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I Tried It: The Mooncup

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Have you ever tried a menstrual cup? I hadn’t, until recently.

This goop article got me thinking about the implications of the cotton, chemicals and bleach in mainstream tampons. How many tampons do you think the average woman uses in a lifetime? Apparently it’s almost 11,000! That’s nearly 22 every menstrual cycle.

And what are the implications of all that non-organic cotton going into one of the most absorbent parts of your body? Makes you think, doesn’t it?

There are also the effects on the environment to consider. Many women still flush their used tampons down the loo, which puts a lot of pressure on water treatment plants, as tampons do not break down very easily.

After a particularly painful period recently that included a few too many tampon mishaps, I decided to search for alternatives.

Enter the Mooncup.

This is a medical grade silicone cup that gets inserted into the vagina, instead of tampons and is meant to be much cleaner than using pads.

When my Mooncup arrived, I looked at it and I figured, I’ve had a baby come out of there, how hard can this little cup be to manoeuvre?

Well. It does take a bit of practice to get it in, just like it did when I first started using tampons, a long, long time ago. ­čÖé And after a while, it becomes natural and effortless. Once you get the hang of inserting and removing it, the Mooncup can be kept in for up to 8 hours at a time, holding up to 15 mL of fluid at a time.

You absolutely need to be comfortable with blood and with emptying and cleaning the cup throughout the day. And that means that menstrual cups just may not be right for some women. Here’s a great primer on how to easily insert and remove menstrual cups (link totally safe for work!).

As for me, I love using the Mooncup and plan to continue using it indefinitely.

And it seems that I’m not the only one looking at alternatives to tampons and pads. The THINX ‘period underwear’ have been getting a lot of coverage recently.

Would you ever try an alternative to tampons and pads?

P.S. If you’re not convinced, here’s a great natural tampon alternative.

Photo by Anders Jilden

 

Stories I loved this week.

woman and dog

Little J has been sick for most of the week and it has really wiped me out. The interrupted sleep and crying has been challenging, but just in time for the weekend, he is recovering, so I get to spend the next two days doing a bit of recovery too. And lots of cooking. Soups, stews and a beef rendang are on the menu.

Apparently souping is the new juicing. (New York Times)

Do you use organic tampons or a menstrual cup like the Mooncup? Here’s more evidence on why you should make the switch from standard bleached tampons. (goop)

10 reasons to eat more collagen. I like to add collagen powder to my morning smoothie. (Mark’s Daily Apple)

A physical and emotional answer to the question – ‘where do food cravings come from?’ (Frame)

How to relearn the art of eating. (Guardian)

How bad is it when you hold in your poop? (Greatist)

This is fascinating stuff. A signal from gravitational waves has been discovered emanating from the collision and merger of two massive black holes over a billion light-years away. (New York Times)

Photo by Vladimir Kudinov

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