34 GIFs That Perfectly Describe What It’s Like Using A Mooncup For The First Time

“Wait, so how do I get it up there?!”

1. Just like clockwork*, your period has arrived.


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2. And you’ve decided to try out a Mooncup for the first time.

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3. Because it’s meant to be so empowering.

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4. And so feminist chic.

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5. You prepare yourself as best as you can.

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6. But the process can be be slightly alarming.

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7. And not at all comfortable.

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8. So you trim the “stem” like the instructions say, but that doesn’t seem to help.

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9. And realise that even when you get the stem length figured out, you didn’t put it in properly.

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10. Like, at all.

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11. And when you do finally do get it in properly, you’re convinced this will happen if you sneeze.

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12. You also find yourself wanting to tell everyone about it.

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13. And to give everyone an update on how you’re doing, and that you have a cup shoved up your vagina.

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14. But strangely, nobody wants to know the details.

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15. You obsessively watch the clock to see when it’s time to change it.

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16. Because you don’t want to find out what will happen if you leave it in too long.

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17. But you’re also afraid of what will happen when you take it out for the first time.

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19. You go in to take it out.

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20. And, just as you feared, you think it might be stuck.

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21. You definitely think it’s stuck.


And you realise this is the worst thing that could ever happen. Ever.

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22. But then it moves! You get it out!

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23. And now you know that when you take it out, it’s not like you’re unblocking a dam.

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24. You get a good look at the contents of your cup.

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25. And then it’s time to tip it out.

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26. Which is terrifying, because blood.

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27. And then you need to find a way to clean your cup without making a huge, obvious mess.

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28. And then you have to put it back in.

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29. And by the time you’ve got it back inside, and you’ve washed your hands for the zillionth time, you feel like you’ve been in the bathroom for like, three hours.

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30. And you start to wonder if using a Mooncup is really all it’s cracked up to be.

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31. And you fantasise about your cotton friends of yore.

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32. You consider switching back, but you know you must stick with it.

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33. Your tampon-loving friends just don’t understand why you would put yourself through this.

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34. But you’re now part of the Mooncupping club. And you and your vaginas are literally saving the world together.

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Cate Sevilla is the UK managing editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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