LolaCup Menstrual Cup Review
The LolaCup has a good rating on Amazon and is made in the USA from the highest-quality, FDA approved medical grade silicone. It’s one of the cheapest cups on the market and certainly one of the cheapest ones manufactured in the USA.
There isn’t that much information about the Lola Cup online, as it isn’t really a popular product. However, as far as we can tell, it’s a decently made cup at a very reasonable price and may make a nice option if you’re on a tight budget.
Keep on reading for our full review of this new menstrual cup that’s made in the USA. We’ll talk about the pros and cons, sizing, and also give some general information about period cup. Or, check it out for yourself.
You can check out the the Lola Cup over on Amazon:
2 Sizes of LolaCup:
LolaCup Size 1 (small): For those who haven’t given birth vaginally.
Length: 69 mm, diameter: 41 mm, capacity: 27 ml
LolaCup Size 2 (large): For those who have given birth vaginally, or for those with really heavy flows.
Length: 76 mm, diameter: 46 mm, capacity: 32.5 ml
In terms of sizing, the Lola Cup is pretty average. The capacities of 27 + 32.5 ml are slightly below, and slightly above the standard 30 ml (the Diva Cup).
The length of the small one is pretty average at 69 mm, while the large Lola Cup is a bit higher than normal at 76 mm. This can make the large Lola Cup a nice pick if you have a high cervix. You’ll probably find a longer cup is easier to remove because you’ll be able to grasp the stem more easily without having to fish around in there to find it!
We love that there is an actual difference in diameters between the small and the large. Some companies make two cups that aren’t actually that different and both are just around average.
However, the Lola Cup small should work for most people who haven’t given birth vaginally, while the large is big enough that it’ll work if you have.
Information about the Lola Cup (From the Company)
People that Like the LolaCup are Saying:
“It’s soft which makes it easy to insert and remove. It’s also cheaper than many of the more popular cups on the market today.”
“I love that I won’t be spending money on pads and tampons any more! This is the first menstrual cup I’ve tried, and I’m happy I decided on this one.”
LolaCup Menstrual Cup Pros:
- The price. It’s one of the cheaper period cups available today. This is especially unusual that a cup this cheap is manufactured in the USA and not in China.
- The Lola Cup is manufactured in the USA, which is perfect for those who like to shop local.
- Although it’s not an FDA approved menstrual cup, it does appear to be made according to the highest quality standards.
LolaCup Menstrual Cup Cons:
- The length. At 69 mm and 76 mm, this period cup is unsuitable for those women with a low cervix and if this is your situation, consider the Femmy Cycle Low Cervix model which has some excellent reviews over on Amazon.
- After checking out the LolaCup website thoroughly, as well as reading all the reviews on Amazon, it’s still unclear whether this is a soft, or stiff cup. This basic lack of information is frustrating.
- It’s quite difficult to find the product, even on Amazon USA.
Care and Cleaning of the Lola Cup
Menstrual cup, including the LolaCup aren’t cheap! It only makes sense to take care of it well so that it will last as long as possible. By doing this, you’re maximizing your money saving potential, as well as the environmental benefits of switching to a cup from tampons.
The company is quite vague about how long the Lola Cup will last and they just say, “for years to come.”
Here’s what the Lola Cup company recommends for looking after their period cup:
- Use mild detergent without perfume
- When you dry the cup, make sure no paper bits get stuck to it
- You can sterilize your cup at the end of your period by boiling it for 2-3 minutes.
- Store your cup in the pouch that it came in in a dry place. Do NOT store it in an airtight container.
This advice is slightly odd, but we’ll do our best to interpret it for you! They likely mean mild, water based soap and water when they’re talking about what to clean it with.
As far as drying your cup, this isn’t really necessary. Most people just wash their period cup, then reinsert it. Drying it will actually make it more difficult because it won’t just slide in their easily.
There are plenty of menstrual cup cleansers you can buy today. Check out this chart below for a few of the best options, in various price ranges and sizes.
Can I use the Lola Cup with an IUD?
A common question that people have is whether or not they can use a menstrual cup with an IUD, or other form of contraceptive device.
The Lola Cup says on their website that this indeed possible. And we’ve had the same experience with menstrual cups and IUDs as well. They are compatible for most people.
However, you should always check with your doctor about this. And please check out our quick tips for menstrual cups and IUDs:
- Be sure to get the correct length of menstrual cup. You want to haves some space between your cervix and the menstrual cup.
- Get your doctor to trim the stems on your IUD as short as possible.
- Check your string location periodically to make sure they haven’t moved.
- Be gentle with your cup!
- When you remove your Lola Cup, be sure to break the suction seal first. You can do this by grasping the base of the cup with two fingers, and squeezing in. Then pull the Lola Cup out. The worst thing you can do is pull it out completely by the stem.
Can I Pee While Wearing the LolaCup Menstrual Cup?
If you’ve never used a menstrual cup before, you may want to know whether or not your can pee or poop while wearing a cup. Let’s talk anatomy for a minute.
You have three holes “down there:”
- Urethra, where pee comes from
- Anus, where poop comes out of
- Vagina, where you insert your menstrual cup
As you can see, a menstrual cup, in theory shouldn’t interfere with either of these two bodily functions. However, you may have the experience that peeing takes a really long time when you’re wearing a menstrual cup.
This can happen because the urethra and vagina are in close proximity to each other. If you’re wearing a firm, big cup it can push quite strongly against your vaginal canal walls. This can in turn restrict your urethra slightly and result in a decreased flow rate for your urine.
In some cases, this may be extremely uncomfortable. If this happens to you, don’t give up on the Lola Cup (or other menstrual cup) completely. Try a softer, or smaller cup and see if you have some better results.
Toxic Shock Syndrome and the Lola Menstrual Cup
Many people want to know about menstrual cups and toxic shock syndrome and whether these two things are related. Let’s talk facts for a second.
Each year, there are numerous cases of toxic shock syndrome (TSS) from tampon usage. When you compare the number of cases to the large numbers of tampon users, the risk is quite low. This is especially true if you take basic precautions such as changing your tampon frequently enough, or matching your flow to absorbency level.
On the other hand, there is only one reported case of TSS that was caused by a menstrual cup. In this case, it was the Diva Cup. The user cut themselves at the beginning of their period when inserting the Diva Cup. It later resulted in Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Although it should be taken into account that there are far fewer period cup users than tampon users, the overall risk of toxic shock syndrome from cups compared to tampons appears to be lower.
What about Sex with the Lola Cup?
A common question that people have is whether or not they can have sex while wearing the LolaCup Menstrual Cup. The easy answer is no! There just isn’t enough room for everything “up there.” And even if you tried, it’d probably be pretty uncomfortable for both you, and your partner.
However, for anything up to penetrative sex, a menstrual cup like the Lola Cup can be a good option. This is because unlike with tampons, there are no strings hanging out. Your partner may not even know what you’re on your period.
For penetrative sex, we recommend the Instead Disposable Menstrual Cup. It’s a flat, flexible disc that can be worn for up to 12 hours. It sits right up below your cervix, which is why it works for sex during your period.
You can check out the Instead Soft Cup for yourself over on Amazon:
The Takeaway on the LolaCup Menstrual Cup:
The LolaCup menstrual cup is still a newcomer and the lack of real reviews on Amazon make it not a great choice. While it certainly does seem like a high-quality cup at an excellent price, it would be wise to wait at least a few months for some negative reviews to come out in order to see the weaknesses.
The other thing we don’t love is the marketing strategy of the LolaCup, along with a few other, newer menstrual cups. Nobody needs two menstrual cups! We wish companies would sell one cup, at a cheaper price.
If you do however like a period cup manufactured in the USA at an excellent price and are willing to give it a chance, you can get it on Amazon:
Jackie Bolen has been obsessed with eco-friendly period products for years and is the chief tester and expert here at Reusable Menstrual Cups. She thinks she might know more about menstrual cups than just about anyone in Canada!