I’ll admit it, when I first heard of the Moon Cup I thought, “You want me to shove a huge silicone cup up where?!” Now that I’ve tried it though, I’m a believer. This is the best menstrual protection product I have ever tried. It doesn’t matter if you have a light flow or a heavy flow, this is an excellent product. Friends with a light flow tell me they like how they aren’t wasting money on pads or tampons for days when they barely needed one. Personally, I’m impressed that it can hold much more than a super tampon. As a runner, I always used to say that there is “no such thing as a six-mile tampon” because it seemed no product was made to accommodate such a heavy flow.
So what exactly is the Moon Cup? The Moon Cup is a silicone cup that is inserted into your vagina to catch and collect your menstrual blood. Notice that I did not say absorb. This product has no properties of absorption whatsoever. Unlike a tampon, the Moon Cup is inserted relatively low in the vagina (inserting too high can lead to leaking). Unlike a pad, you do not end up sitting in your own bloody mess. The Moon Cup is made of medical grade silicone and is latex-free and therefore safe for those with latex allergies. However, if you desire a natural rubber latex product, take a look at The Keeper, which is made by the same company as the Moon Cup.
I may be the cheapest person I know, but I believe being frugal is a good thing in this economy. One thing I always hated with both pads and tampons was the waste. I would spend so much money buying boxes and boxes of feminine hygiene products. I had heard of reusable pads, but I lead too active a lifestyle for using pads; any shift in those could be disastrous, not to mention that I do not have my own washer or dryer so that would be a bit disgusting. With the Moon Cup, you just dump it into the toilet, rinse it out in the sink, and you’re good to go! In a pinch, you don’t even have to rinse it really (say you are in a public restroom for example). Sure, the thing usually costs around $30. However, if you consider that an average pack of tampons costs $5, even if you estimate only using one box per cycle that is still $60 a year if you were to have 12 cycles. If you use the Moon Cup for over six months, it isn’t costing you any more than pads or tampons. Let’s be honest, if you use it for six months you will probably be hooked and raving about it just like I am. The same one will last you for several years. Think of all the savings!
Speaking of savings, even if you have buckets of extra money to throw away every month, think of the landfills! We always hear about how many disposable diapers are in the landfills… what about all of the pads and tampons? The average woman uses 11,000 disposable feminine hygiene products during her lifetime. All of those are going to the landfills just taking up valuable space.
So you’re probably wondering by now, what type of woman is the Moon Cup for? The Moon Cup is a great product for almost all women, but there are certain groups of women I feel could benefit most from this amazing product. If you have endometriosis, the Moon Cup is an infinitely better option than tampons because of its ability to catch clots. Women with heavy flow will also appreciate the Moon Cup as it holds about 3 times more than a super tampon, meaning that you won’t need constant trips to the restroom. Active women will appreciate the Moon Cup as well. I enjoy long distance running, but prior to purchasing a Moon Cup there were certain days of my cycle where I was unable to run. Now I have adequate protection even if I wanted to run a marathon on the worst day of my period. The Moon Cup is perfectly suitable for sports such as cycling and swimming as well. The Moon Cup is the absolute best feminine hygiene product for swimming, because unlike a tampon, it isn’t going to become saturated with pool water. When properly sealed, it keeps water out so you can swim and dive without fear of embarrassing leaks.
Is there anyone who should not use a Moon Cup? There are a few cases where you may want to check with your doctor about Moon Cup use. While the Moon Cup does come in two sizes (B for women who have not given birth, A for those who have), it may not be a good idea to use the Moon Cup if your hymen is still intact. While some virgins do still use the Moon Cup, if it is particularly important to you that your hymen remains intact, then use of the Moon Cup is not recommended. The Moon Cup should not be used at times when your doctor advises you not to use internal feminine protection (a few months postpartum, a few weeks after IUD insertion, etc.). It is important to remember that the Moon Cup is still internal feminine protection even if it does not carry the same dangers with it as absorbent products such as tampons do. Certain forms of birth control, such as the Nuvaring, also make use of the Moon Cup impractical (except during the off week). If you are unsure if you should use the Moon Cup please consult your OB/GYN before use.
If you’re tired of wasting your hard earned money every month and want a better feminine hygiene product, try the Moon Cup. It does have a bit of a learning curve, but once you get used to it you will love it. Sometimes it takes a few cycles to get used to using the Moon Cup so do not give up if at first you encounter difficulties. Be prepared for a few leaks at the beginning, then once you get the hang of proper insertion you’ll find it is an excellent method. Soon you too will be recommending the Moon Cup to all of your friends.