- Includes one Regular flow Tampax menstrual cup, one carrying case and a welcome guide. Ships in a...
- A menstrual cup that's designed to be more comfortable for more body types
- Co-designed with a female OB-GYN. Made in the USA.
- Soft Curve shape for a snug, soft fit that reduces pressure on your bladder
- Wear for up to 12 hours so you don't have to watch the clock
We knew it was only a matter of time before the makers of disposable feminine hygiene products got into the reusable game. It appears that Tampax, makers of one of the most popular tampon brands in the world are the first with the Tampx menstrual cup.
It’s a bit surprising that they didn’t brand this cup with another name. Tampax is associated so strongly with tampons that it seems strange to associate this with a menstrual cup.
But, let’s get to our full review of the Tampax Menstrual Cup to see what it’s all about and whether or not it’s right for you, and your budget (it’s expensive!).
Tampax Cup Introduction
Here are a few quick facts about the Tampax Menstrual Cup:
- Made by Tampax, the makers of the popular tampon brand
- Co-designed with a female OB-GYN
- Soft curve that reduces pressure on your bladder
- Made from 100% medical grade silicone in the USA
- Sizing based on flow (light or heavy)
- Even the small cup has a very large diameter
- Slightly shorter than average length
- V-shape (as opposed to a U-shape like most other cups)
- More expensive than most other menstrual cups
Is it worth it? Keep on reading to find out! Or, check it out for yourself over on Amazon:
Tampax Menstrual Cup Review
Okay, so let’s get straight into what you’re here for: our opinion of this new menstrual cup from Tampax. Is it a winner, and should you consider buying it?
While it’s well-designed and made of top-quality materials, there are a few big concerns that we have with it, including sizing recommendation, large diameter, what’s included in the package, and motivations.
The first issue that we have with this period cup is the recommendation for who should use the small, and large size. They recommend the small for someone with a light flow, and the large for a heavy flow. We HATE recommendations based on this. Why companies do this, we’re honestly not sure.
We find that the smaller cups work better for:
- Younger people
- Those who haven’t given birth vaginally
- People with smaller vaginal canals
The larger cups are for older people, and those who have given birth.
Another way to recommend cups is based on cervix height and this can work quite well. Shorter cups for a low cervix, and longer cups for a higher cervix.
See the next section for more details about the specific sizing of this cup.
The second issue we have with the Tampax Cup is the sizing, and in particular the very large diameter. The small is 47 mm, while the large is 53 mm.
47 mm is comparable to the largest menstrual cups on the market today and certainly won’t be suitable for teenagers or those who haven’t given vaginally. Since this is the smallest menstrual cup they offer, it leaves a lot of people out.
They recommend it for people with a light flow, but we have a feeling that there is going to be a lot of unhappy users who go with this recommendation from the company.
What’s Included in the Package
As of late 2018, the company is including a box of Always disposable pantyliners along with their period cup. Most people try a cup because they’re looking for a cheaper, or more environmentally friendly period experience.
Including a box of disposable pantyliners certainly defeats the purpose of this. Why not include a reusable panty-liner instead? We couldn’t help but shaking out head at this. It’s almost liked Tampax entirely missed the point.
In the starter kit which includes both small and large menstrual cups, there is a small package of Always wipes. These can be quite convenient for keeping your cup clean when you’re on the go.
However, we don’t love that they’re scented, perpetuating the myth that menstruation is dirty or smelly. The product description says that they can help you feel “fresh,” but it’s not like menstruation leaves you “unfresh” anyway.
Okay, so it’s not like the Diva Cup, Lunette Cup, or the Lena Cup aren’t in it to make money. After all, they want to sell their products, make money for the owners and not go out of business! What’s the difference between them, and Proctor & Gamble, the big congomerate behind the Tampax Cup?
Motivation. These companies that have been making menstrual cups for years, and in addition to money, seem to be motivated to actually make a difference in women’s lives by offering them a cheaper, environmentally friendly and safer alternative to tampons.
P & G? Our guess is that they are just looking to capitalize on the popularity of reusable period products in the last few years. Do they care about your health? Likely not. They most certainly don’t care about your bank account balance; this cup is one of the most expensive ones out there.
Tampax Menstrual Cup Sizing
There are two sizes, small and large. The small version is for people with a light flow, while the large is for those with a heavier flow.
Tampax Cup (Small)
Length: 65 mm
Diameter: 47 mm
Capacity: 24 ml
Tampax Cup (Large)
Length: 65 mm
Diameter: 53 mm
Capacity: 37 ml
Some Sizing Observations for the Tampax Cup
In terms of sizing and design, there are a few unique things about this period cup.
In terms of length, both the small and large come in at 65 mm.
However, if you have a high cervix/long vaginal canal, then you might find it quite difficult to remove. To remove a cup, you should pinch the base with two fingers and squeeze in to break the suction seal. If you can’t reach the base, you can pull down gently on the stem until you can.
The problem with a short cup and a high cervix is that you may find it quite difficult to even reach the stem.
There are very few menstrual cups that have a diameter of more than 47 mm (check out this comparison chart for more details).
At 47 mm (small) and 53 mm (large), the Tampax Cup is a very large cup.
While the company recommends the smaller one for people with a light flow, it may actually be too big.
We generally prefer to recommend a menstrual cup based on whether or not you’ve given birth vaginally. If you have, stick with a smaller cup with a diameter of 40-41 mm or even less. If you have, then go with a bigger one, perhaps 45+ mm.
Recommend this large of a menstrual cup based entirely on a light flow may result in plenty of unsatisfied customers! We suspect that once you start to see more customer reviews on Amazon for this product, many of the negative ones will be related to this.
The small Tampax Cup at 24 ml has a below average capactity, while the larger one at 37 ml is above average. The large is actually one of the higher capacity cups and could work well for you if you have a heavy flow.
This means that you should be able to get it to open quite easily. You just have to fold the cup, place it into your vagina and then it’ll pop open and into place.
However, the downside to these slightly firmer menstrual cups is that they can sometimes push strongly against your vaginal canal walls and even cause cramps or other discomfort. Tampax seems to have taken this into account with their “soft curve” that’s designed to reduce pressure on your bladder so it should be quite comfortable.
Where to buy the Tampax Cup?
We suspect that you’ll soon be able to find the Tampax Menstrual Cup in stores everywhere. However, for now, you can check it out over on Amazon:
Tampax Cup Pros:
- Can work well for people with a low-medium cervix height.
- Well designed (but see below for some dubious sizing recommendations).
- The large has a very high capacity for people with a heavy flow
- Designed by a female OB-GYN
- They’re designed the cup themselves, instead of just buying out another company, or putting their name on a generic one
- Made in the USA
Tampax Menstrual Cup Cons:
- The company recommends the small for people with a light flow. However, with a diameter of 47 mm, this is as large as some of the biggest menstrual cups on the market. We’d only suggest if it you’ve given birth vaginally. Otherwise, stick with a smaller cup (find one here).
- Made by a company that makes non-organic tampons which aren’t great for your body, or the environment.
- They’ve included disposable pantyliner along with it, which kind of defeats the environmentally friendly benefits of using a menstrual cup!
- Currently (late 2018) one of the most expensive menstrual cups on the market.
How to Use the Tampax Menstrual Cup
A common question that beginners to menstrual cups have is how to use it! There are a few simple steps you can follow to get up and running.
The thing to keep in mind about period cups is that there’s a serious learning curve to using them. It takes most people at least 3-4 cycles to really feel confident with one. Here are some tips to help you out:
- Make sure to wash your hands before handling a menstrual cup (inserting or removing it). This helps to prevent things like yeast infections, or Toxic Shock Syndrome.
- Fold your cup (there are various fold options that you can try) and insert it into your vagina. Point it back and down towards your tailbone, and not up towards the sky. It’s designed to sit low in your vaginal canal, just so that the stem isn’t sticking out.
- Because the Tampax Period Cup is quite stiff, it should just pop open pretty easily.
- If it doesn’t open, twist and turn it until it does. Or, take it out and try another fold.
- After 12 hours (or sooner if it’s full and starts leaking), take it out by squeezing in with two fingers at the base to break the suction seal and then pull it out. Pull down gently on the stem if you can’t reach the base.
- Wash the cup (more details here: Menstrual Cup Cleaning 101) and reinsert it.
- At the end of your cycle, boil you cup in a pot of water on the stove for five minutes to sterilize it and then store it in the case that comes with it.
What about Sex with the Tampax Cup?
A common question that people have is whether or not they can have while using something like this menstrual cup. The cheeky answer is that it depends!
For anything up to penetrative sex, a menstrual cup works very well and your partner may not even know that you have your period. However, for penetrative sex, it won’t work that well. It’s too big, firm and sits low in the vaginal canal.
People have certainly tried to have sex while using traditional menstrual cups, and neither they, nor their partner liked the results!
Consider the Ziggy Cup Instead
If you’re looking to go eco-friendly for your non-messy period sex, then consider the Intimina Ziggy Cup. Like this cup from Tampax, it’s also made from medical grade silicone and can be used for years. What’s different is that it’s a flat, flexible disc that fits right below your cervix.
Check out our Ziggy Cup Review, or take a look for yourself over on Amazon:
Is there a Risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome with Menstrual Cups?
Tampons come with the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome, but does this new menstrual cup also have this risk, and is it higher or lower? Let’s find out!
First of all, the risk even from tampons is quite low. This is particularly true if you take basic precautions such as changing it frequently enough (8 hours maximum).
There are only a few thousand cases of TSS each year and many doctors go an entire lifetime without even seeing a case! Around half of them are caused by tampons.
Although there is a risk, in theory with menstrual cups, there’s only been 1 case to date. As long as you remove your cup every 12 hours (or sooner if full) and clean it well, your risk should be quite low. Also don’t use it if you cut yourself when inserting or removing it until you heal fully.
The Takeaway on the Tampax Cup
We’re a bit up in the air about a menstrual cup that’s made by a company who mainly sells disposable (non-organic!) period products. With their menstrual cup, they include a free trial of Always DISPOSABLE pantyliners.
It’s almost like they’ve entirely missed the point as to why you might want to switch to a menstrual cup (cheaper and better for the environment). Why not include a reusable pantyliner instead?
Love it or Hate it? We’re not Sure
We’re seriously conflicted and we’re not sure whether we should love it, or hate it. You’d best decide for yourself!
On the one hand, it’s nice to see a company with some serious distribution power get into the menstrual cup world because they have the potential to bring them to the masses. You might soon see a menstrual cup in every single tampon aisle in the world.
On the other hand, it’s very expensive, and perhaps more than it should be! It’s also made by a company that doesn’t exactly have women’s health at the forefront.
There are Better Cups out There
If you’re looking for your first, or next menstrual cup, you should probably give this one a miss. It’s expensive, coming in at about $10 more than the next most expensive cups on the market.
We much prefer recommending cheaper products that are made by companies who focus exclusively on reusable, eco-friendly period products. You can see some of our top recommendations here:
Small May be too Large
It also works best for people who’ve given birth vaginally, but perhaps not many other people. As of the time of writing, there were very, very few reviews anywhere online, which could give us more information about this. We’ll come back and update this article in a few months after seeing what people are saying.
Maybe it’s Right for You?
Does it sound like the Tampax Cup is right for you? It certainly might be if you’re looking for a higher capacity menstrual cup that’s a bit shorter than average. AND, if you’ve given birth vaginally due to the very large diameter of even the small one.
You can check it out for yourself over on Amazon:
Tampax Cup: Have your Say!
What are your thoughts about this new menstrual cup on the scene? Leave a comment below and let us know.
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!
Last update on 2018-11-15 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API