by Amanda Hinski
A woman will use, on average, 11,000 “feminine products” in her lifetime. The business of menstruation isn’t exactly the most eco-friendly miracle of life, and the developers of “Mooncup, Ltd” are well aware of this fact. Hailed as a “woman-positive menstruation product,” the Mooncup is both environmentally conscious and cost effective for that monthly extra expense.
While other eco-friendly sanitary products exist, the Mooncup appears to trump them all. Literally a “cup,” this reusable, insertable sanitary product was released to the public in 2002 especially for women with sensitive skin and/or latex allergies. And yes, you heard me right- it’s an insertable cup. By now you’ve figured out where it’s inserted, so we can just say it; the Mooncup shapes to the walls of the vagina in order to prevent leaking. It’s sort of like a catch-all for your monthly flow. And how nice is it that the Mooncup doesn’t need changing as often as tampons or pads? You can remove it up to every eight hours – that’s three times a day! You do, however, have to clean it. I would recommend not using the dishwasher.
Around two inches long, the moon cup is made from soft, medical-grade silicone. Two sizes are available depending on age and whether or not you’ve given birth the old fashioned way. The cup, which can be used at night or when swimming, is worn a little lower than a tampon, but according to the website, “while tampons and pads absorb menstrual fluid, the Mooncup collects it.” To that end, the Mooncup collects “three times as much as a regular tampon!”