About 3 years back a friend of mine told me about the menstrual cup also fancily called the Mooncup. A year after I got me one in France and since have been using it regularly.

The Mooncup is in the words of the creators:

The Mooncup is a reusable menstrual cup, around two inches long and made from soft medical grade silicone. It is worn internally a lot lower than a tampon but, while tampons and pads absorb menstrual fluid, the Mooncup collects it. This means it doesn’t cause dryness or irritation, and also that it collects far more (three times as much as a ‘super-absorbent’ tampon’!). Because the Mooncup is reusable, you only need one so it saves you money and helps the environment, too.
Source – Mooncup

Safer – Made from soft medical grade silicone, the Mooncup is latex-free and contains no dyes, BPA, toxins or bleaches. It’s also great for women with sensitive skin.Tampons can cause dryness and leave fibres behind. The Mooncup is designed to respect your natural balance.
Greener – On average, one woman will use over 11,000 tampons or pads in their lifetime, which will end up in landfill or in the sea.
Cheaper – One woman uses up to 22 items of sanitary protection every period. Regardless of your flow, you only need one Mooncup, and it lasts for years and years, making it the most economical sanitary product you can buy. 


I have been using it for 2 years now and it is a liberation from menstrual woes. It is brilliant in all situations, you can even swim and do yoga with it. It is eco-friendly and cost effective. Perhaps the reason it has been marketed so little. It is not a product that suits the capitalist market since you can use the same mooncup for years. You can read the history of the Mooncup HERE. It was first created in 1930 around the same time as tampons and became popular in 1980s when women began looking for more ecological solutions for menstruation. Wondering why its not more used/marketed – its probably thanks to the capitalist market that favoured use and throw tampons to reusable mooncup.

How to use it?
The Mooncup is designed to be folded and inserted into the vagina, then removed, rinsed and reinserted up to every 8 hours. A light seal is formed with your vaginal walls, allowing menstrual fluid to pass into the Mooncup without leakage or odour. This seal is released for removal, allowing you to empty the contents, rinse or wipe and reinsert. Comfortable, convenient and safe: the Mooncup can be used overnight and when travelling, swimming or exercising. 
Go HERE for step by step procedure and HERE to buy online in India or in a store if you live in Goa. If you buy online in India, you have to pay for delivery but if you get it delivered in UK or any other European country it is delivered for free.

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Finally here is the Love your vagina song they made. They asked their users to tell them names they had given their vagina and they put them all together and made a song about it. Now isn’t that cool. I first saw this video on Slutty Feminist and linked it to this previous post of mine. Thanks girl!!
 

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