December 22nd, 2011

Go Green with Softcup

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Brace yourselves.  I’ve decided to ring in the new year by going out on a limb. The topic I’m about to discuss is a bit outside of my comfort zone and could be outside of yours: a menstrual cup. I know that I just lost some of you, but please stick with me. This is for women and men (because you know women who might want to hear about this) and you can handle it.

What is Softcup? Bye bye tampons and pads.

Never heard of a menstrual cup? Softcup is a flexible cup, worn internally around your cervix (do you know where your cervix is?), that collects rather than absorbs menstrual flow. It replaces the need for tampons and pads if used properly.

There are two Softcup options:

  1. Disposable which can be worn for up to 12 hours and is then discarded, and
  2. Reusable which can be worn for up to 12 hours and reused throughout one menstrual cycle.

My Softcup experience (without being too graphic)

When I was asked by Softcup to try out their product I have to admit I was a little apprehensive. I have birthed children and been using tampons for many years, but I wasn’t sure I knew where my cervix was! I was also pretty happy with my box of organic tampons. Recently a few friends made the switch to a menstrual cup and swore they would never go back-so I was curious and open to giving it a try.

I decided to go with the reusable Softcup (rather than disposable) because it was the greener option. The first attempt at putting it in was pretty awkward-to the point where I had tears of laughter streaming down my face. A deep breath was required and it actually helped. My biggest fear was that once the Softcup was in it wasn’t coming out. Thankfully that’s impossible. Whew! There’s definitely a learning curve and I’m proving that practice makes perfect when it comes to Softcup. I have to say once it’s in properly (took me a few attempts) you can’t feel it at all.

Softcup is a green and eco-friendly alternative to tampons and pads

I spend a lot of my time sharing small, simple ways to make a big difference. Switching from disposables to reusable products-napkins, bags and lunch boxes-are simple ways to make a change that has a big impact on our pocketbook and the planet. According to Zero Waste Lifestyle:

A woman who uses tampons is estimated to go through nearly 10,000 in her lifetime. The thousands of applicators disposed of every day contribute to over-clogged landfills and blockage problems at some municipal sewage treatment plants……….Disposable pads have environmental implications….. Often they have plastic backing and are laced with perfumes and odor neutralizers, and may even have a rayon content.

Not only are the tampons and pads wasteful, but they generally come wrapped in plastic or paper which also gets tossed. That’s a lot of waste.

After using Softcup for one cycle I’m hooked. Going forward into 2012 I’m a Softcup convert.

There, you made it through my not-so-gory discussion. Are you hooked or at least open to giving it a shot (or passing the info on to any women in your life)? Thanks to the nice people at Softcup, my Softcup adventures will continue and there will be more info to come.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have been hired by Evofem, the parent company for Softcup, in their Softcup Brand Ambassador Program.  This is a “sponsored post.”  Evofem sent me a sample of Softcup and compensated me via a cash payment for this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers and only share my honest opinion. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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32 Responses to “Go Green with Softcup”

  1. I knew you’d jump on board the reusable menstrual product thing eventually! :-) The Instead Cups (I won a box of the disposable ones a while ago) work OK for me. I actually do rinse and reuse a disposable one for a whole cycle, though I generally only need it for one or two days; thin cloth pads work fine for the rest. For some reason, Instead cups cause mild cramping for me and don’t always seal perfectly. I’m now curious about one of the silicon cups, the Lunette, which is softer and more reusable.

  2. I first tried the Diva cup a few months ago and have been using it ever since. There has been a time or two where it caused some irritation, but aside from that I’m a fan. I like that you can leave it in longer than tampons with no leaking.

  3. Did you really know Jennifer? I guess it was inevitable! I am still in the trial phase, but I haven’t had any discomfort. I’m going to ask the company to weigh in on the cramping and seal. My guess is it wasn’t in correctly?

  4. Awesome! I use a Keeper cup http://www.keeper.com/ It’s made from all-natural gum rubber! I use cloth pads too, since the cup can be a little leaky.

  5. The cramping (mild, though I can always feel pressure when the cup is in) happened whether the seal was perfect or not, so I think I had it in correctly at least most of the time. I might just be shaped weirdly. :-) I’m interested in the silicon cups since they’re softer than the rim of the Instead.

  6. Thanks for sharing Lynn. I haven’t heard of a Keeper cup. I’ll check out the site. I knew there were a lot of friends out there already using menstrual cups!

  7. I sent an email to Softcup to see if they have any thoughts on why there would be cramping. I’m sure you are perfectly normal!! Keep me posted on the silicon cups. I’m interested in hearing what you find.

  8. Yep! It’s definitely time to make the switch:) I’ve been considering it for a while and after reading this and the comments I’m doing it! Thank you for your honesty!

  9. Just wondering what “safe” materials these things are made out of? looks like some sort of plastic/vinyl and am just wondering how these chemically made things could really be safe?

  10. You are welcome Andrea! You’ll have to keep me posted….there is a learning curve (I’m still in it!).

  11. Hi Jennifer-I asked the company the same question. This is directly from their site: “Reusable Softcup is made of the same medical grade elastomer and polyethylene material as disposable Softcup. It has been cleared by the FDA and is the same material as is used in catheters and baby bottle nipples. It contains no latex, silicone, phthalates, Bisphenol-a (BPA) nor dioxins. It contains no residual fibers, bleach, pesticides, carcinogens nor polycarbonates (PCBs). “

  12. I made the switch about a month ago and they are the best thing ever. There is definitely a learning curve, but with years of the nuvaring, it hasn’t been so bad.

  13. I have been using the softcup for a few months now and I LOVE it!

    The first month took some getting used to. After that it was easy! I have had issues with tampons ever since I had my children…they just don’t fit right anymore! Not with the softcup…it stays where it is supposed to!

  14. Jennifer.. “safe”? safe.. lets see, shoving something highly absorbent into a place that is supposed to stay wet, not to mention chemicals and pesticides on the cotton… tampons are NOT safe! Women are being lied to! Nonoxynol 9.. banned in other countries.. causes cervical cancer. Ladies, lets remove our blinders. I use Softcup. I have fibroids. Nothing else has allowed me to wear anything other than black for a week out of every month, due to the massive bleeding I go through. I do find that dealing with them in a public setting is the most difficult thing. I can usually plan it out though so I don’t have to until I go home. Why? well, because.. at home my sink is right next to my toilet. I have developed my own method of getting it out. As mentioned, I bleed tons so..I have to be careful to keep it angeled so blood does not shoot out when the suction breaks. I have a hard time peeing with it in. I usually wait till I have to pee to take it out so I can..yes, that right. Pee on it to clean it off. Pee is sterile. I’d like to know how anyone gets this thing covered in blood out easy or cleanly and into the trash without blood getting everywhere? I could not figure out any way to do this except, to pee on it. Then, I move it over to my sink, where I wash it so I can put it in the trash not covered in blood which will smell if it sits there. This also allows me to clean my hands so I can put in the new one without worrying about whats on my hands. This is my 2 cents, after using this product for over a year. It has been very helpful, but it has it’s own peculiarities to get used to/figure out how to deal with. Good luck ladies.

  15. I have been using the diva cup for close to 10yrs now and I have never looked back. I did by a smaller cup for my oldest dd but they did not work for her(too big). I have since bought the soft cup for her and after one cycle she was so excited to get to use them that she was really happy with the result. I am planning on buying more to give to her girls group so they too can try them. It’s amazing how well they work! And they are the perfect size especially for younger girls who aren’t sexually active.

  16. Hi Megan-thanks so much for your comment. I think it helps to hear from people who have some experience with a menstrual cup. I also have found that it takes a few attempts before it becomes easy.

  17. Hi Windsor-I agree that there’s a big learning curve. You have to be patient and then it’s worthwhile. Thanks so much for your comment.

  18. Hi Vicky-It’s so nice to hear from a veteran Softcup user. I’ve had a lot of questions about whether teens can use them. Thanks for all the info.

  19. Hi Laura-glad the Softcup is working out for you.

  20. Congrats on coming over to the waste-free side of menstrual products! I switched to the Diva Cup four years ago and have never looked back. :)

  21. I only ever hear about the Divacup so I was wondering what the main differences are between it and the Softcup?

  22. I’m checking with the company Jen for the differences. I’ll let you know. Great question!

  23. I too have not heard of Soft Cup! But I live in Canada, maybe it is not sold here. But I have been using Diva Cup now for about a year, and will never go back. I find it easier to manage than the pads and tampons, now that I am an expert at putting it in and taking it out – although it took a while to perfect!

  24. Hi Jen-Kate from Softcup here!

    In regards to the main differences between Diva cup and Softcup, I would say the two big ones are how its shaped and where it sits within the body. Diva cup is shaped like a funnel and sits in your vaginal canal like a tampon. When you are ready to remove it, you simply pull on the end of the funnel (similar to a tampon) and remove it. Softcup is shaped like the Nuva ring or a diaphragm. It sits higher in the natural space between your cervix and your vaginal canal. When it is in place you cannot feel it at all. (I actually forgot mine was in the other night!) When you need to remove it. You bear down and the ring will naturally slide out and you can grab it with your finger and remove it. It is a little more invasive, but since you can forget you even have it in I personally think it is worth it.

    Also since we have disposable options you can toss it once you remove it if you are in a public place. With Softcups reusable version you can throw the cup away after your cycle has ended. Because the reusable cup is priced at about $5/box of 2 you don’t have to be concerned with properly boiling the menstrual cup between periods and storing it properly.

    Many people who use Diva cup like to supplement Softcup while traveling or if they are out and about in public.

    If you need additional information, you can go to our website and take a look at our videos and FAQs http://www.softcup.com.

  25. Hi Sherry!
    Kate again from Softcup. I just saw your comment. We do sell Softcup in Canada! You can go to our “store locator” on softcup.com and find a store near you that carries it.

  26. Thanks for being brave enough to talk about this publicly! It’s great to see women promoting options that are earth-friendly AND just better overall, in my experience!

    Jennifer: I also had some discomfort with Instead. The ring seems very wide to me. I am someone who was unable to use the smallest size diaphragm due to discomfort, so I guess it’s a matter of individual anatomy. Diva Cup and Keeper are a different shape, narrower but taller, and they both have been comfortable for me.

    Laura: You’re right that there are harmful chemicals in non-organic tampons (and that the drying effect is unhealthy) but I’m not sure why you mentioned nonoxynol-9; it is a spermicide, not used in menstrual products.

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