‘Sensible Menstrual Cup’ Looncup Deciphers Your Stream
I wish to assume I’m not squeamish about menstruation. I monitor my signs each month and am not often hesitant to speak about durations with shut (and even not so shut) associates. I used to be nonetheless shocked, nevertheless, once I heard about Looncup, which payments itself because the “world’s first sensible menstrual cup” and surpassed its $fifty two,000 Kickstarter objective in only one week.
Created by Loon Labs, the reusable cup tracks the quantity and shade of menstrual fluid in its related app to offer ladies extra details about their reproductive well being. Until it makes a multitude, I not often take into consideration my sloughing uterine lining as something aside from a minor inconvenience, so I requested Loon Labs co-founder Kate Lee concerning the potential advantages of analyzing it.
She defined that modifications within the quantity of blood and tissue shed can signify issues like uterine fibroids or untimely ovarian failure. Since pads and tampons take up fluid, they will obscure gradual will increase or decreases in quantity, which in flip may delay analysis.
Looncup’s sensor, which is embedded on the base of the cup, additionally serves a sensible function. Menstrual cups are gaining in reputation (DivaCup, Lunette, and Mooncups are few of probably the most extensively out there manufacturers) partly as a result of they are often worn longer than tampons (some producers say as much as twelve hours), however they often refill and leak earlier than then. Lee says Looncup, which at present begins at $30 (about the identical as conventional menstrual cups), was initially created to alert ladies when they should empty their cup.
“We’ve been amassing suggestions from present menstrual cup customers they usually stated their largest ache level just isn’t understanding when to refresh their cup,” says Lee. “By sending notifications to them, we hope we may give them extra freedom.”
Looncup’s preliminary goal clients are individuals who already use menstrual cups, however cup followers may need some quibbles with its present iteration. For instance, most menstrual cups include a deal with on the backside for simpler removing, however some customers discover it uncomfortable and reduce it off. You possibly can’t do this with the Looncup as a result of its antenna, which sends knowledge from the sensor to its app, is in its deal with. The Looncup’s battery lasts six months and may’t be eliminated, so that you both have to purchase a brand new Looncup when it dies or settle for its destiny as a dumb cup (menstrual cups can final about 5 to 10 years, a promoting level for individuals who need to discover environmentally-pleasant options to disposable merchandise).
Lee says it’s because Loon Labs (which is predicated in San Francisco, with a analysis and improvement workplace in Seoul) needed to make the Looncup in a single piece for hygiene causes, however will discover wi-fi battery charging for future variations and a brand new placement for the antenna so the deal with is optionally available. The battery is 16mm in diameter, which shouldn’t intefere with the folding methods most individuals use to insert their cups.
Along with enhancing Looncup’s design, Loon Labs additionally plans to develop options for ladies with particular well being circumstances and work on different merchandise, together with an ovulation tracker. After Looncups are despatched to Kickstarter supporters (its estimated ship date is January 2016), the startup will open an internet retailer with worldwide delivery.
“We need to change the unfavorable ideas we’ve all had about menstruation,” says Lee. “We expect it’s one thing constructive.”