It's a Diva Cup, a silicon cup made to fit inside the vagina and to collect menstrual blood. It is used instead of pads, tampons, toilet paper or rags. It can be worn for up to 12 hours, then it just needs to be washed out and re-inserted. Imagine all the trash you could keep from putting into the landfill! And the toilets you would no longer cause to get stopped up. And the money you could save.
Here is what they write on their website as questions to consider (which you won't need to worry about anymore if you get a Diva Cup):
Have you ever…(?)
- co-opted toilet paper from a public washroom as a temporary measure
- planned a vacation around your period
- avoided white pants for that one 'special' week of the month
- done a supplies hand-off with a girlfriend while the dates weren't looking
- cautiously tucked the telltale string into your bikini
- accidentally pulled a mystery object from your purse in front of a curious male audience
- scuttled to the washroom to survey the leak damage after a sudden 'surge'
- clogged your toilet with "flushable" feminine products
- left a party with a jacket tied around your waist...?
The cups cost around $40 from what I can tell. It's easy to spend significantly more than that on tampons and pads each year. I don't know how long a cup lasts - I couldn't find that information on the website, but it (the website) has tons of other great information.
Here's the link in case you're interested in checking it out: http://www.divacup.com/
Thanks to this young woman for giving me the information. I plan to get one before my next period, even though I probably won't have my period for much longer. It's a sound ecological decision.