At work, a help line for 13-19 year old, we tend to get asked all sorts of random questions. Sometimes we have no clue what these young people are talking about and need to look it up or with some luck it may be in our list of previously asked random questions. One such question on this list was What is a Mooncup?
The Mooncup is a reusable menstrual cup, around two inches long and made from soft medical grade silicone. It is worn internally a lot lower than a tampon but, while tampons and pads absorb menstrual fluid, the Mooncup collects it. This means it doesn’t cause dryness or irritation, and also that it collects far more (three times as much as a ‘super-absorbent’ tampon’!). Because the Mooncup is reusable, you only need one so it saves you money and helps the environment, too.
Now it’s a bit quiet at work at the mo, so the answer to this question was discussed in detail by the group of people I was sat working with. All of whom, including me, said Eww when we found out what it was…Except Dawn who found the website and told us all a bit more about this cup that sits inside the Vagina and collects, not absorbs, menstrual fluid…Now you see where the Eww comes in. Keep reading though darling, there is more to it!
This silicone “cup” is more environmentally friendly, the website claims, as it is reusable (More Eww sounds from the team and me!). You buy it once so it’s cheaper than other forms of sanitary products…yeah ok I started listening here.
While the topic of conversation changed around the team I carried on looking at the website for Mooncup (Much to the amusement of my team mates)
Anything that saves me money whilst doing my bit to protect this beautiful awe-inspiring planet we live on gets my vote…but could I actually do this? It’s gross right? It would be messy, uncomfortable …maybe even painful? and …Eww!
Now Mooncup say this about the environmental impact:
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.
I have had a look online very briefly and can’t actually find a lot of reliable unbiased statistics. The BBC in 2007 said that 10.6% of household waste are sanitary products such as tampons and towels. I also read that the Tampons could last around 20 years in a landfill while the plastic bit on a towel could last forever.
I have other reasons for considering the big switch. Before I had children I would swear by Tampons, never used anything else as I disliked pads. I love swimming, so pads were useless, I wore skimpy clothes sometimes without underwear and so tampons worked for me. After I had the girls they became uncomfortable. Sometimes I could feel them when moving around, they were often painful when I was sitting down and be painful when I removed them especially at the end of my cycle. So, I ended up just wearing Towels.
They came with their own downside. I disliked putting them in the bathroom bin and Big beautiful finding them as I feel she is too young to have that conversation (4 years old), The hoarder disliked the wrapping that seamed to find it’s way out of the bin or I would forget to put it in there (00pse) and then there was also the mess and the uncomfort and the feeling I was wearing a nappy…Eww Eww Eww!
I put up with it because I am a women, I have to use something and I respect my cycle, I’m proud of it (despite my PMT)…this gave me two beautiful children and stands me apart from men (who have their own unique bodily functions!).
The more I read the website the more I considered trying it. What also put me off is the fact that in Boots it’s over 20.00 to buy, much less direct from the website, it’s a lot to pay for something that might hurt, or be so disgusting I never want to look at it again.
However, what if it was exactly what needed? What if it worked? Think of the money I would save and the great feeling of actually having made a slight difference to that 10.6% of sanitary waste going to a landfill for my daughters to deal with.
So of course I bought one…Today in fact.
It’s actually much smaller than I thought it would be. There are two sizes…quick go check which one you are http://www.mooncup.co.uk/about-the-mooncup/which-size.html
At first I thought I had got it right first time and was very proud of myself. Then I realised that the “Stem” needed to be much shorter, so I found I was able to cut this off as it’s designed so that it fits all women and you can tailor it to fit you perfectly. After this I went to check it one more time and found that this is actually not as gross as I thought it would be. There is a nack to getting it in and out (sorry but I will let the website and the instruction leaflet go there for you) but once I figured that out I am, so far, over the moon (cup) with it!!!!!!
NO leaks, No uncomfort, Nope I can’t even feel it!!!! When I told the Hoarder about it he kind of had the same look on his face that I did when Dawn was talking about this at work…then he came out with:
“The more I think about it, the more I don’t like it. I keep imagining a big cavern (Thanks dear!) with a little person running about holding a bucket catching all the drips.”
So after I stopped laughing, I beat him with his hoards of wood in the garden and told him that was going in my blog!
Seriously though it’s not for everyone, I get that, it wasn’t for me either…but think about it. No mess, no monthly cost, no carting about sanitary pads n tampons on holiday (did I mentions it comes in a cute little bag?) No dryness at the end of the cycle that feels like your ripping out skin, no guilt over your contribution to the landfills.
I am yet to go swimming wearing it, or my Zumba and Spinning class, but I will be happy to let you know how that goes and will probably be telling everyone on Twitter (@Mummy_Ethal) anyway. So do feel free to ask me questions and I will answer them as honestly as my blushes allow x x x.
I am not promoting this for any other reason that I think it is good. I searched and searched for a review that did not sound as though it was from the company and all the testimonials and reviews just sounded a bit like an advert.
Go find out for yourself. Do the research, ask around. The links to the website are on here, I’m putting a link on my blog too as I do believe in this product. Try to find your own statistics and make your own mind up.
Happy days x x