Periods

Menstrual cups 'as reliable as tampons'

A health worker holding a menstrual cup
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A menstrual cup collects blood rather than absorbing it

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.

Read the full report here.

Saying "goodbye" to pads and period poverty, and "hello" to the menstrual cup

Why I'm talking about everything we're told not to

Nimko Ali on 'oversharing' about periods, orgasms, FGM and menopause
Nimko Ali describes herself as an oversharer. As someone who's campaigned against Female Genital Mutilation - something she has been through herself - by talking publicly about it and lifting the veil. 

But while FGM was the subject that encouraged her to speak up, she's made it her mission to explore ALL the taboos around women's health and biology, including periods, orgasms, childbirth and the menopause.

Her new book - "What We're Told Not to Talk About (But We're Going to Anyway)" - includes stories from 42 women in 14 different countries - including Ethiopia and Syria.

As this is about exploring taboos - some people may find some of these subjects uncomfortable.

(Photo: Nimko Ali. Credit: Getty Images)

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