To all my female friends and family: I feel this post is long overdue. To my male ones: I love you but you probably have little or no interest in this post and can bow out gracefully round about now, and go make some chickpea blondies.
Getting a Mooncup a year ago has changed my life and the topic is too important and rarely talked about not to share here: somehow, the life-giving cycle we all experience every month has become some sort of cultural taboo. But for both our inner and outer environments, making the switch to a cup is such a powerful move, and gets us focused on a natural rhythm we have rarely given more collective thought to than where to grab our next box of Tampax.
The latter, belonging to multinational giant Procter & Gamble who predict that the global tampon market with reach $2.5 billion by 2015, has been heavily relied on as women’s monthly go-to resource for decades, thanks to clever marketing and almost worldwide availability. And while the menstrual cup idea has in fact been around since the 1930s, it is far less profitable (needing replacing only every four to five years) and is only just creeping into the collective female consciousness as something that is in fact of huge benefit to us in more ways than one.
Made from silicone, it is environmentally friendly and completely non-toxic to our bodies. Tampons, on the other hand, are a chemical affront to both and yet we blindly follow where bright shiny advertising leads. We use an estimated 11,000 in our lifetime and 7 billion of them are dumped in landfill annually, alongside 13 billion sanitary pads. They are usually produced in a toxic process which combines pesticide-grown and chlorine-bleached cotton and rayon, which are then absorbed by our bodies in our most sacred of places. A byproduct of this bleached blend, dioxin, has long been under investigation as a potentially carcinogenic substance which may be linked to female cancers.
Mooncup and other menstrual cups are made from medical grade silicone, which is latex and BPA free and contains no bleach, dye or toxins. This is not only better for us and the planet but on a personal level, and I can speak only from my own experience, it feels so much more natural and friendly than its chemical cotton-blend counterpart. I used to think the problem was me: it took me fifteen years to find out it wasn’t.
Even from a purely selfish point of view, there is no way I would ever go back; and every woman I know who has made the switch can only wax lyrical about how gentle and natural it feels, and how unthinkingly we polluted our bodies and environment for so many years before, and adding up the money we spent is also a pretty scary thought.
The question is always the same: what took us so long?
As a small ethical business, it is impossible for Mooncup to spend even a fraction of what the multinational giants throw at advertising and marketing. No product I have come across, however, speaks more highly for itself, and all you have to do is find the courage and effort to buy one, and take back respect and responsibility for your most sacred apparatus. Whatever your larger beliefs concerning the planet or environment, as women we all want the best for our miraculous and beautiful bodies.
You can buy a Mooncup online or at most pharmacies.
Make the change and your body will thank you.