The Mooncup will change your period and life

Let's all put our big girl pants on, because we're going to be talking about periods. Again.

I won't blame you if you've never heard of the Mooncup before. As I mentioned in my last ranty post about periods and what we're not taught, there's a distinct lack of them in the widespread media and sexual education. Honestly, I only know about these majestic silicon lovelies because I follow the right kind of people on social media. The kind of people that are more than willing to discuss vaginas and saving the planet all in one breath. If you don't have those kinds of people filling up your twitter feed, I would definitely recommend you follow some.

Anyway, I digress. Today I want to talk about why I think everybody should try menstrual cups as an alternative to pads and tampons. "But what's a menstrual cup, Beth?" I hear you cry. Well, I'm glad you asked, my internet chum. Menstrual cups are small cups (obviously) that are made of medical grade silicone and are inserted into the vagina to catch any blood during your period. They have teeny tiny holes in the lip of the cup to form suction once inside, in order to avoid leaks. I know, it looks a bit scary. But just trust me with this one.



I'm not exaggerating when I say that the MoonCup has changed my life. I'm so excited that any time I spend a relatively prolonged amount of time speaking to a woman, I will inevitably end up convincing them that they need a menstrual cup in their life ASAP. And who is ever excited about their period (unless their condom broke or something)? Granted I still have cramps and want to eat everything that has unhealthy levels of sugar, but the actual blood part of my period has become a hell of a lot more easy to deal with. Being the generous person I am, I want to share my discovery with the world. Hence, I will now explain to you the fourfold reason why you should try a Mooncup. And before we get started, yes, it will fit. I promise.


Your Health 

Firstly, can we talk about the fact that companies are not obliged to disclose all of the ingredients used in their sanitary products on the box? Your skin is the thinnest organ of the body, especially in the vaginal region, which means that any chemicals in constant contact with your skin will inevitably end up in your bloodstream. And we, the consumer, don't even know what all of those chemicals are! What we do know about the ingredients list makes the whole thing an even bigger bloody mess (pun very much intended). Most conventional pads and tampons contain a whole bunch of nasty chemicals that have been linked to abnormal tissue growth, the disruption of hormones, immune system suppression, cancer, vaginal dryness, infertility and birth defects. Yes, all of that.

The MoonCup on the other hand is, as I said, made of medical grade silicone. Yay for not putting bleach, pesticides, GMOs, latex, dyes, BPAs, toxins and other chemical cocktails inside of your vagina. Tampons also often cause dryness and leave behind tiny fibres which interfere with your natural balance. As you probably guessed, the Mooncup does not.

Your Planet 

The average women goes through over 11,000 sanitary products in her lifetime. And that's just an average. Think of all the heavy flowed hunnies out there. Every single one of those is thrown away and every single one of those is not biodegradable or recyclable. When you consider the fact that a single sanitary towel is equivalent to 4 plastic bags in terms of the environment, the fact that nobody has taken some serious action about this business is mind blowing.

Your Purse 

If the world you live in and your health isn't enough to convince you that Mooncup is the way forward, the money side of things definitely will be. Let's get mathematical. So, the average woman goes through 22 sanitary products in one period. Let's say that you buy some pads for night time and some tampons, which adds up to a total of £4 a month (assuming you remember to take enough everywhere and don't make an impromptu trip to Boots to buy more). Granted it doesn't seem that much. But when you think about it as £48 a year, it becomes a tad more soul destroying. Considering the Mooncup only costs around £20, after a year you've already got your money's worth. And some.

Let's make it even more shocking, though. Mooncup say that it can last 'Years and years'; let's imagine yours lasts 5. In that time you would have spent an average of £240 on conventional sanitary products. Boom. That right there is a £220 saving on the part of the menstrual cup. If you really look after it and it lasts 10 years...well, you get the idea. Plus, the MoonCup is good throughout your whole cycle, which means no need to buy different absorbencies.

Knowing Your Body 

I know I've sounded pretty hippy-tastic throughout this whole post, but I'm about to kick it up a gear. For me, the best benefit by far has been getting to know my body. The idea of coming into direct contact with your period blood (and maybe even having to touch it! Gasp!) can, I guess, be a little unsettling. But I promise you, it has been nothing but empowering for me. As someone who has had a somewhat turbulent relationship with their vagina, that feels good to say. I feel more in tune with my body. I mean, I actually know what's going on down there now! The period stops being something gross that should be wrapped up and thrown away as quickly as possible and instead becomes something we should pay attention to. I've already learnt so much about my body. And considering I'm going to have to handle this for at least once a week, every month for a rather long time, that's no bad thing.





22 comments:

  1. One time, I attended a seminar which was composed a lot of booths and I saw a booth displaying these cups and when I saw it from afar, I already knew about it because I've read it from somewhere in the internet. I wanted to be lectured by the persons in the booth but I wasn't able to since my classmates didn't want to and I couldn't do anything because there were a lot of people in the building and I was new in the place and maybe I'd get lost. I'm just curious though on how to wear that inside, how many hours to use (is it for the entire day?) and do you remove it when you pee or something like that?

    Augustin Ra | Indie Spirit

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    1. You don't need to remove it to pee. You should remove, empty, wash and reinsert eery 4-8 hours, so I used to put mine in first thing in the morning, once during the day, and again at bed-time.

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    2. Thank you for the info. :)

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    3. Hi Augustin! ! Thanks for reading. Yep, just as the other lovely commenter said: you don't need to remove it to pee. Your vagina and the hole that you pee out of are completely separate so it doesn't interfere at all.

      I remove mine every 8 hours or after a night's sleep :) xx

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    4. Hi, loved the article! I've recently decided to finally buy a mooncup :)

      My question is this: am I doing it wrong because I feel like I have to change it every time I pee??
      Maybe I'm just nervous (I am quite aware of how it feels in there compares to tampons) or being silly but I'm just wondering if it's in right...
      I don't kind changing often, like you said it's knowing your body, I'm trying to see how it will work for me at work.

      Thanks :)

      Suzi

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  2. I keep hearing and seeing these cups everywhere. This sounds silly but I feel like I probably wouldn't know how to use it, I'm not all to familiar with my body.. But I go through so many sanitary products during that time of the month this would definitely help cut down on waste! Thank you for sharing dear! xxxxxx

    www.romantiquely.com

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    1. I would definitely recommend giving it a go, as it may allow for you to explore your body more and get to know it better as a consequence. There's a whole guide when you buy it on how to insert it (as in how to best fold it to make it easier etc) and I guess it's very similar to using non-applicator tampons, if you use them?

      Either way, I would say it's definitely worth a try. It's very liberating when you do become familiar with your body!

      xxx

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  3. Other points to consider about cups include
    - unlike tampons, cups don't absorb fluids, they just hold them; that means your vaginal canal doesn't dry out. I still remember disliking removing a poorly placed tampon or a barely used one near the end of my period, and how it would pull.
    - a lot of women notice that their period pains reduce too.

    I used to have some issues with leaks due to poor placement, but I bought some cloth pads, so I was still ahead of the game!

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    1. Oh gosh yes! I hated removing tampons when they weren't completely full. Not pleasant at all! I have to say that my period did feel slightly less painful this time around, though I didn't think it was related to the MoonCup. That's amazing!


      Thanks so much for the extra info, lovely! xx

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  4. I have one and they are great. I would highly recommend BUT I dont think the instructions are very good. I am still not sure how far I should put it up and I leak of a night but I do have VERY HEAVY periods so 8 hours is far too long for me as i clean it out every 3 - 4 hours during the day. But I am definitely not the norm when it comes to flow. I would never go back to tampax and I didn't think I would ever say that. Good luck girls xx

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    1. From what I've gathered (although I can't remember whether I got the info through Mooncup or other research) the cup sits A LOT lower than tampons do. So far I haven't had any leaks, and mine sits so that it's far enough in that I can't feel it at all, but low enough that I can just about touch the stem of it with my finger if I insert it ever so slightly. I then do deep breaths to get the stem to go lower to remove it.

      I don't consider myself to have a particularly heavy flow though, so I'm not sure if that advice will help with the leaks!

      Thanks for sharing, Mandy! xx

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  5. Fantastic blog Beth - you've summed up the positives of Mooncup so well. I've used a Mooncup for years & found it so liberating. I feel so much more in tune with my body, it just feels natural & so much more comfortable than tampons! That is even before the feel good factor of not having to throw away so much polluting/non-recyclable sanitary protection.

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    1. Thanks Larissa! It's amazing what a difference it makes, isn't it? xx

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  6. I've had a Mooncup for two years now. It's the best as far as that time of the month experiences go. The stem was giving me some major comfort issues so I cut it completely off and turned the cup inside out. It works just as well and no pokey issues. I'm pretty comfortable with myself and my flow so fetching it isn't an issue. I will never go back to tampons and pads.

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    1. I couldn't agree more, Staci! I cut mine pretty short, although not entirely off. Thanks for reading xx

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  7. Great write up.

    I try and convert as many people as I can to the Mooncup but they are often quite overwhelmed at the thought of being so up close and personal with their periods. I like you however have found myself more intune.

    I had a little trouble with mine for the first couple of months so also used panty liners until I had it right. My main problem was with the stem as it kept rubbbing. I just cut it completely off in the end and it solved all my problems.

    I can't get over how freeing using the Mooncup is. My periods isn't as uncomfortable, I hated using pads and feeling like I'm wearing a nappy, then tampons were a pain when I was so dry.

    My tips and tricks for Mooncups is to cut the stem of completely. I also insert my cup the day before I am due on so that if I start early there is no mess. I empty once in the morning before work while I'm in the shower, when I get home and just before bed. I then sanatize it every few months.

    One of the biggest benefits to me was I regularly suffered from trush but when I switched to the Mooncup that all stopped!

    I love this product, I've been using the Mooncup for 8 years (it's still the same one actually) and I recommend anyone give it ago.

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    1. Thanks for reading, lovely!

      I completely agree that the mooncup can be extremely freeing. And it's great to hear that it keeps your body in balance and so prevents stuff like thrush.

      I personally didn't need to cut the stem off - but thanks for sharing the advice with other women that might find it necessary.

      Have a lovely day xxx

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  8. This is a great introduction to this product and attention to the horror of mainstream feminine products not displaying the harmful ingredients. I heard about The Moon cup from Holistic Habits on YouTube (which is a great chanel for holistic living tips) but I do not have the confidence to put anything up there- it just scares me and I would never settle. I have never worn tampons in my life and I worry the same fear would prevent me from trying this product even though it's way less harmful. I get organic pads as recommended on Holistic Habits but if I do someday get over my fear, I know there is some friendly, greener alternative to the scary tampon out there :) Thank you for sharing X

    heatherblogz.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks, Heather! I definitely need to check the chanel out, thank you for letting me know about it.

      It's such a shame that you're not comfortable with using tampons or a Mooncup, but everybody has a different relationship with their body and you have to do what's best for you. I'm glad you've found something better for the planet that you're comfortable with using xxx

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  9. Keep spreading the word Beth! I first heard of Mooncup over ten years ago, and have been happily shouting about them, and reusable menstrual products in general, ever since. I now run a Facebook group for women and girls who want to know more, look up The Bloody Waste! And I sell a whole host of these products online at www.earthwisegirls.co.uk - do get in touch if you'd be interested in reviewing some of our stuff.

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  10. A cup has literally saved my sanity! I originally bought one for cost and environmental factors, but I used to get these absolutely horrible cramps - like someone was trying to rip my insides out. It made life and especially work miserable. Lo and behold, I can only assume that my body does not like whatever was in my tampons because that pain is gone. I mean, I do still get some cramps, but not like that. Not in the "just let me die already" way. I can't recommend a cup enough! Keep spreading the word. :)

    aroseisinbloom.blogspot.com

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  11. Hi Bethany, I'm glad I found an online seller here in the PH for these mooncups and I'm really thankful I have your thoughts to read about it before getting one. ^_^

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