One blogger puts Softcup—a period protection alternative that is neither pad nor tampon—to the test.
I've never been a pad girl. I wore them for my first two periods maybe and then graduated to tampons. But after reading more about the incidence of the bacterial infection toxic shock syndrome in tampon users—and then meeting a woman who contracted it and nearly died—I've been looking for a safer alternative. Preferably one that doesn't stick to my underwear and make crinkly sounds if I walk fast.
Enter Softcup, a soft, flexible cup that fits around your cervix. Well, my cervix. I got to test it out to see if I'd found my tampon replacement. And I think I may have. For starters, Softcup has the same benefits of tampons. It's worn internally, and you can't feel it when it's inserted correctly. It's great for active people who swim, exercise, or really aggressively window shop after getting brunch with their friends.
And even though Softcup doesn't have an applicator or string, it's easy to insert and remove. Mind you, the process is a little more hands-on, but that means Softcup isn't going to just slide out or start leaking, like tampons occasionally do.
There are also some added benefits to "just cupping it" (alas, not an official slogan). Instead of absorbing menstrual blood, SoftCup collects it. This means you can change your Softcup every 12 hours, instead of every 4-8, which is perfect for those of us who get sidetracked during the day.
None of your menstrual blood is exposed to air with Softcup, so there's never any odor. And it comes in one size, so you don't have to worry about a medium size not getting the job done or a super being too much.
One benefit I didn't test out: Softcup can be worn during sex, because it goes over the cervix. So you have free reign to do whatever it is that you normally do without having to worry about clean-up.
The biggest advantage of the Softcup for me, though, is the health factor. In more than 10 years of business—and over 120 million Softcups sold—there's never been a reported case of toxic shock syndrome. Now that's something I feel safe wearing. With the health risks off my mind, my next decision is which Softcup to try next month: the disposable ones I tested or a reusable one I can wash and wear again.
Softcup® is a flexible little cup that is worn internally, around your cervix. It collects, rather than absorbs menstrual flow. It can be worn for up to 12 hours so it’s great for busy women, or women who just don't want to have to think about changing a pad or a tampon every few hours.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Softcup.
What do you wear during your period? Would you try SoftCup?