In this specific chapter, let's get back to where and when menstrual cups started, in the 30s. We want to thank mum.org for the information they provided. Enjoy your journey !
The first menstrual cup was created in 1867 in Chicago. She was tied to a belt, but has never been commercialized. Menstrual cups started to be sold in the 30s, with aged products : Tassette, Tassaway, Daintette, Foldene… And to end it : the Keeper, more known and still available in several countries
La Foldene avait une longueur de 5.2 centimètre, et un diamètre de 3.7 cm.
USA where pioneers in commercializing menstrual cups (Foldene, Daintette that was worth $2.50 in 1932, Tassette – worth 2$ around 1937, Tassette Soft for around $5 in the 50s, and the last one, the Tassaway in 1967, the last before the Keeper).All those cups were in rubber, and Tassette and Tassaway where the only ones having had a gynecologist and biologist recognition. None of these companies survived, their profits were too low for the manufacturers, and above all, they faced rubber intolerance. Toxic Shock syndrom risks with tampons were already known, and specialists agreed to say menstrual cups reduced those risks. One biologist even demonstrated no infection with Staphylococcus aureus had been observed with the Tassaway.
We owe the commercialization and the beginning of the democratization of menstrual cups to Leona W. Chalmers, an actrice who decided to increase feminine hygiene solutions. The menstrual cup she worked with was the Tassette. Leona W. Chalmers asked many famous gynecologist to join her in studying this new product. All the cups then were colored and opaque (the same way as the Keeper and the LilyCup). The Tassette's design is the one most resembling modern cups.
Funny detail, in the beginning, pads such as menstrual cups, were held with a belt (personal belt), in the 70s, moment from which pad manufacturers started to add an adhesive to their products.