In every respect, menstrual cups are actually way safer than tampons. They collect blood instead of absorbing it, and therefore are far less likely to cause conditions like Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). They also don't expose the user to harmful bleaches and chemicals, found in most conventional tampons. Additionally, cups don't absorb the natural moisture of the vaginal environment, thereby helping to maintain healthy pH levels, which result in healthier intimate flora (sayonara yeast infections and BV!).
With that said, it's true that you want to be selective when choosing your cup, as not all cups are created equal. Cheap ones can be made from unregulated materials, so make sure to get one that's registered with and regulated by the FDA. A good cup can last you up to 10 years, so invest in a manufacturer that prioritizes safety and transparency, like LENA Cup.
Voted the best starter cup for first-time users for their functional, bell-shaped design and around-the-clock customer care and support, LENA cups are made from high-grade medical silicone that is free of BPA and latex. LENA, and its packaging, are manufactured and assembled within a 50-mile radius in California using only locally sourced and tested medical-grade materials. Every detail—down to its lovely packaging printed with vegetable-based inks and designed to open like a jewelry box—is both functional and sustainable.
Own your period like the modern, active, and conscious woman that you are; give menstrual cups a try, and we bet you’ll say goodbye to pads and tampons forever.