I’ve been using the mooncup while running, cycling and doing yoga for a few months now. It feels absolutely normal and I notice it even less than a tampon.
I am also writing this blog purely for SEO purposes. I don’t think there is enough information out there for women who have questions about menstruation, sport and exercise. My anecdotal blog here will not change that, but I hope it comes up in a few searches and adds to the normal discourse of menstruation.
I use the mooncup because I hate the word Diva and avoid pink branding at all costs, but both products are essentially the same. You will inevitably come across the best amazon review of all time when googling around, and take it for what it’s worth. There are some truths in her story (I think everyone has at least one blood flinging experience) and remember it’s fine to laugh at the experience, as awkward as it can be sometimes.
My friend gave me the best advice about the mooncup. It will take around 3-4 cycles to get used to it, and once you do you will not even think twice about inserting it or taking it out. This is so true. The first time was a 100% learning experience like a baby trying to walk. Nothing felt right and I wasn’t sure I’d continue using it. The second time was a bit easier, and now it’s honest to god easier than using any other tampon or pad product.
Running while using the mooncup is the best thing ever. It doesn’t move around as much as a tampon does and there is no string. As someone who had string chafe during her first ultra marathon, I am very happy to never experience this again. Having to only empty it every 12ish hours too makes long distance running much easier to do and plan. I haven’t had to yet, nor do I see a reason too, but if you have to remove it mid run just rinsing it with some water and reinserting it will be easy and safe to do.
Yoga is the same. All the moving and twisting and going upside down, the cup doesn’t move and there is absolutely no leakage of blood or air. It’s even better than a tampon, I can’t explain how “nothing” it feels like. It’s weird to recommend a product because you will forget it’s there, but that’s the truth.
Cycling is also 100% comfortable, again more so than any tampon or pad. I cycle to work each day and it just doesn’t even cross my mind. The moon cup is just not there.
So, if you are looking for a reason to try it out, this is it. Try it! It’s £21.99 at Boots or you can use your Boots points and thus sneak around paying the luxury tax of women’s sanitation items.