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Period pains

Would you believe I have just read an article online in the Mail & Guardian on menstrual cups? This is actually a great thing, but for those of you with no need or interest, go watch the cricket. Anyway, I read the whole article and found the idea very exciting. It has always bothered me that there are no good alternatives to tampons and pads, which are environment destroyers. There was a brief time when I tried a natural sponge with a horrible name, but it really wasn’t as easy at it said in the instructions. This menstrual cup, made from latex free silicon seems like the bomb (what a nasty turn of phrase). So, I decided I wanted to get one. Even if it was about R300. It’s supposed to last 10 years, so you would start saving money pretty soon, what with the price of tampons these days. So I dutifully read the whole shebang, but there was no mention of where to get it. Then, in the comments, Sam Williams says, "I’m surprised this article doesn’t even mention our local brand, Miacup. (Their website is www.miacup.co.za, where you can find lots more information about menstrual cups in general)." Yay, I thought, and off I clicked. Only to discover that 1. It’s R394.95 without shipping costs, and 2. They have no stock. Yup. I kid you not. So there is this great new(ish) product out there, that we can’t have. Actually, I wonder if it’s a Slaap Stad based business? That would make a lot of sense. I guess it’ll have to be those cheap, nasty, environmentally damaging tampons for me this month. Ho hum.

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8 Comments

  1. Colourinse

    It’s all really how you look at it, Is the cup half full or half empty?

  2. megan

    ha ha

  3. Ray

    Actually, I have it on very good authority that these things rock. (Good authority being long time partner) We got hers at Whet Emporium (www.whet.co.za) which is, yes, a sex shop, but one of these awesome new ones, not the dodgy hole in the wall. And it’s in Buitenkant Street, just off Roeland. The brand they sell is the “lunette” and it’s R290. http://www.whet.co.za/store/pLC%2010/Lunette-Menstrual-cup.aspx

    I can’t remember how long she’s had it now – some years, like 4 or 5 maybe. Will it last for 10? The jury’s out on that one. But hey, like you say – you start saving almost immediately after a few months. And it’s good for the environment.

    Wow. Well that’s a comment I never thought I’d make. Advice on menstrual cups. My old man would turn his toes up, I’m sure…

  4. megan

    Hey Ray, that’s great news. Will keep you posted. It is amazing what comes back to you when you put it out there.

  5. megan

    I just went to their page, and guess what? No stock! I’m starting to believe that there is no such ting, and that I’m the butt (‘scuse the pun) of an early April’s fool joke.

  6. megan

    Not the last word, I’m sure, is another local one called Mpower and it’s a lot cheaper. I’m going to spend some time looking into it today and will feed back later. http://www.mpowercup.co.za

  7. Dear Megan,

    I am the new MD of Miacup and I would like to apologize for any inconvenience caused in the past by our company.
    As an act of good faith I would like to send you a Miacup for review.
    Please can you reply to my personal email provided so that we can communicate the address for shipping.
    Thank you,
    Warm regards
    Rosalia

  8. megan

    Hi Rosalia
    Thanks for commenting, however late! I managed (in the last year) to get an Mpower cup and I haven’t looked back! I will reply to you via email too.

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