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So I keep running into (or Facebook keeps suggesting I check out) this kickstarter for a "smart" menstrual cup. My initial reaction was "Awesome!" but after reading up on it, it's not great. What's worse is there is only a little conversation about it (that I found), most of which is from non-cup users with typical first reactions to the idea of a cup. (i.e. "Ew.") So I figured I'd get a conversation started here. First, here's the link to the video (I hope it doesn't just show up, I'm still figuring out how LJ works): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx2r5fhdoJ8. There's a link in the description with more info.
Now for my thoughts:
1. Lol my vagaina would have bluetooth
2. My vagina doesn't need bluetooth! Is that even safe? And a battery up there?  I pretty sure that's a good way to die.
3. One size does not fit all and this cups would be WAY too long for me.
4. $40 for six months of use?!?!  I started using cups for cost efficiency, $80 a year is close to what I spent on disposables.
5. Everyone loves the "green factor" of cups.  Doesn't this ruin that?
6. Okay, I can see how if your gyno needed more info, and very specific info this might be good for a six-month study.  It would also be potentially usefull for scientific studies invovling menstruation, but not for everyday use.

What are your thoughts?

Nancysemisilence on October 8th, 2015 03:22 am (UTC)
I have no idea how reliable that sensor would be. Would it work at different angles? Would it work if it was pressed up onto something? Would it work if you were swimming?
Miss Ashley: [me luna]imagine_peace on October 8th, 2015 05:28 am (UTC)
I had sort of the same reaction. I think it's a good idea in theory, because sometimes it's easy to forget to empty your cup. But maybe then you should pay attention to yourself and your body. It seems a little lazy. And those other things you said, the cost, six months use and size are concerns.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 8th, 2015 01:21 pm (UTC)
"But maybe then you should pay attention to yourself and your body. It seems a little lazy."

AGREED!!! If you need this, you shouldn't wear a cup. :o/

Miss Ashleyimagine_peace on October 8th, 2015 01:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I get the "convenience" but it's pretty expensive for something you can do with your own brain, haha.
m03m on October 8th, 2015 01:53 pm (UTC)
Here's the kicksterter page:

First thing I noticed: they expect the stem to sit 'slightly outside the body'. That means they expect the cup to sit low. Cups don't tend to stay low for most users. And a stem that protrudes from the vagina sounds uncomfortable.

Second thing: all the advantages they are listing that the Looncup has, are advantages of any old cup.

I don't think the battery is unsafe, let alone lethal. It would, however, make the cup harder to fold.

This seems like adding tech because it's possible, not because it's needed. A fine solution in search of a problem.
Nevertheless, I think that innovation with regards to menstrual products is in itself commendable, and if nothing else, this will help spread the word about cups.
chamiletchamilet on October 8th, 2015 07:14 pm (UTC)
All I kept thinking while watching that video is "WHY IS YOUR PHONE ON THE EDGE OF THE POOL?!?!" I mean, it didn't even have a case on it.

I guess it would be neat to know all of that stuff (I'm fat, so I can't measure how full my cup is because I can't see it until I dump it and pull it out.)

I think the stem being outside my body would be a deal breaker. It would really hurt when I sit down.

Can't wait for the first person who doesn't read the instructions and goes through airport security with it in!
tkamockingbird on October 8th, 2015 09:11 pm (UTC)
I have been waiting for someone to post this. I had no idea there is a fee to use it. How ridiculous!
m03m on October 10th, 2015 02:42 pm (UTC)
A fee? Where does it say that? I thought it was just the cup (with the non0rechargable battery, that lasts 6 months) that costs $40.
tkamockingbird on October 10th, 2015 03:47 pm (UTC)
Ooh I see! I didn't read the article so I assumed it was like a membership fee for the app or something. Oops. Haha!
m03m on October 10th, 2015 04:37 pm (UTC)
Ah okay then! No biggie.
Nevetherless, that's a lot of money each year...
spaz47: sunspaz47 on October 15th, 2015 02:40 am (UTC)
As someone with a super dangly cervix I wonder if the cup would tell me that I'm 50% full when it's only 1/4 + cervix...

Edited at 2015-10-15 02:41 am (UTC)
perideaux on October 16th, 2015 02:59 am (UTC)
Hahahaha! All I can think about is that poor period tracker they included. It's easily outmatched by my ultra irregular cycle.

I, for one, would love to have Bluetooth for my vagina. For $80 a year they should include a Tetris minigame too...
Gluppit the prawling strangles, there: Sloth debaucheryelettaria on October 19th, 2015 05:28 pm (UTC)
But I can see the blood volume and colour when I empty the cup, and I know perfectly well when it's time to empty it. Why oearth would I want to get obsessed with the blood colour, anyway? As far as I am aware, it doesn't tell me anything useful. Taking my temperature every morning, so that I know when I ovulate and thus when my period is due, now that's useful.
anjubea on October 23rd, 2015 07:17 pm (UTC)
I agree with you on all points!

Also I agree with others who wonder about the safety of a battery in your body, a cup that would be too long, and the idea of only having the sensor work for 6 months. It must be geared to the "techie" younger generation who love gadgets. Like Mo3M says, "a fine solution in search of a problem. " ; )