What is the Looncup?

It’s official, guys. We are living in the future. Gone are the days where pads, tampons, or even your run-of-the-mill menstrual cup are your only options, because now LOON Lab is looking to change the game. For those who don’t already know, a menstrual cup is a small bell-shaped feminine care product that is worn inside the vagina to catch menstrual fluid. But now LOON Lab has created the Looncup, an upgraded menstrual cup that not only tracks the color and the volume of your flow, but also sends the information straight to your smartphone or smartwatch. So you can now not just expect texts from bae, but from your vagina as well (woohoo)!

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How the Looncup works is by using a built-in sensor at the base of the cup to measure the quality and quantity of your flow, then transfers this information to your phone through an antenna located in the stem of the cup. Unlike existing menstrual cups, the flow tracking function of the Looncup informs users when their cups are full, giving them more peace of mind throughout the day, without having to worry about any pesky leaks.

 

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But in addition to making menstrual cups that much more convenient, this function also serves as an important diagnostic tool by being able to detect changes in the amount of blood and tissue discharged during your time of month. What this means is that it can serve as an early indication of problems like uterine fibroids or endometriosis.

However, the Looncup isn’t without its naysayers, the fact that you can’t trim the stem of the cup (with the antenna embedded in it), is a major turnoff for some women, as the stem has been reported to being the part of the cup that actually causes you to feel like there is *ahem* something inside you. In addition to this, the battery in the cup is not rechargeable, hence you will need to keep changing cups if you want to keep long-term records of your flow patterns. This also negates one of the biggest selling points of your conventional menstrual cup: being environmentally friendly. On top of those issues, some also question why we need this piece of technology to begin with. Does it provide information we actually need? Or is it just an example of having technology for technology’s sake?

 

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But ultimately, it’s your body, and your choice. If you want to try out a new and innovative way to allow you to track your period like never before, then go ahead and join the long list of backers on Kickstarter, who have collectively pledged more $124,000 to date, well above LOON Lab’s goal of $50,000. And while this field of wearable technology is still in its infancy, with many aspects still needing to be explored and improved, the potential for development is huge. We here at PSLove simply can’t wait to see what the future holds for this gadget and for the domain of wearable technology in general!

 

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Chen Wei Chua

Chen Wei is an undergrad majoring in Psychology. She's currently spending a year in New York City, where she's interning at a startup. When she's not at work, you can find her practising yoga, or exploring the Big Apple with her camera in hand.

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