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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Switching to a Menstrual Cup | Mooncup Review

After seeing some positive reviews online, I decided to take the plunge and buy a Mooncup two months ago. Since they aren't really mainstream sanitary products, I thought I'd share my experience here for anyone interested in trying one. They have a bit of a "my name is Rain, I have my own kiln and my dress is made of wheat" reputation and can seem daunting, but definitely worth a try. It may be a bit TMI, but periods are a natural process, so why shy away? We're all friends here!

PROS

- Cheap: Mooncups cost around £15 (shop) - roughly what I'd spend on tampons in a year. One cup lasts for years and saves the hassle of remembering to buy sanitary products every month.

- Comfortable: I find pads so irritating to wear. Once the cup is inserted, you shouldn't be able to feel it at all.

- Hygienic: Cups are made of medical grade silicone so they don't dry you out like tampons can. Since the blood is held inside your body, it isn't exposed to air which can cause the unpleasant smell with pads.

- Convenient: Cups only need changing when you wake up, mid day and before bed. Much less hassle than pads and tampons which probably need changing with every toilet trip.

- Environmentally Friendly: Rather than wasting hundreds of sanitary products and packaging each year, you can reuse the same menstrual cup.

CONS

- Removal: Removing the cup takes some practise. My first few attempts were quite tricky and uncomfortable which was stressful. I had to cut the stem off my cup so it fitted properly, meaning removal is fiddly. After a few days though I had it down to a fine art and no longer have a problem. Its a very hands on situation so maybe not for the squeamish. 

- Time Consuming: Toilet trips do take a bit longer when you have to remove, clean and reinsert - can cause poop based suspicion in busy public toilets. You can speed up once you've found the way that works best for you.

TIPS

-The easiest method to insert for me is folding one side in on itself to create a sort of roll so it's narrower to ease in. It's also easier to do when the cup is wet. Be sure to break the seal before removing, otherwise it feels like your soul is being sucked out vaginally (wouldn't recommend).

- At the end of every period it's important to thoroughly clean your cup by soaking it in boiling water. Store it in its original, breathable bag.

- Don't give up if your first attempt isn't successful, it takes practice but once you're used to it it's so worth it! *Sisters Doin' it For Themselves plays in the background*

Would you consider using a menstrual cup?
Anna x