Menstrual Cups

Lybera Video

Here’s a youtube video from the Lybera menstrual cup (www.lybera.it)

October 9, 2013 Posted by | news, The Cups | | Leave a comment

Luna Cup

http://lunacup.mx

Country of origin: Mexico
Composition: Silicone
Sizes:  “M” and “G”
Dimensions:
Capacity:
Stem: Ball
Measuring Lines: Yes
Cost (RRP):
Guarantee: ?
Been around since:
Other Details:

August 28, 2013 Posted by | The Cups | | Leave a comment

Luna Cup Review

I got this cup a few months ago, and I’ve been meaning to write up the review!

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I got given 2 sizes, the “M” and the “G”, with an instruction pamphlet (not in English), and packaged in a tin.

lunacup2

Not sure if the have English instructions available :/

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Large and Small cup size difference

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Large Lunette, Large Lunacup, Small Lunacup, Small Diva

This cup felt quite long.  Even though overall it is actually shorter than the Lunette I normally use, the ball of the stem was poking out of my vagina, which was a bit annoying because I could feel the ball stem when I wiped after going to the toilet, and I could feel it inside me. It didn’t feel like it was poking me though, just that I could feel it was there.  So I found it more comfortable than a tube stem, which I find poke me.  But less comfortable than a shorter bodied cup.

It is about as squishy as a Diva cup or Fleurcup – so softer than Ladycup, but not quite as soft as Skoon – so I’ve given it a squishyness rating of 3/10.  I found it folded nice and easily, I had no trouble getting it to open up.  Removal was easy, although I had to hold the ball of the stem from side-on instead of up&down if that makes sense, as my fingers slipped off otherwise.    But for ease of removal, this stem is definitely preferable to the thin stick stems like Juju has.

The top of the cup has a very slight “ridge” with a larger rounded rim, I find this sort of smoother shape for the rim of the cup to be more comfortable for insertion and removal than the cups that have a very pronounced ridge (eg Mooncup UK style)

The cups are a frosted whiteish silicone, with a pretty leaf design on 2 sides of the base of the cup as the grip lines..  The ball stem has little lines on it to help with grip.  There are 2 lines on the outside, presumably for measuring, but there is no indication of what those lines are.

The outside of the cup, near the rim, has a “G” or an “M” on them to signify the sizing – “M” being the small and “G” being the large.  There is no company name or branding on the cup.  Completely smooth on the inside, the inside of the cup at the base comes down to a point (is not flat inside like Mooncup (UK)), which helps you to be able to squish the base of the cup (though can mean it needs a slight more rinsing to get blood from inside that area.

The airholes are big enough that they didn’t trap any blood inside, so that was good – overall the cup only needed a rinse to be clean.

I personally found the longer shape to be slightly more uncomfortable than other shorter cups, but for those who prefer the longer cups, I think this one could be a good choice.

August 28, 2013 Posted by | The Cups | | 4 Comments

Ruby Cup donating cups to African schoolgirls

With every purchase of a Ruby cup, they give a cup to a needy schoolgirl in Africa.  This is a great initiative to help keep girls in school!

“Buy One Give One

Menstruation  is  a  main  cause  of  school  dropout  for  girls  in  poverty.  Pads  and
tampons  are  too  expensive or unavailable,  and girls  are  forced  to use  alternatives
such as mud, bark, rags, cloth or pieces of newspaper. As well as being undignified
and unhygienic, these alternatives are not safe, and girls stay home. This amounts
to 20% of their school time.  

When you buy a Ruby Cup, you give one to a Kenyan schoolgirl. With one Ruby
Cup, a girl can all the way from primary school through university without having
to worry about her period again.  
 
With  an  office  in  Berlin  and  Nairobi,  the  three  Danish  female  founders  Julie,
Maxie,  and  Veronica,  have  won  several  awards  for  their  ground-breaking  work.
Ruby Cup is sold online to Western markets, and when you purchase a Ruby Cup,
you give one to a school girl in poverty. “

June 17, 2013 Posted by | news, The Cups | , | 1 Comment

Cup Lee Coloured Cups

http://cuplee.ru

Cup Lee has some great looking coloured cups – including PURPLE :D

June 9, 2013 Posted by | news | , | Leave a comment

Review – Sckoon Cup

A long awaited review :)

Way back near the end of 2011, I was sent an e-mail, asking if I would be willing to try their prototype cup to give them my thoughts – but I was sworn to secrecy, so wasn’t allowed to give out any of the details of the cup or the company making it.  It turned out to be Sckoon who were making it.  A company I’d known for a while, because they make organic cotton pads. Over the next year and a bit, I had a few discussions with them over the design and colours, as they were very keen to try and make the best cup possible.  I think it is really great that they took so much time and effort to speak with cup users like myself (other cup reviewers I know also got the prototypes to sample).

Starting out I love the shape!  Slightly different to the other cups on the market, and I think it is a lovely shape.  I found the stem design originally was a bit too slippery, with the bumps not really adding enough grip.  So we discussed that issue and they ended up changing the stem to the smaller one with raised grip lines, and they increased the grip on the base of the cup by raising and thickening the lines and adding an additional line in.  You can see the changes in the pic below.

Here’s a photo of the 4 samples I have from them, where you can see the changes made from the first prototype:

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  • The first (left) shows the first prototype they sent me – a small cup, in a sample (opaque) silicone.   The stem on that had small bumps in it.
  • The clear one is the second prototype, in a large size.  The stem design is slightly different to the original prototype and the pattern on the base is raised and has the brand name in it.
  • The Orange one, I can’t remember now if it was another prototype or if it was a finished design (I can’t remember if I got it before or after the clear one – probably before?).  The silicone on that one is semi-translucent.  Not as transparent as the finished product turquoise one, but not completely opaque like the first green one.  It is slightly smaller than the prototype one.  You can see that the grip lines on the base of the cup have a slightly whiteish look – it seems like the silicone there is slightly bubbled or something, which it isn’t on the final design large cup.  The lines might be a fraction thinner too.
  • The last one (right) is the final design in large.  The only difference I can see with the final design (coloured) cups and the clear prototype is that the tip of the stem of the prototype is flat, whereas the tip of the final version stem is rounded (also the silicone may be slightly softer in the large final version than it is in the clear).

So, my thoughts.

I found the small size fit well, I had no leaks, it was easy to insert and remove.  The large size I found also very comfortable to insert and remove (the lack of the protruding ridge a lot of the cups have, means it feels more comfortable [to me] to insert and remove the cups).  I did however have the slight issue that I have had with the other soft large cups – in that they don’t fully open on their own, and I need to press my finger against the vaginal wall to push it out a little, to give the cup room to open out.  I put this down the the fact that while I am 35, I had a caesarian delivery, so perhaps my muscle tone is good?  :)  as it only ever happens with the large cups.  I don’t consider it a big problem though, I’d prefer that to a cup that is harder silicone.

I tried both the small and large sizes with my period and I didn’t have any leaking with either of them, even wearing them all day.  Though I don’t know how much of a measure that is, as I’ve never had leaking with a cup except when I’ve let a cup overfill on really heavy flow days (where it’s filled above the rim), and when I tried the Diva cup sample – but that had a hole punched in it, presumably affecting the seal.

I find the stem to be very comfortable – I can’t feel it at all.  So it’s better feeling than a tube stem (other than the Ladycup stem, all the other tube stems I can feel poking into me), and slightly more comfortable than a tab stem (I can feel the tab stems slightly, but I don’t find them uncomfortable).  However I find that it stretches when you pull on it, so its effectiveness is less than a tube or tab stem in that regard as those have enough rigidity to be able to pull the cup down with the stem, whereas these stems stretch rather than allowing the cup to be pulled down – I found this more pronounced in the large cup size than the small (because as I said, the large one seems to fit more snugly than the small).

This is a similar problem to the JuJu which has a similar thin solid stem.  The JuJu stem likewise I find stretches and is slippery making it very difficult to use the stem to pull the cup down, so the Sckoon cup has a lot more grip on the stem, but it is still stretchy.  However, the Femmecup also has a thin stem a bit like these cups, but theirs is about half the length and more rigid so it doesn’t stretch and can easily pull the cup down.

However, where this cup differs from the Femmecup and JuJu is the base of this cup, which has a good amount of grip.  So while I may not be able to use the stem to pull the cup down, I’ve found that I can grip the bottom of the cup and pull it down easily that way.  Femmecup has some grip on the base of the cup but not as much as Sckoon.  JuJu has a butterfly design on the base of their cup, but it’s barely raised at all so I don’t really consider it adds any grip at all

– Now I know that some cup manufacturers usually say that the stem is not for pulling the cup out with (though realistically, that’s what you do, and they know that – otherwise there wouldn’t be a need for a stem ;)) – but I find because my fingers are short, it’s easier for me if I pull the cup down a bit lower, where I can more easily reach up to break the seal, and I do tend to pull the cups out by the stems.  Where cups have a stretchy stem like this, or no stem, I find it slightly more difficult to use because I can’t pull the cup down as easily as I can with a tab or tube stem.  But I find most of the tube stems really uncomfortable, so that is why I prefer the tab stems.

The airholes are nice and large, so cleaning I have found is easy.  Likewise with no lettering or markings on the inside out outside rim, means it’s very easy to clean this cup.

I love that they have brought them out in colours – A lot of cup companies are doing coloured cups now which is great – cups don’t have to then be a medicinal thing and can have a sense of individuality and style :)  It’s a shame they didn’t bring out purple *cry*, especially since my poll results that I did for them showed that as being the most popular colour….  but the colours they have brought out are very nice and bright, and appear to have a good level of colour (not too pale).

The silicone feels less soft in the small size than the large (as is usually the case).  The small one feels about as squishy as a large Lunette.  The large slightly softer.  Softer than a Mooncup UK, but not as soft as a Fleurcup.  I think it is a good level of softness…  You don’t want them too soft or they can have trouble opening, and too hard can be hard to keep folded.

There are some small marks in the silicone of the last 3 samples I received.  Which don’t show in the photographs, and are obviously just cosmetic blemishes in the finish of the silicone.  The silicone still feels smooth, so it seems to be in the silicone.  Almost like flat (non-raised) waterdrops.  It’s hard to describe what they look like….. but interestingly the cups have a line near the base where the silicone changes from a sort of frosted look to a slightly shinier (but still frosted) look, and it is in that shinier section where the blemishes are.  The inside of the cups are not frosted at all, and are not marked with these blemishes.  So I assume it is part of the frosting process causing the blemishes.  I have had blemishes in MeLuna cups as well – neither of which are bad as having specks of dirt or something in the MPower cup I got :/

All in all – I’m impressed.  I’m impressed with the effort the company went to while designing it, and I love that they took some of my suggestions on board.  I love the fact Sckoon is already a company interested in sustainability and has added this product onto their already successful line of cloth pads (and baby products) – I also discovered recently they do padded underwear, so you can buy undies with a built in pad with leak resistant layer for cup backup, which is a great idea.

So the only negatives I can see are the stems (which I am picky about, moreso than other cup users, as I do like my cups to have tab stems), and the slight blemishes in the silicone – which don’t bother me personally.  So if you don’t think the stem issue would be a problem (if you like to cut stems off for example), then I would definitely recommend this cup.

April 3, 2013 Posted by | The Cups | , | 10 Comments

Sckoon Cup

http://sckooncup.com

Country of origin: USA
Composition: Silicone
Sizes: 2.  “1” and “2”
Dimensions:  “1″ = 40mm diameter, 70mm long in total, stem length 30mm.  “2″ = 45mm diameter, 70mm long in total, stem length 20mm.
Capacity:  “1″ = 23ml, “2″ = 30ml
Stem: Thin solid
Measuring Lines: No
Cost (RRP):  USD$39.95
Guarantee: ?
Been around since: Feb 2013
Other Details: Comes in 5 colours and clear

April 3, 2013 Posted by | The Cups | | Leave a comment

Lily Cup

http://www.intimina.com/en/lily_cup_pd.php

Country of origin: Unsure  (It is produced by a company called Intima or LELO Inc, whose head quarters are in the US)
Composition: Silicone
Sizes: 2.  “A” and “B”
Dimensions:  A = 40mm diameter, 77mm long.  B = 42.5mm diameter, 82mm long.
Capacity:  A = 20ml, B = 25ml
Stem: tube?
Measuring Lines: Unknown (no?)
Cost (RRP):  A$39.95
Guarantee: ?
Been around since: 2012?
Other Details: Claims to be the only cup that can fold as thin as a tampon for insertion, and has a spine to help insertion.  Has an anti-leak edge around the inside rim of the cup.   Opaque pink colour – light pink for size A, and dark pink for size B.

November 6, 2012 Posted by | The Cups | | 9 Comments

Review – Ruby Cup

I was lucky enough to be sent a Ruby Cup to review – thank you very much :D

It came in a pink post envelope, with the cup, pouch and instruction sheet.

The cup is a nice soft silicone.  It’s “squishyness” is about comparable to the Fleurcup.  The stem is about the same size as the tube stems, but the walls of the tube are a lot thicker, giving a very sturdy stem.  It has a series of raised bums on the stem for extra grip.  I found this stem to have a good amount of grip because it felt so solid, yet it’s flexible enough that it was not uncomfortable to wear without the stem trimmed.  If I really thought about it, I was aware of the stem sometimes, but definitely not as much as a Mooncup/Keeper’s stem.  The stem being hollow however, did manage to collect some blood, but that rinsed out without problem.  I find this stem definitely more comfortable and easier to grip than most of the other tube/rounded stems.  My favourite stem design is still the tab stem however.

I’ve tried so many cups now that it’s hard to compare them against each other for things like feel and ease of insertion removal…. but I found this cup inserted without trouble, popped open cleanly without trouble, was removed without trouble and cleaned without trouble :)  The airholes on the cup rinsed clean without holding onto any blood, as did the inside writing (the words “Ruby Cup” and measring lines are in raised writing inside the cup)

The cup shape is very similar to the Fleurcup – with the exception being the stem of course.  There are also a few other differences between the cup – the Fleurcup’s base grip lines are different (more pronounced and not complete rings), and the Ruby Cup has a slightly different rim, with there being an extra “bump” (Tiny ridge) where the Fleurcup’s is smooth.

All in all, I was quite happy with this cup.

August 13, 2012 Posted by | comparisons, news, The Cups | , | 4 Comments

Mami Cup

http://www.coppetta-mestruale.com

Country of origin: Italy
Composition: Silicone
Sizes: 2.  “M” and “L”
Dimensions:  M = 40mm diameter, 50mm long without stem, 72mm long including stem,  25ml capacity to rim, 20ml capacity to airholes. L = 45mm diameter, 57mm long without stem, 75mm long including stem,  35ml capacity to rim, 29ml capacity to airholes.
Capacity:  Unknown
Stem: Unsure (filled tube or tab)
Measuring Lines: Unknown
Cost (RRP):  €19.90
Guarantee: ?
Been around since: 2012?
Other Details: Very similar domain name to the “Copita” cup, whose domain is http://www.copitamenstrual.cl.  But they are very different in shape, so they are not the same company.

August 13, 2012 Posted by | news, The Cups | | 2 Comments

FreeSiya “Smart Cup28″

FreeSiya “Smart Cup28″

http://www.smartcup28.com (Domain seems not to work)

https://sites.google.com/site/wwwsmartcup28/

Country of origin: Philippines
Composition: Silicone
Sizes: 2 sizes (come shipped together in the one pack – can’t buy separately)
Dimensions:  Unknown
Capacity:  Unknown
Stem: Long loop
Measuring Lines: Unknown
Cost (RRP):  500 Philippine pesos (for a pack of 2)
Guarantee: 6 month
Been around since: The website says “the new way to go in 2011″, so presumably it’s been around since 2011 some time.  However their site currently says they have no stock as they are waiting for a new shipment due end of February – since it’s August 2012 when I’m writing this, it doesn’t appear they are available for sale, they may never actually have been available for sale, as “February” could be 2011 or 2012.
Other Details: This site contains a lot of misleading information and some content copied from other sites.  I personally would not trust or respect a company doing so.  Their reviews section contains reviews they have taken from the internet that are reviewing other brands of menstrual cup – they say at the top that this is the case and that all menstrual cups are basically the same.  They show a picture on the front page showing that menstrual cups are approved by the FDA, but make no claims that their cup is approved by the FDA (all cups need to be approved, just because one has been approved does not automatically mean all menstrual cups are).  Their picture guide on how to fold the cup shows cups that do not look like theirs, so I suspect those images have been taken from other sources.  They use the Mooncup’s video guide on folding.  They also reproduce the entire post here (http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/1243131.html) in their FAQ.  Without even bothering to remove the personal comments that make it obvious it’s someone’s blog post rather than an online article.  Their contact e-mail address is an @yahoo one….  ’nuff said :D

However if you look up the “BB personal care” they say is the company behind it, you see the same woman from the cp28 site in shown in pictures on this website  – https://sites.google.com/site/biotroffcom/home, and both addresses are in Cagayan de Oro.

 

 

—- Update –

The http://www.smartcup28.com domain doesn’t seem to be working, which may mean they have not paid to renew the domain, and may mean they are no longer in bsiness.

August 13, 2012 Posted by | news, The Cups | , | 1 Comment

FemmyCycle

http://www.femmycycle.eu

Country of origin: Europe
Composition: Silicone
Sizes: One
Dimensions:  Unknown
Capacity:  Unknown
Stem: Ring
Measuring Lines: no
Cost (RRP):  Eur 39,90 (for a pack of 2)
Guarantee: ?
Been around since: It will apparently start being available for sale from around Sept 2012
Other Details: This cup is shaped more like a wine goblet, and has a “lid” type feature. While inserted it works like a funnel, so the blood can flow through the smaller hole into the cup, which helps stop the blood leaking out of the cup while the wearer is lying down.  This “lid” part is pulled up to allow the cup to be emptied.

June 28, 2012 Posted by | news, The Cups | | 2 Comments

Naturalmama

http://www.naturalmamma.it

Country of origin: Italy (made in China)
Composition: Silicone
Sizes: One
Dimensions:  length (without stem) = 56mm,  length including stem = 71mm, diameter = 44mm
Capacity:  27ml to airholes 33ml to rim
Stem: Flat wide tab (different to other tab stems)
Measuring Lines: no
Cost (RRP):  Eur 13,30
Guarantee: ?
Been around since: Late 2011/early 2012?

April 11, 2012 Posted by | The Cups | | 1 Comment

The other Menstrual cup wikipedia “book”

I forgot to post pictures of the other “book” (again, using that term lightly) I bought to check on (see the first one here) – which I bought because a few of us were concerned that with the claim the information came from “free sources online” that our content may have been used without permission… but it’s exactly the same as the first – a complete and utter waste of money, and a total scam.  Again it’s just printed and bound wikipedia pages – no editing, nothing.  Which is apparently all Hephaestus Books does.  At least they had the decency to charge less than the other “book” for it though.

Again they make the claim:

“Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Hephaestus Books represents a new publishing paradigm, allowing disparate content sources to be curated into cohesive, relevant, and informative books. To date, this content has been curated from Wikipedia articles and images under Creative Commons licensing, although as Hephaestus Books continues to increase in scope and dimension, more licensed and public domain content is being added. We believe books such as this represent a new and exciting lexicon in the sharing of human knowledge. This particular book is a collaboration focused on Feminine hygiene.”

Which is apparently bullshit speak for “we’ve printed some vaguely relevant wikipedia pages to scam people into parting with their money – haha suckers!”

http://www.amazon.ca/Feminine-Hygiene-Including-Vulvovaginal-Pantyliner/dp/1243296844

So, like with the other book, I used that as a reason for a refund, as it was not as described.  The “book” does not say it is only using wikipedia, so it’s misleading consumers into thinking there is more to this “book” than there is – and consumers have the right to demand a refund.

So there you go.

March 28, 2012 Posted by | news | Leave a comment

Ruby Cup

http://www.ruby-cup.com

Country of origin: Denmark
Composition: Silicone
Sizes: 1
Dimensions: 51 mm long (excluding stem). Total length: 68 mm
.  Diameter: 45 mm
Capacity:  34 ml
Stem: Hollow Tube
Measuring Lines:5ml, 10ml, 15ml (on the inside)
Cost (RRP):  € 27,95 (free shipping)
Guarantee:
Been around since: Late 2011? – They have a news item from Dec 2011 saying they won a design prize in Denmark, and expected to “hit the market” in Jan 2012.
Other Information:  For each cup sold, they provide a cup for a young woman in Kenya.

March 28, 2012 Posted by | news, The Cups | | 2 Comments

Copita

http://www.copitamenstrual.cl

(Site translated into English here)

A  new brand of cup, I believe it is Spanish.  It appears to be one size only, with a capacity of 35mls (making it comparable with the large size cups).  Quite a different shape to this cup!  The website says copyright 2010, but I wasn’t aware of them until a few months ago, and they don’t appear to have any “proper” online shopping, you have to just e-mail them to be able to buy it – which suggests they are still quite new, or not really looking for online sales (maybe only really selling in local stores)

The website doesn’t seem to give any other information.  So not sure what it’s made from (I’d presume silicone), if there are more sizes or what it’s price is.

March 27, 2012 Posted by | news, The Cups | | Leave a comment

Lunette Coloured cups available in Australia

Well it seems us Aussies have even more choice now, with the coloured Lunette cups being available in early march for sale in Australia!

Also, they have been able to do a price reduction, dropping the retail price from around $57-$60 to around $49-$55.

February 28, 2012 Posted by | news | , | Leave a comment

Diva Cup has TGA approval

I found out, via being spammed by someone calling themselves the Australia distributor (and having to contact Divacup to check it was legit)… that Divacup is now TGA approved and can be bought and sold within Australia.

So that’s great news!

The RRP is $49.95 (excluding GST which some sellers will have to add on)… making it much (potentially) cheaper than the Keeper, Lunette and JuJu (which are the only other cups available for sale in Aus)

February 11, 2012 Posted by | news | | 2 Comments

Menstrual Cup Book

Menstrual Cup” by Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, John McBrewster (Ed.)

Background story – (see more here) This book concerned many of us who have websites about reusable menstrual products, because of it’s description claiming “Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online.“  As we feared some of our websites may have been copied and put into this book. So I bought a copy, so that we could see for sure if any of our work was in the book.  Long story short – it wasn’t.

When the book  (using the term “book” lightly) says the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from wikipedia and other free sources online – they actually mean just wikipedia.  As in, essentially they have pressed the print screen button on their browser, printed off some pages from wikipedia and then bound it to make a “book”.  (apparently wikipedia basically has a button you can press that will make you a copy of the site for your printing and exploiting pleasure – hence “books” like this.

I almost wish they had ripped off websites like mine, at lest then the poor people who paid for this piece of excrement would have had something actually usable and informative. (please note, that’s not an invitation to copy my stuff :Þ)

Now, given that wikipedia articles are subject to a creative commons license (they can be freely redistributed, even commercially) and that anything that uses them must also be likewise free for people to redistribute – and this is stated in the license at the front and back of this book.  I could scan the entire book and make it available freely for anyone who wants to download it, but frankly there is no point as it’s all just on wikipedia, and 90% of it is utter rubbish you’d not be interested in anyway.   Which is a shame, I can’t even make this book useful (or get my money’s worth) by being able to freely distribute it among others…. it’s not even worth the time to scan it!  URGH!  So what I’ll do is just link to the wikipedia articles they used.  Infact that’s more useful than this “book” because wikipedia is updated frequently.

So…..  The in depth look.

It’s very thin…. I’m sure I’ve seen Woman’s Weekly magazines that are thicker.  Though they made the font miniscule to save on pages, so I suppose there’s something good to be said about not wasting as many trees to bring this bound pile of uselessness to the unsuspecting customers.

The chapters (aka “wikipedia pages they printed out”) are as follows (an apologies from here on in, my camera isn’t high enough resolution to really show enough detail, but trust me, you’re not missing much):

Then we have “references”

  • Article sources and contributors
  • Image sources, Licenses and contributors

Then the Licensing information (which is just saying it’s free to distribute under the creative commons license and a whole page of copy and paste of what that actually means).

The inside cover is a bit interesting… (easily the most interesting thing in here really….)

As it shows not only are the people whose names are on the front of the book not “authors” (no, really?), and it’s the only part of the book someone actually took the time to type onto a keyboard instead of just printing off the web…. but it shows how crap the actual publisher is.  You can click that image for a larger one you can read, but here’s some highlights (bolding is my own):

“all parts of this book are extracted from wikipedia”

(so what about the other “free sources online” they claimed?)

“you can get detailed informations about the authors of this collection of articles at the end of this book.  The editors (Ed.) of this book are no authors.  They have not modified or extended the original texts”

(in actual fact there is no information about the editors in the book at all)

It says the information was gathered by volunteers and that “nothing found here has necessarily been reviewed by people with the expertise required to provide you with complete, accurate or reliable information.  Some information in this book may be misleading or wrong.”

It also says it’s printed in USA, UK and Germany, and specifically says not in Mauritius (which is where the VDM publishing house that’s responsible for publishing this load of steaming horse poo is from)…. wonder why they felt the need to say that?….

So… anyway… what follows is just page after page of printed out wikipedia articles.  Some of which are vaguely related to menstrual cups (like the page on pads and tampons)… some really not relevant at all.  Not even grouped into logical sections… not even alphabetically….  quite the hodge podge!

What makes me laugh is that on a couple of the pages, they still keep in the “see also” links from wikipedia.  Of course since it’s a book, and you can’t have a hyperlink in a printed book, and those articles you could “see also” don’t appear in this “book”, so it’s completely stupid and irrelevant.

(Graphic pic of a vulva there, just FYI)

Nice one, genius!   Or should I say geniuses, since it apparently took 3 people to collect all this highly useful information!… Which says a lot about their editorial skills really, as I’m sure I could train a monkey to press ctrl+P on a wikipedia page, and apparently it took 3 of them to do much the same…

… moving on…

Now I guess including the articles on Thermoplastic Elastomer, Latex and Silicone are being “thorough”, but really…. without actually introducing people to why you’re including those pages in this book, it just looks like half a science text book got mistakenly bound in with a feminine hygiene book.

(that last one is another “see also” page)

So this is how they did the article sources….  they basically took the wikipedia page, and then listed all the contributors to that page.  Fair enough I guess, since you have to credit the people who wrote it, even if what they wrote could have been deleted by someone else.  Looks a bit silly though….

Except….. Look Ma!  I’m famous!!!

(sorry, camera flash)

Images sources are likewise just the wikipedia url of the image and the name of the person who uploaded it if wiki had that information.  I checked, there was nothing I could see that wasn’t from wikipedia.  Not that the photos were anything spectacular anyway.

So… there you have it…. wow… that’s certainly worth $50 isn’t it!

December 1, 2011 Posted by | news | 2 Comments

Menstrual Cup book

There is a (very pricey) book about menstrual cups on the market.  It’s description claiming “Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online.”  Which is causing some concern among people like myself who run websites where this information may be taken from.

You have to ask yourself, why would you pay upwards of $50 (I’ve seen it for sale on Australian sites for over $100) for a book whose contents were taken from wikipedia and other webpages?….  I look at the part of the cover, where it says High quality content from wikipedia articles” and just laugh.  That’s some “high quality” authoring there… (and what’s with the feet photo and superfluous tag words on the front cover?)

The news of this book, and potential copyright theft has caused one cup resource, the “cup charts” Livejournal site to close down, stating that they don’t want their hard work to be stolen for someone else’s profit.  In case you’re not aware, website contents, like books, are considered copyrighted to the person who wrote them.  This is automatic copyright, not something the author needs to specifically apply.  Copying parts of a website, or someone’s images, without their permission, is a breech of copyright.  So we’re concerned that the “free sources online” may be our webpages and blogs, which are not actually free to take stuff from.

We don’t know yet if any of our intellectual property has been stolen,  and without looking at the book, there’s probably no way to tell. I’ve contacted the publisher, and I’ve purchased a copy of the book, which I’ll be able to review when it arrives (which will take a few weeks, as it’s coming from overseas). It will be interesting to see what fills the 96 pages of this book!  and if it’s worth paying such a huge price for information they gathered (stole?) from the internet.

(If you need me, I’ll be printing off 96 pages from wikipedia, binding them into a “high quality” book and selling them for the bargain price of $50 per edition.  Buy now for Christmas!)

November 17, 2011 Posted by | news | 5 Comments

Updated the Cup charts

I need to  updated the size-comparison-charts.  Please check back later

November 9, 2011 Posted by | comparisons, news | 8 Comments

Coloured Cups – are they safe?

Mooncup (UK) recently blogged about why their cup will never be coloured.

http://www.mooncup.co.uk/about-us/news/all-news/coloured-menstrual-cups.html

“Call us boring(!), but we’re not willing to compromise our ethical status for a non-essential additive with a dubious health and ethical history.”

Which sparked some discussion on the topic here: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2742047.html, given that part of their reasoning included the use of non-vegan things as food colours (despite the fact cups aren’t consumed and some of their examples aren’t actually used as food colours anyway)

JuJu has the following in their FAQ:
http://www.juju.com.au/pages/FAQs.html#coloured-cup

“Does JuJu come in any other colour?

At this point in time, JuJu is only available in a clear/semi-opaque colour. Until such time as we are able to gain an accurate understanding of the effects of the addition of dyes on our bodies, we have chosen to manufacture JuJu without any colour additives.”

But it is an interesting topic..  I have e-mailed the cup companies (Iriscup, CupLee, Ladycup Lunette, MeLuna, Miacup, and Shecup) to ask them about the colours  and see what they have to say on the matter, and I’ll update this post when I’ve heard back from any :)  In the meantime, feel free to discuss!

– edit —

I’ve heard back from a couple of the cup companies.

MeLuna

They of course said the colours are safe :)  but sent me several pdf files of their test results, which shows the testing of both the colours (first file) and the general cup material.  Interestingly, I believe it’s saying that the plastic the cups are made from was tested on animals (presumably as part of checking the plastic is safe for use with people), as is referenced in the last file.  I’d never thought about that being a component of testing, and I wonder if the other cups have been likewise tested.

Meluna_Masterbatches_Safety sheet – Info on the colours – they are food safe (though that doesn’t mean they are “food colours” like you’d use to make a cake blue)

THERMOLAST_M_englisch – Information on the plastic material the cups are made from (from the manufacturer I presume)

TM4MED_ISO10993-5 -Seems to be a certificate of a testing where the material was left in contact with the equivalent of human tissue and checked to see if it was reactive (it shows no reaction, whereas latex showed reactions).

TM4MED_USP661 – Information on a few tests that were run (I admit, I don’t really understand most of it heh)

TM4MED_USPVI – Test result certificate

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LadyCup

Said they would get back to me in a few days

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Lunette

Said they will issue a public statement on it, and that they would contact me again in a few days – which they did, saying they have forwarded my e-mail to their head office.  They say they realise it’s an important issue, so they are gathering information from their experts and will get back to me.

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Secret Cup company (who are bringing out the new cup)

Said that as far as they know, the colours they are polling people on (see this post) plus clear and grey are the only colours that are already tested and approved by FDA… and that other colours (like purples and whatnot) would need to go through the process of testing and approval.

October 20, 2011 Posted by | news, The Cups | , | 4 Comments

Si-Bell

http://www.si-line.eu/collection/13-hygiene-feminine.aspx

Country of origin: France?
Composition: Silicone
Sizes: 2 sizes
Dimensions: Small = 4.1cm diameter,  4.7cm long without stem (7.4cm long with stem).  Large = 4.6cm diameter, 5.2cm long without stem (7.4 cm with stem)
Capacity:  Unknown
Stem: Narrow rounded stem
Measuring Lines: No
Cost (RRP):  20,00 €
Guarantee:
Been around since: Late 2011?
Other Details:

October 20, 2011 Posted by | The Cups | | 2 Comments

Need votes! Choose 3 colours for a new cup!

As I’ve mentioned before, a company has contacted me to seek my thoughts and opinions on a new menstrual cup they are producing.  They are now at the colour stage and they have sent me a picture of 6 FDA approved colours they have come up with, and want to know which 3 of these colours they should choose for the initial launch of their cup. (So the other colours may be available later, I guess it depends on how much demand there is for them)

(taking into consideration that your monitor may display these colours slightly differently to how they may appear in real life)

So, in order to keep all the results in the one place, I’ve set the polls up on my blog.  I’ve got 2 polls…. the first is voting for all the colours you like best (so you can pick them all if you like them all).  The second poll is asking if you could only pick 1 colour, what would that one be (so you get only one choice).  Feel free to offer any comments here or the blog post, as I’ll be providing the company the link to both.

So please put your votes in, to help this company bring out new coloured cups in the colours we pick.  (Before you ask, I don’t know if they plan to bring out a clear one in addition to the colours, but I will ask)

I’m not sure how true to life these colours are, as I only have the photo to go by, not an actual sample of the cups in these colours…. but the aqua to me looks gorgeous!  The blue looks lovely, the lilac looks more like a baby blue to me…. It will be interesting to see what colours are more popular, and I can’t wait to see them in real life!

October 19, 2011 Posted by | news | 15 Comments

MeLuna changes their Small cups

Now they are apparently longer than their smalls were before and the shape has changed.  Check this post for pictures and more info

 

http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2744356.html

October 18, 2011 Posted by | news | | Leave a comment

Which colour menstrual cup would you prefer?

Regardless of the brand/type of cup – thinking only of the colour.  What colour (or colours) would you most want to have your ideal cup made from.

I’ll give options of just colour name, feel free to elaborate on the type of shade (dark, light, “grass green”, “aqua blue” for example) in the comments.

For clarification, by “clear” I mean completely clear – no colouring.  The other colours I’m assuming to be coloured but still transparent.  If you prefer an opaque (non-see thru) cup, please comment to specify that

– I thought this might help cup manufacturers get an idea of what colours are popular.

August 8, 2011 Posted by | Cup Related | | 5 Comments

Ridges

In my reviews and talk of the cups, I mention the “ridge” of the cup (or lack of).  The “ridge” is what I call the section of the cup near the top rim.  Where the cup  “pokes out” more.

If you look at this photo below:

The Diva, Femmecup, Keeper, Miacup and Mooncup have what I consider a defined “ridge” – theirs pokes out more, and is more obvious.

Lunette and Yuuki have what I call a “less defined” or “smoother” ridge – theirs doesn’t poke out as much, and is flatter and less “bumpy”

Ladycup, MeLuna and Fleurcup have no ridge – those cups are smooth right up to where the rim goes thicker.

I find that the cups with more of a ridge are slightly less comfortable (though not “uncomfortable”) to remove and insert – due to that more “bumpy” ridge.  The smoother sides cups are by comparison more comfortable, as they don’t have that bumpy outside.

So that’s what I mean by “ridge”  :)

August 6, 2011 Posted by | comparisons, The Cups | Leave a comment

Plum LadyCup

Arrived today!  it’s very pretty!

The pouch has a glittery finish to it as well, which is quite cute

So it’s a slightly more pinkish purple to the colour of their Lilac.  I have 2 of the Lilac cups. I think the darker one is the usual one (I got it when they first brought it out), and the lighter one was one of the batch of cups that was defective (they split).  I assume the lilac they still produce now is the darker shade.  Anyway – this plum is the one on the left.

I don’t know which I like better actually…

Normally I prefer a blue-purple to a pinky-purple, but they are both incredible cool and deep colours, I love them both!

And compared to other purple cups

(the lighting is terrible, – it’s inside, at night – so take that into consideration)

Miacup, Lunette Cynthia, Plum Ladycup, Lilac Ladycup#1, Lilac #2, Fleurcup

(the fleurcup looks un-coloured compared to the others!)

August 5, 2011 Posted by | The Cups | , | 3 Comments

JuJu photos and thoughts

I got my JuJu cup in the mail today – but I was surprised by not one, but 2!!!

The packaging, is gorgeous!

Which opens up like a flower

With your cup in the centre!

Inside the bottom is a leaflet on how to use the cup, a discount coupon and the cup of course.  The inside of the box has information on the meaning of the name JuJu and some facts about using cups. I like that the company is Australian and has carbon neutral packaging.  No plastics!  it was shipped in that cute giftbox thing, inside a similar sized white box for shipping.

The pouch is satin and double layer – pink on the inside.  The green pouch has light green inside and the dark blue pouch has a silvery light blue inside.

The only downside of a double thickness pouch though is that the cups are a bit sticky with the satin, so pulling out the cup has a habit of pulling the satin lining out – so you have to poke it back in.  It’s not a major problem though (you could sew a tiny dot to make both layers stick together if you wanted).  The double layer satin feels thicker and nicer than single layer though I think.

The cup itself.

Smooth outside.  The bottom has a butterfly design as the grip.  The inside has “JuJu” in ever so slightly indented writing, and the size on the other side (a small “2″ for the large cup).  The holes are nice and large.

The stem is a very flexible stalk (don’t know what to call it lol) and it’s actually not round, it’s a rounded-triangular shape – so it’s got straight sides to grip!

Squishyness seems to be able the same as a large Ladycup (though I haven’t compared it to other cups yet)… it is softer than Lunette.  The silicone feels nice, and it’s quite clear (clearer than it looks in the above photo)

The large and small sizes

Quite a big difference in the 2 sizes

A photo trying to show the smoothed triangle the stem is

it’s hard to see… but if you look closely you can see it’s a rounded-off triangle

…Update…

I gave it a “dry run” so to speak.  I’ll be able to test it fully when I get my period next (next week).. but here are my thoughts based on the dry run:

Continue reading

August 5, 2011 Posted by | The Cups | | 10 Comments

Mialuna

http://mialuna.cl

Country of origin: Chile
Composition: Silicone?
Sizes: 2 sizes
Dimensions: Small = 41mm diameter,  47mm long without stem? (72mm long with stem).  Large = 46mm diameter, 52mm long without stem? (72mm with stem)
Capacity:  Small = 25mls.  Large = 30mls
Stem: Flat Tab?
Measuring Lines: Unknown
Cost (RRP):  $15.90
Guarantee:
Been around since: Early 2011?
Other Details: http://www.facebook.com/copamialuna

August 2, 2011 Posted by | The Cups | | 3 Comments

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