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I was recently provided with a box of Instead SoftCup to review. I was a bit apprehensive about this in the first place because I had no idea what they even looked like or how to use them. I had heard of them before, but really hadn’t taken the time to look at the box and study them. I usually don’t spend a lot of time in the feminine hygiene isle. I just grab what I like and go.
First things first, I’d like to characterize my flow as just weird. The first two days are gushers and then it tapers off to a light trace which can last for up to 7 days. Sometimes 4 days, but not always. I know. TMI but for you understand where I’m coming from in this review, you should know a little bit about me. (perhaps I just shared too much and for that I’m sorry!)
Basically, the Instead SoftCup is a cup that you insert into your vagina and it cups your cervix. Here are the instructions from the site.
I was concerned about the invasiveness and to me, it’s no more invasive than the tampon is. Perhaps it’s a bit less invasive. That’s just my opinion.
The box does suggest to wear a panty liner with it until you become better at inserting the Instead SoftCup. I must say I’d agree. I did experience a bit of leakage but then again, my first two days I usually wear a Super Sport tampon AND a pad and then I change the tampon every 2 to 3 hours. Yes. It’s THAT heavy.
I did try out the Instead SoftCup during one of my heavy days and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. On one of those gusher days, I can easily go through 5 or more tampons and several pads. That day, I went through 2 Instead SoftCups and 1 pad. Not so bad.
Now, in terms of fitness, how do I feel about the Instead SoftCup? I’ve worn it for several runs, heavy and light flow days AND I’ve gone swimming. Instead SoftCup has passed with flying colors - meaning, no cramping, weird feelings, or leakage. Is this goodbye to my supply of pads and tampons?
Are you interested? I've seen Instead Softcup at my local RiteAid, and if it's available at a pharmacy in my town, I'm sure it's available just about anywhere. To find a store that sells Softcup, just go here to search or buy it online here. You can even check out Softcup on facebook or twitter for any specials.
Disclaimer: I was sent the Instead SoftCup for the purpose of a review. All opinions posted here are 100% my own and were not swayed by said compensation.