6. Dodge chemicals going *up there*.
Cups don’t contain latex, BPA, dye or other creepy additives. Not to mention, almost all tampons contain bleached rayon—a material that creates the possibly carcinogenic byproduct dioxin. Plus, that is BLEACH you’re shoving up there. Menstrual pads aren’t any less innocent, only slightly less invasive.
8. Decrease your chances of TSS.
TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome) is a bacteria-spurred illness that can kill you. If your tampon has even a slightly higher absorbency than your actual flow, you risk shredding. Tiny bits of cotton can cause small cuts in your vaginal walls—a perfect breeding ground for the bacteria causing TSS.
10. … no, really.
Tampons absorb extra juices tiny ducts in your vaginal walls release when you’re sexually aroused. So when you remove it before Bonesville, it could make for, er, a rougher trip.
In addition, some brands like the Softcup claim that you can wear it during intercourse mess-free (!!!).
18. They aren’t that scary.
Cups are just as comfortable as tampons, once you get the hang of them. (Remember middle school? See, Tampax weren’t always your BFF.)
You can maintain cups in a public restroom, but you probably won’t have to because you can keep it in for so long. Just wash your hands and wet a paper towel to bring into the stall with you. Then you can safely empty your cup into the toilet, wipe it out with the towel and pop it back in for another dozen hours.
Does the idea of collecting your flow in a cup gross you out? Then likely collecting it in a cotton vagina plug or slab of adult diaper does, too. In that case, good luck.
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