to pee more often.
- The overall cup is quite firm (rim is firmer than the body). It completely squishes my small lunette. That said, I think the firmness and tendency to remain opened up is due to its spherical shape. When it is inside though, the walls of the lower body are actually soft and fold in easily. I feel like if your cervix was really low, to the point where the cup was pressed up against your pubic bone it would still be comfortable to use, since the cup bottom would just shape itself according to your body. On the other hand, if you have strong pelvic floor muscles I do think it would be pretty hard to squish this cup's rim.
- I like being able to hook my finger around the hoop and therefore prevent any risks of the cup falling in the toilet (it's happened before, unfortunately).
- Aside from some discomfort due to strong suction, I love how easily the cup can be cleaned because it doesn't have any air holes.
- Cup cannot be used without any hoops because the bottom is very slippery. However, with a single hoop on my cup that sits at the opening I feel absolutely no discomfort
- The high capacity (38ml) is very impressive for such a short cup. I was able to go the full 12 hours without changing it on my heaviest day, while with Lunette I tend to only go around 4-6 hours.
- I have had no leaking whatsoever! Not even residual leakage. I think the strong suction feature helps with this. I'm very happy about that since it means I can finally ditch liners completely!

Overall, if you have a low or dangly cervix I would recommend that you consider trying this cup out! I'm glad I decided to purchase it for my heavier days.

- disney330

 

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Can Teenagers Use Menstrual Cups? A Teen Shares Her Experience

If you're a teenager, or a parent of a teenager, doing research on menstrual cups, we're glad you stumbled upon this post! Vivian, a 17-year-old who has been using a menstrual cup since she was 14, shares her experience with us here.

What's a Menstrual Cup?

Alright, let’s cut to the chase: Menstrual cups. Small, flexible silicone or plastic ‘cups’ (more like tiny bell-shaped things, but I digress) designed to be folded up and inserted into a woman’s vagina to collect period blood, in place of a tampon. A safe, lazy, eco-friendly person’s alternative to tampons and pads. Also a bit harder to find, but definitely worth the trouble, and this is coming from me, a 17 year old girl so phenomenally lazy that she’ll sleep until 2 pm given half a chance and take another four hour nap later.

The menstrual cup, being flexible and small, is folded up and you sorta just put it in like a tampon and make sure it unfolds inside you, a bit like how some tampons work. It’s about the same size as a tampon when it’s folded up, and if you’re familiar with tampons, you know the drill. Wash hands, fold, put in, wash hands, done and done in a couple of minutes. You can leave it in safely to collect blood for up to twelve hours before you take it out, empty it, and give it a rinse before putting it back in, which means you don’t have to spend as much time bothering with it as say, tampons or pads, which have to be changed every few hours or so.

 

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There’s often a short stem or some other grip at the base, to allow you to get a good hold on it when you want to remove it. I prefer to give the grip a light tug to ensure that the suction is, in fact, there, even though I’ve never actually encountered a situation where the suction has failed to form, but this is just a little habit that makes me feel safer.

Discovering Menstrual Cups

Let’s go back a little. I don’t remember where and when I heard about menstrual cups, in all honesty, but definitely before I was fourteen. Me being me, with far too much free time and Internet access on my hands, I must’ve spent weeks or months researching them, but I didn’t dare try them myself, under the (mistaken) impression that they had to be boiled to clean them properly. Being a fourteen-year-old Chinese girl in a conservative household – you can imagine how well that would go over with everyone else.

Not only that, but my mum, while willing to allow me to experiment (after I had presented a full thesis to explain that it was scientifically proven to be safe, as well as environmentally and economically friendly), was not willing to help me buy one online via using her credit card. With this being before the online retail boom, if you didn’t have a credit card, you were stuck, simple as that. Conveniently, though, my family had a trip to New York planned that year.

Why Did I Want to Use a Menstrual Cup?

You’re probably wondering just why I was so absurdly determined to get my hands on a menstrual cup. Part of it, I admit, was just my own natural stubbornness. The other part was the obvious benefits menstrual cups offered me:

  • According to some accounts, menstrual cups had such high capacities that they were virtually impossible to overflow. This was a huge selling point for me, because between my active participation in sports and my size – 1.71m barefoot and 55 kg at the time, now a few kilos heavier – I bled/still bleed heavily. On my heaviest days, I could easily overflow a Super tampon within three or four hours, or soak through a night pad within four hours.

  • I am a lethal combination of lazy and absentminded. I routinely sleep for twelve hours straight on weekends, not including naps, and frankly, it’s nothing short of a minor miracle that I didn’t get some kind of infection or Toxic Shock Syndrome while I was using tampons, with my habit of pushing the eight-hour limit on them, and I knew it. I found pads hot and uncomfortable, and with how heavily I bled and how much I moved around, it wasn’t a good idea anyway.
  • However, no instances of Toxic Shock Syndrome have ever been documented in nearly a century of menstrual cups being in use – menstrual cups being invented in the 1920s. This is simply because menstrual cups just collect the blood, not absorb it, so there aren’t many surfaces for bacteria to grow on to begin with. Think: what gets mouldy first? A smooth cup, with nowhere for bacteria and stuff to hide, or a wet sponge, which is practically a block of HDB flats for germs? Logically, the wet sponge, and hence the tampon, would have more space for the bacteria and other stuff to grow on, while the smooth cup, the menstrual cup, won’t allow stuff to grow on it so easily.
  • As an active Tae Kwon Do practitioner, pads moved about and tended to leak, so they weren’t too practical for me, especially given the amount of intensive physical training and sparring I did. With how I was the perfect size to spar against most of the boys, and how aggressive we occasionally got, I got kicked between the legs on several occasions, which is never fun to begin with, but is infinitely worse when you can feel your pad getting kicked against you.

  • Understandably, for the past year, I had relied on tampons, which, while serviceable, also tended to have the string go up my backside, particularly when I was, say, doing kicks, crouching, or running. It was better than a pad, but still. No.
  • The tampon string also got in the way while using the toilet. Any tampon user can probably tell you this firsthand – the vagina and urethra being located so close together, combined with the laws of physics and a string hanging from the vagina, results in some interesting times for the string. And to me, in some cases, the string being purported to wick liquid back up into the tampon and hence the vagina... I fancied getting rid of the string entirely sometimes.

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  • Pads big enough to handle my level of bleeding were bulky, moved around, and they meant that I got blood everywhere, which I couldn’t stand. Hair + skin folds + dried blood = WHY. Also, pads were hot and made things feel rather humid down there, which was at best uncomfortable and at worst caused skin irritations, which is not something you want for one week of the month.

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  • In the long run, menstrual cups were in fact cheaper than tampons and pads. Assuming the average menstrual cup costs around S$50-60 and lasted upwards of three years, and a box of tampons which lasted one period costs about S$10, the cost of tampons at least equalled, or even exceeded the cost of the cup within six months. With pads, it would take longer, but within a year at the most the cost of the cup would be lower than the cost of the pads used. In any case, it would be kinder to my wallet and allow me to spend more money on other, more interesting things. Like food.

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  • I wouldn’t have to worry about the possibility of someone’s toilet (or some place’s toilet) not having a rubbish bin for pads.
  • It could be used for anywhere between three and ten years, making it more environmentally friendly. As a former member of the primary school environmental club, this was just the icing on the cake.

First Impressions

My first impression? Great, albeit a little oversold. Menstrual cups do not, in fact, have to be boiled, and the capacity, while easily double of a Super tampon, is not quite overflow-proof.

However, the cup was still extremely comfortable – I couldn’t even feel it – and thoroughly leak-proof, due to the mild suction it forms with the vaginal walls when inserted. I could run, crouch, kick, anything I liked, though it did help that I was using a notably ‘firm’ (i.e. less squishy) cup at the time.

It took me a couple of cycles before I finally mastered the cup, and in hindsight, there is a lot of information that I wish I’d had at the time.

Tips and Tricks

Most cup manufacturers will recommend the C-fold to you, where the cup is folded twice along its length. And for good reason – for a beginner, this is a fold virtually guaranteed to get the cup to open, which is a legitimate concern with softer cups. However, it isn’t the most comfortable fold, so once you’ve become reasonably competent with the cup, you might want to look into other methods of folding it. 

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If / when you trim the stem, it may be wise to find a way to smooth down the edge of the stem, for comfort, since often the stem will protrude a little. Not enough to be seen, but enough to be felt.

While you don’t have to boil it or really do anything other than wash it to keep it clean, get a separate bar of non-scented soap (eg those tiny little hotel soaps) for it and make damn sure everyone knows not to use it. Claim it’s for washing your knickers, no one’s too embarrassed by that.

Would I Recommend Menstrual Cups to Another Teen?

In conclusion, menstrual cups are cheaper, eco-friendly, more convenient, healthier, and more comfortable than tampons or pads, and honestly, I probably would’ve cut past a lot of hassle and angst if I’d started using these things a lot earlier than I did. No worrying about pads moving around, or people seeing the outline of it through your clothes, or it being too hot. No worrying about infections from leaving a tampon in too long, or having to bother about differing absorbencies, or dealing with the string. You just put it in, forget about it for twelve hours and get on with life, then you take it out, empty and wash it, and put it back in. Ideally I’d rather not deal with my period at all, but short of that, this is good as well.

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I can’t really think of much more to say than that, but if anyone has any further questions, the people at The Period Co. should be happy to answer your questions!

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How to Clean Your Menstrual Cup

Since menstrual cups are reusable, it's important to clean and care for them properly so they will last! We share how to clean your cup during and in between periods, along with wonderful tips that our customers have shared with us.

Clean Hands

Wash your hands with water and a mild soap before you handle your menstrual cup. Your hands may have touched many bacteria-laden things before you handle your cup, such as door handles, computer keyboards, elevator buttons, etc. Anytime you're going to touch your cup (or yourself), remember to wash your hands. This will reduce the risk of infections, and keep the vagina and surrounding area clean.

Before First Use

Before using the cup for the first time, check that the air holes at the top are open. Wash your hands and clean the cup by washing with water and a mild soap. In a large pot, submerge the cup in water and boil for 10 to 20 minutes before first use. You may place the cup in a wire whisk to prevent contact with the bottom of the pan during boiling, which may damage it.

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Cup in a wire whisk to prevent contact with the bottom of the pot.
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Cleaning on Your Period

During your period, it is best to wash your cup with mild soap and water every time you empty it. We recommend using the Lunette FeelBetter Cleanser, a mild cleanser that's specially formulated for washing a silicone menstrual cup. If not, you can also use other liquid soaps that are oil-free and fragrance-free.

If you are using a public restroom, camping, travelling or just do not have access to running water you can either rinse your cup with bottled water or wipe it with a piece of Lunette Cupwipe, which disinfects the cup. You can also just use clean tissue or toilet paper in a pinch – once convenient, wash your cup thoroughly.

Lunette Menstrual Cup CupWipes | LiveLoveLuna Singapore

Cleaning The Airholes

Fill your cup with water, place your palm on it, turn upside down and squeeze. When the water squirts out through the airholes, they are instantly cleaned! You can also use a blunt toothpick, or an old toothbrush that's dedicated for this purpose. Do not use sharp items like needles, as you may accidentally damage your cup.

Between Periods

At the end of your period, it is best to sterilize it before storing for the next use. You can rinse your cup, submerge in water and boil for a few minutes. You can also put your cup into a mug filled with boiling hot water (from the kettle) and let it sit covered for a few minutes.

You can also use the Lunette FeelBetter Cleanser to thoroughly wash your cup before letting it dry and storing it. Other suggestions include using a steam sterilizer for baby bottles, or sterilizing tablets.

Getting Rid of Odour

If your cup has an odour even after washing it, you can set it in a place with direct sunlight (e.g. near a sunny window) for a day. This should get rid of any lingering odour on the cup.

Storage

Never store your cup in a plastic bag or an airtight container. It's best to store it in a breathable cotton bag. Most cups come with their own little bag included. You can also just leave it out in the open, in your bathroom or somewhere with good air flow.

Menstrual Cup Storage | LiveLoveLuna
Cups left on a plate in an open area with good airflow.
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Good hygiene and cleaning practices will make sure your vagina stays healthy, and your cup remains in good condition. If your menstrual cup starts to deteriorate and show wear and tear, such as a sticky or powdery film, splitting of the cup, or severe discolouration and odour, it's time to replace your cup.

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