Merula Cup Review- Big Capacity, Short Cup

We’re back on the blog with a Merula Cup review- you’ve been asking our thoughts on this cup from Germany so we obliged!

Short and Stout

There is HUGE potential for this cup but also real potential problems, which is usually the case for a cup that addresses a specific need with its design. When you cater to one type of problem (heavy flow and low cervix) you end up far on one end which leaves out many on the other side. Does that make sense? I sure hope so.

Merula Cup Review

Since cups aren’t cheap (Merula CupKim was the only one who reviewed this one. She purchased two from a German retailer and had them shipped to a friend in Germany while she was on vaca- one for trying and one for photography so that we could get this bad boy up on our menstrual cup comparison chart. (it’s on the visual tool, measurements coming soon!) Sometimes we have to buy the cups to respond to the calls out there wanting us to review things when the companies aren’t up for sending them to us.

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As much as we wish this was a winner it wasn’t for Kim’s vag but it could be your perfect cup! If you think it’s promising look at the Merula Community on Facebook. They’re a helpful bunch of Merula devotees who know the cup well and can offer advice. While it was a resource when trying to get the cup working there is only so much you can do. Be advised most of the posts are in German but Facebook’s translation tool is good enough to help you get the gist.

Tell us YOUR thoughts

Did this cup work for you? Was it your Golidlocks? Anyone else find it makes them have to pee? Please let us know your experience and advice in the comments.

6 Comments

  • I loved your review and especially how you emphasized different anatomy. I have a short cervix that’s tilted so any of bullet shaped cups literally stick out of my body. Having bulbous cups like this or the femmycycle are the only thing that work for me. Since my cervix is tilted, they end up pushing backwards and I can’t feel them at all, but the bullet ones are crazy uncomfortable (and too small a capacity if I get the short ones). They basically end up sideways in my body. I’m so thankful for different shapes and sizes of cups!!!

  • I’d like to know if anyone has had issues with the suctioning of the merula cup being too intense, as it’s been reported with the femmycycle. I’d like to invest in this cup, but am worried about that aspect. So far I’ve narrowed it down to either being from no airholes, or possibly just a problem from the femmycycle with their no spill design. If it’s from the no spill design, then the merula won’t have that problem. I also felt pain from the Lily cup, which also has no suction holes, but that could have been from the fact that it was just too long for me.

    • tj,

      If you break the suction prior to removal, that’s not an issue with the Femmycycle. However, I cannot speak on Merula.

    • I’ve been using the femmycycle almost exclusively for a couple of years now. Only in the last few months have I had any issues..and only on lighter days. The part that flips in/out will basically pull the cervix down with it, which is not my cup of tea. It’s kind of scary, actually. Not sure why it’s started happening now, but otherwise, I have never had an issue with suction.

  • I’m in the low cervix/heavy flow camp, and this is my perfect Goldilocks cup. Seriously, you can pry it from my cold dead hands. I’ve tried over half a dozen cups over the last 15 years, and this is by far my favorite.

    I had a little bit of the urethra pressure the first time I tried it, and for me that was resolved by inserting it with the fold facing my back. But I didn’t have the extent of the problem that you did, so it might just be that your anatomy is different or your urethra is closer to the wall of your vagina than mine is, and that may not work for you.

    But, for me, using the punch-down fold and inserting it with the fold facing my back makes it entirely comfortable, and I can actually get through a work day without needing to deal with my period. I have never been able to do that in the nearly 20 years I’ve been menstruating, so for me this is a godsend.

    But, as you say, it’s also a cup that is obviously aiming towards a niche. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this for very young or brand new users, unless they already know they have a low cervix with a heavy flow, and in that case I’d say expect this cup to take a few tries to get right.

  • Brand new user here. Had the cup for a month or so. I bought this one because I needed the large capacity. I suffer from menorrhagia and while the gynaecologist is trying various thing to fix me, I still bleed every day – sometimes light, sometimes heavy.

    I have a tilted uterus and to be honest I don’t know if I have a low cervix but it does seem that way as this cup feels the right height. I have cut the loops down to just one which is perfect.

    There are times I feel pressure on my bladder, but not all the time. I had a day where no matter how much I adjusted it, there was still leaks as the cup obviously wasn’t sealing. This may be due to my inexperience using cups though.

    Today was a heavy flow day. I was at work and my cup lasted 5 hours before needing changed. Comparing this to tampons, I would have been at the bathroom every hour. The cup has been amazing for me in that respect.

    I have considered trying the other cups, but I don’t want to waste money on one which doesn’t suit my body type. I think I will stick with the Merula and hopefully any issues I do have will settle down as I become a more experienced cup user.

    Side note: The C-Fold never works for me with this cup. The punch-down works most of the time. I will try putting the fold towards the back (as suggested by others) and that may solve the seal problem I had before.

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