Posted by Nina on Apr 28, 2007
Since my decision to start a healthier life, one of the decisions I made was to exercise regularly and to eat better… but this also led me down the path of re-examining what I was putting in my body medically. Did you know that the FDA doesn’t require tampon or pad companies to include what their products are made out of on their packages? That kind of scared me.. I started liking the idea of using the natural sponge instead of tampons.. but the thought of the sponge kicked my OCD cleaning habits into over drive.. (how could you REALLY keep it clean!?) so I began looking for other ideas and that led me to The Moon Cup. I am in love.
No leakage!, no discomfort, cheaper cost in the long run, its kind of cute, and you only need to clean it out every 8-10 hours,AND it’s made in the USA. The only thing that I found annoying (and most others do too I have come to find) is the stem. You will almost definitely have to shorten yours a tad (will still be returnable as long as 1/2 the stem is intact).. and they have a 90 day – money back guarantee! It’s not for ladies who are afraid of their womanly bits as you do have to pull it out… I however, don’t even find it as gross as our other products!
Why oh why, didn’t I hear about this thing sooner?!
The Keeper & Moon Cup:
Available since 1987, this is the alternative feminine hygiene product made from medical grade silicone, is manufactured in the U. S. Only The Moon Cup produced by The Keeper Inc., is FDA approved. The Moon Cup is for all women, but especially for those with allergies to latex rubber. Offered in two sizes (A and B).
UPDATE: So I have been using this thing through my first cycle, and a friend emailed me and asked me to explain the pro’s and con’s of using it.. so here they are.
+ Totally undetectable when wearing
+ No problems with leakage even while exercising vigorously
+ Holds much more than your average tampon with less changing required
+ Wearing through the night without discomfort
+ You can feel (with your finger) if the cup is in place and completely unfolded (no crease in the cup should be felt.. if you can still feel it or it hasn’t unfolded, it probably isn’t up high enough.. reinsert.)
+ Heaviest day on my cycle, I had no problems wearing for 6hrs, I could have worn another 4 before even needing to empty!
+ Ordered online on late Monday night and it arrived to my door on Thursday. Very fast shipping.
+ Cute little bag to keep it in.
+ I was pretty happy with the cost & I am even considering ordering another to keep in my purse at all times.
+ Ladies with latex allergies now have a product they can use.
+ Soft rubber cup that bends and moves with you, no rigid product to stay up in the cervix when you’re moving around.
+ You have to clean it out. This means YOU control what you clean it with, how often you remove it, and you know what your cleaning it with! YAY! No strange products in your vajayjay to give you more infections. I clean mine with gentle soap and water (rinsing very well) every time. No odor. However, if you are concerned you can use 1part vinegar with 6-9 parts water, then rinse very well.
+ No odor! Some feminine products let people know your having your moon cycle because you either smell strongly of flowers or ahem, I think we all know what the other smells like… No added dyes, perfumes, or strange products that we may or may not know about in tampons and pads.
+ Environment friendly! Nothing to throw away.
+ Website says it lasts up to 10years!
- The stem is a little long and without wearing it once for a few hours you don’t really know how much you need to trim.. it isn’t really a hassle or anything but it can get poky from time to time.
- It’s not completely idiot proof… for the first time you wear it, I would suggest doing it a day or two before your period begins to make sure you know how to insert and remove without causing a mess.. it can get slippery and you may just drop it into the toilet if you’re not paying attention to how you remove. (been there!)
- You have to clean it out. This is on the pro list also… but for those of you who are too grossed out to see your own blood, this might gross you out to remove it and reinsert it… but chances are, if this is you, you already aren’t reading this far anyway so nevermind!
There you have it. I have 3 cons which really aren’t cons at all.