Tampons vs. Menstrual Cups: Which One is Better? (Video)

October 7, 2016 by Justin Lehmiller

Women have been using tampons to capture menstrual flow for thousands of years. In the past, tampons consisted of everything from wool to paper to plants. The modern tampon–which is made from cotton or a blend of rayon and cotton–was first patented and sold in the United States back in the 1930s, and it continues to be what most women today use.

But is there a better option than tampons? As our friends over at ASAP Science explain in the video below, the menstrual cup offers a number of distinct advantages over traditional tampons. Instead of absorbing menstrual flow, the menstrual cup captures it. These cups have many unique benefits, including the fact that they are reusable for several years, they create less environmental waste than tampons, and they can be worn for longer periods of time without causing problems. To learn more about the differences between tampons and menstrual cups, check out the video below.

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller
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Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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