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Discussion: Green Menstruation

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Being a mostly lingerie blog, I knew this day would come. Periods were bound to come up. Or should I say menstruation? Ack! I hate both words equally.

I might make you a little squeamish below, but bear with me. Just like butts and boobs, all of us women get them – periods. We can get through this together!

To ease into the topic, let’s start with a fun fact. Did you know that the modern tampon was invented by Dr. Earle Has when he released Tampax, a tampon with a tube-in-a-tube applicator. Tampons in some way, shape, or form, had been used prior, and were even used in the 18th century as a means to stop bleeding from bullet holes. Noted in case I get shot.In my opinion, a girl has her brand that she sticks to, and usually, it has been that way since she got her first period.While I’m a Playtex gal, you may be a Tampax gal. Disagree with me if that’s not the case with you or someone else.

It’s an ongoing journey to rid my life of toxins. People, food, places and anything that isn’t good for my mental or my physical health, I get rid of ASAP. Tampons, a toxin? It surprised me to discover that they are made of a mix of rayon and polyester. Oh, and the plastic applicator. When I found out, it actually grossed me out as much as tampons themselves. Rayon? Really? Yuck.

I’m not ready to go full on green menstruation. In researching for this post, I read a good article on Refinery29 about several ways I could go green. Although a smart concept, the Moon Cup would scare the beJesus out of me. Probably the person in the next stall too.

But, one way that I can go green now is with LOLA. You’ve probably heard of them. They’re the cool kids in tampon world. Lola tampons are100% hypoallergenic cotton feminine care with no additives, synthetics, chemicals, or dyes. Now, their products ARE manufactured and DO USE a plastic applicator (BPA free), but using LOLA it is a healthy upgrade. Not to boot, the well designed, actually impeccable, box is made with recyclable cardboard (produced in Europe, then boxed in the US).

Cool thing about LOLA – boxes can be tailored to your liking. We like that word, don’t we? Tailored, I mean. You choose your preferred assortment, how many boxes, and frequency of shipment, which can be modified/tailored at anytime. Yay for no more emergency drugstore runs!

So, go check them out. LOLA might be the right fit for you. And no affiliate links were used in this post. This is my bloody, personal and honest opinion.

50 Comments

  1. Reply

    Hannah

    I love that you wrote about this. I’ve wanted to go more natural but am also not quite ready for the cup (!). This brand sounds awesome….I especially love the subscription option!

    • Reply

      Sandra C. Frazier

      I ordered a Moon cup in a small though I have two children. They reccomend a large. No medium size. Anyway I love love 10+ love this cup no leaks ever no pads no tampons no leaks! Wash it sterilize it and put it away for next time! I have a heavy flow and large clots from children that slip past my tampon anywhere anytime. 1st time at the mall. I said kids we need to get to a restroom quick! I made it but was horrified walking to get there. This cup is amazing! I did not get one for the green aspect, but happy to here I am also helping the environment. I recommend buying both size’s and different manufacturers some are better than other’s comfort wise. I like to have extras to sterilize after washed an put a way for sanitary reasons. This cup has saved me..!!!!!! I was contemplating a full hysterectomy at 28 my flow was so Bad. I don’t mind Sharing this if it helps out another female in my position they are quite cheap! I also give them away as gifts to new moms. No complaints once you get used to the idea you will wonder why you ever used a tampon or pad. I can sleep all night not a single leak and no fear of TSS. Or doubling up! I give this product 10 stars hands down. I use Hydroden peroxide mixed with water for cleaning and store them in a ziploc bag for next month. Heaven in a cup. These cups are truly amazing!

      • Reply

        Sandra C. Frazier

        Glad to help anyone. I get my cups from the Home app for $1.00 sometimes $2.00. I have many after using one for a while I would Start with a new one for sanitary reasons they make ones that are really soft and bendable there are some that are not so bendable. Anyways they are worth it and save you money. Save your panties and sheets. I have never had a leak. I dont twist mine. I just fold and insert. It had never failed me. Best of luck to all you ladies who are stuck with a heavy flow with clots. This is a life saver!

  2. Reply

    B

    Just want to put in a quick plug (ha) for the moon cup. I can say with no exaggeration that it has completely changed the way I feel about my period, 100% for the better. I’m not creating any trash and it’s not messy or gross at all. Also it’s great for travel, and you’ll never be caught short again as long as you have it with you! Granted it takes a little practice but you’ll be a pro in no time 🙂

    • Reply

      maddiemadalynne

      Thanks for sharing the positive, honest review. Not sure if I’d ever be a pro, but if I do, could I add it to my list of skills on LinkedIn? Lol.

  3. Reply

    annekecaramin

    Menstrual cups aren’t scary. Glossing over what is essentially the greenest option out there because it scares you is kind of weird for an article about green menstruation.

  4. Reply

    Lyndsy Mikaela

    I would also recommend giving menstrual cups a chance (at some point) and I second that it has changed my period experience completely for the better.

  5. Reply

    Hanne

    Menstrual cups made my kife so much better! I didn’t liked the idea at first but using them now I can testify that for me, it’s the best option currently available. In terms of money, nature and comfort when using them!
    This sounds a bit like a sponsored post and covering that up with te idea of going green without giving the cup a full, honest review isn’t totally honest in my opinion. Great if you like lola and they are environmentally better, but you are still tossing a lot of stuff monthly.

  6. Reply

    niekemieke

    I really don’t think you can call this ‘green’ menstruation, since you are tossing just as much stuff as you did before. You might be getting less chemicals into your body but the cotton it’s made from isn’t exactly environmentally friendly too process or dispose off. If you’re not keen on a menstrual cup, which I honestly get (even though a lot of my friends swear by it) why not give washable cloth pads a try. Sure it’s on the outside of your body but there aren’t any chemicals getting into your body and there is no wastage. This may not be a sponsored post but it sure sounds a lot like it…

    • Reply

      maddiemadalynne

      Like I wrote in the post, this is a healthy upgrade. Being green-er.

  7. Reply

    Anna Katherine

    Can I make a TMI observation: in Australia, there is a 70/30 ratio of non-applicator tampons (as in, adopt a comfortable position and slide that tampon up there yourself) to applicator tampons in supermarkets. It’s been that way for all of my 16 bleeding years.
    I was in a bit in shock when I had to buy tampons in DC, and there were only applicator ones available in Duane Read (the conveniene/drug store?). I thought…ummm, am I in a incredibly conservative part of America where people aren’t ok with navigating their fingers up certain body parts that are their own? (I must say I did love the convenience of it though – and can completely understand why they’re awesome for first timers!)

    • Reply

      maddiemadalynne

      Never knew that about Australia. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply

      Natasha Estrada

      Yeah I found the same coming from NZ. They only really have OB without applicators here and even those disappeared from the stores for awhile.

      You can also make your own tampons and repack them into the applicators. Some people even crochet them.

  8. Reply

    Rebecca

    Love that you’re discussing this! I would suggest organic cotton tampons with no applicator as a better choice though. Even better cut out the waste and use a menstrual cup-they’re really not scary at all and quite comfortable- and cloth pads.

  9. Reply

    Becky

    I hope this isn’t tmi, but the cups don’t work for everyone. I honestly couldn’t get even the smallest size inserted and it hurt to try. But then, I’ve never had much success with conventional tampons, either. So my plan is to make up a new stash of cloth pads when I have time. I tried them before and I swear they made my cramps easier, but they got smelly. Now that I’ve had experience with cloth diapers, I think I’m better equipped to give them another go. As for the lingerie aspect, I’m honestly more of a comfort over style girl on those days, anyway.

    • Reply

      Paige @ Very Paige

      There’s so many different types of cups. I’ve heard lunette is the best for smaller sizes.

  10. Reply

    thewallinna

    Since I started using a moon cup, my “this time of the month” turned into “another normal day”. I cycle, swim, practice yoga without feeling it. Also, it’s super practical during long flights: depending on the amount of fluid your body produces, you can keep it over 12 hours. If this option is not suitable for you, washable pads are another solution. According to some stats one woman uses over 11 000 tampons or pads in her lifetime. Can you imagine the amount of waste? So yeah, organic or not, tampons still create A LOT of waste and are not a green option at all!

  11. Reply

    redeyedtreefr0g

    Another devoted Keeper Mooncup girl here. It may have been a life change (I discovered them 3 years ago and am 30 now) but I stopped having cramps almost completely. Like Wallinna said, the cup turns my period into just a “normal day”. Honestly the lead-up to Day 1 is worse than the actual period! If I were in a public restroom with you, you might see me wet a paper towel to take to the toilet with me, but more often than not- you wouldn’t notice a single thing! The best part about the cup is its near set-and-forget sort of mentality. On heavy days, 4 hours is a good interval to empty it- otherwise, it’s literally all day that I’m worry-free. There is no problem if my cycle happens to include a lot of mucus- with tampons, that would mean leaks as the thing slid WAY out of place trying to come out. You are correct on the brand thing though- I was a strict Tampax Pearl girl for the simple reason that those tampons expanded sideways instead of longways.

    I understand not wanting to fully jump to a menstrual cup, though. It can be gross. It can be weird. But honestly, you are only hurting yourself, and maybe those pretty underthings I see you make! I actually bought one for my twin sister. While she is not the devotee I am and researcher, she did finally admit to me that it’s “the best thing ever”. (She’s not brave enough to try the epilator yet :P)

    I DO reccommend learning everything you can about menstruation and reproductive cycles though. It really will help. A period tracker app is insanely useful. I had a pregnancy scare which prompted my frantic “what is going on with my BODY?!” moment, but now I know there was no scare at all- everything is normal. Specifically, I recommend learning the signs of ovulation (mostly the clear cervical mucus), and the length of your luteal phase. When women tell you stress can delay your period, really they likely mean stress delays ovulation, which is what determines when the real bleeding starts. For example, I ovulate anywhere from day 13 to day 21 sometimes. I know for hard fact that I may then see spotting starting 12 days after that, so hide the nice underwear. And regardless of how much or little I spot, menstruation begins flawlessly 17 days after that.

    I’m sure every woman, Mooncup or no, would appreciate the lack of guesswork or surprises involved in thier monthly cycle!

    Don’t be afraid of the Mooncup. I honestly don’t see how a fully cotton Lola is a better option over Rayon- which a quick google tells me is simply processed wood fiber. Cotton must be processed and cleaned to go from sheep to fiber to tampon too, doesn’t it? The delivery option might be nice I suppose. My main reason for going with the Keeper Mooncup is sheer cost-related. $30 once for 10 years of worry-free toxin-free just-another-day periods? YES PLEASE!

    I’m not saying the KEEPER is right for everyone, but there IS a menstrual cup for everyone out there. It may take some testing to find one that is right for you, but I can personally guarantee you will wonder why you didn’t try one sooner when you find that one. It’s life-changing.

    Good luck!

    • Reply

      B. Morgan Joy

      Cotton comes from cotton plants, wool comes from sheep. But you’re right, growing and processing cotton is seriously resource-intensive, and keeping the costs down for consumers means keeping wages down for workers and cutting corners in growing, processing, and manufacturing best practices. It’s a complex issue!

    • Reply

      Tropical Threads

      My sister bought me a moon cup too! I thought she was a bit crazy at first. Weird present O_O. It took a while before I was confident with it, but I stuck with it because even while I was getting used to it, it was still way more convenient than anything else I’ve ever used. Now I’m so grateful to my sister – it’s literally one of the best presents anyone has ever given me.
      For the record in the 3 years since, I’ve never had to change it in a public toilet, it lasts 12 hrs even on my heaviest days, so I can easily empty it at home morning and night.
      Now my sister in law, and all my close friends use cups, and my 10 yr old daughter fully intends to use one too when she starts menstruating 🙂 (I’m making sure other options are there for her though in case it’s a bit much for her at first.)

      No discussion on menstruation options can be had without a look at these links, though. Especially this one for sewists, who might be interested in sewing pads up for women who can’t afford disposable options.
      http://www.daysforgirls.org/

      And this, where I would like to donate the money I have been saving on pads and tampons since my sister got me my moon cup.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/sabrina-rubli/menstrual-cups-east-africa_b_6313436.html

  12. Reply

    redeyedtreefr0g

    I meant potential spotting day 12-16 (ovulation becoming day 1 on that count), and true menstruation bleeding on day 17. Ovulation could happen anywhere from CYCLE day 13-21 (Day of true menstrual bleeding being cycle day 1. This means my “monthly” cycle has been 25-35 days long- quite the difference!)

  13. Reply

    Linda

    Back in the day, Tampax used to come in a cardboard applicator – it didn’t have the visual appeal of the pretty plastic, but it was biodegradable and no BPAs. Trouble was, the applicator often didn’t flush down, on the first flush! I like the non-applicator style best, and it would be great if it were made of natural fibres…..the polyester sounds like it could be the source of some of the Toxic Shock problems. Lola in a cardboard tube would work for me, too. Washing pads – yuk – no way- I guess I am not THAT green~

  14. Reply

    Melissa C

    Amazing to bring up the topic. Menstruation shouldn’t be taboo nor a special secret we women even keep from each other! I am a fellow mooncup advocate, it has changed my life (and highlighted I bleed WAY more than average for which my doctor can now help me with!). It took a while for me to come round to it though. The idea of it is much worse than the reality. =)
    I started with the cloth pad route, dropping tampons altogether. But I wasn’t a total fan of having no internal protection. So I bit the bullet and tried the cup. It does take a little bit of practice to get it just right, but it’s worth it.
    I’ve since made a few pairs of underwear that have bamboo and PUL lining. These and the cup make period time brilliant!

  15. Reply

    Paige @ Very Paige

    Definitely a fan of the cup. So easy to use, only need to change it like once a day as well, which makes it PERFECT for travelling. It’s really not much messier than having to change your tampon either. If your in public and aren’t able to rinse it, you just pop it out, dump, and reinsert. I’m never going back. I have one at home and one I keep in my purse. I’m always prepared, and I won’t have to buy another one for YEARS to come. Also, when I started using cups vs tampons my cramps lessened considerably.

  16. Reply

    Jane

    Menstrual cups FTW. I went straight from pads to cups more than ten years ago, skipping tampons entirely (dislike). LIFE CHANGING.

    Also, unless you have a heavy flow, there are very few times when you’d be stuck changing your cup in a public bathroom. I don’t think I have in the last 8-9 years. Once in the morning and once at night works just great for me.

  17. Reply

    Ms Cleaver

    Just a bit of clarifying language, but not all women get periods.

    • Reply

      B. Morgan Joy

      And not all people who get periods are women.

    • Reply

      smittenness

      exactly.

  18. Reply

    Erin

    I use a Diva Cup. I out it off for about two years after my friend told me how awesome it was. I should have listened to her sooner! Best decision ever and that was probably 8 or 9 years ago. It’s totally the green option. Cloth pads (I use liners) are another great green option.

  19. Reply

    zilredloh

    Such an excellent post today, Maddie. I’ve always been a Tampax Pearl girl and honestly didn’t even think there’s another option. Reading your post and all of these comments about cups has me questioning my own methods.
    Great to see there are so many more options out there for us gals, ones I never even knew about before.

    • Reply

      maddiemadalynne

      We’re on the same page – all these comments are encouraging me to try other methods. Just have to ease into it. Haha.

  20. Reply

    Fluffy

    I’m sorry, but there is absolutely no reason for a grown ass woman to consider a Menstrual Cup “scary.” Many women decide that they’re not for them, but an open, adult conversation about menstruation should be just that. A cotton tampon may be safer for *you* but it is in no way green… especially with a plastic applicator.

    I also don’t think rayon is gross. Polyester, on the other hand, harbors all kinds of bacteria not known to colonize natural fibers like rayon. That’s one of the main reasons I won’t use powermesh in my bras.

  21. Reply

    the Garment Farmer

    Hadn’t given it much thought; thanks for sparking a discussion here Maddie. Might have to look into the cup.

  22. Reply

    Becky

    DIVA CUP!!! I find it easiest to change (clean out) while showering. There’s a little bit of a learning curve to get it right, but totally worth it. I wish I’d had one as a teenager when I had soooo much anxiety about carrying around and changing (not to mention buying!) tampons.

    I also like Natracare. They make organic, plastic-free tampons; with and without applicators (I think the applicators might be cardboard? not sure, I use w/o). The brand is not too hard to find – I’ve been seeing them in stores everywhere lately.

    And I sewed some pads! I just used leftover scraps of interlock knit, quilting cotton and then hammered in snaps on the wings. I thought they would fall apart pretty quickly with washing, but I’ve had them for over a year now no problem. I can’t remember where I found the pattern, but it was free online.

  23. Reply

    Lucy

    Thankfully after 40+ years of truly torturous periods this is no longer an issue for me
    in the same way.
    I do though miss going to the shop for my discreetly wrapped brown paper parcel,
    it had a Dr. W 1 written in small letters on one end. This was a Dr. White number 1 sanitary
    towel. No tampons for 10 year olds they were thought to remove your virginity by insertion.
    I was adviced by my Dr. not to use them until after I’d had my first child.
    Over the years I’ve complained to girlfriends about the cost, let alone the issue of disposal.
    Having a cycle that for 20 years was 3 weeks bleeding, and that so heavy I needed 4 maternity
    towels at a time and I’d still have “accidents” if I didn’t change hourly. I spent a fortune.
    Now almost blissfully postmenopausal (no one told me that Tropical Moments, my term for hot flushes, could continue when everything else was over) I must admit that I wish menstrual cycles
    aren’t quite so “out there.”
    Ok all women have them for a time, but do we need quite so many tv ads, posters about them?

  24. Reply

    J D

    Wait. The only thing different is content. That doesn’t reduce waste.
    I was expecting this to be a blog post about sewing your own reusable pads.
    Seriously, if going green you need to reduce your waste and get over the ick factor, get a menstrual cup and sew up your own pads.
    My periods were 3 weeks on 1 week off (totally inverse) and using commercial pads and tampons left me dry and itchy, with no genteel way to describe it. Hand sewn pads and a diva cup made me at least feel normal. As of last year, I no longer need these things, but the volume I would have needed in commercial products, let alone the cost and discomfort would be enough to send me this route.

  25. Reply

    sallie

    I’m an advocate for the cup too. I use a Diva Cup, and I have to admit, even after several years of using it, I’m STILL smiling smugly as I walk by the “feminine care” aisle in the drugstore and think about all the money I’ve saved and all the waste I’ve NOT added to landfills. And exercising with the cup beats pads and tampons every day of the week. But I get that it might gross some people out, in fact most women I’ve told about this IRL give me a look like I’m a crazy person. I suppose I’m just really comfortable with my body and I don’t think of my period blood as something “dirty” – and really, until you use it, you always imagine it’s going to be like some kind of murder scene to insert it and remove it, but it’s quite tidy in reality. Anyway, just thought I’d throw that out there! It’s really a great way to be greener about your period! Not to mention INCREDIBLY cost efficient!

    • Reply

      Lucy

      I so wish I’d known about these when I was spending a fortune and filling land sites :~(
      Unfortunately my only information when I started at 10 years old (1967) began with me being handed a strange elastic thing with plastic tags, and a soft squishy pad with loops at each end and left to my own devices. Assuming I was dying and going to hospital I put the loops over my ears and the pad over my nose and mouth. The elastic thing I held on to.
      When the carer (I was in a Children’s Home) returned she told me to take the pad off my face and showed me how to fix it to the sanitary belt and how to wear it while telling me “this is something we have to go through to be a woman. It will come every month until you die. It will be very painful but you just have to grit your teeth and deal with it.
      Know one should ever know you have your visitor. It will only stop if you do nasty things with a man, these will give you a baby and when your visitor comes back it will be far worse.”
      I was then
      Sadly 1 stillbirth and 12 miscarriages meant I never got to test the last part.
      I did though spend my 40+ bleeding years pinning on a smile 3 weeks out of 4 in the worst possible pain.
      By the time computers came along and the world wide web really opened up it was too late for me, I had spent a lifetime suffering because I was told I would, it was “normal” so I had no cause to question it.
      What a joy to discover the menopause :~) and what a sadness 5 years before my periods ceased to find that I had a medical reason for such extended bleeding and pain. Severe Endometriosis and two individual wombs each with their own sets of fallopian tubes.
      Stillbirth in 1970’s and subsequent miscarriages didn’t cause concern with medical staff, it was in the end a fabulous Gyny doc investigating a condition I have where skin tags grow inside my body and can cause havoc.
      Sorry to have temp moved from the “Green Issue” but as their are so few platforms for menstruation I am hoping that if there are readers with problem periods, or who know some one who has, then they won’t suffer in silence thinking it’s “normal” like I did for so many years.

  26. Reply

    smittenness

    I appreciate the green angle to this post but, in the interests of balance, perhaps investigate the cup alternatives

  27. Reply

    Emily - Belgian Seams

    Please try the Mooncup – I can’t recommend it enough! And it is truly the only green option. As people have said above, you are still going to throw these tampons away so it is still creating waste – not to mention you are still going to give one company money every month.

  28. Reply

    Gina

    Like other women have said, menstrual cups have changed my life. I felt so liberated that I forgot I had my period.

  29. Reply

    Miss Celie

    Cups seriously changed my life. I actually forget I’m on my period. I love them so much I keep a back up in my office and around the house. There’s something to be said about normalizing periods. When I do use a tampon, I use the ones without an applicator. When I went to Europe I stocked up on a brand in Holland that I liked. I had no idea Tampax didn’t even come with the cardboard applicator anymore! That’s what I grew up on. Anywho, try the cup. You may be really surprise.

  30. Reply

    Maggie S B

    I know menstrual cups sound scary, but mine literally CHANGED MY LIFE!! I got my Diva Cup on the advice of my godmother before I studied abroad in India (where I would have been unable to purchase tampons, since they aren’t sold where I was going, and I would have had to burn my used pads. Nope. No thanks. Nope.). It’s been 7 years, and I haven’t regretted it a single second. There is definitely a learning curve on how it fits you and your body, where the best place to place it in your body is, etc., but it’s so worth it. I have leaked, of course, but doesn’t everyone at some point? I will echo Miss Celie above by saying I forget I’m even on my period most of the time– and that is saying something. I’ve literally forgotten to change it before (whoops!). The cups themselves are so small and squishy– it might look “big” but it’s not uncomfortable at all. It can be weird putting your fingers in your vagina and they do get gross, but that’s why we wash our hands. I mean, yeah. Not much else to say about that… You get your hands messy, and then you wash them well, and you move on. I only empty mine twice per day (once in the evening, and once at night) and wash it with soap and water once per day in the shower. And then, when your period is over, you just sanitize the silicone cup on the stove; I have my designated Period Pot that I boil my Diva Cup in for 30 minutes after each cycle. It is so easy and so comfortable. So much gentler on my lady garden than a tampon or pad!!! It is 10810923% worth the original investment (I think mine was $17). Needless to say, I’m a huge fan of something that can help make a woman’s experience during her period more pleasant, cost-effective, and less limiting.

  31. Reply

    Ann

    Although I am now menopausal and no longer have this concern, I dealt with years of heavy, painful menses (like being in labor) and could not tolerate tampons. I used various menstrual cups when the cramps were less (actually not very messy at all – less likely to leak than tampons and far more comfy)…. but primarily relied on my own home-made menstrual pads of flannel and quilting cotton because postpartum disposable pads were not sufficiently absorbent and tended to promote vaginal candidiasis. It was far more comfortable – my #1 concern – as well as hygienic (no more infections), less toxic and more “green”. It easy to fall into the traps of advertisers who claim disposable products are better for us. A clothes dryer actually disinfects pretty darn well!

  32. Reply

    Cadia

    On the menstrual cups changed my life boat as well! I would like to mention that I paid full price for a DivaCup at Whole Foods (so impatient!) & it worked ok for years but I found it sticking out a bit at times in my cycle (had this problem with tampons other than o.b. as well); annoying but tolerable. A couple years ago I got some cheap, generic made-in-china cup off eBay and it was smaller & more comfy. I still had to trim the tab, but no biggie. So if one isn’t comfy, try another brand before giving up!

    Also, I am now well over 30 (just turned 37!) AND I’ve had a kid since first getting a cup and did NOT have to change cup sizes.

  33. Reply

    Sarah

    Another vote for moon cups. Used one for years and never looked back. I have to be a little careful on heavy days (remembering to empty more often) but it’s brilliant.

    You will also find there is less smell – no chemical smell from the tampon / towel and no dried blood smell.

    You can soak them in steriliser solution (like baby bottles) as an alternative to boiling them which makes everything fuss free.

    I don’t know if you’d seen but a friend picked up a story which suggested a moon cup with bio-feedback and a monitoring app was going to be developed – we both felt this might be a step too far!

  34. Reply

    Dalila

    I’ve been using the cup for one year and a half now, and it’s truly the best thing I have done regarding that topic. And it’s probably the greenest you can go.

    They always say it takes some practice to insert and pull out, but honestly I got it right at the first try. It’s not as complicated/terrifying as it looks.
    Plus, with only two leaks in 18 months, believe me: this is the closest you will ever be to not being in those days.

  35. Reply

    maddie

    Wow! What honest responses and feedback. The moon cup is definitely a clear winner! I didn’t say I’m against it, just not ready yet.

  36. Reply

    Natalie

    Its really cool that you are writing about this maddie. I personally have an iud so ive not had a period in years and love it, no period/super green #winner but we should all do what is best for our bodies and the more info out there the better, but if i did have a period i would probably be going the moon cup route, ive heard alot of good things about it

  37. Reply

    Lucy

    Just wanted to say how encouraging it is that this is being discussed. As a mother of 2 daughters the more information from ‘real’ women about how they positively deal with their periods the better, I think it’s really good for every woman to review her sanitary protection from time to time, we have different needs and priorities at difference stages of our lives & we are lucky to have a choice.

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