Instead Softcups 12 Hour Feminine Protection,14 Count, $8.49 from Amazon
Everyone has been singing the praises of the DivaCup on Xanga for as long as I can remember. I’d like to try it but to spend $35-75 on a cup and have to deal with the cleaning demands of it is a bit too much for me right now. And with my heavy flow, I feel like I’d need at least three to keep up.
When I was going to the store to buy my old faithful multi-pack of tampons last week, I stumbled upon Instead Softcup.
It has all of the functions of a DivaCup, but is disposable! Like its famous counterpart, it’s hypoallergenic, latex-free and can be worn up to 12 hours. And at just $5-6 per box, it ranks cheaper than both the pads & tampons! Plus you’ll save money for your period week comfort food!
I admit the intimidated of using it for the first time. So I read the instructions carefully and planned to try it when I would be home all day to make sure everything went according to plan. Once it was in, I almost forgot it was there. When inserted properly, you don’t feel it and there’s hardly a slim chance of it slipping out. I made sure to do every exercise and jig possible to test it. I felt quite happy with the results.
As mentioned, I have a heavy flow so I had to change mine at least once a day but even with that, I didn’t experience the same major leakage like I would with a tampon. I would suggest wearing a pad with this on extremely heavy days — just in case. But as your period tapers off, you should be OK to go pad-free once fully adjusted to the cup. Instead offers six-, 14- and 24-count boxes.
1. Easy to use: there’s a video on insertion and removal to help you start out
2. Cheaper alternative to tampons: especially if you’re sick of guessing what absorbency you need in tampons
3. Inconspicuous packaging: so if it fell out your purse or pocket, no one knows what it is
4. Little to no need to guess on sizing: since it molds to your body.
5. No odors in the trash: you let the fluid drain in the toilet (tip: I usually rinse mine out when I’m home before I throw it away to make sure there’s no mess or smells in the trash)
6. Widely available online and in stores
1. Takes a minute to situate: you should be relaxed and have a few minutes to wash your hands before and after insertion and removal
2. Insertion is, well, personal: if you aren’t comfortable feeling your lady parts (don’t laugh, some girls aren’t), maybe you shouldn’t try this just yet
Have you girls tried Instead Softcups before? What other products do you use during your periods?