Menstrual Cups

Patent for a “Splash-proof menstrual cup”

Someone pointed me to this today – it’s a Korean patent from 2009/2011 for a menstrual cup that has what appears to be a “lid” across the top, that would allow blood into the cup, but (presumably) not allow it to leak out as easily.

liddedcuppatent

http://www.google.com/patents/WO2011013954A2?cl=tr

I haven’t ever seen a cup like this, so I don’t think they were ever produced.

Much like the Keeper’s patent, which featured a hollow tube stem with a stopper to allow it to be emptied while worn – which doesn’t seem to have ever been manufactured.

keeper-patent

https://www.google.com/patents/US5827248

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February 18, 2015 - Posted by | news

5 Comments »

  1. That stem looks like it would be really irritating.

    Comment by goodfamiliesdo | February 18, 2015

  2. I always wondered if there is some sort of cotton ball or something that you can put into a cup, so the blood gts absorbed without touching your skin…and without falling out… I always worry that the cup turns and there is a massacre down there…

    Comment by pigletspalace | February 21, 2015

  3. The problem with adding something like a cotton ball into there, means adding the potential for bacterial growth. Silicone is normally used for the cups because it is non-porous so microbes supposedly can’t stick to it.

    Comment by obsidian | February 22, 2015

  4. Not quite sure where to put this but I think I found a new cup brand on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dioxin-Free-Silicone-Menstrual-Pre-Birth/dp/B00NUVBR3U/ref=sr_1_29?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1424710968&sr=1-29&keywords=menstrual+cup – I can’t figure out which cup it resembles. Too rounded and too many grip rings for it to be an iCare/Diva knockoff.

    Comment by MC Community Member | February 23, 2015

  5. I didn’t put a link to that, because if you look at the additional pictures in the listing, they are for a different shape of cup – so I’m not sure which one they are selling. The first picture appears to be the same shape as one I’ve seen with hearts on the side (http://zdkjsy.en.alibaba.com/product/60095644615-800680106/silicone_menstrual_cup.html)

    Comment by obsidian | February 25, 2015


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