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23 March 2009 @ 06:55 pm
Here's a thought, friends. I've been looking for a list, comprehensive or otherwise, of stores one could walk into to purchase a menstrual cup. Since several different searches have led me to no results, why don't *we* put together a list of brick-and-mortar menstrual cup retailers in our respective states and countries? It seems like this could be an excellent resource for the cup-using community in and out of LJ, and also not everyone who may want to use a cup has a credit card or bankcard with which to purchase a cup online.

Here's my meager contribution:

Lori's Natural Foods
www.lorisnatural.com

900 Jefferson Road
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 424-2323

Products carried:
Moon Cup (US)
GladRags cloth pads
 

They carry the Moon Cup (US) - which I know some of us won't consider for ethical reasons, but here's a bonus question - if this were the only way to get someone hooked on the cup, being able to walk to a store and pick one up and hand it to that person - would you purchase one or tell that person to purchase one?
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blah blah blah... girl power... feminismbatwings on March 23rd, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
London Drugs in Canada carries the Diva Cup & Diva Wash
http://www.londondrugs.com/
It's a large chain and I'm assuming they all carry the same inventory. There wasn't a lot of stock when I bought mine though, I got the last one on the shelf.

Community Natural Foods (2 locations in Calgary, Canada) also carries the Diva Cup.
http://www.communitynaturalfoods.com/

10th Avenue Market & Café
1304 - 10th Ave SW Calgary, T3C 0J2
(403) 229-2383

OR

Chinook Station Market
202 - 61st Ave SW Calgary, T2H 0B4
(403) 541-0606


And I know this only applies to the Diva but http://www.divacup.com/en/search/ is where I found a store to buy my cup, it was very helpful.
aedificaaedifica on March 23rd, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
In Minneapolis, MN, USA:

Seward Co-Op carries the Diva Cup, Moon Cup (US), and Glad Rags. I think they also carry sea sponge tampons.
http://www.seward.coop/
located at Franklin & 29th Ave

I'm sure there are other stores around town that also carry cups, but this is the one I know about.

In answer to your bonus question: I think I'm going to do that myself--I want to buy a cup, and I want to get it in a brick-and-mortar store rather than over the internet, and that means either the Moon Cup (US) or the Diva, and I think the Diva is likely to be too long for me. I feel a little bad about supporting the Keeper company after all I've read on here, but I'm impatient and want to have a cup in time for my next period, which will start in a day or two--hence the desire not to order a cup online.
noptimum on March 23rd, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)
Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada carries Insteads but only in packs of 6 for $4.99

I also just used the Divacup.com store locator and local health and natural shops have them too. I haven't seen anything besides DivaCup and Instead Soft Cups though. Then again, I just started to look for them this past week!
wexsa on March 23rd, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
Most Whole Foods Stores in the US carry Diva Cups (and Glad Rags). Last time I looked, the Diva was 43.99 US$ there, so this is perhaps why it is preferable to order them online.

To answer your bonus question, I don't think that being able to walk into a store and look at a cup through the packaging is a convincing way to convert someone to menstrual cups use. I think that the person needs to do some research, and just be overall comfortable with the concept, in order to try one. I would talk about my own experience and suggest checking out this forum, rather than walking into a store to buy a US "Mooncup" if I were trying to get someone to make the switch to cups.
noptimum on March 24th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
though I agree with you on doing the research online first, the funny thing is that it happened the opposite way for me. When I first found out about menstrual cups I was one of those 'ewww' campers who couldn't imagine putting something that big in there. It looked HUGE in all the photos...and it also looks hard on first glance, which is what really keeps you from looking even further into it.

Then, this past week, I was at London Drugs and saw the Diva Cup...I looked closely at the packaging...and thought, 'Ooo it's SILICON...and really soft mushy silicon....oh it must not be that bad then!' Then I came online, found this community, and I've already purchased 2 cups now (LadyCup and Insteads)! Since most people don't recommend the Diva for first timer's, I went with the LadyCup...but it's nice to know that I can still walk into a store and get the Diva Cup if I eventually need it for heavier days. It is $39.99 CAD over here~ (just for reference)
aedificaaedifica on March 24th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
Last time I looked, the Diva was 43.99 US$ there

Wow! I noticed the price tonight at my local co-op--it's only $29.99 (US) there.
craverealitycravereality on March 24th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
Willimantic Food Coop in Willimantic, CT.
(Also has GladRags).

Harvest Coop in Cambridge, MA, and Jamaica Plain, MA.
(Also has GladRags and the Keeper)
craverealitycravereality on March 24th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
And, um, that was a horribly incomplete comment -- they both carry the Diva
emerson the cashew: cresfreshmidorionna on March 24th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
i live in somerville, and have made friends buy diva cups there. the cashier always gives me a weird look and says "do you USE this?" and then i give her way more information than she probably wanted :)
craverealitycravereality on March 24th, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)
Wow, I live in Somerville too...small world.

I bought one for someone at the co-op in Willimantic and the cashier started telling me how great it was. I haven't at Harvest. You would think, though, that she would be more open. I mean, also even if she is grossed out, you're not supposed to say that. I was certainly judgmental about some books people got when I worked at Borders, but only in my head!
pepp3rminty on March 26th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
Hey, small world! I live in Cambridge and went into the Harvest store just to see what it was like before I ordered my Divacup online, since in all these pictures it looks like hard/stiff plastic. Although from the packaging I thought it was pink LOL!
Alwynsabishii_kirito on March 24th, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)
Three Rivers Food Co-op
http://www.3riversfood.coop/

1612 Sherman St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46808
(260) 424-8812

Products carried:
DivaCup
GladRags


There are possibly more, but I only glanced at their menstrual cup section since I was with my mom (she's convinced my cup will kill me =/), but that's all I noticed.
Katewishuponakate on March 24th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA

Harvest Co-Op Markets

581 Mass. Ave.,
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-661-1580

57 South Street,
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
617-524-1667

They carry the DivaCup.

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ETA: Oops, I somehow missed the fact that someone else mentioned Harvest a couple comments before me. :-)

Edited at 2009-03-24 12:49 am (UTC)
emerson the cashewmidorionna on March 24th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
also selling the diva cup is cambridge naturals in porter sq, somerville, ma
LIKE A CUPCAKE WITH BOOBS AND GOLD ON ITgood_associate on March 24th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
Fresh Vitamins
Westwood Village
2600 SW Barton St
Seattle, WA 98126
(800) 245-1504

They carry the Diva Cup.
rainbowkiwirainbowkiwi on March 24th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
<333 Lori's!! I swear I saw a diva cup there before...
Faythe S.: There will be bloodbrand0new0day on March 24th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
TNK Natural Food Store in Waterloo, IA has Diva Cups and probably sea sponges and the like. That's where I bought my Diva. $32.50.
Naoko Kensakumistressnaoko on March 24th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
For Malaysians:

Watson's Pharmacies
Instead Softcups
5 for RM19.90

Tiny Tapir
The Bungalow@Damai,
9 Lorong Damai 9,
Kuala Lumpur 54000
Malaysia

LadyCup and Mooncup (UK) at RM130 (regardless of size)
Note: Please call Tiny Tapir before you go, so the owners themselves can walk you through your first visit: +6014 - 327 7971
Naoko Kensakumistressnaoko on March 24th, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
Also, for the bonus question: No, I'd let them know what I know about the cup and its practices, and they'll have to buy it themselves.
nickelshoenickelshoe on March 24th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
According to DivaCup's store finder, the closest store to me is 79 miles away, in another state.

But after I bought my Keeper Mooncup online, I heard that a local store sells cups, which by process of elimination must be Keepers. I can't vouch for whether they still stock them.

Mama Jean's Natural Market
1727 S Campbell Ave
Springfield, MO 65807
(417) 831-5229‎

It's okay with me if other people choose to use pads or tampons. If someone asked me for help buying a cup, I'd be glad to, but otherwise I'm content with just making sure people have heard of cups.
nickelshoenickelshoe on March 24th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
I meant to type USA in there somewhere.
craverealitycravereality on March 24th, 2009 11:51 am (UTC)
I have seen the Diva in a store that isn't listed on Diva's website. I Mean, not like you're going to (or need to) call them all, just saying...it's possible that there are closer Diva-carriers.
Kai: pic#77976566kuradi8 on March 24th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
"if this were the only way to get someone hooked on the cup, being able to walk to a store and pick one up and hand it to that person - would you purchase one or tell that person to purchase one?"

and

"Most Whole Foods Stores in the US carry Diva Cups (and Glad Rags). Last time I looked, the Diva was 43.99 US$ there, so this is perhaps why it is preferable to order them online."

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If my so-called friend convinced me to spend $43.99 for a Diva that I could buy online for $16, I'd be PISSED!!!

Then I'd be doubly pissed when I got it home and it didn't fit.

In this day and age, we all have internet access and a simple search for Menstrual Cups will bring us to large number of resources, including this one.

Shame on anyone who pays too much for the wrong sized cup.

wexsa on March 24th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
"If my so-called friend convinced me to spend $43.99 for a Diva that I could buy online for $16, I'd be PISSED!!!"

Oh, yeah, me too! That's quite a big profit margin Whole Foods is using to mark up the retail on Diva Cups. How much do you think they cost wholesale from Diva Company? Probably 10 bucks (if that).

Screw that.
for emily, wherever, whenever i shall find hertornattheelbo on March 24th, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)
i know noahs' natural foods carry the diva, as well as the nutrition house and smiths' pharmacy.

all right here in toronto, ontario, canada.

insteads are sometimes carried by shoppers as mentioned, but it's best to call around first.
nightchild01nightchild01 on March 24th, 2009 08:46 am (UTC)
The Fort Collins Co-Op in Fort Collins, Colorado, United States, used to (and still does as far as I know; I live 15 minutes from Denver now so I don't go there) sell the DivaCup. I'm not sure of the price or what other alternative menstrual products they carry. I only went in once when I was first researching cups so I could look at one in person.
nightchild01nightchild01 on March 24th, 2009 08:47 am (UTC)
http://fcfood.coop/ That's their website, which appears to be under construction. It has an address, phone number, and hours at the bottom of the page in light grey font.
scribens: lady with fishscribens on March 24th, 2009 10:32 am (UTC)
In GERMANY:

Go to any Apotheke (chemist's) and let them order for you. This is easier if you know the PZN (=Pharmazentralnummer / otherwise the chemist might have problems finding the cup on the computer). Unfortunately it might take up to three weeks before you get your cup.

To find the PZN of the Lunette, go here: http://www.lunette.fi/de/index.php?id=58

PZN of the LadyCup (not all colours): http://menstruationstasse.ladycup.eu/menstruationstasse/tabid/73/Default.aspx

PZN of the Mooncup UK: http://mooncup.co.uk/menstrual_cup_deutsche.html

It seems like the other cups are not sold via German chemist's, but please correct me if I'm wrong.

If you are in AUSTRIA you should be able to get at least the LadyCup and the Lunette in this way too. The PZN are different and can also be found on the above mentioned websites. You could also try ordering a Mooncup without the PZN.
hiriel1804hiriel1804 on March 24th, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
Krusedull at
Kenguruloftet & Krusedull
Nedre Bakklandet 22
7014 Trondheim
NORWAY
carry the MCUK, and

Kenguruloftet at
Tøybleiebutikken Kenguruloftet
Sørgata 1
7650 Verdal
NORWAY
carry the Lunette. Both also sell cloth pads, cloth diapers and babywearing equipment.
hiriel1804hiriel1804 on March 26th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
Also note, yes, we do have Boots pharmacies in Norway, and no, they don't sell MCUK here :(
I emailed them and asked.
froggie3dsfroggie3ds on March 24th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
I've only seen Diva cups in brick and mortar stores.

South Florida:

Most Whole Foods Markets in the south Florida area are starting to carry Diva cups. I forgot what the current price is. There are 7 WF Markets in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties that I know of currently.

In addition, the major grocery store chain down here, Publix, has a specialty store designed to compete with WF. It's called Publix Greenwise Market. Greenwise carries the Diva cup and it's currently priced at $23.99. (That's a very good price considering Boca Raton is a wealthy neighborhood. The rent on the store must be astronomical and it's located right next to an upscale mall.) Here's the address for the Boca Raton location:

1230 Saint Andrews Blvd
Boca Raton, FL 33433

I most likely would not buy a cup for a friend. But I have told people about cups.
froggie3dsfroggie3ds on March 26th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
Update: I was in the Whole Foods in Boca Raton yesterday and I was SHOCKED that the price for the Diva was $39.99. You can drive a mile down the street to Publix Greenwise and pay $23.99 and the two stores get essentially the same clientelle!
LClarac0924 on March 24th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
In the UK you can get the Mooncup (UK) from Boots. I'm not sure whether it'll just be larger stores or all stores though. Mine cost £20 5/6 months ago, although the price might have changed by now.

I would never have bought a cup if I hadn't seen the mooncup there, it's not something I'd ever considered buying before but now I'd never go back to pads or tampons unless I had to. It's improved the way I feel during periods so much.
* Louise *lougolas on March 25th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
It seems to be just larger stores - I've only seen it in the one at the Glasgow Fort, but at the same time I've only briefly glanced out of curiosity in other stores! Maybe smaller ones could still order it? I got mine from mooncup.co.uk because it was £19.99 including postage, but £21.99 in Boots - I think that might have been in January.
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