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!

July 15, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment

A Zen Cup

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http://www.azencup.com

Country: England
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  “S” (Small), “M” (large)
Dimensions: S: 41mm diameter, 47mm long without stem, 23mm stem length.  M: 46mm diameter, 52mm long without stem,  18mm stem length.
Capacity: S: 25ml to rim, 20mls to air holes. M: 35ml to rim, 29mls to air holes.
Stem:  Flat Tab
Measuring Lines: No
Cost (RRP): £23.99 [Currency Converter]
Unique Design?: No (There are other cups with similar designs available)
Other Details: 4 airholes.  Comes in 3 colours (purple, pink, red and clear). Available in packs containing a soaking cup and cleaning gel.

These are the Fleurcup, given a new name and packaged with a container.

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April 7, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | 10 Comments

Belle Cup

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http://www.bellecup.co.uk

Country of origin: UK
Composition: Medical grade silicone
Sizes: One size
Dimensions: 45 mm diameter, 65 mm long without stem, 45 mm stem
Capacity:  24ml (measurement is to approx 1cm below rim)
Stem: Long “Stick”
Measuring Lines: Unknown
Cost (RRP): £20.99 [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2014? (Amazon listing was July 2014)
Unique Design?: Yes (This cup design has not been seen in other brands of cup)
Other Details: The official website seems to be a free “wix” website that directs people to buy from Amazon (here).  The company selling it on Amazon (Rubicon Healthcare) sell incontinence/urinary products, but the cup does not appear on their website.  Someone from candgmedicare.com commented on this post to say the cup is made in the UK, so they might be the manufacturer? (the cup is not on their website either).

Link to discussion on the cup – http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/3398270.html

January 23, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , | Leave a comment

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

Mooncup (MCUK)

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http://www.mooncup.co.uk
Country of origin: UK
Lifespan:
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: A & B (A = After childbirth, B = Before childbirth)
Dimensions: B = 4.3cm width. A = 4.6cm width.  Both have  5cm length plus 2.1cm long stem.
Capacity: Size B = 13mls (to under airholes), Size A = 15mls (to airholes)
Stem: Hollow tube
Measuring Lines: Yes (inside), Cup B marks 6mls and 12mls, and Cup A 7.5mls and 15mls
Cost (RRP): GBP$18.99 (including International postage at official site)[Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2000
Unique Design?: Semi-Unique (This cup design appears to have been created by this brand. However it does have resemblances to other brands)
Review: https://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2008/06/26/mooncup-uk-my-thoughts
Other Details: Registered with the Vegan Society (Vegan approved). “Original Mooncup” (first cup to be given that name). Pay attention to the look of the product and packaging when buying from online stores to make sure you are buying the Mooncup you intend to (as there are other brands of cup using this name).  Often known as “Mooncup (UK)”  or “MCUK” to help distinguish it as the Original UK version.  Original version was a slightly yellowed silicone, and had 2 grip lines near the base of the stem.  The updated version has grip lines all down the stem and is a whiter silicone.

June 11, 2008 Posted by | The Cups | , , | 6 Comments

Femmecup

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http://www.femmecup.com
Country of origin: UK
Lifespan: Claims will last up to 10 years
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: One Size (large size)
Dimensions: Approx 4.5cm wide, 6cm long including stem, 5cm long not including stem
Capacity: Official capacity 30ml to brim (My test= 15mls to airholes)
Stem: Old style hollow tube.  New short
Measuring Lines: Yes
Cost (RRP): GBP £16.99 [Currency Converter]
Guarantee: None?
Been around since: Late 2007?  (revamped 2011)
Unique Design?: Semi-Unique (This cup design appears to have been created by this brand. However it does have resemblances to other brands)
Other: The old style cup had a hollow tube stem, a whitish look silicone and was about 1cm longer overall
Review Original: https://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2008/07/10/femmecup-my-thoughts
Review Redesigned: https://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/new-femmecup-pictures

June 10, 2008 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | 1 Comment