Sunday, April 17, 2016

Ruby Cup Review

Todays review is on the Ruby Cup and it has one of the best Mission goal! For every Ruby Cup that is purchased the Ruby Cup company donates a cup to a schoolgirl in need!

For every purchase in our shop, we distribute a Ruby Cup to a schoolgirl from  underprivileged backgrounds.  
With one Ruby Cup, she can go from primary school, through secondary school and finish college without having to worry about her period again. That is bloody amazing. Thank you for your support.

Check out this  link to read some of the amazing letters received from girls that have gotten their Ruby Cup.
Photo from the Ruby Cup website.

Taken from the Ruby Cup Website:
UNDP calls unsanitary menstrual hygiene protection an overlooked problem that hinders achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of universal education and gender equality. (Read more here)
Studies show that girls miss up to 20% of their school time each year because they are afraid of staining their clothes during their period and therefore stay at home. This absence causes some girls to drop out of school entirely. 
Lacking proper sanitary products, girls and women are forced to use degrading solutions which do not absorb well and frequently pose serious health implications in the form of infections and diseases.
Making disposable pads available to women in developing countries poses a  problem, as there is rarely appropriate infrastructure to handle this kind of waste—a type of waste that manifests additional health concerns.
There is a general lack of education and guidance regarding menstrual hygiene and the use of menstrual hygiene products. This matter is often taboo and can be looked upon as dirty.

It really is a shame that in the world we live in periods are still looked at as gross and shameful and something we need to hide and not talk about. That is so WRONG ! Our bodies are amazing the things that they do are amazing! We are females! We are beautiful creatures with amazing fertility! Our periods should be something to celebrate and be proud of. Ruby cup is helping to achieve that goal and break this " bloody taboo"  
If you want to learn more on the basics of a menstrual cup check out this post.
So onto the cup itself. Ruby cup comes in one size and this is to help accommodate women of all sizes, especially when sending them to underprivileged women around the world. The cup is 45mm wide,  51mm long and holds 34ml of fluid. So the cup is about the same as a large MeLuna, the large Sckoon and the large Bella cup. 
Large Classic MeLuna comparison:

Large Sckoon Cup comparison:

Large Bella comparison:
The Bella cup has a frosted look to it and this makes the cup very nice feeling, its hard to describe but it is smoother and not rubbery feeling like the silicone on other cups feel like. It is very luxurious and almost slightly textured feeling.
The Cup has measurement lines on the inside at the 5, 10 and 15ml mark.

As well as Ruby Cup stamped on the inside.

The Ruby cup has very nice grip rings on the base of the cup that are raised up but still as smooth as the rest of the cup.

The steam is a sturdy but flexible hollow stem with textured grip dots down the length of it.

My order came with some leaflets on the Ruby Cup, a thank you photo, an instruction sheet and my Ruby Cup in its 100% cotton bag.

The Ruby Cup worked very well for me. I am a mom of two and normally use the large sized cups so the size of the Ruby Cup was perfect for me. The cup is about medium in firmness to me. I would say its slightly softer than a classic MeLuna but slightly firmer than the Sckooncup. I used the punched down fold as it my go to fold and it inserted very easily and it popped open as soon as I released it. The stem is pretty sturdy and I did have to take it out and trim it. I always leave some steam though as I have a very high cervix and my cup tend to migrate upwards so I always need a little something to help me reach the cup. Once in the cup was very comfy and I couldn't feel it. The capacity of the cup is great and I was able to wear it on a moderate flow day for 9 hours. Removal was very simple I pinched the base and broke the suction/seal and removed the cup with no problems.

The Ruby Cup can be purchased from their website. You can get a single cup for 27.95 Euros or 37.00 US dollars. They also have sister packs so you can get one for you and one for your mom, sister, friend. The sister packs are 45.95 Euros or 60.00 US dollars so that's a saving of 14.00 US dollars. I received my cup within a week which is amazing for overseas shipping.

Overall the Ruby Cup is great. It works well and has and amazing mission behind it. If your looking for a great cup to try I recommend getting a Ruby cup. 

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