27/01/2015 11:16 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

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

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.

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.

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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."

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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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