Love your Ladygarden (with a Mooncup)

I’m sure some of you may have strong feelings of admiration for your iPod or mobile phone, well I’ve got the same kind of awe-struck, ‘don’t ever leave me, I can’t live without you’ respect for my Mooncup . I heard about the product a few years ago and, intrigued by the ecological, financial and health benefits, I picked one up from Boots. It is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best things I’ve ever bought.

Contrary to knee-jerk opinion, Mooncups are not just something exclusive for crazy hippy types who live in tents, eat only bark and have a tendency to call their children Badger or Acorn. They are a workable, environmentally preferable and (perhaps most importantly) physically safer option.

A lot of my friends have grimaced and muttered ‘Gross!’ when I’ve mentioned my Mooncup use. A bit of your own blood (yeah, blood, there, I said it!) in a cup is gross? Really? OK, then take a moment to consider the facts. In her lifetime the average woman will use 11000 pads or tampons which will end up in either in landfill or the sea, whereas 1 Mooncup will last for years. Tampons are bleached, can cause dryness (possibly leading to the dreaded ‘T’ word) and leave fibres – the Mooncup is made from medical-grade silicone and is latex free, containing no dyes or toxins. Now, you tell me which is gross(er) – pouring away a few millimeters of blood down the toilet or putting potentially harmful chemicals into your body then clogging up the world with the waste? If you don’t care about the environment, that’s your call but if you give a damn about your own body, Mooncup is a must-have.

And if you don’t care about the planet or your own body, you’ve got to care about money, right? Costing around £20, my Mooncup paid for itself within a year. Using a quick bit of maths (NOT my strong point), if I were to spend £2 a month on sanitary products for the next 25 years, I’d be spending £600. As it stands I’ll probably need to buy another one, maybe two, Mooncups before I finally say goodbye to ‘the red plague’ forever. Hmmm, a £60 expenditure compared to £600, let me think. Additionally, I never have to worry about running out of tampons (or have them embarrassingly fall out of my handbag in the middle of the pub) ever again.

Being totally honest, it took me a couple of cycles to truly ‘bond’ with my Mooncup, just the same as with learning any new skill, but it’s totally worth it. There’s definitely a knack to using the cup but a bit of practise is all that’s needed (tampons weren’t exactly easy to get to grips with either if memory serves). I realise and acknowledge that some women really don’t like the idea of getting up close and personal with their monthly issue but if someone like me (who has a track record for fainting at the sight of her own blood) can do it, I’m sure you can too. It’s not gross, it’s totally normal. I mean, it’s not exactly pleasant (most of the stuff you do involving a toilet isn’t exactly something you relish or would be prepared to do at the dinner table) but it’s not horrific or gross or dirty or messy or any of the things I’ve heard people say about the idea. In fact, it’s a great deal more hygienic and there’s certainly no risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome.

Of course, I’d rather not have to go through the stupid process once a month but as Alice Cooper said, only women bleed and it’s something we have to do, like it or not. The Mooncup is simply a cheaper, safer and more environmentally responsible way of dealing with it and, far from making the whole palava more complex or tiresome, it simplifies it. It’s actually very liberating. When I was at school I remember the ‘Tampax Lady’ coming to visit, if only it was the ‘Mooncup Lady’ who visited schools, perhaps the idea wouldn’t seem so alien and unpalatable to some.

If you’re even slightly tempted to try this product, do it! And if this blog hasn’t convinced you, perhaps this video, part of the Mooncup team’s ‘Love Your Vagina’ campaign, will.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kearsten
    Jun 21, 2011 @ 13:03:26

    Fantastic post! I love my Mooncup and have sold the idea to many friends (probably 100 …no joke!), both online and in the real world! They all thanked me for bringing the mooncup to their attention as they har never heard of it. I’m trying to convince my sisters…younger one is totally grossed out no matter what I say, but my older one is beginning to consider it, and now that they ship to the US, she can order one! (when she is ready, of course). I will be getting one for my daughter when the time comes and maybe send my many nieces one, too!
    My name is Kearsten, and I have had my mooncup since January 2006! (I am even using it now! LOL)


  2. hullajukugirl
    Jun 21, 2011 @ 13:12:12

    Thanks so much for the lovely comment Kearsten. They are a fantastic invention, aren’t they? I just wish all the squeamish people would at least give the Mooncup a go, they really don’t know what they’re missing!


  3. Izzy
    Jun 21, 2011 @ 13:18:29

    I’ve been using mine for about a year and I would never go back to tampons. I have waxed lyrical about it to many women and while some have had the ridiculous EEWWW response, the majority have actually been interested and asked sensible questions, and two friends have also switched to the mooncup now. I think it will become more popular over the next few years, but will take a loooong time to be considered the norm, as women are too used to seeing periods as a somewhat shameful and disgusting experience (a myth which is reinforced by the san pro industry). Using the mooncup has made me more aware of what my body is producing every month, which in turn makes it easier to distinguish any unusual changes to my cycle. The mooncup is more convenient – for example it’s much easier to take travelling, less time consuming as it needs emptying less often than tampons need changing, more reliable as I am less likely to leak while using it, cheaper (in the long run), more ecologically sound, and also feels much cleaner to use than tampons or towels. Why would anyone NOT use it??


  4. Izzy
    Jun 21, 2011 @ 13:21:55

    Oh AND it’s a godsend to those of us with irregular periods, as we can just pop it in whenever if we think there’s any chance of starting without needing to waste pads or risk TSS by using tampons while not menstruating


  5. hullajukugirl
    Jun 21, 2011 @ 13:25:31

    “Why would anyone NOT use it??” – ABSOLUTELY Izzy! The ‘icky’ factor fades into insignificance when you weigh it up against the myriad of positives. I am totally behind the Mooncup team in their campaign to help women think differently about how they deal with their periods.


  6. Tracie
    Jun 21, 2011 @ 14:09:49

    Well said! I had a keeper for years. Same as a mooncup but rubber not as pleasant. I cannot believe people put up with pads and tampons they are so revoltingly uncomfortable compared both a mooncup. Would never ever go back still thrilled after 18 years!


  7. Zillah
    Jun 21, 2011 @ 15:41:48

    I couldn’t have put it better myself. I was thinking about trying out the Mooncup for at least 6 years before I finally got around to buying it. I *so* wish I hadn’t waited. “It is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best things I’ve ever bought.” +1 to that, sis! I’ve been using it for about a year and a half now, and I love it. Love, love, love it. I hope using the Mooncup will be as natural a thing for my daughters as it is to me, instead of the disgusting disposable products.

    Excellent blog post – recommended and shared!

    Kind regards, Z.


  8. brinkofbedlam
    Jul 03, 2011 @ 11:04:11

    Fabulous review and so very, very true. I’m convinced the large brands, Always etc are trying their level best to keep this particular product a secret – they’d be out of business in a shot if Mooncups got the publicity they deserve. I’d never, ever go back to horrid, messy, eco-unfriendly, expensive, impractical, awful disposable towels and tampons now. I love my Mooncup!


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