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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.
djehutys_wisdom on May 24th, 2013 04:37 pm (UTC)
Make that 5!
Don't forget about SckoonCup and FemmyCycle!

SckoonCup is made by Sckoon Organics, who also make cloth pads and other such things. FemmyCycle is made by the same company that makes the FemmeCap cervical cap. Both are made in the USA.

I myself own three Lunettes and a SckoonCup. I am not quite sure why it took so long for US companies to get in on the menstrual cup scene, but it may be related to the difficult history of menstrual cups in general here (like the Tassette, Foldene, and Tassaway). It may also be that since DivaCup has solidly covered the market (it's sold in many organic/health food stores as well as many bigger chain stores), and Keeper/Mooncup has been so lawsuit-happy, it may have been seen as too difficult a market to break into.

Edited at 2013-05-24 04:55 pm (UTC)
melissa569melissa569 on May 25th, 2013 08:57 am (UTC)
Re: Make that 5!
Oh yeah that's right! So makes 6 FDA-approved cup brands that can be sold in the USA:

Keeper/Moon Cup

:) we are coming up in the world