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Pokey
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I'm a fifteen-year-old girl and I'm tired of pads. They're uncomfortable and messy.
I'm scared to death of tampons because I'm always scared I'll forget it's in there and get TSS. And I've heard they're really not the most healthy thing for your vagina. so I'm steering clear of them..

I know there are these cup things, but how exactly do those work? What are they?
Is there anything else I can use?

and I didn't know if I should put this in the body forum, the sexual health forum, or this one. so feel free to move it. >.>

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orca
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There are plenty of alternatives, just take a look at On the Rag: A Guide to Menstruation. If you scroll down the page to Flow with It, Baby: Pads, Tampons and Even Better Solutions there's a nice description of the different alternatives to pads and tampons. That article also tells you how to insert a menstrual cup (I've not tried them myself so I can't say from experience how they work, but in this thread users discussed their experiences with two of the most common menstrual cups). You may also want to take a look at Eight Myths About Washable Menstrual Pads Dispelled.

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Heather
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FYI, there's a piece on menstrual cups in depth here: http://www.scarleteen.com/article/advice/what_are_menstrual_cups

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Pokey
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Thanks so much! =)
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Pokey
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I investigated the divacup website and researched and stuff. I even asked my mom (whoohoo, courage!) and she said I could probably get one soon. She couldn't get over the fact I'd have to insert it, and i've never used tampons, so wish me luck. I'll update the thread when I get one.
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