Menstrual Cups are certainly not a recent invention! 1867 saw the invention of perhaps the first menstrual cup-like device. 

Then two important innovations in menstrual hygiene occurred in the 1930s: the tampon and the menstrual cup. The first cup was most probably the Daintette, patented in 1932. Made from rubber, it is essentially the same in design and purpose as the menstrual cups of today. 

The next product on the market was the Leona Chalmer's menstrual cup which was patented around 1937 and made from vulcanized rubber. Leona Chalmers became acutely aware of the needs for special improvements in methods used for feminine hygiene, she solicited the aid of several noted gynecologists and devoted their time to the development of safer, cleaner and more comfortable products for the purpose. The menstrual cup was the result of years of tireless research and experiments. “I have found the answer to a problem as old as Eve”, she announced. Unfortunately women did not like the cup because it was hard and too heavy. But mainly because society has, for many years, had taboos over discussing menstrual health and considered menstruation to be unclean. The Tampax tampon, first sold in 1936, met similar resistance from the public. 

This is shown in the fact that many publications had refused to advertise early tampons and menstrual cups - and those that did, disallowed mention of specific words such as "vagina" or "menstruation", some even refusing to print images of the devices themselves. Imagine trying to sell a product when you can't show it or even mention what it is used for!? 

Luckily, over time it has become more socially acceptable for women to become both more aware of our bodies, and more vocal about menstruation. Probably helped by the cups that had gone before it, the Keeper, brought out in 1987, is the first menstrual cup to have been commercially viable. 

Today there are numerous manufacturers of menstrual cups around the world. MeLuna offers the most innovative products of feminine hygiene. 

Save up! 

Because many women have become accustomed to purchasing disposable feminine hygiene products, they consider this monthly expenditure necessary, but it's not. MeLuna can be used for 5-10 years and is therefore obviously cost-saving compared to other sanitary products for women. A woman expend during her fruitful years approximately 10.000 tampons or sanitary pads. Most women spend 5-6 EUR a month on disposable tampons and pads. If you would estimate your monthly total in disposable feminine hygiene products, multiply by 12 months and about 40 fruitful years, you would realize that the purchase of the MeLuna results in significant savings. 

Act green! 

Just imagine the waste from tampons and pads that womankind throw in the trash or flush down the toilet each month… It is understood that women must make a significant, positive environmental impact by switching from disposable tampons and pads to alternative products. Because it’s reusable for a lot of years, a menstrual cup is the most eco-friendly hygienic menstrual product. There is hardly any packing or used pads or sanitary towels which have to be disposed month by month. This makes MeLuna an important, environmentally responsible feminine hygiene choice!

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