Flove cup – the story behind
The idea of Flove and the development of a menstrual cup began with a thought of wanting to help girls in developing countries to stay in school, by giving away menstrual cups. These girls often miss school because they can't afford sanitary pads. It often results in many eventually dropping out. My though after two years is that I have to make money to be able to help others. I must first build up Flove before I can help girls in developing countries. Flove has found a partner to help with this in the future. There will be a separate post about it later.
In 2017, I also began to ask questions about what sanitary pads and tampons actually contain. I was shocked to find out that companies are not required to disclose the content of products most people with a vagina use every month. I also found that there is NO requirement for the production, process or raw material of the products before they are sold on the Norwegian market. It basically means anyone can buy bad products from anywhere and sell it in the Norway. After this insight, it felt completely wrong for me to put a tampon that contains bleaches and most likely chemicals from cotton production into the vagina. The vagina is an absorbing organ and you can risk the unwanted substances going straight to the bloodstream.
I started investigating alternative products. There had to be something that was better and without toxic chemicals. I came across menstrual cup, but I quickly became skeptical. Partly because I then had to face my own blood face-to-face and partly because I have IUD and was uncertain if it would come out due to the vacuum a menstrual cup create. I took the chance, ordered, tried it and mastered. I've never used sanitary pad or tampon since. The IUD is still in place and the occasional fungal infections have not flourished since.
New standard for period products
I wanted create something that was better than the many bad products that exist. I would give away menstrual cups to girls in developing countries. I wanted the advertising and design to be completely different from what exists. After X-Number of prototypes, many failures, lots of lessons hopefully learned, help from a lots of great people and a lot of waiting, Flove menstrual cup is finally ready. The dreams and vision for what Flove want to and can be, can finally start. Let the Flove begin!