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25 November 2014 @ 05:15 pm
I just tried my first cup, and I am never going back to tampons. It occurred to me that menstrual cups could do wonders in poorer neighborhoods, and places where women have to decide whether or not to buy tampons or pay their bills each month.

Does anyone know of a charity I can donate a few cups to? Am I going to have to start one?
Meganarwen_17 on November 25th, 2014 11:17 pm (UTC)
Any women's shelter in an urban area!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 25th, 2014 11:56 pm (UTC)
Check out http://www.alibaba.com/ for bulk/wholesale prices. You could probably get 100 of them for a lot less than you would imagine. In general, the "large" size of knock-offs and generics are not all that physically large and will probably fit more women (including teens) than "smalls."

(Edited to turn that into a clickable link)

Edited at 2014-11-25 11:57 pm (UTC)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on November 26th, 2014 03:22 am (UTC)
This idea has come up a few times--I know Rubycup donates a cup to a girl in Kenya for every cup purchased--however, I find it a little odd that they, then, designed their cup to be one of the wider and shorter ones when it's fairly well known that young virgins are more likely to have a high cervix and need a narrower cup. But at any rate, many of the girls seem happy with them and there's definitely a need for period supplies there.

It does sound like a good idea to try bringing these to shelters; however, some homeless women may not be able to access showers to empty them into regularly (many of us, myself included, can't really remove our cups without going into a full sumo wrestler squat, which you can't do in a bathroom stall without flashing people) or find a place to rinse them off well. But someone who has her own bathroom, yet has trouble paying bills and things, would probably really appreciate one.

Edited to add: We might survey some of the members here to see which of the "cheapie cups" are more on the moderate-to-stiff side, since the supersoft ones like the Rainbow and (so I hear) iCare are a lot harder for newbies to pop open. Anyone know about those little colored ones with the hearts and moons on the stem?

Also, this site offers free shipping on a 100 piece lot: http://www.dhgate.com/store/product/2013-new-design-100pcs-icare-menstrual-cup/159420828.html

Edited at 2014-11-26 03:03 pm (UTC)
eyaf_lemeyaf_lem on November 26th, 2014 06:23 pm (UTC)
I love my fleurcup - high capacity and inexpensive