Menstrual Cups

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

Cup Size Comparison Charts

Sqishyness Rating

The “Squishyness” is how soft or hard a cup is – This tells you how easily it is able to be folded into the shape for insertion.  Rating is from 1-11, where 1 is very squishy and 11 is not very squishy.  This is ratings for the cups I have, listed in order of sqishyness to hardness.

Every time I go to re-rate these, it seems I give them different ratings.  So I don’t know if temperature and age affects the way the cups feel, or if I’m not rating them well…. I don’t know.  It’s also very hard to try and compare some cups, as there’s not much difference in some of them, so I’ve given half measures too.

Squishyness at rim

Fleurcup  (Large) 2
Lunacup (large) – 2
Skoon Cup (Large) 2.5
Diva Cup (Small) – 3
Lunacup (small) – 3
Ladycup (Large) – 4
Miacup (Large) – 4
Ruby Cup – 4
Juju (Large) – 4
MeLuna (new) (Large) – 4
Femmecup (new) – 4.5
Lunette (Large) – 5
Juju (Small) – 5.5
Lady Cup (Small) – 6
Skooncup (Small) – 6
Keeper (small) – 6
Femmecup  (old)  – 7
Yuuki (Old) – 7
Mooncup (UK) (Large) – 7.5
MPower (old) – 8
Mooncup UK (Small) – 9
MeLuna (Classic) (large) – 10
MeLuna (Classic) (large) – 11

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Squishyness at base

Femmecup (new) – 1
Lady Cup (Large) – 1.5
Lady Cup (Small) – 1.5
Sckoon Cup (Large) -  2
Femmecup – old  – 2
Fleurcup (Large) – 2.5
Diva Cup (small) – 2.5
Miacup (Large) – 2.5
Skooncup (Small) – 2.5
Mooncup (UK) (small) – 2.5
Mooncup (UK) (large) – 2.5
MeLuna (new) (large) – 2.5
Ruby Cup – 3
Lunette (Large) – 3
Juju (Large) – 3
Yuuki (old) – 3
Keeper (small) – 3
Luna Cup (small) – 3
Luna Cup (large) – 3
Juju (Small) – 3.5
MPower (old) – 4
MeLuna (Classic) (large) – 6
MeLuna (Classic) (small) – 6

(Old sqishyness rating chart)

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Old charts that need updating


(Click for a full size view)

I’ve also arranged the lists by different attributes.  Where I didn’t have enough data to properly rank a brand, I’ve put them at the bottom of the list.




August 19, 2010 Posted by | comparisons | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 22 Comments

Cup Icons – Diva

They are 100×100 pixel icons suitable for blogs/forums or other such use. Feel free to use them.. To use them,right click the one you want and save it to your hard drive… then upload it to the forum/journal.

June 25, 2008 Posted by | icons | | Leave a comment

Diva Cup – My Thoughts

Its a small size – “1″, as that’s what they sent…. feels no different when worn to the large Lunette – apart from the stem, which I left intact and it does poke…. I got used to it after about an hour – as it wasn’t exactly uncomfortable, but not exactly comfortable… When I got used to it I didn’t seem to feel it when walking around, but could feel it when sitting if I thought about it (if that makes sense). Slightly easier to bend into the C fold than the Lunette (it takes less pressure to keep it folded). I had some issues getting it to pop open properly, that I first figured was just a random thing that occasionally happens with the Lunette too, but it did it the second time I tried too… The end of the stem was a little higher up than the Lunette – as the Lunette is overall a touch longer when the stem is not cut. I actually don’t like the short little stem of the Diva – I like to be able to hold the stem to pull the cup down…. so it felt like it was disappearing up there. I might have had a bit of leaking – hard to tell because there is a hole punched in the cup (not sure if it was leaking because the cup wasn’t sitting right or fitting properly or because of a hole punched in it) but the hole is up high near the rim and it wasn’t filled to there yet. The hole probably effected suction, though the small Mooncup UK didn’t leak.

The Diva has an extra part of the rim, and the blood collected under that rim bit and was harder to clean off than the Lunette, it took more than just a vague wipe that I can do for the Lunette. Also the holes took a *lot* of effort to clean. They are tiny and on an angle, so they are long… The filling it with water – hand over the cup and squeezing to squirt water out the holes didn’t work well (I had the punched hole covered, and had the necessary suction, I think the holes are just too small for the water to squirt out properly). I had to use a pin to clean them out. That would annoy me massively. And both test runs I did of the Diva I had the same problem.. though I spent a lot of time trying to squirt and rinse, I managed to get all but 2 holes cleared… but still needed the pin. I was thinking the flat base of the inside would be easier to clean than the non-flat Lunette, but since the flat bottom has writing on it that collects the blood in it, it takes as much effort if not more to clean as the Lunette’s curved inside. Plus as it’s longer and narrower, it was just that little bit harder to get to the bottom of the cup to clean it. I also managed to get some blood inside the hollow stem, which did rinse out ok, but doesn’t happen with the Lunette… and I imagine if it was to dry in there (I hadn’t worn the cup as long as I’d wear the Lunette) it would be harder to remove.

Gear – they apparently include a pouch and pin/brooch with the cup when you buy it, which sounds cool. They didn’t send a pouch or anything with mine. Just the cup (with a purple ball chain through the hole – almost like it was a keyring LOL which I removed and then lost) and the flyers I’d asked for.

Personal observations – I haven’t had all that much correspondence with Diva, I asked for a sample, and I believe I got a prompt e-mail back saying yes… (it was before I wrote this page, so I wasn’t paying enough attention). I get a bit sick of seeing most people buy a Diva because it’s cheaper

Ratings

I’ve rated all the cups I’ve tried. They can be found here: http://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2008/06/11/my-comparisons-and-ratings

June 25, 2008 Posted by | comparisons | , | 3 Comments

Diva Cup


http://www.divacup.com
Country of origin: Canada
Lifespan: Claims silicone will last indefinitely, but cannot make claim as to how long the product will last. They suggest replacement every few years, but is probably more to do with repeat sales than because the cups will wear out in this time.
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone (Different than that used in breast implants)
Sizes: Size 1 – Women under 30 who have not had a baby (Vaginal or C-Section deliveries). Size 2 – Women over 30 or women who have had a vaginal or C-Section delivery.
Dimensions: Size 1 = 4.1cm wide 5.7cm long (7cm including stem). Size 2 = 4.5cm wide, 5.7cm long.
Capacity: Size 1 = 20ml (to airholes), Size 2 = 25ml
Stem: Hollow tube
Measuring Lines: Yes (on inside) marks 7.5mls and 15mls and 1/4oz and 1/2oz
Cost (RRP): Approx. US$34.99 (Frequently about USD$20 in stores) [Currency Converter]
Guarantee: None (12 month guarantee has now been revoked, and is up to the resellers to grant or not)
Been around since: 2004
Other Details: Appears to have been “revamped” with the newer version having slightly larger holes and a less protruding (less ridged) rim area {see http://www.christirose.com/lj/entries/2008/080220_0049.jpg}

Purchase From: (Lots of stores sell them)
Divacup
Happy Nursery
Google Search

June 10, 2008 Posted by | The Cups | | 4 Comments

   

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