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Cheap Menstrual Cups — Are They Safe?

Cheap Menstrual Cups

We feel that it’s time to address the big, cheap elephant in the room — “generic” menstrual cups and disc.

Cheap menstrual cups are usually referred to in cup communities as “cheapies” or “knock-offs” these cups are priced as low as $2 on eBay or in apps — some are even sold “free for shipping” like in a viral Facebook promotions. Considering reputable brands, like The Diva Cup, a brand sold in stores across the US and Canada, retails for $40 these cups seem like QUITE a deal.

How do we define what a “generic” or cheap menstrual cup or disc is?

By our definition a cup is considered a “generic” or “cheap” cup if it does not have a unique, proprietary design and/or is not known to be made from FDA cleared silicone, TPE, or rubber. Generic cups will often be the same design sold under many name brands with varying packaging or without any brand name at all, only a listing description. While not inherently a safety issue, it does pose and ethical problem in regards to intellectual property and integrity.

By contrast, brand name cups are unique in their design, packaging, marketing, and online presence. We list only known and trusted brands on resources like our quiz and comparison chart. If you’re looking for a cup and don’t see it listed, it’s likely considered generic.

How do I know if a cup is “real” or “generic?”

Below is a list of tell-tale signs a cup is not a reputable brand and may want be avoided.

  1. It’s not listed as FDA, BfR, or EC compliant. Unless not sold in the US & compliant with international standards, we suggest avoiding all brands without the FDA designation.
  2. The cup is sold via:
    1. Wish App
    2. Alibaba or AliExpress
    3. Co-Ops
    4. eBay
    5. Amazon only (not also sold through retailers or a branded website)
    6. Wal-Mart (brands sold though website and not fulfilled by Wal-Mart)
  3. The cup’s price is $15 or less
  4. The cup lists a high price ($29.99-39.99) but is always marked down well over 50% off.
  5. The brand cannot be found online elsewhere (such as their own website, other stores, or on social media).
  6. The product description has typos and errors in grammar.
  7. The cup ships directly from China.
  8. The cup has minimal packaging in photos (only a plastic bag, only a pouch, etc)
  9. The cup has no name at all and is only listed as a nonsensical string of keywords “ladies vagina period reusable copa menstrual cup hygiene wow”
  10. The cup’s listing title uses “Diva Cup” or “Moon Cup” but is not that brand.
  11. The listing makes hard to verify claims “Voted Better than Diva,” or “Best selling” without proof or award seals.
  12. The cup looks identical to several other cups but has a different name.
  13. The cup listing has weird ass stock photos and god awful graphics.
A smattering of graphics used by generic cup brands. If the listing includes at least 3 of the following categories then BINGO you have a generic: Happy stock photo women doing yoga/sleeping/swimming (usually white), cup surrounded by inexplicable water, women in erotic poses with photoshopped cup hovering, stolen Diva Cup insertion diagram, menstrual cup with testicles.

Brands We Avoid

Based on our experience and knowledge of cup brands we do not advocate the use of products by the following brands:

  • Alilove, AMAZZANG, Aneer, AneerCare, Anytime, Athena, Bodybay, Calicup, CHUDONG, Coomammy, Daisy Cup, Dandelion, Day and Night, Dewcare, Dew Fresh, Diggold, Dovewill, Easymoon, Ecosin, Fairyfox, Fivebop, GIMITSUI, GUAnqqi, HENGSONG, iCare, Intimate Rose, JACKYLED, Jubilene, June Cup, kesoto, Leasen, Leegoal, Luna, MagiDeal, Miusie, Monzcare R-Cup, Nezbling, OTTBA, Ovu, Pixie, Protable, Rebel Kate’s unnamed cup, RedDhong, Remedy Health, Shelcup, Sileu, Skinco, Smart Cup, SPEQUIX, The Goddess Cup, ThinkMax, TOOGOO, Viva Cup, WensLTD, Yamete, Yiwa.
  • Xi’an Furuize Biotechnology Co – Some brands utilizing this manufacturer may appear above. They produce a wide range of cup models that are sold and marketed under dozens of brand names. June Cup is a recent brand that utilizes this manufacturer and exploded onto the market (and into our DMs). While this manufacturer is registered with the FDA, a quick look at their cup models shows intellectual property concerns, which are compounded the fact that many of the brands who sell their products do not have a presence outside of Amazon and have little to no customer support or education. Additionally, the opportunistic and erratic pricing of these cups makes for an increasingly confusing marketplace and unpredictable customer experience.


What’s the deal with FDA clearance?

FDA cleared brands have passed manufacturing standards that meet strict medical guidelines. While the thought of our periods being regulated like illnesses gives us feelings, we appreciate the assurances of safety when it comes to a cup that will reside in your vagina.

Generic brands often use false claims of “FDA cleared silicone” because they know that informed consumers want safe products. Unfortunately anyone can say anything they want on the internet and Amazon has a lackluster history of ensuring accurate listings and enforcing protections of intellectual property.

First and foremost — be an informed consumer. We can’t say it enough. This is an internal device and you want to be sure that the product you use is in-fact medical grade silicone and that it does not contain potentially unsafe colorants or contaminants.

Research the brand you are interested in, cross reference with the FDA cleared list, and ask for proof if you can find a contact email — but know that anyone can SAY they have certifications and tests when they know 99% of buyers will never fact check them or have no way to. Some of the unnamed brands have claimed they are made by FDA cleared companies listed on the FDA website but there is no way to know for sure since the brand itself isn’t listed. Only brands with their names listed can prove their compliance — and your safety.

Why should I care about intellectual property?

As mentioned, many cheap brands are simply knock-offs of reputable brands who have put their hearts, time, and money into the creation of their products and designs. While some of these brands may be FDA cleared, we still feel strongly against supporting these brands and do not include them in our resources. These brands hurt by having their property stolen both emotionally and tangibly as many consumers aren’t aware of these facts and opt for what is most wallet friendly – even if the knock-off is just a few dollars cheaper. This does obvious harm to the established brands and in many cases also harms the consumer. Most knock-off brands come with little or no customer service – leaving new cup users with little assurance if they have purchased the wrong size or run into other troubleshooting issues that reputable brands are known for helping with.

So, should you buy a generic menstrual cup or disc? And if you DO buy one will it work?

Put A Cup In It has the official stance that we do not support the purchase of ANY “generic” brands for a few reasons.

  1. Most do not use FDA cleared medical grade silicone, so it’s unclear what is being put inside of your vagina.
  2. Most do not have official websites or customer support. If you don’t receive the product or if the product fails you have no recourse.
  3. Most are stealing designs of other brands and undercutting them on price – typically while not delivering the level of quality silicone and service brand names provide.
  4. Inconsistent products. While many of these cups may look alike, the firmness and quality of the silicone may vary.

Ultimately, if you feel confident that the product is safe to use, or are willing to assume the risk, the decision is yours. Our goal here is to help you make an informed decision regarding the use of a product that is worn internally and is regulated by the FDA.

But what do consumers think?

We decided to poll our own Facebook group, also titled Put A Cup In It, about their experiences with these “generic” menstrual cups. Results are as follows:

Cheap Menstrual Cups

Of course our group is not a large enough sample to have a complete representation of all experiences with generic cups versus brand name cups, but it does give us some idea of why people buy them (the most selected answer shows that they purchase generics to test cups before investing in more expensive cups) and how they work.

Complaints against the cups included the products being flimsy, having rough seams, obnoxious chemical smells, and some even reported headaches caused by using the cup.

On the approvals side, there were two “generic” models that seemed to have the best reviews — Blossom Cup and Anytime. Again, we are not promoting the use or purchase of any generics but if you are buying then these are ones other people have had positive experiences with. Anytime is a knock-off of the FDA cleared brand name cup Sckoon (so on principle it’s not a cup we think people should support). As for Blossom, it is listed on the FDA website but in most other ways appears to be a generic. It is a budget friendly cup, however, and has good reviews.

As previously mentioned, whether the cup works or not the most important reason NOT to buy a generic cup is that it’s likely not made from FDA cleared medical grade silicone and thus not proven safe to wear inside of your body where heat and fluids are a factor. As a reminder, you can see the list on the official FDA government website here: Menstrual Cups with FDA clearance.

Why should you skip the cheap menstrual cup and start with a brand name menstrual cup?

Experience — The experience you have with your “throwaway” cup is more likely to be a frustrating one. Since so many people buy a generic cup to experience what using a cup is like as a whole it might turn you away from using ANY cup if the one you try won’t open or has constant leaks. As a general rule, PACII points new cup users to ones that are average in firmness for this reason — too soft and the cup is harder to get open, thus resulting in leaks. Since the generic cups are usually flimsy it makes sense why people may never go on to buy a brand name version due to a poor experience. Additionally, brand name cups come with real humans who are passionate about making their product work for you to improve your life. If you have questions or issues with your cup they are often only an email or phone call away.

Safety — Not only can you be assured that the device intended for 10-12 hours of wear INSIDE YOUR VAGINA is FDA Cleared and SAFE but you can also be sure that if something goes wrong you can reach a human for help.

We’ve spoken to many employees from cup companies and they truly know their stuff; they’re there to help people who have unfortunate first experiences with their menstrual cups. They’ve walked many a caller through removing a cup that feels stuck or that is thought to be “lost.” They’ve also been known to send a replacement when a customer has ordered the wrong size. They’re real humans who care that the customer has a good experience and part of the higher price paid is that peace of mind.

“But I don’t want to waste $40 on a cup that doesn’t work for me.”

We hear you and we completely understand. Thankfully there are several trusted brands that retail for under $30, but we know that money doesn’t grow on trees and cups aren’t exactly a thing you can sell when it doesn’t work (actually, some people do but it may not be your thing).

That’s why Put A Cup In It has resources available to help confused minds choose the best menstrual cup for them. Our menstrual cup quiz has a very high success rate when it comes to matching up takers with the cup that ultimately works for them. Our menstrual cup comparison chart lets you go even deeper and compare cups both numerically based on measurements such as length, diameter, and capacity plus you can compare cups visually.

Additionally, we have created a closed Facebook group that gives you a safe place to ask sensitive questions about picking or using your menstrual cup. We strive to make everyone’s journey a successful one and also a safe one.

If you really must try a cup cheaply before making the more expensive leap it is possible to “try on” a cup by utilizing a Facebook cup BST or swap group.

“Okay, I hear you, but I still want one.” : List of Cheap Brands Available with Amazon (Prime)

As with anything menstrual health, we support your decision to use the period protection of your choice. Below is a list of some of the cheapest cups and cup combos that we could find. We have intentionally excluded brands that use predatory and/or deceptive practices in their marketing. All of the below brands are listed for $5.99 – 11.99 for TWO cups or discs (or a singular cup under $5.99) and are available with free shipping.

Cheap Menstrual Cups

  • EcoBlossom (Same as June but in purple & pink)
  • Talisi (This is the same cup as June but in pink & blue)
  • Aneer (This is also the same cup as the June but in teal)
  • Talisi (This cup is similar to the shape of the JimmyJane menstrual cup)
  • Talisi (Same shape as the Blossom cup)
  • Talisi (Same shape as the HoneyPot cup)
  • CareCup (Similar design to Saalt)
  • Leya (Same as June but solid color in green)
  • Shordy (Same as June but solid color in blue, pink, and green)
  • PopCup (Similar design to Lena)
  • The Happy Cup

Keep in mind that the brands listed above may come and go, due to the nature of them sometimes being ghost brands. If you are unsure, do a quick search for “silicone menstrual cup” to find the best price for the design you’re looking for: or click here.

Cheap Menstrual Discs

Keep in mind that the brands listed above may come and go, due to the nature of them sometimes being ghost brands. If you are unsure, do a quick search for “silicone menstrual disc” to find the best price for the design you’re looking for: or click here.

Please know that the list above is not an endorsement. Recommendations for very affordable cups come up *a lot* and while we do not recommend or formally support these brands for a variety of reasons, we do support you and want to help you find the best pricing and not be taken advantage of.

Other resources on this topic: Menstrualcups.wordpress

What’s Your Experience?

Have you tried a generic cup? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments. It would help others if you include the name or source of the cup.

89 Responses

  1. This article is inaccurate in some of its information. The VIVA CUP is safe. It is actually truly FDA certified, and comes with a certification in every cup packaging. The Viva has been around for a very very long time. A VERY long time, actually.

    This was actually one of the pricier more trendy cups of an earlier time, such as an time that exceeded the Diva cup. The packing is simple in order to reduce costs. When the DIVA cup won the popularity contest, the VIVA CUP went a different direction and decided to become the EVERYMANS cup so to say. There was a HUGE promotional effort directed to addressing price, packing, and availability back in the day. Viva cup has been portrayed with inaccuracies and falsehoods in this article which makes me doubt the whole site.

    1. If you have the FDA clearance information we can remove this cup from that list. I’ve gone over the list of cleared brands and do not see VIVA but if you have that information you can email us.

      1. The one listed as HULE Y SILICON S.A. DE C.V. from Mexico is likely the one sold as AngelCup, since it’s the only Mexican cup with FDA clearance.

    2. Can you update this? I was looking into the pixie cup and It is listed here as not being safe. I now see It on the FDA list. I hope one day maybe you can even do a review? For now I will probably try out a Blossom though 🙂

    3. Pretty unfortunate that they have listed a lot of cups as “unsafe” when there r given in the FDA list. And also their refusal to review cups which r fda approved but r cheap and not fancy enough. Sigh…..

    4. Hi,
      The problem with the Viva Cup is that although the real version is very good, sometimes suppliers send you a pink rubbery soft substitute instead.
      The real version has a tab which is rather elliptical in shape, like a sunflower seed.
      The genuine one is firm enough for gym, swimming, dance, etc and the small is 31mm in diameter.
      My 14yr old sister uses one and she says it is perfect!
      Hope this helps.

    5. I believe that the Kegel8 cup is the same as the Viva Cup. The Viva Cup has been very popular (over a million sold, I believe) because of its quality and very low price and they have trouble keeping up with demand. Here in the UK Viva was very popular with schoolgirls (and their Mums!) because of its pocket-money price and because it was very comfortable to use.

    6. The Viva Cup used to be very good and economical, but now it has changed and is far too soft for many of us to use .

  2. I have used the femmecup for years and was surprised to see it’s not on the FDA approved list. I recently bought the rebel Kate generic cup, since my femmecup is getting pretty old. Surprised to see that the manufacturer is on the approved list. Haven’t tried the cup out yet; hope it’s as good as my femmecup!

    1. Maybe it’s because Femmecup isn’t in the market anymore, as far as I’ve heard. They did cups with good reviews (even when they might not be a fit for everyone – they’re firm and only size) but they’re not selling them as in 2018. So maybe that’s why they don’t appear there.
      The other reason can be that they don’t sell in the US and they don’t intend to.

  3. The Rebel Kate cup is manufactured by Vincent Industrial, which is why RebelKate isn’t on the FDA list posted here. Their FDA number is verified to make menstrual cups, and it’s 3012890712. I’m not sure what the search criteria for the posted list was, but if you search the number, they do exist.

    1. I was told by the Rebel Kate company that theu ship directly from their manufacturer, Shenzhen Vincent Industrial co. Their FDA registration number is 3012890712. I’m hoping to find a way to check if the company truly does make Rebel Kate’s menstrual cups.

    2. Hi! Where did you find the source indicating that Vincent is the Rebel Kate manufacturer? I did look up this number and can verify they are on the FDA approved list for Rebel Kate. However, I just wanted to ensure this is in fact a true statement.

      1. I was about to write this same comment. I asked customer service with Rebel Kate directly about their FDA clearance and was given this company name and number. I also ordered the cups to review, and the packaging, direct from China, was indeed from Shenzhen Vincent Industrial CO. LTD. I don’t know how much more confirmation you need or how else they could be a scam. I would love more info if you have it!
        The cups themselves are definitely cheaper than a name brand – thinner and less stiff, which could be frustrating for a first-time cup user – but functional.

        1. Them being flimsy and soft, the scammy way they market through Facebook, and the overwhelmingly bad reviews we see in our group are enough to keep the brand out of any and all resources we provide. There are far more cups available that are also inexpensive that have a better reputation.

          1. I’m surprised at one aspect of your comment – “the overwhelmingly bad reviews we see in our group”
            I have only seen good reviews, never come across a bad one. Can you link me to those bad reviews? I’m a new user and want to ensure I’m using the correct product. Thank you in advance!

          2. You can search within the group if you are a member and I believe we have now categorized “cheap cups” as a topic for people to explore. I can’t link anything as it is a private group.

      2. I just received my cup from Rebel Kate and on the instructions leaflet contained in the packaging it does indeed state the manufacturer as Vincent Industrial Co. Ltd, as well as the FDA registration #3012890712. The package was shipped from Longgang District, Shenzen, China. The only thing that is different is the physical address, which I would assume is due to one being the manufacturing facility and the other being the shipping facility. The cup I ordered was FREE. All I paid was the shipping so felt for myself that was worth giving it a go and just see how I felt once it came, if I could verify the information. I am now comfortable using this cup.

  4. I am on my second cycle using the Blossom cup. I am the author of one of those great reviews you mention in the article. I have had leaks on my heaviest day and problems with the cup sliding down, but I think these are issues that are personal to me and my body (3 large babies, tilted uterus and heavy periods due to perimenopause). On my lighter to normal days it functions perfectly and makes me so happy. I will be be trying a Lena cup based on the reccommendations from the survey on this site. However, it should be noted (as it is in this article), that the Blossom cup is registered and listed on the FDA site, so it is not actually a generic brand as defined here. If it weren’t for my overall positive experience with the Blossom cup, I would not be purchasing the Lena cup. I was not going to invest $40 into a product I had never tried and was not sure I would continue to use. Also, I do absolutely intend to continue using the blossom cup, even if I decide that I prefer the Lena cup. I am buying a second cup so I can keep one in my vehicle and one at home. I don’t carry a purse and my minivan is my home away from home. I will keep the cup I like the least as my emergency cup. I would recommend the Blossom cup as a good starter cup or even a good bargain cup for an experienced cup user.

    1. Sorry, I meant to say I purchased the Lunette Mentrual cup not lena (I’m not even sure if that’s a real thing). I couldn’t figure out how to edit that mistake after I posted. Lunette is a pricier cup, but I hope it can help with my heavy day cup problems with the Blossom cup.

      1. It’s good that you came back to correct it – I bought a Lena cup after taking the PACII quiz and it was $25 retail, and they have a 10% off coupon listed. To me that’s quite reasonable. I was wondering why you said the Lena was $40.

  5. Any knowledge on V Cups? They are on the FDA list but it’s listed with a bunch of other names by the same host company.

    1. We believe V-Cups to be too similar or the same as a lot of the generic cups available. We choose to mostly list cups we know to use a unique mold and design that are FDA cleared in resources.

  6. After learning about pthaelates in sex toys, I made I think a point to buy silicone/glass/stainless steel from that point forward. I apply the exact same principle to cups. $40 can be a lot of money, and I totally saved for my lunette – but it’s worth it to have a safe cup that’s not leeching chemicals into my body.

  7. There are a whole lot of approved Chinese manufacturers on that list, who obviously have met the FDA standards for production but none of them seem to state the names that their cups are being marketed under. This is a real pity because it means as consumers we need to rely on the vendor to check the FDA status for us, and can’t double check it ourselves. I suspect that just like the rebel Kate cup ( produced by Shenzhen Vincent) a lot of the other China cheapies are also FDA certified but it’s really difficult to know which ones. This is a real pity as I strongly support the idea that everyone ought to be able to afford a menstrual cup.

    1. Blossom and Anytime are two well reviewed “cheap” cups available, Blossom is one that we know to be FDA cleared. Frankly the number of offbrand generic cups is too confusing for buyers and then having to research which are or are not using FDA cleared silicone is a real pain for consumers. You can find reputable cup brands for sometimes as low as $15-$18 which is a good deal but even those in the $20 range are affordable and will recoup investment in 1-2 months.

      1. Reading through the comment chain on this article, it looks like there are many cups that are on Put A Cup In It’s “not recommended” list that are actually FDA approved. Just because it takes a little research/emailing around to find out if the cup is cleared doesn’t mean that it should be written off. As a woman on a budget (with several friends in the same boat), I appreciate that Rebel Kate’s viral marketing and affordable price got me to purchase and make the change. I know personally I would rather take ten minutes to research whether a cheap cup is safe than spend more money on a branded cup when the generic one would work just as well.

  8. Is the Organicup safe to use? I received mine this week but it has a strong chemically smell, yet my new Lena Sensitive doesn’t have a smell at all.

  9. I have used the Blossom cup, size small and purchased through Amazon, for about 6 cycles now and it works pretty well for me. However, it is also the only cup I have used.

    I sometimes have problems with the cup popping open but have managed to finagle it. (Do you know the reason for this happening?)

    Recently I’ve had some pain while removing. Not sure why as I did not experience that before.

    But overall, I am happy with it. It has a lot of color options, too. As a college student on a budget, it was the best option for me right now.

  10. I find it interesting that you speak of copy cats…. yet it seems you guys have not tried the *original* silicon version: The Moon cup Introduced in 2002 (or MCUK as you know it)…. Or The Keepers Moon Cup (Introduced in 2006) for that matter…. The keeper of course in rubber form has been going since 1987, and seems to be the direct descendant of the 1937 Tass-ette cup, with the classic “bullet” shape with stem and protruding rim.

    Diva cups web site claims to be the first in the world(and first certified in Canada) (conveniently forgetting the Keeper and Tass-ette!) but also says they “researched” design in 2001 . . released in 2003 by the looks of it, so third/fourth to release a VERY similar product. Second on silicone.

    I will give credit to the Diva founders’ efforts to take a niche product to the masses.

    Please test Moon cup – (MCUK)

    1. We have both versions of the Keeper (silicone and rubber)and the Moon Cup. Every cup is basically a version of the very first and the good brands have innovated on the concept to improve user experience. Our issue comes when a brand tries orders a generic cup, slaps a name on it, and markets under the guise of being their own design. Or the brands that are not using FDA cleared silicone.

  11. I have been using ICare for more than 3 years and I love it ! fix all my mestrual problems, my cycle now is regular, no more infections and I more aware of my mestruation and my body. You said is not in FDA maybe is true.. probably is generic and from China like most of the things in the market, is cheap yes!! but that dosen’t make it worse or better. In my experience is good and safe.

  12. I wish I had researched before I got sucked into getting the pair from Rebel Kate and only paying for shipping. I’ve been using the Diva for 3 or 4 years now and thought I’d give a different brand a try. I basically spent the last 6 hours trying to get the no-name cup to sit properly and release some of the suction. It was hard to pull out each time, but I didn’t give up until bedtime, when I said “F@*k it” and switched back to my Diva cup.

  13. I bought the Vida cup in 2017 after finding out about menstrual cups on a backpacking podcast. I have had a positive experience with it (although I’ve only used it for 3 cycles …I got pregnant). I have a heavy flow, so I am purchasing a large LaliCup since the Vida leaks when it’s half full.

  14. This article has some good information, but there is also some misinformation about how companies brand merchandise. Private labeling is a very common practice and does not mean that intellectual property is ripped off or that anything nefarious is going on. Private labeling is when a company manufactures a product to specs, and then distributes to repackagers, who sell the product under their own brand. This happens with everything you come in contact with on the market. Everything from ‘off brand’ ketchup to store brand ketchup to Heinz. Some name brands offer private labeling as another distribution channel. Just because a cup isn’t a Diva cup and is rebranded under a reseller doesn’t mean it’s a bad (or ‘wrong’) product. And many exporters do have FDA certificates, the resellers are also required to register with the FDA.

    1. Being registered with the FDA doesn’t necessarily mean that the product is safe – though it is a good first thing to look at. Also, there are many private label brands that are wonderful, we actually added a whole new article about this. However, private labels of knock-offs and <$5 cups are more of what we refer to here. We've seen several of the same, questionably manufactured designs selling for anywhere from $1 on wish to $40 on Amazon.

  15. I’m surprised how some people in these comments will argue over a difference of $10-20 over the lifetime of a cup, say ooohhhh 5-10 years?! Unreal how people just don’t think. You would pay at least $5-7 for a monthly supply of pads or tampons anyway – you’re recuperating your ‘investment’ in less than 6 months (in the vast majority of cases) yet you’re complaining that the owners of this site aren’t doing more research on the potential merits of ‘cheap cups’.

    I agree with the principle here – I don’t want potentially unsafe, non FDA-compliant materials in my vagina (my vag has been victimized with enough chemicals from 30 years of menstrual products, it’s in detox mode right now); and I want to make sure the cup’s designers are fairly compensated for their work. I took the quiz, purchased 2 of the cups recommended, and I don’t need to worry about the safety of my choices. That peace of mind is definitely worth something, and I’m also happy to purchase directly from the companies who actually design the cups I use (one in my home state! and one in Slovenia)

  16. For those who can’t understand why the cheapies are so attractive, please realize not all cup users reside in western countries.

    We live in Uganda, where $1 is 3600 Ugandan shillings. The average rural woman only makes about 4000 shillings per day. This does not mean our quality of life is bad, but that we have much less buying power.

    I found some of the comments which talked about not understanding why people aren’t willing to pay more to be offensive and careless about the financial power of the rest of the world. Just because you live in a country where $15 is a “reasonable” investment does not mean it is true for every woman going through menstruation.

    On top of that, I have American and Canadian friends who are working full time but only barely able to maintain their housing. Don’t make menstrual cup use become an upper class tool, please.

    As for our organization, we are running a pilot programme in which 15 menstruating ladies have been given Ruby Cup to try for 2 years. We have come to the end of the 2 years, and are now confident in distributing a large number of cups to those in most need. The idea of paying anything more than a few dollars makes our plan impractical. I for one am grateful that there are some manufacturers who are selling “cheaply” or rather what I would call globally affordable.

    1. I’m totally in this with you. Not all countries have access to the big brands. So the cheapies are our best option.

    2. Ichode, thanks for sharing your perspective from Uganda. Buying power because of differences in currencies makes global shopping difficult. But, I hope that you will still be able to use the safety considerations that are mentioned in this article. Please remember that many of these Cup manufacturers care about menstrual politics and they know that Cups are often a good solution… I bet there is a Cup company who would partner with you to provide Cups at a deeply discounted price. Just ask! Also, this is the type of project that many US, Canadian, European ,etc women would donate to.

    3. Ichode, I fully stand behind your comment. Some of us quite literally can’t afford $30-$40 on a cup even if it WILL last a long time. For some of us, spending that much on one item is almost financially impossible, or irresponsible.

  17. I have used the pixie cup since 2017. It has always worked just fine for me. Upgrading now because my period has gotten a lot heavier.

  18. I have used a silicone Mooncup since 2008. My first one, the small size silicone cup, was manufactured in the UK. After I got an IUD my periods became heavier and I started experiencing leaks and decided to try a deeper cup and found a cheap, generic, China manufactured one and decided to give it a try. It worked fine to my recollection, but felt cheap compared to the Mooncup I had been used to. For example, there were seams on the sides showing where two halves of the cup had been joined together. Ultimately I felt disloyal to Mooncup and wanted to continue supporting a company that had literally changed my life, so I ordered the larger size of Mooncup and it has been my go-to cup ever since. I still have my cheap Chinese cup as a backup I keep in my car.

  19. I am curious specifically about the Bloody Buddy cup. It seems like they check most of the boxes for a reputable company and are currently launching a Kickstarter for a total new cup design and adding a new size. Will PACII be looking at this new design to see if it can be recommended?

  20. I just recently got the pixie cup and I’m not sure where the issue is with it? I see them on the fda approved list, and while i did get mine from amazon it looks like they have a separate website and good customer service and appear to be US based. Also i liked the mold of their cup better than most of the other ones Id seen, appreciating the little ball on the stem.
    Could someone explain the issue?

    1. please answer this question. I have the same question. I have been using it for a few years and was looking at getting their bigger size. Please let me know what you’re issue with it is. thank you.

    2. I tried the Pixie Disc, one of only a few that ship to Canada. The design is unique, it was embossed with their logo, arrived as described/pictured and included detailed instructions for use. They also have a 100% happiness guarantee; it was too big so they gave me a refund.
      I can’t help but wonder if the hesitation to review it is because of the christian messages on the packaging. Understandably some people are uncomfortable with that, but it’s not a good enough reason to pretend they aren’t offering a decent product. But maybe there’s another reason or it’s just being overlooked.

      1. Right. Maybe this article just hasn’t been updated in a long time? I’ve tried several, including the one recommend by the quiz, Saalt and Saalt soft, & the pixie is the most comfy and only leakproof one I’ve tried. Christian or not, I appreciate that they have their “buy one give one” policy to help those in need of period care. I think the message is supposed to be an encouraging thing, not a “this cup is for religious people” thing.

      2. The new Pixie disc appears to be unique and I love that so much (no issues including this in resources). However, the Pixie cup itself seems to be a revolving assortment of misc designs. They’ve gone through at least three that I can think of off of the top of my head (most notably the one that looks like Blossom and the newer design that looks like June). They also charge a premium price for the exact models you can purchase for $5-10 on Amazon.

  21. What I dislike about this article is that it lacks clear consequences of cheap cups. “Not FDA approved could be bad” is just fear mongering.

    1. A lack of regulation or manufacturing oversight leaves the materials and colorants used open to being made from harmful compounds for internal use. This is not fear mongering. These products can be worn internally, while being warmed by the body, for up to 12 hours at a time. We feel that it is very important to know that there is some oversight in manufacturing. While the FDA is one thing to look at, FDA registration is not the only way to feel confident in a products safety.

  22. That’s awesome! Sevral months after this post was publishing I came to comment lol the FDA should put some Brazilian’s cup! Here in Brazil lot of girls love their menstrual cups!!

  23. I agree with the content of the article and am very grateful for the content that PACII has produced over the years. I am, however, disappointed with the use of the term “China cheapies”. I understand why it would be convenient to describe some cups that way, however I find it very offensive (especially in light of recent events) to use a term that seems to imply that products made in China are “cheap”. There are many high quality products that are made in China that are being used in many households in America and yet there is no recognition of these high quality Chinese products in the PACII groups or in this article. Highlighting the need for oversight on an internally worn item is important. Repeating ignorant terms that seems to equate a country with being low quality and inexpensive is unfair and possibly further perpetuating racism towards Asian people in America and outside of it. I’ve always found PACII to be at least striving to be inclusive. I really hope that you can reconsider the use of this term.

  24. I used the Diva Cup for about a year before trying another cup. I hated the idea of “investing” in another cup that I might like even less so I bought the Athena cup. I love it! I have bought several other cups, including the Lena, and I always go back to the Athena or the Blossom cup which is very similar. I’ve never had any issues with either cup and I have a lot of sensitivities.

  25. How about safecup? Have you heard of that? If you have a link for FDA registry it will be of help to me as well as other sisters here.

  26. My son uses a flavirta cup purchased from Amazon. He is very happy with it but after reading this article I am concerned it may not be safe. It looks very much like the Blossom cup. Is this cup FDA approved and if not what would be a safer option?

  27. I thought cups didn’t work for me because I had a painful horror experience with a generic one from AliExpress. It turned me off from cups for awhile. So I lost the little bit of money AND it delayed me finding a great cup that works for me. Do NOT recommend.

  28. OMG! i have purchased the one that is listed on the “to be avoided” brand. Now I don’t know what to do….
    The thing is that it just arrived and I haven’t used it so it is still on the packaging.It is VIVA CUP..:'(

  29. I hope I had read this before I buy a generic brand cup. It’s called G Cup, I think only sold in Indonesian online shop and it ticks all the boxes of generic cup. I’ve tried that cup and although I’ve sanitized it (boiled it for like 10 mins), I was itching all over and nauseous 🙁 going to switch to Saalt Soft now based on the quiz I did.

  30. Curious why the Pixie Cup is on here. It’s material is FDA approved as of 2020, and has it’s own website, and they began producing in the US. Family owned business. I’ve had nothing but high-quality items from this company.

  31. Pretty unfortunate that they have listed a lot of cups as “unsafe” when there r given in the FDA list. And also their refusal to review cups which r fda approved but r cheap and not fancy enough. Sigh…..smh

  32. I don’t think every cheap cups aren’t safe.You haven’t mentioned any of the Indian brands and it is so sad that you guys just see them as cheap and unsafe.Also most of them are under $40 and a lot safe

  33. The comment about intellectual property concerns is interesting. I’ve noticed that the Korui cup looks almost identical to the Saalt cup, and the Korui cup was already in production before Saalt launched. In saying that, I’m not sure it’s fair to knock other companies for having similar designs when the “Put A Cup In It” team helped design a cup that is almost interchangeable with a product that was already in production. I don’t think there’s anything necessarily wrong with creating something similar with a different level of customer service and/or quality, but demonizing that practice seems a bit hypocritical.

    Also, as other commenters have mentioned, it is extremely valuable to have a variety of prices so that menstrual products are not cost-prohibitive. Personally, I first tried a menstrual cup when I was a student, and spent ~$40 on it. That was not a small amount of money for me at that time at all (this was 10+ years ago when there weren’t many cheap options, and Amazon wasn’t the behemoth it is today). A few months later when it got flushed down the toilet, I was back to tampons for years since I couldn’t afford to shell out another $40. I’d like to think that the overall goal is to make periods easier for women, and to reduce the burden of cost to them along with reducing the amount of waste that is generated from using tampons, pads, etc. So, from that perspective, cheap cups can be a very good thing since it helps reach those goals.

  34. I understand that this is mostly a US based site that talks about brands that are US and Canada based, but there are some cheap Spanish, French and Italian brands that are respectful of the EU safety regulations, but, as I said, are very affordable. They might look very generical (the shapes) and their brands are not as famous as the US ones (or scandinavian ones, that are a lot more famous now, but a bit pricey). Like another comment said before, we need to understand that, most of all for a first time user, spendig from 40 to 30 $ is just too much. That cheaper solutions exists, are safe and that we need to look also at countries that are not the main manufacturers of menstrual cups.
    You should update this list, and the other one with the “safe” brands with the comparisons too.

  35. Hi, I think they are safe enough, but the trouble is that they tend to be very soft and for many of us with well-toned pelvic muscles, including very young girls, who are dancers, gymnasts, cheerleaders etc, can find the cup collapsing inside and causing a leak!
    Rarely is the cup firmness mentioned in ads,descriptions,etc.
    One cheap cup which is very firm is tulip-shaped. Comfortable, too! It has a discharge valve which does not open, so useless.
    Here in UK we also have the Hey Girls cups sold in supermarkets and online, which are good too. Cost about £9.

  36. The Monzcare R-Cup is a unique design and has fully developed packaging, marketing, etc. Unfortunately for my wish to replace my old one, it’s also been jacked up in price and can’t be found for under $30 anymore. Mine is so old that it’s getting to be time to replace it. IMO it shouldn’t be on this list. It’s perfect for those somewhat lighter days for someone with a high, tilted cervix that requires specific stem designs and softness levels.

  37. OK, I had an issue with my June, I love them & I use the 2 sizes for the last year. But between cycles I soak them in peroxide/water & I think I left the smaller one in too long as it developed a white film on it & that scared me. I’ve been trying to find a replacement without luck, none of them match up very well.

  38. Im very confused. Only trusted brands are on your list butbthen you mention june cup as generic. Is it trustworthy or not?

  39. I see Pixie cup is on your list of don’t recommend and when I looked it was on the FDA cleared list so I was wondering what made you put it on the don’t recommend list? Is it the grade of silicon used? I just got one and don’t want to keep using it if it’s dangerous

    1. I use a Pixie disc regularly and I’ve had absolutely no issues whatsoever with Pixie product. In fact I’d recommend them to anyone needing a reusable period product. They even send out promo codes from time to time as well.

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