Hate Using Tampons? Here's Why Some Women Are Giving Them Up

27/01/2015 16:16 | Updated 20 May 2015

Dread that time of the month? We hear you, sister.

It's not just the mood-swings, cramps and ravenous cravings either. Tampons and sanitary towels are the worst - which is why women are switching to menstrual cups.

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For those not familiar with these, they are non-toxic, non-absorbent, flexible, medical grade silicone cups that are inserted to the vagina to collect menstrual fluid.

The cups can be emptied at any time, washed out and re-inserted so there's no waste - making them an eco-friendly alternative to tampons/pads.

You can buy them from Holland & Barrett, Boots or Amazon from around £10 and they can be left in place for up to 12 hours with no risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome.

Imagine the time and money you'd save? And p.s - some menstrual cup brands claim one cup could last 10 years.

Cups that collect your period sounds a bit wrong, not to mention uncomfortable - but there are women who are total converts.

The Huffington Post reports several women have given up tampons for good, and not just because they fancy a bit of a change.

"I suffered for years with the side effects of using tampons/pads because I didn't know there was another option," Maryann Flasch told the website.

"Not only do [menstrual cups] reduce garbage and mess, but they are a lifesaver for women that find tampons and pads to be highly irritating."

Beth Croft also shared her thoughts on menstrual cups but admitted they were difficult to get on board with initially.

"It took a little getting used to, but it is without a doubt one of the best inventions, and I have since encouraged many family and friends to make the switch," she said.

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