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09 July 2015 @ 11:52 am
I received an email a few days ago about a new product LadyCup is selling - LadyProtectors. They are just finger cots (think condoms for fingers). You'd have to use at least three per cup emptying episode.

It makes me a bit sad. I get it. Once they gain a customer, that customer likely does not need their services again for 5+ years. I understand why they try to flog cleaning solutions, cleaning vessels, pouches, new colours, glittery cups, etc. But one of the reasons I committed to using menstrual cups is the environmental factor, which is out the window if I start buying finger cots and vag wipes and cup wipes and then a new cup just because I want a different colour (please don't interpret that as me judging anyone who buys a cup because of its colour - it's so tempting! The marketing works!).

I guess I'm pretty passionate about cups, and I want the companies to succeed, but not by having a negative impact on the environment, or making us feel like we should be uncomfortable with our natural processes.

I'm obviously not a marketing person, but I feel like there must be another way. Has anyone noticed companies trying some sort of refer-a-friend scheme? I have never seen any advertising for cups. Should they be advertising, and should they be gearing it towards the eco-friendly types? I bought Thinx underwear, maybe menstrual cup companies should be linking better with companies that offer similar products? Maybe instead of trying to sell us cup-related products that we really don't need, they should be trying to sell us other reusable products? For example, I have quite the collection of reusable coffee cups, and they all get heavy use. Cups cups cups. And there are some beautiful grown-up lunchboxes around.

Sorry for the rant. Happy menstrual cupping, everyone!
fl0werfinder on July 9th, 2015 02:58 am (UTC)
Hi there! I saw those finger cots too! How would you even get those on?

I get what you are saying. The colors of cups make me laugh as people really want to make a fashion statement with a cup!? But the colors are fun but in an unnecessary way.
phoquephoque on July 9th, 2015 04:39 am (UTC)
The colours are fun, for sure. I sometimes am tempted to buy a new cup. I haven't visited this community in a few months, and just scrolling down its page, reading brand names I haven't heard of - I felt like investigating the dimensions and capacity, reading reviews, and working out if they might work for me. But I have enough cups that work just fine! Maybe I should just buy some for my friends, or for colleagues, and try to spread the word that way.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on July 9th, 2015 03:46 am (UTC)
yeah, i've seen that :/ my friend has pointed out that these cots might be needed if one has eczema or another problem with the fingers/hand. but one more thing here is that they can be bought really cheaply at a local pharmacy etc. (similarly, meluna sells cleaning brushes like the ones for the teeth)

i don't think it's just marketing but also an attempt to attract more customers. if you look at any discussion on a mainstream site like buzzfeed, the number one question is "how do you empty this in a public restroom????!!!1" so they think that this way someone might be more willing to consider it.

as for other products, there's *some* need for them. cup wipes are definitely better than the regular wet wipes with a strong smell. and i can imagine how it's reassuring to get a cleaning pot that's guaranteed to be ok for cups (same about lube or cup wash), especially if you'd be getting them anyway, but would have to buy elsewhere, most likely offline.

what bothers me most is that someone who's new to cups might think they'll need all sorts of products with it.
phoquephoque on July 9th, 2015 04:35 am (UTC)
Yes, you are right, there would be some people who need to use something to protect their hands. Gloves are quite widely available though, and I'd choose them over finger cots if I required them. I am a nurse and had to quickly get over the shock of waste - cost-benefit wise, you just have to accept that certain items are not reusable, and are just necessary. But these things are generally unnecessary for cup use.

Maybe I just question the use of wipes in general. Wet paper towel is all I use if I am not in a totally private bathroom. I'd probably look into the wipes designed for cups if I was travelling.

I love this community, it seems to be generally quite practical and impartial. I hope it still comes up in a Google search so that new users find it, learn from our newbie experiences, and work out what extra accessories/products they will and will not need when they buy a cup.
m03m on July 9th, 2015 09:00 am (UTC)
I can only agree with your rant. I wish they would instead promote their cups by giving out some fun promotional stickers with each cup.
Menstrualcup.coloveyourcup on July 16th, 2015 03:01 am (UTC)
They do actually, you get a sticker when you order a cup.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 9th, 2015 01:00 pm (UTC)
If someone has some sort of skin issue, I would think gloves would be the go-to item. These cots reek of, "EEEEWWWW! PERIOD blood! VAGINA germs!" It reminds me of the old Peanuts cartoons when Lucy would run, screaming for disinfectant every time Snoopy licked/kissed her face.

I hate how they stigmatize menstruation. I certainly didn't expect that of a cup company. :o/
failsafe8failsafe8 on July 9th, 2015 08:09 pm (UTC)
I dislike finger cots because they are going backwards I feel. Menstrual blood is no dirtier than alot of other body fluids and people need to chill. Touching the stuff isn't so particularly harmful. So for the ladycup to sell these is like they are going back on their own product.

In regards to the mutiple menstrual cups, I look at it like this. Even if a woman buys four or five menstrual cups that doesn't compare by half to the thousands of pads and tampons that she would have otherwise used. So have fun buy a few. And \o/ colours!
Menstrualcup.coloveyourcup on July 16th, 2015 03:01 am (UTC)
ladycup finger protector
I agree, I have not added it to my shop for several reasons.
1- the environment factor.
2- I think it's a bit ridiculous to put something seperately on 3 fingers, might as well put a glove.
3- Im a bit over the whole attitude of "eww it's so dirty in there", I dont see people putting gloves on when they stick a finger in their mouth or nose. what is the difference? really!