Menstrual cups are “as reliable as tampons”, a new scientific review has shown.
The research, published in The Lancet Public Health, looked at 43 studies involving more than 3,000 women and girls in rich and poor countries.
It found that menstrual cups are just as leak-proof as tampons and because they are reusable, are more cost-effective and environmentally friendly.
Researchers believe that making menstrual cups available globally could help tackle period poverty and health problems such as infections, even where water and toilet facilities are poor.
An organisation in Malawi has already started giving out menstrual cups to girls which has improved their school attendance.