The Moon Cup
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The Moon Cup Size A is designed for women who have given birth vaginally or are over 35 years of age, while the Moon Cup Size B is meant for women who have NOT given birth vaginally.
The Moon Cup is innovative, economical, comfortable, and environment-friendly. This soft, silicone menstrual cup collects the flow rather than absorbing it, so the vaginal tissues aren't dried out as they can be with disposable tampons. The Moon Cup holds up to an ounce of fluid and should be emptied several times a day; simply rinse and reinsert. The Moon Cup can last up to ten years, saving you over $800 in disposable products!
Cleaning & Care
Wash your menstrual cup with mild soap and water before reinsertion. At the end of your cycle, wash and dry the menstrual cup before storing it in the drawstring fabric bag provided. Do not store your menstrual cup in a plastic bag or airtight container. At the beginning of your next cycle, thoroughly wash your cup with mild soap and water before using. You may also choose to boil the cup in an open pan for up to 5 minutes.
Important! The Moon Cup has tiny holes below the rim which should be kept clean. Do not use a toothpick or other sharp objects to clean the holes as this may damage the cup. Instead, submerge the cup in water and squeeze the water out through the holes.
Your menstrual cup may naturally discolor slightly over time. This does not impair its function.
How to Use
Before using your menstrual cup for the first time, thoroughly wash your hands and the cup in warm water with a mild soap. You may boil the Moon Cup in an open pan for up to 5 minutes.
To insert your menstrual cup, press the sides of the cup together to fold the cup in half, then fold in half again. The rim of the cup will now be held in a "C" shape. Gently insert the cup rim-first into the vagina to where it feels comfortable. After some practice you will learn how to most comfortably position your menstrual cup. The cup will pop open during insertion.
Menstrual cups are commonly emptied between 2 and 4 times per day. You will learn how frequently to empty your cup depending on the heaviness of your menstrual flow. Before removal, thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water. Tug gently on the stem, then squeeze the base of the cup between your thumb and forefinger to break the seal. If you cannot reach the stem or base of cup, bear down with your internal muscles to help push the cup downward. Gently pull the cup downward at an angle, holding it carefully to avoid spills. Empty the contents of the cup into the toilet. It is not necessary to remove the cup before urination or bowel movements.
If you find that the stem is too long for your comfort, you may remove the cup and carefully trim the stem to a comfortable length. Do not trim the stem off completely.
How do I clean my menstrual cup in a public restroom?
You can simply empty it and reinsert it, or you can wipe it off with toilet paper and reinsert. You might also carry a little bottle of water with you to use to rinse it out over the toilet before you reinsert it. Another option is to take a damp paper towel in the stall with you to use as a wipe. We carry Lunette Wipes, a mild disinfectanct wipe in its own wrapper that can be used to clean off any of our menstrual cup options when on the go.
Can I use a menstrual cup if I have an IUD?
Always consult your gynecologist or primary care provider if you have any concerns before using your menstrual cup. Many women with IUDs are able to successfully use a menstrual cup. We recommend becoming familiar with your body and using extra caution when using an IUD. Additionally, a recent study conducted in Canada concluded that menstrual cups do not increase the risk of IUD expulsion.
Are menstrual cups comfortable?
Some women don't feel the cup at all and rave about how comfortable it is. Others find that the stem may bother them or at least they are aware of it. It is important to try the menstrual cup for a few cycles before deciding what is or isn't comfortable. Sometimes you may think the cup will sit lower inside your body but after a day of hard work you may find that it travels further up in your vaginal canal. If after a few cycles with your cup you find that the stem still sticks out and irritates you, the Keeper Cup and Moon Cup offer you the ability to trim it. We recommend leaving at least half intact.
Are menstrual cups safer than tampons?
The menstrual cup has a lower risk of TSS and is healthier and more comfortable for your body than tampons. The vaginal canal is one of the most porous parts of our body, which makes the absorption of any residual chemicals found in tampons a possibility. If you have ever had TSS, you should consult a medical professional before using tampons or menstrual cups.
Average Customer Rating (based on 81 reviews)
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By: Cynthia from Whittier, CA US on August 8, 2012
"I feel complete freedom when i wear my moon cup, im not so much of a maxi pad kind of girl when it comes to my period, but i love my cup!
I cant get over how easy it is to use and how safe, and secure i feel when wearing it. I must admit that i was skeptical about whether or not it would work good.
I was totally amazed at the results! Now I want to buy at least 1-2 more, just to have extra ones handy. I wish we can all depend on the natural ways to care for ourselves as women, and not on major corporate companies for our feminine needs.
This truly is a product that will last for years to come.
Thank you for bringing back the natural way for us women to take care of ourselves, without the use of harsh contaminants."
By: pantherwitch4982 from Albuquerque, NM US on October 7, 2013
"I looked into the Moon Cup as a solution for my monthly needs because I started having problems using pads and tampons. They were causing irritation, and some really nasty itching. So I got the Moon Cup after a bit of research and some debating on if I should spend the money.
This has been 2 months since I purchased the product, and I can't believe the difference. I love it! And honestly, the cost is worth not having to pay for products that leave you feeling nasty in the first place.
I actually tried the cup a few days before my first cycle in order to get used to how to remove and insert it. I'd recommend doing that for anyone who is new to the product. There is a slight learning curve on how is going to be best for you to work with it.
I've had no leakage at all, so no extra laundry, no stained underwear or outer clothes... I think I saved money just off laundry soap and bleach!
If you're sitting the fence on this one, just take the jump. You won't regret it. "
Happiest Period Ever!
By: randomoutburst from Lubbock, TX US on October 24, 2013
"I bought a Moon Cup after seeing the comic about it on Oh Joy Sex Toy. I was about to purchase two new packs of pads and figured I could spend the money on a Moon Cup instead, secure in the knowledge that it has a money back offer if I didn't like it.
I'm keeping it and never buying pads again. I have had the cleanest, happiest periods since I began using the Moon Cup. It's comfortable (even though I have a tilted uterus which can affect my cervix position), easy to use and clean, and keeps me active during my period because I'm not concerned about leaks. I am very pleased with my Moon Cup and highly recommend it to any woman who is considering making the switch from pads or tampons."
By: customer1234 from Fort Collins, CO US on October 1, 2013
"I was skeptical and worried about this product at first, but it actually works wonderfully. Takes a little bit of playing around and experience to figure out what positioning works best for you, but it was so much easier than tampons! I forgot I was on my period for most of the day, which is an amazing feeling. I also am a heavy bleeder, so this was a cleaner, more dependable, and less wasteful alternative."
My second Moon cup
By: dstinch from Providence, RI US on June 24, 2012
"I just ordered my second moon cup. I have been using one for years. I don't spend a ton of money on tampons that I use to and it allows me to feel cleaner. Easy to use than others I have tried and lasts a long time."
working out the kinks
By: April from Fallsington, PA US on October 4, 2012
"I've only gotten to use this for two cycles and I have mixed feelings. I do feel some added pressure from the cup which makes my cramps worse and I have been having some problems with leakage, which doesn't happen all of the time, but does happen even when I've been very attentive to placement putting it in. The tab was too long on it and so I cut the end off and now it sometimes pokes at me. I wonder if I'd be happier with a lunette cup with is not as stiff and more flexible and also has a solid tab as opposed to the hollow one,"
Life Changing Experience
By: RedTail Coyote from Frisco, NC US on January 4, 2013
"First let me say that I have PCOS with cycles that come and go when they please and can be exceptionally heavy. Before I was shown GladRags, I was spending half a fortune on tampons and pads. It was hard to go anywhere and do anything. There were clots that neither one of the two could catch, so there would be leakage and stained clothing. It was miserable!
The Moon Cup gave me my life back. It was a bit weird to get used to the first few days, I won't lie and say it was a piece of cake. But all of that got easier the second day. You quickly get used to how you have to pinch and maneuver it. Trust me, it is well worth getting used to it.
There's little leakage, only on my really heavy days were it's hard to keep up, but most of that comes with medical issues rather than typical period. I can sleep without fear that my mattress will be soiled with blood! I can go swimming in the ocean! I can work! I can go out for dinner with friends, or out to a gathering."
The BEST purchase I have ever made!
By: happycup from Greenville, NC US on October 1, 2012
"(22, no children, size B Moon Cup) My cup arrived while I was going through my cycle so I was able to use it immediately. Since it was the first try I decided to do the insertion in the shower. Once I got the hang of using it and the correct positioning, I had no leaks! For me that was a huge deal because I have a heavy flow and can go through a lot of pads and tampons, both of which would cause irritation for me. I could never feel the Moon Cup when I was using it. I love that it doesn't upset my natural balance and I don't have to worry about toxic shock syndrome. It also feels so much more sanitary! No more damp feeling. There is also no strong blood scent when using the cup. I plan on telling all my friends about this amazing product. Now I'll never have to make a desperate run trip to the store for tampons again! I LOVE MY MOON CUP! :D"
In love with my moon cup ♥♥
By: Marian from Aguas Buenas, PR US on November 4, 2012
"I love the mooncup. The first 2 days felt disconfort with the stem, i decided to cut it and it. Now i no longer feel the pinching sensation on my lady parts. No leaks, easy removal and insertion. Happy with my purchase!!! Highly recomended"
Highly recommend this!
By: Mittengirl from Lansing, MI US on August 29, 2012
"I purchased a Size B Moon Cup several cycles ago after realizing how many tampons I was going through to keep up with my flow. One of the best things about the cup is that you can practice inserting it and taking it out before you start your period. I found this video super helpful, and ending up finding that the second insertion method worked best for me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_O-X9EQfRw.
As another reviewer mentioned, I also ended up trimming the stem on mine after some painful pinching issues. I haven't had many leak issues; they've only occurred if I didn't insert it properly. On my heaviest days, I only need to empty it twice - so much better than the 4-5 tampons I used to go through!
I don't ever want to go back to tampons - the Moon Cup is so much better and more sustainable! Highly recommend it."