The Claricup Menstrual Cup is a very new brand to the UK and originates from France. It’s made by a company called Claripharm who mostly make products such as menstrual cups, intimate wash and a form of shield to protect the intimate area.
Claripharm sent me both of the sizes for review. The cups come in a box like this:
Claricup Measurements, Capacity & Information
Large: Capacity 27ml | Length inc stem 74mm | External Diameter 46mm
Small: Capacity 18.5ml | Length inc stem 74mm | External Diameter 38.5mm
There are 4 suction release holes that are angled to the side.
The first thing I noticed was how alike it is to the Si-Bell Menstrual Cup that comes from Italy. I held the two brands together and they are identical (The measurements online are different by like 0.5 – 1mm but it’s negligible). The only different is the colour, as the Claricup is indigo in colour. Claricup confirmed that their menstrual cup is made in France.
The Claricup has a very unique silicone which contains an anti-microbial product. Due to the vagina being home to bacteria like Staphylococcal, they wanted to make the cup as safe as possible.
The silicone used for the Claricup Menstrual Cup is CE tested, FDA approved and has been tested in the same way as a medically implanted device, such as pacemakers. In other words, this silicone is top notch and has been through some rigorous testing.
The cups come in a little black tub, which is for storage. It also doubles up as a microwave sanitizer for the menstrual cups.
I quite like the tub and the fact that I can sanitize the cup in there, too. There is an air hole to allow air to circulate so that the cup can breathe when being stored (moisture cannot evaporate in a sealed container, which can lead to mould growth and some pretty funky smells!). This air hole also allows for use in the microwave, to allow expansion of the air, and stop water bubbling over.
Here’s the large and small, side by side. Please excuse the water marks on the left. I’d just rinsed the cup and wiped it down after my small human got hold of it.
Using The Claricup Menstrual Cup
The Claricup Menstrual Cup is a soft cup. Perfect for those with sensitive bladders, weak pelvic floor or anyone who loves a soft cup. Despite the softness, the cup pops open with ease when using the punch down fold. I also tried the triangle, seven and labia fold, and it was easy to open using all of those folds.
With removal, I found that I had to slide my finger right up the side to break the seal as the cup had formed a great seal. Once released, I pulled the cup down and out, with minimal folding due to the softness of the cup. No soreness when removing at all.
The drill is the same with every cup. Empty contents down the loo, wipe (or rinse if you’re able) and reinsert. I would have no hesitation having to empty my cup when out, or keeping the Claricup in my bag as an emergency cup. It pops open every single time, without fail.
I left the stems intact on both due to having a high cervix. Normally I cut stems off anyway as I can get cups down relatively easily. However, I almost lost my Si-Bell down the loo due to the smooth base, so I wanted to leave the stem on the Claricup. The stem is super soft, flexible and stretchy. One of the very few stems that don’t irritate me.
The Claricup Menstrual Cup has no measurement markers and is totally smooth inside and out, making for easy cleaning.
When examining the menstrual cups upon arrival, I noticed both had some quality issues. The seam on the outside of the cup isn’t smooth/filed back on the large. The suction release holes are unfinished with ‘flaps’ of silicone over them on the outside and inside of the cup, on both sizes. This is quite disappointing.
Despite the issues mentioned, I love the Claricup. It’s made from a lovely, luxurious feeling silicone and is easy to use. The cup is also simple to store and sanitize. Due to the softness of the cup, it would be great for people with sensitivity issues and weak pelvic floor muscles.
I would recommend this cup to anyone looking for a soft cup that opens easily.
The Claricup Menstrual Cup is available to purchase from Eco Dreams* – use code ECOFLUFFYMAMA for 12% off.
Visit Claripharm for more information on the company and their products.