I'm a student of product design and I'm working on a new project -- designing an alternative menstrual product.
After hearing about menstrual cups from a green site (no impact man -its about a nyc man trying to make no impact to the environment) and finding this forum, I myself have tried a cup (one cycle so far) and think its the best alternative to pads. So clean!! (but not yet used to taking it out).
I told classmates about it, but they don't think it would be easy enough to use. Generally, I think menstrual cups are intimidating for most women, especially when they aren't too familiar with their vaginas. heck , even if they are familiar with them!
So I feel like either the cup should be improved, or there should be another alternative that is not as intimidating (easier to insert, easier to remove). Please let me know, if you gals have any ideas/thoughts about improving the design of the cup. All ideas and thoughts welcome! Personally, I wish the tab was thinner, so that didn't have to cut it off. (I have a hell of a time grabbing the cup, because it goes up really high)
So far this project has been a positive experience. It feels so freeing to tell guys (my class is 70% guys, many are manly car design majors) about menstruation! Its fun to hear their suggestions.
I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts! Thanks!