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Best alternative to tampons: the menstrual cup or period panties?

Although tampons seem to be the most popular option when it comes to menstrual hygiene products, some prefer eco-friendly alternatives like the menstrual cup or period-proof panties. Fans of the menstrual cup say it is more cost-effective than tampons, and even argue the cup is healthier. Period panties, on the other hand, absorb menstrual blood, and some say this magical underwear is the most comfortable option. Which would you rather use: the cup or panties?

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A menstrual cup is similar to a tampon in that it is inserted into the vagina, but it collects blood rather than absorbing it. These cups are flexible and typically made of silicone or rubber, and fans say they are easier and safer to use. 

Tampons must be switched out every few hours, whereas menstrual cups only need to be emptied every 12 hours. And unlike tampons, menstrual cups are reusable, making them better for the environment and your wallet. Cleveland Clinic writes:

Since you can reuse them, there’s less waste to clog up our landfills and fewer trees sacrificed to make the paper-based alternatives. 

Above all else, experts agree menstrual cups are a safer alternative to tampons. BellyBelly.com explains that the cup does not "interfere with the vaginal environment" the way tampons—which are known to create pH imbalances—do. 

Because a menstrual cup has a smooth surface, it allows the mucus membranes of your vaginal wall to continue their essential cleansing and protective functions. The menstrual cup doesn’t absorb your body’s natural defence mechanisms.
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Period underwear, on the other hand, is a new-age product that has amazed fans. The underwear was first brought to the market by THINX, which advertises the product as a replacement for tampons, pads and menstrual cups. 

According to THINX, period panties use a four-part approach to keeping women dry and secure, including moisture-wicking, odor-controlling, leak-resistant and super-absorbent materials. Although you might imagine a diaper-like result, fans say period panties are extremely comfortable and easy—and yes, they look like regular underwear. 

As Lunette puts it, period panties work "like magic." 

Many people love this new alternative because they’re reusable, comfy, and they have multiple designs (hip hugger, high waist, boy short, sport, cheeky, and thong). If you’re one of those people who simply cannot shove a menstrual cup or tampon up your vagina, then period panties are a great alternative to disposable pads!

Menstrual hygiene can't get easier than putting on a pair of underwear and washing it at the end of the day.

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