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Sharyn investigates: WTAF is a 'moon cup'?

First up boys, if you’ve clicked on this thinking it’s a cool space thing, we’re gonna be talking periods. You’re more than welcome to read on but we understand if you’d like to run along now.

Moon Cups, what the F is it? Why is everyone talking about them? Am I gonna cover myself in blood in the work toilets when I use one? So many questions.

I’d seen and heard people talking about them but I was pregnant and living the no period dream so didn’t think anything more about it, till now and it keeps on coming up. For the record I haven’t tried one, I’m scared, I feel like I’m too unco to use one so I wanted more info before delving in.

So, what is a moon cup?

Here’s the definition for you ‘ A moon cup is a soft, medical-grade silicone menstrual cup designed by women as the convenient, safe and eco-friendly alternative to tampons and pads’.

Ok, I like the sound of it being nicer to the planet but it still wigs me out. I watched some instructional videos on how to use it and then had visual nightmares of having to change it at work, somehow flicking blood all over the wall and myself then being stuck hiding in a stall wondering how to deal with the situation. So I’ve asked some nosey questions to my friend who's a moon cup convert.

How long can I wear it for? Am I going to make a bloody mess (pardon the pun) at work if I need to change it?

No! You can leave it in for 12 hours, so you won’t even need to touch it while you’re at work, even after 12 hours it’s very unlikely you’ll overflow anyway.

Where’s the best place to change it?

Some people do it in the shower which is a pretty clean and easy way to do it, but if that freaks you out just the toilet or a hand basin is sweet, you can buy wipes to clean them too and make sure you sterilize it before whacking it back in.

Do they come in different sizes?

Yes, there’s one for if you’re given birth out ya vagine and one if you haven’t

Can I wear it to work out?

Yup! Swimming, Walking, gymming, playing sport but maybe use a liner for more hard core exercise if you’re worried.

Is it hard to get in or should I say UP there?

It’s a bit tricky at first, but once you get over your nerves you’re building up in your head you’ll have it sorted and it’s super easy, there’s heaps of tutorials online as well.

Apart from it being better for the environment, why do you think it’s better than Tampons or Pads?

You’ll save money on buying tampons/pads each month, It’s less ‘drying’ so it’s better for you, you don’t have to worry about it all day or get paranoid about toxic shock syndrome, there’s no ‘SHIT I DIDN’T BUY TAMPONS’ panic & it comes in a cute bag that I can put in my handbag.

 

I actually think I’ve been convinced, Once I get my head around it, it actually sounds like a pretty logical idea...I’m not gonna instagram a pic of my experience or anything but maybe you and I should be brave together? I mean, you read it this far didn’t you?

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