If you’re a regular reader of Period Nirvana then you’ll know I love a good “novelty” cup. This week we have a Coral Cup review thanks to Jaime, our amazing Period Nirvana Community admin, who kindly sent this intriguing menstrual cup to the US from New Zealand. The Coral Cone cup has a lot of unique features. The most notable feature is the removable ribbon stem that threads through the base of the cup and secures similar to a zip tie. Made of silicone and sold only in New Zealand, the Coral Cup comes in two sizes.
- Two Size Options – “Mini” and “Midi”
- Medical Grade Silicone
- Removable Ribbon Stem
- Dimple Base for Easy Insertion
- Average Firmness of “3” on the Period Nirvana Firmness Scale
- Snapping Storage Pouch
- Wave grip ridges
Coral Cone Details and Dimensions
|Coral Cone Mini|
|Firmness ||Average – 3/5|
|Cup Body Length ||47mm|
|Total Length ||100mm|
|Coral Cone Midi|
|Firmness ||Average – 3/5|
|Cup Body Length ||58mm|
|Total Length ||110mm|
What Makes Coral Cone Cup Unique
Coral Cone has several features that stand out in a crowded collection of other bullet shaped menstrual cups. Some I would call “gimmick” like a pour spout and self-described “no spill rim.” Others, like the dimple base and removable ribbon stem, and more novel and serve a purpose.
The cups are offered in pretty standard sizes; their Mini is a “small” and their Midi is a “large” and sizing will follow pretty straightforward guidelines. Under 30/ Haven’t had a full term pregnancy would qualify for their Mini. Over 30 and/or have had a full term pregnancy would quality for their Midi. As with all brands this is not a hard and fast rule, and the decision of which size you think will work best is up to you.
Ribbon Stem aka Zip-Tie Stem
The most unique feature of the Coral Cone is their removable ribbon stem that gives users the option to use their cup with a high cervix, or remove it. Per the brand’s instructions they do not recommend cutting the stem shorter. It’s either “on” or “off.” The stem is thin but feels extremely sturdy, though you wouldn’t want to test the sturdiness by tugging the stem when it’s in your body! I could not wear the stem comfortably even with how thin it was. Everyone’s bodies are different so what doesn’t work for me may still work for you.
The downside of a product with removable parts is how they can end up missing. Be sure to keep your stem in a safe place where your pets or kids can’t find it. or, find a new use for the zip-tie on your cords if you never plan to use it on your cup! The stem functions exactly like the reusable silicone cord organizers.
How Coral Cone Cup Compares to Other Brands
Coral Cone has the distinction of being the only cup to have a detachable and removeable stem making it both good for users with a high cervix (potentially) and those with an average – low average cervix height.
The push dimple base is very similar to another brand, Luneale, but of course Luneale (sold as La Cup in the US) has no stem.
Coral Cone certainly does boast length and is just slightly longer than the Flex Cup with the stem on and the Flex Cup in it’s longest position. With the Flex Cup in the shortest possible position and the stem off of Coral Cone, the Coral Cone is shorter overall.
Check out our Menstrual Cup Comparison Chart for more side-by-side comparisons.
Best Way to Insert Coral Cone
The design of the Coral Cone rim has a flatter top which makes this cup a bit harder to fold as narrowly as other rounder rimmed designs. While I had no issues with inserting or folding this cup it’s worth noting that even when using smaller folds like the Punchdown, it may have a larger entry diameter than other cups of the same size. A small bit of water-based lubricant can definitely help.
Best Way to Remove Coral Cone
I wasn’t able to test much about the detachable ribbon stem design since my cervix is too low to wear it comfortably. The stem threads through an opening in the base and secures like a reusable zip tie. It can be threaded and unthreaded again and again, unlike plastic permanent zip ties. The concept is definitely interesting and I love a good novely cup idea. As I said in the video, sometimes the ideas are insane (Screw Cup anyone?) and sometimes they are surprisingly good (MoreCup custom fit design.) The issue for me with this stem is that I simply can’t test it and provide useful feedback to you.
I will note that for users with a high cervix, I’m not entirely convinced this stem can be used to move your cup down low enough to reach. Since menstrual cups create a suction it’s best not to remove your cup by pulling straight down on the stem. When users can barely reach their stem the best option is to use it to wiggle the cup “side to side” to avoid that “suction” feeling. This doesn’t always work, but think of your cup like the finger in a toy finger trap. Yanking hard and straight down activates the pull. Another point to make – not everyone has that intense suction with their cup and can pull the cup by the stem without any discomfort. The best practice is to always break your cup’s seal when removing by pinching the base but you have to be able to reach it first.
With a structured base you will likely need to reach higher on the body of the cup to break your seal when removing.
My Personal Experience Using Coral Cone
As a menstrual cup the Coral Cone has been one of the most comfortable I’ve used. The firmness and shape agreed with my body. Wearing Coral Cone without the ribbon stem results in the “forgot I was on my period” comfort I enjoy more often with menstrual discs than cups. When I wore the cup with the stem I gave it as honest a try as my body could handle, which included tucking the stem back inside instead of letting it hang out of my body like a tampon string. I took a long walk and wanted to pull my hair out from annoyance.
My periods aren’t super heavy so the lower capacity of the Midi size, which holds 25 ml, was enough for me to use. The entire period was leak-free. I can see how this cup wouldn’t stand up to a heavy period, however.
Favorite Feature – Push Dimples
I’m a stemless cup fan so the option to wear Coral Cone without the stem is my preference, and required for my comfort. The design of this cup’s base is a “dimple” grip. This structured bottom makes pushing your cup into place super easy. It was my favorite part of using the Coral Cone. Since this base has structure to it the dimple grip will not help you break the suction when you pinch this area. You will need to pinch higher on the cup when you are breaking the cup’s seal for removal.
Least Favorite Feature – Wave Grips
When reviewing cups I’m always mindful of how easy they are to clean. The pronounced raised “wave grip” around the base likes to catch debris. Regular washing without extra care and attention can leave some things behind that will accumulate. A soft bristle brush or wipe and your fingernail can take care of it. All period products will eventually stain, but the dark blue color of Coral Cone midi is a nice shade that will take longer to show stains over time.
My ratings are based on wearing Coral Cone stemless. 5 blood drops being a perfect rating.
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Where to Find Coral Cone
This brand is only available in New Zealand directly from CoralCone.com Just prepare yourself for a website clearly written by fans of The Good Place. It’s a forkin’ lot. Their website is also not fully inclusive in the language they use.