New study finds menstrual caps are satisfactory alternative and much better for environment

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A new study published in Canadian Family Physician comparing the menstrual cup to ordinary tampons and pads has found "Menstrual cups are a satisfactory alternative to tampons and have the potential to be a sustainable solution to menstrual management, with moderate cost savings and much-reduced environmental effects compared with tampons."

This is an unusual study in a couple of respects. The research notably identifies 'independent' (as opposed to industry funded) studies, which is unusual in medical literature. It also examines the environmental impacts of cups versus tampons and pads, when most medical research ignores environmental impacts. It found, for example, that in Canada, women dispose of over 771 million pads and tampons annually, so use of the menstrual cap could greatly reduce that waste.

Find the study here.