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14.03.2011

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Gave me back my freedom !

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I wish that I had found it sooner !

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SHORT INTRO AND PRODUCT AWARENESS BEFORE WE BEGIN

Ok - just so any males who are reading are aware - this is a review for a menstrual product and may contain intimate information of a sensitive nature that you may want to avoid. I thought that I needed to say that before commencing with the review then you have a chance to make and informed decision rather than be confronted with information that you would rather not see.

And now on with the review:

PRODUCT - MOONCUP MENSTRUAL CUP

I discovered the Mooncup after extensive research for a solution to my problem with heavy menstrual flow that tampons could just not deal with. To the point of my life being incredibly difficult if I was out or at work as I needed to be in the loo every hour or so and even that wasn't soon enough and I had leaked - not good when you have a shift to finish! Thank goodness for long tops and dark trousers!

The problem with my menstrual flow is that the natural anti coagulation that the body produces to thin the lining of the uterus and allow blood to flow freely dosn't last long enough and I end up losing clotted blood which of course a tampon is not designed to deal with as a clot of blood will prevent anything being absorbed onto a tampon and then it may as well not be there.

My problems were solved when I finally discovered the Mooncup Menstrual Cup. Of course it took me a short while to decide on purchasing as I had to decide if it was going to be something that I would be comfortable using and if it would be practical too. After reading review after review of very very happy women I decided that it was the right choice for me.

In a nutshell this product is perfect for me in many ways and it works! It has given me my life back on the 2 days a month that used to be owned by my menstrual flow - I was literally a prisoner to it - trapped in the loo!

SO YOU ARE PROBABLY WONDERING WHAT IS A MOONCUP?

Mooncup is a silicone cup (soft medical grade silicone) that when inserted in to the vagina will catch the flow of blood and any clots! It is reusable and will last years so is kinder to the environment and will save you a heck of a lot of money too! The beauty of this cup is that you can leave it in situ for up to 8 hours! I personally think that is amazing. I do not have as heavy a flow as I used to have (since having a IUD removed) but on my heavier days I have no problems leaving the cup in place for 7 - 8 hours, the cup collects 3 times as much as a super absorbant tampon! This gives me real freedom.

The Mooncup sits a little lower down than a tampon would and because it collects fluid rather than absorbing it this means that you don't experience the drying effects of lost moisture that you can encounter when using a tampon - a definite bonus! The Mooncup dosn't give a 'dragging' feeling when removed.

The Mooncup is designed (instructions are clear and easy to follow in an enclosed booklet and you can access a website for lots of help and advice) to be folded and then inserted - that is what confused me when I was looking into it, I couldn't imagine how it would get in place. After a bit of practice, which took me a while as it was so strange initially, I managed to very easily insert and position and as with anything else in life practice makes perfect - I now don't even need to think about it because it is so easy. Believe me if at first you struggle it really is worth patience and tenacity as the benefits are many and quality of life greatly improved.

When the cup is in place it forms a seal so that any flow of fluid is caught and retained - initially it is an idea to wear a liner just incase of a slight leakage, this happened to me a few times but was not a significant amount and certainly would not put me off, now it rarely happens at all. The Mooncup prevents odour as the blood is retained until you empty it.

When it comes to emptying the cup, once again this was a new concept for me and takes practice but is really easy once mastered and well worth practicing. Simply locate the cup - break the seal by squeezing - gently guide out and then empty and then rinse. That is all there is to it, then it is ready to be re inserted. Inbetween periods you can sterilise the cup ( instructions come with the cup and are easy to follow ).

When out and about I normally have a bottle of water with me, to rinse the Mooncup with. I thought it would be a struggle but it is actually really easy.

WHEN CAN YOU USE MOONCUP?

Mooncup can be used anytime during menstruation and when swimming, travelling, exercising and overnight.

VISIT THE WEBSITE AND HAVE A GOOD LOOK!

www.mooncup.co.uk

On the site you will find out all about the Mooncup and more:

Advice centre
Community
Selling the Mooncup
About
History
Benefits
Which size (choice of 2 )
How do I use it
Testimonials

MOONCUP AWARDS!

Vegan Society - Vegan friendly
Good shopping guide - Ethical company
Health food business - Best personal care
Ethical living - Winner
Brighton and Hove Business Awards - Winner 2009
Ethical Company Organisation - Award
Women in Ethical Business Awards - Winner

Impressive reading - this company is compassionate for the health and well being of women, the environment and animals - this appeals to me.

QUALITY

The Mooncup comes in a small pouch which simply says mooncup and has a drawstring - I like this as it keeps it safe and clean and is also handy when travelling and storing it away.

The Mooncup is a high quality product and really well designed to fit snug and feel comfortable - I say feel I don't actually know that it is there when inserted!

Adjustable by shortening the stem, you will read in the instructions and on the website about the stem length. Initally you may want to keep it long for reassurance when locating and removing it but as you get confident you can shorten it if you wish. Because we are all different some women find that it can irritate them when too long so it can be trimmed to suit each woman. I shortened mine and have no problems locating it.

BUY FROM?

Mooncup website
Boots larger stores or online
And a whole host of online stores when you google Mooncup

Price approximately £17.99

FINAL THOUGHTS?

The Mooncup has made a huge difference to my quality of life when I am menstruating. I am no longer anxious of having an accidental leak and I am free from the numerous visits to the loo. I am much better off without the expense of tampons and I do not have to dispose of tampons and place extra strain on the environment. I am happy that this cup is cruelty free and suitable for Vegans. I no longer develop dryness following a period. You probably get the impression now that the Mooncup has worked for me - you are right! This is an amazing product and I am so glad I found it. Would highly recommend to others who may be considering it.

A very happy Mooncup customer!


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afy9mab 11.06.2012 18:23

Succinct and informative.

Wee_Jackie_163 01.05.2012 11:34

A fantastic write up x

CelticSoulSister 31.03.2012 17:07

I wish they’d have invented these before I had my menopause!

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