One of my dearest friends first introduced me to the Mooncup about 2 years ago.
‘Well, that sounds revolting’
“Wow! That sounds great!”
But after some self-reflection, a couple of in-depth conversations and weighing up the benefits (see Dark Side of the Mooncup) I decided to give it a go. Unfortunately, you can only buy the Mooncup on-line and as a bit of technophobe I never got around to it. Lucky for me, my dear friend bought me one for my birthday last year.
When the mail came I tore open the packet with great enthusiasm, waved it around in front of my boyfriend and housemate (who still hear “Great success!” four consecutive days each month…) and counted the days until my next period. I had to wait three weeks. Three weeks of nerves and excitement. Three weeks to make sure I was prepared. But how? It’s not exactly something you can practice….
Announcements were made when the big day arrived. Research had been carried out including reading several blogs and watching a couple of Youtube clips (not graphic, see links below). I felt prepared. Armed with a bit of lube (which I used on the first two attempts around the rim) and a can-do attitude I attempted the first fitting. Fortunately my preparation paid off because it was a huge success. If it hadn’t been, I probably wouldn’t be writing this post. I’m not the kind of person to give up after one go but this is a pretty intimate journey of self exploration.
My Mooncup’s first outing (around the house) was only half an hour long as it felt a little strange. A bit like the first time you wear a tampon, but the rest is history. There are some days where it is too hard to wear (i.e., if I’m moving around a lot and don’t know where I can easily freshen up) but I haven’t worn a tampon since.
So for all the future Mooncuppers out there, I pass onto the advice I was taught growing up: Be prepared.
Be prepared to practice. It can take a few attempts to figure out how to insert and remove it in the way that suits your body.
Be prepared to be surprised. When you wear the Mooncup for the maximum time recommended, 8 hours, it is surprising how much menstrual fluid comes away. But not to worry – it looks more than it is! I was also surprised at the consistency of the menstrual fluid. It is thicker and darker than blood that comes from your finger when you cut it so don’t freak out (like I did). It’s normal!
Be prepared to feel different. Not all women report how their bodies react to the Mooncup, perhaps they don’t feel any different but I have noticed a change in my body. It sounds strange but my vagina feels healthier. Tampons remove everything from your vagina, not just menstrual fluid. Using the Mooncup maintains healthy Ph balance and decreases the likelihood of infections (i.e., TSS). And let’s face it, there is nothing worse than being in a situation when you need to wear a tampon but your flow isn’t quite heavy enough to justify it, and trying to remove it while it’s still mostly dry….. Not good news.
In sum, the Mooncup is healthier, safer, economical and with environmental benefits to boot, it’s worth giving it a go!
One last piece of advice, although the Mooncup is designed to be worn lower than a tampon don’t trim the tail too short! Wear it once and figure out if it needs modifying. Take little bits off at time because you can always cut more off but you can’t add it back on!
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