Since switching to the Mooncup in 2016, I have had a whole different relationship with my period. For those of you who don't know, a Mooncup is a reusable menstrual cup made from silicone - think of it like a tampon, but better! I want to share my story with you, plus 3 reasons why I think you should switch to a Mooncup.
If you've read my blog before you've probably noticed that I'm a bit obsessed with my period. It's my favourite time of the month, but it wasn't always like this. I used to hate being on my period. After having kids I found I couldn't wear a tampon. I don't know exactly what changed, but suddenly my body would push the little blighters out and they would be so, so painful. We all know the agony of having to pull out a dry tampon, right? If you don't, then you are so, so lucky! They just became impossible to wear, so tampons were suddenly a no-go for me.
I thought my only other option was pads, so this is the route I went down. Pads worked, they weren't painful, but they also weren't comfortable either. Every month I would dread being on my period. I am a heavy bleeder, but I downright refused to wear those awful super heavy pads that feel like you've got a nappy on - so I was soaking through my pads every couple of hours or so. I hated that feeling of wetness. I never felt clean when I was bleeding. Even when I got out of the bath, I would end up bleeding all over myself again. It was really making me miserable and I needed better solution.
I'd seen an advert for the Mooncup on Facebook and I was intrigued. I mentioned it to my husband who told me "Oh my god, that's so weird!" and so, I never bothered to get one. The months went on and I grew more and more miserable with the state of my menstrual hygiene situation. I remember having a little weep to myself on the bathroom floor, and I just decided I was going to go for it. It didn't matter what my husband thought - no vagina, no entitlement to an opinion on my vaginal wellbeing.
I went on the Mooncup website to find out what size I would need, how to insert it, how to clean it and by this point I was fully committed. I went to Boots the next day and bought myself a Mooncup. It literally changed everything for me. I could finally have a period and feel clean! No more sitting around in wet pads. No more changing every couple of hours. I honestly felt so much relief when I discovered this option, and that's why I spend half my life now raving about how good it is!
If the above story hasn't convinced to you make the switch, here are 3 reasons why you need to get yourself a Mooncup.
Its Like A Tampon, But Better
Okay, so really it's nothing like a tampon. But if, like me, you prefer to wear a tampon but you're struggling with them, and you hate the feeling of a pad, the Mooncup could be the one for you. Ultimately this is the reason I decided to give it a go.
I say it's like a tampon in the sense that it collects all your blood from the inside, so no more wet feeling - yay! But, its better than a tampon because:
it doesn't contain any chemicals that could mess with your downstairs
it's not drying like a tampon - it collects blood rather than absorbs it, so all your other lady juices can remain flowing
Like I said, think tampon, but not a tampon at all - much, much better!
It Saves You Money
Okay, so I know the price tag of £21.99 can be a little off putting when you're caught short, have to make an emergency dash to the supermarket and you spy a box of tampons on the shelf for £3.99, so make sure you do your research first. Don't impulse buy this one, make an informed decision.
It will save you money in the long run because you can use the same cup for up to 10 years if you look after it well. That's an average of 16p per period. I'll bet that £3.99 box of tampons seems a bit more expensive now.
It's Better For The Planet
You also have the benefit of saving the planet from period related plastic waste. Most pads and tampons contain plastic. I'm sure you're already well aware, but plastic waste is a huge environmental issue. Plastic doesn't degrade like natural materials do, so every piece of plastic that has ever been produced is still out there in the world or ocean somewhere.
Switching to a reusable cup is a really easy way you can help the environment. According to Mooncup Ltd:
"Plastic backing strips, applicators, wrappers and top sheets are NOT biodegradable.
27,938 used tampons & applicators collected on our world’s beaches on a single day.
1.5 billion items of sanitary protection are flushed every year in the UK alone.
The majority of sanitary pads contain 90% plastic.
Thanks to Mooncup users worldwide we have ensured that 2.4 billion (…and counting) fewer tampons and pads have ended up on our beaches or in landfill since 2002."
So, what do you think? Could the Mooncup be the one for you? Head to their website to find out everything you need to know.