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Member Name: loopcinda
Advantages: Saves lots of money on cost of sanitary products
Disadvantages: Can be tricky to use and a bit messy
I read an article on the Mooncup about 4 years ago and although I was a bit sceptical, I thought I'd give it a go.
I've always hated having to spend money every month on sanitary products and also, I've never liked the idea of the effect that all these waste products have on the environment. The Mooncup seemed like a good solution to a lot of these issues.
The Mooncup comes in 2 sizes, depending on whether or not you've had a baby. If you buy it online, the website will explain to you which size you need.
It comes in a little natural cotton drawstring pouch, with the Mooncup logo written across the frot. The bag is actually quite pretty and very discreet.
The Mooncup is made from a soft, flexible silicone type of rubber. It's about 2 inches long and 1.5 inches in diameter. It reminds me of an eggcup with a stem.
The mooncup works along the same lines as a tampon. You fold the cup lengthways to make it smaller, insert it as you would a tampon and it pops open inside you to collect the menstrual fluid. At regula intervals you need to remove the cup and empty it straight down the toilet.
When you first open your mooncup you need to trim the stem to a length that you find comfortable. This is done by trial and error. You have to keep re-inserting the mooncup until it fees comfortable - which is basically when you can't feel it anymore.
The main problem with the mooncup is that it can be messy. I've found that it's only really practical to use it if I'm going to be using bathrooms where there is a toilet and sink the in cubicle, as it's virtually impossible to remove, empty and re-insert it without getting at least a small amount of blood on your hands. For this reason there are certain times where I just wouldn't use it.
On the plus side, there is no risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome with the Mooncup, so if you are on a lighter flow day, then you can leave it in place for the whole day and just forget about it.
It took me a while to get the hang of the Mooncup, but now I do use it 95% of the time instead of other sanitary products.
At around £18, I've definitely had my money's worth out of it and should be able to continue to use it for years to come, so price wise it's been very reasonable.
If you don't mind the icky-ness, or the sight of blood and hate spending money on monthly sanitary products, the mooncupcould be for you.
Summary: An eco-friendly, purse-friendly sanitary product
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