Menstrual Cups

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

iCare Box similarities

There is a company on AliExpress (http://rockbrook.en.alibaba.com) who seem to make the iCare menstrual cup.  There are a couple of cup brands whose boxes are very similar in design, and whose cups are the same style.  The reason I want to bring this to your attention is because if the other brands of cup are actually the same as the iCare, but named something else.  You should be aware that some of the rebranded cups are selling for a lot more than the iCare cup.  Also it’s interesting news 🙂

 

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The Luno Box has the same cup-flower design on the box (although due to the difference in the pouch, it’s unclear if Luno have bought iCare cups, or if iCare have copied the Luno)

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The Improving Birth cup appears to have the same flower designs on the side of the box and paragraph spacing for the writing, and even the same wrinkles on the pouch (eg they photoshopped logo on)

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Also……  there are other Aliexpress stores, like “Easy Joy Time” (http://www.aliexpress.com/store/1166401) and “Care for Women” (http://www.aliexpress.com/store/1920862), who don’t seem to be Rockbrook, but are selling the same design cups as the “Anytime” or “iCare”, but calling it the “care” cup, using the same font as iCare, and what appears to be the same writing on the side of the box, and even the same box design – just with the i  removed.  I suspect these businesses are buying the iCare/Anytime cups and rebranding them as “Care” and “Femcup”?

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Or the same “Anytime” cup with a box that is the same as the Greek Femecup

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They also sell that Femcup box/pouch with an iCare style cup too (could Femcup be an iCare rebrand?)

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November 25, 2015 Posted by | news | , , , , | Leave a comment

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.


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iCare

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Couldn’t find an official site for these, just being sold online at places like AliExpress

Country of origin: China
Composition: Silicone
Sizes:  “1” (small), “2” (large)
Dimensions: Size 1 = 40mm diameter, 78mm long including stem, 58mm without stem.  Size 2 = 45mm diameter,  85mm long with stem, 60mm long without stem.
Capacity: Both 15mls to airholes and 28mls to rim
Stem: Flat Tab?
Measuring Lines: yes
Cost (RRP): Anywhere from about $5 USD+
Been around since: 2012
Unique Design?: No (There are other cups with similar designs available)
Other Details: Comes in Clear, Blue, Purple, Pink, Orange, Red, Green, White, Yellow and clear.  One of the AliExpress site selling them, has information in the listing referencing the product being called “LadyCup” and with the url http://www.ladycup.cn (which doesn’t exist).

Several of the AliExpress listings  have “Rockbrook Industrial CO” watermarked all over it, but their website (http://rockbrook.en.ec21.com) no longer works, and didn’t mention the cups when it was working.  I did however find another website for them – www.hygiener.com  Where they have a ripoff of an Insteads Softcup as well as a menstrual cup with a flat wide stem.

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Interestingly, most of the more recent listings/photos of the iCare cups look like they are trying to hide what the stem looks like, and one photo I have seen that does show the stem, has a shorter stem

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Can’t see the stem

July 17, 2014 Posted by | The Cups | , , | 15 Comments