Moon Sponges are the environmentally friendly and comfortable alternative to ‘disposable’ tampons! Moon Sponges are natural (unbleached) sea sponge that you can use instead of a tampon. Women have used sponges as tampons for thousands of years! (for more info on sponges and how the Egyptians were using them in 1550 see the Museum of Menstruation!)
Is it environmentally friendly to use sponge? Moon Sponges have been picked individually from the Mediterranean Ocean so that the ocean beds continue to restock themselves. The divers who collect the sponges are careful to ensure that the roots of the sponge remain intact so as the sponge can regenerate. They have been farming sponges for generations and if they over pick them they will lose their livelihood.
They are UNBLEACHED hence the natural brown colour instead of yellow.
Why are they unbleached? At Moon Times we want to avoid any chemical processes that might upset the natural PH of the vagina. When I asked my sponge supplier about unbleached sponges and this was their reply- “The only reason that sponges are usually bleached is because they look nicer. After many years of selling, we’ve noticed people are afraid of the unbleached/ untreated sponges and usually they do not want bathe or use them for their babies! The bleaching process is done with hydrogen peroxide, of course that means after the process the sponges become more sensitive and fragile. Natural brown sponges are more durable than bleached sponges and they do not disturb the healthy flora on the skin. Brown sponges last longer than bleached sponges.”
Traditional tampons are easy and convenient. Traditional tampons take about 6 months to biodegrade and love to block up our plumbing! Health wise, the bleaches used in tampons have links with cervical cancer and they are responsible for Toxic Shock Syndrome.
It’s not sterile. Neither is a traditional tampon, or your hands, or your vagina! By selling disposable tampons in a plastic wrapper it lets us believe its sterile- but its not!
How do you reuse it? Method 1; pull out your Moon Sponge & rinse it under the tap/ or take a water bottle in to the toilet with you to rise it. Method 2; put the full sponge into the specially provided bag to wash later & insert a clean one.
How long do they last? With care a Moon Sponge can last a year. Using 4 or 5 tampons a day over 4 days on average equals a pack of 20 costing around £2. A pair of Moon Sponges cost £8-9, so they could pay back their cost in 4 months, Eventually your Moon Sponge will lose some of it’s bounce & become less absorbent, that is when it is time replace it.
Do they come in different sizes? Yes, you can buy smaller sized Moon Sponges; these sponges are for light flow days, young women or pre- birth.
Or our larger Prolapse Sponges- For many women Moon Sponges are a natural alternative to the pessary, easy to insert and clean, comfortable, and inexpensive, also some of our customers have reported finding these useful in the months after childbirth when conventional tampons and menstrual cups may not feel as comfortable.
Our standard Moon Sponges are big enough for you to trim them back if you need to. You can put them in sideways or lengthways depending on the shape of your insides, they should not be uncomfortable when they are in.
I have really heavy periods! You can use 2 Moon Sponges at once-one higher and one lower. How long can I keep a Moon Sponge in for? Wear for no longer than 6 hours – we don’t recommend use overnight- for night time use cloth pads- It is recommend you change your Moon Sponge every 3-4hrs.
I was wondering if I can go swimming while using a Moon Sponge? What about menstrual blood in the sea or a lake? You may use your sponge while swimming. The sponge will prevent any bacteria in the water from entering your vagina. We don’t see any problem with your menstrual blood in the sea or a lake when you consider the millions of other organisms already in there! However, we would suggest that you use one of our disinfecting methods for your sponge after swimming in the sea or a lake. Have fun!
Are there any health risks with a Moon Sponge? According to www.tamponalert.org.uk the charity that exposes the dangers of Toxic Shock Syndrome and they said “We have no evidence of sponges causing TSS. All known cases of menstrual TSS have been in association with tampons containing man-made fibre, and in recent years this means RAYON.”
Rinsing and Storage: Never use harsh soap on your Moon Sponge. It leaves a film that upsets the natural PH balance of your vagina. You may boil your sponge for about 2 minutes if you wish, however, we do not recommend it because it shrinks and toughens your Moon Sponge, and also shortens its useful lifetime. We have no scientific evidence, but it is a fact that micro waving changes the molecular structure of matter, so we would not recommend it.
When you are on your Moon Time, you just need to rinse your sponge in water and re-insert it (sometimes you may find yourself ‘caught short’ in a public toilet with no where to rinse- so just give it a squeeze, wipe your hands on some toilet roll and re-insert! Ideally have a bottle of water in your bag or a ‘ready to use’ wet sponge in a wash bag)
Between cycles, there are several ways to disinfect Moon Sponges. You may soak them in any of these mixtures:
1.A solution of 1 or 2 drops of tea tree oil and 1 cup warm water (tea tree oil has been shown to inhibit 60 strains of bacteria, including s. aureus)
2. A solution of 1 tbsp. cider vinegar in 1 cup of water
3. A solution of 1 tbsp. baking soda in 1 cup of warm water.
4. A solution of 1 tsp. Colloidal Silver to 1 cup warm water. There is not a pathogenic organism known that is not killed by Colloidal Silver in six minutes or less. Its use is also of benefit to women who suffer from recurrent Candida (yeast) infections.
5. Air drying between cycles (preferably in natural sunlight) really is sufficient. Remember to always keep an extra Moon Sponge on hand during your cycle incase rinsing isn’t convenient!
Can I use my sponge during sex? Yes! and even use it as a form of contraception- see our Blog article.
Rachael’s video on Menstrual Sponges –
To buy Moon Sponges see www.moontimes.co.uk
and Jam Sponges see www.jamsponge.co.uk
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