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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.
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 24th, 2013 12:24 am (UTC)
Also, there's the FDA. The Food and Drug Administration, a federal governing organization. Menstrual products are "Class II Medical Devices" with "Performance Standards" (whatever that means.) And to sell cups here in the US, the manufacturers (even international ones) have to go through the approval process.

Just because a cup is "made of FDA approved silicone" doesn't mean the cup itself has FDA approval. Cups made internationally can still be imported to the US for personal use but not for retail sale.

I assume that getting FDA approval means reams and reams of legal paperwork and the costs involved with that plus the fees, taxes and other costs to the Federal Government for giving the thumbs up. Big corporations like those behind tampons and pads can afford the costs involved for the bazillions of units of those disposables that they will sell. Cup companies, however, are usually small enterprises without the initial resources or repeat-business profits that would come from disposables. It just doesn't pay for them to do business through US retailers (whether they're made here in the States or elsewhere.)