Magdalen will subsidise members’ sanitary protection

A motion was passed to subsidise the purchase of a reusable menstrual cup during last week’s Magdalen JCR meeting.

The devices, called Mooncups, are plastic menstrual cups are an alternative to tampons or pads. Though the initial cost is more than for traditional sanitary protection methods, the Mooncup can last for years, and so may represent a saving over time.

The motion was proposed by Millie Ross and seconded by Madeleine Ellis-Petersen. The motion stated: “A majority of women in the JCR use tampons or pads. Tampons and pads are bad for the environment and impractical [..] Mooncups are better for both women and the environment due to their reusable nature.”

“They are also far more financially advantageous in the long run.”

The motion suggested a subsidy of up to £500 in total, which would cover 75% of the cost of each Mooncup for every student.

Madeleine Ellis-Petersen, who seconded the motion, said: “I’m really thrilled the mooncup motion was passed.”

“Mooncups are super awesome, for both women and the environment, and it’s great that the JCR was so supportive of directing funds towards something so worthwhile.”

Adam Dayan, a first year at Magdalen, said: “Though being environmentally friendly is wonderful, many JCR members are far from over the moon about this motion.”

“They’re unsure as to why JCR money has to be spent on personal purchases.”

“Perhaps this is a sign that the JCR has a little too much money.”

Mooncups present several advantages in comparison to convential means of sanitary protection. The fluid capacity of a Mooncup is around three times the absorbency of a typical super tampon, and so can be left in up to 12 hours.  Some gynaecologists have recommended menstrual cups, as they may reduce the risk of bacterial vaginosis in some women. However, Mooncups must be sterilised in boiling water after use, and can cause occasional physical problems, including disruption of the hymen, as well as discomfort during insertion.