I’m in love with the Moon Cup. There, I said it.

Safer; Greener; Cheaper – these are the most obvious reasons to use a menstrual cup.

I’d heard a lot about this these Menstrual Cups over the years. I first came across the Moon Cup at one of those Women’s Lifestyle Expo’s, and I didn’t really know how to feel about it. Little did I know, how it would change my life forever…

Immediately I liked the environmental aspect of it; No more waste (1000+ tampons/pads in a lifetime vs. one menstrual cup), but I was unsure if I could deal with that level of intimacy with my periods. That was maybe 10 years ago. Since then I’ve had to deal with periods & PMS from hell, due to Endometriosis & IBS etc. you get the picture. Menzies is generally not an enjoyable experience for this Jay.

I know a few people who have cups & they LOVE them. So, I set about extensively researching, as they are very expensive in NZ (approx $49), so I didn’t want to get something on a whim. From what I read in online reviews, most people who have tried the moon cup will never go back to tampons/pads. Seriously, about 90% of the reviews I found were positive. There were only a handful of bad reviews. Mostly the bad ones were people complaining about messiness & just generally not being comfortable with getting that well-acquainted with their lady-parts. It’s not for everyone, but it is for ALMOST EVERYONE. Seriously. So good.
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I will be honest about my experience; it did take me a few attempts to figure out how to insert it properly, trying out the different folding techniques etc & the first removal attempt was a bit scary. I read one woman say she felt like she was turning herself inside out! That’s… pretty accurate, I’m sorry to say. But it does get easier. I had my fair share of discomfort with it. But honestly, it was all worth it. There were a few days when I even forgot I had my period! Now that has NEVER happened before.

Even though it took a few days to get used to it, it’s still been more pleasant than a standard tampon experience for me. It really only took perseverance and a couple of days to get used to it and be able to relax when using it. Removal & insertion is now easy, and I love the simplicity & convenience.

The only other point I’d like to mention (briefly) is that this genius gadget has been around since the 1930’s & I’ve only found out about it in the last decade. I strongly encourage all women to shout this from the rooftops! Tell everyone. Young women should be able to have cups as an option when they are first introduced to Aunt Flo.

Do you use a Menstrual Cup? Have you tried one?

Please comment below and let me know your thoughts/feedback on these wonderful inventions.

These are some of the reasons I love the Moon Cup:

  • Less waste
  • Needs to be emptied less often than tampons need changing
  • No annoying string hanging out / No hideous nappy feeling
  • One size no matter what your flow (you can use it when your flow is a bit too light for a tampon)
  • You can accurately measure your flow, MoonCup has measurements on the side
  • No more dealing with grotty overflowing public sanitary bins!

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And lastly, because, humour:

OK, that’s enough of that. Oh… one more…

One comment:

  1. Yes! Cups are awesome! I used to think they were so hippy they were probably made out of like terracotta and or burlap sacking or something but I’m quite happy to be proven wrong on that. I have a generic cheap one and its great.

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