Saturday, 10 October 2009

Mooncups

I love my Mooncup and I would never ever go back to using tampons or pads ever again. I know that some people haven't heard of them, some people find it hard to use them, but I can honestly say it's been a liberation for me. I have found I need to empty it far fewer times than I would need to change even a Super PLus tampon, and I no longer have to get up at night during the first few days of my period. It had a learning curve, sure, but then so did tampons when I first used them.

And for anyone who thinks they are expensive at £19.99, here's a bit of maths for you. I first used my Mooncup 6 years ago. Since then I calculate I've had 45 periods. Using 20 Super, 16 Regular and around 10 liners (all organic Natracare) at least, for each period cost me around £6.18 per period. Therefore, since 2003, I've saved myself £278.10 purely by using a Mooncup. (Plus my Mooncup only cost me £14.99 back then.) And my Mooncup should last me at least another 5 years, probably more.

And that's without thinking of the amount of rubbish I've kept out of landfill (or the sewers if you're naughty). So, for anyone thinking of taking the Mooncup plunge, or who had never heard of them till now, go on, try one, it could change your life or at least save you quite a decent amount of cash.

6 comments:

bethnoir said...

Liz, you are full of interesting and unusual information!

Missy 'Lou' said...

Gracious, I never heard of a mooncup. Gonna Google to get me one.
The more I know you, the less wasteful I become.
Keep inspiring me!!
Lou

Michelle said...

I must admit I never liked the idea of mooncups but don't like tampons either so I've decided invested in some reusable pads and I've been very impressed.

Carolyn said...

I love my mooncup too. Had mine for about 3 years now, I think and it has been a liberation. I hated tampons, hated my period and dreaded it and the awful feelings and inconvenience that came with them. But not anymore. Ok, so I still don't like my periods but the experience has been greatly improved by my mooncup.
I think they should be introduced to girls at school and be much more widely advertised/available. They are truly wonderful, although I know that somepeople have a few teething problems, but nothing that can't be ironed out.
Here's to Mooncups, Liz. I feel I should post about them on my blog too, to increase awareness....I never really thought about it before.

Becky said...

Being weird, I was at a study day at the weekend with an 'expert' in the pelvic floor.

She said that tampons were harmful for the pelvic floor muscles as they had to continually be held in and that towels should be used unless the woman was going swimming or something - for a short period of time.

I am wondering if the same is true of the mooncup.. I can only assume it is? Or is it held in place differently?

That investment definately looks like it would pay dividends financially though!

Liz said...

Hmm, not sure, a mooncup is partly at least held in place by the suction provided by a vacuum seal between the top of the cup and the area around the cervix. But I have heard of a few women who have trouble using them apparently because of very lax pelvic floor muscles. So, don't know about that, but I wouldn't think it is quite the same. The feel of a mooncup is very different to a tampon and my pelvic floor muscles are not in the least bit tensed to hold it in. But then, I never felt that with a tampon either?