Moon Cups

The lit­tle cup mak­ing a big dif­fer­ence to women’s monthly routine.

Good - - CONTENTS - Words Carolyn Ent­ing

All you need to know about these lit­tle cups

Imust ad­mit, when I first heard about moon cups I screwed up my nose. Did our read­ers re­ally want to know about this stuff? Well, it’s 2018 and the an­swer is “yes”. Moon cups are a thing, as well as be­ing there for your “thing”. They can no longer be ig­nored. They’re friendly on the wal­let, as well as the en­vi­ron­ment and your va­jay­jay, and as a col­league/user pointed out to me, you can sleep with them in, plus you’re never caught short if you’ve for­got­ten to buy tam­pons.

Robyn McLean, co-founder of The Hello Cup – one of the new­est cups on the block – says “your va­jay­jay will thank you for mak­ing such a good choice”. She adds some peo­ple get the hang of us­ing them straight away, for oth­ers it takes a bit of prac­tise.

If it’s your first time us­ing a moon cup, it’s im­por­tant to read the in­struc­tions be­fore in­sert­ing. For starters, they need to be ster­ilised in boil­ing wa­ter be­fore use. Af­ter can­vass­ing sev­eral men­strual cup users in the of­fice be­fore hav­ing a go my­self, I can as­sure you it’s worth it, along with the in­evitable gig­gles that come with shar­ing sto­ries with your girl­friends.

Do your re­search

Be­fore in­vest­ing in a cup, make sure you get the right one for com­fort, and to avoid “red wed­ding” mo­ments as my col­league Emily calls them. She uses panty lin­ers as a pre­cau­tion (we rec­om­mend Na­tracare or­ganic lin­ers) be­cause she has ex­pe­ri­enced a bit of leak­age from time to time.

Does one size fit all?

No, not all vagi­nas are the same, which is why find­ing the one best for you is im­por­tant. Lunette and The Hello Cup both come in two sizes. You can also choose between softer or firmer cups. Hello Cup’s “Teen” cup is its small­est, and as the name sug­gests is de­signed for teens and first-time users. McLean rec­om­mends the firmer “Fit” cup for ac­tive women – “great if you want to bust out some dance moves”.

How they work

Men­strual cups hold around three times the amount of tam­pons and can be left in for up to 12 hours. You can also swim with them in. Fold the cup by push­ing down on one side (in­wards and down) be­fore in­sert­ing. Once

in­side, check it has opened prop­erly by run­ning your fin­ger round the base of the cup (you shouldn’t feel any in­dent). To re­move, find the stem of the cup and pull it down and also gen­tly squeeze the base of the cup to re­lease suc­tion. Empty into the toi­let and then rinse or wipe out the cup with toi­let pa­per.

The ben­e­fits

“Men­strual cups are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives for a lot of rea­sons,” says Su­san Johns of Lunette New Zealand. “For some, it’s the money saved by not buy­ing dis­pos­ables; sav­ing around $2000 ev­ery 10 years. For oth­ers it’s the eco-friend­li­ness; sav­ing 130 shop­ping bags worth of rub­bish go­ing to land­fill ev­ery 10 years.” There are also no bleaches, diox­ins or fi­bres en­ter­ing your body ev­ery month.

Lunette men­strual cups are made from 100 per cent med­i­cal grade sil­i­cone and FDA and TGA ap­proved. Hello Cups are made of med­i­cal grade plas­tic TPE, which is handy for those with sil­i­cone sen­si­tiv­i­ties.

The life­span of a good-qual­ity cup is five years (pro­vid­ing you look af­ter it and don’t leave it in di­rect sun­light).

Are moon cups new?

No. In the USA the first pro­to­types known as cata­me­nial sacks were patented in 1860s and 1870s and at­tached to a belt worn around the waist and not sur­pris­ingly never made it to mar­ket. The first modern men­strual cups were in­vented in 1937 by Amer­i­can ac­tress Leona Chalmers. You can read more about the his­tory at lunette.com/blogs.

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