- Amy Cup (who previously offered a different shaped cup with applicator tube – now has a “Crystal” cup that is the same sort of design as the more standard menstrual cups. Appears to be available only in blue. Details on the Amy Cup listing.
- The La Luna cup has been renamed to Mahina
- Ruby Cup now comes in Purple!
- “Female Cup” has been spotted on “deal of the day” type sites in Australia and Switzerland, the latter site shows a picture of a different cup than the one normally shown as Female Cup. So it is unclear if they have changed designs or not.
Also spotted on Aliexpress
Some of the cup companies are involved in charity donations.
Femmecup has been donating to various charities. Including providing cups to women in Uganda and to New Zealand following the earthquakes.
Donates a softcup to a girl in Africa for every box of softcups sold.
In 2012 Juju donated 1000 cups to Days for Girls, and has donated cups to homeless women
Each year a portion of profits is given to each Mooncup team member, who chooses a charity to donate it to.
Mpower do charitable works in South Africa.
My Own Cup
Has the “Inkululeko Project” which donates cups to schoolgirls in South Africa.
Menstrual Cup Donation projects
People can purchase cups which are then donated (or can be delivered if you’re traveling in areas where they are needed). Seemingly using the Cheap Chinese cups.
Looks like Lunette, RubyCup and Mooncup might be donating to this cause.
Distributing Ruby Cups in Nepal
With every purchase of a Ruby cup, they give a cup to a needy schoolgirl in Africa. This is a great initiative to help keep girls in school!
“Buy One Give One
Menstruation is a main cause of school dropout for girls in poverty. Pads and tampons are too expensive or unavailable, and girls are forced to use alternatives such as mud, bark, rags, cloth or pieces of newspaper. As well as being undignified and unhygienic, these alternatives are not safe, and girls stay home. This amounts to 20% of their school time.
When you buy a Ruby Cup, you give one to a Kenyan schoolgirl. With one Ruby Cup, a girl can all the way from primary school through university without having
to worry about her period again.
With an office in Berlin and Nairobi, the three Danish female founders Julie, Maxie, and Veronica, have won several awards for their ground-breaking work. Ruby Cup is sold online to Western markets, and when you purchase a Ruby Cup, you give one to a school girl in poverty. “
I was lucky enough to be sent a Ruby Cup to review – thank you very much 😀
It came in a pink post envelope, with the cup, pouch and instruction sheet.
The cup is a nice soft silicone. It’s “squishyness” is about comparable to the Fleurcup. The stem is about the same size as the tube stems, but the walls of the tube are a lot thicker, giving a very sturdy stem. It has a series of raised bums on the stem for extra grip. I found this stem to have a good amount of grip because it felt so solid, yet it’s flexible enough that it was not uncomfortable to wear without the stem trimmed. If I really thought about it, I was aware of the stem sometimes, but definitely not as much as a Mooncup/Keeper’s stem. The stem being hollow however, did manage to collect some blood, but that rinsed out without problem. I find this stem definitely more comfortable and easier to grip than most of the other tube/rounded stems. My favourite stem design is still the tab stem however.
I’ve tried so many cups now that it’s hard to compare them against each other for things like feel and ease of insertion removal…. but I found this cup inserted without trouble, popped open cleanly without trouble, was removed without trouble and cleaned without trouble 🙂 The airholes on the cup rinsed clean without holding onto any blood, as did the inside writing (the words “Ruby Cup” and measring lines are in raised writing inside the cup)
The cup shape is very similar to the Fleurcup – with the exception being the stem of course. There are also a few other differences between the cup – the Fleurcup’s base grip lines are different (more pronounced and not complete rings), and the Ruby Cup has a slightly different rim, with there being an extra “bump” (Tiny ridge) where the Fleurcup’s is smooth.
All in all, I was quite happy with this cup.
Country of origin: Spain/UK (made in China)
Dimensions: 51 mm long (excluding stem). Total length: 68 mm . Diameter: 45 mm
Capacity: 34 ml
Stem: Hollow Tube
Measuring Lines:5ml, 10ml, 15ml (on the inside)
Cost (RRP): € 27,95 (free shipping)
Been around since: 2012 – They have a news item from Dec 2011 saying they won a design prize in Denmark, and expected to “hit the market” in Jan 2012.
Unique Design?: Yes (This cup design appears to have been created by this brand and has not been seen used by other brands)
Other Information: For each cup sold, they provide a cup for a young woman in Kenya. Also available in Blue, Pink and Purple