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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!
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!