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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.
m03m on May 24th, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
I don't actually think that cups are all that popular here. I've never seen one in a brick-and-mortar store; most people don't know about them. I don't consider them to be mainstream.
It may just seem that way from where you sit, because all these European (and other non-US) brands are popping up; keep in mind, though, that these are all separate countries. Italy has several brands, but France has only one and the Netherlands has none. The US has more brands, in other words, than most of the European countries. Because most have none.

I think that Divacup and Keeper/Mooncup did such a great job at covering the market, each of them pretenting to be the only game in town, that it's harder for new companies to get a foot in the door on your continent. Over here, there is no one brand that's all over the place. So new companies can try their hand at making a cup of their own.

Does any of this help?