Menstrual Cups May Be Available In Taiwan By End of The Year

One company is applying for a permit to manufacture and sell menstrual cups in Taiwan while others are lobbying for it to be sold online.

The News Lens
Date: 2016/11/01
By: ZiQing Low

A petition on the National Development Council’s online public policy civic participation

Photo Credit: Michelle TribeCC BY 2.0

Photo Credit: Michelle TribeCC BY 2.0

platform (公共政策網路參與平台) to permit menstrual cups to be sold online in Taiwan has reached over 6,000 signatures since it launched in July.

In response to the petition, Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement saying it has begun collecting professional advice on whether menstrual cups are suitable for online sale.

Menstrual cups are soft, bell-shaped cups made out of medical grade silicone and are inserted directly into the vagina to collect menstrual fluid. It can be used for up to 12 hours at a time and then washed for reuse. If taken care of properly, one cup can be used for up to 10 years, making it more environmentally friendly than sanitary pads and tampons.

Women who use menstrual cups are also less likely to contract toxic shock syndrome (TSS), a life-threatening bacterial infection that has been associated with tampon use.    [FULL  STORY]

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