I only started using the cup after years of excruciatingly painful and heavy periods. Someone suggested that tampons do not help, and whilst sceptical I gave the cup a try as I had nothing to lose by trying it.
I was a convert after the first time! I don’t know why or how, but the pain and nausea I used to suffer with completely went. Still heavy, but can change the cup every 4-5 hours or so instead of 2.
It is a little fiddly to get to grips with (you have to get very up close and personal with your lady bits!), so I’d suggest practicing before you come on as it took a few tries to work out which ‘fold’ works. I’d also use a liner as well as the cup in case of any accidents.
Whilst successfully used for the first couple of periods, I had the technique perfected by about the third one and there’s absolutely no way I’ll ever return to tampons. Besides the personal benefits, the environmental and ecological positives are also definitely a factor in my choice of product. I can’t express in words what a total life changer this has been, gutted I didn’t discover years ago!