Trying a new a period product is the kind of thing you’ve got to psyche yourself up for. It’s the type of event where you find yourself alone in the bathroom, wondering whether or not you’re seriously going to go through with it. Last week when I picked up a box of Instead Softcups–-little latex cups that you can use to keep your period flow from well, flowing everywhere, I found myself weak-kneed and shy in the comfort of my own bathroom despite my unabashed feminist outlook on the world.
While I was more than ready to kiss bulky pads and expensive tampons goodbye, I still held some reservations about using something so different from anything I had ever put up there before. Unlike hair dye or nail polish, this wasn’t exactly something I could rope a girlfriend into trying along with me and compare notes shortly after!
In the end it was my inner earth mama that whittled away my inhibitions and had me raising a cup to a greener lifestyle. Not only are Softcups and their silicone sisters the Mooncup, DivaCup and the Keeper less wasteful since they’re reusable, but they are also cheaper in the long run, which is a good as gold when you’re a broke gal with bills to pay and kittens to feed.
Putting it in for the first time was pretty awkward. I kept trying to just insert it like a tampon, but it’s not that simple to get it situated comfortably. After a few times, I got the hang of it though, and could really barely feel that it was in there at all. These little cups do fill up quickly though, and although the label said they last for 12 hours, I’d maybe take them out for emptying closer to every four hours. I mean, when those things get full, they can spill when you try to take them out. Hello, disaster! Also, washing them out can be a little weird, especially if you don’t have a private sink to use–I can see how it might be embarrassing or weird in a college dorm bathroom or at a public work bathroom!
That said? I really like my new Softcups and will be sticking with them. They’re so comfortable, good for the earth, and I’ll never have to deal with that horrible crinkle crinkle sound from a tampon wrapper again! Hooray!
Have you tried Softcups? What did you think about them? Tell us in the comments!