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The Mooncup Reusable Menstrual Cup is an innovative and eco-friendly alternative to tampons. Made from a soft silicone, it is designed by women, for women. Reusable, portable, and cost-saving. Suitable for women with allergies.
It is worn internally like a tampon, but collects menstrual fluid rather than absorbing it. Unlike a tampon, the Mooncup is not disposable, so you only need to buy one making the Mooncup a great alternative to disposable sanitary products.
Why is it better?
The Mooncup menstrual cup contains no bleaches, deodorisers or absorbency gels. It does not interfere with your healthy vaginal environment, nor has it been associated with toxic shock syndrome.
The smooth surface of the Mooncup allows the mucus membranes of your vaginal wall to continue their essential cleansing and protective functions. The Mooncup does not absorb your body's natural defence mechanisms and will not deposit fibres in your vaginal wall.
For your safety the Mooncup is made from a special medical grade non-allergic silicone. Silicone is derived from silica which is one of the most abundant minerals on earth.
It will not cause irritation and is suitable for women with sensitive skin, thrush, eczema or allergy. The Mooncup can be cleaned in the same way as baby equipment: with sterilising fluid, or by boiling for five minutes in an open pan of water. Unlike pads and tampons the Mooncup menstrual cup is reusable, eliminating the need to carry bulky spares. With proper care your Mooncup will last for several years.
Imagine the towels and tampons that you will be disposing of in landfill sites during those years!
The Mooncup is available in two sizes.
Size A measures 46mm in diameter and 50mm in length. Size A is recommended for women who have given birth vaginally or are aged 30 or above.
Size B measures 43 mm in diameter and 50mm in length. Size B is recommended for women who have not given birth, or have given birth by caesarean section, and are aged below 30.
Both sizes have a pull stem 21mm long, which you can trim to the length that is right for you.
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I'd been considering buying a cup for quite a while, nearly 4 years, and only got it now. I took it on a trip together with a few sanitary pads. It happened so that my days came just before the flight home, so I didn't want to buy a new pack of pads. I decided to be brave and just use the mooncup for the flight. I only had a chance to practice inserting and taking it out then back in before the flight. I managed straight away, and emptying it in the plane loo was no problem at all. The best buy of the year, and a good present for myself for the New Year. I am just to buy one for my sister, and recommend it to any woman. So much better for your health and the environment!
Verified product owner
A bit fiddly to use at first. I really struggled trying to get it in the first time (more due to me using the completely wrong technique, haha) but when I figured it out, it worked amazingly!I didn't leak once! I used to leak almost every day with pads, and when it's in you forget it's even there.
Verified product owner
Been using a Mooncup since 2004 and not long bought my second one. Speaks for itself really. So much safer and more environmentally friendly. Great for those looking to live a reduced or zero waste lifestyle. It may take a bit of a change of mindset and getting used to but stick with as it soon becomes second nature. So much more hygienic than the disposable alternatives.
Deborah asked this question on 1st Aug 2008
Q: I do a lot of exercise and wondered if the mooncup is sufficent enough. I have heavy periods too.
A: The Mooncup holds significantly more liquid than conventional products making it ideal for women with heavier periods. Furthemore, the Mooncup nurse Cathy Marchand advises that it is ideal for use whilst doing all sports, including aerobics and swimming. Some women use a pantyliner whilst they are still gaining confidence in the reliabilty of their Mooncup, but she believes that before long it will provide you with far more confidence than any other product. If you would like any more advice from the Mooncup nurse you can get in touch with her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jo.
Anonymous asked this question on 14th Nov 2008
Q: I have been pondering over this product for sometime and am a little anxious as it is a new concept for me. I am not sure what size I need for starters. I am over 30 and have never given birth do I want size A or B?
A: Size A is recommended for women who have given birth vaginally or who have had a caesarean section and are aged 30 or above. Size B is recommended for women who have not given birth or who have had a caesarean section and are aged below 30. Please note that women over the age of 30 years old are increasingly likely to need the size A regardless of giving birth. This is because the tone of vaginal and pelvic floor muscles naturally reduces with age but to varying degrees in different women. Some activities will maintain tone, such as yoga, pilates, dance, so if you are advanced in any these, or similar activities take this into consideration when choosing which size you need.
Anonymous asked this question on 21st Feb 2009
Q: Can the mooncup be worn at night?
A: According to the manufacturers - Yes, the Mooncup is safe to wear at night. You will need to ensure it is empty before going to bed and then empty it again as soon as you wake, but because it is safe to be in place for 8 or so hours there is no problem with using it at night. John
The Mooncup is a reusable menstrual cup around two inches long and made from soft silicone rubber. It is worn internally like a tampon but collects menstrual fluid rather than absorbing. Unlike tampons the Mooncup is not a disposable product, so you only need to buy one.Why is Mooncup better? »
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