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Do You Need a “Smart” Menstrual Cup? Wait, What’s a Menstrual Cup?

Do You Need a “Smart” Menstrual Cup? Wait, What’s a Menstrual Cup?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Oct. 15 2015 6:52 PM

Munitions and Menstruation

The Gist’s new favorite way to measure an average woman’s lifetime tampon use—three empire state buildings.

Are menstrual cups the next big thing for period technology? Do we need an app to track that?

Photo by Michelle Tribe/Flickr

Listen to Episode 357 of Slate’s The Gist:


Immediately upon learning that there’s such a thing as a menstrual cup, Mike Pesca had to ask Slate’s L.V. Anderson to explain. Learn why the DivaCup and Keeper Cup are growing in popularity, and why a new Kickstarter campaign for the Looncup might not make it out of the prototyping stage. Plus, the return of Munitions News. Dr. Rebecca Grant of Iris Research joins us for a round-up of rounds. For The Spiel, what it really means to flip one’s baseball bat.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.