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Mooncup Menstrual Cups: Find out the secret that tampon and Maxi pads manufacturers don’t want you to know

Updated on July 1, 2011

Eco-Friendly Menstrual Cup

Find out the secret that tampon and Maxi pads manufacturers don’t want you to know – discover the freedom of using a Mooncup cup and never buy another pack of commercial feminine hygiene product again!

Discover why more and more women are laughing out-loud during tampon and disposable pad commercials.

Okay girls, I wish I could have all the money back I spent over the last 2 decades, buying commercial feminine hygiene products. They did nothing but make me uncomfortable and dry me out, and I still leaked. They also made me feel gross and they smelled bad. Ugh.

A few years ago, I learned about a new (to me) product on a pregnancy forum. At that time I There were so many long discussions about it popping up every day, that I couldn't help but notice the conversation. And that is how I got sucked into the wonderful world of menstrual cups.

Alghough reusable menstrual cups have been around for quite some time, many of us still don't even know that there is any alternative to using tradional feminine products, such as disposable pads and tampons.

A silicone menstrual cup is environmentally friendly, reusable menstrual protection. It is shaped like a bell, and it's made of flexible material - usually medical grade silicone or rubber. It is inserted deep into the vagina to collect the menstrual flow. It works by sealing the menstrual discharge and collecting it into the cup. The difference between a cup and a pad or a tampon is that the cup does not absorb the blood, but holds it until you remove it - so you just have the empty the cup every couple of hours.

As more and more people are becoming aware of their ecological footprint, many of us strive to change the way they live our lives. Reducing the amount of garbage we produce by the use of reusable menstrual products is one of these eco-friendly changes that are super-easy to make for all women. But, apart from being good for the environment, menstrual cups are also convenient and cost-effective. With proper care, one menstrual cup can last for 5-10 years.


There are many resources on the Internet with information how to choose, use and care for your menstrual cup. After buing a cup, read the manufacturer’s instructions of use. These instructions may vary slightly from one brand to another.

Using menstrual cups takes a little practice and getting used to. When inserting it in the vagina, stay relaxed and do not tense your muscles. The first time inserting and removing it is usually the hardest. Be patient and you will get the hang of it.

Menstrual cups is the best thing that has happened to feminine hygiene. Comfortable, clean, easy to use, great for any kind of physical activity such as riding a bike, running, swimming, and snowboarding–you’ll completely forget it’s “in there.” Give it a try, and you may never go back to disposable products again.

Give a Menstrual Cup a try!

I encourage all women to at least try a menstrual cup. Chances are you will love it, and will never go to back to using disposable products again. Don't be put off by the idea of inserting the cup and emptying it - it's really all very easy once you try it a couple of times.

It's a really small thing that we can all do to help the environment and reduce our footprint on this world.


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      Imogen French 5 years ago from Southwest England

      What a good idea - why haven't I heard of these before? I've been wondering for years why more environmentally friendly products weren't available. I have never seen these in any shops or even seen them advertised. Thanks for writing and sharing the info - very useful!

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      topquark 7 years ago from UK

      I LOVE my mooncup. Looking back, I am amazed that I ever put up with pads and tampons. It's great to see people advocating cups.

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      Peter Schermack 7 years ago from New Jersey

      Interesting information. I'll be forwarding it to all my female family members and friends.

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      Julia Schopick 7 years ago

      Take a look at these comparison photos on The Keeper's website.

      You'll be amazed at the amount of waste a woman creates when she uses disposable menstrual products for:

      a) one month

      b) one year

      c) ten years

      d) a lifetime

      These photos are real eye-openers. Hope you find them informative. (They are also frightening.)

      Julia Schopick

      d) a lifetime

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      Jane 7 years ago

      This article is amazing :-)

      I went years being housebound as I was just too heavy for tampons and pads, and when I did use these I ended up with vaginal infections, not to mention general discomfort. As soon as I used a menstrual cup I was in love, my periods are so much easier to deal with, I've been using cups for nine years and would never go back.

      I doubt everyone will fall for cups as fast as I did, however it's frustrating seeing so many women have problems with tampons and/or pads (irritation, 'feeling like you're wearing a nappy', pain, inconvenience, etc. etc. etc.) when you KNOW there is a better option...if only they'd try menstrual cups, they may well have happier periods :-)

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      clarice 7 years ago

      Great article! I agree that people should at least try a cup. I've been using one (and cloth pads) for the last year and a half and will never go back to disposables. There've been no reports of TSS with cups, they don't dry you out like tampons, no rashes like some get with pads, some women can go hours before needing to empty. There's less waste in your bathroom garbage can and you save money in the long run. A cup takes some getting used to, but it's worth it! There are many different brands, sizes and colors to choose from also.

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      Alexandria 7 years ago

      Thank you so much for this article and for spreading the word about reusable menstrual products! I work at GladRags which sell the Moon Cup, Keeper, DivaCup, and Lunette Cup. I definitely feel way cleaner wearing a cup then I ever did with pads or tampons.

      I totally agree that women should at least try them. The Moon Cup and the Keeper even have a 90 money back guarantee. If you try them and find that they just aren't for you, you can return them no questions asked for a full refund. We offer this to anyone selling our product, but you might want to check to make sure they except returns (some stores or online retailers don't).