When you’re looking to find the best menstrual cups for a heavy period there are choices available that can give you a leak-free period. As an expert on reusable menstrual cups and discs, I am sharing options that can work for every person’s needs.
Fit over Capacity ALWAYS
There are many period products designed a heavy period that will hold double or even triple to amount a tampon can hold. When it comes to menstrual cups the fit of the product is always a priority. It might be tempting to buy the cup that holds more than any others when your period is super heavy and in theory yes, this gives you a longer wear time between needing to remove and empty the contents but if the product doesn’t fit or isn’t comfortable it won’t work for you.
You can always empty your cup more frequently on your heaviest days if the available products aren’t a good size or fit. For diameter, capacity, and length measurements visit TheCupChart.com. The key is to get the most capacity for your body’s needs.
Fan Favorite Cup for a Heavy Period
The Merula XL is a cult favorite because it holds 50 ml which translates to 3-5x more than a tampon. The rounded bottom allows the cup to hold more despite the overall diameter being the same as most size “large” menstrual cups. It is in the “firm” category meaning if you have ever experienced bladder pressure from other menstrual cups, or if you tend to be more sensitive, this may not be the best cup for you.
Best Menstrual Cup for a Low Cervix and Heavy Flow
This is also a fan favorite and the best menstrual cup for anyone with a low cervix who also has a heavy flow. With a 30 ml capacity and a low profile when you trim off the ladder stem the Merula OS gives you a longer wear time than any other low cervix menstrual cup.
Best High Capacity and Soft Menstrual Cup
If you need a softer firmness menstrual cup that is less likely to apply bladder pressure try looking into the LaliCup XL. It’s a squishier firmness that can hold 51 ml. The generously long stem can be trimmed shorter or entirely off as needed, however, you will want to check that the 62.5 mm long body fits with your cervix height. If you need a softer and shorter high-capacity cup you can also consider the Formoonsa XL or the Super Jennie.
Best Petite Menstrual Cup for a Heavy Flow
If you are in the “small” size realm for menstrual cups there are also higher capacity diameter cups. The Tieutcup Small is a more petite profile at a 38 mm diameter but can hold 32 ml. The rounded bottom shape gives wearers a higher capacity. This is a firm cup.
Best Budget High Capacity Menstrual Cup
If you’re exploring a high-capacity cup but are on a tight budget the Venus Cup offers 2 size options at one low price. The size Large holds 47 ml and the size Small holds 29 ml. Individually the cups are priced lower than most brands on our list but the double-pack is an even larger savings.
Menstrual Discs for a Heavy Period
Almost every menstrual disc available holds as much or more than high-capacity menstrual cups. It’s hard to know exactly how much discs can hold when they’re in your body. One reason I like to suggest discs for folks with a heavy period is that they have the “flaw” of self-emptying and this is a bonus when you have a heavy period. Removals can be messy depending on which disc you’re using, but if you’re concerned about this aspect check out the Hello Disc with a less or no-mess removal tab.
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The nixit disc holds an impressive 70 ml to the rim. The entire product is very soft and malleable silicone.
The Lumma disc offers three sizes but their largest, size High, is going to hold the most at 60 ml. It’s a firmer rim and if you’ve tried a Flex Disc this product is the closest to that product in diameter and firmness.
Coming in 2022 (back the Kickstarter while you can) this menstrual disc holds as much as the Merula XL and has a slightly firm rim. The removal tab can be worn multiple ways to work for people with a low, average, and even a high cervix.
Need Help Picking The Best Cup?
Try the menstrual cup quiz by Period Nirvana. You can also join the group on Facebook Period Nirvana Community for troubleshooting help.