On my page about where to buy cups
, I suggest that people who think reusable menstrual products are gross should collect all their disposables in one bag, instead of throwing them in the trash wherever they happen to be, and at the end of their period look at how much garbage they've created--THAT's gross!
I think a lot of people, at least subconsciously, believe menstrual flow is dirty and therefore must be contained and disposed of very carefully to avoid some unknown-but-horrible infection.
Personally, I've found the cup to be less gross than tampons because the flow is completely unexposed to air, so it stays nice and red and healthy-smelling, and the cup itself doesn't change appearance much when used. A used tampon looks kind of like a dead mouse.
And I have much less clotting with the cup than with tampons or pads, so there's less "chunky blood" to deal with.
Melissa, try wiping the cup a bit even if you are going to wash it in the sink, and wedging some TP into your labia while you do that to prevent drips.