NEWS: I now sell menstrual cups at my new store:
Please see my video for this product here:
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.
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! 🙂