I get bad menstrual cramps, and when I am cramping badly, my body tries to push out tampons like it's a big clot. And passing big clots often make me feel shakey and nauseated.I don't wear tampons much anymore, because after I'm not cramping anymore, the flow is so much lighter that things are too dry when it's time to take the tampon out.And while we're talking tampons, there's something I've often wondered. Do other women go to the bathroom with no problem while wearing tampons? I can't go #2 with one in, and can't really go #1 more than once with it in. And I've got a small bladder... I rarely keep them in as long as I could, and then I run into the dryness problem...Another menstrual product you can try is the Instead cup... it is a disposal cup that fits inside kind of like a diaphragm does, from my understanding. I remember seeing ads in environmental magazines several years ago for a reusable cup...the ads said that was what the women in Biosphere II used.I bought a small package of the disposable Instead cups a few years ago, but couldn't get the hang of inserting them. But they seemed like a good non-pad solution for some women who have trouble wearing tampons. And another interesting feature was that it was possible to have intercourse while wearing one...there would be no blood flow and nothing plugging the vagina...just the cervix.