Meet a new menstrual cup brand with 3 size options created specifically for users with a low cervix or a weak pelvic floor. It was designed by a sibling team, one an OB/GYN, and one a product design specialist. Get all the details about this new menstrual cup for low cervix users in our Leia Cup review.
Leia Cup Details and Dimensions
- 3 Size Options
- Short Body for a Low Cervix
- Angled Top Rim
- Sturdy Stem and Grips
- Firm Easy Open Rim
- Designed by an OB/GYN
|Leia Cup Small|
|Total Length (stem and body)||61 mm|
|Body Length (stem off)||49 mm|
|Firmness||Firm – 4/5|
|Leia Cup Medium|
|Total Length (stem and body)||64 mm|
|Body Length (stem off)||52 mm|
|Firmness||Firm – 4/5|
|Leia Cup Large|
|Total Length (stem and body)||64 mm|
|Body Length (stem off)||54 mm|
|Firmness||Firm – 4/5|
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What Makes Leia Cup Unique – Overview of Features
Three size options available. Leia Cup offers 3 sizes, Small, Medium, and Large. Each cup’s body length (not including the stem) is shorter than average cups making them a good option for people with a low-average cervix. With the stem, the cups still come in shorter than menstrual cup brands like DivaCup or Saalt, but leaving it on means it should still be reachable if your cervix is average or slightly higher. If you have a sky-high cervix this cup is probably not for you.
Angled Top Rim design along with the firmness means Leia Cup has a secure fit. The angled top rim plus the shape and firmness combined help the Leia seal and stay in place.
Sturdy Grip Design – All Leia Cups have prominent grip rings to help make removals easier.
Leia Cup is Firm. The firmness score for Leia Cup is a 4 on our scale of 1-5, with 5 being the firmest. This puts it around the same firmness as Saalt Cup. The rim is firmer than the body of the cup, making it one that opens easier in the body without the need for additional tricks to help it open. This firmness means that this cup could apply bladder pressure or cause some level of discomfort for more sensitive users.
Respectable capacity. Thanks to the wider top rim the size Small holds 26 ml, and the size Medium and Large hold 28 ml. If your cervix dips into the cup this will reduce that capacity since these measurements are to the top rim.
How Leia Cup Compares to Other Brands
Leia Cup has a shorter body and wide rim in comparison to most menstrual cups. The wide, angled rim tapers to a “V” and this combination helps the cup stay in place during wear making it a good choice for those looking for a menstrual cup for a low cervix.
Picking between the 3 size options can be confusing, even to me. I’ve certainly found myself squinting at the numbers to sort through their differences. Actual footage of me making sense of the measurements provided to me in inches and converting to mm for the purposes of our chart, database, graphics, etc.
The body length of each Leia Cup places it in the spectrum of “low cervix cups.” This means it can work for users who have a low cervix without feeling too long in the vaginal canal. It should be noted that, even with the stem trimmed, Leia Cups are still a tad longer than the frontrunner low cervix cups Merula OS and MeLuna Shorty. For the best fit, users should visit our How to Measure Your Cervix guide and reference the measurements of the full length and body length (no stem) to make sure the cup you pick is the right length.
A menstrual cup should fit entirely in the body, and users with a low cervix most often need to trim the stems of their cup for comfort. Leia Cup has a thick and sturdy stem – you may need to round off any sharp edges with small nail scissors after trimming the length. As with any cup, make sure you don’t need the stem before opting to trim.
Compared to brands like Merula OS and JuJu Model 4, the body length of Leia Cup isn’t as short but the brand has a shorter body than average menstrual cups.
What also makes Leia an appealing low cervix cup option is that the rim is wide – for anyone with a “dangly” cervix that likes to dip into the cup, this can mean your cup fits without sticking out. It’s worth noting that if the cup causes pain or sharp intense cramps you should discontinue using it. But, the wide rim of Leia Cup should prevent this from happening during wear.
Check out our Menstrual Cup Comparison Chart for more side-by-side menstrual cup comparisons.
Best Way to Insert Leia Cup
You can fold the Leia Cup anyway you’d like and there are so many menstrual cup folds to choose from. I usually stick to a simple Punchdown Fold when inserting cups but the angled rim makes for a wider insertion point with that fold. Instead, I’d suggest a Labia Fold – you get a narrower overall shape and tip with this folding method.
Related Resource: Menstrual Cup Folds
Be sure to check the direction of your cup when inserting. Leia Cup’s highest side should point towards your back. The lowest side of the rim should be facing your belly button.
Many menstrual cup brands suggest spinning the cup after inserting it to make sure it opens fully and seals. For Leia Cup you will not want to do this – instead, you can spin left and right or use other cup opening techniques if for some reason it doesn’t feel completely open.
Best Way to Remove Leia Cup
Take a nice deep breath! When it’s time to remove Leia Cup be sure to break the suction the cup has created. If the cup has very strong suction and feels “stuck” do not panic. Insert your finger as high as you can reach and push against the cup’s wall and rim until the suction is broken. After breaking the suction you will be able to lower the cup down and out of your vagina.
Dr. Lena Dolgan teamed up with her brother and product design specialist, Konstantin Dolgan, to create a cup that would work better for her patients. Dr. Dolgan and I spoke over Zoom about the process of designing and testing the Leia Cup. Since there was a bit of a language barrier, Dr. Dolgan lives in Kazakhstan, Leia Cup’s marketing director assisted in translating for us both as needed. The most interesting aspect of Leia Cup’s development? Dr. Dolgan and several other OB/GYNs tested the design. Dr. Dolgan used her expertise in gynecology in combination with her brother’s expertise in 3D product design and manufacturing. The cup took 2 years to develop and they made 50 prototypes before the final version was released.
Leia Cup Review
Regular readers know that I am “Team Disc” these days. The Leia Cup worked better than I expected; my period was comfortable and entirely leak-free! Unlike a lot of other cups I’ve tried in recent years, Leia Cup stayed placed firmly all day long. As a shorter-bodied cup, I was able to leave the stem on without experiencing any discomfort. While wiping I could feel the thick stem but it was never uncomfortable during wear.
The cup did create a stronger suction than most menstrual cups I have tried. Removing Leia Cup for the first time turned into a wrestling match. Subsequent removals went smoother.
Typically firm cups slow my urine stream – I didn’t notice the feeling of pressure from Leia Cup but occasionally it took slightly longer to empty my bladder with this cup in. This is a side effect I can personally live with.
The cup was easy to clean but it did stain surprisingly fast. As noted in the video. I don’t usually mention staining in my reviews since those won’t appear until many uses. Staining is only an aesthetic issue but since I experienced it so early it’s mentioned in this review. I would much rather use a cup that works but stains quickly than one that doesn’t work but hides stains.
Leia Cup is a new brand and it has room for improvement in its branding and website. The cup worked well for me and while branding is very important to me, the function is number 1. If Leia Cup were just another average menstrual cup it probably wouldn’t have made the cut for Period.Shop. Being that Leia Cup works well for a low cervix and impressed me in how it worked for my period, it earned a spot in Period.Shop’s curated selection. In the future I’d love to see the brand refresh its packaging to be more inclusive, something we discussed and they agree with. I’d also love to see them offer storage pouches with purchases made online of their product. Leia Cup’s MSRP is $36.99 – wearing my consumer hat, that is a premium price to pay for a cup that doesn’t include a storage pouch.
My ratings are based on one full cycle using Leia Cup. 5 blood drops = a perfect rating. I love that this cup will work for so many of us with a cervix in between “low” and “average” and think it’s a great new option for anyone who struggles to keep their cup from sliding down.
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