Mooncup is the original, soft, medical-grade silicone menstrual cup designed by women as the convenient, safe and eco-friendly alternative to tampons and pads.
Tried and trusted since 2002 by users around the world, the Mooncup menstrual cup offers an end to the waste, discomfort and expense of disposable sanitary protection.
The Mooncup is designed to last for many years and is a simple way which can dramatically reduce the waste you produce. 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). The Mooncup is reusable: you only need one.
Benefits for you, your family and the environment:
Made from soft, medical-grade silicone, it’s so comfortable you can’t feel it’s there. While tampons absorb 35% vaginal moisture, the Mooncup menstrual cup won’t dry you out or leave fibres behind.
Your Mooncup is always there, ready. No last minute dash to the shops, no stockpiling different absorbency pads or tampons. The Mooncup frees you from having to throw away used products or carry bulky spares (whether smuggled up your sleeve as you head to the toilet or taking up backpack space on your travels).
Holding 3 x more than a regular tampon, the Mooncup gives you longer lasting protection on heavier days. And because it’s non-absorbent, it won’t cause dryness when your period’s light.
You only need one Mooncup that pays for itself after 6-8 months – you’re then saving that monthly spend on sanitary protection.
Latex-free, hypoallergenic and containing no dyes, perfumes, BPA, phthalates, plastic, bleaches or toxins, the Mooncup menstrual cup is ideal if you have sensitive skin or allergies.
Reusable with no waste makes it very environmentally friendly
Frequently Asked Questions:
I’VE JUST GOT A MOONCUP – WHAT SHOULD I DO FIRST?
Congratulations on taking the leap!
It doesn’t matter whether you’ve just started your periods or you’ve been menstruating for years, the Mooncup – like anything new – may take a little time to get used to. But once you’ve got the hang of it you won’t want to be without it.
If you use tampons, cast your mind back to the first time – it may have taken a few attempts to get the position right, to feel comfortable with it in, and to know when to take it out. The same goes for the Mooncup.
Here’s our step-by-step guide to getting started with the Mooncup menstrual cup:
CHOOSE YOUR SIZE
There are only 2 sizes to choose from with only 3mm between them (A is the biggest, B is the smallest) but it can make all the difference for a good, secure, leak-free fit:
Choose size A if you are 30 and over or have given birth vaginally whatever your age.
Choose size B if you are under 30 & have not given birth vaginally.
GET YOUR MOONCUP READY TO USE
Before you first use your Mooncup, you can boil or clean it thoroughly with sterilising solution or tablets. Read more about cleaning your Mooncup.
TAKE YOUR TIME
Your Mooncup menstrual cup will last for years so there’s no rush to get it right. Try it first when you’re relaxed and at home.
Some prefer to practice inserting and removing it when they’re not on their period.
You may get the knack first time but on average it can take up to 3 periods to get used to it. If you’re feeling frustrated or tense just put it away and come back to it another time.
While you gain confidence, you can wear a back-up pad. You might get some leaking at the beginning while you’re practicing.
HOW DO I CLEAN MY MOONCUP?
If you look after your Mooncup and clean it well, it should last for years and years.
FIRST USE AND BETWEEN PERIODS
Before you use your Mooncup menstrual cup for the first time and after you’ve finished your period, we recommend giving it a thorough clean. To do this you can
- boil it immersed in water for 5 to 7 minutes (in a pan you use just for this purpose) or
- use sterilising solution or tablets. These are commonly used to sterilise baby equipment. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for dilution and soak for the minimum recommended time. Then rinse thoroughly with clean water.
CLEANING YOUR MOONCUP DURING YOUR PERIOD:
When a sink is at hand:
Wash your Mooncup with water or mild, non-perfumed soap. Always rinse it well with water after using soap as any traces left on the Mooncup may cause irritation.
In public toilets or at work:
Wash your hands at the sink and then either
take a small bottle of water into the toilet cubicle with you, empty your Mooncup into the toilet bowl, rinse with a small amount of water and re-insert; or
wipe the Mooncup with toilet paper and re-insert.
Remember, because the Mooncup tends to hold more menstrual blood than tampons or pads you may not need to empty and reinsert it as often as you would change your conventional sanitary protection.
There are answers to many more questions you may have on the Mooncup website here