Chaos (xchaosbutterfly) wrote in menstrual_cups,

Pathologizing womanhood?

So it surprised me to learn in a comment to this post that a medical device license is required to sell menstrual cups in Canada. After doing a bit of research, I found that the same is true in Australia. I need to do more research, but is there anywhere else that classifies a cup as a medical device? I can't seem to find if the USA does or not.

Also, there have been a few hints that buying or selling cups internationally in these places is also illegal, but some other places have indicated that this is not true. Can a Canadian girl get arrested for ordering a Keeper on-line, or can the Keeper company get in trouble for sending her one?

Why can't the government stay out of my vagina? What with the medical device licensing requirement and bickering over who owns the copyright to the Mooncup name, these regulatory agencies are just making it harder for a girl to get the cup she wants.

And since when are menstrual cups medical devices?!!?!?!!?!?? Are tampons? Pads? Wonder bras? Vibrators? Is this something akin to when the APA decided that PMS had to be added to the DSMIV as a psychiatric illness?

Gosh, who knew that having a functional set of ovaries was such a horrible medical affliction? Perhaps there's something to the Orthodox Jewish tradition of the daily prayer beginning with, "Thank God, I was not born a woman."

EDIT: With help from the first commentor, I found that they are medical devices in the US too. Here's the US definition of a medical device:

"an instrument, apparatus, implement, machine, contrivance, implant, in vitro reagent, or other similar or related article, including a component part, or accessory which is:

1. recognized in the official National Formulary, or the United States Pharmacopoeia, or any supplement to them,
2. intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, in man or other animals, or
3. intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of man or other animals, and which does not achieve any of its primary intended purposes through chemical action within or on the body of man or other animals and which is not dependent upon being metabolized for the achievement of any of its primary intended purposes.

Wikipedia isn't clear if an AND or an OR is between each of those three points, but I figure it's a OR based on the wording./EDIT
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