Stephanie Hallett
May 28, 2019 9:56 am
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Good period hygiene is important—it keeps us healthy, and staying healthy means me don’t miss out on opportunities for education, financial stability, and more. But even the most experienced menstruators among us sometimes make menstrual hygiene mistakes (like using scented pads and tampons), which is why we have Menstrual Hygiene Day, observed on May 28th. It’s a day to celebrate all things period-related, spreading the good word about menstrual hygiene and supporting people around the world who might not have access to clean, quality period products.

In honor of this important day, we’ve put together this list of 12 menstrual cup companies founded by women. Many have a philanthropic component, so just buying a cup helps a menstruator in need, and all contribute to a healthier planet by reducing the amount of waste our periods make. If you make one purchase today, make it a new menstrual cup designed by a woman.

DivaCup

Target

Available at many large pharmacies across the U.S., including CVS, Walgreens, and Rite-Aid, as well as Target, the DivaCup is by far the most accessible product on this list. It’s available in three sizes, made from medical-grade silicone, and costs around $35-40.

Ruby Cup

Ruby Cup

For every Ruby Cup sold, the company donates a cup to a girl in need in one of 11 countries around the world. It’s made from medical-grade silicone, comes in two sizes and six colors, and costs around $37.

Flex Cup

Target

The Flex Company started off making one-time-use period discs and recently launched a reusable menstrual cup made from medical-grade silicone. It’s the most unique design on the market, featuring a release ring that’s designed to make the cup easier to remove. Get it from Target for $39.99 including two free Flex Discs.

The Keeper

Amazon

The Keeper is the one of the original menstrual cups. First created in 1987, it’s made from natural gum rubber, is available in two sizes, and is priced at $35 if you buy directly from the brand (though it’s substantially cheaper on Amazon). The company also offers a medical-grade silicone option, called the Moon Cup.

OrganiCup

OrganiCup

Created by Danish designers, the OrganiCup is made from a soft, flexible, medical-grade silicone, and is certified hypoallergenic, vegan, and cruelty-free. It also comes with an organic cotton pouch and is available in three sizes. Get it online for $28.

MeLuna

MeLuna

MeLuna is the most customizable menstrual cup on the market. You can choose the level of firmness, the length and size of the cup, the color, and the type of stem you prefer. The cup is made from a latex-free thermoplastic elastomer and is available for $25.99.

Lena

Lena

The Lena cup is a wider, bell-shaped option that’s beloved by beginner cup users. Made from medical-grade silicone, it comes in three colors and two sizes and is priced at $24.90.

Hello Cup

Hello Cup

The Hello Cup is designed by two life-long besties and made in New Zealand from medical-grade thermoplastic elastomer. It’s available in three sizes and six colors, and costs about $32.

Lunette

Lunette

The Lunette menstrual cup is made from medical-grade silicone and comes in six colors and two sizes. The brand is dedicating to giving back, and engages in a variety of philanthropic projects year-round. Get it for $39.99.

Saalt

Target

The Saalt cup is made in the U.S. and available at Target for $32.99. It’s made from medical-grade silicone and lasts for up to 10 years; it’s also available in two colors and sizes.

Dot

The Dot cup is made from a soft, medical-grade silicone and comes in just one size and color; its storage pouch was designed by artist Ashley Mary. For every Dot cup purchased ($34) one is donated to a woman or girl in need through World Vision.

Nixit

Nixit

The Nixit cup is shaped unlike any other cup on this list—it looks more like a contraceptive diaphragm or menstrual disc than a traditional menstrual cup. It’s made in Canada from medical-grade silicone and comes in one size (in a bright salmon color) for $49. Bonus: this cup promises mess-free period sex.

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