If you’re looking for a less-expensive, non-toxic way to support you during that time of the month, menstrual cups are worth a look. Pads and tampons increase your environmental footprint, and buying them again and again adds up. And that’s not to mention the fact that, if they’re not organic, they may contain irritating chemicals or artificial fragrances. That’s where the menstrual cup comes in. They’re a small, flexible cup that’s inserted into your vagina to collect your monthly flow, and a reusable and portable way to manage your cycle—without breaking the bank.
Benefits of Using a Menstrual Cup
There are lots of reasons to love using a menstrual cup. Here are just a few of the benefits.
- Less waste: Menstrual cups are designed to be reusable. That means they won’t clog landfills like pads and tampons.
- Money savings: Instead of paying for tampons and pads, just buy one or two menstrual cups that you can clean and reuse month after month.
- Convenience: Tampons typically need to be changed every four to six hours, but you can go up to 12 hours before emptying your menstrual cup.
Top Menstrual Cup Brands
If you’re diving into the world of menstrual cups, these brands (and their top products) are a good place to start.
Lunette began when the founder was on the hunt for a period-care alternative and couldn’t find what she was looking for. The brand crafts eco-friendly menstrual cups for women of all ages, shapes, sizes, and childbearing stages.
This model (in a lovely purple hue), is designed for women with a light to moderate flow. The cup is made of a soft, pliable silicone that’s comfortable enough to wear up to 12 hours.
This New Zealand company is helping to make a difference by avoiding the use of chemicals, synthetics, and toxins in personal care products. Instead, the brand uses natural, organic materials to make menstrual cups in a range of sizes.
A natural alternative to pads and tampons, this reusable cup is made with medical-grade TPE (thermoplastic elastomers), a recyclable material. The small size is perfect for women under 18 years old who don’t have sex regularly.
The popular Diva Cup was created by a mother-daughter duo to help promote a more positive period experience for women everywhere.
This bell-shaped menstrual cup is recommended for women over who have had a baby.
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