Combo Cup


Project ID: TECH-2023-28


Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) occurs when a pelvic organ slips from the normal position and down into the rectum or vagina. Patients can alleviate symptoms by inserting a pessary into the vagina to hold an organ in its normal position. This can be a great alternative to risky surgeries but is challenging or impossible to use during menstruation. Therefore, there is a need for a pessary device that can also function as a menstrual cup.

Invention Description

Bioengineers from the University of Toledo developed a device that is configured to combine the functionality of a pessary with a menstrual cup or disc. A ring-and-knob design provides support to the bladder to help menstruating people suffering from POP and/or urinary incontinence.



  • Menstruation cup/disc
  • Treatment of pelvic organ prolapse
  • Urinary incontinence
  • New moms after delivery



  • New option for patients to manage POP symptoms during menstruation  
  • Silicone material is biocompatible, durable, hypoallergenic, and flexible/soft




IP Status:                    Patent Pending


Patent Information:
Medical Device
For Information, Contact:
Katherine Pollard
Licensing Associate
The University of Toledo
Lauren Coy
Joelle Gallais
Morgan Folley
Tara Dobric