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11 April 2006 @ 11:28 pm
First of all, sorry, sorry, sorry!  I know I promised to have this ready much earlier, but as it often does, life got in the way.  Plus my internet connection has been rather spotty, due to construction in my area.  Taking comparison pictures has also been a lot harder than I thought!  Either that or I am a perfectionist.  I keep thinking I need a studio... I am always searching out just the right lighting, etc.  So therefore, this is a first installment.  I have some more pictures I want to take, and some more pictures I want to redo because I didn't end up liking them.  Check these out and tell me what you think can be improved.  I want to get some good pictures.

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From left to right we have the Keeper (Size A, Size B), the Divacup (Size 2, Size 1), the Mooncup (Size A, Size B), and the Lunette (comes in only one size).  And on the end, for comparison purposes, we have two OB tampons.

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Similar picture, same line-up, different lighting and background.

I was expecting to see a lot of differences but was struck by how similar they really are.  The size differences are so minute, the differences between them so subtle!  Obviously the biggest difference is material.  Even among the silicone cups, this isn't standard.  The Lunette and the Divacup are VERY similar, in shape and material.  They are made of partially opaque, kind of "frosted" looking silicone.  The Lunette has the smoothest shape of all the cups; the inside of it is completely smooth, no writings, markings, ridges, none of it.  The "Lunette" logo is on the outside.  The Mooncup is made of a clearer silicone, which is noticibly different in texture to the other two cups; it felt like the silicone around the edge of a snorkeling mask, if you're familiar with that!  And in my opinion, it is the most flexible of the three silicone cups; I hesitate to say "softer" because they are ALL pretty soft.  The differences in texture are minimal.  I will say that the Divacup and Lunette seem stiffer, and the Mooncup and Keeper slightly more flexible.  But the Divacup and Lunette seem thinner, as if the material is thinner.  Not sure if there is any validity to that, it's just how they feel.

As far as diameter goes, I haven't yet measured them exactly (bad me!) but the differences between sizes are very very slight (we must be talking a difference of milimeters here).  The Lunette is comparible to the larger sizes of the other cups.

Now then, before the next set of pictures, I must note that all the cups arrived by mail in envelopes, and the Keeper's shape came slightly distorted, and I could not coax them to be round again.  My Keeper is two years old and still perfectly round (you can see it in the fold section).  I am wondering if maybe it was exposed to heat sometime in transit (from Texas to Florida, it is possible!).  So keep that in mind in the viewing. Also, the very large holes in the cup are for the SAMPLE CUPS ONLY. All of these are samples, except for the Mooncups which were sent brand new! Which was very nice, and they will be sent back when this project is over. :)

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These pictures show diameter compared to a quarter.  They also show how very slight the size differences are!

So what was helpful, what wasn't?  What else would you like to see?  As I said, I have more pictures to take, so now that you've seen the first run, if you have any more suggestions, just let me know!
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Julilla1julilla1 on April 12th, 2006 03:32 am (UTC)
Awesome job, and very helpful! Thanks for those.
iblamexianity on April 12th, 2006 03:38 am (UTC)
Thanks! This should be really helpful in the future for interested persons -- please put it in the memories section! These pictures are great -- funny to say that pictures of menstrual cups are aesthetically pleasing, but the grass behind them is so beautiful.
Shelpenshelpen on April 12th, 2006 03:44 am (UTC)
lol, I know, I was thinking 'looks like my Diva got to go on vacation without me' :P
Leilia: workailiel on April 12th, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
Thanks! Those are actually palm trees, and in the second picture an orchid and another plant I don't know the name of. All around my pool. :)
daoca on September 4th, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
plant i.d.
Thanks so much for these photos; they are infinitely helpful. Just FYI, the plant next to the orchid looks like a croton (Codiaeum variegatum). Also, the orchid is an Oncidium.
spuddleofglass on April 12th, 2006 03:44 am (UTC)
=) A lovely job. I'm surprised to hear that the Diva is among the stiffer cups; I can't imagine how soft the others must be. It really is nice to see them all lined up. Thanks!
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Autumn Sylverautumn_sylver on April 12th, 2006 04:02 am (UTC)
I have a suggestion - maybe instead of just showing the two sizes of each cup together, you could put all of the smallest ones of each cup together for a comparison, and also do the same with the larger sizes of each cup.
the girl with the long last name: yukino miyazawa studyarandomparadox on April 12th, 2006 04:33 am (UTC)
I dunno, I like seeing them together. Actually I really like what you did in general. Fantastic job! The only thing I can think of is to maybe use a ruler next to the cups instead of a quarter just because by comparison, it's really hard to judge how different they each are from the coin. Does that make sense? Might be worth a try...
spuddleofglass on April 12th, 2006 04:40 am (UTC)
Ooh - - I think this might be a good idea. I do love to see the glorious line up of all of the cups, but taking those other two photos seems like a really good resource.
Leilia: workailiel on April 12th, 2006 05:18 am (UTC)
Yes, I really do want to do that as well. First I wanted to work out the lighting, background etc. kinks first, which is why I posted these here. So that's going on the list. Do you think I should try to make them in scale to each other? Or not bother? Or put in a comparison something or other in both pictures?
Autumn Sylverautumn_sylver on April 12th, 2006 05:34 am (UTC)
I think just the cups in the picture would suffice. I've read that the large size mooncup is larger than the large divacup, so it would be nice to be able to see and compare just how much of a difference there is.
live_mommalive_momma on April 12th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC)
Two comments:
1) You may want to remind folks that the large holes are there because these are samples only. Wouldn't want some newbie to think that they all come that way. ;-)
2) If you think heat caused the ovoid-ness in the Keeper, maybe try running it through the dishwasher?
Leilia: workailiel on April 12th, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)
I will edit the post about that! I tried my best in the pictures to hide the holes, but those darn Keepers kept wanting to roll! I'll try the dishwasher trick, but I have nothing to hold them in their original shape... I think they were smushed in the packaging (as were all the cups) and heat exposure in transit caused them to retain that shape.
a DJ who lived in seclusion: Ziyal (happy)knittinggoddess on April 12th, 2006 04:42 am (UTC)
those are such great pictures! Are they all samples, except for your Keeper?
One suggestion: for part 2, could you use a darker tablecloth? It's hard to see the bottom edge of the silicone cups.
Leilia: workailiel on April 12th, 2006 05:23 am (UTC)
They are actually ALL samples... my own keeper has no stem. Also I got my period while taking these photos, which was totally ironic and put me in a bit of a snit, like "see what happens when you spend two hours staring at menstrual cups?! Your uterus gets ideas!" So anyway, my Keeper was in use for part of this. :P

I'll try to find something darker to put them on next time. The whole background/lighting/propping thing was a bit of a puzzle for me, not sure I worked it out! That's a pillowcase on top of a tray table in a shady spot in my backyard. I'm going to see what else I can work out. I tried using a white sheet, but could not get the lighting right-- it was either too dark or the silicone cups disappeared.
namosinamosi on April 12th, 2006 05:00 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! You did an excellent job! I know the Divacup has pin holes toward the top. Do any of the other cups have pin holes?
Leilia: workailiel on April 12th, 2006 05:24 am (UTC)
Yes, they all do! The Lunette has holes around the rim like the Diva, which you can see if you look closely, and both the Keeper and Mooncup have holes just beneath the brim.
Goat Friendsfrolicnaked on April 12th, 2006 05:58 am (UTC)
Your sample Mooncup is softer than your sample Diva? Interesting, because my Mooncup is much stiffer than is my Diva.
meems08 on April 12th, 2006 06:01 am (UTC)
Very impressive! Interesting how some of them come with such long stems. I assume most users trim the stems? Dumb question, do they all hold the same volume?
dramaprincess on April 12th, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
This would be a great experiment... perhaps similar to how pad commericals show blue colored water, you could fill each cup to the brim and empty them into similar glasses for a comparison?

I guess, all except the keeper with the holes, that is :)
Gluppit the prawling strangles, thereelettaria on April 13th, 2006 11:01 am (UTC)
Shot glasses would be ideal.
Psyche The Sane: Freedom!psychethesane on April 12th, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)
What a lovely job. Your artistic eye and commitment to documenting the differences between the cups will surely be helpful to the many members of this community who have wondered just exactly what the difference is between the cups.
Thank you for taking on this project!
Ann: daffdogologist on April 12th, 2006 08:56 am (UTC)
Fantastic! Thanks for taking the time to do this.
irishmexican on April 12th, 2006 10:22 am (UTC)
it would be cool if you could compare the small sized diva to the small sized mooncup, and so on. but it would probably be too much work. just a suggestion.
Sarahnightwish_fan on April 12th, 2006 12:40 pm (UTC)
Great job! I found it interesting comparing all the different brands. I'm surprised at the difference between the small and large size, I thought it would be much more.
mollyemo: Canada hates me.mollyemo on April 12th, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC)
I love how you put in the tampons for size comparison! That would be very helpful for those who've never seen a cup.
The Entire Nation of Amberica - Population: Me!amberica on April 12th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
These are excellent for comparison and info. Thank you so much!

Maybe we should post them to our Flickr Group for backup, too.
plonsplons on April 12th, 2006 09:16 pm (UTC)
Nice job. I am interested in the lunacup. Can you measure how many ml it can contain netto and bruto. On the picture it looks much bigger as the other cups, is that in real live also?
I would like some detailed pictures of the different tails. Are they hollow, masssive or flat?
Gluppit the prawling strangles, thereelettaria on April 12th, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC)
Incredibly useful, and promptly added to Memories. Thoughts on the series:

* I like the first picture the best, partly because I love palms, and partly because it's a more uniform background.

* Could you vary the line-ups, so that we can see the Mooncup next to the Keeper and the Divacup next to the Lunette, i.e. pairing the similarly-shaped cups?

* Can you fiddle about with your graphics package and put the name of each cup above it in the picture?

* I think you suggested doing line-ups of just the larger ones and then just the smaller ones. How about doing a fairly large picture, and then putting in horizontal lines to show the differences in length, and write the diameter underneath the cups?
The Ambidextrous Chicken-Monkey's Spaghetti Feedmaria_sputnik on April 16th, 2006 11:44 pm (UTC)
The Keeper and the Mooncup are both quite short in comparison with the Divacup...
Manna: Red Moonmanna on April 17th, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)
The pictures are really great -- thank you for going to all the trouble of taking the pictures.

(Just one thing, from a non-US point of view. I don't actually have any idea how large a quarter is!)
somniesperus on April 17th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC)
I just posted a link to this in my own LJ. I think people are finding it really helpful--thanks for doing it!
Gang of Centaurs: niceguyposerockstarbob on April 25th, 2006 01:56 am (UTC)
Permission to use image?
You have no idea how often we refer VPers to this post! Which is what I'm doing here, actually--the VP Team was wondering how you would feel about us using the top photo in this post for our entry about alternative menstrual products in the Vulvapedia we're creating (it's a wiki, just like Wikipedia, but only about vulva stuff). We would give credit, of course, using your real name or your LJ name or however you prefer. Let us know!

Thanks so much from all of us at vaginapagina. :)
Yours, Trulylacrimaeveneris on May 15th, 2006 03:23 am (UTC)
I just found this via menstrual_cups, and I'd like to say that the comparison to a quarter was extremely helpful for me, as I've never seen a cup. It helps give an idea of the actual size.
Aithine: A is for Aithineaithine on June 7th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting these--having a reference point really helped give me a sense of their proportions. :)
Obsidianpurple_obsidian on July 6th, 2006 09:18 am (UTC)
Wow, excellent photos!

Its great to see all the cups together! I've seen all but the Lunette done together, yours is the one only I've seen with them all (and with the palms they look so exotic!)

Unfortunately being an Aussie I have no idea how big the coin is either, but I have a Lunette so I can judge it by that :)

I wasn't sure how I could message you privately, but I was wondering if I could have permission to use the first image (resized a touch smaller and removing the tampons if I may) on my website? to replace one I have that shows all but the Lunette (www.clothpads.org - go to the cups page) I would credit you in any way you wish and link the picture back to this thread.
Gluppit the prawling strangles, thereelettaria on August 16th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
Edited version with the sizes on:

rag_grrl_nz on October 18th, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
These are so great! Would I be able to use these images on an NZ based blog that advocates alternative menstrual products?
mamurphyma on July 29th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
Believe it or not, I ended up here after spending waaay too long looking at cool tampon cases. But now you've made me rethink the whole thing. I'd forgotten about these since my BF's ill-fated attempt at the Instead. I'm going to give one of these a try.

I know this is years old for you, but I LOVED the photos, especially the OBs and quarters for comparison. VERY helpful. Without them, the products look huge and scary :)

Thanks for taking the time to put this together!!