If you want to track and learn more about your monthly flow, you can pre-order a Bluetooth-connected menstrual cup that sends reports to your phone.
Now on Kickstarter, the Looncup is a smart menstruation cup that women can insert into their vaginas during their periods. The cup tracks details like fluid volume and color, and compares that data on a monthly basis.
Further, the cup connects via Bluetooth to an app on your iPhone, Android or Apple Watch, and can send push notifications indicating how full the cup is, and when you should change it.
That feature should come in handy to warn women of spilling and staining — common fears associated with first-time menstrual cups users.
Menstrual cups have existed for years in a variety of brands: the Mooncup, Diva Cup and Lunette, to name a few.
Many consider the cup a more sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to tampons and pads. Some reports estimate a woman will throw away between 250 and 300 pounds of pads, tampons and applicators in her lifetime, so these new alternatives appeal to the growing number of people exploring ways to create less waste.
The Looncup, currently at the midway mark to its $50,000 goal on Kickstarter, outfits a typical silicone cup with a sensor, battery and Bluetooth antenna.