NEWS: I now sell menstrual cups at my new store:
Friday, April 1st, 2011 I received my CupLee sample from Russia! I was very excited to review this new brand, and Eliseeva was so kind to send me one– Thank you Eliseeva!
When I first saw the package, I thought of that song, saying “Brown paper packages, tied up with strings– these are a few of my favorite things!”
* The CupLee sample, in a soft green color
* A pink satin drawstring bag (CupLee logo printed on it)
* User instructions, color print with picture diagrams
The first thing I noticed when handling the cup is that it was VERY soft. It reminded me a little bit of the LadyCup material, but I think the rim is actually thinner and a bit softer. It does have good capacity with the higher suction release holes, and the grip rings on the base and stem are small enough to be comfortable, but pronounced enough to help with removal. Here are some photos of the cup I received:
Testing The Cup
I tried this cup on a “dry run” (while not on my period). I boiled it, washed it, and then inserted it using the C-fold.
Since this is a softer cup, I used my favorite method for softer cups– insert with the folded crease facing down, and allow it to slowly pop open after it is half way in. Then coax it up the rest of the way.
It was VERY comfortable to wear, thanks to the softness. If this were my regular cup, I would likely trim the stem a bit, but even when I leave the stem as it is– it does not bother me much. But of course, my cervix does move down VERY low during my cycle, so this would likely cause me to trim it.
In all honesty, I would have to say this cup is probably the easiest to remove. I just pinched the bottom, and I was able to get it out quickly. I really can’t wait to try it out during my period, and I will certainly report back when I get my period. My most recent one ended about 4 days ago…
The pouch– I love it! Cute and satiny. Stays closed on its own nicely, lots of room inside too.
Over all, I am very pleased with this cup. I think it has good quality, and is worth the investment. Again, I would like to say thank you to the CupLee company for allowing me to do a review on their lovely product, good customer service, they have been a delight to work with!
CupLee is a new Russian brand of menstrual cup, made of 100% medical silicone. The original website is written in Russian, but there are other places written in English which carry it.
Here is a place where you can easily order CupLee, and they do accept PayPal: http://shop-wb.com/en/
Here is the company’s website: http://cuplee.ru/
And another website where it can be ordered: http://www.millady.ru/index.php?categoryID=562&category_slug=menstrualnaja-chasha-cuplee
The company offers cups in softer colors, such as:
But also in more bold colors, such as:
Their small size is for women who have not given birth and are under 25 years of age. It has a diameter of 40 mm, height of 47 mm. The stem cup is 21 mm. Volume is 25 ml.
NOTE: At the moment, the company is not offering the small size, the small is expected to be developed later).
Their Large Is for women 25 years of age and over, and/or who have given birth. Diameter is 44 mm, height is 53 mm. Stem is 17 mm. Volume is 30 ml.
Cup Lee also offers their product with either a traditional cloth storage pouch (satiny-pink with draw strings), or a wooden storage container with a matching vented lid– which would probably look nice on a bathroom counter, and would be discreet. Wood also “breathes” better than plastic containers, which air circulation is needed for proper cup storage.
More about their pouches (quote from the website):
“From Pocono centuries linen fabric is considered a unique hygienic material. Poskolku flax has rare antibacterial properties, no bacteria or fungus will flourish in.”
So it looks like our choices in menstrual cup brands are steadily growing! Here are some linked photos of all CupLee products, from their website: