Why I don’t recommend the Aneer cup, and others like it
The reusable menstrual cup market is exploding. While menstrual cups have been around for a long time, inventions like the internet and smart phones are helping to spread the word about these innovative, life-changing eco-friendly products.
However, buywer beware.
While there are many reputable menstrual cup brands on the market, there are just as many manufacturers who see this as an opportunity to make fast money. These companies do not adhere to the same quality standards and are reeling menstruators in left and right to make a quick buck.
The past few weeks, I have received messages and spoken to several menstruators having difficulty with their Aneer cup. In an attempt to get a more personal experience with the cup, I found the company’s website and used their online form to send an e-mail asking for review samples.
While I would literally love to buy every menstrual cup out there, review samples often help me test out products and continue to feed my family.
I did not get a response. In addition, no phone number or e-mail is available.
With a tip from a friend, I located the brand…and was shocked at what I found.
The menstrual cups are available on a China-based product wholesale website for as little as a quarter. That’s right, twenty-five cents. In addition, they are listed wholesale on the company’s website at $39.99 (on sale for $19.99) or two for $29.99. Can you believe that markup? Can you believe that cost?
The sad thing? At twenty-five cents per cup, the distributor is still making money.
Screenshots on 1/6/2018 from China supplier below:
What does this mean?
I’m sure someone will find this article and tell me how much they love their China-based cup. If you happen to have paid $1 for your menstrual cup and are in love, good for you?
I still will not recommend them.
While I do not have a testing lab, I can imagine that the materials in a lunette cup compared to an Aneer cup vary drastically.
Menstruators described their Aneer cups as sticky, too soft and having a strange plastic-like odor.
Not something I want in my vagina.
Like all things, cheap products come at a high cost. Someone who is manufacturing a menstrual cup with a cost of $8 per unit is not cutting the same corners as someone manufacturing cups at twenty-five cents. Is it materials? Quality? Labor? All of the above?
Ther are reasons a reputable brand costs $30 or $40, manufacturers in a high-quality facility and have FDA approval. Quality, consistency, toxin-free, safety and transparency.
What is my recommendation? Put your money where your vagina is. Buy a reputable brand. If the price of a menstrual cup seems too good to be true…it probably is.
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