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Member Name: Marieukxx
Date: 15/08/12, updated on 24/08/12 (630 review reads)
Advantages: Environmentally friendly, saves money, no risk of toxic shock,
Disadvantages: Can be messy, inserting and removing takes a bit of getting used to
As I got older I bought my own sanitary protection and I praise the day I discovered Always Ultra. So thin it was like heaven. Years later I plucked up the courage to try tampons and Tampax Compaq was my brand. Comfortable to wear they made me feel like I wasn't even on my period!! But I soon discovered that on lighter days I was left feeling dry after using tampons. I developed two thrush infections during the time I was using them because of this, something I'd never had before. So I decided to look for an alternative. I aw a poster for the Mooncup in the waiting room of my doctors surgery and decided that when I got home I'd look it up. After loads of time spent umming ad ahhing and reading reviews I decided to take the plunge and try it. Below I've given a full and honest review that isn't for the squeemish lol. When I was researching the Mooncup I wanted to know everything so I've tried to include as much helpful information on my experiences with it for anyone who is considering it. I hope it helps :-)
~~~What is it?~~~
Simply put it's a silicone cup designed by women to be a safe and eco friendly alternative to tampons or sanitary towels. It's made from soft medical grade silicone, latex free and contains no dyes. BPA, toxins or bleaches. It's 100% suitable for women with sensitive skin because you will not experience any irritation whilst using it.
Tampons contain chemicals in them like rayon for absorbency, dioxin which is potentially carcinogenic and bleached cotton. The Mooncup doesn't contain any of this. Also when inserted into the vagina tampons absorb. That's what we expect them to do right? But as well as absorbing the menstrual fluid they are also absorbing the natural fluid in the vagina. The inside of the vagina is lined by a mucous membrane which secretes a sugar called glycogen. This provides energy for the normal, healthy bacteria of the vagina, which ferment the sugar and produce lactic acid as a by-product. This lactic acid results in the interior of the vagina being slightly acidic, which protects it from microbes, and also, rather oddly, sperm. (Semen therefore has to contain substances which neutralize the acidic environment of the vagina.) It is important that this natural balance of healthy bacteria is maintained inside the vagina, otherwise a woman may experience frequent infections such as Candida (also known as thrush). because the Mooncup is medical grade silicone it doesn't absorb at all, it simply collects the fluid in the cup leaving the natural balance of good bacterias in the vagina.
Mooncup started on 2002 and in 2012 celebrated it's 10th Anniversary.
~~~What does it look like?~~~
It looks like a rubber cup with a little stalk on the bottom and is about 2 inches long. The stalk on the bottom is designed so that you can pull on it like you would a tampon string to remove it. I found it too long so cut it down with a pair of scissors. After I had tried the cup out I discovered I didn't actually need the stalk at all to help me remove it so cut it off completely which made the cup a lot more comfortable and I couldn't feel it when inserted. If you do get the cup bear this in mind and cut the stalk if you find it uncomfortable. One of my worries was what if it went so far up I couldn't get it out! Don't worry the cup has absolutely nowhere to go. It will not disappear off up there somewhere, you will always be able to get it out.
The cup also comes in a sweet little hessian bag with a ribbon drawstring. You can carry it around in your bag in this for emergencies but it's no exactly discreet because it has tha Mooncup logo written across it.
~~~It comes in two sizes how do I know which one is right for me?~~~
The Mooncup is available in two sizes so should meet the majority of womens needs.
Size A - Recommended for all women aged 30 or above, even if they haven't given birth, and all women who have given birth vaginally.
Size B - Recommended for all women under 30 years old who have not given birth or who have had a caesarean section.
I am 33 now and have never had children. I started using the Mooncup when I was 29 and chose size B. I am still using a size B.
~~~It looks big compared to a tampon, I don't think I'll be able to insert it!~~~
I thought this too. I know the vagina is designed to fit much bigger things but just looking at the cup made me wonder if I'd be able to insert it. I mean how on earth was I suppposed to get that up there? The Mooncup is designed to be folded and inserted into the vagina and it's very easy to do. When I first got mine I was so eager to try it out I decided to see if I could insert it straight away. I wasn't on my period and this was a big mistake!! Do not try and insert it for the first time unless you are in full flow on your period. You do need that lubrication to help it slide in. I wasn't on and really struggled and felt deflated because I couldn't do it and get it to fit comfortably. I went online again and asked some people who had been advising me on a forum about this and they all said the same thing. Try when you're actually on your period. So I waited and tried again.
This time it was a totally different experience. I mentioned earlier it's best to at least cut the stem down a bit at first. Then after inserting it you can decide if you need to cut it more. I cut mine off completely. Ite cup is circular but think of the circle like it has four sides. I push one side right in then squeeze the other two sides together so the cup is squashed down and folded in on itself. Now they say that is worn internally a lot lower than a tampon but I have found that it is better for me to insert it as high as I can. It doesn't actually go up that far but the higher I place it the more comfortable it is and I honestly do not feel it at all. So once folded down with two fingers holding it insert it into your vagina. Now I'll be honest for me I find it much easier to pop one leg up on the toilet or side of the bath to do this. It gives me better access. You need to comfortable with your body and relax. Remember it's not gonna get stuck in there and it's perfectly safe. I get one leg up and just push it in. I push it up as far as it will go then release my grip a bit so it unfolds. Sometimes if you've squashed it down too tight you will need to give it a little squeeze from the bottom to release it but you can feel when it opens up with your fingers. Ok so it's in there and opened up. Now you just need to give it one turn. This forums a light seal with your vaginal walls allowing menstrual fluid to pass into the Mooncup without leakage or odour. And you're done.
You may find like I did that the stem is still too long and you can feel that, if so just cut it all off. I did and it's still perfectly easy to remove without it.
~~~How will I get it out?~~~
I worried after I had actually go the thing in that I wouldn't get it out but I can honestly say that over the 4 years I've used it I have not once had a problem removing it.
To remove it simply sit on the toilet lift your bottom off the toilet slightly and reach up with your index finger and thumb and grip it from the base. Now if you can't reach it do not panic. Just bear down as if you were doing a poo, still with your fingers up there and you will feel it come down towards your fingers. At this point the suction between the cup and the vaginal wall is still there. Do not just pull on it for gods sake lol. It will just pull at you and hurt if you do it this way. You need to release the suction. Releasing the suction is very quick and easy, simply squeeze the sides of the cup together. Then just gently remove it taking care to hold it upright to avoid spilling anything. Tip the contents into the toilet and wash out in the sink and re-insert. If you're in a public bathroom and there is no sink next to you just use a bit of tissue to wipe it out.
~~~How often do I have to change it?~~~
It can be worn for up to 8 hours!!! I have done this many times when I've gone to work and haven't wanted to change it in the work toilets and had no problems with leakage whatsoever. And because it's all natural there in NO risk of Toxic Shock which you can get with tampons.
~~~Is it really comfortable?~~~
100% yes. Just like with a tampon when inserted correctly so it's high enough you do not even feel it there. I love it. Once or twice I've inserted it an bit too low and felt it there slightly. I simply then whip it out and pop it back in higher.
~~~So is it messy?~~~
Honestly, yes it can be. I am a heavy bleeder and on occasion when in full flow I've taken it out and accidentally spilled it on the floor. It's easily cleaned up but not pretty lol. When inserting it or removing it your fingers will get bloody. You do need a sink nearby for washing your hands afterwards. I have also 3 times over the four years woken up in the morning to find the cup has leaked and I have been soaked in blood. Not nice! This has actually only happened recently and I'm thinking now I'm older I need the other cup size. I never had any problems until very recently with leakage. Also when removing in a public bathroom please be aware sometimes there is a squelching sound when you release the suction and remove it. This can be embarrassing if other people are around to hear it.
~~~How do I clean it?~~~
Simply boil it immersed in water for 5 - 7 minutes. This will completely sterilise it. be careful not to let the pan of water boil dry or you'll be left with a melted cup!!! You can also use sterilising tablets. I just boil mine in a pan of water. It's important you sterilise the cup when you first get at and then once after each period. Leave it to dry then place back in the bag. There is absolutely no need to sterilise your Mooncup during your period, as the vagina has its own self-cleansing system, and medical grade silicone (from which the Mooncup is made) is specially designed not to support the growth of bacteria.
~~~Why switch to a Mooncup?~~~
-The Moocup collects the fluid rather than absorbing it meaning no dryness or irritation
- It's safer. It's made from medical grade silicone islatex-free and contains no dyes, BPA, toxins or bleaches.
-It's also great for women with sensitive skin.
-It's greener. 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.
- It's cheaper. One woman uses up to 22 items of sanitary protection every period. Regardless of your flow, you only need one Mooncup, and it lasts for years and years, making it the most economical sanitary product you can buy.
~~~Where can I buy it and how much does it cost?~~~
I haven't seen it available in many places on the high street to be honest. I know that Boots sell it though and that's the only place I've seen it in the shops where I live. You can also buy it online from:
www.ebay.co.uk - £17.95
www.boots.co.uk - £21.99
www.bodykind.com - £17.95
www.peak-nutrition.co.uk - £18.97
www.earthwisegirls.co.uk - £17.50
www.amazon.co.uk - £17.95
www.mooncup.co.uk - £19.99
Also as well as being able to buy it from the official mooncup website they will give you a list of stockists in your area.
~~~It's quite expensive am I really saving money?~~~
In a word YES. I purchased mine 4 years ago now and still have the same one I bought then! I have used it every month for 4 years. If you think of the cost of your usually sanitary protection and add that up over a year you're already saving.
~~~Where can I find out more information?~~~
Full information including reviews can be found at www.mooncup.co.uk
40 Arundel Place
+44 (0) 1273 673 845
+44 (0) 1273 628 187
Thank you for taking the time to read this review and I hope I've been as informative as possible :-)
Also published on Ciao under the same username
Summary: Fantastic alternative to pads or tampons. I wouldn't go back.