Since switching to the Mooncup menstrual cup in 2016, I have had a whole different relationship with my period. For those of you who don’t know, a Mooncup is a reusable menstrual cup made from silicone. Think of it like a tampon, but better! I want to share my story with you, plus 3 reasons why I think you should switch to a Mooncup.
If you’ve met me before you’ve probably noticed that I’m a bit obsessed with my period. It’s almost my favourite time of the month, but it wasn’t always like this. I used to hate being on my period.
After having kids I found I couldn’t wear a tampon any more. I don’t know exactly what changed, but suddenly my body would push the little blighters out and they would be so, so painful. We all know the agony of having to pull out a dry tampon, right? If you don’t, then you are extremely lucky!
For whatever reason, tampons just became impossible to wear. They were suddenly a no-go for me. Which left me in a bit of a pickle on my period.
I thought my only other option was pads. So this is the route I went down. Pads worked, they weren’t painful, but they also weren’t comfortable either.
Every month I would dread being on my period. I am a heavy bleeder, but I downright refused to wear those awful super heavy pads that feel like you’ve got a nappy on. I was soaking through my pads every couple of hours or so.
I hated that feeling of wetness. I never felt clean when I was bleeding. Even when I got out of the bath, I would end up bleeding all over myself again. It was really making me miserable and I needed better solution.
I’d seen an advert for the Mooncup on Facebook and I was intrigued. I mentioned it to my husband who told me “Oh my god, that’s so weird!” and so, I never bothered to get one.
The months went on and I grew more and more miserable with the state of my period situation. I remember having a little weep to myself on the bathroom floor, and I just decided I was going to go for it. It didn’t matter what my husband thought – no vagina, no entitlement to an opinion on my vaginal wellbeing.
I went on the Mooncup website to find out what size I would need, how to insert it, how to clean it and by this point I was fully committed. I went to Boots the next day and bought myself a Mooncup. It literally changed everything for me.
Now, the reason I say to think of the Mooncup menstrual cup like a tampon is simply because it’s worn inside the vagina. It’s definitely not comparable to a pad in this way. But, in actual fact, it’s not like a tampon at all. The internal wearing of a menstrual cup and a tampon is as far as the similarities go. This was a game changer for me.
I could finally have a period and feel clean! No more sitting around in wet pads. No more changing every couple of hours. I honestly felt so much relief when I discovered this option, and that’s why I spend half my life now raving about how good it is!
If the above story hasn’t convinced to you make the switch, here are 3 reasons why you need to get yourself a Mooncup.
Mooncup is safer than a tampon
I always liked to think of the Mooncup menstrual cup as a reusable tampon, but really it’s nothing like a tampon. If you prefer to wear a tampon rather than a pad, but you’re struggling like I was, Mooncup could be the one for you. Ultimately this is the reason I decided to give it a go.
I say it’s like a tampon in the sense that it collects all your blood from the inside, so no more wet feeling – yay! But, its better than a tampon because:
• it doesn’t contain any chemicals that could mess with your delicate vaginal flora
• it’s not drying like a tampon. It collects blood rather than absorbs it, so all your other juices can remain flowing
• your risk of toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is significantly reduced when you use a menstrual cup compared to a tampon.
Like I said, kinda like a tampon, but not a tampon at all. This is much, much better!
mooncup is cost effective
The Mooncup menstrual cup retails at around £22. I realise that can be a little off putting when you’re caught short, have to make an emergency dash to the supermarket and you spy a box of tampons on the shelf for £2.99. It’s wise to do your research before you commit. Don’t impulse buy this one, make an informed decision.
That said, Mooncup menstrual cup will save you money in the long run. You can use the same cup for up to 10 years if you look after it well. That’s an average of 16p per period. I’ve had mine for 5 years now, and it’s still going strong! If I’d have been buying pads all that time it would have cost me over £190! That’s a massive saving.
mooncup is eco friendly
Not only can you benefit from saving money, you can also benefit from saving the planet from period related plastic waste. Most pads and tampons contain plastic. I’m sure you’re already well aware, but plastic waste is a huge environmental issue.
Plastic doesn’t degrade like natural materials do. Every piece of plastic that has ever been produced is still out there in the world or ocean somewhere. Switching to a reusable cup is a really easy way you can help the environment.
According to Mooncup:
“Plastic backing strips, applicators, wrappers and top sheets are NOT biodegradable.
• 27,938 used tampons & applicators collected on our world’s beaches on a single day.
• 1.5 billion items of sanitary protection are flushed every year in the UK alone.
• The majority of sanitary pads contain 90% plastic.
Thanks to Mooncup users worldwide we have ensured that 2.4 billion (…and counting) fewer tampons and pads have ended up on our beaches or in landfill since 2002.”