For those of you of a squeamish nature or if you are a man reading this, I advise you to stop reading now. For the rest of you that are wondering what a mooncup is read on.
Most people when you talk about washable nappies have an idea of what options there are, but when you mention reusable or washable sanitary protection or eco sanpro, most people don’t even know there is an alternative to disposables. For the past 8 years I have used a mooncup, which is a cup made of soft medical grade silicone that sits in the vagina and collects the menstrual flow, until I remove it and empty the contents down the toilet. The mooncup is then rinsed and re-inserted. A mooncup can hold 3 times more blood than the most super absorbent tampon.
Advantages to using a mooncup are similiar to using washable nappies, you save money, you reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill or flushed away and it is better for your health. My mooncup cost me about £20 8 years ago and has had 7 years of use (-1 year as I had my second child), which is approximately 84 periods. You work out how much that has saved me over the last 8 years. On average 1 woman will use 11,000 tampons or pads in their lifetime and most of these will end up in landfill or in the sea.
I also no longer suffer from period pains or much backache and my monthly flow is less. Apologies if this is too much information for you but these are benefits that I think most women will appreciate.
If you would like to find out more, read testimonials from real women that have switched to using the mooncup or want to buy a mooncup check out the mooncup website
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