I actually really, really, really like the Instead cups. For me, the mess during removal was worth the hassle because of how much my cramps were reduced, it doesn't "slide down" like a tampon can, and I can wear it for 12 hours regardless of whether I feel like I'm bleeding to death (lol) or it's the end of your cycle. It's a bit intimidating at first, and I think you need to be comfortable with your own body and know it well. Overall, I think it's worth it and worth a try.
For TTC, (since this is what section it's in) I've heard of women inserting one after sex to "trap" the sperm against the cervix to help aid in fertilization. I personally don't think it would make a difference because it's not a tiny little cup, it's a big disk and I doubt it put the sperm any closer than not using it would.
at 7:43 PM on Mar. 6, 2009