First of all, periods are a pain. Second, periods are expensive. Lastly, What is a menstrual cup and how does it benefit me? Menstrual cups are flexible, silicone, bell-shaped cups that sit just below the cervix and seal the vaginal wall during your menstrual cycle. Rather than absorbing your fluid like tampons and pads, the menstrual cup collects it. Now that you know what it can do, what are the pros and cons of using it? 


1. It is less expensive

The price of menstrual cups vary from $15-$40 based on where you purchase it. They can be found on online stores like Amazon or your local Walmart. The average box of tampons cost $7. That is $7 for an average box of 36 tampons. According to the Huffington Post, the average woman uses 20 tampons per cycle. 

2. Life Span and Time 

The average menstrual cups can last up to a year or even longer. Also, menstrual cups can be worn every 4-12 hours (depending on your flow) as opposed to tampons that can be worn every 3-6 hours. 

3. You don't have to carry it around all the time

Menstrual cups are eco-friendly. You don't throw them away each time you use them. Unlike tampons and pads, you can re use these and rinse them as you go. No more asking the awkward question, "Do you have a tampon?" 


1. Yuck

If not you aren't the most hygienic person out there, this is going to be rather disgusting. Using a cup requires that you take the steps to keep the cup clean. This means rinsing it thoroughly, cleaning it after each cycle, and having proper storage for it post-cycle. 

2. Difficulty inserting 

There may be a problem inserting the cup once you first make your purchase. The anatomy of each person is different. You have to find what you feel fits right for you. You wouldn't want to have any problems removing it.

3. Messy

Some women feel as though the cup can be messier than tampons or pads. Most women tend to get past the whole idea of possible touching blood ,but some find it quite embarrassing. 

Just know that whatever you decide to use is your choice. It is your body ,but be sure to research what goes in, on and around your body. 

Check out more articles about menstrual cups, tampons, and pads to have a full understanding of the different choices you have!