Mooncups get a pretty bad rep. Either people don’t know what they are or they’re so repulsed by the notion of a 'menstrual cup' they can hardly talk about them (let alone ever consider actually using one).
People are always surprised when I say I use a Mooncup (especially when I start getting all preachy-Mooncup-pusher on them, which I try and keep to a socially-acceptable minimum).
I started using one at uni when two of my closest gal pals — one hypochondriac (who was worried about everything, including TSS) and another who was eco (before being eco was cool) — convinced me it was a good idea. They were basically the pro Mooncup argument in real life, so I gave it a try and — without getting all creepy testimonial — have used one ever since.
They get a lot of stick for all different reasons: they seem to fall into the ‘brown rice brigade’ category — all eco and natural and weird (but so is quinoa and you don't freak out about that); they’re gross (it happens anyway and there’s really nothing you can do about it); they’ve got a silly name (it sounds a bit space age and random but anything beats ‘menstrual cup’ and you can’t justifiably hate on the word moon)… But, none of them are that valid when you think of the pretty great things about it. (And don’t be put off by stories on Reddit.)
1. They don’t have chemicals and dyes and toxins in, so there’s no risk of TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome).
2. You don’t have to change them as often as tampons or towels — only every 12 hours (which comes in handy on nights out or when you’re travelling).
3. Tampons are actually pretty gross.
4. You can see what’s happening so you can tell pretty quickly if something’s wrong. (People with endometriosis say this is a big plus.)
5. You can swim in them and you don’t have to slink to the toilet after — pretty freeing when it comes to holidays.
6. There’s no annoying string.
7. You can keep them in the little bag at all times without some cliché tampon-falling-on-the-floor #mare.
8. They’re about £20 and you can use it for pretty much ever (though you should replace it every year). You do the math.
9. They’re better for the environment as it avoids all disposable sanitary products (of which 4.3 billion are used annually) ending up in landfill sites.
10. It’s not actually hard to use at all — it’s just a little squishy plastic cup that you fold up.
11. Less potentially awkward tampon transactions.
12. You don’t need a toilet with a sanitary bin, but a toilet with a sink is a definite plus.
13. It makes you a little more aware of what’s happening in your own body, which sounds like a con but is really only a good thing.
14. They’re easy to find — you can buy anything on the Internet but you can also buy them in health food stores (don’t roll your eyes) or Boots (I think you’ve heard of it)
15. There’s no leakage (if that’s something you’re worried about) as it holds five times more than a tampon.
16. You aren’t going to get overwhelmed by choice like the wall of flashy new products — applicator or sans, pearl, own-brand— there’s size A or B, depending on your age or if you’ve given birth
17. It will change your life as it’s so freeing and feels way more safe (meaning: less chance of some horrifically cringe period-related scenario) than any of the alternatives.
I'd 100% recommend to a friend.