Shockingly and sadly enough periods are something that people don’t talk about! Period talk is deemed inappropriate, it’s commonly brushed to the side and everyone pretends like it doesn’t happen every month. Menstruation wether you like it or not is a part of life, actually quite a big part of life! It’s a part or has been a part of every womens journey into womanhood, and it certainly shouldn’t be a topic that’s uncomfortable to talk about. It’s because of this attitude that girls all over are often uneducated about their periods. Growing up I can’t recall a time where I had a chat with anyone about periods in and shape or form, I didn’t know why we had them, what to expect when it started, what was deemed normal or abnormal – I was clueless!! From my own experiences I’ve come to the conclusion that periods are associated with feelings of disgust and they’re quite often talked about in that way too! Menstration, periods, whatever you call them are NOT shameful, nor are they disgusting! There really is nothing offensive about it, period!!
If you’re someone that is easily offended by periods this is your cue to exit!
My period has never been easy, it’s problematic, painful, extremely heavy and lasts for a whole 7 days. I usually get through 2 boxes of Tampons and 1 and a half packs of sanitary towels (I need both because of my heavy flow), it’s excessive and for something that’s so natural it’s at an expense! It wasn’t until more recently (say the last year or so) that I’ve heard about menstrual cups. Surprisingly they’ve been around for years yet I wasn’t aware – because no one talks about periods! Out of intrigue I begun researching all there is to know about menstrual cups and why it would benefit me to make the transition of using one over my usual method, tampons.
Did you know –
- Tampons absorb 35% of your natural moisture, this can feel uncomfortable!! A menstrual cup won’t dry you out!
- Menstrual cups are eco friendly and money saving since they’re re-usable and if taken care of can last up to 10 years!
- Menstrual cups can hold up to 3x more than sanitary products meaning less changes required!
- Most cups are made from medical grade silicone or latex
With so many cups to choose from I opted for one of the top rated sold in the U.K. – The Mooncup. The Mooncup comes in 2 sizes, A – for those who have had a vaginal birth or are over 30 and B – for those who are under 30 and haven’t had a vaginal birth. Since I’ve had two vaginal births I ordered size A and waited for its arrival.
I’d watched a load of YouTube videos about the Mooncup, I watched people sharing their honest opinion of the product, and I watched people giving tutorials on how to insert it correctly so that I had some sort of idea of what to expect. Some people shared that they thought theirs looked quite large when taken out of the box but the size didn’t surprise me at all, in fact I was worried that it wasn’t large enough to hold my flow!
No matter how many youtube videos I watched on insertion of the menstrual cup nothing truly prepared me for it! I folded the cup in the most common way using the ‘U FOLD’ (pictured above) and inserted! I was unsure of how far to insert the cup, I know I did a lot of research but when it came down to me actually trying it I had no clarity on wether I was doing it properly, I was going in pretty much blind! On my first attempt the insertion took me a little longer than expected until I felt comfortable and confident enough that I’d got it somewhat right! After attempting to re-insert a few more times I knew it was something I’d have to get use to, its not something you’ll grasp straight away but as soon as it becomes more normal, the faster and more confidently you’ll be able to insert the cup correctly. The cup will open up inside you, and by gently pulling on the stem you’ll be able to figure out if its opened fully or if it needs an further assistance.
Taking out the menstrual cup is a whole other feat! In all honestly, because it was an alien method to me I was a little panicky on removal. Pulling on the stem of the cup alone isn’t a good idea, you’ll feel a suction and if you work against it you could be in for a slightly painful and messy experience! After my first attempt I had the removal part down; I slightly pull the stem (which can also be cut down to size to make your experience more comfortable) and pinch on the lower section of the cup which releases the suction, now it can be fully removed safely. You can keep The Mooncup in for up to 8 hours so depending on how long you’ve gone between changes just be cautious on removal if you want a mess free experience! Emptying and cleaning the cup is really straight forward and easy. As you’d expect there is a strong copper like smell, I mean you’re dealing with blood so its totally normal, just flush your stuff away and theres no issue!
From my own experience as a first timer, to begin with I wondered if I’d made the right choice, I could feel the cup there at all times and when seated it would feel quite unpleasant. BUT I persisted and once I got use to inserting the cup successfully, my normal activities including siting down became comfortable and pain free! I did notice that when using the menstrual cup my period cramps felt a bit more intense but its nothing a little ibuprofen can’t fix.
What I love about using my menstrual cup is that I don’t need any other sanitary products! The Mooncup is suitable for my heavy flow and I don’t have to worry about any leaks or having to change soaked through products every hour!! Before using a menstrual cup my period was a really dreaded time of the month for me, however now that its been made easier for me to handle I’m feeling really period positive! I also noticed that when using the cup my period went from lasting an entire 7 days to only 5 days and that NEVER happens!!!
I can’t recommend Menstrual cups enough, they seem like such an obvious solution to managing a period, I wish I’d started sooner. With the amount of money it’ll save me and how convenient they are to use I know I’ll never go back to using disposable sanitary products again.
Specific to the brand, The Mooncup is suitable for vegans, its latex free, uses medical grade silicone and is made and manufactured in the UK.