I feel like I've just kinda become known as The Menstrual Cup Lady amongst my Instagram followers since I'm always banging on about my favourite period product, the Mooncup. The amount of DM's I get to say "what is a moon cup?" or "how do I use one?" is unreal. I love that you guys all come to me with your period cup queries, so to make things easier I decided to write a post on the most common Mooncup questions I get asked.
If you've heard me talking about this before and you've already made up your mind that the Mooncup is for you, head to the Mooncup website to shop: https://www.mooncup.co.uk/?ref=2688
If you have no idea what a Mooncup is though, read on.
What is a Moon cup menstrual cup?
A Mooncup is a soft, silicone, funnel-shaped menstrual cup which is inserted into the vagina to collect your period blood, similar to the way you insert a tampon. Note: the Mooncup is nothing like a tampon. In my opinion it's much, much better.
What is the point of one?
Well, first off the Mooncup is reusable, which means it's saving an awful lot of menstrual waste from entering our landfills and oceans. In fact, one Mooncup can save up to 11,000 tonnes of waste. So, there's a pretty good environmental argument for switching to a menstrual cup from disposable period products.
Aside from this, there's also the economical argument. How much do you spend on tampons and pads each month? It adds up, right? The Mooncup has a price tag of around £21 - and I know that is a lot more than you would spend on tampons and pads in a month, but the Mooncup can be reused over and over again. In fact, the Mooncup can last for up to 10 years if looked after correctly, which gives you an average cost of 16p per period.
Do I need to buy a new one every month?
Absolutely not! The Mooncup is reusable, and if looked after properly it can last for up to 10 years. That's a whole lot of money saved and a lot less menstrual waste going to landfill. It's a win-win for your purse and the planet.
What size should I choose?
Mooncup comes in two sizes. Size A and size B. You should opt for size A if you are 30 and over OR have given birth vaginally whatever your age, and you should opt for size B if you are under 30 and have not given birth vaginally.
How do you get it "up there"?
Fairly similarly to how you would insert a tampon. You fold the cup in half, insert it into the vagina and it will pop open inside of you. It creates a vacuum seal to catch all of your blood.
How long can I wear it for?
Mooncup recommend 8hrs of wear based on their research into menstrual hygiene. Most other cup brands say you can wear for 12hrs. So what's the difference? I got in touch with Sophia Jordan, a Mooncup Advisor, to ask why. Sophia told me "our recommendation to empty and rinse the Mooncup menstrual cup every 4-8 hours is based upon safe practise for users, as opposed to the capacity or potential performance of the Mooncup® vs. other menstrual cup brands. This recommendation is for safety and hygiene reasons - to prevent the potential build-up of bacteria or odour."
Okay, so how do you get it out?
To get the cup out, you should pinch the bottom of it to break the seal, then wiggle it from side to side while pulling down gently. It should not hurt or create a tugging sensation. Breaking the seal before you start to move the cup is really important.
How do I empty and clean it?
To empty the Mooncup you simply remove it and pour the contents down the toilet. You then need to rinse with water, or you can use an unscented soap, but be sure to rinse very, very thoroughly if you choose to use soap, as it can cause irritation in your vagina if not rinsed well. When your period is over you can sterilise the Mooncup ready for your next period by boiling it in water for 5-7 minutes, or by using a sterilising tablet or solution (the kind you would use for sterilising baby bottles).
The stem makes the cup really uncomfy, what can I do?
The Mooncup has a stem which is about 1 inch long. You can use this to easily locate your Mooncup. However, some people find this stem to be uncomfortable (I'm one of those). The stem has little increments marked out on it, so you can trim the stem to a length that is suitable and comfortable for you. I personally chopped the whole thing off which made it waaaayy more comfortable.
I chopped the stem off my Mooncup and now I can't get it out - HELP!
First of all, remain calm. The Mooncup can't go anywhere once it's inside you. It's in there somewhere and you WILL get it back out. Insert you forefinger and thumb into your vagina until you feel the bottom of the Mooncup, pinch and remove. If it's easier, you can use one finger and run it up the side of the Mooncup to break the seal. Hooking your finger over the top of the cup can help to pull it down.
If this doesn't work and you're really in a pickle, you can call the Mooncup team on+44 (0)1273 673845 and they will be able to help you.
What if I'm at work, how do I rinse it?
You have two options here. You can either, wipe it with some toilet paper before you re-insert (I'm not a massive fan of doing this but I will if I have to), or you can take a bottle of water into the toilet with you and use this to rinse it over the toilet.
So those are the most frequent questions I get asked about the Mooncup. Head to the Mooncup website to find out more: https://www.mooncup.co.uk/?ref=2688