Mooncup Menstural Cup – Why The Mooncup Is Better Than Tampons
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The Mooncup is a reusable menstrual cup around two inches long and made from soft silicone rubber. It is worn internally like a tampon but collects menstrual fluid rather than absorbing. Unlike tampons the Mooncup is not a disposable product, so you only need to buy one.
The Mooncup will hold 30ml of fluid, which is roughly one third of the average total produced each period. A light seal is formed with your vaginal walls allowing your menstrual fluid to pass into the Mooncup without leakage or odour. You will probably find that you need to empty your Mooncup less frequently than you currently replace towels or tampons. You can purchase the Mooncup via the Mooncup website (UK) HERE.
Why Is It Better?
The Mooncup Menstrual Cup:
- Contains no bleaches, deodorisers or absorbency gels * Does not interfere with your healthy vaginal environment
- Has not been associated with toxic shock syndrome
- Will not cause irritation and is suitable for women with sensitive skin, thrush, eczema or allergies
- Will not deposit fibres in your vaginal wall
The smooth surface of the Mooncup allows the mucus membranes of your vaginal wall to continue their essential cleansing and protective functions. The Mooncup does not absorb your body’s natural defence mechanisms.
For your safety the Mooncup is made from a special medical grade non-allergic silicone. Silicone is derived from silica which is one of the most abundant minerals on earth.
The Mooncup can be cleaned in the same way as baby equipment: with sterilising fluid, or by boiling for five minutes in an open pan of water.
Unlike pads and tampons the Mooncup menstrual cup is reusable, eliminating the need to carry bulky spares. With proper care your Mooncup will last for several years.
Imagine the towels and tampons that you will be disposing of in landfill sites during those years!
How Easy Is It To Use The Mooncup Menstrual Cup?
Correctly inserted, the Mooncup is so comfortable that you will forget it exists. It may take a little practice at first as you need to find the angle and position that is right for you.
Once you have perfected it you will be amazed at how simple the Mooncup is to use. You will need to empty, rinse or wipe and reinsert your Mooncup every four to eight hours depending on your flow. The fluid remains inside the cup, and the process is not messy or uncomfortable.
The Mooncup can safely be used overnight and is great for all sports, swimming and travelling.
“I LOVE my Mooncup! I found it quick, convenient and easy to use (I think the trick is definately to aim towards the small of the back when inserting) and comfortable to wear. I’M FREE! I’M FREE! It doesn’t leak or smell and I don’t go to the loo and then think “damn I should’ve brought a tampax in with me” or get up in the morning and think “now I must fill my pockets with tampax” if I’m going out! The great thing is, once you’ve got it in, you’ve got it with you! Love it! Thanks! More women should know about this…"
How Do You Use The Mooncup?
- Find a comfortable sitting, standing, squatting or kneeling position. Relax and take your time.
- Press the sides of the Mooncup menstrual cup together and then fold in half again.
- Hold the folded sides firmly together between thumb and forefinger of one hand. The single curved edge should be away from your palm.
- Stay relaxed. With your free hand gently separate the labia and push the curved edge of the folded Mooncup menstrual cup up into the vagina.
- Insert the Mooncup menstrual cup fully following the natural angle of your vagina. Aim towards the small of your back, not the top of your head. You do not need to push the Mooncup menstrual cup up high into the vagina, the vaginal muscle will keep it in place.
- Once the Mooncup menstrual cup is fully inserted grasp the base of the cup, not the stem, and rotate it once to ensure that it has fully unfolded.
Most women find that the stem is too long. You will need to remove the Mooncup menstrual cup and cut the stem to your own requirements.
It is important to keep your Mooncup clean. Wash it regularly with mild soap and hot and water. It can be cleaned more thoroughly between periods.
Can you use the Mooncup in public toilets?
Yes, you can still use your Mooncup in Public toilets. Simply take a small bottle of water into the toilet with you and rinse it with this. Alternatively you
can wipe with toilet paper and give your Mooncup a thorough clean at a more convenient time.
My flow is very light and I find tampons extremely painful to remove. Is it okay to use a Mooncup with a light flow?
Yes it is fine to use the Mooncup when your flow is light. The Mooncup is not absorbent and will not cause dryness so you will find removal much more comfortable than with tampons.
How discreet is the packaging in the post?
The Mooncup comes in an A5 brown manilla envelope with an address label on the front and our company name and address written in small letters at the bottom of the label. There is no indication of what is inside the package. It may be helpful to you to know that the package is small enough to fit through a standard letterbox and doesn’t need to be signed for so you don’t need to be at home to receive it.
My Mooncup is leaking, what can I do?
The most common reason for leakage is not placing the Mooncup low enough in your vagina. The Mooncup needs to be placed just inside the entrance to your vagina, not up near the cervix where tampons are placed.
Also, you need to check that the whole of the stem is fully inside you. Most women need to trim the stem. If you think you need to trim the stem, remove your Mooncup and cut the end with scissors. Trim a little off at a time and reinsert your Mooncup to check how it sits. Repeat this process until it is fully inside you and is comfortable.
Another reason for leakage is due to poor seal formation with your vaginal wall. You can try twisting and rotating the Mooncup once inserted. You can also try pulling the mooncup down slightly and then gently pushing it inward. Clamping your pelvic floor muscles around the Mooncup will also help to create a good seal.
Occasionally leakage can occur because the small holes below the rim of the Mooncup have become blocked. Use a clean pin and remove any debris blocking the holes. Sterilise your Mooncup and re-insert.
Finally, leakage may be due to the size you are using not being a good fit. In this case please contact the Mooncup advice service.
For more information, testimonials or to purchase a Mooncup, please see the Mooncup website HERE.
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