This month….well ok this post is a little late, I was supposed to get it posted a little over a week ago. We’ve had gardening chores and other things get in the way, so I’m doing some catch up today. So anyway, this month I’m introducing you to a menstrual cup of a completely different style than any of the others I’ve seen. It’s called the FemmyCycle.
Made by: FemCap, Inc.
Country of origin: USA
Lifespan: 1 year
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: one size
Dimensions: 51 mm diameter x 38 mm length
Stem: It’s more of a handle and they give no dimensions for it
Capacity: up to 1 ounce
Measuring Lines: none
Cost (USD): $39.95 for a twp pack
Guarantee: Their website states: “The FemmyCycle is easy to use. If you can use tampon you should be able to use the FemmyCycle. This is an intimate device and thus our return policy prohibits returns.”
Other: Received the Why Didn’t I Think of That? Award, in 2012, at the Medical Device and Diagnostics Expo.
ANATOMY OF FEMMYCYCLE
The unique spill-proof design is quite intriguing. When you are using the cup the top is folded into itself (as shown on the right side of the below photo)
FemmyCycle is designed to not open fully when inserted, like all other menstrual cups are designed to do, which makes it a tad awkward to get used to. And if you have a very low cervix (2” or less from your vaginal opening) then you will have problems using it.
It has a ring instead of a stem, which makes it very easy to remove.
It comes with a full page of color instructions on hard card stock paper. The pouch snaps closed, it feels like the same material that the reusable grocery store bags are made of and it is large enough to hold two cups.
The material is shiny and smooth with no markings on it at all. It’s a lot thinner than the other cups I have, which I think is part of why it is recommended to replace them yearly.
To be honest I struggled with this one. I think it might just be my crazy positioned cervix, but I didn’t like that it doesn’t fully open. I had problems with leakage nearly the whole time using it because it just wouldn’t sit around my cervix quite right. The website says it should be good for 12 hours without tending to…I was not able to go one 12-hour stretch.
The above photo was the easiest fold for me to insert the FemmyCycle. If I tried any others it just wouldn’t go in right at all. And like I already said, it never fully opens. But there was a few short spans of time, maybe an hour or two at a time, that I was able to go without any leaks at all. Thank goodness for the cloth menstrual pads I am also reviewing (next post)!
It was also a tad too long for me. I kept having to re-adjust it.
Having said all that ~ I think it’s a really cool design. A lot of women really like it and are able to use these cups successfully. While I’m not giving up on it completely, I will try this cup a few more times before deciding setting them aside, at this point I’m just not sure if this is the cup for me.
I don’t feel it’s quite as economical as the other menstrual cups since it doesn’t last near as long. For about the same price you can get a cup that will last you 10 years or more. I’m all about saving as much money as possible, if you can’t tell. That’s part of my point in going to reusables. That, to me, is part of being environmentally friendly.
Next month’s menstrual cup review will be on the BellaCup! But don’t miss my next few posts on the rest of this month’s reviews. I’m working on writing the posts for sea sponge tampons and two cloth pad brands. Those will go up over the next couple of days.
Until next time, take care my friends!
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