I want to preface this review by saying that the Mooncup (made in the UK) and the Moon Cup (made in the US by Keeper, inc) are two completely different things. Though they are both silicone menstrual cups, they are slightly different sizes and produced by two completely unrelated companies. I’ve tried them both, and prefer the size and fit of the Mooncup (UK), and that’s the one I’ll be reviewing today.
As I’ve mentioned before, I suffer from extremely heavy periods. Like, insanely, abnormally heavy. Yes, I’ve been checked out, and no, nothing is wrong with me…well, except for the fact that my uterus hates me. But that’s neither here nor there.
When I switched to cloth pads, many of my absolutely worst period symptoms, like the cramps that left me barely able to walk, disappeared. I suspect my body didn’t like something in disposable pads and tampons, but I have no scientific proof of this. Still, even though much of my pain vanished with the switch, my bleeding didn’t slow down very much. During my heaviest days, I couldn’t leave the house. I could easily fill a pad in an hour, and then some. Something had to be done. I started with the Moon Cup (US), and liked it, but didn’t love it. Then I tried the Mooncup (UK), and loved it.
A little bit about it: The Mooncup (UK) is a silicone, reusable menstrual cup that comes in two sizes. Use is pretty simple: fold it so the top looks like a C or U, then insert so it sits in the lower part of the vagina. If any of the bottom stem is sticking out, it can be trimmed. When needed, simply remove the cup, rinse, and reinsert.
Now, I’ve heard lots of people worry about the use of a menstrual cup, any menstrual cup, because of the blood involved. Let me just go ahead and say what needs to be said. You will see blood. Not only will you see it, you will likely get some on your fingers when removing and reinserting. Eww, right? Yeah. The thing is that after a few times, this fact will not seem like a big deal at all. In addition to that, it will probably take a few times, or even a few cycles, to become a pro at placing the cup. After a while, it becomes second nature.
What I loved: The Mooncup is simple to use, healthy, green, and saves money in the long run. Most importantly, I can leave the house. This is huge for me. There was a time when I couldn’t go to any activities on my heaviest days. When Husband would ask if I wanted to run an errand with him, I’d have to say, “Can you make it under 20 minutes?”
Now, even though I love my Lunapads, during my heaviest days I’d have to be changing them once an hour or more. I’d have to be doing the same if I wore disposables. The Mooncup, though, catches most of the flow, leaving me free to, you know, be outside. I still have to empty the cup often during my heavy time (certainly more than the average person), but it also means I don’t have to carry a purse full of pads and tampons. One cup and one cloth pad will get me through an entire day, even if I have to empty the cup.
Having a Mooncup also means that I will never again experience the horror of being down to my last tampon again and knowing I have to go out to get more whether I want to or not.
The cup is comfy. No, really! When I have it placed properly, I don’t feel it at all. Not only is it comfortable to wear, I’ve found insertion and removing is more comfortable than with a tampon.
What I didn’t: During my heaviest times, I leak around the cup, making it important for me to pair it with a cloth pad. That being said, I do notice that if I’ve been working on my Kegels, there is significantly less leakage than when I don’t. During my lighter days (which would be moderate days for most people) there is no leakage at all.
The cup takes a bit of practice to get in and out, and yes, it can be messy. That’s a downside you have to understand going in, but the pros outweigh the cons.
Final thought: The Mooncup retails for $30 and in my opinion is worth it, worth it, worth it! Now that I have it, I will never go back to tampons. Years from now when this one wears out, I’m going to get another one.