Menstrual Cups

Happy Girl Cup

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Looks to be the same as the Eva Cup, and possibly is one of the rebranded Aneer/cheap Chinese cups.

The only info the listings give is that the large size has a capacity of 20mls.  Which doesn’t seem accurate

The website for the brand who have trademarked the name “Happy Girl Cup” is here – http://www.homecures.co.uk but is undergoing restoration (screenshot) – which is pretty unprofessional IMHO, so that to me further proves this is a rebranding, as a legitimate cup brand is likely to be more professional than that.  If you really do have to do “restoration” on a website, it would look better to just automatically redirect people to the alternative site instead of putting up a page and making them manually go there, and have a better looking landing page,  but anyway…. The redirected site is here: http://www.remede-naturel.net/our-natural-products/158-happy-girl-cup-coupe-menstruelle-.html  and the cups are also sold on Amazon.


The listing on the website starts with this..

happygirl3So the info about their cup is information that their clients have given them, not stuff they actually know to be true?  That’s… reassuring…

Not sure who the clients are, does it mean people who have bought the cup?  or the people who made the cup?  Either way, the listing is full of questionable (if not misleading) claims, so I doubt the qualifications of these “clients” – for example:

  • Tampons and sanitary towels have a high risk factor for our health. They contain chlorine and other chemicals, which can be the cause of cancer besides less serious problems, as well as posing other possibilites such as Toxic Shock. Home Cures Happy Girl Cup™ has no such problem. It is ideal for ladies who suffer from gynecological problems, such as eczema, allergies, mycosis, etc.” – You can’t say for 100% sure that there is no risk whatsoever in using a menstrual cup, and saying so opens you up to being sued if someone did.  Also are eczema and allergies gynecological problems?
    • *  I have heard there has been a suspected case of TSS from a menstrual cup in France, and there has been a confirmed case in Canada   So while unlikely, and probably less likely than tampons, it is possible to get TSS while using a cup.
  • After iniital sterilisation each month, ladies can be certain that there is no chance of contact with any chemicals. ” – Well technically even water is a “chemical“.  So it’s actually impossible for anyone to have no chance of contact with a chemical when using a cup (or at any other time)… given that a silicone menstrual cup itself is made from a chemical compound.  Though I think what they are meaning here is that there is no harmful exposure to chemicals (that we are aware of) when using a menstrual cup, which may be true.
  • With Home Cures Happy Girl Cup™ you are confident, as there is no risk of any leaks or odours.” – Since everyone is different, you can’t say that there is no risk of leaks or odours.  While both are unlikely (if you’re wearing the right size cup for your body, emptying it before it overflows, you’re cleaning the cup well and don’t happen to have blood that leaves an odour).. it sometimes happens.  It’s especially a big claim for a cup brand that doesn’t give ANY information on the sizing or capacity of their cups, thus making it impossible for customers to be able to determine if the cup would suit their physical needs before actually buying one to try it.
  • Your Happy Girl Cup™ is simply sterilised, and during your periond rinsed, put back in and forgotten.  – You generally are advised not to wear a cup for more than 12 hours (some even recommend emptying it every 6-8 hours), so this advice makes it seem you can just leave it in your whole period – just forgetting about it is a very bad idea!  There is no mention anywhere about not leaving it in for longer than 12 hours or when to empty it.
  • And, being delivered to your door in Eco friendly packing, there is no fancy box to throw away and pollute the environment. It arrives ready to use.” – Well I’m pretty sure the lack of box is due to the fact the cups don’t come with boxes from the manufacturer (or if they do, they are branded as Aneer) and it’s a money saving thing rather than an eco-friendly thing… The photos on Amazon show the cups individually packaged in plastic bags, which I would argue is less environmentally friendly than a cup that is packaged in a biodegradable cardboard box with no plastic packaging.  If they arrive to the customer without that plastic bag, it may have been removed before sending, which then makes it appear to be more eco-friendly than it actually is.  All to justify the supposedly eco-friendly benefits of not bothering to have them packaged in a box.

However, it does also say:

  • your Happy Girl Cup™, which is Guaranteed for 5 years against any manufacturing fault, will almost certainly last you a lifetime” – a 5 year guarantee is great, not many cups have that!

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Similar or Rebranded Cups

This is a list of cup brands that have the same specific features and appear to be almost identical (it would be difficult to tell them apart if they were side by side). Because there are so many of these new cups available now, I have stopped listing these cups on separate pages and are listing them all here instead.

This is not an accusation that any of these brands are “Copies” or “Rebrandings” – it is merely a comparison to highlight cups which appear to be the same shape and/or design – for research purposes.  I would however like to make consumers aware of the possibility that many of these brands could be a “rebranding” – where cups can be purchased for as little as 45c each, and then resold as the new brand name for anything up to $20-$30.  Click here to see my article on “rebranding”

(If you want a listing of all the known cup brands by stem type – look at the MASTER LIST here)

Measurements (Small/Large) for the brands are also given when known, for easier comparison.  The slight (eg 1mm) difference between some brands that otherwise seem identical may be due to measuring errors or rounding up/down (eg a 41.5mm measurement may be rounded up or down by the brand/manufacturer), or may show the cup is actually a different size to another – I don’t know.

Click the stem style to search by stem.
Collapsible |Flat narrow | Flat Wide | Hollow | Long Thick | Long Thin | Short Thick | Short Thin |Valve


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Collapsable / Foldable Cups

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Cups that are “collapsible” (being able to fold up into a compact form for storage).  The cup pictured is the original “Lily Compact” design, which appears to have been used as inspiration for the other brands.

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Hollow Tube stems

Cups that have a frosted look with a hollow tube stem.

  • Aneer [link]
  • Bodybay [link] 43/46mm diameter, 50/50mm length, 25/30mls capacity
  • FeeCup [Website]
  • My cup / Kiko Cup [Website]
  • Shelcup [link] 42/45mm diameter, 72/76mm length, 20/30mls capacity
  • Sileu – [Amazon Listing]


Bodybay | Feecup | Shelcup | Sileu

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Long thin Stems

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Cups that have a long “stick” stem with bumps on it

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Cups that have a long “stick” stem with grip lines on it (unlike the “bumps” of the above cups), but otherwise look the same as the above

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Cups that have a long thin stem, with “Flower” like grip design on the base

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Narrow Flat Tab stems – “Shiny”

Cups with a tab stem that features 3 grip lines and have very “shiny” looking silicone.  Can be clear or opaque.   Often with a slightly bent stem:

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Usual measurements:
Small =40mm diameter, 75mm total length, (25mm stem).  15ml capacity to airholes, 28mls to rim.
Large =45mm diameter, 85mm total length, (25mm stem). 12ml capacity to airholes, 30mls to rim.

* different sources give different measurements for this cup brand.


ALX | Aneer | Cupissima | Gyncup

  
iClean | Intimate Rose | Luno | Sileu

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Narrow Flat Tab stems – “Frosted”

Cups with a tab stem, usually 3 colours (clear, pink and a “purple” that is pretty much pink) and overall look very similar to each other. Have a more “frosted” or “Matt” appearance (though that may be just how they are photographed?), sometimes with a bent stem:

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Cups with slightly closer together grip lines on the stem


CleoCup | Invisicup | NezBling | Stella

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Short thin stems

Cups that feature short rounded “stick” stems, with rings around the base of the cup and rings around the “ridge” area.  Some brands have a smooth stem, some have a grip rings but look otherwise identical:

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Usual measurements:
Small: 42mm diameter, 52mm long without stem (62mm including stem).  20mls capacity.
Large: 45mm diameter, 55mm long without stem (65mm including stem). 25mls capacity.

Smooth Stem Versions

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Aneer | Ava Loona | Blossom | Dutchess | Charlene

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Cup’ax | Femme Essentials | Skinco | Surecycle

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Grip Stem Versions:
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Athena | Easy Cups| Lola Cup | Vida Cup

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Short thick stems

Cups that feature grid-like grip lines around the base of the cup with shorter thick stems that have grip rings:

Usual measurements:
Small =42mm diameter, 62mm total length, 12mm stem.  25ml capacity
Large =45mm diameter, 69mm total length, 12mm stem. 30ml capacity

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Aneer | Ava Loona | Eva | Happy Girl

 

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Solid long thick stems

These cups resemble the Yuuki brand of cup.  Sometimes with a heart design on the side.

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Girlies | My Cup/Tati |  Xabian

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Wide Flat Tab stems – Frosted

Cups that have a flat wide-tabbed stem, sometimes with low profile ridge (usually only on the small size) and sometimes without.

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Brands of cup that appear to be this same design:

 
Bloody Buddy | Comfy Cup | Crystal Cup | Daisy Cup

Female Cup | Femicup | Leasen | Luxury Body

MiaLuna | My Belle | Pixie Cup | Pretty Woman | Zengina

Wide Flat Tab stems – Clear “shiny”

Cups that have a flat wide-tabbed stem, with a crystal clear silicone (can be coloured or completely clear).

  • Ivita – [Aliexpress listing] 40/45mm diameter, 64/70mm length, 28/30mls capacity
  • Monicup – [Amazon Listing] 45/47mm diameter, 70/75mm length, 20/25mls capacity
  • San Nap – [Amazon Listing] (3 sizes) 42/46/49mm diameter, 63/68/75mm length, 15/20/30mls
  • Stella – [Listing]
  • Wow Eva/Freedom – [Amazon Listing] 83/84mm length, 15mls capacity

 

Ivita | Monicup | San Nap | Stella | Wow Freedom

 


Valve Stem Cups – Bassrose style

The “Bassrose” design valve stem cups have a hollow stem that opens at the end, allowing the cup to be emptied while still in the vagina.  They use a ball inside to block the opening.  I refer to any other cups that have this same shape as a bassrose rebranding.

  • Sileu – [Amazon] [Bassrose rebranding]
  • Stella – [Listings] [Bassrose rebranding]

Valve Stem Cups – Aiwo style

The “Aiwo” design has a hollow tube stem with a slit inside that opens when you squeeze the stem, allowing it to be emptied while still in the vagina.


Aiwo | Diggold |

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