If you’ve met me before you’ve probably noticed that I’m a bit obsessed with my period. It’s 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. 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 so, so 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.
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 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 lady garden
• it’s not drying like a tampon. It collects blood rather than absorbs it, so all your other lady juices can remain flowing
• your risk f 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
Mooncup will save you money in the long run though. 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!
mooncup is eco friendly
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.”