My professor decided that my study should be limited exclusively to Filipino women so I had an open forum where I introduced the idea of cups. There were a lot of eWWWW reactions, but I was able to explain how it works, and it calmed down most of them. (However, the really religious ones refused to entertain the idea completely because "just the thought of something inside" horrifies them. THAT'S why I am going for cloth pads as well)
However, everyone in my group study agreed on one thing: MAKE AN APPLICATOR. Basically they want me to come up with an applicator so they can avoid touching their own genitalia and since I'm an info design major, I need to come up with a marketing solution (that's their solution). More than the health aspect of the cups, I am focusing more on the marketing.
Anyway, I suggested the use of surgical gloves if they dont want to come in contact with blood and their own genitalia, but most people just want an applicator because they think that the rim of the cup is "way too big and looks scary" and prefer to not see the cup opened up at all. Soooo... I don't know how to develop an applicator that would work better than the current system of just folding a cup. The thing is, you would be folding it ANYWAY when inserting it into the applicator, plus it needs to be strong enough so that the cup doesn't pop open. Any thoughts on this? I'm sorta at a loss here...
Again, please note that I come from a conservative Asian country... I tried to convince my research group that it works just fine without an applicator, but everyone is convinced that if I want to make it more marketable, I need to make one, just so people can avoid touching their vaginas. @_@