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14 January 2014 @ 12:26 pm
I'm looking for an already compiled list of FDA-approved Menstrual Cups. I found a list from 2010 that included the Keeper, Keeper Mooncup, and the Lunette. I know there have been more since then.. Looks like AngelCup, SckoonCup, MooncupUK, and Lilycup are FDA approved? I'm more than willing to create this list if there isn't one already.

Also anyone know more about this? I've definitely seen the FDA approved symbol on many products:
"Do the MCUK and the Mooncup have FDA Approval for sale in the USA?
Yes we do have FDA Clearance to market our menstrual cups in the USA however according to FDA rules we may not use this fact to promote our products. The FDA Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21, Volume 8 (21CFR807.96) states: Any representation that creates an impression of official approval of a device because of complying with the premarket notification regulations is misleading and constitutes misbranding. This is why we do not say that we have ’FDA Approval’ anywhere on our website."
 
juliiie87juliiie87 on January 14th, 2014 08:50 pm (UTC)
I don't have the current details, but I know for a fact Keeper and their Moon Cup have been giving some serious legal grief to Mooncup, which is just irritating imo since Mooncup were first... Some people say you can't sell Mooncups in the US for that reason currently, I know when I first got in the game a couple years ago, it was sold under the MCUK name in the US... I think Gladrags stored it at some point ?? But apparently not anymore, so what I heard may be true.

Also, I just saw you tagged your post with "buying decisions", are you traing to choose a cup ? if that's the case I would advise against using FDA approval as a criterion (word?), it'll drastically limit your options, but that's just my opinion.

Edited at 2014-01-14 08:53 pm (UTC)
womyntree on January 14th, 2014 09:03 pm (UTC)
Why would you advise against using FDA approval as criteria? I'm not personally interested in purchasing a cup for myself, persay, I frickin' LOVE my MCUK! I would never use any other.

Right now I'm gathering information to host a menstrual cup gathering with many of the different types of menstrual cups for women to touch, fold, and get acquainted with to better make an educated decision from the get go. Currently I have the Femmecup, Lunette, Diva, Fleurcup, and Lady Cup for women to play around with. I also just purchased 3 of the cheapest cups available on eBay (iCare, a generic silicone cup, and the Alicia), since I know many women will be curious about them for their price.
juliiie87juliiie87 on January 14th, 2014 09:22 pm (UTC)
Ah, I see. Just because it'll limit anyone's options, and because there are other brands out there that are perfectly safe and easy enough to order online, despite those brands not having applied for and recieved FDA approval. I know some people think other cups are unsafe, but I don't think that's true. I would however advise against e-bay brands, because they seem less regulated than mainstream brands, again just personal preference. This blog a friend of mine wrote goes into more details if you're interested in the logic behind my opinion : http://clothchaos.livejournal.com/1771.html
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 14th, 2014 10:09 pm (UTC)
Just because a cup claims to be made of "FDA approved materials" doesn't mean the cup itself has been approved for sale by US retailers. According to the FDA, menstrual cups are "Class II Medical Devices" with "performance standards" (whatever they may be, I've never found a definition.) And basically, FDA approval means they have permission from the US government to be sold on a retail level here in the US.

Non-FDA cups can be imported for personal use but they may not be sold on a retail level in the US, whether is a brick-and-mortar store or an online distributorship.

Don't get hung up on FDA approval. Other countries have similar restrictions so the US is definitely not unique.
femininewearfemininewear on January 15th, 2014 06:53 am (UTC)
Mooncup do not have FDA approval but in order to sell their product from the UK to the US they changed the name and packaging, so as not to confuse it with the Keeper Moon Cup. It is not approved for sale within the US