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23 May 2013 @ 04:48 pm
I have a question.

I have recently put a lot of research into ordering my first menstrual cup. I picked the Meluna Classic I can't wait for it to get here!

The question I asked myself over and over while looking into all the different products is Why do menstrual cups seam to be nearly exclusively European? I know that the keeper, moon cup, and diva cup are American but three is a very small percent of the numerous brands of cups that are out there. Even these brand seem to be harder to get than I would like. How have cups gained so much popularity in Europe with so very little in the US? I am just confused as to how I have never herd of menstrual cups until my 20’s. Why is it that there are pad/tampon commercials on tv during almost every commercial break but there is not a single menstrual cup company advertising in America? and why can’t go in Walmart or local drugstore and buy a menstrual cup? Do you think this is in our future for them to be more widely available? Why isn't it all ready a reality? What is the difference in our cultures American and European for the difference in popularity? My last question is their any US company/store/website that I can order European cups from.
Sayga: sp-camerasayga on May 23rd, 2013 10:32 pm (UTC)
I believe that the lack of cups/cup use/cup awareness in the US is due to 2 main issues.
1. Getting people hooked on disposable products means a constant income stream to the company. Reusable products are not as big money makers. After all, I've had my 2 cups since 2006 and 2008, and am only just now in the market for a new one (and not because they're broken, just because I figure it's about time).
2. Americans are, it sometimes seems, more hung up on body functions, "hygiene" and the "ick factor" than people in other countries. Hygiene is in quotes because I think the cup is way more hygienic than pads and tampons, but people seriously think I'm nuts when I talk about the cup. They think it's gross, dirty, icky, weird, and that people who use them must be tree-hugging hippies (well, I AM a tree hugging hippy but that isn't even my primary motivation for using the cup).