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For people with periods, the monthly ritual of realizing you may or may not have enough tampons to get through your cycle is a familiar one — there’s nothing worse than opening up your medicine cabinet on day one of your period and realizing you’ve got one or two tampons to your name. (Who needs to worry about an errand run on top of cramps? Not you.) It’s in these moments where you just might start considering reusable period products like the menstrual cup — and we’re here to tell you to go for it.
A recent darling in the world of convenient period products, menstrual cups are a great one to have in your arsenal. For one thing, they’re sustainable (letting you ditch the plastic, the trash, and the packaging of your tampons and pads) and cost effective (crunch the numbers — you buy one cup vs several boxes of tampons each year, it adds up!). They also are comfortable, help reduce period stigma (get used to handling the menses, it’s okay!) and allow you the freedom of doing things you love without stress (swimming, sex, check!)
If you’re googling “menstrual cups” and are overwhelmed with all the options, shapes, sizes and branding, don’t sweat it. We’ve rounded up a few of the best menstrual cups that will have you bidding farewell to your tampons (at least some of the time) and converting. You have so many options but these cups will never runneth over.
A version of this story was published June 2020.
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