Menstrual Cups

Eco-cup

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https://www.coppetta-mestruale.it/en/ecocup.php

Country of origin: Italy
Composition: Silicone
Sizes:  “1” (small) “2” (large)
Dimensions: 1=42.5mm diameter,  45mm long without stem, 22mm stem. 2=46mm diameter, 45mm long without stem, 22mm stem.
Capacity: 1=17ml to airholes, 21mls to rim. 2=20mls to airholes, 28mls to rim.
Stem: Hollow Tube
Measuring Lines: unknown (no?)
Cost (RRP) € 19,90 [Currency Converter]
Been around since: Unknown
Unique Design?: No (There are other cups with similar designs available)
Other Details: Available in clear and magenta.  Both size cups are the same length, the large size is wider.  This cup seems to be the same cup as the Lybera, just with a different name.

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

Gaia Cup

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http://www.gaiacup.com [Translated into English]

Country of origin: Czech Republic
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  S (small) L (Large)
Dimensions: S=44mm diameter, 55mm long, 10mm stem (65mm overall).  L= 45mm diameter, 56mm long, 10mm stem (66mm overall).
Capacity: S =30mls to airholes, 34mls to rim.  L=31mls to airholes, 35mls to rim.
Stem: Short Hollow Tube
Measuring Lines: No
Cost (RRP):  €22,90 [Currency Converter]
Been around since: Unknown
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 | , , , | Leave a comment

Monzcare R-Cup / Rainbow Cup

Monzcare

Couldn’t find an official site http://www.monzcare.com leads to a suspended website.  Places like this are selling them.

This cup is also being sold as a “Rainbow Cup” and “Monzcup”.  They are registered with the FDA under these names [Link].

Country of origin: China
Composition: Silicone
Sizes:  “1″ (small), “2″ (large)
Dimensions:  Size 1 = 40mm diameter, Total length 70mm, stem length 20mm.  Size 2 = 45mm diameter,  Total length 70mm, stem length 15mm.
Capacity: Size 1 = 15.5ml (to holes?)  20ml (to rim).    Size 2 = 26mls (to rim?)
Stem: Hollow tube or Solid?
Measuring Lines:  No
Been around since: 2014?
Other Details: Available in green, blue, cyan, purple, orange, yellow and pink.  The pictures of the coloured cups that they show in the Amazon listings appear to be a “photoshop” recolouring, so may not be the actual colours.  These appear to be the actual colours these cups come in.

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August 8, 2014 Posted by | The Cups | , , , , | 2 Comments

Un-named Menstrual Cup brands

There are HEAPS (seriously HEAPS!) of cheap cups available on AliExpress, ebay, Amazon and other such sites.

Most of them are listings for what appears to be the same cups. Most of them don’t have a brand name, so I can’t list them individually on my site, since I don’t have a name to reference them with…. and a lot of them don’t list the measurements either (not very helpful)….. So I am putting all the cups styles with no name in this post.

Links to these cups may disappear (particularly if they are amazon/aliexpress/ebay listings), but I’ll do my best to show what is available, and provide links to search those main sites for cups, so you can search for them yourself.

I’ve split my thoughts on cheap cups (safety and ethical concerns) to a separate post, so I could use this post to showcase the actual cups. See “Cheap Cups part 2” post for my 2c worth on the safety and ethical concerns with cheap cups.

If you’re wanting to find these cheap cups, try searching for “menstrual cup” in your cheap website of choice.  Such as:

 

 Unbranded Cup Examples

There are *MANY* more than this, but this gives you an idea of what styles are available.

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Moon/Heart stemmed cups:
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(Very cute!  Though sadly they aren’t practical as the heart/moon tends to irritate. So people often have to trim them off)

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Tab stem cups:

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Unnamed #1 | Unnamed #2 | Unnamed #3 | Unnamed #4

These are often the “Aneer” or “iCare” brand of cups, being sold with generic boxes (or no boxes) and no name.  Aneer/iCare tend to be the very shiny looking cups.  The opaque #4 cups are listed with measurements of  Small: 41/36/72 large: 46/38/74  (Could be Diameter/length of stem/length with stem?)

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Other Shape/Design cups:

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The first pic is the “Eva” style cup with a short thick stem and gridlike pattern on the base, the second has a wide-flat tab stem and is commonly sold in a “menstrual cup” box and with either a hot pink pouch (like the first pic), or the gold satin pouch.

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Heart embossed cup

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Unnamed cup on Aliexpress by “Zhida Xintai” also on Amazon by “Anderson Global Trading”.   This one looks similar in design to the Yuuki cup (perhaps a narrower stem), and has a heart design on the side of the cup.  It also sometimes lists it as being made from Food-grade silicone not medical grade.  Measurements given are S=43mm diameter, 70mm length, 25ml capacity.
M=47mm diameter, 75mm length, 30mls capacity.

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Collapsing/Folding menstrual Cup

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Basically the same idea (slightly different shape) to the Lily Compact.  Found on AliExpress.

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Ring Pull Stem Cup

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Found on AliExpress – The listing says it’s food grade silicone

Small:  43mm diameter, 85mm length, 25mm stem.  Capacity:  15ml (airholes), 20mls to rim.

Large: 46mm diameter, 87mm length, 20mm stem.  Capacity:  15ml (airholes), 25mls to rim.

“Discharge” cup (assume valve-stem?)

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This cup design is weirdly interesting, although I don’t have a name for it, it deserved it’s own post here.  Find the cup for sale here.

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See also similar-or-same-cups

July 23, 2014 Posted by | The Cups | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Rainbow Cup / Monzcare R-cup

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Couldn’t find an official site for these, just being sold online at places like ebay and amazon.  So details are a bit sketchy.

This cup is also being sold as a “Monzcare R-cup” and “Monzcup”.  They are registered with the FDA under these names [Link].

Country of origin: China
Composition: Silicone
Sizes:  “1″ (small), “2″ (large)
Dimensions:  Size 1 = 40mm diameter, Total length 70mm, stem length 20mm.  Size 2 = 45mm diameter,  Total length 70mm, stem length 15mm.
Capacity: Size 1 = 15.5ml (to holes?)  20ml (to rim).    Size 2 = 26mls (to rim?)
Stem: Hollow tube or Solid?
Measuring Lines:  No
Cost (RRP): Unknown RRP – available from around $10US
Been around since: 2014?
Other Details:  Available in blue, green, purple and orange.  I don’t like that their advertising claims “The Rainbow’s Menstrual Cup is the original silicone menstrual cup designed by women to be a convenient, safe and eco-friendly alternative to tampons and sanitary pads. ”  Since it isn’t the original silicone cup…. Mooncup UK was the first silicone cup in 2000.     Some people have complained that these cups have a very strong “plastic” or chemical smell.

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July 23, 2014 Posted by | The Cups | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Lybera

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http://www.lybera.it

Country of origin: Italy
Composition: Silicone
Sizes:  “1” and “2”
Dimensions:  Size “1”  & Size “2” – Length including stem = 66.5mm, 45mm without stem.  Diameter = 42.5mm.  Size “2”  diameter = 46mm
Capacity:  Size “1” 18mls (to holes) 24mls (to rim?).  Size “2” 20.5ml to airholes, 27.5ml to rim.
Stem: Hollow tube?
Measuring Lines: No
Cost (RRP): € 19.90
Guarantee: ?
Been around since: 2013
Unique Design?: No (There are other cups with similar designs available)
Other Details: Also available in pink I love that their logo is a depiction of a menstrual cup with contents… or a uterus.. (or I guess a flower bud :P)  I believe this cup is the same as the Eco-Cup, just with a different name.

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July 17, 2014 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment

Lily Cup

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http://www.intimina.com/en/lily_cup_pd.php

Country of origin: Sweden
Composition: Silicone
Sizes:  “A” (Small) and “B” (Large)
Dimensions:
A = 40mm diameter, 77.7mm long with stem, 65.7 long without. 12mm stem.
B = 43.5mm diameter, 77.7mm long with stem, 65.7 long without. 12mm stem.
Compact A = 42mm diameter, 58mm length with stem, 47.5 long without.  10.5mm stem.
Compact B = 45mm diameter, 58mm length. 10.5mm stem.
Capacity:
Lily Cup A = 25ml to rim (no airholes)
Lily Cup B = 28ml to rim (no airholes)
Compact A = 15ml to airholes, 20mls to rim (4 airholes)
Compact B = 19ml to airholes, 25mls to rim (4 airholes)
Stem:  Hollow Tube
Measuring Lines: No
Cost (RRP):  A$39.95
Been around since: 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 Details: Claims to be the only cup that can fold as thin as a tampon for insertion, and has a spine to help insertion.  Has an anti-leak edge around the inside rim of the cup.   Opaque pink colour – light pink for size A, and dark pink for size B.  Also has a compact version that collapses to be carried in a small container.

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November 6, 2012 Posted by | The Cups | , , , , , | 13 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

Copita

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http://www.copitamenstrual.cl
(Site translated into English here)

Country of origin:  Chile
Composition:biomedical silicone
Sizes:  1
Dimensions: 40mm diameter, 62mm length including stem.  11mm stem length.
Capacity: 20mls
Stem: Appears to be long thick (solid)
Measuring Lines: Unknown
Cost (RRP):  $16.990 (Chilean Peso?)
Been around since:  Oct 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: 

March 27, 2012 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment

Cup Lee

http://cuplee.ru

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Country of origin: Russia
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone?
Sizes: 2 sizes
Dimensions: Small = 40mm diameter,  47mm long without stem (68 including stem).  Large = 44mm diameter, 53mm long without stem (70mm with stem)
Capacity:  Small = 25ml to brim, 20ml to holes.  Large = 30ml to brim, 25ml to holes
Stem: Hollow tube
Measuring Lines: Unknown
Cost (RRP):  780.00 руб
Been around since: Unknown (early 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 Details: The English website obviously hasn’t had the hosting paid 😦

February 24, 2011 Posted by | The Cups | , , | 5 Comments

Miss Cup / InCiclo

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www.inciclo.com.br | www.loja.misscup.com.br

Country of origin: Brazil
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone?
Sizes: 2 sizes, “A” and “B”
Dimensions: Size “A” = 4.3cm diameter,   Size “B” = 4cm diameter.  Overall length 7.2cm (stem length 1.6cm)
Capacity:  30mls
Stem: Hollow tube
Measuring Lines: No?
Cost (RRP): R$ 83,00
Been around since: Unknown (end 2010?)
Unique Design?:  Semi-Unique (This cup design appears to have been created by this brand. However it does have resemblances to other brands)
Other Details: The old “Miss Cup” (which you can see in the pic above had inciclo branding) is now being sold as an “InCiclo” brand cup and the old website/domain (http://www.misscup.com.br) is no longer there, but a subdomain (http://loja.misscup.com.br) of it is still active.  Their website says: “Carbon emissions as a result of the packaging printing process, are compensated by planting native trees of the Atlantic Forest.” which is great!

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February 23, 2011 Posted by | The Cups | , , | 3 Comments

IrisCup

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www.iriscup.com

Country of origin: Spain
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: 2 sizes, “S” and “L”
Dimensions: Size “S” = Inside length 45mm, Outside length (including stem) 65mm, Inside diameter 30mm, Outside diameter 40mm.  Size “L” = Inside length 50mm, Outside length (including stem) 65mm, Inside diameter 36mm, Outside diameter 45mm
Capacity:  Size “S” = 15ml, Size “L” = 20ml
Stem: Hollow tube
Measuring Lines: Unknown
Cost (RRP): 27.00 €
Guarantee: None?
Been around since: Unknown (early 2010?)
Unique Design?: Semi-Unique (This cup design appears to have been created by this brand. However it does have resemblances to other brands)
Other Details: The cups come in both a translucent white and a pink.

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May 23, 2010 Posted by | The Cups | , , | 11 Comments

Alicia (Re-branded to Hygina?)

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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

Yuuki Cup

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http://www.yuuki.cz

Country of origin: Czech Republic
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: 1 (small) and 2 (large)
Dimensions: Size 1 = length (including stem) 67mm, diameter 42mm.  Size 2 = length (including stem) 75mm, diameter 47mm
Capacity: Size 1 = 13ml to airholes, 24mls to rim.  Size 2 = 25mls to airholes, 37 ml to rim.
Stem: Hollow Tube
Measuring Lines: Yes
Cost (RRP): 19EUR [Currency Converter]
Guarantee: 2 years
Been around since: 2007
Unique Design?: Yes (This cup design was created by this brand, but appears to have been partially copied by other brands)
Other Details: They replaced the previously solid stems with hollow tube stems (as of about late 2010).  They also now offer a classic and soft version.
Review: https://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2009/07/24/yuuki-my-thoughts

December 5, 2008 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | 20 Comments

Moon Cup (USA)

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http://www.keeper.com
Country of origin: USA
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: A & B (A = After childbirth, B = Before childbirth)
Dimensions: (assumed same as Keeper) Size B = 4.5cm wide, 5.4cm long and 2.5cm stem, Size A – Keeper – 4.6cm wide, 5.4cm long (7.9cm including stem) ?
Capacity:
Stem: Hollow tube
Measuring Lines: No
Cost (RRP): Approx US$35 [Currency Converter]
Guarantee: 3 months
Been around since: Company since 1987, this product since (July?) 2006
Unique Design?: Yes (This cup design appears to have been created by this brand but appears to have “influenced” other brands)
Other Details: Named the same as (already established) UK Mooncup.  Silicone version of the Keeper

 

June 11, 2008 Posted by | The Cups | , , | Leave a comment

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

LadyCup

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http://www.ladycup.eu
Country of origin: Czech Republic
Lifespan: Claims will last up to 15 years
Composition:Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:S & L (S = Women under 25/not given birth, L = Women over 25/have given birth)
Dimensions: S= “Small” – 4cm wide, 4.6cm long, 1.9cm stem. L=Large – 4.6cm wide, 5.3cm long, 1.3cm stem.
Capacity: S = 13mls to airholes, 22mls to rim. L = 20mls to airholes, 35ml to rim
Stem: Hollow tube
Measuring Lines: No
Cost (RRP):$24.99 Euros[Currency Converter]
Guarantee: Exchange for wrong size, 2 year on materials.
Been around since: January 2008
Unique Design?: Yes (This cup design was created by this brand but appears to have influenced other brands)
Other Details: First cup company to bring in coloured cups.
Review: https://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2008/06/26/lady-cup-my-thoughts

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June 10, 2008 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | 5 Comments

Keeper

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http://www.keeper.com
Country of origin: USA
Lifespan: Claims will last up to 10 years
Composition: Gum Rubber (Latex – so can cause problems for those with allergies)
Sizes: A & B (A = After childbirth, B = Before childbirth)
Dimensions:Size B = 4.5cm wide, 5.4cm long and 2.5cm stem, Size A – Keeper – 4.6cm wide, 5.4cm long (7.9cm including stem) ?
Capacity: (My Test – Size B = (approx) 12mls to under airholes, 20mls to level with rim)
Stem: Hollow tube
Measuring Lines: No
Cost (RRP): Approx US$35 [Currency Converter]
Guarantee: 3 months
Been around since: 1987 (the oldest cup company still trading)
Unique Design?: Semi-Unique (This cup design appears to have been created by this brand. However it does have resemblances to the vintage Tasette cup)
Review: https://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2008/06/25/keeper-my-thoughts
Other Details: Suspected to be not Vegan friendly (due to Casein, derived from milk, being used in the manufacture of Latex).  Concerns about ethical trading due to use of the name “Mooncup” for their silicone product.

 

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

Diva Cup

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http://www.divacup.com
Country of origin: Canada
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: Size 1 (small) Size 2 (large)
Dimensions: Size 1 = 4.1cm wide 5.7cm long (7cm including stem). Size 2 = 4.5cm wide, 5.7cm long.
Capacity: Size 1 = 20ml (to airholes?), “slightly less” to rim. Size 2 = 25ml (to airholes?), 30mls to rim.
Stem: Short hollow tube
Measuring Lines: Yes (on inside) marks 7.5mls and 15mls and 1/4oz and 1/2oz
Cost (RRP): Approx. US$34.99 (Frequently about USD$20 in stores) [Currency Converter]
Guarantee: None (12 month guarantee has now been revoked, and is up to the resellers to grant or not)
Been around since: 2004
Unique Design?: Yes (This cup design has been created by this brand and has not been seen used by other brands)
Review: https://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2008/06/25/diva-cup-my-thoughts
Other Details: Appears to have been “revamped” since I got mine, with the newer version having slightly larger holes and a less protruding (less ridged) rim area {see here}

June 10, 2008 Posted by | The Cups | , , , , | 9 Comments