The period cup for everyone
The Merula Cup One Size is made out of 100% medical-grade silicone and produced in Germany. It is round, with a rigid edge and a thin, soft body. The menstrual cup can be worn in a folded up state – only the edge needs to be open. The slight vacuum means the cup can be worn whatever the condition of the pelvic floor muscles. It has an adaptable, three-rung stem that can be shortened to ensure an individual, optimally comfortable length.
Merula Cup XL
The menstrual cup for those very heavy days
Be more at ease with the Merula Cup XL, because an hourly change of tampons, pads, or menstrual cups of lower capacity is now a thing of the past. The Merula Cup XL holds approximately as much as 2.5 of the largest commercial tampons; it offers a 50 ml / 1.691 fl oz capacity, which is 12 ml / 0.406 fl oz more than the Merula Cup “one-size” model. Made for medium to high cervix heights, pelvic muscle conditions of all types, and in case of intense, heavy bleeding.
the first time I heard about
the menstrual cup
Hi, my name is Merle-Marie Forstmann. I would like to tell you how and why I invented the Merula Cup. I first heard about menstrual cups at a birthday party in 2011. Since I have never been a fan of the common menstrual products out there, I ordered my first cup that same night. I was instantly convinced that the menstrual cup is a better product for the woman’s body as well as the environment.
Finding the right cup
For the next 2 years, I tested many different menstrual cups on the market and while they were all better than tampons and pads, I had a few minor issues with the cups. Some hurt, some leaked, some felt very uncomfortable and some slipped down. I joined several Facebook groups to talk to women all over the world about their experiences, their problems and their wishes.
the perfect cup
hasn't been invented yet
I started to consult women on the advantages and disadvantages of each cup on the market. I also gave women advice on how to use menstrual cups in a safe and efficient way. During this time, I heard so many great ideas about “the perfect cup”, that I started to draw a sketch of the “perfect cup”. A cup that is firm but also soft, small but has enough capacity and most importantly: one-size that can fit all woman regardless of their flow-strength, cervix-height, age, muscle-behavior or lifestyle.
taking a chance on
the perfect cup
In 2015 I decided to contact one of the big menstrual cup companies out there, send them my little sketch, explained how I came up with it and asked them if they would consider producing such a product. I also told them that this isn’t just “my perfect cup”, but that I have talked to thousands of women online and gathered feedback to really create a cup for us women that addresses all the issues we have with the current selection on the market. I wanted a product who’s design is not dictated by cost efficiency or packaging requirements but solely by what we need to feel comfortable and get all the great benefits menstrual cups have to offer. Unfortunately, the company had no time nor capacity to produce a new product. I also had the feeling that they didn’t take me and my sketch to serious.
Now I smelled blood (and not because my menstrual cup was leaking :-)) and I wanted to show them that this is real. So everyday, once my kids went to sleep, I taught myself on how to use a 3D-Design Software to create a real prototype-like design with exact measurements and materials. After I had the design 100% correct, I contacted one of the big players, again. This time I was very optimistic, I had a product that has real benefits over the existing offering, real market research behind it, and all they have to do is manufacture it based on my design. But again, there was no interest at all. Please don’t understand me wrong, the company was always very nice to me and even wished me good luck with my product, which I however really understood as laughing in my face. They had hundreds of thousands of customers and here I was with my sketch.
Naturally, I was devastated. I had so many late night hours put into that project, so many women that I met online were looking forward to this product created by us and for us. But here I was, alone with my design.
Some time went by and I decided to once again spend my evening hours to learn something new. The different types of manufacturing. I was determined to produce a small badge of this product with medical grade silicon and sell it to all those women that have helped me during this process with input.
I found a manufacturer for medical devices and ordered 200 units of my own menstrual cup. I couldn’t wait for them to be produced. My first own product, how great is that. Once delivery date came closer, the manufacturer told me that they produced 2,000 units as 200 was just to small of a badge for them. I freaked out. 2,000 menstrual cups??? My husband will kill me. Where should I keep them, how should I ever sell 2,000 cups? This was all a huge mistake!
We need more!
A couple weeks before the 2,000 cups were to arrive at my home, I informed the online community about the product being produced. Even so nobody had seen or tested the cup yet, I received over 700 orders before I even received the final product. This was just amazing. Two weeks later I had sold all 2,000 units and got requests for more on a daily basis.
Now I knew that what started as fixing a problem had the opportunity to become a real business. The Merula (“Merula” is Latin for blackbird, which in French is “Merle”) company was founded and I brought André Eichhorn (who is now my 50/50 partner) onboard to help me grow my business.
ALL Around the World
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Less than three years later, our business has now sold over 100,000 units into over 30 countries in the world. And now we take the next big step. We opened a company in the U.S. to serve the North American market.
This journey has been so fulfilling for me. I learned so much about business and entrepreneurship but most at all, I learned to not give up, not to let anyone tell me I can’t do something and instead just go for it. Creating a product with the customers voice in mind is how the Merula Cup was created and we keep collecting every feedback we get to make the right decisions for you.
Merula Cup galaxy
The Merula Cup galaxy – in mystical dark purple – fits perfectly in its little bag full of shiny stars, comets, planets, and a mysterious purple haze that stands before the vastness of the dark-blue universe. In between periods, the Merula Cup galaxy can be stored safely and ventilated in its little cotton bag with matching purple drawstring.