I noticed in my reader survey recently that a couple of you asked for more information on reusable menstrual options. It just so happens I was already planning this review and giveaway. Isn’t that awesome!? ha.
Since Daniel’s birth, I have been using my homemade mama cloth. Which I like better than disposable pads, definitely! But they tend to shift around a bit, which, especially the first couple days, is…messy. So I was looking for a new solution for those days and thought it would be nice to try one of these cups. I contacted the company which makes The Keeper and The Moon cups, and they graciously sent me the Moon cup to try.
Why the Moon cup? The Keeper is made of latex, and the Moon is made of silicone. I don’t personally have a latex allergy, but my mother and grandmother both do, and they both developed this allergy later in life. I didn’t want to risk finding out I was allergic, or becoming allergic because of long exposures, so I chose the Moon. Both are completely safe though, depending on your preference!
Some positive features of this product:
- Two options, so it covers people with and without latex allergies
- Three different sizes for women with different needs (mainly before/after childbirth)
- Reusable, nearly indefinitely! (very green)
- Affordable ($35 each, compared to hundreds you’d spend on disposable products)
I tried it out, and I really wanted to love it….
And I do like it. I have some concerns and cautions but overall I do like it. I think there’s a learning curve (I only used it one month so far) and that may be part of it. I’ll summarize my experience for you, though.
At first I liked it, because suddenly there was no more mess! It was a little weird to insert, but since I practice natural family planning I’m not exactly a stranger to figuring things out down there (ha). I didn’t like that the stem stuck so far out (by the end of the few days, it felt like it was rubbing/irritating me — and yes, it’s supposed to stick out like that). It was great for overnight because I didn’t have to worry about my pad being adjust properly and which way I was lying and still probably waking up to a mess. I knew everything would be fine!
The second day I used it, though, I didn’t quite insert it properly. The cup has to be folded up to insert and it unfolded itself in the wrong place, and ended up pressing on my cervix instead of sitting below it. This caused a lot of pain and cramping, especially when I had to remove it. I went several hours using my cloth after this to recover. I did find that when it was inserted properly that I didn’t have any pain. But as there is a learning curve to inserting this, I’m just warning you.
I had no trouble with the removing/emptying part. I never spilled it, it was never messy. It was easy to rinse or wipe off and re-insert. Actually I think this was less messy than having to change pads and clean up, because the “mess” was all confined to one area.
The positives I experienced:
- Generally comfortable to wear (I didn’t feel the cup once it was in)
- Easy to empty
- Easy to just “forget about it” in between rinsings
- Nothing extra to carry or remember
- Large fluid capacity (it holds a full ounce, which is as much as most women bleed over their entire period. You ARE supposed to remove and rinse every 8 – 12 hours, but if you forget…no mess)
- Can be tricky to insert — have to find the right angle
- The stem can be a little irritating (I hear you can trim it, but I haven’t tried)
In general I liked it. I preferred it to my pads for the heavier days. I think I prefer pads for the light days, though, where mess isn’t such a big deal. It was really nice not to have to think “Do I have my extra pads, wet bag, etc. with me?” when I went out. I was completely set because I wear the same one the whole time! Because of its fluid capacity I never had to rinse it in public. It went like this: “Can I wait another hour till I get home? …Yeah.” lol.
Now, how would you like the opportunity to try one for yourself? You can!
- (REQUIRED) Visit The Keeper and tell me which cup you’d like to try and why.
- Subscribe to me via RSS or email, or tell me you already do
- Fill out my reader survey, or tell me you already did
- Join my forum and introduce yourself, OR write or respond to another post (if you do BOTH I’ll give you two entries!)
- Follow me on Twitter and tweet this giveaway
- Follow me on Facebook and post something to my wall (I want to hear from my readers!)
There are 6 possible entries! This giveaway will go until September 28th at 8 AM. I will announce the winner by 8 PM that night.
Have you ever used a reusable menstrual cup? If not, would you like to? If so, what was your experience?
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