dutchess cup review | cheap knockoff or silent winner?
The Dutchess Cup is one of the most popular and affordable menstrual cups on Amazon, so we decided to give it a try. The popularity, FDA registration, and price pushed us to take the plunge. Here is our honest dutchess cup review.
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Dutchess cup review
According to the company, the Dutchess Cup is made from high-quality medical-grade silicone. They claim their cups can last up to 15 years with proper cleaning and care. Although I cannot speak to the longevity of the product, I can give a thorough and honest review of my experience.
Unboxing Dutchess Cup
When you receive your Dutchess Cup the first thing you will notice is there is no unnecessary plastic packaging. Why add plastic to an eco-friendly product? It just doesn’t make sense to me because you have to boil it before the first use anyway.
When you unbox your Dutchess Cup you will find:
- Instructions (how to insert and clean with pictures)
- Menstrual Cup (2 if purchased value pack)
- Storage Pouches (2 if purchased value pack)
There is nothing more frustrating to me than buying a menstrual cup without a pouch or holder. What do they expect you to do with your cup between your cycle? Many people ask, why do you need 2 cups? The answer is you don’t, but it is convenient to keep a cup at home and in your purse when your cycle decides to show up without notice. Also, think of how long you would go without purchasing menstrual products…over 10 years.
Dutchess cup Stats| sizes and model
The first and most important step when looking for a menstrual cup is finding the right size. If you are familiar with menstrual cups you may know the size depends on your age, the position of your cervix, physical activity, flow, sexual activity, and if you have given birth. All these factors are used to determine the best menstrual cup for you.
The dutchess cup has two sizes available with a variety of colors. The most popular and readily available colors are pink and purple with red, blue, and white being available at times. I purchased the large cup because of my weaken pelvic muscles from giving birth.
Dutchess Cup Model A (Large)
- Cup Diameter – 45 mm
- Cup Length – 55 mm
- Stem Length – 10 mm
- Total Cup Length – 65 mm
- Capacity to Holes – 25 ml
- Capacity to Rim – 30 ml
- Cup Firmness – Soft
The dutchess cup model A (large) is best for women over 25, have given birth, have weak pelvic muscles, or have a very heavy flow. If one or two of these apply to you, this may be the size you need. Although I have an average flow, I gave birth last year so this would best fit for me.
Dutchess Cup Model B (Small)
- Total Cup Length – 62 mm
- Cup Diameter – 42 mm
- Cup Length – 52 mm
- Stem Length – 10 mm
- Capacity to Holes – 20 ml
- Capacity to Rim – 25 ml
- Cup Firmness – Soft (softer pliable cup)
The dutchess cup model B (small) is best for women under 25, beginners, have not given birth, have strong pelvic muscles, or light to medium flow. If you are a beginner this is a great cup to use to learn your body and flow.
Dutchess Cup: Pros and Cons
Here are the Dutchess Cup pros and cons based on my experience. Remember, every experience will differ based on your personal preference. This Dutchess Cup review is solely based on my personal experience as a user.
Dutchess Cup Review: Pros
- Budget-Friendly – This cup is great for beginners to try without breaking the bank when learning how to use a menstrual cup. You get 2 cups for the price of other expensive cups.
- Available Colors – It may not seem important, but the variety of colors available is pretty cool.
- Comfortable – So far this is the most comfortable menstrual cup I’ve used.
- Capacity – Although there are cups with more capacity the combination of capacity and comfort is a plus for this cup.
- Firmness – The softer menstrual cup made it easy for me to practice different cup folds.
Dutchess Cup Review: Cons
- Customer Support – Many other brands offer great customer support, oftentimes helping answer employee questions about sizing and fit. The only way to reach customer service is through email that will be returned 24-48 hours later.
- Website – The “official” website leaves a lot to be desired. There isn’t a lot of information available on the site about the cup.
- Firmness – This is a softer menstrual cup that some may have a difficult time inserting. This can be a pro or a con depending on your preference.
Who should use the Dutchess Cup?
This cup is great for beginners. If you are considering switching to menstrual cups, I highly recommend starting with this cup. It is budget-friendly and will help you learn your body and menstrual flow. Even if it is not the right fit for you, the affordability won’t leave you frustrated like with many of the more expensive brands.
Dutchess cup overall experience
I must admit, I am completely sold on the Dutchess Cup. It fit me perfectly and I was able to get it inside the first time with no leaks. The cup was so comfortable I forgot I was on my cycle, that’s a first for me. Surprisingly, I didn’t have to experiment with different folds or techniques. The grips at the bottom of the cup made it easy to control during insertion and removal. Removing the cup was easier than expected, I simply squeezed the cup to break the seal while slowly removing. I do have to see how it will hold up on my heaviest days, but it was perfect for the last 3 days (medium flow).