Originally Posted by divadoll
You can't insert an applicator type tampon as easily as you'd be able to insert an OB. An applicator type tampon is flimsy and bendy while OB is a hard packed bullet.
If you've seen a packaged OB, the blue coloured bottom is the string so you can remove it. When you remove the plastic around the OB bullet, you'll see the blue string.
I don't understand why women are so disgusted by their own bodies. I have used Instead which is a disposable cup but I had problems with leakage during a super heavy flow but I do use it when the flow is no longer super heavy, especially when I don't want to carry around packages of tampons everywhere I went. I just insert in the morning and change it when I got to bed.
I just keep thinking about all the moms here... if you can change a poopie diaper, you can handle a menstrual cup without a problem.
Honestly, once you're used to OB, applicator-type tampons aren't hard to insert WITHOUT the applicator. I think the hardest part with OB for those who aren't squeamish about it, is that since it IS such a hard-packed bullet, it can be difficult to position correctly AT FIRST.
And poopie diaper....ugh.... I'd rather deal with a tampon or cup ANY day.
OH, and a word of caution--if silicone/latex are issues, MAKE SURE you're not purchasing a cup that has either of those in it. I remember the original "Keeper" many years ago was made of rubber, but it was HARD and ouchie, whereas Instead are relatively comfortable (barring the worsened cramps), although they LOOK terrifying, size-wise.
Here's the thing--because it's been so long (for most of us) since we first started dealing with our periods, ANY change from what we are comfortable with is GOING to have a learning curve, no matter how small. But it's worth it to explore other options from your comfort zone, because that change could actually make all the difference in the world in how you feel about TOM, ya know?