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18 Reasons You Should Switch To The Menstrual Cup

Ditch the tampons and make your life cheaper and easier.

1. One menstrual cup will last you forever.* / Interscope

According to Diva Cup's website, you should replace your cup annually.

*Many other eco sites actually claim that with proper care, one cup could last 10 years.

2. Save money.

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Besides the green benefit, buying even just one cup (about $30 USD) a year will cost you much less than a box of tampons or pads each month.

3. Visit the pharmacy less.

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Or at least visit only because it's time to update your nail polish collection. Even if you replace your cup annually, that's 11 times fewer a year than if you used disposable products.

4. Get an extra five hours in between changes. / Via

Tampons offer just eight hours before TSS becomes a possibility. With menstrual cups, you can go up to 12 hours in between emptyings.

5. Hold more liquid. / Via

A normal tampon holds between six and nine grams of liquid. Menstrual cups hold almost five times that amount, capable of up to one ounce (about 28 grams). This makes life a lot more easy for ladies with a heavier flow.

6. Dodge chemicals going *up there*. / Via

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.

7. Suffer less leaks. / Via

With proper insertion, your menstrual cup should form a suction. Meaning, all liquid should pool directly into it without a hitch. When a tampon shifts or becomes saturated, that's when leaks can happen.

8. Decrease your chances of TSS. / Via

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.

9. Don't dry out. / Via

Cotton in tampons can strip your vaginal walls of naturally occurring lining, making your lady bits more susceptible to disease.

10. ... no, really. / Via

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 (!!!).

11. Ward off rashes.

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Yep, adults can actually contract diaper rash. Pads can create chafing in the absolute last place you'd want it.

12. Lighten your purse. / Via

No more self-combusting tampons or runaway pads to tote around or accidentally fall out with your wallet! You have your cup and that's all you need.

13. Juggle less. / Via

Cups can handle any stage of your period—unlike tampons, with which you should be careful to match an absorbency to your specific flow that day.

14. Sleep better.

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Even if you're having a *super* night, the cup holds more liquid so you won't have to fumble in the dark to change your tampon.

15. Rock on after childbirth. / Via

Both the Diva Cup and the Moon Cup come in two sizes—one before childbirth, one after. The one after is slightly larger and accommodates your body's changes.

16. Go untethered. / Touchstone Pictures

Tampon strings have the pesky, gross habit of getting soaked in pee or worse—popping out to make appearances at the pool or beach... or bathtub.

17. Get to know your body. / Via

Since the cup clears up all mystery about your exact flow volume, you have the chance to learn about your unique cycle. It's your body, after all, shouldn't you know these things?

18. They aren't that scary. / Via

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.