Perhaps slightly controversial, involving a certain level of misunderstanding and even fear, using a menstrual cup is certainly not common place. In the hope of bucking the trend I would like to share the reasons why i love my mooncup. For me being vegan is about more then what you eat. it’s a whole lifestyle involving daily choices where you look at the impact of your actions on the environment and the other species of animals that share the planet with you. it’s not just about avoiding eating farm animals. Many more animals are affected by how we choose to live our lives and how much sustainability we factor into our consumption, and also our disposal of things we no longer have a need for. Cutting down on consumption and disposal is actually very simple in certain areas and once we break old habits and patterns and make new ones, often we can find the benefits far outway the former pre-conceived inconvenience.
This was a huge game changer for me and has really improved my life in a big way. Not only am I no longer trashing the environment with tampons, I have become a lot more in tune with my body through observing my daily blood and even returning it to the earth rather then flushing it down the toilet. I see my cycle and monthly moon blood as sacred now, before my use of disposal menstrual products did not support this and so I found it hard to see it as anything but an inconvenience.
Here are my 7 reasons why I love my mooncup
My mooncup is always to hand in my bag. I don’t have to think about buying in more sanitary wear and making sure to have all the different sizes to hand for different flow days. I simply boil it after i finish my menstruation and pop it in my handbag in its little cotton draw string bag ready for the next time!
2. Save Money
I have been using my mooncup for around 4 years. I no longer buy any other sanitary protection. I would say it paid for itself in 4 months of use. You only need one mooncup. They cost only £20 or $30 with free shipping worldwide.
Once you get the hang of inserting it and making sure the suction is working I don’t experience any leaks. It also holds a lot more blood for those heavy flow days then a tampon and so requires less messing with, The manufacturers say it holds 3 times more blood then a regular tampon.
I do not feel my mooncup once it’s inside. it is very comfortable. As it doesn’t suck out moisture from the vagina it is also non-drying, especially on the lighter flow days when perhaps you might use a larger tampon then necessary ‘just in case’. This is very damaging to the vaginal environment and can cause yeast infections. With the mooncup you don’t have to second guess your daily flow, you use the same size cup for all days.
Latex-free, hypoallergenic and containing no dyes, perfumes, BPA, phthalates, plastic, bleaches or toxins the mooncup is great for those who have allergies, or are particularly sensitive but great for anyone who wants to avoid anymore unnecessary toxic chemicals in their bodies. Tampons and pads with odour neutralizers and other artificial fragrances are nothing short of a chemical soup laced with artificial colours, polyester, adhesives, polyethylene (PET), polypropylene, and propylene glycol (PEG), contaminants linked to hormone disruption, cancer, birth defects, dryness, and infertility. Cotton is one of the crops most heavily treated with pesticides. There is also a high probability of your tampons containing GMO’s, in the US 94% of the cotton is genetically engineered. Then there is the bleaching to make them white, chlorine is commonly used which can create dioxin residue. Published studies have linked low levels of dioxin with abnormal tissue growth as well as being an immune system suppression. Then there is the well known risk of toxic shock syndrome where bacteria enters through micro tears in the vagina walls caused by tampons. Risks can be exacerbated by tampons made with mixed cellulose fibres, rayon and viscose where fibers can stick to the vaginal walls and be left behind.
The mooncup organisation is involved with many amazing projects including supporting menstrual health education programmes around the world by donating funds and menstrual cups to charities and non-profit organisations supplying cups to women in third world countries who cannot afford or do not have access to sanitary protection. They were named as one of the top 10 ethical businesses by The Good Shopping Guide.They were first sanitary protection manufacturer in the world to be awarded Ethical Business status for its people- and environmentally-friendly practices. They are certified by the Vegan Society.
7. Environmentally Friendly
Last but by no means least using disposal sanitary wear is destructive to the environment. The moon cup isn’t. These 3 facts say it all-
- Just one of us will use more than 11,000 disposable sanitary products in a lifetime.
- Every year, over 45 billion feminine hygiene products are disposed of globally.
- Ocean Conservancy volunteers collected 27,938 used tampons and applicators on our world’s beaches on a single day (International Coastal Cleanup, 2013).
And it’s not only tampons but the plastic wraps and packaging and whole industry that’s built around growing the cotton, producing the blended fibres, transporting and vending these products all over the world. What an unnecessary use of resources when people are going hungry!
My dream for the future is that every woman has a mooncup. Saving money where we can, especially with such abundant positive additional benefits makes sense in such a time of economic uncertainty.
Imagine what the displaced women of the world have to go through whilst menstruating on the road or in make shift camps, how much of a benefit having a reusable mooncup would be for them and their local environment.
Imagine all the little girls without sanitary protection shamed into missing school that they desperately want to attend, how simple to provide each with a reusable mooncup to use each month.
For me, as a vegan and an environmentalist there can be no other course of action. We must start looking at our daily habits and see where we can evolve and be less of a burden on our precious planet. The mooncup or (diva cup in the states) is a blessed, easy, no-brainer solution to moving through our menstruation period in a sustainable, conscious manner.
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I would love to hear your thoughts and from other mooncup lovers out there!