These Period Cup Reviews Will Make You Want To Ditch Your Tampons

by Steph Osmanski
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Hi there, it’s Steph — your sustainable period fairy. I love any product that’s environmentally friendly, but I especially love calling attention to products that combine health and sustainability. Period cups (aka menstrual cups) do just that — not only are they safe and nontoxic (made with silicone!), but they’re also better for the environment.

How could a period cup be better for the environment? Tampons and pads are single-use, which means you use them once before tossing them out. In fact, the average menstruator will make anywhere from 250 to 300 pounds of trash in her lifetime — pads, tampons, packaging, and tampon applicators. That’s a lot of trash destined to rot in landfills and, sadly, never break down.

Pads and tampons might be seen as more “traditional” modes of period management, but they aren’t necessarily healthier. The ingredients that go into tampons and pads aren’t really regulated, and since the FDA categorizes them as “medical devices,” companies aren’t required to list their ingredients — even though these products go around, on, or inside of our bodies. WTF.


Enter: Menstrual cups. One menstrual cup can be reused for up to 10 years — eliminating a decade’s worth of single-use pads and tampons. Cups are also made of silicone, which is a sustainable material. Many of the cups listed below are made with BPA-free, medical-grade silicone, so you know that they’ve reached the highest possible standards a material can.

Better for you, better for the environment… it sounds like a win-win! Not to mention, most menstrual cups can hold period blood for up to 12 hours, aren’t associated with Toxic Shock Syndrome (like tampons), and make for an odor-free, leak-free experience.

Keep reading on to check out 10 of our favorite menstrual cups on the market right now!

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