All these cups were donations to me from 3 different distributers.
The first thing I noticed when I handled the cups and saw them up close was that the material is quite clear and glossy, compared to the other brands. Personally, I think this adds to their visual appeal. Also the different colors add a certain “accessory” charm, so they seem less like a sanitary/medical item, which is very nice.
There is quite a noticeable difference in size between the large and small. And I had always wondered which was smaller: Small Lunette Selene, or small LadyCup– I would have to say small LadyCup. I’m doing a comparison video on the subject, which should be available on YouYube soon, under the key work “menstrual cups”.
The bottom of the LadyCup appears to be a bit squishier than the upper 1/3 of the cup, including the rim. Of course, I’m not sure if they were always this way; I’ve heard that before, the whole cup was quite squishy. So this might be a new thing? I will have to ask a long-time LadyCup user. But I do like this feature, because the firmer rim does allow the material to spring back open quite easily.
Rather than rings, the LadyCup has tiny “bumps” for gripping around the stem and base of the cup. And the bumps are smooth, which is a lot less abrasive, if you are sensitive to that. The stem itself seems to be much more squishy than the other brands, so I think that will enable people to leave it intact, or at least not have to trim it all the way down.
The cotton bags are adorable, too! Ribbon drawstrings, made of cotton, and well constructed. They’ve also got a cute flower print, and little logo tags attached to the seems.
Since I got 2 identical large LilaCups, I did try out one of them out on a dry run (while not on my period), and I just reserved all the others for demonstration purposes. Because of the slicker material, insertion goes very smoothly. It pops open quite easily, and I cannot feel it at all.
Removal– I (and many other women) find that with removal, these cups are quite slick and slippery when added to your internal moisture. So its best to keep some toilet tissue in your hand during removal, and whenever you need a better grip, take your fingers out and re-dry them. Basically, the more dry they are, the easier the cup is to grip. Just pinch the base of the cup very firmly with your thumb and middle finger, while bearing (and pulling) down. Also, tilting the cup from side to side will expose the low hole to air, and break the seal. Honestly try this, it is very, very helpful.
Size-wise, the large and small LadyCups are sort of close to large and small lunettes. But the lunettes have higher capacity, because their holes are higher. So basically, if you are looking for a shorter, smoother cup, and your flow is not very heavy, then this brand would be a good choice for you.
My Personal Recommendations:
If you have an average flow, or if you are sexually active, I would say definitely get the large. The small I would be more inclined to recommend for a virgin, or someone with very light flow.
In conclusion, these are all absolutely beautiful cups! Smooth, well proportioned, and very comfortable.
Yuuki Cup Review
I received this cup as a donation from the manufacturer, and I am quite honored to give it a trial. I was about to leave and go to my mom’s house for a while, and I figured I would just check my mail when I returned. But I had this strange feeling that I should check the mail before I leave… So I did, and there was the Yuuki cup in the mail box! Instinct, I suppose (and fast shipping).
The Yuuki cup came in a white sealed envelope, containing the solid cardboard tub-like container with a ventilated plastic lid, a color print folding paper manual with photos, and 1 small size Yuuki menstrual cup.
I like this cup! I think it would be great for women who are “somewhere in the middle”, aka, are sexually active, but have not had a baby. Of course, it depends on your unique shape. I’m sure lots of other women would do well with it.
I think I may have gotten a newer model of Yuuki, because in the other reviews I read, they all said Yuuki had a solid stem. But mine is hallow and squishy (which I like). You should be able to see examples of it in the pictures. It reminds me a little bit of the Divacup stem, only longer. The bottom / base of the cup is reinforced, and the base and stem have grip rings (4 on the base, 4 on the stem). Inside the rim, there is some ever-so-slightly raised writing– the Yuuki logo, and across from that a number 1. The rim is not too thick, but not too thin. There are 4 suction release holes, slanting downward from the inside, out.
Everyone has an opinion of slanted holes, but I think they allow better capacity as they are higher on the inside, but offer faster exposure to air for suction release, as they are lower on the outside.
On the inside, there is a spill proof ring up near the top (like Keeper Moon Cup), and 2 measuring lines, marking 5 and 10 (I’m assuming that’s ml ). The material itself, I would say is close in feel to MoonCup UK, but the rim is not as thick/stiff. That makes it a little easier to fold though. And of course, the Yuuki’s color is more clear.
When I tested this cup out (on a dry run), I have to say it was pretty easy to use over all. At least for me. Insertion was comfortable, not much trouble getting it to pop open. While wearing it, the only part I could feel was the stem, and not too much. But as I always say, that can be trimmed off if anyone wishes to do that. I have a very low cervix, but this cup was easy for me to wear, it didn’t protrude at all. I did not feel the grip textures on the base of the cup, the way I do with Diva. My model of Yuuki was one of the easiest cups to remove so far, as well.
The company was a pleasure and very helpful to deal with– they readily offered me some of their own photos to use for my information page, until I received the donation cup they sent, at which point I took my own photos. I would like to thank them graciously for all their generous help.