In the period management department, it feels like there have only been two choices for a long time: pads that feel like you’re wearing a diaper or tampons roughly the size and diameter of a telephone pole. But now there’s a relative newcomer to the feminine hygiene game, and it’s shaking up the lives of menstruating people everywhere. There are so many reasons to use a menstrual cup that you may never buy a box of tampons again. (Isn’t that a beautiful thought?) Not only can they work longer than either pads or tampons, they’re an eco-conscious, safe alternative to these old-school methods.
The cups are drawing in new converts every day, and for many of them, there’s no going back to the pad. Depending on the type of cup you use, you can sleep all night, go to spin class, work a full shift, or even have sex while wearing a menstrual cup. And once you get the hang of how they work with your own body, it’s difficult to imagine a world without them. They might even be a healthier alternative to tampons. Here are a few more reasons why menstrual cups might be the best choice for all of your period needs.