FemmyCycle

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When I heard about FemmyCycle, I must admit the idea of a cup with a spill-proof style rim intrigued me.  So I sent Dr. Shihata (their medical “head hancho”) and asked for some samples.   He said he would send some as soon as samples were made available to him.

And he did hold to his word.  Some time in late November, my samples arrived in the mail (a bit unexpected, but I was happy).

I couldn’t wait to see what was all in the package.  When I finally got home, I opened it up and took a look at the FemmyCycle box.   It was light blue, and much bigger than other cup product boxes….

But of course because of the videos I had seen, I knew that they offered FemmyCycle in 2-packs.  They do this so people can change their cup, swapping it with a nice clean one.  Then simply empty the other and clean it at home, when it is most convenient for them.  Great idea!

Well I opened the FemmyCycle box, and there were 2 FemmyCycles, side by side in a little cardboard display mount.  I removed the cups and cardboard, and behind that were a cloth storage pouch, and an instruction pamphlet.

 

As you can see in my pictures and video, the instructions were full color.   The storage pouch had a plastic snap button instead of a drawstring, and was big enough to hold both cups.

The cups were kind of fascinating to look at– shiny, glossy and clear.  They looked a little bit like glass bulbs.  But they were very soft and smooth.

The first thing I noticed was there were no tiny suction release holes near the top, like with other cup brands.  That made me wonder how the cup would pop open after insertion…   But I will get into that below.

Trying FemmyCycle:

I decided to test this cup on the heaviest night of my cycle.  But the most important thing I can say is—I’ve had to re-think what I thought I knew about cups with this one.

See before, I always had a firm belief that a cup must be popped open in order to seal.  And FemmyCycle is really soft (softer cups are always more difficult to pop open) and it didn’t have any suction release holes, which usually help a lot in this process.

But because of the unique shape of this cup—it actually does not need to be popped open and round, in order to collect your flow!  I know it sounds crazy…  And who knows why it works, but it just did for me.

It took me a while to find a fold that worked for me though…   In my case, it was the “7 fold”.  Then after inserting, I just pushed it up as high as I could, and then twisted it in both directions, then pulled forward, back, left right.  Pulled downward a bit too.   All this helped it to “mostly” unfold, but not completely.

At last, I just said, “Ok, I will leave it like that and see how it goes.”

So and hour went by.. .  Then two…   Three, four, etc.   Finally I fell asleep.   And still no leaks.   So I woke up the next morning, and as I stood up out of bed, I thought, “Ok, I hope this is not going to leak…”   But still everything was clean and dry.

So on to removal—in the bathroom, I just grabbed the ring stem of the FemmyCycle and gently pulled, kind of rocking it from side to side and guiding it down.   Once it was out, I guess the natural suction of removal caused the inner rim to unfold.   But there were no spills, no leaks.   I was really surprised, because even during removal I could feel that the cup was not rounded, but still kind of flat.  So it kind of baffled me how it could stay so collapsed and still collect everything.

My guess is the wider mid section, and the nature of the rim, maybe?

Anyway, cleaning was easy.  The inner rim pulls out and becomes like a funnel to pour the contents out.  And the surface of the cup (inside and out) is so smooth, just a simple rinse with water gets it nice and clean.  Everything just washes right off.  Even the soap.  But if you use soap, of course, make sure the cups is rinsed very well, inside and out.

The other thing I like about this cup is how if you pop the inner rim back in, you can fill this cup with liquid, and turn it upside-down, and the inner rim still keeps everything inside!   So that is a major plus for people who don’t like the idea of the blood traveling up to the open rim of a cup and touching their skin up inside when they lay down or turn upside-down.

This cup does have a more steep learning curve than a lot of other cups.  But the design is really nice and the idea of a spill-proof rim is just very innovative.

UPDATE:  I was informed by Dr. Alfred Shihata in a comment below that the FemmyCycle is actually designed to seal and work without being fully expanded.  So if you find that you cannot make it pop open fully round, that’s ok.  Its supposed to be that way.

I did do an experiment where I added tiny air holes to one of my FemmyCycles (under the ridge), and it did expand more  (sill had a great seal and suction, no leaks).   But it seems the company designed the bottom half of the cup to use a little bit of collapsed space to create extra suction.  Interesting idea!

Thank you to the FemmyCycle company for allowing me to try their samples and do a review on their product!   🙂

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44 Comments

  1. NikkiG said,

    I purchased a Femmy Cycle and am using it for the first time today in the US. Major downside to this product is the lack of air holes. Getting the cup to “pop open” simply is not an option unless one creates their own air channel.

  2. Birgit Linderoth said,

    The FemmyCycle is designed Not to open up completely. Please read the Note under the instruction number 5. The Vacum created by the partial opening will cause suction to to pull the menstrual flow inside the cup
    I would like invite you to conduct the following simple experiment:
    Fold the FemmyCycle into c-shape and submerge it into a glass full of water, with the opening fully submerged, then pull it out. You will see that the FemmyCycle will pull some water inside it.
    Then repeat the same experiment with the FemmyCycle fully open. You will see that NO water is pulled inside the FemmyCycle.
    In other words the partially open FemmyCycle will create a vacuum to withdraw the menstrual flow inside the cup.
    I look forward to hear your views after conducting this experiment and perhaps try the Femmycycle partially open ,just for comparison with other menstural cup you used before.
    with my best wishes
    Alfred

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      Ah, so FemmyCycle was specifically designed to not have to open all the way? Ok 🙂 And it is true, I did successfully use the FemmyCycle even though it was partially folded during use, as is mentioned in my review. It still formed a seal and did its job.

      Even with the air hole experiment I did, most of it expanded, but one side was still slightly dented. It seems that the soft bottom of the cup conforms to the shape of the individual.

      The experiment you suggested does sound interesting, I would like to try that. It does make sense. I remember in many of the forums, some people were suggesting after insertion and expanding, for people to release some of the air out of the cup to form a better suction and seal. Perhaps I can also show the water test in a video.

      I will probably omit most of the air hole experiment details from this post, because I was actually unaware that the cup was designed to be used without being fully expanded. Actually it could be a good thing, because some people do find a fully rounded cup puts pressure on the bladder.

    • Quitterie said,

      Hi Alfred,

      This is very nice to see you commenting, explaining the concept of the cup a little more 😎 – and thus, allowing us to understand some obviously cool innovative aspects of it. Thank you very much. 🙂

      I’d have a question : Would you say that the cup can be inserted in a C-fold, and the rim would be a little open but still very folded – then left like that, and the cup will do its job just fine, & no leaks should be noticed?

      Therefore : first, does the cup intuitively^ find its opening by itself, sort of little by little (maybe hee!), by that, reinforcing the seal as the blood will come down ; and do the following diffuse contractions when the blood flows or the blood itself would also make the rim pop open just as it needs, progressively, by pressure _ and maybe it’d never be totally round, either, but rather “very oval” and flattened by our muscles ?

      But, maybe a partially folded rim wouldn’t be really comfortable for some of us ?

      uuuf, kind of many questions in one question, lol – sorry ;s

      -> Or, as Melissa advises, should one check for most of the rim to be open (round enough), during the insertion of the FemmyCycle ?

      All the best, and the very best of success too for your products! ;D–

      • menstrualcupinfo said,

        I’m just obsessive about rims, I haven’t tried without manipulating the rim. But I do want to give that a shot next cycle, because now I am curious 🙂

  3. Quitterie said,

    Many interesting points! Really 😀

    And, the fact the FemmyCycle doesn’t have to be well round at the insertion can be a relief for people who have difficulties to make a softer cup pop open ;o) – and it also makes things go faster he. Same with cleaning : no need to take extra care of some blocked holes, for example..

    But if one had some leakages, it may be then more difficult to determine what is the problem, probably (as generally, this is because of the holes, or because of the cup not being opened enough..)

    As for the way this cup ‘should’ sit inside, maybe it would depend (even more than with other cups) on each person’s anatomy and/or preferences too?

    Two elements in particular intrigue me : your own experiment with your second Femmy cup, Melissa, and the manner the content (menses) is managed by the cup..

    1/ I understood that the Femmy isn’t conceived to have holes nor does it should pop open completely.^ Though, I simply wonder about your experience with the cup on which you added 4 tiny holes, because it is interesting! ;o)

    -Do you have the feeling that when this cup popped a little more etc, it seemed able to collect maybe just a bit more of blood?

    -And during removal : does the presence of the holes make the cup slip just a little easily, in a smoother way? hm maybe not, lol.

    2/ The lid is a super cool idea. But the opening of the cup (the hole in the lid) is of course less broad than the other cups. And here, if I get things right, as the whole cup has to be partially collapsed, then the opening is even reduced, isn’t it.

    And sometimes, we do have some quite big “chunks” coming from the womb (hum, on the heavier days, in my case – I guess for majority of women too.)

    -So, I can’t help but wonder if these chunks would tend to stay above the cup – resting on the external part of the lid / or if the chunk could block the opening of the lid = thus, clog the cup and prevent the pursuant blood to get a free way to the inside of the cup – resulting in a possible leakage….. (?) What do you think of it?

    -eff when inserted in its normal way, the rim itself remains in a partial C-fold (and well, plus, is flattened by our walls and muscles), right?

    3. And, as the cup is collapsed inside, once you have removed it, had the external side of the cup remained clean?

    Thank you for everything! ;D Thanks for us all yeaaap!

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      I have a slightly heavy flow and the opening in this cup’s rim was just fine for me 🙂 You know it is satisfactory when you go to empty the cup, everything pours out quite fast, less than a second and a whole day of flow is gone out of the opening. So certainly it can receive fluid at the same speed 🙂

      I think the concept is more that the cup works sort of like a bladder bag. The more liquid goes into it, the more it expands, until the capacity is reached.

      But the capacity with this cup would be to where the inner rim comes down, because clearly whether it is upside-down, or right-side up, liquid will come out if the opening if it reaches that point. However, the capacity changes when its upside-down, vs. right side up.

      A chunk or “clot” would have to be fairly large (like wider than a stick of lip balm) in order to be too big for this cup’s opening. Most clots are crushed when they come out the cervix, and they expand after they go into a cup, its sort of like pushing a sponge through your fist.

      It does seem that the cup stays collapsed and still forms a seal, but at the very least, I would say try to get the rim as round as possible, so nothing can leak by (like say out the fold crease of a C-fold?). But the rest of the cup can stay collapsed, that seems to be ok. That;s all I did the first try– make sure I got most of the rip open. That really seemed to be enough.

      Yes, the outside of the cup was mostly clean when I removed it. That’s how I know I got a good seal 🙂

  4. Ashley said,

    Hi, I have a few questions about this cup! The website says that the dimensions are 5cm by 4cm but your measurements were 44 by 50 so is the length 40 or 50? My cervix is about 4 to 4.5 cm and tilted to the side so I am having trouble finding a cup that I can actually insert all the way since it can’t sit around my cervix just wondering if this one would be too long for me? And do you think the ring would be bothersome if it stuck out or would it be really noticeable/ uncomfortable?

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      Where did you find those measurements? On my chart here, it says 4.4cm long in the body (without the stem) : https://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/ Was it in the LiveJournal post? If so, it was probably a typo 🙂

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      Oh yes, ok you saw that one in the livejournal forum 🙂 It says 44 x 50 there because its measuring in mm… Not cm. People in the forums often use mm but I really prefer cm. 🙂

      If the cup is the same exact length as you are inside, then you might be cutting it a bit close… You might be more comfortable with something shorter than 4.4 cm. Please feel free to check my measurement chart. You’ll see a link for it over on the right side of this page, and down a ways.

  5. Amanda said,

    Great cup…a pull ring instead of a stem…brilliant! For me the most challenging part of using a cup was removal; not a problem now. Thanks for the innovation.

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      yeah they did do a good job on the stem, its soft but durable 🙂

  6. anonymous said,

    I just saw this SckoonCup video on YouTube….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbMCRPyA08o.
    Since new cups are always being asked about on LiveJournal, and you are basically the cup guru, I figured I would ask if have heard about it?

  7. femmycycle said,

    Dear All

    Thank you for all of your excellent questions.

    Yes, the FemmyCycle can be inserted in a C-fold, with the rim being partially open. It will still do an even better job than a fully open cup.

    The reasons:

    A) The Vagina will naturally encircle the FemmyCycle without any gaps. In other words the vagina will take the C shape of the cup.

    B) The partially folded cup will create a vacuum to pull the menstrual flow into the cup. This is important to note that the fully opened cup cannot create the vacuum needed to pull in the menstrual flow and thus will be less efficient.
    C) The FemmyCycle will gradually and naturally open while collecting the menstrual flow to ultimately stay in a fully open position. Note: The FemmyCycle’s “fully open position” will vary according to the volume of the flow.
    Question: Will I feel the FemmyCycle while using it? Is it Comfortable?
    Answer: When inserted properly, the FemmyCycle is so comfortable it cannot be felt at all.
    None of the women who used the FemmyCycle had any difficulty what so ever with removing it. In fact the FemmyCycle is easier to remove than a tampon.

    Question: Do blood clots obstruct the opening of the femmyCycle lid?

    Answer: No, The blood in its fluid state can get into the hole of the lid even if it is folded. Soft blood clots get squeezed into the opening of the lid by the effect of vacuum inside the cup.
    I would be more than happy to answer any other questions that you may have.

    Sincerely,
    Alfred Shihata M.D.

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      Thank you Alfred 🙂

  8. kristeen said,

    it was actually a compassion chart I saw someplace that pointed me in the direction of the femmycycle, my problem is, as a new cup user I bought the poplar brand (Dvia cup) only to discover its a bit too long for me, which seems to be a common issue on the LJ forum. The size chart shows it has the same capacity as the diva2 while being much shorter, that led me to a web search for the product. I will admit part of me worrys about spending more money trying to find a good fit, but I am taking the plunge. I will admit when I bought the Diva I was thinking in terms of capacity and not in terms of fit, I am hoping this will be the right choice for my needs

  9. kristeen said,

    me again, my femmycycle arrived today, and go figure so did my period, lucky for me I start light so I get a chance to break this in and can use the second cup for show and tell with my diva using co-worker tonight 🙂

    first impressions, wow, soft, held it next to my too long Diva2 and noticed it is indeed shorter and it is the cone end of the Diva2 that has been a problem for me.

    Washed it, tried inserting it, wasnt sure I did it right so took it out, noticed trace amounts of blood hard already collected inside the rim of the cup, so obviously I did something right! re-inserted it until I could no longer feel the ring outside of me… sweet! comfortable, can almost forget I have this in… excited to see how this works out for me and cant wait to later introduce this to my daughter who is 17 and goes through sanitary supplies faster than anyone I know.

  10. azusa said,

    The instruction says that “If necessary, insert a second Femmycycle”.
    I’m not sure this means you can use two cups at the same time, but if one’s cervix is high enough, do you think it’s possible?

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      No, you should never try to wear 2 cups. It could be a misprint, meaning “insert it a second time” or remove the first one, then insert the second one.

    • Marisa said,

      Hi, Azusa. I work with the developer of the FemmyCycle. MenstrualCupInfo is right. You should never wear two FemmyCycles simultaneously. We just meant, if you’re still on your period, take out the filled FemmyCycle and replace it with a fresh one.

      • menstrualcupinfo said,

        Thank you Marisa 🙂

  11. Sellma said,

    Hi, I wonder if the FemmyCycle can be inserted with punch down fold because it is the only fold that I can insert. And if it lasts as other cups, 5 to 10 years? Thank you. (sorry english from google translator) 😀

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      Because of the rim, I seriously doubt a punch-down fold would be successful…. But being made of medical silicone like all the other cups, I’m sure that as long as it still works and any discoloring is not bothering you, you can continue to use it.

  12. Rebekah said,

    I am really interested in these cups. I have tried both sizes of Lunette and have leaking problems with both. I have actually returned to using tampons and am pretty bummed. I cut the stems off my lunettes because thy stick out and hurt. Would you recomend this one or have any advice?

    • Rebekah said,

      Oh and the large lunette also pushes on my bladder so I’m interested in something softer

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      Softer cups usually do help if you have bladder sensitivity. This cup is pretty soft. Another thing– this cup does not need to unfold completely in order to work, it is designed to work even if it is not unfolded. So in general there is less pressure.

      Also check my measurement chart here, there is a softness rating list at the bottom of that page for cup brands. 🙂

  13. lindsey said,

    Just an observation, i dont know if the suspected link between endometriosis and cups is still an issue but it occurs to me that this particular type of cup would lessen or even negate that risk as the blood stays in the cup. Idk, ive been using instead softcups for a few years now and have only recently started to look into reuseable alternatives. When i found the disposable cups it was AMAZING, id had a horribly embarassing episode-I laughed so hard at my friends story about attending the “church of the holy rosemary” that my tampon popped out! Getting around to my question, have you looked at the insteads that are designed to be reused throughout the duration of your period? I have had such good luck with insteads, ive never had a leak) and im hesitant to switch to a reuseable cup, but i hate the waste. Can u reccomend something with a similar fit? Thanks, your blog has been so informative

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      As far as my research has led me, there seems to be no actual “link” between cups and endo. It is more a “theory”, especially since they STILL don’t even know what actually causes this condition! So if they don’t know what causes it, then how can they blame cups? That’s what I would like to know.

      Especially since most of the women who have endo, never even used a cup (and yes, that is a fact).

      Also, as of yet, there have been no documented cases linking the two. So in all honestly, the claim has no solid ground. Most of the time, its the disposable pad and tampon companies circulating the rumors and articles, trying to scare everyone back to disposables because heaven forbid we might gain some independence from them, lol.

      • Marisa said,

        Hi, Lindsey. I’ve also seen articles about cups and endometriosis, and I don’t know if any positive causal link has been established. I do know the FemmyCycle is FDA-approved to be safe. On a personal note, I showed a FemmyCycle to my OB-GYN and asked if there was any danger of toxic shock (since it stays in so long) or if the shortened periods reported by some FemmyCycle users (myself included) posed any sort of health risk. His answer was “no” to both questions. ~ Marisa, FemmyCycle Blogger and Facebook Admin

  14. foggyimage said,

    I have asked this on the menstrual cup live-journal but for a second opinion after you have used this cup, do you think one could remove the stem handle and still be able to get it out alright? (I have a short vagina and I know the cup won’t fit all the way inside comfortably with the stem on XD )

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      I think it would be quite slippery without the handle, and also the material is quite thin for softness, so trying to remove the stem is probably not the best idea….

  15. kim said,

    i love the idea of the ring! the removal is the hardest part for me. i can NEVER get a good hold on that stem! too torturous for me, and i have been considering going back to tampons. i’m looking forward to trying this 🙂

  16. La Rae Scovone said,

    THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH for ALL your info. on all of the cups. I am a proud owner of a keeper for 15+ years and I recently (just today) purchased a Femmycycle cup. I can’t wait to try it out! I watched ALOT of your videos on many different brands, when I bought mine it was the only choice, so I was very overwhelmed… now with your help I was able to find something that should get me through the next 15 years! Thank you! Keep up the Great work!

  17. Paula said,

    I bought Femmycycle last month and happy to share with you my thoughts about the cup. First I could sleep 7 hours without changing it at midnight. I always had to use a pad together my traditional cup to avoid any leakage. This is my second cycle with Femmycycle and noticed that you know that the cup will open when you hear a kind of flart noise before inserting it. The C fold works perfectly. Another feature I liked is that the rim is small and the cup is short, so I could not feel it at all when inserting or pulling it out. Maybe is the design but I got the
    impression that the cup remains closer to my vagina and not so high as my old cup.
    The ring is very nice and confy. I do suggest this cup and thanks Femmycycle for having produced this product.

  18. Kristina said,

    Do you think the FemmyCycle would be suitable for a very low cervix? I have a large Ladycup that I use inside-out (stem removed) but it often drops partially outside my opening which I find irritating and I also have to be careful not to lose it while using the toilet. According to your chart, the FC is shorter and wider than Ladycup. That sounds good to me since I need something wide enough not to fall out, but is that “diameter” measurement of the ring or the middle of the cup, which looks wider than the ring in photos? (If so, what is the actual ring diameter?) And can I assume that since the FC doesn’t pop open, the “diameter” during actual use would be less? Lastly, is it feasible to trim off the pull loop? I’d probably end up doing that. Thanks!

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      Actually, Alfred with FemmyCycle has informed me that this cup was designed to be effective WITHOUT having to open up all the way. I tried it without letting it open all the way, and it did still work! I was pretty surprised, since all the other cups have to open all the way. It was pretty interesting.

      • Kristina said,

        Thanks but this doesn’t address my questions… low cervix? possibly falling out because it doesn’t fully open & remains smaller? clarification on measurements? trimming the pull loop?

    • Nat said,

      I have a low cervix and I had problems with the femmycycle, after a few hrs of insertion my cervix got stuck inside the spill proof rim, I started having really bad cramps and I decided to take it out and thats when I found out that my cervix was stuck. I hope u can see this before my reply its removed because right after this happened to me I posted a commend on feb 23 and it was removed or deleted.

      • menstrualcupinfo said,

        Ah yes, I have my comments set on “approval only” to keep the spammers, trolls and advertisers away. So when you post a comment it will disappear until I read and approve it 🙂 I just like to make sure its a real person first.

        I also have quite a low cervix, but as of yet this has not happened to me… I would say be very gentle when inserting, and even though cups sit quite low with us low cervix folk– be sure not to push it up too high. I always have to be careful about that with any cup. You can also ask the company about this.

  19. Marisa said,

    Hi, Kristina. I write a FemmyCycle blog and admin the FemmyCycle Facebook page. The device measures about 2 3/4″ including the removal ring. I don’t know how low your cervix rests, so I can’t definitively say whether you can use it. I do know that women with uterine prolapse are not able to use it. The FemmyCycle conforms to your vaginal walls, and there’s a mild suction effect. It should not fall out. I would not recommend trimming the loop.

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      I appreciate your replies Marisa, thank you very much 🙂

    • Kristina said,

      Thanks for the info Marisa.

  20. Somebody said,

    Hi, I asked Femmycycle(FC) about why you have to replace it every year and Alfred, the Co MD, answered me himself (!). Anyway that it’s because fungi can grow in the FC since you can’t boil it and second the rim might tear after a year or so. I think i will buy a FC if it both sortens the period and is better against leaks than my Ladycup. Otherwise I think of a Fleur since they are soft and holds much fluid. I hated Lunette only because it was so HARD to wear.

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      Yeah, Alfred is really nice and helpful 🙂 just remember, this cup (FemmyCycle) does not have to be opened up and round to work.

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