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Mooncup, Reusable Menstrual Cup

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The Mooncup is the original silicone menstrual cup designed by women to be a convenient, safe and eco-friendly alternative to tampons and sanitary pads. Loved by women all around the world, and made in the UK by a multi-award winning ethical business, the Mooncup menstrual cup offers an end to the waste, discomfort and expense of disposable sanitary protection.

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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 tampon!). Because the Mooncup is reusable, you only need one so it saves you money and helps the environment, too.

How do I use it?

Mooncup Ltd also has an Advice Centre for any queries because, like anything new, using the Mooncup correctly can take a little practice. Please read the Usage Guide thoroughly before using your Mooncup for the first time.

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.

Insertion: The Mooncup is folded for insertion. The Mooncup is designed to be worn as low as it will comfortably sit in the vagina; vaginal length varies from woman to woman.

Removal: We recommend you empty your Mooncup every 4-8 hours. As with tampons, it’s important to have clean hands when removing and inserting the Mooncup. Then simply rinse your Mooncup and reinsert.

Which size?

The Mooncup is available in two sizes: ‘A’ and ‘B’.

Size A measures 46mm in diameter and 50mm in length.

Size B measures 43 mm in diameter and 50mm in length.

Both sizes have a pull stem 21mm long, which you can trim to the length that is right for you.

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Sizing is based on pelvic floor tone, not menstrual flow, and it’s important to get the sizing right to get the best from your Mooncup. Pelvic floor tone will vary according to your age, childbearing history and what sort of exercise you do. Corrective surgery to the vagina will also have implications.

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Because vaginal and pelvic floor tones naturally reduce with age, the size ‘A’ is recommended for women aged 30 or over. The difference between the ‘A’ and the ‘B’ is only small (3mm), but it is crucial!

Size ‘A’ is also recommended for all women who have given birth vaginally, regardless of age.

Size ‘B’ is designed for young girls and women under the age of 30 who have not given birth vaginally. It may also be suitable for women over the age of 30 who have had corrective surgery to the vagina, or who are advanced in tone-maintaining activities such as yoga, dance or pilates.


Whether you want to reduce your carbon footprint, save money or just look after your health, there are many reasons to choose the Mooncup.

- Eco-friendly: The reusable Mooncup offers a simple way to dramatically reduce the amount of waste you produce. One woman will use over 11,000 disposable sanitary products in a lifetime. 22 tampons or towels are used, on average, each period. In the UK alone, 4.3 billion disposable sanitary products are used every year. These items, their packaging, applicators and backing-strips will end up in landfill or in the sea. Mooncup Ltd. is the first sanitary protection manufacturer in the world to be awarded Ethical Business status for its people and environmentally-friendly practices.

- Safer: The Mooncup is made from soft medical grade silicone and is latex-free, hypoallergenic and contains no dyes, BPA, phthalates, plastic, bleaches or toxins.

- No dryness, irritation or change in pH levels: Because the Mooncup is non-absorbent, it will not cause dryness and does not disrupt your body’s natural pH levels (35% of the fluid tampons absorb is natural moisture!). Tampons can cause dryness and leave fibres behind. The Mooncup is designed to respect your natural balance.

- Easy to monitor menstrual flow: The Mooncup has measurement markings, enabling women to report menstrual blood loss to a doctor or gynaecologist.

- Free from any chemicals: The Mooncup does not contain any absorbency gels, additives or perfumes. Unlike some conventional cotton sanitary products, it is also free from pesticides and GM materials.

- Convenient: The Mooncup holds at least three times as much fluid as a tampon, giving longer lasting protection on heavier days. And, because it is non-absorbent, it won’t cause dryness when your period is light. Because there is no string, the Mooncup is completely discreet – and you only need one so there’s no need to carry bulky spares or worry about disposal of used products or packaging.

- Cheaper: One Mooncup lasts for years, and costs the same as the average woman will spend on disposable sanitary protection in three months.

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.

Which size?

The Mooncup is available in two sizes: ‘A’ and ‘B’.

Size A measures 46mm in diameter and 50mm in length.

Size B measures 43 mm in diameter and 50mm in length.

Both sizes have a pull stem 21mm long, which you can trim to the length that is right for you.


History of the Mooncup

Many people are surprised to learn that the first menstrual cup was developed as early as the 1930s, by American actress Leona Chalmers, around the same time as the first commercial tampon. Manufacturers liked the idea of guaranteed monthly re-purchasing of tampons, and launched massive advertising campaigns. The menstrual cup, although adopted by some liberally minded women, struggled to compete with these huge budgets and a culture that associated disposability with convenience.

Menstrual cups and washable sanitary towels really began to gain popularity during the 1980s as women began searching for eco-friendly (and cheaper) alternatives to disposable products. It was around this time that Su Hardy, while backpacking around Australia with her one-year old daughter, discovered a latex menstrual cup and began importing it on a small scale on her return to the UK.

From selling to friends, and friends-of-friends, Su soon realised that women in Britain were ready for an eco-friendly, money-saving sanitary product. After extensive research following reports of latex allergies, she discovered a hypoallergenic alternative to latex: medical grade silicone and, in the Spring of 2002, the Mooncup was launched.

From Su’s one–woman crusade, operating from her bedroom at home, Mooncup Ltd. grew quickly into a small, ethical business responding to ever-growing numbers of women demanding the Mooncup. In 2004, the UK pharmacy giant Boots asked to stock the Mooncup following requests from their customers. Today, the Mooncup is distributed in over fifty countries around the world and its Usage Guide is printed in twelve languages.

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