Menstrual Cups

Stonesoup Wings

https://stonesoup.in/pages/stonesoup-wings

Country of origin: India
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  3 (Soft, Regular, Tough)
Dimensions:
Capacity:
Stem:  Stemless
Measuring Lines: No?
Cost (RRP):  Rs. 835.00  [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2016
Unique Design?: Yes
Other Details: Stemless design.  They also offer a “cup for cup” promotion where you can buy 1 cup for yourself and buy one for a charity.

July 7, 2017 Posted by | The Cups | , | Leave a comment

ALX

alx_menstrual-cup

http://alexanderlifecare.com

Country of origin: India
Composition: “high quality silicon”
Sizes:  “1” (Small), “2” (large)
Dimensions: 1 =  43mm diameter, 56mm long without stem, 26mm stem  2 = 47mm diameter, 58mm long without stem, 27mm stem.
Capacity: Unknown
Stem:  Flat Tab
Measuring Lines: Unknown
Cost (RRP):  [Currency Converter]
Unique Design?: No (There are other cups with similar designs available)
Other Details: Looks to the the same as several other tab stem cups – see Similar/rebranded cups.

February 17, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , | 4 Comments

Vcup – Review

I was sent a Vcup to review 🙂

It wasn’t addressed properly, so there was a little hiccup in receiving it, but it arrived the other day and I had a chance to try it out.  Sadly my period ended the day before it arrived, so I haven’t yet had a chance to test it with my period, but I’ve tried it and here are my thoughts….

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The box was a little squished in transit, but that’s to be expected sometimes.  On the box it listed contents, which I was surprised about – I didn’t realise the cup came with extras!  So I was excited to see what was inside.  The box lists no sizes, so I presume the cup is 1 size only, which seems to be a small.  The box does however have boxes to tick for white, pink or green – and one side of the box shows a pale green cup – so it obviously comes in those colours.  I got clear.

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Inside the box, there is a tube (they call it a “pen”) of hand sanitiser, a little packet of soap sheets, 4 little “coin tissues”, the cup, a pouch and instructions.

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I already took the instruction booklet out and forgot to put it back when photographing it… I think it was lying on the top.

The booklet talks about the cup and the benefits of a cup over tampons and pads, gives the measurements of the cup and shows how to do 3 folds (“c”, “punchdown” and “triangle”)  It also gives some helpful tips on insertion and removal.  All in English and quite well written.

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The hand sanitiser is quite cool actually.  It’s a bit like a thick marker in size, and has a spray top so you can spray some onto your hands.  It has a reasonably pleasant smell, dries fast and is not sticky or anything.  I personally don’t feel the need for such products, but I think this is a convenient way to do it (rather than the tubes of sticky-feeling hand sanitiser you get)

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The soap strips are another interesting idea.  I’ve seen this sort of soap before, designed for keeping in your handbag. I notice that they are keeping with the green and white theme for everything!

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The directions say (paraphrasing) to wet your cup and hands then  wash the cup with the soap to get a rich lather.  Rinse the cup and store the rest of the soap sheets in a dry place.  Basically these soap sheets are paper with a thin layer of soap.  They don’t seem to be very soapy, but if you want to wash your cup with a bit of soap while out and about, then this could be a convenient way to do it.

I will say though that I tried one sheet (just rubbing it between my hands), and while the dry soap has a slight pleasant floral smell (frangipanni?), on my hands it left a weird lingering vomit smell I notice from some public restroom soap… I don’t know if you are familiar with what I mean?… The hand sanitiser does counteract that thankfully – I wouldn’t be able to use the soap personally…. but I think (from a bit of googling) that some people seem more affected by the vomit-soap phenomenon than others, so maybe I’m just sensitive to it (I am one of those people who is VERY intolerant to both the sound and smell of vomiting!)… anyhoo….. moving on 😛

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The “coin tissues” are cool – they are those incredibly tightly packed washcloths!  The instructions in the booklet say to put 3 drops of water onto the coin – I needed a bit more than that… But they unfold out to a 23cm/9inch cloth.  A bit like a “chux” cloth – open weave.  Presumably designed to be disposable (I imagine they are not flushable), they seem sturdy enough you could reuse it a few times (though you wouldn’t be able to make it go back into the coin shape)

Now the cup….  it’s quite long, I’d say it’s a medium squishyness silicone – about the same as the Diva I have.  It has a band of frosted silicone around the centre, with clear silicone elsewhere. The centre of the frosted section has a slight line through it, a bit like a seam – though I think this is intended to give extra grip.  The clear section at the bottom of the cup likewise has a line through it, but more pronounced. The ball stem has a grip line around it, to help grip there.  There are 2 tiny airholes just under the ridge.  The ridge is very low profile (not very raised).

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I didn’t think to wash the cup before taking photos, so there are a few dust particles from storage/manufacture on it which you can see in the photos.

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Here’s a length comparison with some of the other small cups

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Using the Cup

I haven’t tested it with my period yet (will update this post when I have), but I’ve tested the cup and I was quite pleased with it.

Now, as I always say, my first preference is for a tab stem, so I don’t tend to like any other stems as much as I do the tab stem.  I didn’t find this one too slippery though, the grip line running through the centre of the ball helps give it a bit more grip I think.  I do find a ball stem less easy to use/grip than a tab or tube stem, but since the cup is so long, I don’t need to use the stem to be able to pull the cup down to grab the body of the cup – as I do with other cups…. and if it had any other kind of stem, that would be too annoying and you’d have to cut it off.

It (like the LunaCup) are longer than I would ideally like in a cup – the ball stem was only just inside my vagina – which does make it easier to remove I suppose.

When I reviewed the LunaCup, I did find the stem slightly irritating, because the cup was so long, but I didn’t find that with this cup  – Maybe I need to try them both more to see how I go with them over several days.

Insertion and removal was easy.  I had no problem getting the cup to open up (though it is equivalent of a small size, and I normally wear the large sizes).  I could not feel the cup while inside me.

—- Edited to add —

I’ve now had a chance to try this cup when I had my period.  I wore it for about 6 hours, the first 4-5 hours I had no leakage, but I had some slight leakage after that, the cup only got to about 1/4 full, so I’m not sure why it started leaking.

Mostly the cup was comfortable and I couldn’t feel it, but there was a few times when I was sitting on the couch, and I leaned forward to get a drink from the table, I could feel the stem poking into me a bit.


See my detailed review & comparisons with other cups here.

January 24, 2015 Posted by | photos, reviews | , , , | Leave a comment

Vcup

vcup

http://vcup.co.in/index.php

Country of origin: India
Composition: Silicone
Sizes: 1?
Dimensions: 43mm diameter, 58mm length excluding stem.
Capacity:  My measure is about 17mls to airholes and about 30ml to rim
Stem: Ball
Measuring Lines: Lines at 8mls and 16mls
Cost (RRP):  Unknown
Been around since: End of 2014
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: 2 tiny airholes under the ridge of the cup.

January 11, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment

Shecup

http://www.shecup.com

shecup

Country of origin: India?
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: 1
Dimensions: 44mm diameter, 54mm without stem, 59.5mm with stem
Capacity: 16mls to airholes, 28mls to rim
Stem: Small ball (“knob”)
Measuring Lines: yes
Cost (RRP): INR 695
Guarantee: None?
Been around since: Unknown (early 2010?)
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: Only pink cups available

April 17, 2010 Posted by | The Cups | , , | 5 Comments

Alicia (Re-branded to Hygina?)

alicia hygina

http://www.thealicia.com.au / http://www.hyginacup.com
Country of origin: India
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Stem: Hollow Tube with grip lines
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: These cups don’t appear to have been available for commercial sale (other than for 6 months in AUS/NZ).  The Alicia website has been “under construction” since 2009.  The cups  seem to have been re-branded to “Hygina” and are sold as part of a stem-cell collection service.  They may or may not be available to purchase as stand-alone menstrual cups in the future.  However the design of the original Alicia is different to the design shown in the Hygina pictures. (Closer pic of the Alicia)

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The longer and interesting saga seems to be that the Alicia brand was created by an Australian (Samantha Backman) living in India, and the cups were available for sale in Australia & New Zealand for about 6 months (not sure when), before being removed from the market (perhaps because they weren’t TGA approved and not actually allowed to be sold in Aus?).  They were then intended solely for the Indian market, with the creator planning to do a deal with the Indian government to distribute them among impoverished women there.  This seems to have never gone through.  The Indian company “Goldwin” lists their plans to manufacture the cup on their innovations page – they may have been (and may still be?) the original manufacturer?

 

The Alicia seems to have been later sold to (or partnered with?) a stem-cell company, who sell their cup named “Hygina Cup”, which is sold mainly as a stem-cell collection device, and not as a menstrual cup – although their website says they have plans to sell it as one in the future (their website is copyright 2011 – so not sure how up to date it is), and they have a facebook page that calls it a menstrual cup (with only 3 posts, the most recent being Jan 2012). So they don’t appear to have any real plans to sell the cups.

From the Hygina facebook page:

Who makes Hygina? Hygina is manufactured by Alicia International, Australia, a global name in Women’s Healthcare. It is marketed in India, by LifeCell International Pvt. Ltd. The pioneers of stem cell and menstrual blood stem cell banking in India

— It is worth noting that searching online for “Alicia International Australia” brings up no results (other than the above FB page).  The only mention of an “Alicia International” at all is a US based wig/hairpiece company, which is not the same.  If Alicia International was a global name in women’s healthcare, they surely would appear in a google search?

The Alicia International company did/does exist, trademarking the name “Menstrual Pod” in 2008 (Which appears to be the name they used instead of a “cup”), but without any form of web presence (that I could find anyway), it’s unclear what (if anything) they currently do.

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Further info:

January 20, 2009 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | 2 Comments