Periods can sometimes seem like a curse. I remember being in High School, with really bad cramps and the constant thought that I was leaking. It seemed that being a woman and having periods was a curse. I used to dread every month, because I knew I had to stick that horrible piece of cotton to my nickers and be forced to do P.E. (Sports) Now that I’m older, the sign of my period is a blessing. 😉
My struggle with finding the right sanitary protection has always been a journey. Pads are like a weird sort of nappy, that just sit there and tampons are soaked in all sorts of chemicals and bleach.
So what else can I use to capture my flow?
*The Mooncup – known in the USA as MCUK – is the original silicone menstrual cup designed by women to be a convenient, safe and eco-friendly alternative to tampons and sanitary pads. Loved by women all around the world, and made in the UK by a multi-award winning ethical business, the Mooncup menstrual cup offers an end to the waste, discomfort and expense of disposable sanitary protection.*
Made from soft medical grade silicone, the Mooncup is latex-free and contains no dyes, BPA, toxins or bleaches. It’s also great for women with sensitive skin.
Tampons can cause dryness and leave fibres behind. The Mooncup is designed to respect your natural balance.
On average, one woman will use over 11,000 tampons or pads in their lifetime, which will end up in landfill or in the sea.
One woman uses up to 22 items of sanitary protection every period. Regardless of your flow, you only need one Mooncup, and it lasts for years and years, making it the most economical sanitary product you can buy.
Is it awkward to get in?
YES, THE ANSWER IS YES. This is due to me, simply not knowing how to use it and lack of experience. The Mooncup does take some getting used to, its very weird at first. I thought OK, I’m used to tampons, this should be pretty easy. WRONG. It took me a few tries, after squatting, putting my leg up on the toilet, sitting on the toilet, I finally managed to get it in. (I suggest you do this in the comfort of your own home, instead of a public toilet, like I did.) And its nothing like a tampon, it sits much lower, but at the same time you don’t feel it. (if it’s in right)
After watching several videos, I managed to get an idea of how it works. So it takes some time, but it becomes easier. I have been using it for two cycles now and I can stay that I am happy with it. Is it something that I’m going to stick to? Maybe. But for now I’m happy. Its healthier for my body, it’s cheaper and it’s more environmental. Where can I go wrong? It’s just going to take some time to get used to.
The cup also comes in two different sizes. I am size B, with is basically for women who have not had children. It tells you on each box, which size you should choose. So don’t worry.
Keeping it Clean
Now to clean my cup, I just put it in a old container that I don’t use anymore. Fill it up with boiled water and put a cap full of Dettol in there. If you do not know what that is, its basically a disinfectant. I let the cup sit in that for a few minutes and then rinse it thoroughly, because you do not want Dettol in your taco. It can be really strong, which is why you dilute it with lots of water. I also carry wipes with me, when its that time of the month, so I can not only keep myself clean but the cup to.
So there you have it ladies. If you are looking for a healthier alternative to tampons, I suggest getting a menstrual cup. Yes, I know its weird to put something up there. But it is so much better. If your happy with your pads, then I’m happy for you. But if your tired of that then upgrade and welcome your vagina into the world of cups.
*OH and I had no leaks.*
I will keep you updated on this, to see if I completely contradict myself in the months to come or if I stick with it. Have you tried a menstrual cup? How was it? Any other gadgets you’ve tried to capture your flow? Let me know. 🙂
Stay blessed Queens.