Menstrual Cups

Vintage Cups

This page is to talk about the first Menstrual Cups – the Foldene, Daintette, Tassette and Tassaway.
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Daintette and Foldene

The first commercially available menstrual cups may have been the Daintette and Foldene cups.  Sadly there is little information available on these early cups.

Daintette Information at EasyCup (Translated into English)

Daintette Information at MUM | Foldene information at MUM

The photos of the inside of the Daintette cup from EasyCup website shows the word “FOLDENE” on the side of the Daintette cup.  According to “MUM”, the packaging for the Daintette and Foldene cups both listed the Goddard and Hagedorn patents. The bent stem some of these existing cup examples have seems likely to be as a result of being squashed into packaging for a long time.  MUM comments that their Foldene cup is slightly smaller than their Daintette, and the box had “Junior size” on it.  So it is possible these early cups came in 2 sizes.

Lester Goddard (for the “Cokzene” company) patented the first of the modern-looking cups in 1932 (below left).   https://www.google.com/patents/US1891761.  In 1933 (published in 1935) Arthur Hagedorn patented a cup design that is almost identical (below right).  The only differences I can see with this and the Goddard cup are the addition of channels (#15) in the wall of the cup and a very slight difference in the angles of the walls of the cup in the diagrams (perhaps also a thicker rim) https://www.google.com/patents/US1996242

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Both companies offered very similar looking cups for sale, both featured a silhouette of a woman on the packaging (although different artwork), but the companies were not from the same US State, and had different names.  According to the patent information, Hagedorn was from Ohio – where the Foldene cup was from. The Goddard patent offers no information on where Goddard was from, but the Daintette cup was from Connecticut.  Possibly Goddard was from Connecticut?  The fact the Daintette cup bears the Foldene mark seems to suggest the companies were somehow connected.

While they were patented in 1932-1935, there is no date available for when these cups were actually on the market.  So while the patents for these predate the Chalmers/Tassette cup – they may have been available at the same time, or even after the Tassette – I don’t know.

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Tassette & Tassaway

In 1937 Leona Chalmers patented her design (commonly {perhaps mistakenly} called the first modern menstrual cup).   https://www.google.com/patents/US2089113. This appears to have been sold as the “Tassette”

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(Photo of the Tassette courtesy of MUM)

Interesting knowledge can be gathered from the 1961 prospectus (when it appears the Tassette company were trying to sell shares of the company to fund more advertising to grow the business)

  • The cup was in “limited use” from 1937 to 1959.  Presumably this started out with cups being in testing phase, but rubber supplies were limited for civilian use during World War II, so it appears that production was suspended until 1951 – after an updated patent had been filed.
  • The updated patent design (http://www.google.com/patents/US2534900) changed the stem to be a flat tab with a hole (presumably for a string to be inserted for easier removal), it also allowed the cup to be made thinner, with the addition of thicker zig-zagging portions for stability.  The shape was also changed to have one side flatter, which was said to be for better fit.  The only photos I can find of the Tassette cup are of the 1937 patent design, not this updated 1951 patent design (below), so I don’t know if cups were produced to this patent.
  • In 1951 Chalmers made a contract with Abe R. Oreck where it appears she gave him an exclusive license to manufacture the Tassette for 20 years – including the rights to the name and the patent, as well as the use of her name and image in advertising.  While also keeping her on as a consultant.
  • After May 1st 1959 the Tassette company was required to pay the “licensor” (Chalmers I assume) 10c per unit sold (and not less than $2,500 per year), or to purchase the patent/name for $50,000.  It appears from their financial records they chose to pay per unit.
  • Robert Oreck (Abe Oreck’s Son perhaps? Abe died in July 1961) formed Tassette Inc.  on May 5th 1959.
  • In an effort to boost support for the cup, over 28,000 letters were sent out to Drs, 33,000 letters were sent out to nurses.  1,253 Tassette cups were sent to clinics, hospitals and universities for them to study and use the cup.  The company called 434 Drs to discuss the cup – 306 gave approval of the cup, 27 raised objections (and 85 were unavailable when contacted)
  • The Tassette was the first menstrual product to be advertised on radio and buses.  It was also advertised in newspapers and billboards.  It was the first menstrual product to be advertised on a billboard on time’s square.  It seems to have been heavily promoted.
  • From May 1959 to July 31st 1961 the company had spent $248,241 in advertising, but had only $82,644 in sales.  The lack of sales and high advertising costs seemed to be an ongoing problem for the company.  It appears to have done many deals to trade shares for advertising and other services.
  • From Jan 1st – July 31st 1961, 10,081 cups were sold (including wholesale and retail)!
  • On 31st July 1961 the FDA sent Tassette a letter stating that due to the possibility of infection or “mechanical irritation” the cup should be labelled to be sold only by prescription.  At the date of the prospectus it seems that Tassette had intended to send more information to the FDA to appeal the decision.  I do not know the outcome.  This would have severely impacted upon the ability to have menstrual cups available to the public!
  • In 1961 the Tassette was being sold for $4.95 each
  • In 1961 Tassette acknowledged the cup they were now selling was not to the patented design (as it had undergone design changes), and was thus without patent protection.  But felt that building the trading name was of more importance.  I do not know what the cup they were selling looked like – if it was the white cup that MUM has, or something else
  • On 31st July 1961 the Tassette company had 2 sales managers and a registered nurse (as well as their President, 2 Vice Presidents, Secretary/Treasurer and 6 directors).  Shirley Oreck (presumably wife to Robert) was one Vice President, the other (J Thomas Gibbons) had previously been the Vice President of Seamless Rubber Co.  (who manufactured the Tassette). One of the other directors had previous worked for Seamless Rubber Co.
  • Tassette had shares in the tampax company!
  • It offered a 3 month, money back guarantee.

 

It is believed that the Tassette cup disappeared from sale in 1963.

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However in 1968 (and revised in 1971) Barbra Waldron patented a design for the Tassette company and in 1970 the “Tassaway” cup was introduced.


(Image from MUM)

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https://www.google.com/patents/US3404682 & https://www.google.com/patents/US3626942

Interesting notes made on the patent information for the Tassaway are that they claimed that the Chalmer’s patented design was ineffectual and leaked (presumably this is why this new design has the top rim design it does).  Also that the flatter sided design of the updated 1951 Chalmers patent was said to be difficult to fold and uncomfortable.

This was a new design and made to be disposable.  This was thought to solve 2 major problems with a reusable menstrual cup – the need for washing and reusing (which some women didn’t like), and the fact customers would need to purchase more of them (better for the company).

The Tassaway was designed to be flushed down the toilet and according to the patent information was to be made from a “synthetic resin, such as any one of the well-known polyvinyl alcohols” – not rubber like the previous cups.  It also had a “controlled degree of water solubility” – meaning that they designed the material to be able to last long enough to be used once, but it would start to distort and break down if it was washed and reused – thus ensuring it could not be reused (and presumably meaning it would break down in the sewers, since it was flushable).    The patent also references an “inserting element” tool – so that the women would not need to use their fingers to insert the cup, as this was another issue that some ladies had with the use of the cups.

However money problems still seemed to plague Tassette.  On suspicion of fraudulently inflating the prices of shares (the number of units sold didn’t seem to justify the share prices), in 1972 there was a court hearing after Tassette were allegedly violating the registration provisions of the Securities Act of 1933, the anti-fraud provisions of the Securities Act of 1933, and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

The Tassaway doesn’t seem to have been available after about 1973.

Another photo of a Tassaway with packaging – from Flickr (see another here):

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Tassaway from an ebay listing (which I’d had in my watch list and forgot about!   SOOOOOOOOOO mad at myself *sob*)

May 23, 2016 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment

Mina

mina

http://minacup.org

Country of origin: South Africa
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  1
Dimensions: 31mm diameter, stem length 17mm
Capacity: 16mls
Stem:  Flat Tab
Measuring Lines:
Cost (RRP):   [Currency Converter]
Around Since: Officially launch date 27th May.
Unique Design: no (There are other cups with similar designs available)
Other Details: 60 shore silicone. 2 Airholes.  Currently available for donating only.  Later in the year (August?) there are plans to launch a commercial version and a larger size.

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May 23, 2016 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment

Gea

Geacup

Country: Italy
Composition: TPE
Sizes: 1 (Small) & 2 (Large)
Dimensions: 1= 41mm long in front, 49mm long at back.  2 = 45mm long in front, 53mm long in back.
Capacity: 1=20mls to holes.  2 = 25mls to holes
Measuring Lines: Yes
Cost (RRP): € 25.00  [Currency Converter]
Been around since: ?
Unique Design: Yes
Other Details: This cup has an angled top rim (like the Lilycup), which is said to make it better fit the shape of the vagina.  As of writing this, there is no online shop you have to contact them to purchase one.  Measurement information taken from http://www.ecomestruazioni.it/coppetta-mestruale-gea-recensione

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May 23, 2016 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment

Klivee

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www.klivee.com

Country of origin: Italy
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  B (small) A (large)
Dimensions: B=42mm diameter, 50mm length without stem, 20mm stem (70mm in total). A=45mm diameter, 59mm length without stem, 20mm stem (79mm in total).
Capacity: B= 23mls to holes, 30mls to rim.  A= 30mls to holes, 40mls to rim.
Stem:  Long thick (cylindrical)
Measuring Lines: Yes (15mls & 7.5mls)
Cost (RRP):  € 21.80 [Currency Converter]
Unique Design: no (There are other cups with similar designs available)
Other Details: Comes in clear, purple, pink and aquamarine Says that it has FDA certification, however the certification it has is to do with rubber items in contact with food (info here).  Not for medical use.

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May 23, 2016 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment

Lali Cup

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http://lalicup.si  [Translated into English]

Country of origin: Slovenia
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  S, M, L
Dimensions: S=40.3mm diameter,46mm long without stem, 25.5mm stem (71.5mm in total).  M= 44.2mm diameter, 51mm length without stem, 22mm stem (73mm in total). L= 46mm diameter, 52mm length without stem, 21mm stem (73mm in total)
Capacity: S= 27.4mls. M= 36.5mls. L= 40.1mls
Stem:  Long thin
Measuring Lines: Yes
Cost (RRP):  € 29.99 [Currency Converter]
Unique Design: Yes
Other Details: These cups appear to have a flower design around the base of the cup.  Available in clear or blue

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May 23, 2016 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment

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?)
Unique Design: no (There are other cups with similar design available)
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?)
Unique design?:No (There are other cups with similar design available)
Other Details: While the photo shows these being very short and wide, they have similar measurements to other rebranded cups.

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]
Unique design?: Yes
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

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
Unique design?:No (There are other cups with similar design available)
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

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

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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
Unique design?:No (There are other cups with similar design available)
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.  Now also sells an “Active” cup version (which appears to be the same wide flat tab stems also commonly rebranded) and the Aiwo valve stem cup.

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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
Unique design?:No (There are other cups with similar design available)
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 | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment

Luna Cup

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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
Unique design?:No (There are other cups with similar design available)
Other Details: Comes with a zippered pouch/bag, and as a set of 2 (small and large).

lunacup_blossom2

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

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(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.

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

February 19, 2016 Posted by | comparisons, photos, The Cups | 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)
Unique design?:Sort of (There are other cups with similar design available, although this design is different to the others)
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
Unique design?: Yes
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

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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?
Unique design?: Yes
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)

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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

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
Unique design?:No (There are other cups with similar design available)
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
Unique design?:No (There are other cups with similar design available)
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
Unique design?:No (There are other cups with similar design available)
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
Unique design?:No (There are other cups with similar design available)
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

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

Loon Cup

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Looncup is currently under a kickstarter campaign to raise funds to start production of this cup.  It is a cup with the ability to track your menstrual fluid volume and colour, to track your cycles – connecting with your smartphone to give you updates.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/700989404/looncup-the-worlds-first-smart-menstrual-cup

October 19, 2015 Posted by | news, The Cups | | 3 Comments

Goddess Cup

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http://www.goddesshealthco.com/collections/the-goddess-cups

Country:  USA (likely made overseas)
Composition: Silicone
Sizes:  “1″ (small), “2″ (large)
Dimensions:
Capacity:
Stem: Flat Tab
Measuring Lines:  Yes
Cost (RRP):
Been around since: 2015?
Unique design?: No (There are other cups with similar design available)
Other Details:  Cup looks very similar to other similar/rebranded cups

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October 19, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment

More Folding Cups

There’s a couple of cups that are obviously influenced by the Lily Compact folding design.

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Found on AliExpress | Found on Alibaba

http://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale?catId=0&initiative_id=SB_20150915152051&SearchText=collapse+menstrual+cup

September 15, 2015 Posted by | news, The Cups | | 1 Comment

Crowdfunded “Moon Cup”

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http://www.mooncup.com.tw

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Appears to be the same sort of design as the Femmycycle, but with a flower-like design around the edge.

Currently (as of Sept 2015) asking for crowdfunding donations to raise money to go into production.

The colour picture shows no seam where the flip-out section would attach to (if the design is the same as Femmycycle, which seems to be if you look at the black&white pictures).  So the images are probably all conceptual art and not the actual cup.

I can’t seem to get google to translate the entire site, but here are some sections:

“If I can find enough moon cup supporters willing countersigned + development plan sponsor, then I can put in front of the development and production processes. After the fund-raising, please give me six months, through the license application. 2016 summer, u can start with the moon Cup! ʱ??”

 

“Content moon Cup project, is to “produce on the ground” and develop “the most suitable for Asian women to use the Moon Cup”, unwilling to come to break the long-standing American and European brands in Taiwan tradition, as well as cross-Taiwan can only find on behalf of the girls to buy dilemma. I want everyone everywhere in Taiwan have had to buy, there is starting.”

 

“It will improve the shortcomings of European and American brands, and then adjusted to the most suitable for Asian girls body type size.”

September 4, 2015 Posted by | news, The Cups | | 1 Comment

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