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2005/219/1 Menstrual cup, 'Tassaway', in individual packaging, plastic, made by Tassaway Inc, Beverly Hills, California, United States of America, 1970-1972. Click to enlarge.

'Tassaway' menstrual cup

The Tassaway disposable cup was a menstrual product introduced to the USA market in 1970, but despite the claims of its manufacturer that it was 'the first menstrual product that doesn't absorb anything', it was based on an idea that was not new. Different kinds of menstrual cup have been manufactured since at least the 1930s, but generally have not been a marketing success.

An alternative to pads and tampons, menstrual cups collect menstrual fluids rather than absorb them. They are inserted …


Object No.


Object Statement

Menstrual cup, 'Tassaway', in individual packaging, plastic, made by Tassaway Inc, Beverly Hills, California, United States of America, 1970-1972

Physical Description

The 'Tassaway' cup is a device for collecting menstrual fluid, used as an alternative to products that absorb, such as sanitary napkins or tampons. It is made of soft flesh-coloured plastic in the shape of a cup that is worn inside the vagina and fits over the cervix. The base of the cup is extended into a little loop by which the device can be grasped and withdrawn.

Tassaway was marketed in a box of individually wrapped cups. The example in the Powerhouse collection is in its individual yellow plastic sachet, but there is no box.


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117 mm


60 mm


40 mm



Tassaway advertisements reproduced on the Museum of Menstruation website ( indicate that the manufacturer was Tassaway Inc, 155 South Robertson Bvd, Beverly Hills, California, USA 90211. According to the Museum of Menstruation, Tassaway cups were first marketed in 1970 but the company ceased production in 1972.



This example of the individually wrapped Tassaway cup was donated to the Powerhouse Museum when curator of health and medicine, Megan Hicks, visited the private Museum of Menstruation in Washington DC and met with the museum's owner/curator, Mr Finley in 2000.


Credit Line

Gift of Mr Harry Finley, Museum of Menstruation, USA, 2005

Acquisition Date

25 October 2005

Cite this Object


'Tassaway' menstrual cup 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 August 2022, <>


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