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13 March 2016 @ 09:46 pm
Hi,
My name is Celina and I’m a big fan of this forum and the supportive online community you’ve fostered. I work for PATH a global health nonprofit based in Seattle, Washington that is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of women and children around the world.

Research suggests that without access to affordable, reliable menstrual care products, girls and women in developing countries may resort to using unhygienic alternatives like feathers, soil, strips of mattress, or old rags to absorb menstrual blood. We feel strongly that increasing menstrual hygiene options for girls and women has implications for their health, education and gender equity. PATH is interested in improving upon existing models of menstrual cups, to design an affordable product that would be appropriate for girls and women in developing countries. We've created 3 short surveys to better understand users preferences and experiences with different menstrual cups and would greatly appreciate your feedback.

- If you currently, or have ever used a reusable menstrual cup, you can take our 10 minute survey HERE.
- If you currently, or have ever use a disposable menstrual cup (Instead Softcup), we'd love your feedback HERE.
- If you currently, or have ever used a diaphragm off label as a menstrual cup, we'd love to hear from you HERE.

The more feedback we receive, the better we will understand women's needs and preferences. Thank you for your support, and please let me know if you have any questions!

Celina
 
 
Selmamarsianka_selma on April 1st, 2016 11:55 am (UTC)
Great stuff! I answered the questions. Please note that the question where you have to rank 14 items is pretty complicated because you can't give the same importance to several qualites. I had a strong urge to just give up and click at random (I conquered it))).
path_mhmpath_mhm on April 3rd, 2016 05:21 am (UTC)
Thanks for sticking with it! That's valuable feedback! I'll see what I can do about reworking that question. And thank you, thank you, for taking the survey! Please do share with anyone else you know who may use a cup and be interested in contributing their experiences/preferences.
Sayga: cat-artemis runningsayga on April 1st, 2016 09:16 pm (UTC)
I answered too. Does your organization in any way support sending used-but-sterilized cups to developing countries? I have 2 cups I used a couple times and won't use again, and 2 more I used a bunch but also won't use again (simply due to finding the one that is my true love!), and would love to donate if that's not considered unhygenic. Thanks for doing what you do!
path_mhmpath_mhm on April 6th, 2016 04:11 am (UTC)
Hey there! Thanks for your note. We don't currently have a means to share used-but-sterilized cups in developing country settings, but we are in talks with menstrual cup manufacturers about future partnerships. If you'd like to be in touch about the projects that come out of this survey feedback, you can reach me at any time at menstrual-health@path.org. Thank you! :)
eyaf_lemeyaf_lem on April 2nd, 2016 03:49 pm (UTC)
I tried to complete your survey but it was too difficult to do the question you have to rank from 1-14 because on a smartphone you need to scroll up and down to see wall the text and every time you move the screen it changes your answer. Sorry.
path_mhmpath_mhm on April 3rd, 2016 05:30 am (UTC)
No worries! I appreciate you trying and bringing this to my attention! Have a lovely day.
newconvert on April 3rd, 2016 11:31 am (UTC)
Awesome mission! I completed the survey, but echo the previous comments on ranking the 14 items -- on a smartphone drop-downs would have been easier and I would have liked to do some ties.

Has your organization looked into partnering with Ruby Cup? Their sales support donations of cups in Kenya.
path_mhmpath_mhm on April 6th, 2016 04:13 am (UTC)
Thank you for your time! We're currently engaging menstrual cup manufacturers on this very topic. And yes, Ruby Cup is on our list :)