Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Review: The Mooncup

''The Mooncup® - known in the USA as MCUK® - is the original silicone menstrual cup designed by women to be a convenient, safe and eco-friendly alternative to tampons and sanitary pads. Loved by women all around the world, and made in the UK by a multi-award winning ethical business, the Mooncup offers an end to the waste, discomfort and expense of disposable sanitary protection.'' (Mooncup website)


That's my Mooncup package above. It contains a reusable menstrual cup made from soft medical grade silicone, organic cotton storage pouch and instructions. That's about everything you'll need. :) Mooncup is available in two sizes: A and B. The table below should help you choose the right size. I got mine in size B.


Why Mooncup?
* It's safer, ''greener'' and cheaper.
* No mess, no leaks, no dryness (like with tampons ... ugh, I hate that).
* No exposure to pesticides, bleaches, harmful chemicals (like BPA).
* It's latex free.
* Ideal for traveling, exercise and overnight use.
* Longer lasting protection for every day of the period.
* Suitable for women with sensitive skin and/or allergies. 

Fact #1: Menstrual cups have been in use since 1930s and have never been associated with TSS (toxic shock syndrome).

Fact #2: One woman uses at least 10,000 tampons or pads in her lifetime - you only need one Mooncup so it saves you money and is eco-friendly too.


Price: £19.99

Where to buy? Mooncup site.

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I've always wanted to try menstrual cup, but it seemed expensive. After I got really fed up with tampons and the dryness they cause, I finally placed an order. And, boy, I'm glad I did.
At first I was kind of scared to use it. It looked big and awkward ... so I decided to watch some videos, read some reviews and tips from users. I trimmed the stem right away, because I read that it was too long for most of the users. That wasn't the smartest thing to do (I could have chopped off too much of it, which makes it harder to grab and remove the cup), so I advise you to try it first and then trim the stem. ;)
There are many folding techiques for menstrual cups. You have to choose the one that suits you best. I use the ''punch-down'' fold, which looks like this:


Pros:
+ Easy to use.
+ Don't have to change it as much as pads or tampons.
+ Healthier, environment friendly, safer.
+ No side effects like skin irritation, dryness etc.

Cons:
- Removing and re-inserting menstrual cup can be a bit messy until you get the hang of it.

Do I recommend it? What else can I say - I love this product. I already recommended it to my sister and I wish nothing but the best for her. And for me, for that matter. Yes, I strongly recommend it.

*I purchased this product with my own money and I'm not affiliated with Mooncup in any way. Read my disclosure policy for more information.

Thanks for looking!

31 comments:

  1. It is absolutely the right thing to have/do. A brilliant post. I hope you convert many, many women to this.

    I had one back in the day and they are ...Well, it should be made EU LAW!

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  2. Ich hab schon viel darüber gelesen, aba bis jetzt hab ich mich einfach noch nicht getraut....
    kann mir das irgendwie nich vorstellen... :/

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  3. It sounds great, but I feel just like Danny...I can´t picture how this would work for me...
    but nonetheless, a great review! Thanks for that :)

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  4. I want to try it for a year but still didn't manage it :D I don't like the cleaning - I've heard that after period you have to boil it - to sterilize it. I think I'm too lazy to do that.

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  5. it's 2 years more or less that I use a menstrual cup, and I'm still so satisfied. I think LadyCup is much much better than Mooncup, softer and easier to insert and remove.
    I suggest to give it a try! :)

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  6. Great post, I'm glad you brought this up! I've been using menstrual cup between my pregnancies and I find it the least messy option during perioids. Sometimes I've even forgot all about wearing it until I'm already getting to bed at night!

    I use Finnish menstrual cup by the brand Lunette.

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  7. I could't agree with you more! I have been using mooncup for 3 years now and never looked back :) I hope your post help other women to find the bliss of the mooncup as well!

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  8. This might be a dumb question, but how do you empty it? I mean, isn't it messy in that respect? I had seen these before and what really draws me is who hasn't been midway through their period only to realize there isn't any tampons around! I spent $10 on a small box when I was on a cruise, because it wasn't really expected...
    Can you wear it for 24 hours and maybe rinse it out in the shower every day?

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  9. I've been using this since 2004 and I haven't looked back. It's really comfortable, I can wear it when my flow is light or heavy and I feel so much better about not tossing out so much waste. As for size -- I am still wearing the one I bought before I delivered and it fits me just fine! It takes a couple of tries before getting out without trauma (the first couple of times was a nightmare) but once you get the hang of it, it's just fine. Thanks for featuring this!

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  10. @Lady Pink: It's hard to imagine how it works until you try it. I had my concerns about it, but it all turned out great. =) I haven't read a bad review on any of the menstrual cups. They're so great I can't even think of going back to tampons.

    @Lou: Women become very attached to their menstrual cups and take care after them like they were their babies. XD Boiling it after and before each use is so fast...

    @Theallamenta: There are differnet menstrual cups, but I've only tried Mooncup. I'm so satisfied I don't need to try any other brand. But it's still a choice every single lady should do for herself. A little research and everybody can find the best for their body. :)

    @Doo: Glad to see your comment. I really haven't heard anything bad about these thingies so far. Lunette is also very popular here in Slovenia. I don't know how it compares to Mooncup though. I've only tried this one so far.

    @Seere: Amen to that! :D

    @Enigma: And I love mine! =)

    @Danica: You just remove it and pour out the fluid in it. Afterwards you rinse it with water or/and wipe it with antibacterial wipes. I don't find it messy at all. Not messier than pads or tampons for that matter.
    You're supposed to empty it every 4-8 hours, but I left it in for as long as 12 hours. I wouldn't suggest leaving it in for whole day though. I REALLY suggest you try it and see it for yourself. I'm sure you're gonna love it. =)

    @emmajoy: Great to hear your positive experience with menstrual cup. =) Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  11. Yessss! Menstrual cups are so awesome. I've been using a Diva for a few years now, and I love it!

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  12. Glad you're using one too! I've been using the Canadian version, "The Diva Cup" for a few months and LOVE it! It's comfortable (once you learn how to use it right) it doesn't leak, and it's safer for your body and the environment. No more tampon applicators in the dump! WASTE!

    I had to cut my tube off though, it was irritating me. I found I had no problems removing it without the tube anyways.

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  13. Oh and the Diva Cup has a special plant based soap with no harmful chemicals and cruelty free to wash your cup with. It's very gentle so you can use it as a body wash if you have sensitive skin and it is concentrated so it lasts forever. :P

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  14. I've never in my life heard about this!!! It actually sounds great lol but i'm scared of using tampons so i guess i'd also be scared of these.

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  15. I've been meaning to get one for years but I've never got around to do it. It's not expensive but I don't even trust tampons to keep me dry so not sure how a cup can do it :D

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  16. I love my mooncup! There's just no other way - for me or for the environment. Using all those cotton pads for polish removal is bad enough. :) I use the "7" folding method, I think it's the easiest one - just flatten it and fold the top to one side. I've gotten so used to it that I sometimes forget if I ever emptied it or not- not to mention I've forgotten about it entirely for a while... O.o

    It's also great for use during times of heavier secretion. And after the first day of period, or so, I have mine in all day and it's no problem. I just empty it and wash off while in the shower. :)

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  17. I've heard nothing but the best about these cups too!
    I'm sure I'll try a cup one day, right now I'm just perfectly happy with pads (I hate tampons though) and thus found no reason to try anything else.
    Well and I also always found the stem a little intimidating looking ;) but I guess I'll just look up some videos were you can see the cup & get an idea of its firmness.


    xx

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  18. @Noir Lacquer: You said it! =)

    @Skulda: I've heard of Diva Cup as well. Guess all of these cups are pretty much the same... It's nice to know how many ladies already use it. Very encouraging.

    @Yona: There is absolutely nothing to be scared of. Take your time, get to know your body and you will see it's amazing. =)

    @Duvessa: Cup can keep you dry better than tampon. It has tiny holes in the rim and once you insert the cup it produces vacuum. There's no way it can leak, if you insert it correctly. It can hold up to three times as much fluid as the most absorbing tampon - mine (size B Mooncup) can hold up to 12 mL. The largest amount of fluid I saw when I removed it was 3mL and I had it in for 10 hours on the second day of my period. =)

    @Feline: I really had no idea so many of you use it already. =D Guess we don't talk about it too much. Hee hee... I love my Mooncup as well.

    @2espresso: I can't even think of going back to using pads. Especially in this kind of weather (heat). Don't worry about the stem. It may look intimidating, but is not. Try it, I bet you'll never go back to using pads again.

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  19. Great, another one who is using a cup! my cup is from lunette and it is called "selene" (http://www.lunette.com/de/index.php?id=395) .
    i would never use anything else! honestly i was very sceptical at the beginning but i really do love my cup now :D

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  20. i've got a lunacup (the same thing but an other name) & it's so great.
    i feal better fresh with this

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  21. I heard a lot of positive things about this cup and now it is time to buy it! I hate pads, I do not like tampons because of dryness as you said...

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  22. I love my mooncup as well!! My favourite part is that I can use it on "low-flow"-days with no irritationor dryness.

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  23. i love that you're telling ppl about it :) when i got mine i was really bummed that i'd never heard about it before! :s

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  24. Well.. I didn't have such a good experience with the menstrual cup. I had the diva cup and the first days of using it were my worst nightmare... why.. because I found out I'm allergic to the material used for it. I loved the fact that it was all so clean but those stomach cramps... I'll never forget those... It was just awful. I thought that those were simple menstrual cramps but when I removed the cup It was like nothing happened...all gone in seconds... So yeah, it was the cup. I was sad and still am, but not because of the money but because it's so confortable and actually very clean.

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  25. I have Stay with Me longlasting lipgloss in Me and my icecream - light barbie pink. It's not so pigmented but i like it. Except the ***** aplicator :D

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  26. ^Hihi, sem se nasmejala zdj zadnjemu komentarju. :)

    Se pa že dalj časa prepričujem, da jo poskusim. No mogoče pa jo v bližnji prihodnosti kupim!

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  27. I sure wish my daughters were comfortable enough with their bodies to use cups. When I still had a uterus, I seriously adored my cup, it was MILES better than anything I'd ever used before.

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  28. I'm just glad I don't have to mess with any of this! I had to have a complete hysterectomy years ago. Interesting concept though.

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  29. I linked to this review for a post about environment friendly stuff on my blog. Hope that's okay :)

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