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Menstrual Cups - 5 Reasons Why You'll Never Go Back To Tampons Or Pads

Updated on November 18, 2011

The Mooncup

The Mooncup is a small cup-shaped barrier made of soft silicon, which is used during a period as an alternative to a tampon or sanitary towel. The Mooncup is inserted into the vagina where it will hold menstrual blood until such time as the cup can be emptied into a toilet or sink. It can be easily rinsed clean and reused, and a single cup can last for years or even decades without needing to be replaced, resulting in a significant financial saving for the user, and vastly reducing the amount of sanitary waste that ends up in landfill.

The Mooncup is sold worldwide for £19.99 or $30, including delivery. Click here to buy or find out more.

More and more women are beginning to catch on to this new product. These are some of the reasons why:

1. The Convenience Factor

This has to be the most convincing reason to use the Mooncup. We all know that reusable products are more economical and better for the environment, but we often expect to pay a price through the increased hassle of using them. For the Mooncup, the reverse is true. Gone are the days of having to run to the shops for a box of tampons because a period has come on unexpectedly, and the embarrassment of trying to sneak into the ladies clutching a handbag is a thing of the past.

Not only that, but thanks to the Mooncup having a capacity around 3 times that of a super tampon, there's less need to worry about the next time you can get to the toilet to change.

2. Feeling Clean And Comfortable... With No Leaks

A lot of women cite "messiness" as a reason for not using the Mooncup, but others find quickly emptying and rinsing the Mooncup a much cleaner process than wrapping up a blood-soaked sanitary pad or towel before placing it in a sanitary bin.

The smooth, pliable material that the Mooncup is made of slides into the body much more easily than a scratchy cotton tampon. Tampons can dry out the vagina, leading to yeast infections and irritation, but the Mooncup leaves your vagina in its usual happy, balanced state.

Best of all, because the Mooncup creates a watertight seal, it is very resistant to leaking. You can rely on it for swimming and sports, even during a heavy period.

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3. Better For Your Body

The Mooncup has never been associated with a case of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), a deadly condition caused by a bacterial toxin that is thought to be connected with tampon use.

Have you ever wondered why tampons smell like rotting meat if you leave them in too long? That's because warm, blood-soaked cotton is the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive. The medical grade silicone from which the mooncup is made is designed not to support the growth of bacteria.

Most disposable menstrual products contain bleach and other artificial additives, and tampons can even leave fibres behind which cause irritation. Our bodies deserve better than this! The Mooncup is kinder because it leaves the body's pH levels untouched and is hypoallergenic and additive-free.

4. Save Money

This is a no-brainer. Buying 12 boxes of tampons a year for 30 or 40 years could cost you over a thousand dollars. The Mooncup is a one-off investment of £20 ($30), which could result in a big saving.

5. Give The Planet A Helping Hand

With the US alone sending over 150 million tons of waste to landfill every year, it is more important than ever to reconsider our use of disposable products. Every woman who buys and uses a Mooncup will make a significantly reduce the amount of waste that her period results in - which isn't just used tampons and towels, but all the packaging and applicators that come with them. By buying from the Mooncup company, you are supporting an ethical company which is conscientious about making their business as environmentally friendly as possible.

Click the Picture To Buy A Mooncup

By clicking the picture above, you can buy a Mooncup directly from the manufacturer for £19.99 or $30 with FREE DELIVERY to the US or UK. (Delivery is available worldwide at a cost of £5.95).

The Mooncup on Amazon

The Keeper Inc Moon Cup, Size B
The Keeper Inc Moon Cup, Size B

The Mooncup is innovative, economical, comfortable, and environment-friendly. Made of soft, latex-free, medical grade silicone, it gently collects menstrual flow without drying out the vagina. Size B is for women aged 30 and under who have not given birth vaginally. Women over 30 or who have given birth vaginally should purchase size A.

GladRags Moon Cup, Size A
GladRags Moon Cup, Size A

The Mooncup size A, sold through GladRags on Amazon.


Reader Feedback - Would you consider using a Mooncup? Why, or why not?

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      Thanks for showing me something new!

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      Fay Favored 6 years ago from USA

      Brand new to me. The video was very helpful.

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      Elhamstero 6 years ago

      Got one - are you a MNer?

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      SimplyLiving LM 6 years ago

      @cooksalot: Instead cups don't work for me at all (messy, uncomfortable and disposable so kind of misses the point), but I love my Diva cup. Its pretty much the same as the Moon cup but made in the US.

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      AnimalHouse 6 years ago

      Wow didn't know they existed! Nice of you to share. The information here was an eye opener for me.

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      cooksalot 6 years ago

      Reminds me of something else I've tried here in the U.S. called the Instead cup. It's meant to be disposable and a lot more shallow so you still have to change it at least every 8 hours. even with that on my first 3 days I have to change it every hour or 2 or it overflows. Intriguing though.

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      Tamara14 6 years ago

      Haven't heard of those yet. Thank you for sharing in such a simple way.

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      sls450 6 years ago

      Very informative

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      njmanura lm 6 years ago

      I will definitely use a mooncup

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      nyxxie 6 years ago

      Nice lens, very informative. I've heard about this... I'm kinda scared to try it though.

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      YourFirstTime 6 years ago

      Whatever works for you.

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      hamshi5433 6 years ago

      Never heard of it..sounds cool though. Well done for writing an informative review about it.

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      Christine Cameron 6 years ago

      Wow, I had never even heard of this product. Nice introduction to it though. Thanks for the info!

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      Kelly Martin 6 years ago from GLOUCESTER

      Great first lens, I have been thinking about this product for a while now. I may consider trying it out now, very informative. Welcome to Squidoo!

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      catherinelovestv 6 years ago

      what an innovative product, will take a look!