Q. What is a MoonCup?
The Mooncup is a menstrual cup that collects your flow rather than absorbing it all. It's reusable, so you just empty it of menstrual blood and then pop it back in.
Q. Why would I want a Mooncup?
Because using a Mooncup is better for you, your budget and the environment.
Tampons absorb a lot of your vagina’s natural secretions which are what keep it moist and healthy (which is why we can feel a bit dry and tender during our periods). Most tampons are made from cotton treated with pesticides and bleached with chlorine which are not healthy for your body.
Sanitary towels can feel bulky, uncomfortable and cause thigh chafing. Also, the top weave is commonly made of a plastic which can be the cause of allergic reaction in some women. Their fibres, like most tampons, are also chlorine-bleached.
Q. Isn't it icky?
Well, if you're having periods, you'll be either inserting and removing tampons or peeling blood-soaked towels off out pants, so it's no more 'icky' than that...
Inserting and removing a Mooncup just means the blood is pure, rather than soaked in.
But if it really doesn't appeal, that’s fine and you’re not alone with that thought - there are other safe alternatives to chemical-laden big brands, such as Organic tampons and reusable tampons.
Q. What’s so special about the Mooncup?
The mooncup is made from silicone, so it's hypoallergenic, non-porous and completely reusable. Once you've bought your mooncup, you menstrual expenses are covered and you can use what you save each month to buy chocolate and painkillers instead!
There are menstrual cups available made from latex but that’s not so great for allergy sufferers and they have a shorter life span.
A Mooncup doesn't absorb your natural secretions, meaning less irritation, no deposits of fibres in your ladygarden and it holds up to 3 times as much fluid as a pad or tampon.
Plus, they’re comfortable and you can play sport with it, sleep with it, swim with it…
With proper care your Mooncup will last for several years. Imagine the towels and tampons that you will be disposing of in landfill sites during those years!
Q. Can you have sex with the Mooncup?
You can't have penetrative sex with it (but you can have lots of other kinds of sex!).
The Mooncup sits too low in the vagina – just at the entrance - so there's no room for intercourse as well.
Take a look at tampons for sex if you would like to be frisky during your flow.
Q. Will the Mooncup leak?
Provided you have inserted it properly, it’s highly unlikely you’ll leak.
It holds up to three times more fluid than a pad or tampon and, when inserted correctly, the Mooncup forms a light seal using your vaginal walls.
The Mooncup will hold 30ml of fluid, which is about 1/3 of the average amount of menstrual blood a women loses each period!
You're likely to find you don't need to empty a Mooncup anywhere as often as you replace towels or tampons.
If you are worried about leaking, use a thin pad or panty liner until you get used to using your Mooncup and feel more confident about its holding powers.
The mooncup comes in two sizes;
- Regular Mooncup measures 46mm diameter
- Small Mooncup measures 43 mm diameter
Both are 50mm in length with a pull stem 21mm long,
Q. How do I Use the Mooncup?
It’s quick and simple once you get the hang of it.
Fold your Mooncup in half.
Fold it in half again.
Then pop it up yourself. You could use a little water-based lube for easy entry.
Q. How do I remove the Mooncup?
To remove, you can do one of two things:
1) Slide your finger alongside the cup to the rim and gently push to break the seal.
2) Grasp the bottom of the cup between your fingers and gently pull to release.
Make sure you remove slowly and gently in a side to side motion ensuring all liquid stays in the cup (we have heard of a few “flicking” incidents!).
Empty the contents down the toilet, then reinsert. You can wipe it a little with tissue or, if you can get to a tap, give it a rinse if you want, but it's not necessary
Otherwise just clean it properly when you’re back at home if you feel the need to. Just make sure the holes around the rim aren't blocked - tissue and a squeeze fixes that - and you’re good to go!
Q. That doesn’t sound very sterile!
It isn't but towels and tampons are not sterile either.
Just emptying and reinserting will do you no harm.
Q. How do I clean my Mooncup - a proper kill-germs clean?
Read the guide that should come with your cup. Some brands recommend different things. Generally, if it’s made from silicone then, to sterilize, you can soak the cup in sterilizing solution (used to clean baby bottles etc) or boil in a pan of water for 3-5 minutes.
Q. Isn't the stalk uncomfortable?
The stalk on the bottom of the Mooncup is there to be cut away…either to a more comfortable length or cut off completely. It helps with removal but most women tend to cut the whole thing off once they get used using their cup.
Q. Hmmm… But disposable products are just convenient, you have to admit!
And expensive and coated in needless chemicals, and get dumped on landfill sites…
The average woman uses AT LEAST 10,000 pads or tampons in her lifetime. That's a LOT of money that could be used for the more pleasurable products we sell!
But, we're not here to lay down the law about what you use for your monthlies, (just as we don't dictate what's 'sexy' but help you find out what's sexy for you) We just want you to know you have options.
So that’s the Q&A. Hopefully it’s been clear and informative for you.
Team Sh! are trained to help give advice on all aspects of sexuality and health so, if you ever have any other questions, just drop us a line or comment..