NEWS: I now sell menstrual cups at my online store:
I am excited to report that Femmecup has made some changes to their cup! I first heard about these changes when Teresa (owner/founder of http://www.femininewear.co.uk/ ) posted photos of the new model on LiveJournal and Facebook. So I asked the company if they would like for me to do a review/video on their new model, and they graciously agreed to send me a sample.
I have to say I am VERY please with the new changes! Here are they key points:
1. The new model is made of a more flexible, slightly “rubbery” medical silicone, which is very much like the material used in Ladycup. It is more clear, shiny, smooth, and easier to clean.
2. The stem has changed– it is now a short, solid cord-like stem, but is comfortable and flexible.
3. The holes are now slightly slanted, but there are still 4 of them, they are still easy to keep clean.
4. The middle of the new cup is a bit softer now.
5. The new storage pouch is more white in color, and the material seems a little more stiff, which holds it closed better.
6. No writing inside the new rim.
7. The instruction pamphlet is bigger (but folded) with seven languages:
Here are some photos of the new model, as well as some comparison photos of the old model:
Trying it out:
The rim of the new Femmecup is close in stiffness to the old model, but again, the material is different.
The new material is more comfortable to insert and wear, though. The rim is sooooo smooth now, I could barely feel it, or the rest of the cup while wearing it (especially the stem, very nice improvement!). It still pops open as easily at the original cup. But little or no pressure on my bladder at all. I prefer the punch-down fold with this brand, but the C-fold is ok too.
I tried it both on a “dry run”, and during my cycle. There were no leaks (the old model didn’t leak either) . Both models are the same size and shape (except for the new stem and slanted holes), and have the same capacity. I tried it on my first cycle day, because the second one is a bit heavy.
Removal was fairly easy, as I am quite short inside, I just pinched the bottom of the cup and tilted it from side-to-side, easing it out into an upright position. But even though I’m short inside, I don’t think I would ever need to trim this new stem– its comfortable just as it is. Does not poke or jab me.
All in all, I would have to give the new Femmecup an A+, and I am happy to be able to review it for everyone! This cup is another great option for users, and I would like to say thank you to Femmecup for the generous samples (of both old and new models)!