Menstrual Cups

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

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

Diamond Cup

diamond cup

http://www.mydiamondcup.com

Country: Claims to be made in the USA, but maybe made in China
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  “Princess” (Small) “Emerald” (large)
Dimensions:
Capacity:
Stem: Promo pic shows a Flat Tab, video shows a Short Thin stem.
Measuring Lines: Yes
Cost (RRP): $49.99 USD  [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2015
Unique Design?: No (There are other cups with similar designs available)
Other Details: Website says they donate to “Femme International” and “Somebodies Mama” charities.  While the promotional picture shows a tab stemmed cup, the video on their site shows a short thin stem cup.  So this could be another rebranding of the Short Thin Stem cups.

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In their video, they claim the Diamond Cup is made in the USA, however there is no FDA listing for “Diamond Cup”, and there is a listing for an Alibaba Chinese cup manufacturer who shows the Diamond Cup box in their listing.

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June 5, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , , , | Leave a comment

Charity Programs Involving Cups

Some of the cup companies are involved in charity donations.

Femmecup
Femmecup has been donating to various charities.  Including providing cups to women in Uganda and to New Zealand following the earthquakes.

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Insteads Softcups
Donates a softcup to a girl in Africa for every box of softcups sold.

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Juju
In 2012 Juju donated 1000 cups to Days for Girls, and has donated cups to homeless women

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Mooncup (UK)

Each year a portion of profits is given to each Mooncup team member, who chooses a charity to donate it to.

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MPower
Mpower do charitable works in South Africa.

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My Own Cup
Has the “Inkululeko Project” which donates cups to schoolgirls in South Africa.

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Ruby Cup
With every purchase of a Ruby cup, they give a cup to a needy schoolgirl in Africa. They also work with www.femmeinternational.org

Menstrual Cup Donation projects

Sustainable Cycles
http://sustainablecycles.wordpress.com

The Keeper, DivaCup, Lunette, My Own Cup & Ruby cup, have donated to this cause – which helps to educate American women about reusable menstrual products.

Freedom Cups
http://freedomcups.org

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.

The Cup
http://www.thecup.org

Looks like Lunette, RubyCup and Mooncup might be donating to this cause.

Putali
http://www.putali-nepal.com

Distributing Ruby Cups in Nepal

February 3, 2015 Posted by | news | , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Ruby Cup donating cups to African schoolgirls

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. “

June 17, 2013 Posted by | news, The Cups | , | 2 Comments

Ruby Cup

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http://www.ruby-cup.com

Country of origin: Spain/UK (made in China)
Composition: Silicone
Sizes: 1
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
Review: https://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/review-ruby-cup

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March 28, 2012 Posted by | news, The Cups | , , , , , | 7 Comments

JuJu

http://www.juju.com.au

Country of origin: Australia
Composition: Silicone
Sizes: 2 sizes – 1&2
Dimensions: Small (1) = 40mm diameter,  46mm long without stem (65mm long with stem).  Large (2) = 46mm diameter, 50mm long without stem (69mm with stem)
Capacity:  Small (1) = 20mls.  Large (2) = 30mls
Stem: Solid thin “stick”
Measuring Lines: No
Cost (RRP):  $62 AUD
Been around since: 28th July 2011
Unique Design?: Yes (This cup design appears to have been created by this brand and has not been seen used by other brands)
Other Details: TGA approved for sale within Australia.  Butterfly instead of the usual grip rings around the bottom of the cup is a pretty touch.  Does some charity donations.
Review: https://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2011/08/05/juju-photos-and-thoughts

Links to Charity information:

July 31, 2011 Posted by | The Cups | , , , , | 13 Comments

MPower

mpower

http://www.mpowercup.co.za

Country of origin: South Africa
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: “Light” (small)  “Standard” (Large)
Dimensions: Light =39mm diameter, 45mm long without stem, 60mm including stem.  Standard=42mm diameter, 50mm without stem, 65mm including stem.
Capacity: Light=18mls, Standard=27ml
Stem: Flat Tab
Measuring Lines: No
Cost (RRP): R265
Guarantee: None?
Been around since: October 2008
Unique Design?: No (Appears to be created using another cup brand design)
Review: https://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2010/08/07/mpower-photos-observations
Other Details: In an e-mail from the company they told me: “I specifically chose a non-coloured silicone for my MPowercup as my pharmaceutical grade manufacturer advised against a colour. Colour silicone is readily available but he would not 100% guarantee it for this particular application. I did not want to take a chance so went with clear as in catheter tubing and ICU tubing etc is also clear.”.  They also are running a program to give the Mpower cups to impoverished women in South Africa.

As of July 2010 – Due to a possible design conflict with Lunette, the MPower is apparently going to be redesigned.

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March 10, 2009 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment