I never got around to posting this on my old blog, so I’ll post it here! I’ve had sufficient enough time “test-driving” these Lena Cups, so I could write a thorough review of them.
First of all… I purchased these as a pair on eBay, used. Yes, they were secondhand! And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. The menstrual cup’s material, medical-grade silicone, does not absorb bodily fluids; menstrual cups were made to be safely reusable. This absolutely extends to being reusable between different people!
Although I bought mine from eBay, there are other online spaces for buying and selling your preowned menstrual cups. Here are two Facebook groups below:
If you don’t feel like selling your used cup, you can most certainly throw it into the recycling bin (where it will most likely be incinerated)… OR, you can sacrifice it to the fire gods yourself and throw your old menstrual cup in a literal fire. Along with other DIY ideas, Lunette Cup suggests safely disposing your cup by burning it in a firewood-burning pile. Silicon dioxide (produced when burning silicone) is not harmful since it’s essentially the same as burning glass or sand; you won’t be emitting a very large amount of CO₂ from it either, and so your little cup will turn into a small pile of compostable ash. You go, you zero-waste hero.
The secondhand menstrual cup market does somewhat alleviate the sustainability hindrance in that finding your Holy Grail menstrual cup is a long and oftentimes pricy process of trial and error; the large variety of cups, thanks to the reusable product boom in these most recent years, makes the search all the more difficult—too big, too small, too hard to insert. Only with incredible research and luck will a person find their one-true-cup in their first purchase! The rest of us are stuck searching and conducting trial and error, maybe for years, for our Goldilocks Cup.
Now, here are the specs of both sizes of the Lena Cup:
|Lena Cup Dimensions||Small||Large|
|Cup Diameter||41 mm||45 mm|
|Cup Length||46 mm||50.7 mm|
|Stem Length||25 mm||19.7 mm|
|Cup Volume||25 mL||30 mL|
I know now that rating this type of product with stars is counterproductive, since every person is different. However, if I had to rate these cups I’d rate them…
4 out of 5 stars
It was a good 10-11 months with these babies before I switched to a different brand (my most used cup, the Merula One Size). As much as I like using the Lena Cup Large and it’s been very reliable, they weren’t 100% perfect for me! At least, not at the time that I tried them.
At the time my periods were still very heavy—heavy due to getting used to my copper IUD, I presume. I found that even with the Lena Cup Large I had empty it as often as every 3-4 hours. (I might revisit them now that my periods are lighter than when I first started using them!)
The Lena Cup, both the sensitive (white) version and the original version, are not that firm. I was mostly using the Lena Cup Large during my time test driving these babies, and I experiencing more leaking than I liked to deal with. They also were longer than my low-cervix having body preferred, although this is always an easy fix with a pair of scissors.
Despite the leaking (for me) and despite the length, both styles are very comfortable. This might work for you, especially if softer cups work better for you. I do still recommend exploring other brand options, since there are many similar cups on the market.