Femmecup

NEWS: I now sell menstrual cups at my online store:

www.zanashop.com

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:
– English
– Spanish
– German
– French
– Romanian
– Swedish
– Chinese

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)!

36 Comments

  1. Katherine said,

    This is my favorite cup!

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      Yeah, its nice, and you just have to love the cute pink box.

  2. surethingbuddy said,

    I have a question about the Femmecup’s capacity and I thought you might be able to help since you own one. On the size charts on the Livejournal comm, the Femmecup’s capacity is listed at 15ml. But when I’ve looked at photos of Femmecup, it seems it would hold just a bit more than that, since the 15ml measuring line is well below the holes.

    What do you come up with for a capacity to the holes?

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      Hmmm, this is interesting indeed! True, the 15ml mark is below the holes… But I keep an old washed out cough syrup measuring cup in the bathroom, for just such measurements… When I filled up the Femmecup to its holes, and poured it into my measuring cup, it came to 15ml exactly! So that means that if you filled it to their 15ml mark, it woudl actually be less than 15 ml… I wonder if this could be true for other brands, and causing quite a bit of capacity confusion?? I think I will post abotu this int he communities, and see what everyone thingks.

      Thank youf or bringing this up! 🙂

      • surethingbuddy said,

        Thanks!!

  3. Femininewear said,

    http://www.femininewear.co.uk/cup-capacity-g-37.html – I have 18ml to the holes. Femmecup gave me that information.

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      I always get a different number from different places, lol. That’s why I rarely go by the numbers, I just go by pouring one cup into another, and jsut seeing which holds mroe or less. I like to share it with everyone in videos too, so we can all see. 🙂

  4. Loucheena said,

    Hi! I have a question about femmecup’s holes. I’ve heard about how some people can get more capacity out of their cups because the blood goes past the holes, but femme’s holes are so large…so is it possible for the blood to fill up past them anyway?

    Thanks!!

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      I think it depends how thick your individual flow is. Some people can fill a cup past the holes, and its no problem. I’ve never tried it, but with a backup pad, you coudl see if it will. Although being full past the holes might make removal more messy, due to the hole size…

      • Loucheena said,

        Yeah, I think I’ll just have to buy the cup and see…thanks for replying!

  5. femmecupuser said,

    I’ve been using the femmecup for two months now. I’ve noticed that the cup leaks a little bit when it gets up to around 10-12ml. Does anyone else have this problem?

    Also, I had a routine smear test this week (results were fine) and the gynaecologist recommended against using menstrual cups, saying that as the blood stays in the body for so long, it haemolyses and increases the risk of infection. Does anyone else have anything to say on this?

    Thanks!

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      Well I for one never go longer than 5 hours without clenaing my cup. And that’s about how long most people go before changing a tampon or a pad. Even in the case of pads, menstrual blood is kinda thick. So deposits from blood that morning, will still be in there that night. It doesn’t empty out quickly, like water through a funnel… And then of course, tampons keep the same blood up inside you as long as you wear them too. So it looks like we are goign to have lingering deposits of blood no matter what we use. 🙂

  6. weetabix said,

    I received my femmecup last week…
    I decided to get used to using it before my period came. I find that using the 7 fold, it is easiest to insert (which I didn’t particularly find difficult!). Removing the cup for the 1st time was particularly difficult, but got easier after a couple of times. By the time my period came (yesterday) I was completely comfortable using my femmecup…so far I’ve had no leaks. I would definitely recommend the femmecup, I mean the money and waste it will save is unbelievable. Anybody looking for reviews…just go for it! Even if you decide a menstrual cup is not for you, what have you got to lose trying? =D

  7. Amelia said,

    I live in New Zealand & this is the only menstruation cup available over here so I am interested in trying it. Has anyone else had problems with leakage? I’ve heard that other cups come in different sizes: does the one-size-fits-all nature of this particular cup create any problems? I am 23, have never had penetrative sex & I think I have a lowish cervix (I need to measure it). I currently use pads as I find tampons painful to insert/remove… I’m worried that inserting the femmecup will be uncomfortable too (perhaps my body might just need a bit of time to get used to it).

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      I know a woman from my forum who sells most brands of menstrual cups to NZ women. I can give you the link to her online store: http://www.environmenstruals.co.nz/store/ . I believe she lives in NZ so the shipping should not be too much.

      As for Femmecup, the only people I hear of having problems because of the “one size” issue, is perhaps women with mroe heavy flows. Or maybe women who’s had several children and need the larger sizes. But other than that, Femmecup seems to be doing alright 🙂

      Of course any internally worn menstrual product will take some getting used to. But with a cup, you can use water-based lube to make insertion and wearing it easier. You can’t really do that with the dry cotton in tampons. Also, tampons hurt and irritate even ME, and I’ve been using a cup for 2 years, almost. The reason tampons can sometimes irritate more than cups is because they are not felxible. Also they are dry cotton and soak up all your moisture. Not so with cups.

      I hope this helps

      • Anna-Maria said,

        Thanks for the link Melissa.

        Postage within NZ is $4-$9 depending on the method chosen – $4.60 should get it there over night (fast post). In chch, you can even pick them up in person and play with samples.

        I found I had a particularly odd problem with my femmecup…on light days my cervix etc is a perfect fit for the cup. I discovered this when it blocked the holes! It took me about 20 minutes to gt it unstuck (but only because I was being very careful of my IUD). lol. I’ve never heard of this happening to anyone else though.

      • menstrualcupinfo said,

        I can only remove a femmecup by pinching the bottom and rocking it from side to side. Any cup with a flared rim, I could never manage to break the seal by denting int he side. I think maybe in those cases, the rims just don’t wanna dent it, lol

  8. emese said,

    hi!
    i really want to get two of these wonders, one for myself and one for my mom. can you tell me how the femmecup is different from the mooncup? im 30, haven’t had a natural birth yet and my periods and not very heavy. My mom is 50 and had 2 natural births and has a heavy flow. Which brand/size would you recommend? Thanks for any info!

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      That’s great that you are wanting to get one for your mom too! 🙂

      There are 2 cups with the name “Moon Cup”, there is the USA’s mooncup by the Keeper company, and the UK’s Mooncup (all one word). I woudl say the big difference between them and the Femmecup is the material. They are all Medical Silicone, but the Femmecup’s is a little more “plasticky”, I think because it had more hardener added to the material. This is most noticable in the stem and rim, but the middle is much thinner than the rest of the cup. They work pretty much the same though, because the desings are similar.

      For you, having not given birth, and an average flow, you are lucky– you pretty much have your pick of brands/sizes (although small Meluna may be too small, unless your flow is SUPER light). You should be able to use either a small or large Mooncup or a Femmecup (although many companies recomend large, just because someone is over 30, due to muscle changes). I would say the brand that suits you pricewise, or in color/style. You may want to purchase from http://www.femeninewear.co.uk, because Teresa (the lady who runs it) sells LOTS of cup brands, so you could do one-stop shopping there for you and your mom, and get it in the same package. 🙂

      Your mom, being 50 and had 2 deliveries, with a heavy flow– for sure a large, of any brand you select. The lare cups give more capacity for heavy flows. If its just “heavy”, she should choose from larges of these: Lunette, Diva, Fleurcup, Miacup, Meluna. Lunette and Fleurcup are firmer. Meluna and Diva are in the middle. Miacup is softer. But if its REALLY heavy, then large Yuuki (it holds the most, pretty soft).

      Hope this helps 🙂

      M

      As for your mom,

      • Verethragma said,

        This is a great treasure-trove of information on these cups. I’m still deciding which to buy. I just wanted to let you know that the link you included in your post doesn’t work because there’s a small typo in it. It should be http://www.femininewear.co.uk/ Just in case somebody else is having trouble finding it.

        Cheers!

      • menstrualcupinfo said,

        Ah ok, thank you 🙂

  9. emese said,

    Thanks for all that!
    I’m torn between Mooncup B and Femmecup for myself, and between LadyCup L, Yukki and MeLuna for my mom. I’d go for whichever is easiest to use. Any recommendations? 🙂

  10. Pierre said,

    As always thank you for been so informative!!!

    You rock 🙂

    Pierre
    Femmecup Mexico

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      Thank you very much, Pierre 🙂

  11. Cristina said,

    Well, I ordered a femmecup a few days ago from Amazon, and to my surprise I received not the model displayed on the listing (which is the most recent model of 2011) but the model that was discontinued in 2009. The older model does not look like the one in the picture, and definitely does not perform the same way. The old model is made with a much thicker type of plastic/silicon, and a long thick stem, thicker rim and feels much more uncomfortable than the improved model. So basically it seems that amazon is selling off old Femmecup stock rather than Femmecup current model.

    I’m not saying the old model wouldn’t work at all, but there is a reason why the company discontinued production. The new model perfoms really well and is the one advertised by Amazon, but not the one they send out. So, learn from what happened to me and make sure Amazon sends you what you paid for!

    cheers

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      Oh dear… That would really upset me! I think you should report that to amazon, and also notify the seller to put up the correct photo. A menstrual cup is an investment, and when you purchase one, you expect to get the one you were shown. Which you have a right to. Amazon is usually fairly proud of its sellers, so they would be on your side about that.

      M

  12. Belinda said,

    Great review! it makes me want to try it!! 🙂
    I just have a question, how does this cup differ from Mooncup in size?
    I saw your pictures where you compare femmecup to other brands and the new femmecup seems to be Mooncup’s small cup and smaller from all the other brands too. I though the point of having sizes was that women have different yonis.
    I’m interesting in selling this one so the more info I get the better.
    Thanks for all the info and photos too!
    Belinda x

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      I would say it is about the same size as a small Mooncup in the body. But softer. There are some brands that only offer one size (Femmecup, shecup, Mpower, Cup Lee). Actually, most cup companies usually start out only selling one size. Then they add a second size after they grow a bit. And some just keep one size because they make good enough sales that way. Its quite expensive to manufacture a new size (paying for a new casting mold, new boxes, etc.). Its possible they may add another size in the future. I haven’t heard anything yet, just going by what other countries have done.

      If you live outside the USA you can sell Femmecup. But living in the USA, you can only carry the FDA-approved brands (Lunette, DivaCup, Keeper/Keeper Moon Cup).

      Glad you like all the info, best of luck with sales if you decide to do it! 🙂

  13. Cornelia said,

    Hi there, just tried my new Femmecup for the first time. I was very happy as I really didn’t feel it. But when I tried to take it out it was a different story.
    It was very! difficult. I could hardly get a hold of the stem as it was very far inside and very slippery. Obviously despite all information I panicked a bit but after a while and a lot of squatting 🙂 I got it out. Pheew.
    Now I’m not sure what to do. I really want to use it but am not sure anymore if I bought the right model. And despite my age (38 – no children) I have no idea of my internal sizing 🙂 Any ideas either on model or removal technique?
    Cornelia

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      Hi Cornelia,

      If the Femmecup feels slippery, I would say use the same technique people use for other somewhat slippery cups– keep some toilet tissue in your hand during removal, and dab your fingers dry a few times. The more dry they are, the better your grip. Also push down with your muscles like you are having a bowel movement. That shortens the vagina, and brings the cup closer to your reach.

      If you ever decide you want to try a different cup, I would say maybe try a longer one like Diva, or Miacup, or one with a longer, thicker stem that has grip rings. If the cup “gets lost” up inside, then your cervix is probably a little bit high, so cups with more length and grips tend to help that.

  14. Sarah said,

    Does anyone know which brands don’t ship to Canada? I know there are a few that don’t, and a few that would be expensive to ship here so I was just wondering, maybe one is made near or in Canada (like made in USA shipping would be cheaper than if it were made in, say, New Zealand).

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      Actually, the DivaCup is made in Canada. Its the longest in the body, but its got decent capacity.

      If you don’t want to try DivaCup, then I would say rather than ordering from the website, its usually better to order from a distributor. Like http://www.femininewear.co.uk. The owner carries most brands, and shipping is reasonable.

  15. Lindsay said,

    My femme cup leaks a little after insertion. It stops leaking when my flow gets lighter (days 5 & 6). The leakage is nothing to do with the cup being full as l have investigates that issue. Considering buying disposable nappy liners to protect my underwear but not sure they work?

  16. Chloe said,

    Thank you for this wonderful report! Really helped me make my choice, after reading through lists of measurements and capacities… To buyers in New Zealand, I’ve just bought mine from http://www.environmenstruals.co.nz/ – only other local site selling them appeared to have the old version, and at a much higher price. So thank you too, to environmenstruals! (and cool name 🙂 )

  17. Ashley said,

    To anyone who has trouble removing their cup: I have short fingers, and after trimming the stem to keep it from poking me, removal of my cup became a nightmare. The solution? I put a string on it! I threaded a few strands of embroidery floss through a needle and pushed it through the thickest part of the base where the silicone is really thick (above the stem). It works like a dream!

  18. Regina Tucker said,

    where can you buy in the U.S.?

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