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Menstrual Cups ... All You Need To Know

Menstrual Cups... All You Need To Know.

History...

A menstrual cup is a small device that is placed into the vagina to collect your Menstrual blood. These may seem like a new trend but in fact they have been around for years, the first of its kind known as a Catamenial Sack (shown on the right side of the picture below)  was first patented prototype in the USA in the 1870's (honestly the most terrifying looking invention ever). Although these never made it to market.

 

The first modern menstrual cups, similar to the cups we know today, were invented in 1937 by American actress Leona Chalmers. She patented a design of menstrual cup which was made from latex rubber. Her patent application states that the design won't cause "uncomfortableness or consciousness of its presence." It also allowed women to wear "thin, light, close fitting clothing" without belts, pins or buckles that could show. During World War II, a shortage of latex rubber occurred and the company was forced to stop production. After the war, in the early 1950's, Mrs. Chalmers made some improvements and patented new design.

The 1930's menstrual cup brand, "Tass-ette," was re-launched as "Tassette" in the end of 1950's with big advertising budget. The company sent thousands of samples to nurses who recommended it. Even though women had progressed since the 30's, women still weren't open to idea of using a menstrual cup. The idea of reusable internal protection was scandalous.
The Tassette company spent a fortune to market this innovation but only made a small amount of sales. Thus, the it disappeared in 1963.
The biggest problem with the Tassette was that women didn't feel comfortable with the idea of emptying or cleaning the cup. Women who were happy with the product didn't need to repurchase another since it was reusable. So in the late 1960's, Tassette Inc. patented and started to manufacture a new disposable menstrual cup, "Tassaway," to compete with the emerging market of disposable menstrual products. At the time, the company spent too much on marketing and ended their business in the beginning of the 70's.

The biggest problem with the Tassette was that women didn't feel comfortable with the idea of emptying or cleaning the cup. Women who were happy with the product didn't need to repurchase another since it was reusable. So in the late 1960's, Tassette Inc. patented and started to manufacture a new disposable menstrual cup, "Tassaway," to compete with the emerging market of disposable menstrual products. At the time, the company spent too much on marketing and ended their business in the beginning of the 70's.

The only disposable menstrual cup sold throughout Europe including Finland in the 1970's was the Tassaway cup.

Menstrual cups were reintroduced in the late 1980's with the creation of "The Keeper." This cup is made from latex rubber and is still sold today.

In the beginning of 21st century a new material, medical grade silicone, was integrated into the design of many menstrual cups brands with great success. Now women with latex allergies could safely use menstrual cups.

Natural Nation NZ & My Cup 

Here at Natural Nation NZ we have chosen to stock the New Zealand Brand My Cup, we chose my cup for many reasons but the main one was what they do for our community and the fact they are made here in NZ by a fellow mother running her business while juggling kids and life, ( which we totally love). 

Meet the amazing my cup founder and read about their mission here:  https://www.mycup.co.nz/about-us/ 

You can also find all the info that you could possibly need to know on Your Period, What Size Cup You Will Need (including a great quiz), How to Insert, Menstrual Cup Folds, How to Insert, How To Remove, and so so much more on the My Cup Support Page found here: https://www.mycup.co.nz/support/ 

 

Menstrual Cups & The Environment 

Did you know that it takes up to 500-800 years for tampons and pads to break down in our landfills?

This is mind boggling!

So far at My Cup we have saved millions of tampons and/or pads from landfills in NZ to date this year by selling menstrual cups. You can help us work towards a disposable free NZ.

The Money Saver

These figures are based on an average 5 day period, 4 tampons per day (or 4 pads per day) and 1 liner per day.

1 cup = 10 year life
1 year = approx 240 tampons
1 year = pads/panty liners + pain killers
Cost per month = NZ$20.00
Cost per year = $240.00
Periods in lifetime = 456
Cost over lifetime = NZ$9120.00

This can dramatically increase if a person has a longer & heavier period and relies on both pads and tampons.

These are approximate figures only and can vary according to individual needs. Cup life depends on model you buy.

10 years = 1 cup (depending on model)
1 cup = Costs between $25.00 – $65.00

 

 

 

 


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