Like many woman I use disposable products while menstruating.
As alternative and green minded as I many think I am, I had never heard of a moon cup until this past year.
My association with green moms carnival continues to enrich my life. Much of the green goals I’ve aspired to in 2010 came from something one of these great ladies has shared. This particular item I learned about from crunchy chicken
I have to say I didn’t really get how this apparatus was going to work. I mean I understand the concept. I just couldn’t imagine the reality. What I read and watched on video didn’t really prepare me for my first dance with my menstrual cup.
The darn thing was tricky and messy. Past that, and I do mean past that because I got better at it as I got through my period, I think the thing is positively brilliant.
I have been cycling for 38 years. When I think of the money I would have saved, the reduction of exposure to toxins, and mostly adding way less to the landfills. I really wish I had known about the menstrual cup sooner!!
As I have shared my new found experience with other woman most are just not interested in the moon cup.
Conceptually you insert this cup, it forms a suction on your vaginal wall and blood drips into the cup. Very different than soaking into a tampon or dripping onto a pad.
A moon cup involves insertion. Like fingers touching your anatomy insertion. The cup is medical grade silicone, a rather firm material, that has to be held folded and then positioned correctly vaginally or else it’s not going to be comfortable, or like what happened to me, it will put pressure on your bladder enough that I couldn’t pee!
This inserting detail to many seems to just gross them out.
When it’s removed to drain, you really do need to be near a sink. In a public restroom I am to assume this might be a challenge. I was at home for my first experience. As I think about it and figure out how to better navigate that part of it. I personally would remove it, drain and rinse while I was in the shower, past that I’d also drain it into the toilet bowl and reinsert, rather than messing with trying to rinse each and every time. Because I at first didn’t have it positioned correctly I was taking it out and putting it in each and every time I urinated and I thought my goodness what a bother. I later inserted it further back past the pubic bone and realized OH I didn’t have it in right! I bet that happens to a lot of woman. Especially if they are not intimately familiar with their intimates!
I am curious how woman who have a heavy flow enjoy this gadget, to me you’d have to remove and drain in a timely way. I personally never filled the cup. Had I gotten it in right, and wasn’t taking it out all the time. I would have. I will have to see what happens next menses. I found it fascinating actually, this vessel filling with blood and the color of it. It was really a gorgeous color. I just never noticed that before. Why would you with disposable products??
Maybe I am odd to find the beauty in it. I just did.
My menstrual cup cost me $34. I saved for it and swore once I ran out of pads I’d get one. Not sure about you, but I seemed to have a perpetual supply of pads. What was that about? Finally, I ran out – bought the cup and proceeded to have one of my 52 day menopausal cycles. I was beginning to think wouldn’t it be ironic if I stopped bleeding now just when I wanted to try this method. Needless to say, I am not done yet.
I completely recommend this product.
images by karen hanrahan