Is It Time to Replace Tampons and Pads with a Menstrual Cup?

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OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry recently broke down what you need to know about using a menstrual cup instead of feminine items like pads and tampons. The good news? It's totally safe and in honor of Earth Awareness Month, its reusable status means there is less waste produced each month in feminine products. The Doctors' editors have rounded up some highly-rated menstrual cups, as well as products designed to keep them clean. 

Diva Cup

Diva Cup

BPA and chemical free, the Diva cup has three sizes: 0, 1 and 2. 
$28

Pixie Cup

Pixie Cup

Pixie cup gives one cup to a woman in need with every cup purchased. Available in firm and soft, and sizes small, large and x-large. 
$24 $20

Lena Cup

Lena Cup

Sizes small and large, this reusable cup can be worn for up to 12 consecutive hours. 
$25

Rael Cup

Rael Cup

Available in small, medium and large, and one reviewer shares, "I chose this one because it was organic and I wanted a white/clear one instead of one with dyes." 
$28

Saalt Cup

Saalt Cup

The Saalt Soft is made with an ultra-soft silicone formula designed to be both gentle and super comfortable for those with bladder sensitivity, cramping or discomfort with firmer cups.
$29

Dutchess Cup

Dutchess Cup

One of the more cost-effective options, the Dutchess cup which comes in sizes A or B offers a 2-pack for $13. One reviewer shares, "These things literally changed my life and I wish I wasn't so stubborn years ago to have converted to the cup sooner."
$13

Hello Cup

Hello Cup

The Hello Cup comes in three sizes Extra Small, Small/Medium and Large. One happy reviewer shares, "This cup is AMAZING! Seriously I cannot rave enough about this cup. It doesn't have those edges which push unevenly inside and is so soft. I also have found that unlike other period cups that this one is so easy to pull out."
$29

Intiminia Cup

Intiminia Cup

Described as the perfect starter cup for teens and beginners, its petite shape, leak-proof double rim, easy removal loop and collapsible design make transitioning to a menstrual cup easier. 
$20

Ovio Cup

Ovio Cup

The Ovio cup has partnered with the Marine Conservatory Society to help prevent menstrual items from ending up in our oceans. One reviewer shares, "This is my 1st menstrual cup and I was surprised at how comfortable it was and easy to insert."
$25

Cora Cup

Cora Cup

Designed by women to be comfortable and effortless, the Cora cup is washable and reusable, and made with ultra-soft, premium medical grade silicone that's free of BPA and other toxic chemicals. One reviewer shares, "This cup is so much easier and leak free than using pads and tampons, it’s just a better way!"
$30

Care Cup 

Care Cup 

Care period cups are made using soft silicone to provide you with reusable cups that are comfortable to wear, and reviewers have given the Care cup 4.6 stars out of 5 on Amazon. 
$13

Saalt Wash

Saalt Wash

This lightly foaming formula has no strong chemicals and washes off very easily taking dirt and bacteria with it, leaving you and your cup clean and residue free.
$13

Pixie Menstrual Cup Travel Wipes

Pixie Menstrual Cup Travel Wipes

Find yourself in a public restroom without an easy way to clean your cup? These wipes are portable, compostable and flushable, and created to clean any cup on the go. 
$12

Fypxd Menstrual Cup Sterilizer

Fypxd Menstrual Cup Sterilizer

Fits all types and sizes of menstrual cups, this disinfection tool can be used for personal care & beauty items. 
$17