Tampons can back up the toilet. If I can't flush em, there's no point. Throwing it in the trash is gross. I found some flushable pads called Flushaways, but I already had a Divacup and decided to give it another go.
Cups come in 2 sizes, basically one for people who haven't birthed babies and one for those who have.
If you don't notice you're on your period with tampons, you REALLY don't notice it with a cup. It's ****in' awesome.
They seem expensive but mine came with a money back guarantee, so I thought why not.
There's a stem on them... but I'm not sure why. I cut it off.
Toxic shock... I'm reading a book called "The Curse." The tampon that caused the TSS outbreak in the late 70's/early 80's was called Rely, by Proctor & Gamble. It was popular because it had a high absorbtion and it caused the outbreak for the same reason. Tampon makers won't admit that the chemicals they use in tampons cause TSS and change their product. Instead they just tell people to switch them out more often (hey, this also has the benefit of tampons being used up faster). There's a congresswoman who has tried for years to pass a bill that would force companies to make tampons safer, but the bill gets pushed back and forgotten about. It's a woman's issue, so who cares...