No literally, the mooncup has changed my life! Let me explain how…
What is the Mooncup?
Mooncup is a reusable menstrual cup which can be reused for years!
Mooncup® is the original, soft, medical-grade silicone menstrual cup designed by women as the convenient, safe and eco-friendly alternative to tampons and pads – find out more on their website https://www.mooncup.co.uk
For as long as I’ve known I’ve had very very bad periods – periods that would last 7-8 days and would be very painful and heavy to the point I would have to change my tampon every 2-3 hours and still wear a pad incase of any leakages! At night I would wear two night time pads and two pairs of knickers just to make sure that I didn’t leak.
At university I was diagnosed with PCOS – for any of you that are not sure what this is it stands for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and is a common condition that affects how a woman’s ovaries work.
My symptoms were irregular and heavy periods, oily skin and acne, there are other symptoms too but I suffered mainly from these 3. I remember I was so upset when the doctor told me about this condition as he also informed me it may be hard for me to have kids but my God is real and that’s why he blessed me with such a beautiful baby boy!
Anyway I’ve always dreaded my time of the month (as we all do I’m sure), but mine was always so bad because the pains were horrendous and it just made me feel so useless for at least 5 days! The GP just advised me to go on the pill and then overdosed me with all these different medicines to reduce the pain and the control the bleeding. I used that for a couple of years but after loosing my beautiful friend Nisi to Cancer I decided to come off the pill and stop taking all these tablets.
I started realising I’m doing more harm to my body than good, they don’t tell us that some of these pills and meds are actual contributing factors to people dying so young of cancer! Why?!
When I was pregnant I was excited because it meant no periods for at least a year! Yay! But once those periods returned, mate, everything was WORSE! Of course it would be though my body is readjusting itself back to its normal state to before I had a baby, and although the pains were unbearable I refused to take any tablets or go on any pill.
My cousin had always told me about the mooncup but I was sceptical, my first period came when Jeremiah was just 3 months so imagine looking after a baby while being in excruciating pain?! Yeah I wasn’t ready, so I went to Boots and purchased my very first mooncup! They came in two sizes:
Size A – For people over 30 and for all those that have given birth vaginally regardless of age.
Size B – Recommended got those under 30 and those who have not given birth vaginally.
As you know I had a C Section (traumatic experience) and I’m under 30 so size B was what I went for.
I won’t lie the thought of inserting the mooncup made me cringe, and it was very tricky the past couple of times! BUT after two periods I’ve finally got the hang of it and I can honestly say I have NO period pains and now my periods last about 4-5 days!
Unlike a tampon which soaks up your menstrual cycle, the mooncup collects it as it sits lower in your vagina than a tampon.
I have to be honest I’ve not had to change it in a public place yet, I’ve always been in the comfort of my own home, but it is very easy to remove, clean and put back in. I always remove, pour the contents in the toilet then wash mine out with warm/hot water then replace and in the mornings I tend to insert it while in the shower (that’s just my preference).
At night I will wear a pad just to protect myself of any leakages, but so far so good!
It is advised to not leave it in for more than 8 hours I will always try and remove it every 4-6 hours though.
Honestly the Mooncup is so much more cost effective, it’s healthier and my testimony is here: NO MORE BAD PERIODS! I’ve gone through my last period with ease!
There are other menstrual cup makes, but I personally use Mooncup and purchased mine from Boots for about £20. You can also order it online and get it delivered so why not make that big switch and purchase yourself a Mooncup 😜 (Thank me later!) – https://www.mooncup.co.uk/select-your-country/
If you do purchase one please do message me and let me know how you felt making the big switch!
Photos: From the @Mooncupltd Instagram page