The average tampon holds around 5 ml of fluid, while a jumbo tampon holds about 10 ml. Let’s compare this to a menstrual cup. The average menstrual cup like the Diva Cup, Lena Cup, or MoonCup hold around 30 ml. There are even some high capacity cups such as the Anigan EvaCup, Super Jennie and the Meluna Cup with capacities of 37-42 ml. 3-4 times more capacity means 3-4 times less hassle when you have a heavy flow! Instead of having to find a bathroom to change your tampon every couple of hours, you may have five or six. It really does make a difference.
Beyond the convenience of a menstrual cup vs. a tampon, there is another huge advantage for someone with a heavy period-you’ll save money! The average menstrual cup costs around $35, while a box of tampons is $5. If you use an entire box of tampons each month (or maybe even more if your flow is particularly heavy), you’ll have recouped your costs in around 6-7 months. And the good news is that most menstrual cups last for at least two years, and possibly a lot more with proper care and cleaning.