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The official mooncup company advice is that they should be emptied every 4-8 hours. However, it really depends on the individual and the stage in your period you're at. Personally, I empty mine twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed, but people with heavier periods will need to empty theirs more often. A mooncup can contain up to 30ml of liquid, which is quite a lot.
With regards to the lack of basins at work. It is sufficient to empty the contents of the cup into the loo, wipe it out with loo paper and then replace it. You can then give it a more thorough wash on returning home. This may not suit everyone, it really is a very personal issue...
Same as Ruthchan - usually get away with twice a day, and have never yet had to change it at work. Takes a bit of getting used to, but I have been using mine for a year and would never go back to tampons.
Yes you can change it less than a tampon - esp as you don't wee on the string!
I change mine a couple of times a day and my periods can be heavy. We have the same toilets at work and i just sit further back on the toilet, empty it in the toilet between my legs wipe with loo roll and put it back in. I rinse it off when I'm at home but then I'm lucky my sink is just about arms reach from the toilet!
I was a bit anxious about using one but I took the plunge and am very glad I did!
SO my advice would be to buy one and have a go when you aren't having a period and see how you get on.
No, I've never dropped. It isn't actually very slippy rubber, so I've never been too worried about that. You probably won't need the baby wipes. When you remove it, it comes out vertical, so the contents remain inside and it's not hard to avoid spilling them. You can then pour them into the loo without much difficulty and without any mess. I've been using one for 11 years and can't imagine ever using a tampon again. It does take a little time and practice to get used to it, but it's well worth it. One tip is to insert it while you're in the shower. You have to be careful not to get any water in it, but your body is wet, so it slips in more easily. Another thing is to try it the first few times when the house is empty. You don't need the stress of worrying that someone is going to walk in you.
Thanks! I bought got one today. I wasn't sure of the size to buy as I'm right on the age line at age 30. I do alot of yoga, pilates etc and so am fairly toned. I was advised to bet the smaller size B, thank goodness as size A looked huge.
I don't quite have my period yet but it's beginning to start so I thought it's best to try now. It wasn't hard to get in at all (I'm not sure if you're supposed to but I but I put a tiny bit of KY jelly on it). But I feel a little sore now. Is that normal?
Can I leave it in as I seem to be getting my period or should I take it out and wait until I get it gets heavier?
If the B size leaks you know you should try the A. If it doesn't leak, you're ok.
You can use non petroleum lubrication. Personally, I have always used water if necessary. Just making it or yourself slightly wet is usually enough. It's also a practice thing.
If you're feeling a bit sore, that could be due to the struggle to get it in for the first time. Otherwise it could indicate that it's in the wrong position. Is it too low? Did you cut the 'tail'? Most people need to for comfort. The tail is not actually a handle and isn't really necessary to remove the cup, so many people cut it very short or off completely for comfort reasons.
Have not had to buy any sanitary towels or tampons as I also made some pantyliners and a few sanitary towels for really heavy days/nights. I have very heavy periods on days2/3 and empty every 4 hours-very few problems.