Bassrose – Review
This cup is interesting because it has a hollow stem, with a marble ball at the end that forms a stopper. So that you can push the ball back up the stem to release the “valve” and let the cup empty without needing to remove it.
At first it seems really long. But it isn’t actually much longer than some of the long cups. Shown below with a small size LunaCup and DivaCup. The body of the cup is quite small too.
In the stem you can see there is a larger rounded part – this is where the ball is pushed to, when the cup needs to be emptied. The ball is then pushed into the narrower part of the end of the stem to seal the stem off again.
The silicone is the more “sticky” kind, and about a medium level of softness. When measured in my “Squish test” it compressed to 28mm. Making it one of the firmest small cups I have. There are no airholes in the cup, but I had no trouble with leakage or removal. There are no measuring lines or markings on the cup.
To be honest, I don’t really see this design as being as much benefit as it gets advertised as – I don’t think cups are that difficult to remove for cleaning, and there are some issues with the design. But I can see it being of benefit if you are out of the home and don’t want the hassle of having to empty a cup. I imagine it would be difficult to tell if the cup was emptied properly while you are wearing it though. I only tested it by removing the cup and emptying it – so that I could see how well it emptied and cleaned, so I could better review it. I haven’t yet tested emptying it while still inserted.
I also would be worried about the ball dislodging and the cup emptying while you are wearing it. While it seems that it needs a decent amount of force to get the ball dislodged to empty the cup, I do still worry if it is possible it could dislodge by itself and allow the cup to leak. I would only feel confident wearing it if I had a pad on – but that is partly because I am already paranoid about leakage thanks to a white-pants-tampon-mishap back in my teenage years 😛
I was also worried about the ball falling out while cleaning – but I’ve actually tried to push the ball out of the stem, and you’d have to really try hard to do it. I did try while it was dry, so maybe when it’s wet it could be easier, but I wasn’t able to get the ball out through the end, but if I really tried hard I could push it up the stem towards the body of the cup (I don’t recommend doing that though, it’s difficult to get it back into place again :P) and the cup does come with a spare ball just in case it did somehow manage to fall out. But I don’t think that would be likely.
I tried it a couple of times, and I must say – I was pleasantly surprised. I actually found the stem more comfortable than some of the hollow tube stems! I barely felt it. Because it is longer, and rounded on the end, I think it pokes less than a shorter stem with a straighter end. I also did not have any troubles with the ball moving or the stem leaking.
One of the things that I have seen discussed with this design of cup (and also the Victoria Love, which is a similar design), is that menstrual blood is thick and sometimes clotty – so we wondered if it was possible for it to flow out of the stem easily. The Victoria Love design seems to have smaller holes on the sides of the end of the stem, whereas the Bassrose has a larger hole right at the end of the stem. So out of the 2, it seems like the Bassrose design will work better for clots or thick blood. I don’t know if I had any clots when I tried it, but it emptied fine – I did have to sometimes press the stem a bit to move the ball back up into that larger section, but no blood seemed to get stuck in the stem.
To better show people how the valve/ball works, how easily it emptied and how it doesn’t seem to leak when the cup is full – I have a photo and a video of the cup containing menstrual blood, to show you how it actually works. Yes, actual blood 😛 I will put the links here so you can choose to look at them or not, if you think it’s gross, just don’t look. I won’t be approving any “eww that’s gross” comments either, you can keep those thoughts to yourself 🙂
Click at your own risk 😛