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To not really understand why some people find mooncups so disgusting...

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katykuns Thu 29-Nov-12 18:47:24

Particularly after reading the 'fitting in' thread in AIBU... I just don't really understand, it's just blood, and you still have to deal with it when you use other sanitary products.

If anything, I think it's less yucky, because it collects it and you aren't wiping it off yourself? If it's about things going up there, that doesn't really make sense if you use tampons...

Pooka Thu 29-Nov-12 18:49:41

I've just ordered one - should arrive tomorrow. Sods law though that period started this morning.

I've had enough of tampons and am hoping that the potential diminished craping might apply to me too. Fingers crossed.

crazycanuck Thu 29-Nov-12 18:51:30

pooka diminished craping?! hmm grin

amothersplaceisinthewrong Thu 29-Nov-12 18:51:36

Sorry, the thought of the disgusting noises they make when changing them in public loos, ,washing them out, NO THANKS. the only way to deal with periods is tampons. Period!

FeckOffCup Thu 29-Nov-12 18:55:26

It's the thought of having to get the blood on your hands when emptying/cleaning it that puts me off, I've seen a few posters say they can only use toilet cubicles with a self contained sink in them when they are using one as they tend to get blood on themselves. I use sanitary towels and can roll one up and bag and bin it without touching the blood.

Glitterknickaz Thu 29-Nov-12 18:55:28

Yep they're great because it's all so much cleaner.
And it's only blood going back into the water course, not a lump of cotton wool.

Glitterknickaz Thu 29-Nov-12 18:56:12

With practise though you don't tend to get bloody fingers. Only really the first use of the period iygwim where the blood has exited already.

valiumredhead Thu 29-Nov-12 18:57:57

And you can leave them in for so much longer than tampons I don't need to change in public loos only at home.

mum2threesons Thu 29-Nov-12 18:59:24

I didn't know they existed until I saw them mentioned on here!
Can you feel them inside you? Sorry if that's abit of a dumb question
blush

MustStopOutingSelf Thu 29-Nov-12 18:59:43

They're no more disgusting than a sanitary towel. But having said that it gave me the most massive cramps and I'm gutted I wasted £20 on it.

EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Thu 29-Nov-12 19:05:53

I would never use one.
Don't like the thought.

valiumredhead Thu 29-Nov-12 19:06:07

No you can't feel them at all if they are positioned correctly.

katykuns Thu 29-Nov-12 19:08:47

Can't feel it inside unless you have got it in wrong in my experience.

I haven't had any need to change it in public, only at work which has a sink in the toilet. People do just wipe them out with loo roll, or if you are resourceful, a baby wipe etc from your handbag.

I found tampons really uncomfortable and could only get them in if they had the applicator. Oh and Pooka, I have had less cramping, although I have no idea hbow that works!

InNeedOfBrandy Thu 29-Nov-12 19:08:50

I do think they are minging. Using something for the length of your period and not sterilising it/using a new one is minging and I'm surprised they don't go round giving people toxic shock syndrome. Also getting blood all over the toilet and your clothes is not nice esp for the person using it after you. I can't help but get even more grossed out at toilet door handles now I know about mooncups and I use tissue to open the doors anyway.

Apparently porn stars use natural sponge, it socks it all up where you could even have sex thats being filmed and it not be noticed. And you can clean it/sterilise it and not just use the same piece over and over again.

TeaBrick Thu 29-Nov-12 19:09:20

What surprise me when I started using the mooncup is that the blood doesn't smell at all, it only smells when absorbed by a towel or tampon.

FermezLaBouche Thu 29-Nov-12 19:09:48

Because I don't want to be fishing around in my bleeding fanny in a public toilet, shitting myself in mortification because the woman in the next cubicle is only INCHES away and can hear every squelch.

Tampons for me everytime. (Or would be if my periods would ever return after coming off the injection!)

BeatTheClock Thu 29-Nov-12 19:11:34

I think/thought they're great. I only wish I'd found out about them sooner. I only got to use mine for about 18mths then peri menopause thingy kicked in and they stopped totally. All those years struggling with alternatives when I couldv'e been using one and I only find a solution to all that at the end hmm

I don't expect there's much of a market for a second hand hardly used mooncup is there?<joke, joke btw before someone thinks I'm serious!>

Will def suggest them to dd's though. Not sure dd (14) would manage it just yet though.

OrangeLily Thu 29-Nov-12 19:11:41

Hahaha you make it sound like some kind of blood bath.

They are brilliant. Cramps so much better, less!!! mess, clean, feel much more in control of my period.

Bottle of water does the trick!

Jenny70 Thu 29-Nov-12 19:11:53

I have one and I love it.

But I can easily understand how people don't like
- to see and wash away sanitary blood - it is much more confronting than a pad or tampon.
- to reach inside their vagina to insert/remove the cup - friends with "issues" prefer pads because they don't like touching the inside of their vagina (don't ask how that came up in conversation!).
- some people just prefer to do what they are currently doing, and don't see the need to experiment or change...

For me, these are not an issue, but for others I can see how they are an issue.

valiumredhead Thu 29-Nov-12 19:14:49

brandy toxic shock is NOT associated with moon cups - they are made of silicone. It's the fibres from tampons that are dangerous.

Tampons are not sterile, willies are not sterile - why would you need to sterilise a moon cup before the end of your period?

Blood over clothes and toilet? ime they are less messy than tampons and certainly don't get blood on my fingers.

People use sponges in the same way a moon cup is used - rinse and re insert.

FermezLaBouche Thu 29-Nov-12 19:15:12

Orange - My periods have always been blood baths. To the point of soaking through pants and jeans in an alarmingly short space of time. This is partly why I went on the jab.
Jenny - I have no qualms about feeling into my own vagina but bloody hands in public toilets is just not fair on other toilets users. No matter how much wiping with loo roll goes on.

BertieBotts Thu 29-Nov-12 19:18:28

Well mine's never made an audible sound! And anyway they last much longer than tampons/pads so most people have no need to change them in public if you're worried about that.

The sound of ripping off the back of a sanitary towel is much louder than any "squelch" (which, really, you're deluding yourself if you think anyone else will even notice or be able to hear) and nobody gets embarrassed about that once they're older than 15 or so? Why should it be different?

HairyGrotter Thu 29-Nov-12 19:21:34

I love mine! Wouldn't be without it! Took a few go's got get right, but now I can happily pop it in and out. If I'm on a heavy day, I just take a bottle of water in with me when using public loos.

My own menstrual blood doesn't bother me one bit, why would it? I know what it is ffs.

Also, I don't tend to stare at other loos users hands so doubt I'd much notice if they had a bit of blood on them, and really I doubt I'd be much bothered!

KittyFane1 Thu 29-Nov-12 19:22:02

I don't understand how you take it out without blood going everywhere! How do you do that?
A tampon is pulled out and dropped straight in the loo.

HairyGrotter Thu 29-Nov-12 19:23:35

You give it a light squeeze, pop it out, and empty it. Really nothing to it, job done, blood gone! I haven't managed to look liked I've gutted a badger thus far.

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