Practice Makes Perfect
I’ve always suffered from extremely heavy periods ever since I started menstruating age 9. I was always terrified of tampons, so made do with sanitary towels until six months ago when I discovered I was getting sores “down there” whenever I wore one! My cousin showed me her mooncup and how to use it, and afterwards I went online and bought it.
It was very awkward to put in at first, but after cutting the stem and doing a few “dry runs”, I’ve figured out – mostly! – the angle to put it in.
The difference has been amazing. I no longer feel uncomfortable on my period, unless I haven’t inserted the cup properly, and I forget it’s there! It’s so easy to clean between insertions, and very easy to sterilise. I worked out I have saved about £50 already, and it’s so unobtrusive – I can still wear my pretty pants if I don’t want to wear my granny knickers.
Definitely recommend the mooncup: it’s cheap in the long run, requires minimum effort and the amount of mess isn’t at all bad so long as you don’t mind a little bit of blood on your fingers when you’re first figuring out what angle works best!
Dani – 30th November 2017
I am 41 and just started using a Mooncup 6 months ago. All I can say is wow what a difference! I suffer with heavy periods for a few days of my period and have never had a leak with it. I had cut the stem a bit too short since it was sticking in me originally but have worked out a way to still remove it. In the past I suffered with sores on my ‘bits’ from being sensitive to sanitary towels and dried out from tampons so always dreaded my periods. I didn’t realise this was another option until I saw someone recommend it on Facebook so thought it was worth a try.
I have just started Uni (slightly mature student) and surprised that it’s not advertised there better – and NUS are sending emails about tampons but not these. I guess people may think it’s a hippy thing that’s difficult to use but that’s completely wrong. All periods are messy but this is the most comfortable way to deal with them. My tip is to roll some toilet roll up before removing it to then slowly pour the contents in once you’ve removed it to avoid mess. I am now confident removing it in public toilets.
People find it hard to talk about their periods publicly but really think this should be part of school education to give all options at a young age. I wish I knew when I was younger!
Caroline – 12th October 2017
When I first heard about a menstrual cup I was a little mortified by the idea of tipping a cup of blood away and actually seeing it.
The reality is it’s has changed my life forever. I’ve had periods for 20 years (started when I was 10) they’ve always been heavy and painful, and I’d pass out and be sick. Every single month. With the Mooncup I don’t get any of that. They’re still heavy but only for about 2 days and then hardly anything. I no longer dread periods, the days seem to fly by and before you know it, it’s over.
It’s nowhere near as bad as I thought it would tipping the blood away and whoever told me you only get a tablespoon of blood throughout a whole period lied. It’s actually amazes me how much blood the Mooncup holds.
It only took 2 periods to figure out the angle I needed to put it in to work best for me.
I would never go back to towels or tampons now, I love my Mooncup and highly recommend!!!!!
Sophia – 7th October 2017
The thought of pulling out another dry tampon made me shudder. Or being half way through my working day feeling like the blasted tampon was full, only to go to the bathroom to realise I’d acidentally peed on the string at my previous visit and it had soaked up the urine and expanded. I’d had enough of them. I found them gross.
I’d heard about the mooncup years ago and naively dismissed the idea, thinking there was no way I’d be pulling out a cup full of blood to tip away. But now I’m doing it and it’s SO much more comfortable than tampons.
When it first arrived I inspected the size of it and throught “no way is this going to work for me”. And in all honesty it didn’t for the first couple of cycles. It’s taken a while to figure out the correct angle and positioning but now I’ve nailed it and it’s changed my life. I actually find it…. interesting….! (P.s whoever made up the fact that we only bleed an egg cup full per month is a liar).
What’s even better is that it is SO much better for the environment. Did you know the plastic applicator of a tampon can take like 500 years to decompose?! Mental. With the mooncup I give it a wash between uses, and at the end of my cycle a boil ready for the next time I need it. Easy peasy and the environment is not harmed. Perfect!
Give it a try, give it several trys and don’t give up. Once you’ve got it, you’ll be trying to persuade all your mates to get one.
Laura -12th September 2017
Hello! I always wanted to try this cup since I discovered it! I finally got one and loved since the first use! I was scared at the beginning and took a while to get use to put and take out, but now it’s perfection! No messy periods, no stress with clothes and a HUGE plus: no harm for the environment! 😉
Andréa – 8th September 2017
Like many others I was a little skeptical about using the Mooncup, but after reading so many rave reviews, I decided to give it a go. I have only been using it for three days but I am never going back to pads or tampons again!
The first couple of times inserting/removing it were a little awkward, but after a few goes I felt like a pro! The Mooncup is comfortable, so much so that I forget I’m wearing it! In the past few days I’ve worn it at the gym and whilst sleeping and have had absolutely no problems! No leaks, no discomfort!
It’s going to save me so much time and money in the long run, no more last minute dashes to the shop for tampons! I also love that is reusable and environmentally friendly. I highly recommend the Mooncup to anyone who has to deal with periods, I wish I’d started using it sooner!
Sophie – 5th July 2017
Why have I not tried this sooner!? I’ve seen the signs advertised on toilet doors since I first started my periods back in secondary school, and then when I moved to Uni. I always thought was going to be as bad as tampons (I’ve been a pad user all my period life after some stressful tampon moments).
But I’ve been getting into being green and reducing our household waste and decided to give it a go, thinking it’d end like the tampon problem and I wouldn’t use it. I’ll admit my first few tries didn’t go so well, I had a lot of discomfort. Then I reread the part about trimming the stem so gradually over a couple of periods doing different levels of exercise and movement I’ve got the stem to the perfect length and I’m truly amazed.
Now I don’t know its even there! Its fantastic. I had my first night’s sleep where I didn’t wake up feeling disgusting and it has made my period feel so much better! I’m no longer dreading a week of every month! The best thing for me though has been related to swimming. I always had to take a week or so off swimming because I just wouldn’t wear tampons, but the cup has changed all that – swimming all year round is now possible thanks to my MoonCup!
I love it – I wish I’d had the guts to try this sooner! Its a learning curve, but I think everyone who menstruates should try one!
Stephanie – 4th June 2017
I was encouraged to try the Mooncup by both friends and family. I was a bit sceptical at first and mega nervous about insertion and removal but am SO glad I started. The first few attempts were horrible and it took me about half an hour to remove(!) BUT soooo worth the perseverance as now couldn’t be easier to use. I love that it is eco friendly and has also encouraged me to get to know my body and cycle so much better. Everyone should be using these!
Jo – 17th May 2017
I’m not sure why I haven’t written a testimonial sooner! I’ve been using my Mooncup for around 7 years now. At first I was not so sure, having a few leaks, or not being able to get it out. BUT PERSEVERE! I now love my Mooncup it helps with heavy periods and there is so much less to think about. And after YEARS some of my friends are finally giving it a go!! and all satisfied so far. Go for it!
Estelle – 7th April 2017
Although I try to live my life as respectfully of the environment as possible, I am by no means an obsessive “eco warrior” type and the “green” aspect of the mooncup was not my main motivation for trying it. (It is, of course, a highly gratifying bonus!) For years I have absolutely dreaded my periods and the associated dryness and itchy irritation that comes with using tampons and pads, not to mention the foul odour and feeling of not being “clean,” no matter how often I wash to try and keep fresh. After careful research, I hoped that a menstrual cup could offer me a way to avoid all that misery. AND WOW, HAS IT EVER! The mooncup has completely transformed my experience of that time of the month. Fairly easy to insert and remove with practice and patience, it coped brilliantly with my heavy flow, needed less frequent changing and best of all- no more discomfort…and no more period “smell.” And because it’s reusable and lasts for years, lots of money saved too. Why on earth aren’t all women using these? Not only would it make periods easier (and cheaper) to live with but imagine wiping out all that noxious landfill! Just make the change and liberate yourself from the tyranny of the sanitary product industry forever. Environmental charities should be distributing these for free to women in third world countries as well.
Julie-2nd April 2017