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Founder Tales: Why I Decided to Sell Our June Menstrual Cup at Cost

"brands like Tampax, Kotex and Always have an incentive to design their products with maximized profit in mind, rather than meeting actual needs of the menstruator."

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Author: Hedi Rappard

I remember it like it was yesterday.  I started menstruating at the tender age of thirteen. I had been prepped on what to expect. I had been given the talk, books about my body, and lessons on how to use a pad. But nothing could have prepared me for the tenuous love-hate relationship that would eb and flow in blood, pain, and tears every month from that day forward. 

I had always had heavy, painful periods; but, I did not equate my issues to the products I was using. I made the transition from bulky pads to tampons during high school with help from my friends. I was free, I was a woman. Instead of an awkward penguin waddling down the halls of my school, I could move in the ways I wanted. 

Years went by. My cramps became unbearable. Tampons left me high and dry by the time my period ended. My body was starting to reject them. I had nowhere to turn for answers. I went to Google and became an informed consumer.

“I realized that major brands like Tampax, Kotex and Always have an incentive to design their products with maximized profit in mind, rather than meeting actual needs of the menstruator.”

Hedi Rappard

I saw just how many chemicals went into products like pads and tampons. I explored organic products but that didn’t change the fact that I was shoving synthetic fibers, for hours at a time, into my vagina to literally block the natural flow of my cycle. Undoubtedly, “feminine care” had failed me and the relationship with my body. 

Something had to change. 

I also realized that major brands like Tampax, Kotex and Always have an incentive to design their products with maximized profit in mind, rather than meeting actual needs of the menstruator. 

They continue to keep customers coming back via harmful single use products. I wanted to change that. I founded JUNE to offer a safe and reusable alternative with comfort and security in mind.

Hedi Rappard

Our desire is to break the cycle of misinformation and build a business founded on values of transparency, safety and accessibility.

At JUNE, we are living by these principles – that’s why, during COVID we reduced our pricing to just $6.00. We’re selling the JUNE cup at cost, because we believe that price shouldn’t be a barrier to sustainable menstrual care. Cups usually run around $39.00. If you’ve ever considered trying a cup, we encourage you to take advantage of our current offer. It just might change your life.

Make the switch and grab your $6.00 June cup today.

Hedi,

Founder at JUNE


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