simmmchen (simmmchen) wrote in menstrual_cups,
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9 month recap (Mooncup UK)

Hey there!

I've been using the Mooncup for a while now, so I figured it was time to post a little recap :)

*General*
First of all, I am very happy with my small Mooncup UK. Since I am 24 w/o children, and am not sexually active right now, I had decided to go for a small/slender cup. The lower capacity compared to other cups did not bother me, since I have a medium-light flow. So after 9 happy periods I can safely say I this cup works great for me.


*Insertion*
I haven't used anything but the "labial fold" since the very first time I tried the cup. It seemed like the smallest fold diameter-wise and it pops open very easily with the Mooncup UK. It doesn't seem to get much recognition on here, so here is the link

*Removal*
Removing has been pretty easy for me once I got the hang of it.
The way it works for me:
- Sitting on the toilet, I push down the cup until I can reach the stem (this can take a little longer, if it has moved up high during the night)
- I keep pushing down with my muscles, while I tug on the stem to move the cup further down, until the base is almost outside.
- When I can reach the base of the cup, I pinch it with my thumb and index finger and pull the cup further down.
- Then I fold the cup into the C-fold (though not to much to prevent spilling). I fold it, by holding the cup between my middle and index finger on one side, and my thumb on the opposite side of the cup. Then I basically put my thumb inbetween my index an middle fingers (with the cup inbetween). This really breaks the seal, if it hasn't broken while tugging.
- Then I pull it out slowly.

BTW: The first removal was... bad! I panicked and thought I couldn't get it out. It was so high up after the night. But I just came on this board and read some posts about removal and tried again. And it worked :))

*Cleaning*
Before I first used the cup, I boiled it for 5-10 mins.
During my period, I just rinse it with hot water.
After my periods I have used sterilizing solution, boiling, and simply washing it with hand soap (and rinsing well). I just switch around between those...

*Leaking*
I have not had any leaking at all. I am so confident with this cup that I even wear white underwear during my period =D
I just need to make sure to insert the cup asap when my period begins. Otherwise there is some blood left on the walls of my vagina and then I do get some light spotting.

*What I LOVE most about the cup*
... is that I get NO spotting! I have a clotty flow most of the days and when using tampons, the clots would sneak by the tampon (even if I had just inserted a new one) and make me leak! It was horrible! I hate wearing liners, so I had quite a lot of jeans with light brown spots on the inner seam... grrr... but not anymore :) No leaks, no liners, yeah!

*Now the sad part*
I probably won't get much use out of my cup anymore. I have started a new birth control pill due to hormonal depression that will keep me from having periods. We'll see how that works out. You know what... I am a little sad about not being able to use my cup anymore :(
Tags: insertion - folding methods, mooncup (uk), removal, success stories
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