Menstrual Cups

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

Poll on Stems

I’m curious to see how many people trim off the stems of their cups and how many leave them intact.  Also how people like or don’t like stems, and which stem options you like the best.

So I have a couple of polls 🙂  please submit your answer.  If you have more than one cup, you can answer more than one option.

February 12, 2015 Posted by | Polls, Using a cup | 3 Comments

Instead’s Softcup

Softcups aren’t what I really consider a “Menstrual Cup” for the purpose of this website, but I will include info on these for the sake of completedness… 🙂

This is a “softcup”

http://www.softcup.com

What they are is a disposable cup, with a more solid rim and a thinner pouch like catchment area…. which sits higher than the other menstrual cups, over the cervix, like a contraceptive diaphragm does, and holds the blood in that catchment area.  It is removed and replaced with a new one when you need to empty it.

So effectively the same idea as the reusable menstrual cups, but shaped differently and designed to be disposable.

Compared to a menstrual cup, the Softcup is much wider and shallower.  Because of this, they can be worn during penetrative sex (not as a contraceptive device, but to keep the blood contained so it’s less messy).

They now come in 2 forms, The “disposable” which is designed to be thrown out after each use (although a lot of women reuse them) – which are the light pink rimmed ones, and the “reusable” (dark pink) are designed to be reused through one cycle and then thrown out.  So both forms are still disposable, one however you can use for a few days before disposing of it.

There is a video on how to insert and remove them here – http://softcup.com/how/video-tutorials

I haven’t reviewed them for a few reasons…

Nobody has sent me one to review (most of the cups reviewed here were sent to me free of charge) – even though someone offered in the comments below, I haven’t received any….. and I’ve never asked for one, or would buy them myself because I personally have no desire to try them, as I prefer the idea of completely reusable cups…

But – They are out there for those who feel so inclined 🙂

They claim the cost would be about $3 per cycle (using the “reusable” version).  If you consider a woman would have 12 periods a year, that’s about $36 for a year’s supply.  You can buy a completely reusable menstrual cup for that (or slightly more) – which would last 10+ years.  So while they are safer than tampons, they aren’t as eco-friendly or economical as a reusable menstrual cup.

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Since I have heard that some people reuse the disposable softcups, I’d be interested to know how people actually do use them.  And why people like to use them.  So here are some polls 🙂

August 1, 2011 Posted by | Polls, The Cups | | 27 Comments