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So you’re looking for a menstrual cup quiz to help you choose the best menstrual cup? You’re in a great place. The Better Period is dedicated to sharing everything you need to know about menstrual cups, period underwear and the menstrual cycle.
If you want to first read up about menstrual cups, please read Menstrual Cups 101 – What Is A Menstrual Cup?
Discovering menstrual cups was life-changing for me and instrumental in making my period experience so much better. And now I want to help you have a better period too!
- The Thing about Menstrual Cup Quizzes
- Important Factors When Choosing A Menstrual Cup
- Menstrual Cup Length
- Menstrual Cup Firmness
- Menstrual Cup Capacity
- The Put A Cup In It Quiz
- What is Your Age
- Have You Had A Baby?
- How Physically Active Are You?
- What Is The Height of Your Cervix?
- What is Your Average Flow?
- Other Questions
- Menstrual Cup Quiz Results
- Choosing A Menstrual Cup
- Keep in Touch
But first I must let you in on a secret. You actually don’t need to take a quiz to decide which menstrual cup to choose. Here’s why…
The Thing about Menstrual Cup Quizzes
A menstrual cup quiz can be an easy place to start when deciding which menstrual cup to choose. BUT there are a number of important factors that go into finding the best menstrual cup for you. It’s really important you understand those factors before attempting to take a menstrual cup quiz.
Even the best menstrual cup quiz won’t be able to take into account all of your personal circumstances, which is why you should understand the theory behind the quiz in order to interpret the results.
Plus some menstrual cup quizzes are affiliated with certain menstrual cup brands. So there is potential for those brands to be favoured in the quiz results.
I have my favourite menstrual cup brands, of course, and I am affiliated with some menstrual cup brands too. But the truth is, I don’t like to recommend a specific menstrual cup brand because the best menstrual cup for me is not necessarily going to be the best menstrual cup for you.
The best thing you can do is understand the most important considerations to make when choosing a menstrual cup for you. Plus have an understanding of why menstrual cup quizzes ask the questions they do and how to interpret the results.
Important Factors When Choosing A Menstrual Cup
We are all unique and our internal reproductive anatomy is also unique to each of us. So, a cup that works well for your bestie, might not work for you!
I’m going to briefly outline the most important factors to consider when choosing a menstrual cup below. But if you’d like to take a deeper dive into these factors and how to choose a menstrual cup, then please click here.
The three most important factors to take into consideration when choosing a menstrual cup are:
Menstrual Cup Length
You might find menstrual cup brands suggest a smaller size cup if you’re under 30 and/or have never given birth vaginally or a larger size if you’re over 30 and/or have given birth vaginally. Which is a good starting guide, but you’ll also want to make sure the cup you’re considering is the right length for you.
A menstrual cup is inserted into the vaginal canal and sits below the cervix to collect the menstrual fluid. Therefore, it needs to be a length that suits the length between your cervix and the opening of your vagina.
Your menstrual cup should be long enough that it isn’t too difficult to reach and remove and short enough that it does not protrude outside of the vagina (although the stem can be trimmed if necessary).
Everyone’s cervix has a height. Some may be higher than others, and to make things more difficult, the cervix also moves around during the cycle. In some stages of the cycle, the cervix will be higher and in other stages it will be lower.
To find out how to measure the height of your cervix, click here.
Menstrual Cup Firmness
The firmness of the menstrual cup can vary between brands. Some cups are softer than others, some are harder. The firmness can make a difference in how comfortable you find the cup and how well it pops open inside to create a leak-proof seal.
The suitability of a cups firmness can also be influenced by how strong your vaginal muscles are. This is why a menstrual cup quiz may ask how physically active you are.
Stronger vaginal muscles may squash a softer cup causing it to not open correctly which can lead to leakage. For this reason, firm cups are generally better for younger users and for physically active users, as both these groups tend to have stronger vaginal muscles.
You may find a soft cup more comfortable if you have a sensitive bladder or pelvic pain, as a soft cup won’t apply as much pressure internally.
However a soft cup may be more difficult to get open once it’s inside you. If the cup doesn’t open properly this will cause leaks.
If you don’t have any specific issues with bladder sensitivity, pelvic pain or weak vaginal muscles, then you should be okay to try an average to firm cup.
Menstrual Cup Capacity
One of the benefits of a menstrual cup is that it can be worn for much longer than a tampon (up to 8 – 12 hours). But how long it can be worn for is impacted by the capacity of the cup and how heavy your flow is.
If you have a heavy period and you get a small cup, you may need to empty it more than if you get a cup with a larger capacity.
What capacity you need can be tricky to gauge when you haven’t used a cup before. If you’ve only ever used pads or tampons, you might not know how much fluid you lose during your period.
Once you use a cup you’ll know exactly how much your flow is because you’ll be able to see it in the cup. Until then you can have a good estimate.
To help estimate, know that the average person loses 50ml in total over their whole period (in total over all the days of one period). But this can vary. Anything under 25ml would be considered quite light and anything over 80ml would be considered heavy.
Visually this looks like:
A regular pad or tampon can hold 5ml of fluid and a super tampon can hold 10ml. You can use this as a guide to work out how many pads or tampons you go through in your period.
Bearing in mind, the capacity of pads and tampons is based on being soaked through, so if you change before they get soaked through then you’re not using the full capacity.
Most average cups have a capacity of around 25ml – 30ml.
The Put A Cup In It Quiz
The most popular menstrual cup quiz on the internet is no doubt the Put A Cup In It Quiz. Below I go through the questions they ask and why. Having an understanding of why they ask the questions can help you interpret the results if you do take the quiz.
What is Your Age
This is a common way for many menstrual cup brands to differentiate between the sizes of their menstrual cups. You will find a lot of brands suggest a larger cup for those over 30 and a smaller cup for those under 30.
This is extremely generic and while it’s a starting point, I would not consider it a deciding factor. The exception being for very young cup users who may be best suited to using an XS cup specifically for teens or first time cup users.
Have You Had A Baby?
If you have carried a baby to term and delivered via c-section or vaginally can be an indicator that you may need to go for a larger size cup.
How Physically Active Are You?
Selecting your level of physical activity provides the basis for an assumption to be made about how strong your vaginal muscles are and therefore what firmness of cup is best suited to you.
I selected that I was very active, so the quiz suggested The Hello Cup for me. That’s because it is a firmer cup, which is generally associated with being better for stronger vaginal muscles.
Although, The Hello Cup has this to say about that:
“Our research showed us that firmer cups perform better and are just as comfortable once inside…our vaginal muscles are a lot stronger than most of us think and can quite easily push in the side of a cup if it’s not firm enough.”@thehellocup/Instagram
What Is The Height of Your Cervix?
As I wrote earlier in this article, the length of the menstrual cup is one of the most important considerations in choosing which cup is right for you.
The length of menstrual cup required will depend upon the height of your cervix, which is one of the questions asked in the quz.
To answer this question, you need to know how to measure the height of your cervix. You can read this post to find out how to do that.
Menstrual cups come in different lengths, so you want to choose one that fits the length between your cervix and the opening of your vagina.
What is Your Average Flow?
This question is designed to determine what capacity cup you require. If you indicate you have a heavy flow, then they will look to suggest a cup with a greater capacity.
The final questions asked include whether you experience incontinence. This is relevant towards the firmness of the cup as a cup that is too firm could place pressure on the bladder.
And finally the quiz asks if you have any allergies to silicone or TPE. These are the common materials from which menstrual cups are made so if you have an allergy to one of the materials, the quiz can take that into consideration and suggest a cup that you won’t have an allergic reaction to!
Menstrual Cup Quiz Results
I hope this information has been helpful for you to understand the menstrual cup quizzes and interpret the result that you get if you choose to take the quiz.
Alternatively, if you want to learn more about how to choose the right cup for you without taking a quiz, then you’ll definitely want to read How To Choose A Menstrual Cup.
Choosing A Menstrual Cup
Choosing a menstrual cup is a journey and you might have questions along the way. I’m always here and happy to help, so if you do have any questions, please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM me on Instagram @thebetterperiod_
Don’t let overwhelm get in the way of deciding on a menstrual cup and discovering this life-changing way of managing your period. Read here the 10 ways using a menstrual cup made my life better!
To keep it simple I suggest narrowing down a couple of brands of menstrual cup you like the look of.
Once you’ve measured your cervix, check which of these cups would be best suited to the height of your cervix and then consider their firmness and capacity.
Then take the leap and make the purchase! You’ve got this!
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Ellie Heasman is a period blogger and founder of The Better Period. Ellie helps people on their journey to a better period through introducing them to the world of menstrual cups and period underwear, and sharing knowledge about the menstrual cycle and fertility awareness. You can join in the better period conversations on Instagram @thebetterperiod_ or find out more about Ellie here.