Venus Cup Review | A New High Capacity Cup

A new high capacity menstrual cup has entered the arena- the Venus Cup. Boasting capacities higher than most cups in each size, a rounder base, and a very attractive price point (around $15-$20 per cup or $30 for a two-pack), the Venus has been the most requested review as of late.

I’ve taken it for a two-cycle run and gave their small and large a trial. The video embedded above will give you the long form Venus Cup review and my experience with the cup, but for those who hate videos keep reading.

Venus Cup Details

The Venus Cup is made from medical grade silicone and comes in a Small or Large size. The menstrual cup market is exploding, and many brands have brought their A-Game when it comes to the packaging and branding of their cups. Venus is not one of those brands. In fact, we have had multiple community members assume Venus is another “re-brand” generic cup. But while the packaging isn’t winning me over, their cup design itself does offer something new with it’s higher capacity offering. You can compare Venus to other brands of cups using our Menstrual Cup Comparison Chart, or our Shop and Compare tool, to see how it measures up to other options.

The brand has listed two different measurements for the Venus Cup’s capacity, one number measured “to the suction holes” and the other to the rim. Because the suction holes are fairly small it’s possible that most people will get the full listed capacity to the rim, but please keep both listings in mind when you’re deciding what cup to buy. Other higher capacity cups with the amounts measured to the holes are listed on our chart as well. Their website also includes many helpful assets.

Pros:

  • Higher Capacity than average
  • Budget-Friendly Price
  • Available in a Two-Pack
  • Sturdily attached stem
  • Good beginner firmness level “3”
  • Good lengths for most users

Cons:

  • Only available on Amazon
  • Comes with unnecessary plastic bag (Venus Cup has discontinued use of packaging in the plastic bag!)
  • Grips at base aren’t actually grippy
  • Price differs between Small and Large

Venus Cup Experience

On paper the cup looks pretty darn great. Unfortunately, neither cup was one that I would continue to use. The Small would always suction to my cervix during wear- this causes immediate discomfort bordering on pain. It’s not a fun sensation and both times I tried the Small it occurred, despite attempts to reposition. The Large was comfortable, I wasn’t able to feel the cup despite it being larger than most of the cups I like in the body. I did have trouble with small leaks both cycles and wasn’t able to really stop them on the heavier days. I wasn’t even close to overfilling, and despite all of my attempts at troubleshooting nothing seemed to work. This is a frustrating issue for me but it’s not the only cup I’ve experienced this with and won’t be the last.

Even though the cup wasn’t a good match for me it has received tons of great feedback from others who have already tried it. I always say that every cup is going to work for someone, you just have to find the right vagina+cup pairing.

For those who do have heavier periods and want a higher capacity cup, the Venus is a very viable option in both sizes, and their price is hard to beat.

Where to Buy

Amazon

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3 Comments

  • As a high flow user of cups, the Venus is my new favorite. It feels far higher in quality than the Luv Ur Body large, which was my previous go-to cup, in spite of the nastiest customer service I ever experienced in a company in my life. Even with a high capacity cup, I have to wear a backup pad and sometimes menstrual underwear as well as take 400 mg ibuprofen every four hours for several days, but the Venus is the best option for me so far. It’s a very comfortable cup to me, and I get more time between emptying than most other cups I’ve tried. (Those include the LUB L, Merula xl, Super Jennie L&S, Ziggy, and the Lumma Unique L). I appreciate the holes, because my flow is so heavy that a small leak serves as an alert before a dam break. The Merula xl, although a high capacity and comfortable cup, has no holes, and so when it’s full, it just lets go. The Venus also doesn’t seem to discolor as quickly as some of the others. I’m very happy with mine, and I no longer feel compelled to keep buying new ones to try. I track my flow, and it helps me recognize patterns, so I can empty it before it’s too full. Using a cup has changed my life.

    • Thank you for your review. I was debating between a Venus and Merula XL. I have a very heavy flow due to perimenopause hormone issues and fibroids. Flow averages between 250 to 350 ML a cycle, so Day 2 & 3 is a matter of emptying my regular (25 ml) cup every hour, period underwear and a heavy pad (at night for sure, and on days I can’t get to the bathroom each hour). And ibuprofen! Any extra time between emptying a cup would be a blessing when I have to travel for work, etc. Your review helped put this one in the Amazon cart.

      I’m looking forward to trying this cup with Slow Flow supplement and see if it provides another hour or two of time – I need it for travel in April, unless menopause finally decides to show up. I love menstrual cups, but extra capacity is desperately needed.

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