Menstrual Cups are an awesome alternative to pads and tampons. Some people might think they are gross, but really, they are no more gross than any other product. They are a little cup that is inserted into the vagina and collects menstrual blood rather than soaking it up. Cups can be left in longer than tampons, and no TSS problems have been reported. When a cup needs to be changed, it can be pulled out by a little hose at the end ( or by gripping the sides of the disposable one), the blood dumped, rinsed and placed right back in! It's so handy, and while the price can be a little high ($20-$40, depending on where you buy them), they pay for themselves quickly. A box of pads or tampons is so expensive now that cups are such a great idea. They can be reused for years. Made of either rubber, silicone, or thermoplastic elastomer (plastic&rubber combo), they slip in pretty easily with a little bit of water. Be careful using any kind of lubricant--some kinds of lubricants can damage the material of the cup. But they are completely safe and not as difficult as they may seem. There are different kinds though. If you are interested, it doesn't hurt to read reviews on places like Amazon.com, to see what other women say. But keep in mind that all women are different--it may work right away for some while it may take someone else a little bit to get used to it.
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Another great resource is a livejournal I found while researching, Menstrual Cup LiveJournal. Girls go on there and discuss cups and ask questions to each other. Check it out and decide for yourself!!!