What is a Mooncup menstrual cup?
Let’s start with the basics. A Mooncup is a soft, silicone, funnel-shaped menstrual cup which is inserted into the vagina to collect your period blood, similar to the way you insert a tampon. Note: while the Mooncup is similar in that it is worn internally, really it’s nothing like a tampon. In my opinion it’s much, much better.
Menstrual Cup Benefits
Aside from this, there’s also the economical argument. How much do you spend on tampons and pads each month? It adds up, right? The Mooncup has a price tag of around £21 – and I know that is a lot more than you would spend on tampons and pads in a month, but the Mooncup can be reused over and over again. In fact, the Mooncup can last for up to 10 years if looked after correctly, which gives you an average cost of 16p per period.
How long does a menstrual cup last?
What size should I choose?
How to insert a menstrual cup
How to fold a menstrual cup
Click here to see Mooncup’s folding guide.
How long can you wear a menstrual cup?
I got in touch with Sophia Jordan, a Mooncup Advisor, to ask why. Sophia told me “our recommendation to empty and rinse the Mooncup menstrual cup every 4-8 hours is based upon safe practise for users, as opposed to the capacity or potential performance of the Mooncup® vs. other menstrual cup brands. This recommendation is for safety and hygiene reasons – to prevent the potential build-up of bacteria or odour.”
How to remove a menstrual cup
How clean a menstrual cup
When your period is over you can sterilise the Mooncup ready for your next period by boiling it in water for 5-7 minutes. You can also sterilise by using a sterilising tablet or solution (the kind you would use for sterilising baby bottles). Milton is the most common brand of this type of sterilising method, but other brands will work fine too.
Can I cut the stem on my mooncup?
My menstrual cup is stuck
If this doesn’t work and you’re really in a pickle, you can call the Mooncup team on+44 (0)1273 673845 and they will be able to help you.
How do I clean my cup in a public toilet?
The first option is to wipe your cup with some toilet paper before you re-insert. I’m not a huge fan of doing this, but I have done it on occasion when I’ve been caught short.
Alternatively you could take some bottled water into the toilet with you. Use this to rinse the cup over the toilet and re-insert. This is my preferred method of cleaning when a private sink ins’t available.