Monday, 03 November 2014 22:49

Why I No Longer Dread "That Time of the Month"

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Ladies, I want to let you in on a little secret: I actually don’t mind getting my period. I know, it sounds kinda crazy but let me explain why. My feelings around that time of the month shifted drastically in 2009 when I began using a menstrual cup instead of disposable tampons and pads. Though it took some getting used to, within a cycle or two of using a cup I practically forgot I was on my period! I say “practically” because I still have the usual day or two of cramps, bloating and mood shifts, but the flow part of the cycle became a breeze. And bonus: it’s really nice not having to buy and throw out tampons and pads every month, which saves money and the environment.

Recently I was introduced to a brand of menstrual cups called Softcup, which have some of the best marketing I’ve seen around this category of products. Intrigued by their bright and colorful packaging and soothing name, I instantly wanted to give it a try. The company sent me some samples and I’m wearing one right now! I’ve had such a positive experience with Softcup that I had to share the details with you.* 

Similar to the cups I’ve used in the past, Softcup is incredibly comfortable and can be worn for up to 12 hours (twice as long as tampons), even while you sleep (huge perk) or workout (great for yoga). If you’ve felt fearful of Toxic Shock Syndrome, you’ll find it relieving to know that menstrual cups are not linked to that. And unlike tampons, cups won’t cause dryness, irritation or release an menstrual odor (thank goodness).

There are a few qualities that make Softcup unique from the menstrual cups I’ve tried in the past. First of all, Softcups are made from plastic, which is beneficial to those sensitive to latex or silicone. The company has gone to great lengths to keep out phthalates, BPA, PVC, dioxins, pesticides and other carcinogens in their medical grade, FDA approved products. Second, there are two versions of the cup to choose from depending on personal preference and lifestyle: disposable and reusable. Thus far I have tried the reusable version and find it easy to wash and reinsert at home and in public restrooms.

I’ve saved the best features of Softcup for last. For every box of cups you buy, Softcup will donate a reusable cup to a woman or girl in Africa (find out more about Project Dignity). I absolutely love it when companies have give-back programs like this! Speaking of love, the final benefit of the Softcup is that it can be worn during intercourse. While it doesn’t act as a contraceptive or protect you from STDs, the cup prevents menstrual mess (your partner will greatly appreciate this!) Now do you understand why my period has become a breeze? 

 

My experience with Softcup has been really pleasant. It took a little getting used to the design at first, which reminds me more of a contraceptive diaphragm than the menstrual cups I’ve used in the past. However, by the second day of my cycle I got the hang of it. I found the Softcup very easy to insert and remove, extremely comfortable and truly leak-free. I was grateful for the detailed and friendly “first-time hints” that came in the box; they even have video tutorials on their website! My only hesitation in continuing to use the brand is based on the short duration of time the Softcups can be reused, as I appreciate menstrual cups that can be used for many years. This is simply a matter of my personal preference. 

I highly recommend that you try Softcup for yourself and see how you like it. If you’re brand new to menstrual cups it’s an appealing option because there’s no long term commitment or high cost. The reusable cups come in a pack of two for $6.19, which will last two cycles. Compared to other brands with a cost investment around $30, Softcup is a great choice for newbies. I wish I have known about it when I first started using menstrual cups!

Now I would love to hear from you: have you used a Softcup or another menstrual cup? If so, how was your experience? If not, what’s holding you back from giving it a try?

 

*Disclosure: I partnered with Softcup to write this article, for which I received financial compensation. However, the views expressed are entirely my own and my opinion was not influenced by the sponsorship. Brand collaborations like this allow me to continue to create great content for you and on a regular basis. I only work with companies that I love and authentically recommend, and Softcup is completely in line with my personal and professional values.

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