Lets talk about the Mooncup

“The what!?” I hear you ask.

The Mooncup. And eco friendly alternative to sanitary pads and tampons. A super handy little device made from medical grade silicone which is held in place by your vaginal muscles.

One of the best things about being pregnant and indeed breastfeeding was the lack of periods, but alas, it can’t last forever. Eventually you have to start reminding yourself to pack the changing bag with your own sanitary products as well as babies. I was a sucker for forgetting!! Seriously. Baby brain does not go away any time soon after giving birth.

I never liked the idea of tampons and on the few occasions that I wore one I was so concious of it all the time. The whole toxic shock syndrome really freaked me out, as my mum got really sick when she was younger. She ended up hospitalised. She always warned me to keep track and change it regularly.

If it wasn’t inserted properly you could feel it and trying to get a dry tampon out and another one back in, especially when it’s not even in the comfort of your own bathroom, is enough to drive any woman to breaking point! It’s one of the most unpleasant experiences a woman will ever… well, experience.

Pads are a much safer option, especially at night, but… Most brands consist of plastic backing. Wearing one for 8 hours in a row or even on a warm day is so uncomfortable. You feel sweaty and gross and they can lead to a small bout of thrush (every time!)

But, ok, back to the Mooncup. Let’s skip to the Pros and Cons

Pros:

– Easy to insert and once it’s in, it’s in, you can’t feel it. Once you do the troubleshooting steps to ensure it won’t leak you literally don’t have to worry about it.

– It’s reusable, so you’re doing your bit to save the planet. One menstrual cycle at a time!

– If it’s not inserted properly, you can take it out and put it back in again. No uncomfortable dryness. Unlike tampons it doesn’t absorb your natural moisture.

– Safe to wear for up to 8 hours. One moon cup can hold up to three times more than a tampon. TSS is still a factor no matter what you use, but it’s more commonly been linked to the regular use of tampons as opposed to pads, biodegradable or reusable and biodegradable tampons or the Mooncup.

– You’re never going to run out. One woman uses up to 22 items of sanitary protection every period. Regardless of your flow, you only need one Mooncup.

– One Mooncup is all you need. It costs around €15-€25 and it’s  recommended that you replace it every 10 years. The average woman spends about €3-€5 every month so assuming you’ve 12 periods a years for 10 years you’re spending anywhere between €360-€600. So it saves you quite a bit of cash.

Cons:

– Having to empty your Mooncup. Let’s face it having to change any sanitary product is a con, but it’s like second nature to a woman and this is no different to changing a tampon or pad.

That’s about it, here’s a video that explains it all:

There’s two different sized Mooncups size A for women who are over 40 and who’ve given birth and size B for women under 40 who’ve not given birth. I recommend seeing your physio and getting a post natal screening before using the mooncup after having a baby. If your muscles aren’t strong enough then it won’t work for you. Pelvic floor exercises will help to get you back to normal but it could still take up to 4-5 months. So don’t worry about it too much, there are other eco- friendly alternatives that you can use after having a baby.

I can’t sing it’s praises enough. It’s a great little invention and it’s made my life so much easier. I’ve saved money and I’m doing my bit for the planet.

Have you tried using a Mooncup? What eco- friendly alternatives have you used?

– A x

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