As a 20 year old woman I am no stranger to ‘shark week’ and how bloody annoying the whole damn thing is. I’m sure you’d agree.
(Hahaha I didn’t realise the pun in that line until I read this post back for the eighth time. I’m hilarious.)
The Mooncup is something I’d heard of (mainly from advertisements on the back of cubicle doors in motorway service stations…) but had never really taken much time to look into. Pads and tampons are the norm and why should I bother straying from that? Finally taking the plunge and ordering one a few weeks ago, its safe to say that I really am never going back. A one off £20 on amazon verses a series of monthly payments to tampax (+tax)? There really is no competition.
So the Mooncup is a silicon menstrual cup that can be washed and reused over and over again. It is neither drying nor uncomfortable (when inserted correctly) and is worn quite a lot lower than a tampon so calms any worries you may have about it ‘getting lost’. It is better, therefore, for both the environment (washable rather than throwable) and your pocket. No more monthly trips to boots for expensive products with an even higher tax rate (come on, government, sort that out please.) It can be ordered in two sizes: A (for women over the age of 30/who have given birth vaginally) and B (for everyone else). Its worth noting that the size you choose has nothing to do with menstrual flow as even with the heaviest flow it works perfectly! Pretty sweet!
So as I say, I was a little bit ‘meh’ about trying the Mooncup at first. Compared to a pad or tampon the silicon cup does seem a little bit scary/weird and definitely does take a little bit of getting used to. At first the cup is a little tricky to insert and remove, definitely gets easier as you get to know your body, and figuring out the correct place to put it is also a little weird. It does feel weirdly low down the vagina to be of any real effect but don’t worry about it – follow the instructions provided and you’ll be a-okay.
Despite taking some time to get used to, I firmly believe that the Mooncup really is the sanitary product of the future. Even for the screamish its a million times better than a messy pad – seriously, if anything its kinda cool compared to a squelchy, awful-smelling piece of synthetic cloth. I also adore how travel-friendly the cup is! Rather than filling a case with bulky pads and tampons, just the cup in its little baggy is needed and can be worn day and night with a quick rinse in between. There is no doubt that this will be taken with me to Bali. It really is perfect. Furthermore, the cup can be worn for up to 8 hours, even with the heaviest flow, without any awkward leaks or strings – perfect for a day at the beach.
A real measure of how brilliant the cup is my outfits during my last period. Normally pale trousers are a no-no, even with the toughest of pads/tampons. This time, however, armed with my mooncup I set out for the day in a pair of pale blue and white checked jeans. ‘What?! You’re crazy!’ I hear you gasp. Well, my friends, this time you are wrong. YOU’d be crazy not to run out and get one immediately.
I don’t think I can talk highly enough of the Mooncup as a planet/money/embarrassing situation saving device and I will continue to use mine for years to come – hopefully cutting out pads and tampons all together!
What do you think? Are you ready to make the change? Does the whole idea weird you out a little? (It definitely shouldn’t…)0