What the hell is a menstrual cup? Let’s back track. It’s that time of the month. Aunt Flow. Your monthly visitor. Being on the rag. No matter how you say it or what clever nickname you use, having your period is a total inconvenience. It’s painful, it’s gross, it’s annoying, it’s stressful, and it’s one of the many times we women curse our hormones and wish we had the luxury of being a man. And as if getting your period (and dealing with the pre-menstrual cycle symptoms) wasn’t enough of a hassle, there is also stress related to how you manage your menstrual flow. Pads can get messy and uncomfortable to wear, and tampons come with some risks, including toxic shock syndrome (TSS), which, according to, is “a rare complication caused by toxins produced by some bacterial infections…and most commonly linked to use of superabsorbent tampons.”