If you’re the least bit curious about the little cups that are overtaking the feminine hygiene market, you don’t have to search far for information. Menstrual cup advocates can get pretty vocal about their favorite period management technique. And it’s no wonder. Given the many benefits of menstrual cups, lots of women prefer this durable, reusable, and discreet way to deal with their monthly visit.
That’s right: pads and tampons are no longer the only options. You may want to know that menstrual cups have been around since at least the 1930s (the Museum of Menstruation has information on this early model, the Leona Chalmers cup), but they were not widely used outside of the crunchy-granola set for many years. However, current models like the Diva Cup and Lunette have made the menstrual cups more modern and mainstream. They’re made from flexible silicone or rubber and many can be used for several years.
And the menstrual cup fandom is real. You can get handmade menstrual cup bags on Etsy, and there are near-endless posts about them on almost every social media site. But if you’re a bit wary of shelling out $20 to $40 for something you might not like, then here is a quick rundown of the cup’s biggest benefits.