Diva Cup is a small insertable container that fits like a tampon but does not absorb uterus sloughings (lovely image). It collects it like a ..erm.. cup. It lasts 8 hours so you can sleep with it in. Simply pour it out and clean it.
Diva Cup is made of entirely PLANT materials, no plastic or anything from an animal, not animal tested, not disposable (you buy them once a year), and it works! They are also comfortable and easy to insert. You do not feel it.
In using Diva Cup, you are protecting your health. There is no risk of toxic shock syndrome (TSS) as there is with tampons. You are helping the environment and animals. You are producing hardly any waste. You are saving money $$$.
Diva Cups cost around $30. I think you cannot order them online but you can locate a store. Most of the organic/health stores I've been to carry them. http://www.divacup.com/
You can also get DivaWash to clean it. Do not use any type of antibacterial soap as this could disturb the balance of good bacteria in your parts. You can boil it every few months as it may get a bit discolored but this is only for aesthetics. Again, they suggest you replace after a year.
Anyone else have Diva Cup success stories? Are there any similar products out there? Seriously, if anybody out there is weirded out or grossed out by the idea, I promise it's not gross and compared to the other options it is so much neater and safer. The thought of a septic tank full of tampons or a bathroom garbage can full of pads makes me gag.
P.S. Thanks, my college's feminist group for turning me on to Diva Cup!