A question we get frequently is:
Why are the US cups more expensive and why don't we have the same colors as are offered in the rest of the world?
In Europe menstrual cups are considered a hygiene article and therefore do not have to meet medical device standards.
In the US however the cups are considered a medical device. This is in large part because they are inserted into the body and have prolonged contact with mucus membranes.
MeLuna cups sold in the US have to meet FDA standards which include being made from all medical grade materials.
Not only are the materials medical grade, they also have been tested to ensure no leaching or other adverse effects occur before they are made available to the public.
Medical grade materials and testing are expensive.
In fact we currently have a second color in testing that should become available in the summer (beautiful sapphire blue).
We are actually quite thrilled that even with the high cost of testing and the higher cost of materials our US version is made from, we are able to keep the price at only $24.95 for a medical grade, FDA cleared cup. If you compare it to other FDA cleared cups on the market the US MeLuna generally comes out about $15 less than comparable cups.
The TPE that is used in the US cups even in the clear version is slightly different to meet FDA standards of 'medical grade'.
The even more noticable difference though is in the colorants. Colorants for the non-US MeLuna version are food colorants and not medical grade. US colorants are medical grade.
We offer different colorants here in the US because the US version is made from medical grade colorants made specifically to fuse permanently and without leaching with the raw material.
Only the US version is considered 'generally safe for use' by the FDA.
If you are comparing apples to apples you are really getting an exceptional value with the $24.95 medical grade cup! It's made to meet much higher standards and we are really happy to offer our US customers the safest and highest quality MeLuna available anywhere in the world! :)
In addition to the differences mentioned above there are some other perks that come with the US cups:
* each US cup also comes with a free cleaning brush - the overseas versions do not
* each 2-cup US combo comes with 2 cups packaged separately with 2 bags and 2 cleaning brushes and 2 brochures. The overseas 2-cup combos come with 2 cups, 1 bag, 1 brochure and 0 brushes
We are working hard at making more color choices available in the future.
If you live in the US and support MeLuna USA by purchasing the FDA cleared version of the cup, you not only get a higher quality cup for yourself, you are also helping bring more color choices in medical grade cups on the market in the future.
We appreciate your support!