I can’t put my finger on why the brand name “Bloody Buddy” doesn’t land for me, though I have a feeling it’s linked to the “buddy” and not “bloody.” As a child born in the 80’s I can’t help but picture the My Buddy doll and hear the jingle.
It’s a funny name but is it a good cup? I’ve been taking this cup for a spin to provide Period Nirvana readers with a full Bloody Buddy Cup review. Many of you may be familiar with the brand through their social media presence. The cup changed from a white label design to their own proprietary design through a successfully funded Kickstarter. In the video I mention that the brand name, Bloody Buddy, isn’t my favorite. I can’t figure out if it’s meant to be cheeky or serious. I’ve had a few people make similar comments to me about the name in cup communities, I know I’m not alone. Then again, I’ve seen some people who love it. The name in no way affects how the cup functions.
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Bloody Buddy Sizes
Bloody Buddy comes in three size options, their Bud, Blossom, and Bloom (Bud=XS. Blossom=S. Bloom=L) Of note, Bloody Buddy’s smallest size is great for the first-time teen cup user. Being very firm has the advantage of making it easy to insert and open with fewer chances of there being a leak. It is on the longer length spectrum of available “teen menstrual cup” choices. Based on the colorful options available it’s a cute teen cup.
The Bloody Buddy’s capacity for the Small and Large sizes (Blossom and Bloom) is less than average. Most “average” menstrual cups come in at around 28-30 mL for their largest size. Since this cup’s shape is so long and tapered the math all adds up. If you have a heavier period those few mL’s count when it comes to how long you can wear the cup. The Teen (bud) size is pretty average for comparable cups in that category. I’ve chosen to highlight this cup against DivaCup since they’re both on the longer side. You can always reference the menstrual cup sortable chart for more research.
The line of sizes from Bloody Buddy are on the longer side, meaning it’s closer to cups like DivaCup than cups like Saalt. With the stem trimmed each size is shorter than the DivaCup in length. It should be short enough for most people with an average cervix when the stem is trimmed down or off completely. The two smaller Bloody Buddy sizes are more in the “average” length range.
Related Resource: Menstrual Cup Comparison Chart
They currently offer fantastic bold and bright colors, mostly primary colors, and the packaging reflects that in a fun way. Bloody Buddy only sells 2-pack sets. When you buy a Bloody Buddy you will need to pick from either a matching set of sizes or mis-matching sizes to try. For this reason, you’re forced into spending a bit more (despite a better value for 2.) Many people simply want to buy one cup and have no need for a 2nd. You will receive a pouch per cup in the packaging.
Bloody Buddy Cup Features
The Bloody Buddy cup features a few nice design touches. The wavy grips on the base are a cute and functional touch. It’s rimless, which can be a bonus depending on your preference. The cup has an internal “bone” structure to assist it with popping open and boy does that work. Watch out! As I mention in the video the firmness and force of the opening was quite an experience for my first use. The base has a “nub” they call a “pinch grip.” This is there to make sure the base doesn’t collapse into itself when you’re pushing the cup up during insertion. It can also be a place to grip as you remove the cup if you chop your stem off. The stem is flexible and thin with notches at places you may want to trim it at. The entire cup has a polished finish.
Bloody Buddy Cup Performance Review
As outlined in the video the Bloody Buddy cup did its job without leaks. While it wasn’t uncomfortable, the firmness of the cup did slow my urine flow. It’s not something I mind nor would it make me stop using a cup that I otherwise like.
Since the cup was long, even with the stem chopped off there were days it was almost too low for me. When possible I like my cups not to be hanging out right at my vaginal entrance. As my period progressed and my cervix was higher I liked the cup much more. The firmness made it so that I had to be very careful when inserting the cup, as I learned, it pops open with force and opening lower was a whole eye opening experience. I’m a quick study and didn’t do that again, ever after making sure I would get the cup much higher and keeping it tightly folded with concerted effort to make that happen.
Who is Blood Buddy cup good for?
It’s great if you
- Have an average-high cervix
- Are very active and fit
- Are a first-time cup user
- Have had issues with cups slipping during wear
- Have had issues with cups not opening fully
It’s not the best cup if you’ve had bladder pressure with other cups or have a low cervix. Please check their measurements and against your cervix height
Related Article: How to Measure Your Cervix Height.
Were it not for the length of the “Bloom” large sized Blood Buddy, this is a cup I could use for my cycles easily. I appreciate the design touches they made in this new cup and I love the polished finish which is something not seen on most cups. It’s doubtful I would proudly proclaim my cup is “Bloody Buddy” in conversation but I get the sense the brand is in on their own joke (is it a joke?) and that they understand it’s not for everyone. I can’t put my finger on why the brand name “Bloody Buddy” doesn’t land for me, though I have a feeling it’s linked to the “buddy” and not “bloody.” As a child born in the 80’s I can’t help but picture the My Buddy doll and hear the jingle.
Even though the brand name isn’t my favorite I’m super into the typography and colors they’ve used on the packaging. Great job! I also appreciate that they are very supportive members of the menstrual cup community; they provide free education about cups through their social media. Bloody Buddy seem genuinely interested in promoting cup use even if it’s not their own brand. That’s a brand I can support! It took some time to warm up to the brand because they started out as a white label; as a proprietary cup brand I can say they’ve got a new fan.
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