Hey, I'm new here, and to a bunch of other vagina/menstruation-related communities. *waves* This is cool stuff.
I'd heard about alternative menstrual products, but never really thought to give them a try. It wasn't a question of being skeptical or grossed out, just lack of information. A recent post here about teenage magazines reminded me of something I posted in menstrual_lib
about interlabial padettes: I remember reading about these in some teenybopper mag or another several years back, but never heard anything more about them. I suspect the magazines would rather have their funding from Tampax ads and such, which is why they've always been so vague in their tiny and rare blurbs on alternatives. The only thing I ever heard about Instead-type cups was "it's a soft little cup you use to catch your flow." So there's thirteen year old me, imagining shoving one of those mini paper ketchup cups in my cha cha, and probably like 99% of other readers immediately dismissing it. It can be discouraging that women can't be comfortable enough with their bodies for these products to really take off. Eh. I wrote to a pro-menstruation site recently asking for information on their workshops/presentations to see about scheduling one for my college. Anyone done this?
Another thing, and more to the point of this community: In a week or so I should be having my first tampon/disposable-pad-free period, and I'm using Insteads. As soon as I gets me some cash, I plan to go to one of the reusable cups. Is there really a difference between the Keeper and the Divacup besides materials? I don't think I've had much interaction with latex, but from the few times I've had to wear gloves, there was no irritation. Then again, my vagina might react differently than the skin on my hands. Apart from the latex issue, has anyone here tried both and found that one or the other is better? Also, how many of you find that it can be more secure to wear a reusable pad at times with the cups (during your first usage, heavy days, long car trips, etc)? Best site to buy from? Anything else I should know?