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Over a year ago, I traded in tampons for menstrual cups and have never looked back. In fact, I can’t even imagine why I would EVER use a tampon again. Menstrual cups are the best option for me and my body, for many reasons. I am happy to share them with you. I love trying to convince my family and friends to try something different, and in my opinion, BETTER.
Menstrual cups work differently from tampons. Cups collect the flow instead of absorbing it. There are many menstrual cup options out there, and Softcup is one of the first brands I tried. Every woman’s body is unique, so some products may work better for you than others. It’s important to keep trying to find the perfect fit that works for best you.
The Disposable Softcup
The Disposable Softcup is a flexible, latex-free cup that can be worn up to 12 hours before discarding. As you can see in the photo above, the pink rim of the cup is bendable so that the Softcup can be inserted. Once inserted, it will expand to fit the shape of your body. The clear part of the Softcup feels more like a plastic baggie – this is the part of the cup that will collect menstrual flow.
My favorite things about using a Softcup are the comfort and convenience it gives me. You cannot feel a Softcup after it is correctly inserted. Softcups are so convenient because they do not have to be changed nearly as often as tampons, which saves a lot of time and hassle, especially when I am not at home.
Softcup vs. Tampons
Softcup has other advantages that tampons do not. The Softcup benefits include:
- Can Be Worn During Sex
- Does Not Cause Irritation or Dryness
- Can Be Worn Overnight
- No Menstrual Odor (flow is not exposed to air)
- Is NOT linked to Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)
- Can be worn up to 12 hours
The Disposable Softcup samples I received were the kind that can be worn once and then must be thrown away. I received 2 Softcups, which would be enough to cover one regular flow day for me. A heavy flow day would call for at least another Softcup.
Inserting the Softcup Takes Practice
Don’t be afraid to get to know your body. You have to be comfortable to properly place the Softcup in your body. If you can use a tampon, you should be able to use a Softcup. However, a Softcup goes in at a different angle than a tampon. Once you insert the Softcup into your vagina, you should push it down and back into place over your cervix.
I had to try several times to figure out where my Softcup needed to be so I would not get any leaks. I recommend wearing a pad for extra protection while you figure out how to use the Softcup.
Removing the Softcup Takes Practice, TooI
Even though it is not hard to remove the Softcup by hooking your finger underneath the rim and pulling, it does take practice to avoid a messy removal. Remember to go slowly and always remove the Softcup over the toilet. Softcup recommends removing it in the shower. No matter where you remove it, be careful. I am still trying to figure out the best way to remove a Softcup without making a mess.
Once the Softcup is removed, I have found it is easiest to first empty the cup into the toilet and put the used Softcup back into its purple wrapper to throw it away.
Softcup is an eco-friendly period protection option. If you use disposable Softcups, you will create a lot less waste than if you use tampons and maxi pads.
If you are ready to give up your tampons and maxi pads for freedom from your period, you can buy Softcup now.
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