LEONA STORY

Bringing freedom during those days of the month.

LEONA CUP is named in honor of Leona Chalmers' invention.

Menstrual cups may seem like a completely new creation, but in fact they have been around nearly 100 years. Behind its long, sputtering history, there is Leona Chalmers, an American actress who invented the first menstrual cup.

In 1935, Chalmers filed a patent for her invention; a funnel-shaped receptacle of vulcanized rubber inserted into the vagina to collect menstrual fluid. Her inspiration came from her bygone days as an actress, struggling to avoid menstrual stains on her stage gown.

Her idea was so paradigm-busting that it was never fully appreciated in her own lifetime. In an era of pads, it experienced a strong resistance from who were understandably uncomfortable with the idea of inserting devices into their vaginas. Plus, the wartime rubber shortage closed up production for years. It was not until after the 70’s feminist and environmental movement that the dialogue surrounding women’s bodies started to change.

Eventually, it achieved a more widespread adoption and today just as then still has numerous advantages; safety, convenience, affordability, and environmentally friendly.

“The part women play in the world today demands self-confidence,
mental freedom, and complete unconsciousness of the menstrual condition."

- Leona Chalmers, Woman’s Personal Hygiene (1941)

LEONA focuses on removing women's discomfort during menstruation.

One woman described her periods as a nightmare "It robbed me of my self-confidence, it interfered with my social life, took the joy out of sports." It is the aim of our company to reverse this situation. We have not only created products to enable better protection and monitoring for women during their period but it will change the entire experience. Better menstrual care is now available, and we think women should not settle for less. Our innovations contribute to better health, greater comfort, a better period, a better life.