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18 April 2015 @ 12:07 am
I know we have seen a cup similar to this, but I have never actually seen a demonstration on YouTube. I think its interesting because they show the demonstration with water, but menstrual blood has a way different composition. I can't imagine using this cup. Anyone know someone who has actually tried this cup? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbKp8JZb-d4

Edit: Oh! I was looking up patents for menstrual cups and there is a patent for an inflatable menstrual cup. Now THAT was interesting to read!
Miss Ashley: [cuplee]imagine_peace on April 18th, 2015 07:17 am (UTC)
I am new to cups, but I don't see the need for this kind of cup at all. I can see it being messy, even if they think it won't be. And you're still "supposed" to take it out after 12 hours, which can be how long you can leave certain cups in anyway. Not to mention it looks uncomfortable.
tkamockingbird on April 18th, 2015 10:03 am (UTC)
Yeah, I wonder how messy it would be. I can't imagine wearing a cup like this without a cloth pad. There is no way I could use this without getting blood on my underwear.
Miss Ashleyimagine_peace on April 18th, 2015 10:27 am (UTC)
Yeah. And not being able to see the cup when you're trying to empty it seems problematic.
elisamba on April 18th, 2015 08:43 am (UTC)
The science seems all wrong since this video shows emptying a cup with air above it. Closer to real conditions would be, cover the top of the cup with a hand and see how well it empties. Not convinced...
tkamockingbird on April 18th, 2015 10:01 am (UTC)
Interesting observation! I would be interested to see how that would effect he way the cup functions.
Kelly Holden: RainbowOzkelly_holden on April 18th, 2015 12:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah. My flow tends to be quite clotty. The valve'd clog up. Not to mention that the stem looks longer than my whole vagina.
Also, that video was kinda terrible. He lets the water out, then proceeds to spend the next few minutes playing with the valve. Like, yeah, I get the idea mate, that's enough.
m03m on April 18th, 2015 01:18 pm (UTC)
You lasted longer than I did ;-)
4162597 on April 19th, 2015 12:08 am (UTC)
Review of a similar cup: http://theoccasionaltraveller.com/2014/03/21/victorias-love-review/

"The discharging system in the VL cup however, is quite the wonder. During the day with the Lunette, it usually takes me some time to remove the cup, wash it a bit and insert it back in because I’m a little fussy about keeping it clean; but with the VL cup all I need to do is sit on the toilet, activate the valve to discharge, put the ball back in block position, wipe and I’m good to go – it’s kinda like a tap that you can control for your vagina (bet you can’t unsee that imagery now hahaha)! If you do get more solid bits of clot in your discharge though, you’ll need to squeeze it out through the holes so it doesn’t block up the tube. It takes a bit of practice to do this neatly and not get discharge all over your hands – my tip is to use a piece of toilet roll to cover the holes before you move the ball lock out of place, that way the spread is controlled by the toilet roll and things don’t start spurting all over your fingers."

Interesting idea for people who have to empty their cup very frequently in public toilets. But I don't think it'll appeal to the vast majority. You can't cut the stem off and it'll need to be removed and washed fairly often anyway.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on April 19th, 2015 04:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, my first thought when seeing this one was you'd have to have a hugely high cervix (higher than mine even) and a totally liquid flow. Mine's not the clottiest but would still gum up the valve. The Bassrose does look shorter than the VL though, and the straight-down valve discharge looks like it would be cleaner, so it could be an improvement on the VL design.

I think the best client base for this type of cup would be someone who has horribly heavy flow (like, needs to see a doctor heavy) and would otherwise have to empty a cup every hour, and with pretty much liquid flow.
chamiletchamilet on April 29th, 2015 10:08 pm (UTC)
Incidentally, I emailed them asking for details and pricing and shipping and whatnot and haven't heard back:/
tkamockingbird on April 30th, 2015 03:26 am (UTC)
I will never understand why companies would ignore emails from people that are showing interest in their product. YOU have to work hard to be a customer, it makes no sense. Hahah.