I have been using washable pads now for 3 months and love them but this month for some bizarre reason I seem to be having a rediculously heavy period and my regular pads don't seem to be coping too well!
So before I bought my pads I had a look at the mooncup and decided against it after reading all sorts of horror stories.
Now though I was wondering a few things:
1. Does the mooncup cope with heavy periods and are they prone to leakage or would I be better just buying thicker pads?
2. I am taking up swimming with a friend to keep fit and was wondering if the mooncup would be any good for that or again would the blood flow out easily if moving about a lot?
What sort of horror stories did you here? I am delighted with mine, it never leaks even on really heavy days and is so much better than all the alternatives. I haven't tried it swimming as don't go very often but am sure it would be fine, especially if you empty it just before going in.
I've been swimming with it and had no problems. Just empty it first if you're worried. My periods are usually very heavy - as in an extra super-thick fist-sized tampon was leaking after about 3 hours - and the mooncup is so much better. It seems to need emptying less frequently than tampons needed changing. I did use a pantyliner as well for the first few months just because I was worried about leakage but it never happened so I soon stopped bothering. Maybe try the mooncup with a pad as well until you are reassured it's OK?
I've never used washable san pro so can't help there.
Well had 2 very heavy days and had to double up my regular absorbancy pads but they worked fine in the end, they do have a waterproof layer but I think I would have leaked through a beach towel if I'd have chucked that in my knickers to be fair
Thankfully this is unusual for me but I am glad to hear the mooncup is good for general use and swimming, I would probably be using it in the day and pads at night so it sounds good.
I had heard about people having a lot of trouble removing the mooncup because of the suction seal and I have seen a few comments on here about near A & E trips which just put me right off before.
I have a moon cup but it leaks when I am very heavy as the blood comes out of the little holes at the top. It's only okay on my light days. I use my own reusable towels made from cloth nappy inserts, folded in 3. No leaks and really comfy as they are cotton can use 2 on heavy days but really does feel like a nappy then!