The Diva Cup, that is.
I've been using cloth pads for years now and it's been really great. The pads have held up well and I never had accidents or other issues with the majority of them. All in all, I was very happy being "on the rag." But I'd always wanted to give the Diva Cup a try because it just seemed like another great, natural and perhaps simpler way of catching menstrual flow. And so far, it has been.
This is the second cycle for which I have used the cup. There is a bit of a learning curve and I am still getting the hang of inserting it properly. But I am getting better and better. If I insert it properly, I can be sure that it will not leak at all (even though I still wear a liner). This is just *wonderful*. One of the biggest issues with cloth pads are that they are bulky and they can be seen if I'm wearing leggings like I do to the gym. Also, they absorb and hold on to not only menstrual blood but also sweat. So for the past few months that I've been a member of the gym, I've been wearing regular disposable thin pads for working out. I am just thrilled that the Diva Cup is a viable alternative in this particular instance! The Diva Cup is also the perfect solution for the night. It doesn't matter how much I toss and turn, I get no leakage.
There are different styles of folding the cup for insertion. I use the "punch down fold." It seems to work best for me. The trick is making sure that the cup is fully open when it is inserted.
Basically, two or three times a day, I remove the cup, empty it, rinse it and re-insert it. In the morning, I will wash it with Dr. Bronner's castile soap (which rinses clean--you definitely don't want soap residue in your vagina). It's definitely not as messy or gross as I had once imagined. The main reason I didn't go with a cup when I was looking to make the switch from disposable pads was because of the "ick" factor. But since I've been using cloth pads all this time, there is simply no "ick" factor when it comes to menstrual blood anymore. Once my menstrual period is over, I boil it for a couple of minutes, let it air dry and store it in the little pouch in which it came.
Because I mainly had cloth pads and very few cloth liners, I decided to purchase some. I went on Ebay and found this seller and I am *so* pleased with these liners. I can't recommend them highly enough. They are quite thin--thinner than even disposable liners. They are also very well made and, might I add, cute.
So, I would say, I'm completely converted. I like the comfort (you don't feel it at all) and I absolutely love less laundry. I feel bad abandoning my cloth pads but who knows, I may come back to them at some point in the future.