Shortly after I switched to cloth pads a little over three years ago, I also made the switch from disposable tampons to menstrual cups. Not only are cups more eco-friendly, but I can use one for up to twelve hours at a time! I previously owned one reusable silicone cup and have used disposable cups. When recently offered the chance to review the Brisa menstrual cup in exchange for my honest opinion, I eagerly accepted the opportunity.
Price and Design
The Brisa menstrual cup currently costs $21.95 on Amazon with a retail value of $25.95. My previous cup cost me $29.99, so I consider the Brisa comparable in price. Imported from Germany, manufactured in a factory in China, and made with 100% FDA-approved medical silicone, the soft and comfortable Brisa menstrual cup collects menstrual fluids internally rather than absorbing, which prevents dryness and other irritation. The cup currently comes in two sizes. Size S is suitable for women who have not given birth to a child or who are less than 25 years old. Size L is suitable for women who have given birth or who are older than 25 years old. The cup comes in clear, pink, purple, blue, and red silicone.
I received a pink Brisa menstrual cup in Size L. I have given birth twice and am over the age of 25, so choosing the correct sizing was easy. My other menstrual cup is also the larger size of two. Size L measures 2.75 inches in length and 1.75 inches in diameter. The shorter stem measures less than 0.5 inches. In terms of fit, I found the Brisa quite comfortable. Once inserted, I could no longer feel the silicone cup. If you are new to menstrual cups, there is usually a learning curve in figuring out the best placement for your body, but, once you practice insertion a few times, putting the cup in quickly and comfortably is a breeze! Brisa also provides a small instruction booklet to help women learn to use the cup.
Although I have a heavy flow, I have found that I can use a menstrual cup for up to 12 hours without any problems. I do recommend giving the cup a slight twist once inserted to ensure a proper seal to prevents leaks. One feature that I really like about the Brisa menstrual cup is the shorter stem. Some of my friends have found that longer stems feel uncomfortable. While you can trim a longer stem, I like that the Brisa comes with a shorter stem that requires no trimming. I also like the five available colors, which make dealing with your menstrual cycle a little more fun. I chose the pink at my daughter’s urging.
I am a huge fan of silicone products. The Brisa cup is made with 100% FDA-approved medical silicone. The silicone is soft and flexible, which makes inserting the cup easier and more comfortable. I have found that folding the cup in half to form a U shape works best for my body. I can then comfortably insert the cup. Once inserted, the cup opens up and then I give the cup a slight twist to form a proper leak-free seal. Unlike tampons, you can leave a silicone menstrual cup in for up to twelve hours. I love not having to deal with my period while out and about! You can also wear the cup overnight without worrying about toxic shock syndrome (TSS) or annoying leaks.
Caring for the Brisa menstrual cup is also quite easy. Before use, you should sanitize the silicone in boiling water. I prefer to place my cup in a glass cup of water in the microwave for a few minutes. You can also sanitize the silicone in boiling water on the stove. During your period, simply remove the cup and rinse with water before re-inserting. If you are worried about stains, wet the cup with cold water before inserting. I personally prefer to remove mine in the shower, but many women remove menstrual cups over the toilet. How and where you remove the cup totally depends on your personal preference. Between cycles, store the clean cup in the satin bag provided by Brisa.
If you are shopping for a new (or your first) menstrual cup, I am quite pleased with my silicone cup from Brisa. Imported from Germany and made with 100% FDA-approved medical silicone, the soft and comfortable Brisa menstrual cup collects menstrual fluid internally for up to 12 hours. Size S fits women who have not given birth to a child or who are less than 25 years old. Size L fits women who have given birth or who are older than 25 years old. The cup comes in clear, pink, purple, blue, and red silicone. In terms of fit, I found the Brisa quite comfortable. I really like the shorter stem, which requires no trimming. Overall, I am quite pleased with the Brisa menstrual cup and recommend the brand to any other woman who wants to green her period!
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Brisa Menstrual Cup Review © 2016 Heather Johnson
Brisa Menstrual Cup Package © 2016 Heather Johnson
Brisa Menstrual Cup with Package © 2016 Heather Johnson
Brisa Menstrual Cup with Package and Satin Bag 1 © 2016 Heather Johnson
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Length of Brisa Menstrual Cup © 2016 Heather Johnson
Width of Brisa Menstrual Cup © 2016 Heather Johnson
Sanitizing the Brisa Menstrual Cup © 2016 Heather Johnson