Menstrual Cups

Review – Ruby Cup

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

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.


See my detailed review & comparisons with other cups here.

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August 13, 2012 Posted by | reviews | , | 5 Comments

Mami Cup

http://www.coppetta-mestruale.com

Country of origin: Italy
Composition: Silicone
Sizes: 2.  “M” (Small) and “L” (Large)
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:  M= 25ml, L=35ml
Stem: Flat Tab
Measuring Lines: Yes
Cost (RRP):  €19.90
Guarantee: ?
Been around since: 2012?
Unique Design?: Yes (This cup design appears to have been created by this brand and has not been seen used by other brands)
Other Details:  Available in pink, purple, blue and clear.

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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”.  However when writing this in August 2012, their site says they have no stock as they are waiting for a new shipment due end of February – so 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 😀

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 business.

I have had a couple of comments made to this post by people claiming to have tried the cup and found it superior to other brands – but the comments have come from the same IP address, but given different names.  I’ve not published the comments as I believe them to be spam.

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