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$25,802
pledged of $83,711pledged of $83,711 goal
311
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Mar 24 2018

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About

VOXAPOD is a modern menstrual cup with a unique, patent-pending design that’s more comfortable and functional, toxic free, and reduces waste! It folds and inserts like a tampon to collect menstrual fluid, but works better and is reusable--eliminating trillions of single-use disposable waste and saving you thousands of dollars!

As a benefit company, we fight for period care policies that ensure all women have access to safe period care, and to keep girls in school in the developing world after they start their period.

"No girl or woman should be denied education or opportunity because of her biology."-Amanda Wilson

Over 1.8 billion humans menstruate on the planet, often using single-use disposables, like pads and tampons, causing enormous waste. They inconveniently require changing every 2-3 hours and cause dryness, irritation and odor--they are often bleached and contain chemical toxins to make them appear more ‘clean’ or ‘sanitary,’ yet this makes them unhealthy for our bodies and the planet.

Problem with other menstrual cups

While menstrual cups have been around since the 1930's, there were some functional design flaws about them...

Most cups on the market are long and conical shaped with hard stems that cause poking or chafing (ouch!). Meanwhile, some cups wouldn't always open up properly to form a secure seal after being inserted. Worse yet, when removing some cups, pinching at the base did nothing to break the seal because there was too much distance between the base of the cup and the top of the cup where the seal is formed. 

We designed a cup that solves all of these problems!

 For all shapes and sizes. 

VOXAPOD™ cup was innovated by a woman, with the final design being informed by a diverse test group of women--together, we thought of everything! It's compact and one of the shortest cups on the market, with two sizing options to accommodate your body and flow.

Note: you'll be able to select your size/s when the campaign ends, and we will send you our sizing guide to make it easy! 

All the right feels

It’s satiny, soft, flexible and moldable, it folds and inserts like a tampon, but works better and lasts longer.

“Very comfortable. This was the best thing about the cup. Absolutely no discomfort.” Ursula G.

It’s not made of cotton fibers—which means rather than working against your natural fluids, it just slides right in and moves comfortably with your body. No more itchy weirdness or dry, uncomfortable "applications". Most women say it’s so comfortable they can’t even feel it.

Prevents leaks and stays put

Where other cups sometimes have a hard time opening up properly to form a seal, VOXAPOD has a reinforced center that gives you a fool-proof seal with every insertion. No more leaks or ruining your favorite pair of undies. The bell-shaped curves of the cup allow it to stay put and contour with the natural movements and shape of your body. 

Easy, comfy removal 

The unique pinch grips at the base of the cup align with the suction holes, making the seal easy to break, and allowing the cup to glide right out. 

There’s a stem at the base, so you don’t have to worry about it getting ‘lost’ in there. The base is rounded and the stem is thin and flexible. It can be trimmed or removed, so there is never any poking ‘down there’.

Here's how VOXAPOD cups can redefine your month--and your lifestyle.

More time and flexibility

The cup contains, rather than absorbs your period fluid, collecting up to 5x more than a tampon, and giving you up to 12 hours of leak-free protection--most women can empty it once in the morning and again before bed.

“I was amazed that I could keep it in overnight (all 8 or 9 hours), even on my first and second days, typically the heaviest. This was the first time this has happened with a menstrual cup. I’ve always had to wake up in the middle of the night to empty it. Not with VOXAPOD!” -Ashley C.

Silicone is sanitary

All VOXAPOD cups are made in the United States using only 100% FDA-approved medical-grade silicone.

Because they are naturally hygienic, it eliminates the nasty bleaching and chemical process--meaning there’s no more dryness, odors, strings, padding or disrupting your natural pH balance.

Cost-effective

With proper care, VOXAPOD™ cups last for several years. That means hundreds of dollars saved for you—and no more "emergency" pad or tampon trips to the store.

Less itchy weirdness

Satiny, soft, flexible and moldable, VOXAPOD cups aren't made of cotton fibers—which means rather than working against your natural fluids, they just slide right in and move comfortably with your anatomy. No more dry, uncomfortable "applications" for you.

End of 'stinky' odors

To make them appear more “cleanly,” most tampons are bleached and are known to contain toxins that lead to adverse health risks. VOXAPOD cups eliminate this process, meaning no more dryness, stinky odors (yuck), strings, padding or interrupting your natural pH balance.

Reduce waste 

In the US alone, 12 billion pads and 7 billion tampons are thrown into our waterways and landfills every year. The average woman menstruates for 38 years, tossing roughly 12,000 used disposables in her lifetime. Making the change to reusable period care is good for everyone, including the planet.

VOXAPOD folds and inserts much like a tampon, but collects menstrual fluid without making you dry and is reusable. Wash your hands with warm water and soap before inserting. Choose one of the following folding methods:  

When inserted correctly, the cup should unfold and create a gentle seal with your vaginal wall.

To remove, gently pinch the base of the cup to break the suction seal that was formed, empty contents, rinse and reinsert. The cup only needs to be sterilized between cycles, not during a cycle.

For maximum comfort, the cup is designed to contour and move with your body during physical activities and other lifestyle demands. There is little to no sensation of the cup when properly inserted. Most women forget they are wearing it. 

The cup needs to be emptied at least every 12 hours, but can be worn overnight. It can be worn during showering or bathing and does not need to be removed when going to the bathroom.

Before first use and between cycles:
Sterilize by fully submerging your VOXAPOD in boiling water for 5-7 minutes. Let cool or rinse under cold water before use. 

During cycle:
Simply rinse cup with with clean water and reinsert. If water is not available, cup may be wiped off and rinsed at your next convenience. Most women can rinse once in the morning and again before bed in the comfort of their own home.

Most women can wear either size of VOXAPOD™ cups, however, we have found considering your cervix height, menstrual flow, general physique, and vaginal wall strength in choosing a size to be the most helpful. Don't worry, you can select your size after the campaign ends and we will send you a sizing guide to make it easy!

 VOXAPOD Small Recommended for: 

Light to Medium Flow
First-time cup users
Low Cervix to Medium Cervix

VOXAPOD Medium Recommended for: 

Medium to Heavy Flow
Higher Capacity Longer Protection
Medium to High Cervix

"I travel internationally and my VOXAPOD always comes with me. I've used it on economic development trips in rural Africa, and on business trips to Europe. When I'm visiting new people and cultures, the last thing I want to do is worry about hitting the bathroom every few hours, as I used to before VOXAPOD. It's easy to use, easy to clean, and it makes me happy to know that I am saving a lot of unnecessary packaging and products while using my VOXAPOD." -Kathryn B., CEO

“Running with VOXAPOD is awesome! Thank you! I run trails, hill, flat, slow and fast and it is a freeing experience compared to tampons. I am unaware of any discomfort that in the past I have had with tampons. This should be a no brainer for athletes.” -Sonya B.

I use VOXAPOD because it is convenient. It enhances my life. I don’t have to worry about bleeding through my underwear or (God forbid) pants. I love it. I love it because I can get naked in front of my fiancé (while having my period) and not have to worry about a string hanging out of my vagina. I love it because I feel like I am in more control. I understand my body a little more. I am empowered. -Christine C.

"I'd previously used another menstrual cup many years ago, but had decided that they weren't for me. I absolutely hated that it would occasionally lose suction and I'd end up with a messy situation to deal with, or would sometimes sit in a weird position and would end up poking me throughout the day. The perks of the cup weren't worth those two problems.

Then came the VoxaPod. I started using it with a bit of hesitation because of my previous experience, but wanted to stop using tampons after being diagnosed with endometriosis. The VoxaPod has completely changed my mind about menstrual cups. I use it all day (no need to worry about publicly cleaning it!), it is so easy to insert and there is this really certain "pop" where you know it's in place, I honestly don't feel it at all, I've never had it lose suction on me, and removal is a cinch. I want to tell everyone I know to get one. It is the kind of product that is a no-brainer. You save money over time, it makes your life easier, and it's better for your own health and the health of the environment. I love this product." -Maryam B.

Did you know that when girls and women don’t have access to or can’t afford period care, they use unsafe materials like mud, leaves or dirty rags, risking infection? 

When girls and women don't have access to safe period care products, they are denied work and education opportunities, putting them at social and economic disadvantages.

We don’t tax Viagra, razors, Rogaine, or even potato chips. Yet, because tampons and pads are considered a “luxury item," they receive a 5–20% tax, making them largely unaffordable for women in developing countries. 

In those same countries, 57% of girls don’t attend secondary school, in large part because they lack access to menstrual health products—and those that do attend will often drop out for the same reason. 

Every purchase of VOXAPOD™ helps create period equity and keep girls in school by meeting their menstrual health needs. 

"The single most effective tool to combat poverty in the world is through the education of girls." —UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan

Educated girls marry later, have fewer children, earn higher wages, have healthier families and reinvest 90% of their earnings back into their locality.

For these reasons, when we meet the menstrual needs of a girl, we not only give her the chance at education—we radically expand her ability to invest in the landscape of her community, both economically and socially. That community is our community. 

We proudly partner with Femme International, to not only provide safe period care, but also menstrual education that allows girls to stay in school and make informed decisions about their bodies. 

Every purchase of VOXAPOD supports Femme International and our collaborative work to break the taboo and create gender equity!

Amanda is a humanitarian, self-proclaimed anthropologist, and mediocre (at best) ukulele player. When she is not adventuring outdoors or satiating her epicurean food addiction, her passion is in creating sustainable products that help us rethink the way we do life. She is the President and founding board member of non-profit, Woman Led, helping ensure the success of woman led companies. 

Being a woman and raising daughters innately drives her desire to address the gender gap that holds girls and women back from the life they deserve and communities from the development they long for.

Founder | Innovator, Amanda Wilson
Founder | Innovator, Amanda Wilson

"One of the most powerful ways we can curb environmental destruction is by changing the way we manage our everyday habits. Periods are no exception,” says founder Amanda Wilson. ​“We live in a time where we must rethink the way we manage single-use disposables, whether it is a plastic water bottle or a plastic tampon applicator,” s​he added.

“Honestly, I wanted to manage my period without the discomfort, waste, or health risks of conventional tampons. I wanted to create better period care, not just for myself, but for all women, especially those in need. VOXAPOD is about responsible product design and ensuring that no woman is denied opportunity because of her biology.’

 Inspired, authentic and bloody brave.

We are a benefit corporation made up of real humans aspiring for a better future, and putting in the hard work to create positive social and environmental change. Just like you.

VOXAPOD is part of a wave of purpose-filled ventures proving that profit and philanthropy can be aligned to create sustainable impact. We take pride in our work and embody the change that we crave in the world around us.

We’ve worked hard for the last two years laying the groundwork to bring this product to life. We’ve partnered with product designer, Steven Dodson, who's been putting reputable brand products into the market for over 26 years (for companies including General Electric, Oakley, Toyota, and other medical devices). 

Our patent is filed, manufacturing and distribution are lined up to coordinate all stages of production and logistics, ensuring you not only get your VOXAPOD on time, but that it’s made with integrity and quality. 

All of our manufacturing is done in California, USA in a clean room manufacturing facility that complies with all FDA regulation and specializes in medical-grade silicone manufacturing.

Our distribution partner is global and has an experienced team in the field to assist with quality control, shipping and other logistics.

VOXAPOD is a benefit corporation, which means we believe business can be profitable while consciously considering both people and our planet. We intentionally use our resources as opportunities and tools for ethical progress.

We want you to have your VOXAPOD as soon as possible. Here’s our plan to achieve that:

March/April: Make lots of new Kickstarter friends, execute manufacturing agreements/standards.

May: Finalize engineering, order tooling for VOXAPOD, and complete packaging design.

June/July: Tooling build-out and procurement of raw materials.

August: Pre-production build, pilot production, quality assurance and product validation. 

September: Begin manufacturing for injection molding. 

October/November: Finalize assembly and shipment process and begin fulfillment.

Back and/or share our campaign today! At the top right corner of this campaign page you will find share buttons to make it easy!

Commit to a post on your social media. Let your friends and family know how we're changing the industry and world. Be sure to include this link in your post: www.11e.fnd.to/voxapod

Send an email to your network: it really is about spreading the word. Include this link: www.11e.fnd.to/voxapod

If you’d like to include us in your Newsletter, or need blog or email content for International Women’s Day, we’d love to provide you with content that highlights and brings awareness to these important issues that impact women worldwide. Email us: standup@voxapod.com

Follow, like and share our posts @voxapod: it helps make sure that others see our content and gives us the broadest reach.

You are the collective

Gloria Steinem once said, "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights."

You are the collective, and we are can't do this without you! Thank you for standing up with us, for your support, and for sharing and backing this campaign. #strongertogether

Check our our Frequently Asked Questions on our website. 

Risks and challenges

We have worked extremely hard to ready this product for Kickstarter and full-scale manufacturing and fulfillment, but here are what I see as the risks:

MANUFACTURING: Creating the tooling to manufacture a product like this is expensive and requires expert knowledge to get it right. There is typically a 90-120 day lead time to create the molds for a product like VOXAPOD and this is where delays could occur. To minimize that possibility we're working with tooling manufacturers partners with a track record for prompt quality.

PRODUCT ADJUSTMENTS: As VOXAPOD prepares for production, there will likely be some minor adjustments to improve the final product. Pre-production prototypes are made to test and refine the product and allow us to incorporate our adjustments and those suggested by experienced manufacturing partners. These will always be for the benefit of you, the consumer, and we will let you know exactly how and why any are made.

FULFILLMENT: Sometimes there are unforeseen things that can’t be planned for: a supplier misses a deadline, a machine breaks down, or a shipment gets lost. Those things could cause a delay. To minimize the possibility of manufacturing setbacks we will enter the manufacturing stage with at least one back-up supplier for each component pre-located and my product commercialization experts will help ensure smooth sailing from our suppliers and factories.

We will be working with manufacturers who have years of experience delivering excellent products in tremendous quantities. There will, no doubt, be some surprises along the way, but any obstacle will be addressed by combining our internal knowledge with external expertise, and the overall goal of making the best possible product for you!

Any pledge amount brings us one step closer to our goal. Help us make VOXAPOD product by clicking the ‘Back This Project’ button at the top of the page, or by helping us spread the word by sharing our page.

Cheers to a better period and a more equitable future for women worldwide! THANK YOU for your help!

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Support

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    Thank you!

    We'll add your name to our Digital Backer Wall on our website, and send you our gratitude vibes. Your support at any level will help reduce waste and keep girls in school.

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    World of Period Euphemisms

    Own our canny digital guide to the World of Period Euphemisms (VOXAPOD style). The guide demonstrates clever, shocking, and laugh-out-loud euphemisms used from various origins on the globe, complete with witty illustrations by local artist, Amanda Kibbel. Plus, we'll add your name to our digital wall of backers on our website and send you our gratitude vibes.

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    Meet the Need | Donate a VOXAPOD

    Don't need a cup for yourself? Meet the need for someone else. Millions of girls around the world miss school because they lack access to safe period care. This purchase changes that reality.

    Includes:
    -Digital Backer Wall Thank You
    -Digital World of Period Euphemisms (VOXAPOD Style)
    -The great feeling of helping another human being.

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    VOXAPOD Menstrual Cup--EARLY BIRD

    Get your very own VOXAPOD (before anyone else!), complete with reusable cup, travel pouch, and the knowledge you're reducing waste and creating a more equitable society for girls. We'll send you updates of how the movement, you helped start, is growing over time.

    Select your size (S or M) in survey after campaign ends.

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    VOXAPOD Menstrual Cup

    Buy 1 VOXAPOD cup that makes period-ing healthier and easier, complete with reusable cup, travel pouch, and the knowledge you're reducing waste and creating a more equitable society for girls. We'll send you updates of how the movement, you helped start, is growing over time.

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    VOXAPOD Dualpack (2 cups)--EARLY BIRD

    Buy 2 VOXAPOD Menstrual Cups at EARLY BIRD pricing before they are gone! Keep a spare in your car, gym bag, work bag, etc. for when you're on the go. Or, order two sizes, one for your heavy days and one for your light days.

    Includes two reusable cups, travel pouch, and the knowledge you're reducing waste and creating a more equitable society for girls. We'll send you updates of how the movement, you helped start, is growing over time.

    Select your size combination (S/S, S/M or M/M) in survey after campaign ends.

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    VOXAPOD Dualpack (2 Cups)

    Buy 2 VOXAPOD Menstrual Cups. Keep a spare in your car, gym bag, work bag, etc. for when you're on the go. Or, order two sizes, one for your heavy days and one for your light days.

    Includes two reusable cups, travel pouch, and the knowledge you're reducing waste and creating a more equitable society for girls. We'll send you updates of how the movement, you helped start, is growing over time.

    Select your size combination (S/S, S/M or M/M) in survey after campaign ends.

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    Buy 1 VOXAPOD + Give 1 VOXAPOD

    Buy 1 VOXAPOD cup for yourself and Give 1 to a girl in need. Make your period-ing healthier and easier, complete with a reusable cup, travel pouch, and the knowledge you're reducing waste and creating a more equitable society for girls. We'll send you updates of how the movement, you helped start, is growing over time.

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    VOXAPOD Donation Pack (Donate 5 Cups)

    Don't need a cup for yourself? Meet the need for someone else. Millions of girls around the world miss school because they lack access to safe period care. This purchase changes that reality.

    Includes:
    -Digital Backer Wall Thank You
    -Digital World of Period Euphemisms (VOXAPOD Style)
    -The great feeling of helping another human being.

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    Retail Starter Kit (12 Cups)

    12 VOXAPOD Menstrual Cups (6 Small, 6 Medium) Be the first locations to carry this modern, eco-friendly period care product.

    Includes 12 reusable cups, travel pouches, and the knowledge you're reducing waste and creating a more equitable society for girls. We'll send you updates of how the movement, you helped start, is growing over time.

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    Canvas Wrapped Artwork by Miró Merrill

    Support a more equitable society for women by displaying an inspiring 20x30 inch piece of artwork. Custom wrapped in the highest museum grade canvas, designed to be passed down. Choose from one of 6 pieces of art featured below in the 'Rewards' section. Order now and you will be asked to select which piece you want after the campaign is complete.

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    Premium Retail Kit (24 Cups)

    24 VOXAPOD Menstrual Cups (12 Small, 12 Medium) Be the first locations to carry this modern, eco-friendly period care product.

    Includes 24 reusable cups, travel pouches, and the knowledge you're reducing waste and creating a more equitable society for girls. We'll send you updates of how the movement, you helped start, is growing over time.

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    Angel Backer

    Give wings to VOXAPOD so she can fly. We've poured our hearts (and brains) into this project, and are passionate about responsible design, ethical business, and creating an equitable society for women. It's an investment that funds more than just 'good business'. We'll donate 20 VOXAPODs in your name and love you forever.

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    The Life Changer

    This reward helps an ethical company get to market, and drastically changes lives. When we meet the menstrual health needs of a girl, we not only give her the chance at education—we radically expand her ability to invest in the landscape of her community, both economically and socially.

    That community is our community. Her world is our world. We'll donate 100 VOXAPODs in your name to change lives today.

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Funding period

- (30 days)