5 of the Best Menstrual Cups for Teens
We often get asked, can teens use menstrual cups? And the answer is YES, of course! With so many menstrual cups on the market, finding the right size cup that is suitable for teens or those who are particularly petite can be a bit challenging, so we’ve put together a quick guide to the best menstrual cups for teens to point you in the right direction.
The Saalt Teen cup has the same classic bulb-shaped design of the Saalt Original and Saalt Soft but in a smaller, more petite version for teens. The Saalt Teen cup is beautifully packaged in a cardboard tube and available in bright Wild Rose Pink or vibrant Aqua Green. It holds 15ml so suitable for a lighter flow and is 65mm in length with a flexible grippy tab-style stem which makes for easy removal. The stem can also be trimmed. The Saalt Teen cup is 37mm, which is a similar diameter to many of the other teen menstrual cups, and features a rounded "reinforced cuff" in the ring to help prevent leaks. The Saalt Teen cup is made in the USA.
JuJu Model 1
While the JuJu Model 1 is not made specifically for teens, it is one of the smaller menstrual cups on the market. It measures just 40mm in diameter and 65mm long to the end of the stem (the stem can easily be trimmed on the JuJu cup), and holds 22ml of fluid - which is considerably more than other teen cups, with only a little extra diameter. As it holds more fluid than most teen cups, it may be a better choice if you want to get more wear time out of your cup before needing to empty (although you probably still won’t get a full 8 hours out of this cup if you have a very heavy flow). JuJu is also the only Australian made menstrual cup - bonus!
MeLuna Classic Small
MeLuna menstrual cups are made specifically for people who need a smaller cup! All of their cups are generally smaller than most, but the Meluna Classic Small is one of the smallest menstrual cups on the market, measuring just 38mm wide at the rim and 55mm long to the end of the ring stem. It holds 15ml of fluid, meaning you should be able to get a full 8 hours of wear from it if you have a light to moderate flow.
Hello Cup XS
If you need a silicone-free menstrual cup, consider the Hello Cup XS, which is made from TPE. It measures just 38mm in diameter and 57mm long to the end of the toggle stem and it holds 17.5ml, which means you should get a full 8 hours of wear before needing to empty if you have a light to moderate flow. We love that the Hello Cup comes in cute pastel colours, and is fully recyclable at the end of its life!
The OrganiCup Mini is made from opaque medical grade silicone and is a softer cup, which can make insertion more comfortable. It measures 37mm in diameter (the smallest of all the cups we’ve featured here!) and has a length of 58mm including the stem (which can be trimmed to size), and can hold up to 17ml of fluid so is suitable for a light flow. This cup has a very organic feel and comes packages in plastic-free cardboard packaging, which we love. The pronounced grip rings on the base of the cup and stem also make it easy to remove.
Diva Cup Size 0
If you’re a teen with a high cervix, this longer cup may just be the perfect cup for you! The Diva Cup Size 0 has a 38mm diameter, but is 65.4cm long and has a 17ml capacity. If you have a particularly high cervix, it’s better to choose a longer cup so it will be easier to reach when it comes time for removal. How can you tell? If you can insert your finger inside your vagina and only just feel your cervix with the tip of your finger (hint: it feels like a little donut that is firm to the touch, like the tip of your nose) or can’t reach it at all, this indicates you have a high cervix and should opt for a longer cup.
Tips for teens who want to use a menstrual cup
Get to know your body, and relax. This is probably to most important tip we can give teens who want to use a menstrual cup. Familiarise yourself with your anatomy and your vulva so you know what is meant to go where. And relax!
Your menstrual cup can’t get lost and stuck in your body forever - the more relaxed you are, the easier it will be to insert and remove your cup.
Start with a smaller cup, especially if you’re petite or if you’re a virgin. Petite people may have a narrower vaginal canal, which means a smaller cup will be much easier to insert and will open up easier once it’s inside you. Similarly, if you’re a virgin and your hymen is still intact or you feel ‘tighter’, a smaller cup will be much more comfortable to insert once folded.
Use lubricant. Adding a small amount of personal lubricant to the rim of your cup before inserting can help it slide in much more comfortably. If you’re using a silicone menstrual cup, it’s best to choose a water-based lubricant that won’t damage the silicone.
Try a different fold. There are so many different menstrual cup folds to choose from, and for teens we recommend a fold that makes your cup’s point of entry as narrow as possible. The ‘punch-down’ fold or ‘seven’ fold are both popular choices, and will make the entry point of your cup pretty much the same size as a tampon!
Remember that smaller cups also have smaller capacities. This is an important thing to consider if you have a heavier period, as it will mean you may need to change your cup more often than if you were wearing a larger size. The cups mentioned in this guide will really only be suitable for 8 hours of wear if you have a light to moderate flow.