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Fun Factory Fun Cups menstrual cups

My fanaticism for menstrual cups borders on religious. I’ve been using them almost exclusively for about 4 years now, and the honeymoon, um, period, has yet to wear off. I honestly can’t think of many other products that have improved my quality of life in the same way — I’d say menstrual cups are easily the best non-dildo thing to ever inhabit my vagina. I’ve amassed a small collection.

To those unfamiliar, a menstrual cup is a bell-shaped receptacle worn vaginally, against the cervix, to collect period blood. Most are crafted from resilient, body-safe silicone, making them a more eco- and wallet-friendly alternative to pads and tampons. Although sex toy companies peddle stuff that goes in bodily orifices, and many of them deal exclusively in 100% silicone, most1 have not ventured outside of orgasm-inducing products into more utilitarian ones like menstrual cups. German vibrator company Fun Factory has taken up the task, and BLESS THEM FOR IT.

Colorful, stemless, gender-neutral menstrual cups? It’s about damn time.

When Fun Factory publicly announced the Fun Cups, I couldn’t help but smile from the back row. I’ve been harboring this exciting news for months. I’ve been harboring the Fun Cups in my vagina for many a period, actually, because I helped Fun Factory hone their marketing language and manual for them.2 I may have freaked out my bosses at work when they asked my thoughts on the Fun Cups and I blurted, “oh, they’re rad! I have one inside me right now.”

But is the Fun Cup the perfect menstrual cup? TRICK QUESTION, YO, because there is no “perfect menstrual cup”! Anatomy and flow vary, and what my vagina likes may be something yours hates. Indeed, some of the features of the Fun Cups that make them less than ideal for me are the same features that could endear them to other vaginas. The good news is, I’m pretty well-acquainted with my vagina.

Fun Factory Fun Cups menstrual cups

The Fun Cups come in two sizes, the smaller firmer A and larger squishier B, with three kits to choose from: one with two A cups, one with two B cups, and an Explore Kit with one of each. Each kit costs $39.99 (making the cups $20 apiece!) and comes with a comprehensive booklet with step-by-step photos of folding techniques and a triangular tyvek storage bag with a flexible rim and magnetic closure. Fun Factory would like to point out that the bag is consciously not “floral,” and honestly, they’re right to do so. So much menstrual cup marketing relies on tired, gendered assumptions, and Fun Factory is making a concerted effort to eschew that. Again, bless.

Previously I’ve written about my journey acclimating to menstrual cups: the relatively easy adjustment period, the leakage mishaps mostly due to my own smugness, my experience of sex while wearing a cup, and the realization that twisting the cup after insertion is paramount to achieving a secure seal. Oh, and there was some necessary yelling about the myth that menstrual cups aren’t messy. (It’s blood; it’s going to get on you.)

Now, I don’t even need panty liners as back-up because I can tell, feeling the cup, if it’s suctioned on my cervix correctly. Now that I’ve used several different cups, I know how they can vary — and how design changes impact the experience. But the Fun Cups taught me a new lesson: how silicone density impacts the experience.

To put my opinion on the Fun Cups in perspective, here are five questions that are useful to ask yourself when considering menstrual cup options, and my answers:

  1. Are you cool with sticking your fingers in your vagina, and how do you feel about blood? Obviously, I have no qualms digging around in my vagina, and I’m not averse to blood.
  2. What’s your ~lifestyle~ like? Gay as fuck, thanks for asking. I also work from home a lot, so I rarely find myself needing to empty my cup away from my house. Most commonly, I dump my cup out in the shower, where I can stare in awe at my little massacre — and rinse it all away.
  3. How long is your vaginal canal… and how long are your fingers? My vagina, in its resting state, seems to be on the longer side. My fingers are somewhat short and stubby, so reaching smaller cups requires more effort.
  4. How much blood do you produce? My menstrual flow is average — heavier for the first few days, then tapering off.
  5. How lazy are you? I’m VERY lazy and don’t like to empty my menstrual cups more than twice a day if I can help it.

Most of these factors lead me to cups that are larger and longer, but now I know there’s another important distinction to be made: firmer or softer silicone.

The more squishy the cup, the more difficult insertion and placement can be — it’s harder to keep the cup folded as you push it in, which leads it to unfurl too soon and require a lot of adjustment to achieve a proper seal against the cervix. Firmer cups insert more effortlessly and tend to pop open mostly on their own, needing only a quick twist to secure.

The size B Fun Cup is the necessary size for the first several days of my period (it holds an ounce of blood; size A holds a third less), but it’s made of the thinnest silicone of all my cups. Thus, it’s floppy and more time-consuming to position. This is the first time I’ve needed to both spin a cup and bear down with my pelvic floor to get a good seal.

The smaller size A Fun Cup, though, is made of a firmer silicone that opens beautifully once inserted. It just doesn’t hold as much blood — so I can only use it on lighter days — and it’s a bit more challenging for me to retrieve from the depths of my black hole vagina.

Both Fun Cups, once positioned, are absolutely secure and 100% comfortable. They capture all the bloody carnage for me, and I barely have to think about them at all. I can wear cute underwear, hop in a pool, go to a sex party. Menstruating life is good.

The Fun Cups don’t have stems like most other menstrual cups; instead they have solid, slightly curved tips dotted with a light texture for traction. I think I prefer stems, because they provide more length for me to grab, but stems don’t usually irritate me either. If you hate stems, as I know a lot of people do, the Fun Cups could be a godsend.

Fun Factory Fun Cup (size B), Fun Cup (size A), SckoonCup (size 1), Diva Cup (size 1), Intimina Lily Cup (size B).

Fun Cup (size B), Fun Cup (size A), SckoonCup (size 1), Diva Cup (size 1), Lily Cup (size B).

For comparison, the SckoonCup (size 1) is a breeze to insert, and the thick silicone allows it to spring open no problem… but it’s on the small side for my flow; it has a long, stretchy, pointy stem; and its short stature means I have to reach further to break the seal to remove it. (In retrospect, I should’ve purchased size 2.)

What works best for me is a cup that’s big enough to catch my flow on my heaviest days, long enough for me to comfortably unsuction it, and made of a silicone firm enough to pop open easily. The Diva Cup (size 1) fits that description best, still, even if it’s the most butt-ugly cup in my collection, and even if its “girl power” marketing makes me gag.

While I like the silky finish on the Lily Cup (size B), it’s my least favorite for sure. No matter which size you get it’s the longest menstrual cup on the market, and on top of that the flexibility of the silicone makes insertion a pain. The stem is also too stiff; it’s the worst offender when it comes to that moment of oh god, I’ve pooped and now the cup has migrated slightly and is poking into my vaginal wall. This is not uncommon with any strenuous poop, but the Lily Cup makes me regret it most.

Oh, and it’s pink.

Fun Factory Fun Cup (size B), Fun Cup (size A), SckoonCup (size 1), Diva Cup (size 1), Intimina Lily Cup (size B).

Fun Cup (size B), Fun Cup (size A), SckoonCup (size 1), Diva Cup (size 1), Lily Cup (size B).

Although the Diva Cup still performs best in my particular vagina, I’m not really married to any one cup, and I advise you to consider your own needs and quirks when picking one out. The Fun Cup (size A) is a fabulous small stemless cup, Fun Cup (size B) is a decent stemless cup if you can get the hang of placing it, and the Explore Kit is a great way to experiment and determine your menstrual cup preferences.

Because even at their most frustrating, every single menstrual cup I’ve tried has been better than bulky, imprecise pads and vagina-drying tampons. It’s the only period protection I’ve ever used that made me forget I was on my period. I am not being hyperbolic when I tell you that I have delayed the adoption of an IUD because of how much I will miss menstrual cups. Sure, I’m excited to possibly not bleed every month, but that means no more menstrual cups — and help, I’m weirdly sad about it.

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  1. Sex toy company LELO owns Intimina, so they technically make the Lily Cup. []
  2. Yeah, man, I’m the reason the manual says “folks with shorter vaginal canals” rather than “folks who are worried about size.” *cracks knuckles* Just doin’ my part. []
  • Sarah

    I tried a menstrual cup a few years ago and I am never, ever going back. It’s so comfortable! I’ve only really tried the Diva Cup though, and while that one works pretty well for me I’d love to try more. And agreed on the stereotypical “female” marketing, not everything needs to be pink and flowery, thanks.

  • I’ve been using a Skoon cup for a few years now, and it really was life changing. I am curious about this one though, and I like the price point + them having a kit with both sizes. Plus a two pack means you can keep one at home & have one packed with you which is awesome! Thanks for reviewing this!

  • What’s the problem with using a menstrual cup if you also have an IUD? I haven’t encountered any myself, but my IUD is a copper one, and I couldn’t find any information during my, admittedly cursory, search for information on if that’d be a problem… Also, it’s been a few years since I got my first RubyCup. There’s bound to be more info these days.

  • Eli

    Anecdotally, I used a menstrual cup with my IUD for months and never had any issues or discomfort, the nurses who did my insertion told me that they’d never heard of a cup user having a problem, and at least one retrospective cohort study found no significant risk of early expulsion for cup or tampon users. I do miss my cups now, but only because my period totally stopped about 6 months into the IUD 🙁

  • Mori Gryphon

    Especially when an IUD is new, there’s some concerns about the strings from it getting caught around the rim of a cup. That being said, I used one while I had an IUD and never had an issue, nor have I heard of it being a common problem.

  • Mori Gryphon

    I was excited to hear about these. I’ve been using a DivaCup for….a very long time, now, and keep thinking about trying other ones, but ultimately opt for just keeping with what I’ve got. I like the shapes on these, though, and that they’re in a couple different sizes for a reasonable price.

  • Rin

    Hmm… these look interesting, but two things cross my mind. The first is that while I love my Diva Cup size 1 (never going back to tampons and pads ever again, sweet jebus!), I had to trim off its stem completely because otherwise it protruded slightly out of my vagina and proceeded to rub and jab that area rather annoyingly. You call the Fun Cups “stemless” but… well, looking at them, they still have something of an elongated point on them. Probably not as bad as the Diva Cup’s proper stem, seeing as it’s smooth and rounded, but it still looks potentially worrisome. Aaaaaand something tells me that trying to trim off that bit wouldn’t work nearly as well.

    The other thing is, by flexing my muscles and making the Diva Cup protrude a bit, I can actually look down and get an idea of how full it is. My flow can be an unpredictable beast for the first day or two, so sometimes it’s necessary for me to get a visual and it’s nice to not have to take the cup out to do so. I feel like the colored silicone of the Fun Cup might make this harder.

    These are just concerns related to my own cup use, though. The Fun Cups still look great if I set those concerns aside, and it’s always nice to see more options for menstrual cups. Seriously, those folks who won’t try cups because they hate to touch their own period blood are missing out. XD

  • That’s good to know, especially because my doctor had barely even heard of menstrual cups when I asked her about interaction. My main “concern” is, like you say, not bleeding enough to even need them anymore!

  • While there are some concerns about using them together (accidentally pulling the IUD strings being the main one I’ve seen), I meant that I most likely will not bleed enough to be able to test menstrual cups anymore.

  • Erin McFarland

    I have a Lunette Model 1, and its… interesting. Some months its great, and I can just live my life. Other months it makes my cramps so bad I have to go home from work and bleed out in a hot shower for an hour before i can function again. Even though it’s the smaller size, i think it might be the wrong shape for me. Whether it’s been a good period or not, my vaginal walls feel chafed for several days after and my cervix is craaaaazy sensitive which leads to no sex which is already an issue with me and my partner as we have very different libido. I would LOVE to win this new cup, because of its shape and size it might solve a whole host of issues for me! Seriously, I need a different cup. Help me have better periods!

  • Mae D.

    I’ve been using a Skoon cup for about 6-8 months til up to a few months ago where the stem just snapped on me when I tried to remove it. I kinda had a few issues with Skoon anyways, the stem was way too thin for my liking and it managed on more than one occasion to just completely slip up inside where I had to fish it out.

    Then got a Diva Cup last month (I kinda had no choice but to since the Skoon cup spoiled me) and honestly it’s worked out a bit better better than the Skoon cup. I’m actually willing to try other brands since these things have saved me so much money~

  • The Fun Cups have a tip, but I would not call it a stem. They’re also both shorter than the Diva Cup. This is why considering your own anatomy and needs is so important! You definitely wouldn’t be able to cut the tips off the Fun Cups.

  • Tzipora

    First I gotta say- I loooove the colors of these!

    Secondly, how cool is it that they have a lot that allows you to try both sizes?! I haven’t by any means seen every cup on the market but I’ve been eyeing these and aware of them for at least a decade and I think the offering both sizes together is a pretty unique concept, no? And I don’t know if other cups are still marketing by the whole “pick size A if you’ve never given birth and size B if you have” but obviously bodies are a lot more complex and individual than that so pretty cool that Fun Factory isn’t saying that.

    Have to say I’m intrigued by these and appreciate the discussion of shorter or longer vaginas. Mine is definitely on the shorter side and during my period I know my cervix tends to sit quite low. I’m still not sure how well cups would work for me or not. I tried the monstrosity that was the Instead soft cup (those semi-disposable cup thingies that they were even given free samples of like 5 years back) and while I’ve since heard this is fairly common, I could not for the life of me get one to fit. I’m super particular on tampon brands as well because some are too long or shift to a position where they irritate my vaginal entrance. So hmm, Fun Factory’s cup sounds like it could be a good starting place for me.

    I’m curious (and know you’ve got so many great commenters and readers who have helped me out before) if otherswho have PCOS can comment on their menstrual cup experiences. One of the complexities of my own PCOS experience is that due to my inability to treat mine and how severely enlarged my ovaries are with cysts, some months I can’t really wear anything internally. It hurts. But hasn’t been an issue for awhile and I imagine just being uh, a little more acquainted with my vagina during my period as one kind of tends to be using a cup, it might actually work better than blinding sliding a tampon in? Curious in general how cups feel for people with really painful periods because I often try to avoid tampons the first day or two of my cycle because I find after insertion my cramps will temporarily worsen. Luckily my flow tends to be on the lighter side (sometimes bafflingly so considering the pain!) so sounds like the size A cup might be particularly well suited for me. Given the PCOS pain and shorter vagina issues too, no stem sounds like it might be better for me and as someone prone to laziness or just not wanting to mess around with things, this sounds better to me than having to trim a stem and trying to figure that all out.

    So I’m super interested. Thanks for this detailed review too. It’s one of few cup reviews I’ve ever read where I feel like I could really gauge whether a specific cup might work best for my own complex needs. Of course in practice it could always turn out that my needs aren’t quite what I thought, but thankfully then there’s now so many other options on the market. But looks like this would be a great option for me to consider for my first cup!

  • C. Poly

    I had the Diva Cup for a while and LOVED it. I’m itching to try the Fun Cups, but they will only be the second menstrual cups I’ll have tried. I know that I will need the B size, but after reading your review, I’m a little worried it might not work well for me. As I said in a reply on Twitter, I have an IUD and have to break the suction before taking my cup out. I’m worried about the lack of stem and shortness of the cup. :/

  • Tzipora

    Ooh, as a cup newbie I hadn’t even given thought to the potential convenience of having a second cup to keep in my bag but that is indeed pretty awesome. Seems like such a win/win that Fun Factory is offering the various varieties of two packs and the option to get both sizes is especially cool.

  • Rin

    I figured as much. Still looks like a neat product. I might give them a try someday, just to see the difference.

    I almost bought a stemless MeLuna cup years ago, since it looked like it would have been perfect. And then they stopped making the stemless model. Dangit, every time I find something I like or think I’ll like, it winds up being discontinued! (Looking at YOU, Campbell’s soups. Stop getting rid of the good flavors! XD You too, Dortios!)

  • Dandemort

    I thought I was the only one a bit sad about not using cups anymore because of the IUD. I did throw away my one diva because it was starting to get a bit gnarly and it was like 6 years old.

    One thing I wish, as a Canadian, is that more companies bothered to have their products registered and tested with Health Canada to have them available within our territories. Currently, only the Diva is registered as a safe menstrual product and allowed to be sold as such. Ordering from abroad is always so expensive, too. I wonder if FF might get around this by offering them at sex shops instead as “novelty” items, but I do so hope we can get another one on the proper market. Do you know anything about their availability? Anyway, glad to see funky and cute ones make it to the market!

  • Jannnineish

    I’m excited to hear that you have both a diva and a sckoon, because those are the two I also have! I bought the sckoon size 1 first, because I have always felt I had a smaller-than-average vagina. [spoiler alert: I was wrong] I later went on an extended vacation, forgot to plan, and left the sckoon at home. The Targets in California typically carry Diva cups, so I dropped by to grab on in leu of the hated tampons. I agains bought size 1. This time, I thought about it more, because after a little over a year of exclusively using the sckoon, I knew it was a little small, and god almighty, getting it out could take 20+ minutes of digging in my vagina, contorting my body over the toilet to try and get that little MFer out. Since buying the diva, I haven’t once considered using the sckoon. But! The diva is not perfect for me. It’s a little small- I frequently wake up to leakage, and as someone who has blessedly comfortable periods, forget that I’m menstruating until it begins leaking. :/ Given, that’s a me problem. My other main issue with Diva is it’s color– or lack there of. After a year an a half, it’s got a tan tinge. and it’s not exactly odorless. I do my best to clean it throughly, but idk, I’ve got terrible eyesight, and I know those ridges probably retain stuff no matter how much soap I use. And the hollow stem!! Who thought of that monstrosity. Ugh, gunk collection extraordinaire. The diva though, is long enough that most of the time, a practiced combination of bearing down and curling my body allows me to grab the body of the cup quickly. I suppose this means the A fun cup would be fine, but I’d still love to try both! This explore set will certainly be the next menstrual purchase I make!

  • Dandemort

    I have PCOS and while I didn’t have severe swelling or anything, I do have a lopsided canal so things like tampons were always a no-go. Honestly, the cup is still so pliable that your walls don’t have to do much squeezing to keep it in. I only ever found it noticeable if I somehow managed to get it to sit too low or when it would get really full. I’d say give it a try! Especially because these ones are cheaper and more affordable than, say, the Diva. The two pack could be a good option because it has both shore strengths.

  • Dandemort

    Also this is anecdotal so take it with a grain of salt, but some people feel tampons for whatever reason increased their cramping, while cups diminished it. Could be placebo, but could be something to it.

  • Dandemort

    If you’re having problems with leakage, it could be either the circumference not being big enough or simply not high enough capacity. As far as I know, the Diva B had the highest capacity on the market but that may well have changed. There is a menstrual cup community on livejournal (throwbaaaaack lol) that has a guide to overall flow capacity.

  • Cat

    I am so happy to see these. I’ve been struggling for an irregular cycle for a bit now, and while those period panties have helped ease my suffering, I’ve always been curious about menstrual cups… But every single other one on the market has looked scary, and the stem makes me feel nervous, and there were so many options it was overwhelming. Seeing Fun Factory’s makes me feel good, however! The shape looks more friendly, the variety of colors is nice, and I love how they come in kits – seems more accessible!

    So, basically, I’m quite excited about this and I think it may be time for me to try…

  • Lia Heavvymetalqueen

    I can definitely relate to the attachment to your blood-catching receptacles…I got hair dye on my Lunette and have been using my spare Mooncup which is longer, firmer, has no grip at the tip (i cut the stems entirely or they poke out) and most importantly NOT BRIGHT ORANGE, it just feels wrong, lol. I highly recommend the Lunette for peeps that have very short vaginal canals and don’t mind softer silicone – but I am biased because it’s a Finnish brand and I get them with no hassle here!

    I definitely haven’t had more than a passing queasiness since I switched to the cup, and I used to have cramps so bad I would pass out. I don’t know how, but I’m not gonna question the magic of the cup!!

  • Amanda Hobson

    I really appreciate this post and your review. I love the Diva Cup and have been talking about the problems of tampons and pads for a while. Menstrual cups are so much more cost effective and better for the body and the environment. I’m glad other manufacturers are getting on board with making menstrual cups.

  • I love the timing of this post! I just bought the Size A Fun Cups from Wallflower a couple weeks ago. I’m finishing up my first week using one and I have made discoveries similar to yours!

    My only other menstrual cup is the Diva Cup and although it works very well I wanted to try something else. I love the look of the Fun Cups for sure and the stiffer silicone is great! I do find them to be harder to remove (lack of stem) and I was a little worried about the size being noticeably smaller than my trusty Diva Cup. Luckily I haven’t had an issues and I plan to switch between the two as needed in the future!!

    Your review of the Diva Cup was the final push I needed to try one and I still can’t thank you enough!

    Go Fun Factory!! I hope whomever wins the ones you’re giving away loves them as much as I do!!!

  • Abi J

    Ooh, I’m very interested in these! I’ve been using a Diva Cup for several months now and the stem sometimes jabs me if the cup gets full enough. I’m finding it hard to tell from the pictures – would you say the FunCup size B is closest to the size of the Diva Cup?

  • Eve

    I’ve been using the Diva Cup for over two years because I go camping a lot, and I was never a big fan of packing out all my used pads and tampons. I’m also a really heavy and messy bleeder. I’m super excited to try these, because even though my Diva Cup has been pretty awesome, I’ve been interested in finding something that was possibly a different shape/shorter for my shorter vagina… and these just look fun! The stemless part is also a plus- I have the opposite problem where I have unusually long fingers, so the stem can just be bothersome.

  • Rose S.

    I’ve been using pads and occasionally tampons (too) for my heavy flow. It’s expensive but it mostly works. I hate having to constantly worry about my pad and carrying around a huge stash of period supplies. I’ve been wanting to try out menstrual cups for a while but haven’t been willing to commit the money to an item that might not work for me. The hated pink color and over the top girly-ness also throws me off.
    Fun factory’s new cup looks so unassuming and comfortable I may have to give it a go. love the color choice too, that way I don’t have to sacrifice “me” for some adequate comfortable protection. If I could actually go a full day without fiddling with my period protection past the bathroom I’d instantly make the switch full time. Maybe burn all my stained and stretched period panties while i’m at it.

  • Meigh McPants

    Ooooh, my wife and I were just talking about going back to menstrual cups, and I love that this has different sizes. Since one of us had given birth and one has not, we could each take one. Boom, menstruation solved.

  • Brenda Marie

    I love the way you talk about things. <3
    I actually already ordered a set of fun cups… but really, I don't see a down side to having more or sharing menstrual cups with my friends.

    I've had a Diva cup for ages (2 actually. I lost the first one and bought a second, though one has a gross weird tacky feeling to it now that weirds me out. Maybe I've just had them too long?) and it works. I can't use disposable pads because they give me rashes and I have to be really careful with tampons for the same reason. My partner showed me cups ages ago. I love them.

    I do sometimes loose my Diva cups… but I gotta say, now I'm not sure if I'm not putting it in quite right or if it's maybe just too small… I can't wait to try these ones and figure it out.

  • Scarlet

    I have not yet been able to use a cup because I find the stem on most to just be too oddly shaped. But the Fun Factory Cups look amazing! I know that if I don’t win I am going to be buying some as soon as I can.

  • Tadiera

    I want to try a cup, but at the same time I’m leery. I’m not scared of blood nor my vag, but at the same time… trying something new is what’s scary. I spend a lot of time at home, so that’s not the scary part, but man. Accidents suck! The struggle sucks. Also, I’m poor as hell and they tend to be a bit pricey, so it’s sort of that ‘I don’t want to drop this much money on something that might not work in the least for me.’

    So I’ve been really torn for a really long time on whether or not I want to actually try it or not. :

  • Eve

    This is such excellent news! I’ve been wanting to get into menstrual cups for ages now, but was always wary of making that initial purchase because what if it didn’t work, you can’t exactly return it, I don’t really know what I’d need in a cup yet, and so on… But having two different varieties in one pack is a fantastic idea, and I’m glad to see it. Hopefully someday I will take the plunge and try it? I’d really like to stop spending so much money on pads and tampons; it’s ridiculous.

    Also gender-inclusive marketing YES PLEASE AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

  • sandy

    I’ve always wanted to try a cup but have always ended up being bamboozled resulting in just going back to the throw away pads which cost a fortune, don’t always fit my underwear and at times are so uncomfortable.

  • bzzingbee

    I’ve tried the Diva cup and liked it but I switched to an IUD shortly after getting it and decided not to mess the diva cup while I had the iud due to (very low risk) of string catching/pulling. My iud and I didn’t get along well so it was for the best. But! I would love to try any cup now that my birth control method has changed

  • Januarium

    I’ve been interested in cups for years but I definitely worry about learning to insert one. Plus, the monetary investment when it might be the wrong size is frustrating, I really like that they offer a pack with two sizes for the fun cup. I know in the long run they save you money if they work for you of course, but that short term is tough. Also, I really appreciate you acknowledge the mess! So often I read about these things and just… feel like hiding that just makes it more obvious?

  • Mary

    I’ve never been interested in menstrual cups until i saw these! I’d live to have some to try

  • kd

    I’ve been an exclusive cup user for ten years. I first got the Diva Cup in 2007 because there were only 4 types of cup out there – 3 were made of latex, so I chose the only silicone cup I was aware of at the time. I used it for about 6 and a half years, but I had a stretch of time when I was spotting almost every day for a couple months, and using the Diva Cup for such an extended length of time was causing major irritation due to the ridges at the lip of the cup. I started doing some research and realized that by this point there were a TON of options!

    I got the Sckoon cup (same color as yours!) because it’s totally smooth. I love it, but I’ve had some leakage issues now and then, and on certain days in my cycle my cervix is so low that the stem pokes out. I’ve been using the Sckoon since 2014 and I’m generally happy, but I keep thinking there might be a better option.

    I’m over 30, but have never given birth and have a pretty light flow. I keep using the smaller sizes because I tick 2 of the 3 boxes, but I wonder if the leakage I’ve been experiencing might actually mean that I need to upgrade to a larger cup? I feel like my age can’t possibly have that much to do with it, but then again… maybe the companies who make these cups actually know what they’re talking about when they list age as a factor 😉

  • Meg

    I’ve been using the Diva cup for over a year but the stem, even cut short, is irritating for my labia and I think it’s time for a replacement because a couple months ago it dried me out so badly I was in pain. I’ve since switched back to tampons until I feel like spending another $30 on a cup. But cups are far more convienent, they make it easier to track flow, and I can keep it in for the first couple days before my period just in case I start early, which is not something I like to do with tampons.

    I’m really interested in trying this out. They’re cute, the look comfortable, and right now anything is better than my Diva cup.

  • IB

    I don’t have a vagina, but my partner does. Every few months she says she’s going to get a menstrual cup, but every time she goes to buy one she’s faced with too many choices and is too afraid she’s going to get the “wrong” one, or the wrong size, and ends up getting nothing. Offering multiple sizes together is a great solution to that problem.

  • April

    I’ve been curious about menstrual cups for a really long time now! I’ve been an adamant pad user since I hit puberty (I really, really don’t like tampons, and every time I try to use them, I’m usually left in pain), and only discovered these in a the last year or so. Every time my monthly cycle comes up, I’m reminded that I should bite the bullet and order one, but I’m always a little scared it wouldn’t work with me, given my bad experience with the other insertable menstrual product. But reading your review (and given that its been a decade since i hit puberty anyway), I’m thinking that I should go ahead and try some. I like the interesting shapes on these, since the stem poking me or being uncomfortable has always been a concern of mine.

  • Dylan Doran

    I use a Moon Cup (a UK brand I think) and have been for maybe 3 years so far, and have had an IUD for a year now with no issues. I completely removed the annoying stem because it’s harder to remove the cup with the stem than it is just by grabbing the bottom of the cup.

    The moon cup is meant to be worn lower so I’m assuming that’s why I haven’t had any issues with my IUD. Doesn’t sound like the Fun Cup would be right if it’s meant to suction around my cervix. The lack of stem and cool colours are super nice though!

  • May

    My body currently contains a Skyla IUD and a Ruby Cup! A year with the Skyla lessened my period volume from 30+ ml to about 20ml/day. My doctor wasn’t very familiar with cups either, but I found that I can easily feel my strings. They’re pretty good about staying curled up and I’ve never accidentally tugged on them.

  • Jamie H

    Aaah I’ve been excited for this review since you mentioned these in your sex toy news last week! I’ve been using the Diva cup for years and, even with its incredible pink, flower-covered packaging and advertising, the product itself has been really good for me in terms of providing me with a period-having experience where I can think about the fact that I am period-having as little as possible.

    It’s really about time for me to replace it, though, so I’m definitely going to have to pick up the Explore kit at some point. The stem isn’t often an issue for the Diva with my anatomy but the Fun Cups honestly just *look* super comfy and a lot more… body-shaped, I guess. I didn’t think about it until reading this post, but I actually don’t really use the stem to remove or insert my cup – I usually hold the base itself lightly so I have a better sense of how much I’ve folded the cup so I don’t dump anything all over the place, hahaha.

    I also feel like solid, colored silicone rather than clear is a pretty great idea. I’ve had my cup for a good few years now and it is pretty stained and definitely is not lookin’ super cute anymore.

  • Brittany Marczak

    AH! Thank you for this review! I’ve been using the Diva Cup for almost a year now, and it’s one of my best life decisions. I’ve also had to trim the stem as much as possible and there are some days when it’s still too large for me. So these Fun Cups look PERFECT and MADE for me. I kinda need one. Or two. Or… Just yes.

    Side note, I got my IUD in February of this year and my Diva Cup was a godsend. I was one of the lucky people who bled/spotted almost constantly for the first six months of having the IUD. I actually don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t use a menstrual cup. It was impossible to predict the level of spotting on any given day, so I was just living in my Diva Cup up until very recently when the spotting finally stopped.

  • Brie Love

    I myself am absolutely sick of using a pad for my periods.I have terribly sensitive skin and wearing them for any longer than 3 days sets my skin ablaze, and honestly sleeping with them on is akin to taking a peek into hell.I have no idea why I havnt hopped off the mainstream padwagon yet…
    My plan is to start the search for the best cup (or alternative?) for me.Pronto.
    Wish me luck!

  • Margarita Zeas

    I’ve been using a Ruby cup for a few years but tend to have vaginal irritation with it (maybe due to inserting/taking out too quickly because I’m impatient). I don’t have irritation when i take my sweet time and lube up before inserting but it’s a chore to do each time, even if its only once or twice a day. First world problems, I know. Unfortunately for this reason, I’ll sometimes choose to use a tampon instead if I’m in rush. It would be great to try other varieties to hopefully find one my vagina likes better!

  • Eleanor Rose

    I got SO excited when I saw in your last email that these exist now. I tried some cheap cups several years back and ended up transitioning to sponges, which I’m now wanting to leave behind for a bevy of reasons.

    A set of cups that makes it affordable to immediately try two different sizes, with non-gendered marketing that makes me happy to give money to the manufacturer? Sign me up!

  • Darastrix

    I’ve used Instead Softcups for years and found them a huge improvement over pads (itchy diaper rash after a few days, ugh) and tampons (hahahanope – they always feel like they’re one good sneeze from launching across the room.) But after a few days, my cervix is like ‘get this plastic rim away from me already!’

    I’ve been interested in cups for a while now, but I always wince at the thought of spending that much $ on something I’m not sure would be a good fit for me, and the stems on Diva and Lily with the flat tips, and especially the Sckoon look so…poke-y.

    The Fun Cup stems look like they’d be comfortable, and the non-gendered packaging and marketing is a HUGE plus. And with the explore pack giving you one of each size, I think I’d be much more comfortable shelling out for one.

    Thank you so much for this review, Epiphora!

  • CorcraAurora

    I’ve been using a Diva Cup for a few years, and have definitely had the stem become uncomfortable after going to the bathroom. I’ve been thinking about trying some others in the last few months, and got very excited to see the new Fun Cup! I already love Fun Factory toys, and think them adding menstrual cups is a logical thing.

  • trix23

    What if you have prominent inner labia, and/or one longer than the other–will that complicate use?

  • Candice Williams

    I had a hate hate relationship with my period from day one. My first period was a disaster. I had had a fight whither my mom, I was in denial and went to school with just some tissues in my panties. Needless to say, I bled everywhere. I started with pads that always shifted and again blood everywhere. I was in college before I tried tampons and they were only slightly better and I was scared to death of TSS. So I suffered through years of tampons. I tried every brand until finally I got tired of getting up in the middle of the night to change my tampon. I don’t even remember how I heard about menstrual cups, but I bought a Diva cup and never looked back. I don’t even know why anyone would use anything else.

  • Wendy

    I’ve never used a menstraul cup and now I’m old. Worried that sometimes my flow is too light and sometimes too heavy. Seems like cups might make this more challenging to gauge. Thoughts?

  • skirtyboots

    I’ve been using a diva cup for two years, I cut the tip off. I’m def. ordering these next time I need to replace my diva cup, I love the look / shape of them!

  • skirtyboots

    Since having kids I’ve noticed my flow is very heavy sometimes and very light other times, this is actually perfect for cups. When I’m just spotting I can put my cup in and not worry about toxic shock, if my flow is heavy I can feel the weight of the cup and know to empty it sooner than normal. Most days I can empty once in the morning, once before bed, but usually once per cycle I have to empty once more around dinner time, I haven’t had spills or leaks, I’m just more aware of the cup once it’s full.

  • Melissa

    I’ve been interested in trying menstrual cups for a while but always talk myself out of it due to worries that I’ll spend the money only to find that it doesn’t work for me. That, and the stems on some of them look scary! The fun cups look cute and friendly, and I like that the explore kit comes in two sizes so you can hopefully find a perfect fit. I currently use tampons when I’m going to be out of the house, and home made cloth pads the rest of the time. I love the cloth pads since they are reusable, chemical free, and nice and soft against my skin, but I’m not really up for having to cart a used one around at work. Eww! I really like the idea of a menstrual cup in place of tampons as it would solve that problem while still being eco-friendly.

  • Siren Vandoll

    I use a juju cup (an Australian brand) and I’m obsessed with it. Haven’t bought tampons in 2 years and it’s perfection! Would LOVE to try the fun cups!

  • Kiara

    How does the size of these measure up to the other brands? I have discovered that my vagina is apparently SUPER SHORT and so far even the short models of many brands simply will not go all the way in me. So I’m always nervous to shell out money to try a new cup :C

  • catherine wall

    I started using OB tampons as soon as I got my period at 12 years old. My mother used them. I got familiar with my body when it wasn’t cool. No other girls bummed a tampon from me. I later tried a menstrual cup that had trimmible stem. It worked great except for the uncomfortable stem part. I’m really excited to see these sleek, modern, comfy looking Fun Cups! I’d love to try one.

  • Jennifer

    I’ve had two kids, but my period tends to be super light after the first day. I’ve been tempted to try a cup and the explore pack looks perfect. My period doesn’t always start when I think it will, so being able to stick a cup in and not worry about toxic shock or pads would be great. I like that it comes with two so you have a backup.

    I wish the explore pack came with the purple and turquoise instead of blue and pink, but being able to try both sizes for a reasonable price makes up for it.

  • Brodie Owens

    dang i’m so glad you review these things! as a non binary person I hate carrying tampons (and I don’t like carrying a purse, so where do I ever put them? I have no idea) so i’ve been considering a menstrual cup for a while! These not only sound really good but also how cute are they?!

  • postale

    Menstrual cups have completely changed how I interact with my body and my cycle. Where I previously dreaded the horrible discomfort of wet pads all day or scratchy tampons that needed replacing every two hours because I was terrified to use anything other than the “slim/regular” size, I no longer fear my period. I’ve been using a medium Meluna with a ball stem for over five years (yikes, it probably needs replacing) and I often forget I’m on my period when my cup is in. I still use a liner as a precaution but I only dump the cup 2-3 times a day because I’m lazy and that’s all it really needs. It took me a cycle or two to get used to using a cup and being comfortable diggin’ around my goods but it helped me become more comfortable and confident in my body. I tell all my menstruating friends that they should absolutely invest in a menstrual cup (and I think three have tried them out though aren’t converts yet).

    While my Meluna has been good for the past five years, it’s definitely stained and seems far more pliable than when I purchased it. I want to make the switch from TPE to silicone and Fun Factory’s cups are heckin’ delightful. I like that they’re stemless and that the explore kit comes with two sizes. It was a chore to figure out which size Meluna to order (ugh and before they had US distribution). I love the Fun Cup shape and colors, so I’ve been tempted to make the switch since you first mentioned the Fun Cups but I wanted to wait until your review to gauge your thoughts and I’m glad to hear they’re positive!

  • C.M.

    I’ve been using an Mcup for a couple of years now and I love it but would honestly be up for trying something new. These look fun, and cute, and comfortable? I really hope that they are.

  • SerephDoll.com

    So I’ve been an avid cup user for several years. I was one of the first women in my circle to get one and remember looking at my friends faces as I described how I use one. My life was forever changed by them and my vagina is so much more happy. I wasn’t going to comment on this post because I wanted another person to win the life changing cup experience but after reading that this is a multi-pack item I now feel like that is what I’ve been missing. My period is so varried. Some months it’s incredibly heavy, others super light. I struggle with having such a varried flow that I resort to other period products to make it easier for myself but I hate it. I truly do. This product just looks like an A-ha thing. You know, one of those things you didn’t know you needed until you saw it. Of course having different cups would make sense. 1 or 2 size cups is nice but they market it as those who have given birth vs those who havent. My sister has given birth and she needs to use the non-birth one. Our pussy’s need more options obviously. I am very much looking forward to not having to wear a panty liner for fear of leaks, or pulling out a huge cup with hardly anything in it. Also…colors. yes please. The clear cup looks so gross after a few uses. Thanks for sharing this. I will def be getting this product though if I don’t win. Good luck all you lovely vaginas out there!
    *crosses fingers*

  • Nikki

    I’ve been using cups (started with diva, then another I love but can’t remember the name … Ladycup maybe?) for around 10 years…That’s a whole lot of tampons and $ saved. Now that I’ve started perimenopause flow is unpredictable, but more importantly start days are iffy, so I love being able to shove in a cup and not worry about if/when I start to bleed. I’ve got a low cervix, so would probably try the smaller cup.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    And for the person with the inner labia question… There’s no problem at all.

  • Mike Pollock

    I am having my wife read this review. She has been contemplating using one for a while. Thank you.

  • Amanda

    I also have a copper IUD and this is my first month using a cup. I had read reviews from women that have no issues with using a cup and some stories about IUD’s being dislodged or completely pulled out due to the suction not being fully released. I decided to call my doctor to ask before I purchased one and it is a possibility but a small one. So far I haven’t had any issues but I was scared shitless the first time I had to remove it.

  • E

    I’ve been using the Lunette cup (it’s amazing) for nearly a year and I’d absolutely love the opportunity to try a different brand! I’ve recommended it to several friends that it hasn’t worked for, so another option would be wonderful.

  • Hiro

    I’ve been using a menstrual cup for about a year now and always hated the bright pink it was. I’m so glad someone finally made a gender neutral cup for everyone who isn’t exactly enamored with the color pink. And these ones are so cute too!!

  • Saran Dan

    I used a menstrual cup about 6 years ago before I got my iud put in, and loved it! I get my iud out in april and am interested to go back to using a cup and seeing if I still like my old diva cup. So grateful to finally see companies beginning to beat back the tendering of EVERYTHING. Thank you for working to educate people and companies about talking about bodies in a non gendered way ♡♡♡

  • sayitwithsarcophilus

    I have a SckoonCup too and I like it well enough, but I also had the stem break off in the middle. I don’t know if the ribbing causes weak spots or what, but those stems are flimsy.

  • sayitwithsarcophilus

    I have a Sckoon and in my experience (don’t know how sensitive you are) the stem is not annoyingly poky. My issue with it is that the material is so soft and flexible that the stem tends to stretch while you’re pulling it out of you and the end might break off. (The body of the cup itself is sturdier.)

  • Lauren

    I’ve tried the disposable cup-like things, and by tried I mean tried to insert and completely failed. I’m sure it’s mostly just improper method, but it’s kept me from investing in a real one. I’m still hoping to figure it out eventually. It’ll probably just take more time and increased familiarity with myself.

  • Jannnineish

    Pretty sure leakage with the sckoon is circumference. Leakage with the Diva A is overflow, because I’m a lazy pos. I’m hesitant to buy Diva B, because, like I said, the colorless silicone stains, and it wigs me out a bit, at the hollow stem (which occasionally is irritating, but not enough to refuse to buy other stemmed cups) just gets so GROSS.

  • sequintial

    I’ve been meaning to get a menstrual cup for ages, but I tend to forget I have a period…. until my phone reminds me that it’s gonna happen in 3 days. There’s been more than one month where I’ve just ended up bumming tampons and pads from friends.

  • Allie

    I have always been curious about menstrual cups but too intimidated to try them. I just turned 28 and only in the past year I gave away my virginity. While I have used the anatomical names for parts of my vagina since I was a kid, the physical part was a bit of a mystery. I am getting more comfortable, partly from your blog partly from my boyfriend. I think the cups would be a great sustainable way to deal with periods and save money. They would also be a good option for me to use while I deal with my very heavy periods. I believe I have pcos,I have been trying to get a diagnosis for a while. Doctors have suspected it, but will not diagnosis it because tests come back negative. Doctors are frustrating.

  • Spiral Catfox

    Thank the stars in the sky there’s finally a gender neutral menstural cup available now. I had been debating on buying an m’cup for a while, but the only thing stopping me was the price of some products, the reusabilty factor – some where marketed as disposable, and the feminine/cis-aspect of stuff sold on shelves.

    Nothings worse than having a dysphoria enduced panic attack while having my guts clench like a fist or spasm like a dying fish and having a gory horror mess dribble out my nethers onto diaper-like pads. And I’m too wimpy for tampons, and am terrified of the idea of getting toxic shock syndrome if I forget to fish one out

  • I feel you; it took me a while to become acquainted with my vagina too, enough so that menstrual cups sounded like no big deal.

  • At least now our phones tell us in advance!

  • I tried one of those and it was really big and uncomfortable? It was the Instead cup.

  • I seriously got excited when I read the draft of the Fun Cup marketing material and manual, because it was so gender-neutral and so practical (not flowery and euphemistic!).

  • Sara

    I love that they come in sets! What works for me on day 1 might not work on day 3.
    I have the Lunnette and I gave up by the end of my first period since thats when it started leaking. I spoke to the company and they recommend a different size. (I just got a copper IUD inserted so this was also my first period since then. And it was rough!). I would love to try the fun factory ones. And if I dont win im still buying them. The price is really good for 2! And the colors! Fantastic!

  • Thank you for the thoughtful comment! I agree, for me it has been a good lesson in interacting with my genitals when I’m not trying to have an orgasm.

  • Oh you are READY for a cup, my friend. I’ve tried a disposable cup too and it was nowhere near as comfortable as the silicone cups.

  • Do it do it!

  • Ooof, yeah, for that much long-term spotting a menstrual cup is the only thing I wouldn’t loathe!

  • Diana Wu

    Thank you for uploading pictures of the fun cups next to the other cups!! I have a diva cup (largely because of your glowing review) and I have been thinking of getting the fun cup. I was hesitant largely because I wasn’t sure what size would suit me best. being able to see them side by side with the diva cup gives me a much better sense of which size would suit me best. It’s also such a pleasing shape!! I’m curious to see if the tips will make a better gripping surface for me; I have the HARDEST time getting a good enough grip on the diva cup stem to actually break the seal, but I don’t know if that’s just me.

  • I KNOW! I think it’s unrealistic and silly to act like blood won’t get on people! Don’t give people false expectations.

  • Candy Rudolf

    My favorite pin. “No gods. no masters. no tampons.”

    This cup is soooo cute!

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  • nicolle

    i’ve still never tried cups…i never knew about the suction part. that’s fascinating…and, quite frankly, makes me feel more secure about the idea of trying one someday and not spending the entire time fearing that my pants are going to get bloody.

  • nicolle

    YES! i’m nonbinary as well, and often feel excluded by the marketing around any period products. i’m glad to see anything that helps make more people aware that not only women menstruate.

  • I’ve never used a menstrual cup before, mostly because A) I use public bathrooms a lot and B) I have an IUD. However, I was learning recently that using menstrual cups with an IUD actually isn’t an issue. I’m still a little skeptical, but I’m planning on asking my gynecologist.
    So, I’ve been vacillating on whether or not I want to go ahead and spend the money on one, but this giveaway is a great idea and I’m definitely in for that. 😀

    ALSO, that’s really exciting that you helped work on this release!

  • Just replying to say I’m having the same issue with my IUD. I mostly love the IUD, but GOD the majority of my underwear has suffered terribly. 🙁

  • Kayla Sebastian

    I’ve been using a Diva cup for a few years now, and I really like the convenience and money saving. My only problem with it is that even the smaller size is too big for my vagina. I never had cramps before I started using it but now, even when I don’t use it, I cramp for the first day or two. Maybe a smaller cup would help and I just learn too empty it more often? ldk. I think it has more to do with width than length. Still, the only way to know it’s to try!

  • KBE

    Saw the cups on the FF website and definitely want to try them. My current set has stems which are irritating so I’m keen to give the FF shape a try

  • Robin C.

    I would be super interested in trying these out. I’ve ended up basically becoming a free-bleeder because I go commando, the disposable cups pinch some kind of nerve that was radiating up to my spine, and since I got on the right birth control, I don’t bleed enough to warrant tampons. I’m not thrilled with the situation, but it is what it is. I too have a weird black hole vag of indiscernable sizing, so it’s always a guessing game.

  • firiona

    I got my first menstrual cup almost 5 years ago and I made every rookie mistake possible. I have fond memories of my Fleurcup with the learning curve for figuring out when a seal was right, how to fold it for an easy insertion, how to not drop it in the toilet while fumbling the fold, or dropping it on the floor while drunkenly observing the amount of blood in it (oh the blood, the tiny blood splatter droplets EVERYWHERE)… The Lunette worked for me even better with it’s slightly softer silicon. After I got my Paragard, the softness made it much easier to remove without worrying about tugging on strings by accident. No really, it’s doable with an IUD but you just want to be careful when you remove to not pinch the cup completely shut. It’s the worst at first when the strings are new and still stiff. Eventually they stop being pokey and push out of the way nicely. (The strings being pokey might also be a thing to think about? My partner definitely noticed them but said they weren’t uncomfortable.) I regretted not getting a size 2 cup when I got mine because my flows got ridiculously heavy with the Paragard. The damn cup was full every 2-3 hours for about 2-3 days. I was just happy that I wasn’t paying for tampons for that level of flow. Unfortunately, my body hated the IUD so much that I had a menstrual cup in more days than I didn’t because my cycle was irregular and drawn out with increasing cramping. I sadly broke up with the Paragard last year. It made me miserable but I still loved it conceptually. Having a cup saved me a lot of hassle from ridiculously heavy flows and long stretches of light flows given that I didn’t worry about TSS. Unfortunately, both the Fleurcup and Lunette have ridges that I find a pain to make sure get clean. When I sanitize my cups, I always end up with a coating of residue, which I think might be from the tap water/ bacteria on the cup, that I have to then scrub off after in the sink. I don’t think it’d hurt to leave it on, but I hate the way it looks. A smooth cup with no ridges or stem for that residue to get stuck on? I’ll try it! I’ve been eyeing the XO Flo recently for that reason too.

  • Emma S.

    I love love love my menstrual cup. I have quite a heavy flow for 2-3 days of my period, and the cup is the only thing that seems to have any chance of holding up against the onslaught. I used to be a pads girl, then I tried cloth for a bit, but cleaning those was a huge pain, and I finally got the guts to try a cup about 6 years ago. It was amazing. Pretty much love at first period.

    My absolute favorite cup is the large Si Bell, which is very soft and almost never irritates my vag. I have a large Super Jennie which I want to love because it’s turquoise and super high capacity (42ml!), but it tends to snap me in the cervix when it opens, and sometimes it’s little stumpy stem pokes my vag. I have a tougher time getting a good seal with it as well, so the huge capacity is kind of moot sometimes.

    I’m really curious about these Fun Cups. I’m always afraid to trim my stems, but they’re usually too long. I’ve also never tried an asymmetrical cup. And it comes in blue! The price is great too. My beloved Si Bell was almost $40 for just one of them.

    I was hesitant to get an IUD because of my cup love too, but honestly it’s been completely fine. I even asked the OB when I got it inserted and she said it was nothing to worry about and fully encouraged me to keep using it. Of course everyone is different, but expulsion is rare. I say go for it and get the IUD!

  • Nessbow

    I’ve been a devoted cup user for the last three years. I have been using my Lunette cup for this entire time and I’m pretty happy with it. I am interested in giving a firmer cup a try, because I’m a yoga aficionado and I find that occasionally during my practice, the extra tension in my pelvic floor muscles will cause my cup to cave in and leaks to occur. I’ve thought about trying a firmer cup to see if that fixes the problem. The smaller Fun cup sounds like it could be a great fit for me, as it’s firm but also on the smaller side (I have a light to medium flow, so I’m not too concerned about cup capacity).

  • Frankie Frank

    Finding out these menstrual cups were a thing to knowing you were going to review them was exciting enough, but I think they had me at gender-neutral!

    I’m pretty petite (small bones, thin and short), so anything going into a vagina that’s even bordering on “looks kinda big” is intimidating. (Most dildos make me want to curl in on myself because it hurts to just… imagine. Exploring and getting more comfortable with my body has been a slow and occasionally painful experience.) SO: menstrual cups have been in the “intimidating” category up until I saw the shape of these! They LOOK comfortable, and their shape/design don’t make my reproductive organs want to shrivel up in fear of inflicting more discomfort on myself.

    You mentioned the squishiness and lack of stem were not exactly ideal, but did the shape of the actual cups make any difference for you compared to the more uniform bell shapes of most on the market?

  • Jessica

    I’ve always wanted to try a menstrual cup but have never had the opportunity to get one. I’m pretty much fed up with tampons…they’ve never really been comfortable for me, and I long for something more forgettable. I need more options, and I’m hoping this will do it for me. ADDITIONALLY since I got my IUD in I’ve been spotting ALL THE TIME and between ruining underwear and the constant tampons, the whole thing is getting to be kind of annoying and expensive. I NEED A CHANGE IN MY LIFE. Maybe this is the one??

  • Kean Woodsworth

    Honestly, my Sckoon cup might be the most useful thing I’ve ever purchased. I used to associate my period with severe dysphoria (curl up into a sad burrito and cry all day levels) and now I can go upwards of 8 hours without even thinking about it. It’s even helped me get over my fear of menstrual blood – it’s amazing what not waking up in a pool of your own blood every day for a week can do for one’s psyche.

  • Honestly… I’ve been kind of unsure about whether to get a menstrual cup until now, simply because of the fact that I get some waves of dysphoria even just seeing shitty pad packaging, and I guess I wouldn’t have to see the packaging or anything, but every time I’d see someone talk about how “empowering diva cup is for women!” on my facebook feed or w/e, I’d probably die just a little bit inside. I tend to be pretty gender sensitive on my period, and usually I’m a kind of go-with-the-flow person who doesn’t care about my gender, I get like… Very sad and shitty feeling.

    Even if I don’t win these guys I might be tempted to buy simply because they look, uh, a lot less pokey? and weird, and they’re curved. Also, the blue ones? Awesome. I love the feeling of fun factory silicone. It’s really plush and comfortable. Of course I can’t guarantee I’ll love them but god, worth it enough to not have to see another flowery purple or pink pad for the 1,000th time in my life or get hellish dysphoria buying them.

    A lot of my issue is also how aware I am I’m on my period because tampons are scratchy hell demons, even if my vagina is also a bit of a black hole, and pads make me feel like a baby even if people claim you “can’t feel them” which is a total lie.

    Thanks for your review! Your reviews are lifesavers, simply put. Because of them, I didn’t keep buying shitty vibrators that probably were not great for my body and made my first ever dildo purchase at tantus. I so easily could have gotten some shitty jelly hell thing and you saved me from having to explain that to my mother since I couldn’t drive back then. You also helped me pick out my first harness instead of buying (again) some cheapass likely low quality one that would probably have just set me off of buying them ever again lol.

  • Hi, if I remember correctly, the cup shouldn’t be around the cervix. It should be lower, as it lowers the capacity and isn’t properly sealed. You can find tutorials, where is said that cup should be lower than tampon, which are generaly pushed deeper. The cup should be seald on the sides of vaginal canal. When I put it too high and around cervix it bleeds around and I have problems with leakage. But maybe it works for you?

  • emmar

    Isn’t the small hole at the bottom of Diva and Lily supposed to avoid uncomfortable sucking when you remove the cup?
    How does the holelessness of the Fun work?
    I’ve used the Diva for many years, I’ve had some leaking problems when cycling but it was otherwise great. Recently it started irritating me… I’m afraid it’s one of the pre-menopausal syntoms. I would be curious to try the Fun.

  • Kerry

    I have a menstrual cup and it does NOT fit my body – too long, too pointy. But I love everything it stands for and I persist in using it out of sheer willpower.
    As soon as I saw your post a couple of weeks ago, I realized how badly I wanted this and I already have a friend that I’m going to go halves with – I only need one!!! I want this so I can tell everyone how amazing it is and talk about my vagina and my period more than I already do.

  • ShriektheMighty

    I got my ladycup (fuck that name, tbh) when I was like 17 and I have never looked back. I am very intrigued about the stemless design of the fun cup. I trimmed the stem on my ladycup, and have considered removing it entirely. I have a pretty short vaginal canal, not to mention very light periods, so a nice small cup without the pokey stem is ideal for me.

  • ShriektheMighty

    Cups are awesome for nonbinary people! I got mine way before I realized I was nb, but even back then I hated using a product literally named ladycup. …but it worked so well. Hopefully fun cups will further the trend of gender neutral period products.

  • Judy

    Theres an author and illustrator I really like called Ursula Vernon who designed some pirate themed tampon packaging if something less feminine would help.

  • Judy

    I’ve never used a menstrual cup before but I’ve been thinking of trying one since I got implanted birth control. I’d hoped that I’d be one of the people whose period just quits when they get the implant but instead I just get a stupidly long period every two or three months. I never had an issue with pads before but having to wear them constantly for so long is really not working for my vagina.

  • Chef

    Hey Piph! I might be doing drugs but I thought you had gotten the birth control implant in the past? I was just wondering if there was anything you didn’t like about it that’s making you consider an IUD instead.

  • embracetheasian

    I only recently started using menstrual cups and disks but love how you can’t really tell you are on your period since I do a lot of stuff moving around. I know they last a long time just wish they weren’t so expensive since it is a lot of trial and error trying to find the correct one. This is a great giveaway.

  • I’ve always used tampons but I’ve been wanting to potentially try out a cup, especially because my periods are just ridiculous (like, a super+ tampon every hour ridiculous) and I’m hoping a cup would be better at containing the storm. Happily blood does not bother me! These ones look adorable and I’m psyched about the range of colors and the fact that they’re not covered in floral packaging.

  • This is making me realize I need to get MUCH better acquainted with my vagina! All I know is that I had to stop using my cup because of grip & shoulder immobility issues that made inserting & removing it both painful (to my hands & back) and challenging. Also, I always leaked no matter what.

    Perhaps a longer cup is better…SO much to contemplate & explore!

  • Lauren

    I tried the Softcup. I had just assumed it’d be at least around the same size as most menstrual cups considering they use the same principle, but if not then that bodes well for trying other cups. Your insight is , as always, appreciated.

  • Rin

    My understanding is that disposable cups are meant to be inserted very differently from reusable ones. I saw a how-to diagram once for the disposables and I was like, “Yeah, I’ll never manage that.” For comparison, I’d been using a Diva Cup for about a year at the time, so I was pretty well-versed in insertion by that point.

  • Jessica Davis

    I’m still in the postpartum time where my period hasn’t come back yet and I’m a little anxious to see how it will be different when it does. The only menstrual cups I’ve used were kind of a disposable/reusable hybrid made by Instead. They look like a Nuva ring with an attached plastic bag (functioned so much better than I’m making them sound) and they could be reused for up to 1 cycle. I loved how easy they were to use and that I could easily have penetrative sex while wearing them.

    I used the nonhormonal copper IUD (Paragard) so my flow wasn’t lightened at all and I wished I would have used cups exclusively during that time. These sound great!

  • Ella

    I kind of halfway dipped my toe into the menstrual cup world a few years ago with the disposable Soft cups to see if I was comfortable with the ick factor & never looked back. However I have noticed there’s a sweet spot in my period where they fit the best & don’t leak at all, but that by the end the shape isn’t quite right.
    I’ve been looking to try a more permanent solution but didn’t know how to really go about sizing or look forward to possibly having to buy two expensive cups to fit the beginning & end of my cycle.
    And enter this blessed review. Definitely want to try out that explore kit!
    Also the the question about vaginal canal v finger length makes so much sense, but for some reason I never thought about how that would be important in sizing cups so thanks for the tips!

  • Pegasister42

    I started using a lunette cup in 2014, and havent looked back! I think the fun cup could be a great cup for me, namely size 1, because I have a low cervix and the silicone is strong enough to compete with my pc muscles.

  • Ken D.

    I’m so glad to hear that these are as good as they looked! I’ve been wanting to try out menstrual cups for years but the prices and sheer number of options made me keep putting it off. But now I can say that my genderqueer vagina really wants a cute blue or purple cup for all its blood! I will say I kinda wish these had markers for measurements or something inside – I like the idea of knowing exactly how much I bleed on any given day of my period (other than ‘A LOT’; I already know that by how many enormous ‘overnight’ pads and super absorbancy tampons I go through in a cycle).

    +1 thanks to you for working with companies to create more practical, gender-neutral language around reproductive and sexual health and well-being!

  • Mrs Dyke

    I want to use a cup really, but a bleeding phobia made it really hard. Maybe it’s time to try again?

  • JLeaLopez

    I’ve been wary of menstrual cups because the whole process just sounds weird, if I’m honest. Plus I was having really heavy periods for a while and wasn’t sure I wanted to deal with the potential mess of learning to use a menstrual cup. Not to mention the bigger up front cost. I’ve been using applicator-free tampons for pretty much my entire adult life, so I’m okay with a little mess. Regular tampons were always uncomfortable to insert, so maybe my vaginal canal is on the short side? I really have no idea haha. But if I won a set, I’d definitely love to give them a try. The color and shape of the Fun Cups even makes them seem less scary and overwhelming to consider.

  • K

    I also have the diva cup and love it. I still have to use pads some days cause my cup overflows and leaks. It’s not as bad now that I have my iud but I once got my period for 3 weeks after getting it put in and after pads and tampons started to irritate my sensitive skin, I said fuck it and went back to using my cup. So far, my iud is still in place as I am careful to break the suction before pulling out the cup. It means I have to do more digging but it’s the price I have to pay because there is nothing else I can use. However, I sometimes wore my thinx underwear but due to my brainlessness, I’m no longer able to wear them. So cup it is. I haven’t tried any other cups besides my diva, size one. I am tempted to buy the bigger size to see if it works better without leaks. I would just like to be completely free of pads cause they sometimes give me the itchies.

  • Emily

    I can’t believe I never knew to turn my menstrual cup to get a better seal!! I kind of wish I hadn’t just finished my period so I could try it out!!

  • Eliana Siegal

    I haven’t used a menstrual cup yet, but I’m really curious. I love the idea of there seriously being a product out there that could revolutionize the way I experience menstruation. I hate dealing with pads and tampons, especially because they create so much waste. They also smell! 🙁 I’d love to challenge my own squeamish notions around touching my bits in a non-sexual way and engaging with menstrual fluids.

  • Thanh-Tran Nguyen

    Thank you so much for this post! I have a small Diva Cup myself but I haven’t had much use with mine because it’s a little bigger and firmer than anything else I’ve had to put inside me, which made for a pretty unhappy cootch even when putting it in carefully and slowly! I’m looking forward to hopefully seeing Fun Cups soon, either at a friend’s or at my local Babeland (if they venture into stocking menstrual cups) to compare! Maybe these will be a better fit!

  • lunascope

    Wait, you can poop with one in? SIGN ME THE HELL UP. I’m so damn tired of putting a tampon in then realizing thirty minutes to an hour later that I need to go and having to remove the damn tampon when it’s dry. Not exactly good for you but necessary for me personally.

    I also REALLY appreciate you comparing the different cups. As someone who has never used a cup, I never really appreciated that there would be huge differences (as silly as that sounds). Or that a stem could possibly jab me in the vaginal wall.

  • Megan Sheufelt

    Whenever I think about trying a menstrual cup it all sounds good until I remember it has to be “suctioned onto the cervix” which seems like it would be pretty uncomfortable, because I don’t really like things touching/poking my cervix. Is this actually noticeable or does it just *sound* weird?

  • Aretha St Hilaire

    I’ve been so excited about these Fun Cups! I’ve been using a diva cup for a few months now and I don’t think I’ll ever want anything else except maybe period underwear. Those seem interesting. I’m glad you compared the fun cups to others cups. I didn’t know there were so many options.

  • Parker Smash

    Amazing review. Thank you so much. When I saw the announcement I was waiting for your review. I’m excited to try these as cups have seriously changed my life. I worked in a hospital on an extremely busy floor so for 12 hours I would maybe get a bathroom break once so cups seriously helped me. Your continued education for the masses is much appreciated.

  • Caitlin

    My datemate swears by cups, and for years had been trying to get me to give them a shot because I’m so very sick of Blood Diapers™. Pads straight up irritate my cooch after the second day (sensitive skin hell), but I have to deal with them for usually 5 days. It’s not that my flow stays heavy for long so much that its just too much for a liner.
    I’ve just started a new job, and my anxiety over leaks from pads sitting weird has skyrocketed, because I work in an aquarium surrounded by guests! I don’t even have pockets on my uniform to even hide a spare pad! And what if I have to do a dive with anyone? D:
    My datemate has used Diva Cups for years, and when they convinced me to try, it went very badly. While my vagina is long, its fairly curved. Tampons are a definite no, and when I tried a Diva Cup for myself, I found the stem was poking out at an angle that literally stretched me open! It was so uncomfortable! I want to like cups, I really do, but after purchasing a 40$ divacup that kind of HURT?? Mnnnn… a little wary.

    I’m very glad for packaging that ISNT all girly and feminine though- my partner’s gender is kind of a big questionmark, but ‘girl power’ sure isn’t their thing. They’d likely enjoy something that isn’t so lightly coloured, too.
    Thanks for showing the other brand options (: at the very least, I’ll pass the info along to my datemate!

  • Lani

    I’m so glad people are giving honest reviews to menstrual cups! I’m probably going to have my IUD taken out soon; because of my retroverted uterus, it wasn’t quite placed correctly and I’ve been having lighter but horrifically long periods since the insertion. I honestly want to have either an oophorectomy or a full hysterectomy but there’s no way they’ll do that :/
    I love my meluna but I struggled to get a good seal after my baby was born because apparently they are why my uterus is suddenly facing a different direction, and I got demoralized and gave up on it altogether. Even though disposable pads give me rashes. I kept hoping the IUD would work the way it had before my last pregnancy and my period would just disappear.

  • I’m so fascinated by the shape of this cup. My experience with cups is limited to the Diva Cup, which I have a love hate with, so I’m super interested in trying something shaped a little bit different! Thanks for the review!

  • Ah, I see what you mean now! Yes, I guess it could do that!
    I tend to have to tug the cup and then pinch the bottom to get the suction to let go, maybe that’s moved the strings around… I can’t check it myself and don’t have PIV sex (or any sex, I’m periodically utterly asexual) without a condom which’d make the one with the penis feel the threads. It’s not been brought up during any check-up, at least.

  • EtherealLlama

    I’ve used a Mooncup for a couple of years now – a friend persuaded me to give it a go based on how much she loved the convenience of hers. Apart from once when I was caught out by a bizarrely early period and needed to buy a box of tampons (the remainder of which I left in my university’s ‘tampon tubs’), I’ve used it for every period since, and very rarely had to empty it outside of my own/a friend’s/my girlfriend’s home, which I have to admit was something that was holding me back. Even so, I find emptying it in public much more preferable to the sound of pads and tampons being torn open from their packaging. They’re such a fantastic, waste-reducing, period-improving product, and it’s great to see companies expanding their packaging styles and approach beyond uber-feminine, flowers and pink.

    My girlfriend uses the Mooncup also, but I know she finds it quite irritating to her vagina sometimes, and she had to cut the stem off completely, so the Fun Cup’s shape looks like a potentially awesome option for her!

  • Christina Taylor Thrower

    I really want to try these. I keep looking at them but haven’t made the jump. I guess I’m afraid of spending all the money on them and ending up hating them. They do sound great though! Thanks for the review and information on them!

  • tenzen

    While I haven’t tried other cups yet, I chose the Yuuki Cup because it has measurement lines. You can MEASURE YOUR PERIOD. It’s so cool to be able to log the volume of my flow every month. Plus, when my obgyn asks me what my flow is like, I can honestly give an average.

  • Sarah Neptune

    These look amazing. Love everything Fun Factory and I’m so excited to see them venturing into new territory. I’ve bern using a Lily Cup compact for a couple of years but I cant wait to pick one of these up and try it out.

  • Tempie

    I have been in love with my Diva Cup for years. It’s been a real life changer – especially once I figured out how to get it to stop leaking in my vagina. I have been wanting to try other brands, but have been hesitant because the Diva has been so good to me. Sometimes though, it shifts just enough that the stem gets to be pokey – so I’m loving the idea of the stemless Fun Cup. I’m also intrigued by the colors as well as the different silicone density options.

  • pinkdolphi

    I used a divacup for 3 years before making the plunge to get a paragard (copper) IUD. It’s been an awesome 2 years now!

    I still get periods (I don’t want artificial hormones to change my body, and i don’t get cramps on my period so I don’t need them to stop) And using a cup is only 1 step different than how I used to do it. Now I check that the IUD string is tucked up before inserting the cup;, annoying but no biggie.

    Menstrual cups changed my life. My period blood smelled awful in pads but tampons dried me out too much. Now I never smell on my period! Omg!

  • bjpeace

    I love my divacup but I would enjoy trying another brand of cup. I can’t go back to tampons – if I don’t feel like wearing my cup (period cramps making me too sensitive), I’ll grab a reusable pad that I have sewn.

  • bjpeace

    I used my first diva cup for nearly 6 years before the tiny pinholes started to crack — I don’t think they get too old, but it started to yellow! Time and repeated use eventually wore it out. If yours is feeling tacky, I would wash it with dawn dishsoap, rinse very thoroughly, and dry and see if that helps.

  • bjpeace

    I have a diva cup and I cut my stem off 😀

  • Erin Stretch

    I started with a LadyCup, which absolutely lacks any sort of gender-neutral-ness, but is okay for super-duper-cis-girl me. And it comes in MANY colors! But I’m always looking out for new varieties, because I preach the mantra of menstrual cups constantly and people are different and need different things. One of my friends is agender, and it’s really good to see companies starting to think of gender-neutral cups, without the fancy florals and “hey girls, check this out!” marketing.

  • I’m a mermaid

    I’ve been using a menstrual cup for my past two periods, and I’M LOVING IT. I have a pretty sensitive vagina when I’m on my period so the roughness of tampons always bothered me, but the skin on my vulva is also really sensitive (my skin is shitty overall) so pads, specially those that have perfume on them like why would I want even more irritant stuff on my vag, irritate me so much that it was painfull for days after my period. So really the cup is the life for me, I also don’t bleed a lot so it’s so comfortable to just pop it in and go about my day. The only down side is that I bought a cheaper one so that I could try it, because I really didn’t know if I would like it, so it’s pink and the marketing is so gendered that it makes me gag, but it works and has made my period life SO MUCH BETTER.

  • x x

    I have had the same DivaCup for about ten years now, back when I think there were only two on the market. Funny you mention DivaCup pops open so easily for you – for me, it doesn’t, and the firmness kinda hurts on the sensitive first day of my period. I have been considering trying something more flexible, but based on your description, maybe more flexible would be even harder to pop open once inserted? I am pumped to see cups that aren’t pink, and the shape seems much more practical than the DivaCup.

  • x x

    Hi Brenda, have you tried tossing it into a pot of boiling water for a few minutes? Mine gets a bit tacky (soap residue, maybe?) if I don’t boil it every few months.

  • x x

    It doesn’t actually touch my cervix, but then again, my cervix is much higher than the cup (or my fingers) can reach. You just twist the cup with your fingers after it’s inserted, and it chills in the canal just like a tampon. If you have a super low cervix, maybe try one of the tiny sized cups? Like MeLuna shorty? Try googling “menstrual cups for low cervix”! For me personally, the suction is definitely not as bad as it sounds.

  • forgot about drea

    I like at least the ring that fits against/around your cervix to be a bit more firm. I have (I think?) a Lunette and a Divacup, and the Divacup rim is more squishy. Which is actually fine when my period is lighter and I don’t have to empty it as much. But I bleed HEAVY for about 24-32 hrs a couple days into my period, so when I have to change it that much, me and my vag get tired, and the firmer rim helps get the damn thing in the right place. I hate the Lily cup for these reasons. I didn’t even feel back chucking it out. I probably also have a tilted uterus so I was screwed in a very not fun way.

  • Nicole Alynn Atkins

    Ive been trying different menstrual cups for the last few years but haven’t been able to find one I’m really into. I’d love to try these!

  • Laurie

    Oh man, I want to try one of these so badly. I currently use the Diva cup (thanks to your endorsement a while ago) and enjoy it, but I wish that it weren’t clear… and these colors are so cute!

  • Birdy

    I fell in love with menstrual cups before they were “cool” and haven’t looked back since. You mentioned them not working with an IUD? I used them together for about 4 years without any issues. I asked the doctor to cut the string extra short so it wouldn’t be a problem. I have heard some people say it works and others say it doesn’t. Just make sure you break the suction before removing the cup.

    I have an “inverted uterus and it seems to make getting a good seal a little more challenging for me. These cups, with their unique shape seem like they could work well for me.

  • Alice Harding

    Thank you for this review! I was really look forward to this since you announced a review was coming. I’ve been looking at menstrual cups for over 10 years, just never found a one at website I was willing to buy from.

    Back when I first heard about them, they were new on the market (Diva-cups) and I wasn’t really sure about getting one, plus my father wouldn’t pay for that much for one since I was only 16 at the time for what he called a gimmicky period-item fad.

    Probably TMI but I start having my period when I was 9, started using tampons at 10. During my last period, I got sick when I left one in to long by accident. I got lucky and I’m doing fine but it scared me so badly I’m currently try to wean myself off tampons.

    I’m currently bleeding again and it horrible, I dont understand how other people deal with just using pads during their period. Currently every time I bleed into the pad my brain thinks I need to change it. I just hope Shevibe gets more of the Explore Kits in stock soon because this fucking terrible. I dont mind blood so much because it get on my hands anyways no matter what I do.

  • tamara c.

    I’ve had the UK Mooncup for a couple years now and I’ve loved it since really getting used to it! I’ve been thinking of trying another brand though since I think it’s a bit too stiff for me, also a bit too long too to be honest… This fun cup looks cool but the lack of stem scares me since I too am small handed and in my early cup days was grateful for the stem so I could grab onto it lol…. Have you tried any other brands besides the ones mentioned in this post? Just curious!

  • Colleen Sullivan

    I have wanted to try a menstrual cup for so long, but I just haven’t known where to start! I have a fairly heavy flow so I have to deal with tampon/pad leakage all the time, and I just don’t know what size or brand cup to even try! I know that in the long run, it’s cheaper to get a menstrual cup, but I just haven’t been able to justify putting that much money down upfront for something that may not be the right fit for me.

  • Briana Bergstrom

    I’ve been using mensual cups for over a decade (the benefits of going to a women’s college!). The downside of that is I’ve only ever tried the Diva Cup and Moon Cup. I had NO IDEA there were so many different options now! I love using a cup, but I can only get a good seal about half the time. I’m excited to try out different options to see which will work best. Thanks for writing about it!

  • Jacqueline

    The Explore kit is amazing – it would be perfect for my wife and I, since I am the one who has the babies and she very much isn’t. We’ve both been MoonCup users for years and are super interested in trying something new. Plus she’s very much camp anti-stem so when I read her that bit her eyes lit up. (It’s the little things that are exciting around here.)

  • Shannon Stike

    Thank you so much for this review! I always enjoy reading your blogs. I’ve never tried a menstrual cup but I think you’ve changed my mind! Thank you!

  • Lolly Sweepins

    I’ve used a menstrual cup off and on for years – I’ve used the Diva cup and Gladrags’ Moon cup. I try really hard to love it, and sometimes it works great… but sometimes it just.. doesn’t. I’m still not sure what my specific issue is. (Dangly cervix? Residual slobber? Blocked air holes? There’s a livejournal forum for menstrual cup users, with tons of info and lots of specific terminology to sort through lol) I think it’s gotta be a matter of trial and error, but who really has the cash to buy 5 cups just to see which works? That said, I’d love to win the Fun Cups to try out and see if they work better for me! Thank you so much for this!

  • liz

    As a designer I find their middle point between form and function quite interesting. Aside from all of the perks menstrual cups have they seem to have given menstruation a sleek look as well. I like it how approachable they’ve made it look. That being said, it is going to be interesting comparing the functionality since it looks so different to what we currently have on the market.

  • I’m very excited about these cups! I adore Fun Factory; they are such a playful and thoughtful company. I started with the Diva Cup some years ago and I have the Lena now. I parted ways with the Diva when its material was corrupted after boiling (read: it was suffused with bacteria and smelled god awful), which seems to be because it is made of food grade silicone, not medical grade. The Lena is excellent; however, it does come in that damn floral bag. I love the aesthetic of the Fun Cup and the fact that you get TWO! The Explore kit is genius. I also delayed getting an IUD because I loved menstrual cups so much, but I have used the Paragard and the Lena in tandem for the past two or three years without incident. Thanks for your review!

  • Auk Word

    As someone who loves your sex toy reviews AND has been using cups since the only one on the market was the hideous brown latex “The Keeper”, I am really bloody excited (pardon the pun) to see that Fun Factory is making menstrual cups, and that you’ve done a review of them!
    I’m an overzealous stem-puller and want to get myself out of the habit (I’ve inadvertently damaged a couple of cups that way), so I’m particularly intrigued by the stemless Fun Cups. I’m also really down with their non-“girly” marketing, I love that the design of the cup itself is reminiscent of a carnivorous plant, and I covet that tyvek storage bag so bad. But here’s my question for you: what is the functional capacity of the size B cup? Given that the first day or so of my period is legit like that elevator scene in The Shining, capacity is my *main* deciding factor in choosing a cup. How does the capacity of the Fun Cups compare to the other cups you have?
    One final note: don’t despair about having to choose between an IUD and cups–I know people who successfully use cups with an IUD in–you just need to discuss it with your doctor, potentially have the strings trimmed a bit, and be extra careful about cup removal. 🙂

  • Susan Pienta

    Appreciate the frank discussion of your opinion. I was a Keeper user for years and have recently switched to the Diva after the rubber started disintegrating. But I’ve been struggling with the transistion. Glad to have more info on the fun cup.

  • K. Piet

    I’ve never tried a cup before, so I never knew you actually have to twist it in order to seal it! And OMFG, thank you for your work to make the wording more gender-neutral. I don’t like dealing with my bits a lot because of my dysphoria that comes along with identifying on the trans*/non-binary spectrum, so having wording that’s so inclusive–while non-inclusivity doesn’t outright disqualify me from using a product–makes me really happy inside and more eager to try it. I’d love to give a menstrual cup a try. I move around a lot as a massage therapist, so finding something that fits my body will be an adventure, but one that this review actually makes me want to tackle!

  • mirkwoodwand

    What I really, really like about the Fun Cup is it’s name. It’s not hokey and it’s also not got an overtly feminine name that just kinda screams something very cisgender and binary focused. I have a Diva Cup and a Mooncup and both are kinda… eeeh. My complaint with them both is how the bit you pull out just pokes and I honestly think the Fun Cup is the PERFECT shape. I’d love to get the chance to actually try it.

  • Erica

    I’ve been using a cup for a few months now and I agree, it’s been life changing! I think I’d like to try some other types, though, because my Lunette cup migrates pretty high up and its hard to get back out and break the seal! Thanks for reviewing this!!!

  • Bahar Ríghteous Baharloo

    Yes! I’ve been on the hunt for a different-than-diva cup, and I’m so excited you’ve given these a review- so on the nose about silicone firmness- the last pair I bought were so squishy, they wouldn’t pop open inside me! Major bummer. Love your site!
    <3 b

  • twenty_fifth_night

    If these are a bit softer than the Diva cup, then they might actually work for me. Maybe? My issue is that I have a long, narrow vagina; I tried using the diva cup a couple years but insertion made me feel like I was getting punched in the vulva and I never even got it partially inserted, the stupid little shit. I am super curious about trying period sponges one of these days.

  • Trinity Merrell

    So here’s the sitch: I was one of the first people I knew to use menstrual cups back in my freshman year of high school. Around that time, there was a shnazzy disposable cup called “Softcup,” that I thought was dope even though I couldn’t get it right the first 5 or so tries and almost always needed a pantiliner alongside it (just in case). Shortly after sophomore year, though, I moved out of country, where I could no longer find my beloved cups. I inevitably switched back to pads and tampons (sparingly, sparingly). When I got back to the states, I would desperately look for the Softcups, but even when I found them, I guess I was too far gone. I hated the idea of the stem (and the straight up ugliness) of the DivaCup, so I was pretty excited to see FunFactory’s new cups! With my IUD (Skyla previously, Kyleena currently for anyone interested), my heavy flow has become a regular to light one… Meaning I still have to dig out the pads and tampons after nearly three years of birth control :'( I absolutely love the colors of the FunFactory cups, too! Since I’m studying in Germany right now, maybe I’ll see if I can find a store near me and pick up a set ^_^

  • SillyHead

    The shape of these immediately got my attention when I saw them – no poky stem! No poky little RIBS on a poky stem! No similarly protruding grip rings at the base of the cup! It looks like it just has a little stubby tail curling off to the side, which may be even cooler/more personally valuable to me than the lack of poky bits. I have a low cervix, so I’ve been looking at cups basically from the “which is shortest but still holds enough” angle. These look to be tied for the shortest cups in your picture and I feel like the tilt could be a really good gentle transition into the lower part of the canal that actually feels everything.

    I can’t really do much more than repeat what dozens of other comments have said re: gender inclusiveness, so I’ll just say that Fun Factory definitely has my respect.

  • Liz Swan

    I’ve tried the diva cup and I’m curious about how the fun cup compares, thanks for the review!

  • chronicallychill

    Thrilled to see that Fun Factory is making cups now, and they are so affordable! This is a really interesting design, it’s hard to tell from the pictures how textured the end/bottom bit is; for me whether a cup is stemless or not it’s tricky getting it out.

    Also, I was very apprehensive about being able to use a cup after getting an IUD; it’s actually turned out to be quite a non-issue. I’m just very careful to break the seal in a way that’s not pulling further at the suction and risk dislodging the IUD. Really the only issue I have with cups is I’m always afraid of my nails causing tears in the vaginal walls and infection risk from that, as cups take some finagling to get into place. They’re such a godsend though, I’m never going back unless I’m forced to for some reason.

  • You bring up a great point I hadn’t considered about how being able to forget about your period could ease dysphoria. Although menstrual cups do require interaction with your genitals, once in place they’re very easy to ignore.

    P.S. Hooray for good dildos and harnesses!

  • Little stubby tail! That’s a great description of it.

  • According to this chart, these are the capacities for the cups I own (pictured in the post).

    SckoonCup size 1: 23 ml
    Lily Cup size B: 28 ml
    Diva Cup: 30 ml

    Fun Cup size B: 29.8 ml
    Fun Cup size A: 20 ml

  • To narrow it down, I’d recommend getting a cup with a capacity of 28 ml or more. There’s a chart here showing capacities.

  • Nope, this is my entire collection of menstrual cups represented here.

  • Hmm, interesting. I’m not sure why that would be, but I bet you’d like cups made with softer silicone if your vagina is bothered by the firmness of the Diva Cup.

  • The Fun Cups have measuring lines on the insides too! Very faint, but they’re there.

  • If you ask me, it just sounds weird. The suction is what keeps the cup in place and prevents leaks, so it’s important, but it doesn’t feel like suction unless you tug on it (which you wouldn’t do, you’d want to break the suction before removing it). I don’t like my cervix being poked by toys and it’s more sensitive when I’m bleeding, but once the cup is in place I don’t feel a thing.

  • I didn’t know at first either! And sometimes it doesn’t matter, if the cup pops open well. But yes. Twist!

  • Both Diva Cups actually have the same capacity (30 ml), so getting the larger one wouldn’t help with overflow. You might want to look into the GladRags XO Flo. It has one of the highest capacities of any cup, at 38 ml.

  • My short, stubby fingers are happy to help!

  • CONTAINING THE STORM

  • I did have the implant (or as I liked to call it, the slut stick) for 3 years. I was warned that the biggest side effect was irregular bleeding, and that is indeed what happened to me. All was good at first but then the random bleeding kicked in. It wasn’t the worst, but it was annoying enough that when I had the implant removed I didn’t get another one.

  • The Fun Cups actually do have measuring lines inside! Two lines in each. They’re faint but they do exist!

  • The Fun Cups have holes. They each have four holes around the rim.

  • Nah, I don’t notice the different shapes of any of the cups I have really, UNLESS the stem pokes me (as with the Lily Cup).

  • YES GOOD

  • There’s a chart here with measurements.

    Fun Cup A: 2.29″ x 1.7″
    Fun Cup B: 2.1″ x 1.56″

  • I wouldn’t think so, unless you generally have trouble inserting anything vaginally?

  • Yes, Fun Cup size B is more similar to the Diva Cup size 1. Diva Cup size 1 measures 2.25″ x 1.69″ while the Fun Cup B measures 2.29″ x 1.7″. Just looking at them, the Fun Cup looks a bit wider and shorter. I wouldn’t worry too much about the “post-childbirth” thing… it’s really just for anyone who wants a larger cup.

  • It’s one of few cup reviews I’ve ever read where I feel like I could really gauge whether a specific cup might work best for my own complex needs.

    Thank you, that means a lot to me! As I was writing it I worried I was getting too technical, but it was the only way to describe the differences in a nuanced way.

  • Megan Sheufelt

    Thanks!

  • Vera DeVille

    these look amazing! i would love to try one and winning it would be perfect.

  • SilentAJ

    I wish you much luck on your cup search but also implore you to check out cloth pads! I used to be sore and have frequent yeast infections and agitation in high school then switched about ten years ago to cup and cloth and everything is so much better for my poor tender labia now.

  • gotta watch out for the cer-vortex

  • Ken D.

    Ooh dang that’s good to know! Thanks!

  • rhestars

    Yes, I’ve been waiting for this review since you mentioned the fun cup! 😀
    Thanks to you I have been using the Diva Cup for about two years now!! It has really changed the way I look at my period. I feel significantly less gross bc I’m not using pads or tampons and worrying about an accident on my panties or pants. Not to mention I spent the money for the cup, and that’s it. No more $20.00 + for monthly products.
    It’s great too because(if positioned right) I can still have sex and in general just go about normal life!
    So thank you! And thank you for the opportunity to win a Fun Cup for commenting. I’d personally love to try one because A: they are so nicely colored! …and B: a stem curved seems a little more comfy and easier to clean (:

  • persephone

    I’ve been eyeing menstrual cups basically since I first heard about them, but I’ve always been a bit reluctant to try them because of the upfront cost and the fact that I may not even be able to get it all the way in. I have basically nothing in terms of spinal flexibility so reaching my vag is already a kind of adventure, but like if it’s free I wouldn’t say no, you know?

  • librerika

    I have been using a cup for about 14 years now, and when I first started using one I had light to medium periods, now I have heavy periods with bad clotting. I have found that on the first few days of the month when I’m bleeding at the super tampon per hour rate I do need to use a pad as a backup, because sometimes I literally overflow the cup before I have time to get to a bathroom to empty it. I have also found that when I get big clots, a large clot can take up some (or all, oh god) of the space in the cup and then additional blood makes the cup leak. All that being said, I still vastly prefer the cup to super tampons. Just wanted to give you a heads-up that you might want to keep pads handy during your initial cup experiments. Good luck!! 🙂

  • Elizabeth Tseng

    I’ve been looking for alternatives to tampons and pads. I’ve tried Thinx but I’m bottlenecked by how quickly I do laundry unless I buy more.I love the idea of menstrual cups but the funnel looking part always made me squeamish. The softer tapering on this looks way more comfortable!!

  • starbit

    I got a small diva cup years ago but it was too big and that really sucked because I hadn’t realized I was trans yet and just didn’t want to deal with periods. I’ve sort of come to accept the MAJOR ANNOYANCE of pads but I really want a cup and I’ve been sort of saving up to buy a meluna small. also, BLUE

  • bzzingbee

    Okay, so after reading this review and commenting to enter to win, I started researching menstrual cups and holy wow. There are soooo many options out there compared to the last time I looked. I’m honestly overwhelmed by my choices and have yet to settle on one. I keep reminding myself that it might take few to find my favorite since, as you said, every woman’s anatomy is different. Knowing myself, I’m going to end up with a weirdly large collection of options.

  • Veronica Bohan

    I have only tried the diva cup so far but havent used anything but cloth pads since having my kids. I am ready to try a new cup and would love to win these!

  • Izzy

    I use a Me Luna Sport for similar reasons and love it! Used to tip and spill my diva cup semi regularly but haven’t done so once since I switched to my Me Luna a year almost won years ago

  • Izzy

    I’ve been using an menstrual cup since October 2010 (wow, happy 7 year anniversary to me!) and they literally changed my relationship to my vagina and period. I mean, maybe that would have happened anyway (I was 16 at the time so still p young), but I definitely attribute it in large part to starting using a cup. Had two diva cups then just in 2016 it came time for me to replace my cup again and I branched out to a Me Luna and oh my god, best fucking choice it’s amazing for my vagina. I use to occasionally accidentally tip my diva cups sideways in my sleep or during exercise (not often, but often enough to have some p impressive blood bath stories), and ended up getting a purple Sport Me Luna and haven’t hand the problem since. Plus, it’s purple.

    Also, I just moved my stuff to a new apartment this Friday before work, and immediately after work left the country for the weekend. My period wasn’t due for almost a week so I didn’t bring my cup (I momentarily considered it because I’d craved chocolate the previous two days and then had a minor cramp that morning before moving but was like nah can’t be arsed to unpack it). Got my period within two hours of getting to work and am now for the first time in seven years stuck using tampons, and ho boy this sucks I miss my cup so much.

  • Xushenka

    I absolutely love menstrual cups! I’ve been using them for four and a half years now. The Diva cup was way too long and pointy for me. After a bit of research I was happy to find Fleurcup which worked perfectly for me. I bought size small at first and then switched to size large about a year ago – I love it! (And I do cut off the stem entirely.)

    With how widely the Diva cup is marketed I was honestly surprised to find that there are a ton of other cups on the market, made by different companies – also of good quality, and of different price ranges, sizes, shapes, colors. I am happy to see cups be introduced to a wider audience, and to see you reviewing them!

    Overall, using a cup has saved me hundreds of dollars and I feel much safer knowing that the only thing I’m putting in is silicone (as well as more environmentally-friendly).

    Though switching the cup out in a public bathroom might be a slight hassle – I have never had an incident while doing it. If worse comes to worst, and there are too many people at the sink or a line to go into the stall (to re-insert), I am okay with emptying the cup and putting it right back in, then rinsing it when I get a chance later. I wash my hands right before I do it, and have not had any problem. (Carrying a water bottle to wash it could be another solution – I haven’t tried that though.)

    I also go camping a lot – having a cup is, oh my, sooo much easier while out in the wild! It’s less to carry, and less trash – important when camping/backpacking, in addition all the usual cup benefits 🙂

  • CT

    I’ve had my Diva cup for years now, and I’ve loved it, but I’ve always alllways hated the flowery packaging and storage bag it came with. And the little metal Diva pin? That was bizarre. I’ve not been very adventurous on trying different cups due to financial limitations so I’ve just stuck with the Diva. It works but I’m really loving the features of the Fun cups.

    I like the idea of not having a definitive stem, even though I sometimes struggle getting a hold of the stem on the Diva. The Diva likes to slide down during the day as it fills, and stabs my vaginal opening, even after I trimmed the stem to try and prevent that. The color options for the Fun cup alone are tempting me to get one. The Diva’s ‘clear’ silicone discolors over time, even if you boil it consistently, and it’s…off-putting to say the least.

  • CT

    I didn’t know this about the Diva cup! I thought I was just cleaning it incorrectly.

  • Rhapsodelia

    I’ve been using a Lunette cup for a couple of years now, and I quite like it. However, I’m interested in trying a different brand. I think it’s fantastic that 2 cups are bundled for $40, since a lot of other brands charge $40 for a single cup. And the Explorer’s kit is great since you can try 2 different sizes without spending a fortune. The unique shape that Fun Factory went with looks like it could be more comfortable than traditional cups.

  • Mia Cox

    I always feel bad using pads and really anything disposable because it feels really wasteful. I tried to make some reusuable pads but those ended up being too much of a hassle to wash when I’m cramping super bad. I usually end up just sharing a box of tampons with my roommate, which are really uncomfortable for me to use because I have a really unpredictable period and after a few hours end up pulling out an almost completely dry tampon (ouch) or a horrible bloody mess. My sister bought me some disposable “soft cups” to try since I was talking about maybe getting a reusuable one but was scared to spend money on something that would just not work for me. After an hour I leaned back and felt it spill inside me and then all over me. I think it would be really cool to win one because I doubt I’d go out and get one myself because of lack of funds and courage, but at the same time I feel like cups solve a lot of my issues.

  • CB

    I’ve been wanting to try a menstrual cup for a long time! The only problem for me is that I get dizzy if I think, look, or touch blood for too long. Then again, I get a reaction from changing tampons anyway so ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • Fodra Sun

    I love menstrual cups. For me, tampons are uncomfortable and pads make me dysphoric. My main problem is that most cups are too long and the stems tend to poke me. I have a medium Meluna and a size 1 sckoon cup and I have to wear both inside out or they poke me all day. I’m still glad I decided to try cups, they’ve made my period much more bearable than anything else I’ve ever used.

  • Megan Wehr

    I have yet to try a menstrual cup. Ive been wanting to for a while to see what all the hype is. I think before my next period i have to give it a go. What could i loose right? ! 🙂

  • OMFG

  • Joclynn Gonzalez

    I’m really nervous about using menteual cups since I have a hard time with tampons, but reading this post made me realize how beneficial it could be for not only my health but for the environment too.

  • Lauren Moore

    The pictures are SO helpful! I’m new to the menstrual cup scene and had a BAD time with the diva cup (too long and stabby). I eagerly awaited your Fun Cup review to see if you could shed light (or shed blood? –too gross of a joke?) on how I would fair. Great discussion and thank you again for comparison pictures!

  • I KNOW, RIGHT?! It felt almost transcendental to watch! (Also they’re looking into producing more of them…)

  • Anne Marie Feige

    I really dont want anything inside me at that time… nope

  • Holly

    These look absolutely amazing! I’ve been a Lunette user for the past 4 years but even with the stem chopped off I still find where the stem was a bit irritating so this could be the perfect solution for me.

  • emmar

    Thank you!

  • Evie

    I used Instead (now Softcup and Flex) for 20 years and absolutely loved it. Then they came out with a version that you could use for a single cycle and toss, which was brilliant until they stopped selling it.

    I would have stuck with Softcup, as it is pretty much perfect for me, but it is gettfng harder to find in stores.

    I tried Blossom Cup, which I really liked – untill I realised I’m allergic to something in it. I’m allergic to latex and it felt exactly like when I’ve accidentally used a latex condom, even though the product is marketed at 100% latex free. I’ve had reactions to some latex-free silicone products before (I’m looking at you, CPAP mask), and my doctor said it could be an allergy to a component of some silicones. In the end, Blossom Cup refunded my money when I contacted them, they were great to deal with.

    I have never had an allergic reaction to sex toys (thank god!) so I’m more than interested in the Fun Cup. Of course, I’ve never left a sex toy in my vagina for a week either…

    You mentioned it is 100% silicone, which is promising, but do you know if it is the same silicone that they use for toys?

  • Yes, medical grade certified silicone, by EU standards. Same stuff they use for the toys.

  • comedy of terrors

    There’s literally no reason not to use an IUD and menstrual cups together.

  • pinkpenguin763

    I know this is 2 months old, but maybe this will still be helpful 🙂 I wouldn’t say I get dysphoria necessarily, or at least not the typical kind, but I have a lot of negativity towards being on my period and the ‘girlyness’ associated with all things menstruation. I use a diva cup, as I have read a lot of excellent reviews for it, and it was available at a local health food store so I could get it easily. The pink packaging is ridiculous, but the product is freaking fabulous. It takes some getting used to, and it varies how much I still am annoyed by my period, but it is so much better in my opinion than using pads and tampons. I’ve always been a heavy bleeder myself, and this thing legitimately changed my life, I can actually function like a normal person during my period. If you are an average bleeder you will probably have even better results, it is possibly to actually forget you have your period with these. I recently ordered another brand of cup to try, and now I’m considering these, mostly because there blue. Good luck, I hope if you do try any of these cups they are as awesome for you as they have been for me!

  • Lexxy

    The Super Jennie large holds 41 ml. I have the Super Jennie small (holds 32 ml) and it is my Goldilocks cup.

  • Darastrix

    Update: I have a Fun Cup now! Got the size B in, but I am honestly not sure how easily I’ll get it out. I guess we’ll see!

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