Mooncup Review - I really do 'Have a Happy Period'

Thursday, 13 December 2012



For those of you of a sensitive nature I will put out the warning that this post is going to be a frank discussion on the completely natural phenomenon that is a menstrual period, so scroll past now if you don't think you can handle it. 

Right, now that's out of the way I want to introduce you to the little piece of silicone, known as a Mooncup, that has changed my life for the better. Its a silicone menstrual cup designed to be a safe, convenient and eco-friendly alternative to disposable tampons and pads. 

Some info from the Mooncup website to start with:

Safer
  • Made from soft medical grade silicone, the Mooncup is latex-free and contains no dyes, BPA, toxins or bleaches. It’s also great for women with sensitive skin. 
  • Tampons can cause dryness and leave fibres behind. The Mooncup is designed to respect your natural balance. 
Greener
  • On average, one woman will use over 11,000 tampons or pads in their lifetime, which will end up in landfill or in the sea.
Cheaper
  • One woman uses up to 22 items of sanitary protection every period. 
  • Regardless of your flow, you only need one Mooncup, and it lasts for years and years, making it the most economical sanitary product you can buy.
Sounds pretty impressive huh? I'll admit that when I first encountered the idea of re-usable sanitary items I kind of dismissed it as a bit gross, but after realising I had definitely developed an allergy to cotton tampons I went through my last uncomfortable period sometime last year and purchased a Mooncup. The cup is around two inches long and made from soft-grade medical silicone, you might be surprised at how big it looks compared to tampons but its designed to sit a lot lower inside you than a them, it forms a seal inside against your vaginal walls and collects your menstrual fluid as opposed to absorbing it, meaning you won't get any dryness or irritation. When you really think about it sticking a piece of bleached cotton inside you to sit there for a few hours and absorb your blood seems a whole lot more gross than collecting it and simply flushing it down the toilet! 

It wasn't all plain sailing though, and reading testimonial's on the website will tell you the same. A lot of people have struggles with how you insert the Mooncup and it can take a few months to get the technique right, personally it took me till my third period using it to get the technique right so that it would seal properly and prevent leakage. What I would recommend is to have a few dry runs before your period is due so your used to the technique, and to bear in mind that you may experience a bit of leakage the first few times because of inserting it wrong. Don't worry though practise makes perfect and there is loads of help online should you need extra instructions. The general technique is to fold the cup, I find folding it in half is best for me. 

The things I like most about my Mooncup are that it collects three times the amount of blood that even super-absorbent tampons and pads can, and because its made from medical-grade silicone, is latex-free, hypoallergenic and contains no dyes, BPA, phthalates, plastic, bleaches or toxins its totally safe to leave inside you for way longer than a tampon! I find that even on my heaviest period I only have to change it every 4 to 6 hours, and I experience no problem with leaving it in overnight, this has freed up a lot of time for me and I genuinely can have a 'happy period' because I'm not worrying about having to get to a toilet ever hour or waking up in the night. It's also totally comfortable for me, and once I got the positioning right and trimmed the stem to the right length I could completely forget it was in there! (something Mooncup go into here). Another tip from me regarding this is to practise inserting and removing with the stem intact first, it can be a little tricky because of the tight seal it forms and the stem helped me to get used to where the cup sits. I've completely removed the stem on mine now because I noticed that if I sit in certain positions I got a little bit of discomfort from the stem rubbing. 

There isn't any more mess than what you would get inserting a tampon, as long as you wash your hands with warm soap and water you'll not notice any difference. As far as cleaning goes Mooncup have a few recommendations: During your period and when you change the cup rinsing it water and/or a non-perfumed soap will suffice, however there are times when getting access to a sink may not be possible (in public toilets for example) if you're happy to leave the cubicle to rinse your cup then that's totally fine some people may be a little less blase about it and my tip here is to try and have a small bottle of water with you which you can rinse the cup with, if that's not possible then simply emptying it and re-inserting is actually fine, your vagina is pretty cool in that it has its own self-cleansing mechanism so you won't die I promise! After your period you can sterilise the cup by boiling it in a pan of water for 5 minutes, or in a microwave as long as the cup is totally submerged. I've also read about using baby sterilising tablets such as Milton which can help remove smells or discolouration (which are totally natural anyway.) 

I honestly totally recommend looking into menstrual cups for all people who have periods, they're not only safe and comfortable but you only need to buy one as opposed to the boxes and boxes of tampons or pads that you would need for just one period, I bought mine from Boots for £21 which may seem like a lot but they last years and years so the cost per-wear is absolute pennies. It's really helped me stop stressing out about periods, I used to really hate coming on because I was constantly worrying about leakage or being uncomfortable but now I'm totally at peace with my cycle, it actually amazed me getting up close and personal with the blood that my cup collected and its not as horrible as you might think, we're pretty awesome creatures and its helped me get more in touch with my body and the amazing things it does every day to keep me alive and thriving. 

There are loads of different types of menstrual cups with slightly different designs, after all every vagina is different! So if you don't feel like you'll get on with Mooncup check out the other suppliers:

Mooncup (10% off when you buy online with code XMAS2012)
Ladycup (available in Europe)
Lunette (Australia)
Softcup (which actually claims to be OK to wear during sex, interesting!)

And that's just a few of them, search for menstrual cups online and I'm certain you'll be able to find one that fits your needs. For any extra information there's a really great LJ community that I came across whilst researching for this post, with real life experiences of cup users and all of the tips and tricks you'll ever need!


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9 comments:

  1. Interesting read and i had been thinking about trying one of these. Thank you for sharing your experience and the advice and links! I will be looking into this more :D

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    1. Deffo look into it! I promise you won't be dissapointed.

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  2. I'm so glad someone has blogged about this! I bought my Mooncup a few months ago and it's made my life so much easier. I have endometriosis and PCOS so I have frankly horrific periods. When I used tampons I'd have to change it every hour or so but I only have to empty my Mooncup maybe twice a day. It's seriously changed my period-y life haha.
    The only bad side is that everyone I know is completely repulsed by it. It annoys me a bit because I don't see how it's any more 'gross' than a tampon and I'd much rather have medical grade silicone inside me than bleached cotton :/
    I hope more people try it after reading this post :) xx

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    1. Its completely backwards thinking I know! I made more mess when I used disposable products because even the highest absorbancy leaked on me which really annoyed me, especially overnight! I dont come into contact with any blood with my Mooncup other than when I'm rinsing it out but I'm washing my hands at the same time anyway!

      Its so nice that its helped you cope with PCOS!

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  3. This is really interesting Mel, I find tampons really disgusting & often run packets together to avoid them and their horrible drying effect. I've never considered an alternative too them, but this sounds like quite a sensible solution. I guess you would have to be prepared in advance for a period, I wouldn't want it sitting in my bag all month waiting for it's next outing!
    Cheers for filling my head with seeds of information about this, i'm off to research further xxx

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    1. The little bag it comes in is quite handy and discreet should you need to take it out with you, but another great thing is that you can wear it even if you're not currently on your period.. so if you're expecting to come on you don't actually need to wait before using it, as long as you check it and rinse as often as you would whilst on your period it's totally fine! So no more getting caught out.

      They're not for everyone, some people find the idea just too intrusive, but definitely have more of a read about them cos I've got nothing but glowing reports from my experience! :)

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  4. i like your disclaimer at the top haha. i thought about trying one of these ages ago but then kind of forgot about it so thanks for putting it back to the top of my to buy list!

    Laila x
    thekittenswhiskers

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  5. The best £21 I have ever spent! Much more comfortable and effective than tampons or pads. My only grievance - noone told me about it sooner!!! I'm now telling all my girl friends about it because it really has changed my life. X

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