Menstrual Cups

Casco Cup

casco

http://cascocup.com

Country of origin: USA (FDA registered)
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  “1” (Small) and “2” (Large)
Dimensions: 1 = 42mm diameter, 70mm long including stem.  2 = 46mm diameter, 70mm long including stem.
Capacity: 1 = 30ml , 2 = 40ml
Stem:  short/Ball
Measuring Lines: Yes (7.5 & 15ml)
Cost (RRP):  $22.99  [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2016
Unique Design?: Sort of (See below)
Other Details: Comes with a storage container. This cup is sold by the manufacturer (Casco Bay Molding) – who also makes Lincup, Lifecup and Green Cup of Maine).

Casco Cup looks very similar to Lincup, but are different cups.

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November 22, 2016 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment

Silja

silja

http://www.silja-cup.com

These appear to be officially approved silicone versions of the MeLuna cups (MeLuna cups are made from TPE). Currently only available in a limited range (compared to MeLuna’s large variety). The Ring, Ball, Stick and stemless options, only in clear, and not in the “shorty” length.

Country of origin: Germany
Composition: Medical grade Silicone
Sizes: “1” (small), “2” (medium), “3” (large) and “4” (Extra Large)
Dimensions & Capacity (taken from MeLuna measurements):
1=38mm diameter, 45mm long without stem. 15mls to airholes, 23ml to rim.
2 = 41mm diameter, 48mm long without stem. 20mls to airholes, 28ml to rim.
3 = 44mm diameter, 51mm long without stem. 24mls to airholes, 34ml to rim.
4 = 47mm diameter, 56mm long without stem. 30mls to airholes, 42mls to rim.
Stem: “Stem” (cross between a flat tab and a rounded thick stem), ball, ring or basic (no stem)
Measuring Lines: No
Cost (RRP): € 21.00 [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2016?
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July 15, 2016 Posted by | The Cups | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Angel Cup

angelcup

http://www.angelcupmexico.com

Country of origin:
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: “Chica” (small), “Grande” (Large)
Dimensions: C=59mm length, 45mm without stem. Stem length 11mm.  G=64mm length, 53mm without stem. Stem length 11mm
Capacity: Their info graphic gives C=15ml G=25ml, this may be to the airholes.  The website lists C=20ml, G=30ml which may be to rim.  According to a FB message they give C=10mls and G=15mls
Stem: Sort of a mixture between a solid tube and ball stem
Measuring Lines: Yes
Cost (RRP): $500 Mexican peso [Currency Converter]
Been around since:2013
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: 

January 11, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , , , | 1 Comment

Luna Cup

LunaCup

http://lunacup.mx

Country of origin: Mexico
Composition: Silicone
Sizes:  “M” (small) and “G” (large)
Dimensions: M=45mm diameter, 65mm total length.  G= 50mm diameter, 70mm total length
Capacity: M=16ml  G=20ml
Stem: Ball
Measuring Lines: M= 2.5ml & 10ml.  G= 3.5ml & 12ml
Cost (RRP):
Guarantee: ?
Been around since:
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: Quite a long thin cup
Review: https://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/luna-cup-review/

August 28, 2013 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | 1 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

Naturcup

naturcup

http://www.naturcup.com

Country of origin: Spain
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: 3 sizes, “0” , “1”and “2”
Dimensions: Size “0” – 40mm diameter, 56mm long.  Size “1” – 43mm diameter, 65mm long.  Size “2” –  47mm diameter, 65mm long
Capacity:  Unknown
Stem: Ball
Measuring Lines: Yes, 5ml, 10ml, 15ml
Cost (RRP):  27.00 €
Guarantee:
Been around since: (Mid-late 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:

November 3, 2009 Posted by | The Cups | , , | 1 Comment

MeLuna

MeLunaFlower

http://www.meluna.eu

Country of origin: Germany
Composition: FDA approved TPE (thermoplastic elastomer)
Sizes: “S” (small), “M” (medium), “L” (large) and “XL” (Extra Large).  Also a range of “Shorty” sizes, which are shorter cups – ShortyS, ShortyM, ShortyL, ShortyXL.
Dimensions & Capacity:
S =38mm diameter, 45mm long without stem. 15mls to airholes, 23ml to rim.
M = 41mm diameter, 48mm long without stem. 20mls to airholes, 28ml to rim.
L = 44mm diameter, 51mm long without stem. 24mls to airholes, 34ml to rim.
XL = 47mm diameter, 56mm long without stem. 30mls to airholes, 42mls to rim.
Shorty S = 38mm diameter, 35mm long without stem. 8ml to airholes, 15mls to rim.
Shorty M = 41mm diameter, 38mm long without stem. 10ml to airholes, 18mls to rim.
Shorty L = 44mm diameter, 41mm long without stem. 14mls to airholes, 22mls to rim.
Shorty XL = 47mm diameter, 44mm long without stem. 16mls to airholes, 27mls to rim.
Stem: “Stem” (cross between a flat tab and a rounded thick stem), ball, ring or basic (no stem)
Measuring Lines: No
Cost (RRP): € 15.00 [Currency Converter]
Been around since: Early June 2009
Unique Design?: Yes (This cup design appears to have been created by this brand and has not been seen used by other brands)
Review – Meluna old: https://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2009/07/21/meluna-my-thoughts
Review – new Glitter Cup: https://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2011/06/15/meluna-glitter-cup
Other Details: Several Colours available, with glitter versions as well.  Not only offers a choice of stem, but also a choice of how hard or soft you would like.  First cup manufacturer to offer the additional ball/ring or no stem options, and the only manufacturer to offer these different options.

TPE is a (BPA-free) plastic that is used to make medical equipment such as catheters, as well as other products such as baby bottle teats and some vibrators. (It may also be the same material as Insteads disposable cups are made from).

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MeLunarow

Holy Cup are rebranding MeLuna cups in Brazil. Silja are manufacturing MeLuna design cups from silicone

July 1, 2009 Posted by | The Cups | , , , , , , , | 10 Comments