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    • Mrs.W
    • By Mrs.W 4th Feb 15, 12:37 AM
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    Menstrual Money Saving
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    • 4th Feb 15, 12:37 AM
    Menstrual Money Saving 4th Feb 15 at 12:37 AM
    Update September 2017

    Mrs.W started this thread a couple of years ago but the topic's always relevant.

    Join in! Do you use a mooncup or similar? Would you recommend it?

    If you're interested in more ways to save money with re-usable products read our Recycle Week Hub.

    Back to the original post...


    I was not at all sure where to post this, but a board where men least click is probably the best place.

    Four months ago I discovered menstrual cups. They are rounded cone-shaped cups made of silicone rubber. They sit in the vagina and capture menstrual elimination.

    (edit: ) They are a rather new alternative to tampons and/or panty liners.

    They are touted to give up to twelve hours protection. I never use them for more than five hours before washing under cold water, cleansing with a surgical spirit wipe, and giving another rinse under the tap. (The surgical spirit wipe is not advised as necessary between insertions.)

    They are easy to store - in a small cloth bag - between bleeds. And because I am a hygiene freak, I clean my MC's in boiling water before using again.

    Silicone is naturally resistant to bacteria, so I feel safe in using this form of menstrual protection, especially with my own precautions.

    I have read many of the papers published for and against MC's, and it seems, to me, that they are a safe and money saving form of protection during menstruation.

    Four months in, and, even given the price of the MC, I am already saving money against using tampons and panty liners.

    Just wanted to share this money saving idea. I know it won't be everyone's cup of tea (I swear that is not a pun!) but thought it worth mentioning.
    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 19-09-2017 at 11:51 AM.
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    • sillyvixen
    • By sillyvixen 12th Oct 17, 9:32 PM
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    I don't think I could bear using them when I have work or need to be out and about in public
    Originally posted by mickeymouse303
    I work 8 hours a day in a customer facing role, I have never had a problem using reusable pads, I have never had one leak if I get stuck with a customer longer than I would have wished (knowing its that time of the month), I am more comfortable and no longer aware of the tell tale smell you get with disposable pads.
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    • casiopeia
    • By casiopeia 7th Feb 18, 12:29 PM
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    NEVER buy Menstrual Pads when your desperate.
    This is something I have discovered after 20 plus years, I am not an organised individual but I have saved a lot of money by looking for offers on menstrual pads at the end of my period. That way I have a box ready for the next time around when the panic makes you far less rational about what you want and need however at the end its still on your mind but buying pads is far less emotional and rushed.

    I have a moon cup, however it cannot be worn with a coil fitted. it works well but is not exceptionally comfortable. and having a stock of liners at home makes it easier to adapt your protection to your needs and comfort.
    • euronorris
    • By euronorris 7th Feb 18, 4:45 PM
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    A moon cup can be worn with a coil fitted. I did so for 5 years.

    I have found, however, since having my daughter that the mooncup (and ANY other sanitary product) cannot stand up to my flow for the first 2 days. I even go through maternity pads once every 1-2 hours during the first 2 days each month. So, the best solution I have found at the moment, is to use the mooncup and wear a sanitary towel as a backup and simply empty the mooncup far more often.
    • wishuponastar
    • By wishuponastar 15th Feb 18, 6:26 PM
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    I have really heavy flow for 1-3 days so much so that I was emptying my Femmecup very regularly, due to leakage when I sat down or stood up from sitting (the seal was fine when I was not sitting or standing and I have no problem inserting it etc-just the seal seemed to break as I sat/sit which is normal due to movements down there). I worked with it for a long time (some periods were better than others) and used disposable pads also to catch any leakage but I needed another solution for my heavy days especially at night time on my heavy days.

    A couple of years ago I discovered a great menstrual cup which had a special design to minimise leaking, called the FemmyCycle. I tried the different sizes they offer and for me the adult version is way too large (not had children) and didn't work well for me at all. They have a teen size which is a maybe just a bit bigger capacity wise than the Femmecup and works perfectly for me on my heavy days and at night time too and then I use the Femmecup on my slow flow days.

    P.s. If you have had troubles with leakage the FemmyCycle is defo one to try.

    Feel free to PM for any more info or advice regarding it.
    Last edited by wishuponastar; 15-02-2018 at 6:34 PM.
    • Sally1436
    • By Sally1436 17th Feb 18, 8:36 PM
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    I've been using a mooncup for the last 8 years. I have PCO and bizarelly with a mooncup i have no pain.

    Best thing ever for me. A lot cleaner and no horrible odours.
    • CamelLady
    • By CamelLady 20th Feb 18, 2:47 PM
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    Bought a mooncup equivalent and just could not get on with it. Found it leaked badly as I am very heavy the 1st 2 days and when I came to remove it, it was so full it spilled so very messy.

    Could not rely on it when out of the house.

    Have gone back to tampons..own brand so cheap but I gave it a go.
    • wishuponastar
    • By wishuponastar 2nd May 18, 8:30 PM
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    Bought a mooncup equivalent and just could not get on with it. Found it leaked badly as I am very heavy the 1st 2 days and when I came to remove it, it was so full it spilled so very messy.

    Could not rely on it when out of the house.

    Have gone back to tampons..own brand so cheap but I gave it a go.
    Originally posted by CamelLady

    I was in the same situation as you, then I tried the Femmy cycle menstrual cup and it was so much better. The teen size is a similar size to the femme cup which I find for me works best (even though I left my teens many years ago lol). If you need or want any advice feel free to PM me.
    • LavenderBee
    • By LavenderBee 4th May 18, 3:21 PM
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    I've only used the original Mooncups (just realised I've been using them for 12 years!) - I must admit I look at some of the cheaper alternatives and they just don't look very substantial. They're more expensive but I think they're worth it.

    Just taken delivery of some re-usable pads to use with the cup as I have endo and can have some really heavy days, and I'm preggers at the moment so I guess I won't fancy using the Mooncup for a while afterwards. Hoping to save ongoing costs of pads.
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