Menstrual Cups

Intimate Rose / Rose Cup

intimaterose

http://www.intimaterose.com

Country: China
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: Small & Large
Dimensions: Small: 40mm diameter, 58mm length excluding stem, 25mm stem.   Large: 45mm diameter, 60mm length excluding stem, 25mm stem.
Capacity: Small: 28ml (to rim?).  Large 28mls (to rim?)
Measuring Lines: Yes
Stem: Flat Tab
Cost (RRP): $24.99 USD  [Currency Converter]
Been around since: (Feb 2016?)
Other Details: Many of the Amazon reviews state that they received a discounted cup in exchange for leaving an Amazon review.  Box packaging is black (Unusual to see black used in the packaging, it’s a refreshing change!) .  Appears the large size cup comes in dark pink and the small size is clear.  Appears to be a rebranding of the tab stem cups (Aneer/iCare style) Claims on their website that they are FDA registered, but I was unable to find them in the device/establishment register here, unless they are registered under one of the listings that doesn’t include the brand name.

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March 25, 2016 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment

Ivita

ivita

http://www.aliexpress.com

Country: China?
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: Small & Large
Dimensions: Small: 40mm diameter, 64mm total length, 24mm stem.   Large: 45mm diameter, 70mm total length, 24mm stem.
Capacity: Small: (15mls “max volume”), 28ml to rim.  Large (15mls “max volume”), 30mls to rim
Measuring Lines: No
Stem: Flat Wide Tab
Cost (RRP): (Unknown, Approx $8.90 USD)  [Currency Converter]
Been around since: (2016?)
Other Details:

March 21, 2016 Posted by | The Cups | , | 2 Comments

Femallay

femallay

http://www.amazon.com/Femallay-Easy-Empty-Valve-Extended-Wear/dp/B01BT5UVCG

Appears to be the Bassrose rebranded to “Femallay”.  1 size only,  70mm long including stem (stem cannot be trimmed), 38mm diameter. 15ml capacity.

March 21, 2016 Posted by | The Cups | , , | Leave a comment

Aiwo

aiwo

https://www.facebook.com/NOOD-668883369920060

(Purchase from Amazon & Amazon)

Country of origin: China
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  One Size
Dimensions: 42mm diameter, 79mm long including stem (stem is not removable)
Capacity: 25mls to rim
Stem:  Hollow tube with valve
Measuring Lines: Unknown (there appears to be markings on the cup)
Cost (RRP):  $29.99-$55 [Currency Converter]
Other Details: These cups were first mentioned in my “unnamed discharge cups” post.  There is a video of the operation of the valve stem here.  The cup is emptied while left inserted, by squeezing the stem to open the slit that blocks off the inside of the stem (I have not tried this style of cup to know how efficient this method is, or if it leaks).   Appears to have 2 different kinds of packaging, depending on if you buy the set of 2 or the single cup (both look very unique and elegant)

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March 20, 2016 Posted by | The Cups | , , | 1 Comment

Survey from “PATH”

I was contacted by a representative from PATH, a health organisation who is doing research into menstrual products in developing countries.  They asked me to share surveys they are doing, so that menstrual cup users can give feedback on their cup use, that may be helpful.

Hi,

My name is Celina and I’m a big fan of this forum and the supportive online community you’ve fostered. I work for PATH, a global health nonprofit based in Seattle, Washington that is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of women and children around the world.

Research suggests that without access to affordable, reliable menstrual care products, girls and women in developing countries may resort to using unhygienic alternatives like feathers, soil, strips of mattress, or old rags to absorb menstrual blood. We feel strongly that increasing menstrual hygiene options for girls and women has implications for their health, education and gender equity. PATH is interested in improving upon existing models of menstrual cups, to design an affordable product that would be appropriate for girls and women in developing countries. We’ve created three short surveys to better understand users preferences and experiences with different menstrual cups and would greatly appreciate your feedback. 

  • If you currently, or have ever used a reusable menstrual cup, you can take our 10 minute survey HERE.
  • If you currently, or have ever use a disposable menstrual cup (Instead Softcup), we’d love your feedback HERE.
  • If you currently, or have ever used a diaphragm off label as a menstrual cup, we’d love to hear from you HERE.

The more feedback we receive, the better we will understand women’s needs and preferences. Thank you for your support, and please let me know if you have any questions!

Celina”

March 16, 2016 Posted by | news, Polls | 1 Comment

Genti-She Comment

Genti-She left a comment on my Genti-she listing (3rd March 2016), to say that the http://genti-she.weebly.com site (the only website I could find for them) had been hacked and was now a hoax site:

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March 7, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

BeCup

becup

http://becup.fr     [Translated into English]

Country: France
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: Small & Large
Dimensions: (Unknown – assume the same as SiBell)
Capacity: (Unknown – assume the same as SiBell)
Measuring Lines: No?
Stem: Long Thin
Cost (RRP): (Unknown)  [Currency Converter]
Been around since: January 2016
Other Details: Appears to be a rebranding of the Si-bell design.  If so, the measurements would be 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).

March 3, 2016 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment

DIY Menstrual Cup Project

http://www.orangenarwhals.com/2015/11/diy-menstrual-cups-hack4fem

This seems to have been made as more of a project to see if it was possible, rather than with the intention to actually make a usable cup, but this website has an interesting article on the process of making a DIY cup!

It is worth mentioning that silicone intended for prolonged skin contact (especially used internally), should be tested for bio-compatibility to make sure it is safe, and that just because something is food-safe doesn’t mean it is safe for internal use….. so I REALLY STRONGLY recommend you DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME (not for actual use purposes anyway).  But the concept is interesting indeed!

March 3, 2016 Posted by | news | Leave a comment

Stopper Stem Cup

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Found on Alibaba (a site that sells wholesale, so I don’t know if they are available anywhere at retail prices/amounts) – this is a cup (with the same lines around the top as the Blossom/Dutchess etc. cups have) with a hollow tube stem that has an attached stopper on the end.  This would allow you to empty the cup while wearing it.

Sizes are listed as being Small: 35mm diameter, 7omm long, Large 40mm diameter, 80mm long

March 3, 2016 Posted by | news, The Cups | , | 2 Comments

Menocup OB

menocup3

http://www.menocup-ob.de/english

Country: Sold from Germany, likely made in China
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: Small & Large
Dimensions: S = 43mm diameter, 71mm length.  L = 48mm diameter, 77mm length
Capacity: S = 20ml, L = 25ml
Measuring Lines: Yes
Cost (RRP): $15 USD  [Currency Converter]
Been around since: (August?) 2015
Other Details: Comes in 5 colours.  Has a heart design on the side.  These cups appear to be the same as these ones from Alibaba, (same looking design and the photos look the same) so it may be a rebranding (although this is the first brand name I’ve seen these cups called sold as)

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March 3, 2016 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | 4 Comments

The Flower Pot

flowerpot

http://www.theflowerpotmc.com

Country: Sold from the US, likely made in China
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: “Bud” (Small) & “Bloom” (Large)
Dimensions: S = 42mm diameter, 65mm length.  L = 45mm diameter, 67mm length
Capacity: S = 25ml, L = 30ml
Measuring Lines: Yes
Cost (RRP): $15 USD  [Currency Converter]
Been around since: (Feb?) 2016
Other Details: “homemade” (but cute!) packaging and the cups similar appearance to the Blossom/Dutchess/Charlene etc. means this cup is likely a rebranded cup.

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March 3, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Luna Cup

lunacup_blossom

Amazon Listing

Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: Small & Large
Dimensions: S = 41mm diameter, 59mm length.  L = 45.8mm diameter, 65.7mm length
Capacity:
Measuring Lines: Yes
Cost (RRP): $49.99 USD  (Set of 2)  [Currency Converter]
Been around since: (October?) 2015
Other Details: Comes with a zippered pouch/bag, and as a set of 2 (small and large).

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March 3, 2016 Posted by | The Cups | , , | Leave a comment

Cups Cups and more Cups!

I thought it was time to do another cup lineup of the cups I have.  I have so many now that I can’t put them all in a line, but luckily I had a little wooden rack to use (Though I’m going to need to make a larger one, as it’s not big enough!)

Small Cups

www.clothpads.org_0216_smallcups_label

(The unnamed cup is an AliExpress cheapy I bought to see how it compared to similar looking cups)

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Large Cups

www.clothpads.org_0216_largecups_label

I couldn’t fit them all on the stand, so I did the main unique cups in the top one, and added the others in below.

www.clothpads.org_0216_largecups_all_label

(The unnamed cup on the far left I bought on Ebay)

February 19, 2016 Posted by | comparisons, photos, The Cups | Leave a comment

Cup Quiz and Insertion Video

I found this interesting cup quiz!  It asks a few questions and suggests a cup that might be suitable for you. (I got Lena when I did it).

http://putacupinit.com/quiz

 

That site also has a great video of inserting a menstrual cup, using an anatomical model.

http://putacupinit.com/an-inside-look-at-menstrual-cups

February 19, 2016 Posted by | Cup Related, news, Using a cup | 1 Comment

How Are Menstrual Cups Made?

I’ll start by saying I don’t know for sure…. this is really just me thinking out loud :)  but lately I’ve seen a few photos of menstrual cup molds, so I think I understand the basic idea of how they are made… so because I found that interesting, I thought I’d share that with you too.  If anyone knows more about this than I do – please feel free to comment and let us know!!

I’m sure we’ve all noticed that some cups have seams on the sides, and some cups don’t.  One cup company told me that they were using a different type of mold so that they didn’t get a seam. There have also been a couple of cups produced in a “half and half” colours.  Early on, She Cup brought out a pink/purple cup (photos here) and lately there was a pink/black cup spotted on Alibaba

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So this precise division of colour for the pink/black cup, and the fact a lot of cups have side seams seems to suggest that some cups are made in 2 halves.  In this case, 1 half has black silicone and the other half uses pink.  The SheCups were made from similar colours so the difference isn’t as striking and there seemed to have a little more blending in the 2 colours and the line where the 2 colours meet is also not vertical.  So these may not have been made in the same way.

A couple of AliExpress lisings have shown cup molds, and the Fleurity video shows another type of cup mold.  Basically it seems that the cup molds have 2 parts – something that forms the shape of the outside of the cup and something that fills up the space that will be the hollow inside of the cup – and the silicone is inserted between the parts to form the cup.

 

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Looking at this mold above (from here), it appears that this would make the cups that are made in 2 halves and probably have a side seam.  I presume that the bottom 2 pieces (that form the shape of the outside of the cup) are fitted together, and the top piece (that forms the inside of the cup) inserted between those 2 halves.  There does appear to be small channels around the mold, and this may be where the liquid silicone is injected into the mold.

If you look at this picture of cups that still have leftover silicone from the molding process (found here), you can see there are some darker/thicker lines, which may have been from channels like I theorised, where the silicone was injected into the mold.  These obviously get removed from the cup before they are sold to customers, so it is interesting to see a photo of this stage of the process!.

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This mold is shown in the Fleurity video.  Again it shows the cups would be made in halves and likely have a side seam.  It would seem from looking at the mold, that the part we can see on the right that has the metal pins poking out of it, would fit over the part on the left, so that those pins fit into the holes we can see on the part on the left.  This would ensure the mold fits together properly.  When the 2 parts are sandwiched together, those shiny cup shaped pieces would form the hollow inside of the cup.  As there appears to be no channels for the silicone to be injected into this mold, so I do not know how it would be filled, unless it is done via that centre part with the handles…

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This mold (found here) makes cups that would not have a side seam.  The pieces on the right appear to be the mold for the entire outside of the cups as one piece and the pieces on the left would flip over and fit into those bottom sections to form the inside of the cups.  You can again see the pins on the corners of the mold to make sure the 2 parts are correctly fitting.  There are again lines on the mold that may be channels for injecting the liquid silicone into.

January 14, 2016 Posted by | news | 2 Comments

Black/Pink Cups

On Alibaba … which seems to be basically a showcase site rather than an online store – so perhaps not available to purchase…

But half and half pink/black cups!

pink-blackcup

http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/FDA-Approved-medical-grade-reusable-Soft_60371099212.html

 

Although no cups are FDA approved, and “organic?  I think not😛

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January 13, 2016 Posted by | news | Leave a comment

Fleurity

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http://fleurity.com.br | http://fleurity.com

Country of origin: Brazil/USA
Composition:Hypoallergenic Silicone” (From Dow Corning, but doesn’t mention medical grade)
Sizes:  Small & Large
Dimensions:  Small = 40mm diameter. Large = 46mm diameter
Capacity: Small = 25ml.  Large = 28ml.
Stem: Long Flat Tab with hole
Measuring Lines: Unknown
Cost (RRP): R 97.90 (for 2) [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2015 (The Brazillian FB page started 25th October 2015.  The .com website was registered July 2015)
Other Details:  The hole in the stem could perhaps be to thread a string through, for those who have a high cervix?   Some cups appear to be pale, some are vibrant.  It appears you get 1 pink and 1 purple in each pack.

These screenshots from Youtube Videos uploaded in November and December 2015 shows the cups as pale and as vibrant/dark colours.   The more recent video shows the darker colours, so they might have changed the silicone formulation between when they made the cups shown in the centre video (filmed sometime around Christmas, given the tree), and when they filmed the video that shows the cup mold?  Unfortunately I can’t translate what is being said in the videos, so the change in colour might be referenced in there.  The change in colour might be why they filmed that video.

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The darker cup colour video also shows the mold and silicone they use!

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Older photos show older designs of the tab stem without hole, and a different shape stem.

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The US version of the website has (as of Jan 2016) a message saying they are closed and will reopen with new marketing…..

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January 13, 2016 Posted by | The Cups | , , | Leave a comment

Afreecup

afreecup2

http://www.afreecup.com

The website mentions 2 cup sizes, but doesn’t give any information on the measurements.  However, this cup looks very similar in design to the Lamazuna cup, which is also made in France.

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January 13, 2016 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | 1 Comment

Luneale

Luneale

http://www.coupe-luneale.com [Translated into English]

(The website isn’t able to be fully translated to English)

Country of origin: France
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: Namaka” (small) , “Haumea” (medium),  “Hi‘iaka” (Large)
Dimensions:  Small = 40mm diameter 50mm length.  Medium =43mm diameter, 52mm length. Large = 46mm diameter 51.5mm length
Capacity: Small = 20ml,  Medium = 25ml, Large = 30mls
Stem: None
Measuring Lines: None
Cost (RRP): $ unknown [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2015
Other Details: The base of this cup has no stem and instead has a unique flattened section on each side to grip the base of the cup with. 

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January 13, 2016 Posted by | The Cups | , , | 1 Comment

Monthly Cup

monthlycup2

https://www.menstrualcup.com/gb

Country of origin: Sweden
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: “1” (small), “2” (Large)
Dimensions: 1 = 43mm diameter, 55mm length without stem, 65mm including stem.  2 = 47mm diameter, 55mm length without stem, 65mm including stem
Capacity: Size 2 holds up to 34ml
Measuring Lines: Unknown
Cost (RRP):  £22 [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2015?
Other Details:

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November 27, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , | 2 Comments

Unnamed “Discharge” cups

(not the nicest post title :D)

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Found by “Care for Women” on AliExpress

These cups are calling themselves a “discharge” cup, which is how they describe cups like the Bassrose, Victoria Love and Honey Moon, that can be emptied while still inside the vagina.

The last one shown above appears to be the same sort of design as the Victoria Love, and may empty from the sides of the stem rather than the bottom, with a ball inside to stop the cup leaking when not being emptied.

The other styles below don’t have any ball/stopper designs, so I’m not sure how the other styles work. Looking at the picture on the far right – perhaps it’s a split layer that will open when you squeeze the sides of the stem?

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~ Update ~
These cups are being sold under the name “Aiwo” – See the listing for them here (Aiwo)

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Some of the AliExpress listings mention it being made from food-grade silicone though, not medical grade:

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November 26, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , | 1 Comment

Honeymoon Cup

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You can find them here or here – or search AliExpress for “Discharge cup” (not a nice term for it I know, but that’s what they call them)

Measurements: 4mm diameter, 70mm long including stem (4omm long stem)  (One size)
Capacity: 25mls

I’d seen reference to this cup before, when Bassrose came out.  The old Bassrose product listings showed a cup with a stopper stem, referencing it as a 2nd Generation cup (with VictoriaLove as 3rd Gen, and Bassrose as 4th)

bassrose-comparison

I recall discussing it with other knowledgeable cup-people, who mentioned a cup name I vaguely recall had honey in the name :D  But we were never able to find any reference to it being sold anywhere.  Well, now it is!  The original design (the one Bassrose referenced) is shown on the Honey Moon certificates they include in the listing, and that looks like the cup that is shown on the box:

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Which seems to have a very narrow stem with a pointy stopper that is used to stop the blood draining out.  However the cup itself seems to have been redesigned to include a ball-valve like the Bassrose cup, but with a body shape more similar to standard menstrual cups.  I’m not sure what the extra stopper pieces are for?  It could be that you have the option of using either the balls or the stoppers?

November 26, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , | 1 Comment

Cup News

Searching through AliExpress I found a couple of interesting things…

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Gyncup, for wholesale at $5.52 each (here)….. making me further suspect these are cheaply made Chinese cups (Aneer/iCare?) with new branding

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A cup that looks like a copy of the old style Yuuki (here and here) Available in colours.  Looks like the Girlies Cup.

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A new look Bassrose box (here), but not the valve-stem Bassrose cup, it shows a Blossom/Dutchess etc. cup instead.

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A few new cup brands/rebrands (who I have no details for) – See the Cups with No Details and Nameless Cups pages

lola leasen cleocup

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As well as some new cups I do have details for

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Aphrodite | Beianyi | Honeymoon | Nabelle

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Eve Cup (Femfulness) used to be selling the flat tab stem cups (Like Lunette), but is now selling the wide flat tab ones

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November 26, 2015 Posted by | news | , , , , | Leave a comment

Aphrodite

aphrodite

Found on AliExpress

Country:  China
Composition: Silicone
Sizes: Small
Dimensions: Small = 40mm diameter,  70mm total length.
Capacity:20mls
Stem: Flat tab
Measuring Lines:  Yes
Cost (RRP): From USD $6.16
Been around since: 2015
Other Details:  This cup looks very similar to the numerous other flat tabbed Cheap Chinese cups & rebranded cups.  Available in pink and clear.  It does have the “Aphrodite” name on the cup (although it is very slightly raised, and very difficult to see)

November 26, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment

Beianyi

Beianyi

Found on AliExpress

Country:  China
Composition: Silicone
Sizes: Small
Dimensions: Small = 40mm diameter, 50mm without stem, 70mm including stem.
Capacity: 15ml to airholes, 20mls to rim
Stem: Wide flat tab
Measuring Lines:  Yes
Cost (RRP): From USD $6.88
Been around since: 2015
Other Details:  This cup looks very similar to the numerous other flat tabbed Cheap Chinese cups & rebranded cups, although it has 2 grip lines on the stem, whereas the other commonly found cheap Chinese cups have 3.  Available in pink and clear.

November 26, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , , , | Leave a comment

Nabelle

nabelle

Found on AliExpress

Country:  China
Composition: Silicone
Sizes: Small & Large
Dimensions: Small = 40mm diameter, 70mm without stem, 95mm including stem.   Large = 45mm diameter, 70mm without stem, 90mm including stem.
Capacity: Both 20ml to airholes.  Small: 25mls to rim, Large: 30mls to rim
Stem: Wide flat tab
Measuring Lines:  Yes
Cost (RRP): From USD $4.77
Been around since: 2015
Other Details:  This cup looks very similar to the numerous other flat tabbed Cheap Chinese cups.  Available in pink “purple” and clear.

November 26, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Improving Birth Cup

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http://improvingbirth.org/product/ib-menstrual-cup/

Country of origin:  USA (I assume cups are made in China)
Composition: Silicone
Sizes:  “1” (small), “2” (large)
Dimensions: Size 1 = 40mm diameter, 50mm length, 25mm stem.  Size 2 = 45mm diameter, 60mm long, 25mm stem.
Capacity: Both 28mls (to rim)
Stem: Flat Tab
Measuring Lines: yes
Cost (RRP): $19.99 USD
Been around since: 2012
Other Details: Comes in Blue, Purple, Red and Pink.  The cups are being sold by an organisation that is a maternity care advocacy group.  They also allow you to purchase a cup that will be donated to Days for Girls.

Judging by the product photo, (same flower design on the side of the box, same folds in the pouch) these appear to be the iCare cups rebranded.

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November 25, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , , , , | 4 Comments

iCare Box similarities

There is a company on AliExpress (http://rockbrook.en.alibaba.com) who seem to make the iCare menstrual cup.  There are a couple of cup brands whose boxes are very similar in design, and whose cups are the same style.  The reason I want to bring this to your attention is because if the other brands of cup are actually the same as the iCare, but named something else.  You should be aware that some of the rebranded cups are selling for a lot more than the iCare cup.  Also it’s interesting news:)

 

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The Luno Box has the same cup-flower design on the box (although due to the difference in the pouch, it’s unclear if Luno have bought iCare cups, or if iCare have copied the Luno)

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The Improving Birth cup appears to have the same flower designs on the side of the box and paragraph spacing for the writing, and even the same wrinkles on the pouch (eg they photoshopped logo on)

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Also……  there are other Aliexpress stores, like “Easy Joy Time” (http://www.aliexpress.com/store/1166401) and “Care for Women” (http://www.aliexpress.com/store/1920862), who don’t seem to be Rockbrook, but are selling the same design cups as the “Anytime” or “iCare”, but calling it the “care” cup, using the same font as iCare, and what appears to be the same writing on the side of the box, and even the same box design – just with the i  removed.  I suspect these businesses are buying the iCare/Anytime cups and rebranding them as “Care” and “Femcup”?

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Or the same “Anytime” cup with a box that is the same as the Greek Femecup

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They also sell that Femcup box/pouch with an iCare style cup too (could Femcup be an iCare rebrand?)

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November 25, 2015 Posted by | news | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shenzhen Zhida Xintai Technology Co.

There is a company on AliExpress (http://zdkjsy.en.alibaba.com) who sell a lot of different designs of menstrual cup.  These same designs are some of the ones we see commonly thought to be “rebrandings” (where someone buys a cup and sells it under a different name).  The reason I want to bring this to your attention is because this company are selling the cups for as little as 50c per cup…. whereas cups that appear to be identical and renamed to something else, are being sold for up to $30 each.   So if you are going to buy one of these cups, it would be a lot cheaper to buy from what appears to be the manufacturer.

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The cups they seem to manufacture are these:

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Short stemmed cup with a series of small grip lines just under the rim

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Sold for as little as 50c each, cups with these same design features are being sold under the brand names: “Aneer”, Athena, Blossom Cup, Easy Cups, Charlene, Cup’ax, Dutchess Cup, Femma’s Cup, PlaytamxSure Cycle, Vida Cup.

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Long tab stemmed cup

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Sold for as little as 45c each. There are quite a few brands selling cups with this stem type and same general look, although it is difficult to know which brands may be selling these cups, as the iCare cup (made by Rockbrook) is also very similar in design (really just slight differences in measurements).  Unfortunately there seems to be a lot of different measurements given for cups like this that look to be the same cup – so it’s difficult to tell which are the same.  See my Similar/Rebranded page for a list of cups with this design and their measurements (if known).

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Other Cups

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They also sell the “Bassrose” valve stem cup, and a cup I haven’t seen around much, (which I’m calling the “Embossed heart cup” for the time being), and never given a brand name, which seems to have a thicker solid rounded stem, with a heart shape design on the side of the cup.

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Some of the listings for this company are for bulk (100 cups minimum order), specifically talking about selling them on Amazon and they state that they can provide the boxes for you.  Some pictures also definitely show the Smart Cup packaging and what appears to be the Dutchess Cup packaging (picture below shows a screenshot of the listing that shows bulk packaging with the Smart cup and Dutchess Cup boxes added to show they look to be the same boxes).

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One concern is that the listings for the cups say they are medical grade or food grade, and imply they are FDA approved.  I don’t know if the mention of food-grade silicone is because they use the same materials list for all their silicone products and don’t change it to medical grade for the cup listings (their cup listings claim it’s medical grade in the text).  Or if people can choose to have their bulk lot of cups made in a cheaper foodgrade silicone?

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I would also like to point out that the FDA told me there is no such thing as FDA approved silicone….. and that it is an offense to make misleading statements that would imply your menstrual cups have FDA approval when they don’t (as putting an FDA logo onto pictures of the cups would do, and showing certificates that imply they are giving FDA approval).  So I’m not sure about how accurate a statement on FDA approval on silicone is (See my article on the FDA here)

The company details say: “Certificates: FDA/CE/SGS certified company”  – which may mean the *company* has certification with the FDA, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the menstrual cups or silicone they use is certified/registered/approved by the FDA.  Only cups that are registered with the FDA are supposed to be sold in or to the US, and as of writing this article, none of the brands listed on this page, nor a company with this name appear in the FDA database for registered businesses or products.

This could explain why a lot of the cups that appear to be rebrandings of this cup, claim to be FDA approved or made from FDA approved silicone.  They may be misinterpreting what the FDA certificates actually mean?

 

November 25, 2015 Posted by | news, The Cups | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Menstro Cup

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http://www.menstrocup.com

Country:  USA (Manufactured in China)
Composition: Silicone
Sizes: Small & Large
Dimensions: Small = 43mm diameter, 48mm without stem, 64mm long including stem.   Large = 46mm diameter, 52mm without stem, 70mm including stem.
Capacity:
Stem: Short thin stem
Measuring Lines:  Yes
Cost (RRP): USD $29.99
Been around since: 2015
Other Details:  This cup looks very similar in shape to the Blossom/Dutchess/Charlene etc. cups, however it does have a few differences that mean it must be a cup that has been manufactured for this brand, and NOT a rebranding.  It has the brand name on the cup itself, and a few slightly different design elements (as well as slightly different measurements).

I don’t have a Menstro cup to compare to (they gave me a discount code to get one but Amazon wouldn’t let me checkout, so I’m guessing they don’t ship to Australia), but here is a photo of the Blossom cup against the photo of the Menstro.  You can see the shape is very similar, but the stems are different (grip rings on the Menstro stem), Menstro has branding on it, and it doesn’t have the lines along the rim that Blossom/Dutchess has.

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November 6, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

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