I'm fed up. Not with menstrual cups, they're wonderful. I'm fed up with their non-availability in the US.
While I'm glad that our FDA is apparently being careful about new products, I must wonder if Tampax has to get approved every time they re-design their tampons or use a new plastic in their applicators. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to which cups are available to ship to the US. The MeLuna just hit the market last month, and it's available, but the Fleurcup isn't, the
Yukki (Edit: Green Donna) isn't, and don't get me started on the Mooncup UK debacle. I guess I'm just sick and tired of the government saying what I'm allowed to put in my vagina and when. Drugs are rushed through the FDA approval process, and pesticides don't require long-term tests, but medical grade silicone in a cup shape is a hang up? Cotton from goodness knows where is just fine, and unknown plastic in pads that cause rashes is apparently ok, so what's the deal? I'm tempted to march down to my co-op and by the large Diva just because I can!
So, who else is fed-up with the un-availability of menstrual cups? It's not just about them not being available in stores; I'm disgusted that they're not allowed to ship some of them internationally. I'd write to my congress woman, but she's such a dink about major issues that I have no hope on a smaller issue such as this one.
Thanks for listening to my rant!