What is a Soft Cup?
A soft cup is a flexible menstrual cup, which is inserted inside the vaginal cavity to fit comfortably under the cervix and collect menstrual fluid. These cups are especially designed to give you protection for up to 12 hours, after which they need to be disposed of.
These disposable menstrual cups are durable, safe, latex-free and hypoallergenic, which make them a preferred choice of many people. Plus, you can wear them when having penetrative sex, unlike their traditional counterparts. This reason alone makes them worth having them in your bathroom cupboard, just in case.
Let’s keep going with more details about, “What is a soft cup?” and whether or not we recommend them.
What’s so Special about Soft Cups?
Unlike other varieties of menstrual cups in the market like the Diva Cup or the Anigan EvaCup, a soft cup fits around your cervix, high in the vaginal canal. When inserted appropriately, this ensures you do not feel its presence inside you, irrespective of whatever you’re doing, including having sex.
Traditional menstrual cups are meant to be worn as low in the vaginal canal as possible, as long as the stem isn’t sticking out. If they’re placed too high up in the vaginal canal, they don’t really seal correctly to ensure no leaking.
With SoftCups, it’s the opposite, as they fit right up under your cervix. If you have a long vaginal canal, you might really have to struggle to even feel it once it’s inside of you.
Regular menstrual cups vs. SoftCups: although both are considered “menstrual cups,” that’s kind of where the similarities end! They really are entirely different products. Keep on reading for which one to choose for your specific situation.
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Are SoftCups Safe?
Soft cups are made of medical-grade polyethylene and elastomer and have FDA clearance. The material is similar to the ones used in the nipples of baby bottles and in catheters. It doesn’t contain silicon, latex, phthalates, BPA, and dioxins. It’s even free of bleaching agents, residual fibers, carcinogens, PCBs and pesticides.
The material in Soft Cups is hypo-allergenic, so you shouldn’t experience any soft of skin irritation or allergies when using it. Unlike tampons, the material is non-absorbent and it collects fluid, instead of absorbing it.
In short, it’s safe to have a Soft Cup inside of your body for up to 12 hours. It also seems to not come with the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), such as with tampons.
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Soft Cups: Some Advantages
Disposable menstrual cups are designed for individual use, after which they should be disposed. Their disposal is similar to that of the tampons and other feminine hygiene products. Disposable soft cups are designed to last for 12 hours.
Hence, the number of cups used and disposed is relatively lesser than other feminine hygiene products such as pads or tampons which have to be changed every 4-8 hours. This is certainly good news for the environment! Something that lasts 2-3 times longer than a regular tampon.
It also means less hassle because you should be good with changing it only twice a day. The only exception to this is you have a very heavy period, in which case, you might have to change it more often.
Tips for Using a Soft Cup
Location: Where to Insert a Soft Cup
You should most definitely try out an Instead Soft Cup for the first time in your own bathroom. There’s a learning curve to inserting (and removing) one, and it’s better to have the struggle in a place you feel comfortable!
Plus, you can wash your hands easily before, and after inserting it. Be sure to wash your hands before sticking them up in there in order to prevent things like yeast infections.
Soft Cup Disposal
You have to dispose such cups the same way as other feminine hygiene products. You should wrap them in toilet tissues or a wrapper and then throw them away into the trash can. Never throw a Soft Cup into the toilet. Like a menstrual pad, all that plastic will clog up your toilet.
Don’t Forget to Relax
We know that it’s hard to relax when you’re doing something like this for the first time. It can be a bit nerve-wracking, especially if you’ve never used even a regular menstrual cup before.
However, if you don’t relax, insertion can be painful and it’ll be very difficult to get it in the right position. Take some deep breaths if you’re having a tough time. Relax your jaw and face, which usually relaxes your entire body. Or, take a break and try again later. Put on a pad (we love reusable cloth pads) in the meantime and don’t worry!
Be Sure to Wash your Hands
Be sure to wash your hands well with soap and water before inserting or removing a Soft Cup. You don’t want to introduce all sorts of germs into your vaginal canal. This can lead to yeast infections, and other related things.
Insertion and Fit Advice
It can take some practice to get it right. Don’t give up and make sure you try them for at least a few cycles before going back to pads or tampons. Once you get the hang of them, you’ll be glad you didn’t! Be sure to read the instructions that come with your soft cup package thoroughly. They are well-written, and come with plenty of excellent tips to help you insert and remove them.
Do you Have a Very Heavy Period?
If you have a very heavy period, the SoftCup may not be for you. Although I searched basically every single place on the whole Internet, I was unable to find the capacity.
However, in my personal experience, it’s about half of a traditional menstrual cup like the Diva Cup. On my heaviest day, I empty my menstrual cup even 5-6 hours, while a SoftCup seems to leak after only 3-4.
If you have a very heavy period, check out these high-capacity menstrual cups.
If you don’t have a heavy period, then you might want to consider trying out a Soft Cup. They can be a little hard to find in local shops, so we recommend buying them on Amazon:
How to Insert a Soft Cup
Soft Cups come with a bit of a learning curve. It can sometimes be a bit tricky to get them inserted correctly, especially for the first few tries. However, even if you’re struggling at first, please don’t give up. It really does take most people at least a few cycles to really get the hang of things.
Here are a few tips to help you insert it correctly:
- Be sure to find your cervix. Insert your finger into your vaginal canal and find the “squishy” part.
- The Soft Cup needs to be hooked around the back of your cervix, so you need to know approximately where it is.
- Make sure the Soft Cup opening is pointing up. Think about it as “collecting” fluid. It should make sense as to which way it goes.
- Squeeze two sides of the pink rim together. It should be more of a rod than a circle now.
- Insert the Soft Cup into your vaginal canal. Point it towards your tailbone, and not straight up.
- Push it back as far as it will go. It’s likely right under your cervix now.
- Be sure to tilt it down, and back while inserting it. Then nudge the front of the rim up, so that is hooks behind your cervix.
- It should feel comfortable, and you actually should feel it at all if it’s inserted correctly.
- Your SoftCup should now be sealed to your vaginal canal walls, which will prevent leaking.
How to Remove a SoftCup
The good news is that it’s actually easier to remove a SoftCup than it is to insert it. Here’s what you need to do:
- Insert a finger into your vaginal canal, until you reach the edge of the SoftCup.
- Use one finger to hook the edge of the cup, and pull it out gently.
- If you want to avoid spilling, try to keep the cup at upright as possible.
- Removal can be a bit messy until you get some practice with it. Do it over the toilet, or in the shower at first.
- Be sure to NOT throw your SoftCup into the toilet. This can cause some serious damage to the plumbing. Instead, wrap it in some tissue and dispose of it in the trash.
More Details about How to Insert and Remove a SoftCup
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Can a Soft Cup Get Stuck?
To insert a SoftCup, you have to put it waaaaay up in there, right under your cervix. If you have a long vaginal canal, this can be a bit tricky. It’s also difficult if you have short fingers, or problems with your wrist that prevents you from contorting your hand and arm into all kinds of weird angles.
Here are a few tips for removing it, as well as some reassurance that no, Soft Cups can’t really get stuck.
As with a menstrual cup that is difficult to remove, it’s important to stay calm. The more panicky you get, the more the cup gets locked in there due to tensing up the muscles in your pelvic region. Take a few deep breaths. Drink a cup of tea. Take a nap. Phone a friend. Have a bath. Go for a walk. Then come back and try again.
Push on It
Use the same muscles to push down on it, like you would if you were having a bowel movement. This should cause the SoftCup to travel further down the vaginal canal, so you’ll hopefully be able to grab it with your fingers.
Use some Lube
If your vaginal canal is really try, consider putting some lube on your fingers. Some people find this easier, while others find it quite slippery. Try it out and see what you think for yourself.
Break the Seal
Menstrual Cups work by suctioning to the walls of your vaginal canal. To remove them, you need to break the suction seal. You can do this with a SoftCup by slipping your finger between the ring and your canal wall. This should release the suction, and make removal far easier.
Can a SoftCup get Stuck?
Maybe you’re tried all of these suggestions, but really can’t get your Soft Cup out. Does this mean that it’s stuck forever? I have some good news for you—the short answer is no, it’s not stuck up in there permanently!
If you have a trusted partner, they may be able to help you out. Or, see a doctor. They will be able to remove it with a pair of forceps quite easily. Don’t be embarrassed. They have seen far, far worse things stuck up in there. Trust us on that one. It’s also their job!
Benefits of Using Soft Cups
These disposable menstrual cups offer a wide range of benefits, such as:
Great for Sports
They are activity-friendly and can be used while performing various sports and physical activities.
Can be used During Sex
Since they do not have any strings that hang, there is no hindrance or discomfort or accidents, unlike the ones that happen while pulling out your IUD strings.
Soft cups reduce landfill waste when compared to pads or tampons. This is because you can wear a SoftCup for up to 12 hours, while you’ll often have to change pads or tampons in half or even a third of that time.
Of course, reusable menstrual cups are even better!
Soft cups are relatively inexpensive when compared to other feminine hygiene products such as disposable pads or tampons.
It is possible to urinate and/or have bowel movement with soft cups. However, there could be slight leakage during the actions, which would stop once you are done.
In essence, soft cups offer a natural fit to make you feel comfortable and active even during those difficult days of the month.
SoftCups are not available in most stores because they are not so popular. The best place to buy them is on Amazon:
Can you Reuse Soft Cups?
A question that some people have is whether or not you can reuse soft cups. People want to do this in order to save a little bit of money, or to help out the environment. You may see mention reusing SoftCups in forums, or on places like Reddit. However, the company recommends against this, as do we!
Soft Cups are not designed to be reused and it will be hard to clean them well enough. Traditional menstrual cups are stiff, making them easy to get soap and water, or something like the Diva Wash into all those little spaces. You can also boil them at the end of your cycle for deep cleaning.
However, none of these things are really possible for Soft Cups, and if reused, they’ll soon be a breeding ground for all sorts of nasty bacteria that you won’t want inside of you.
Sex with Menstrual Cups
If you’re looking to have sexual intercourse while you have your period, we have good news for you! It’s impossible to have sex while wearing a regular period cup like the Lena Cup, or the Anigan EvaCup. Trust us, people have tried and there haven’t been good results! It’s often uncomfortable for the receiver, as well as the giver. That’s if it’s even possible, which it often isn’t.
However, the Soft Cup, due to its design allows you to have sex while wearing it. They sit right up under the cervix, and are soft and flexible so they work extremely well for this. In fact, many people report that neither they, nor the partner was able to feel the Soft Cup during the whole experience.
Sex with your period. It is possible with Soft Cups. Love it? So do we! Check it out for yourself-we’re confident that you’ll have a great experience with the sex and the Soft Cup. Tell your friends! Soon they’ll be asking you, “What is a Soft Cup? And why have I never heard of them before now?!”
What about SoftCups with an IUD?
A common question that people have is whether or not they an use a menstrual cup with an IUD. It’s an excellent question—both these things fit up into your vaginal canal, but will one interfere with the other?
You should be fine combining both the traditional menstrual cups, as well as a Soft Cup with an IUD. You just have to be extra careful when removing your cup, to not pull out your IUD as well.
Make sure that you break the seal before removal. With a traditional cup, you’d do this by pushing in at the base before pulling it out.
With a Soft Cup, you want to hook one finger under the rim before pulling it out.
Of course, consult with your doctor first for their specific recommendations. You can also ask them to trim the strings on your IUD as short as possible for the least interference.
What about the Environment?
Some people love SoftCups, while there are others who do not. The main reason this products doesn’t have more fans is that they’re not really great for the environment.
Any disposable product, especially made from plastic that you’ll be using every single month isn’t ideal. This is especially true if there are reusable options (menstrual cups, period panties, cloth menstrual pads).
A solution is to use a traditional menstrual cup for everyday use. Then keep a box of SoftCups in your cupboard for occasional use. Namely, if you want to get it on while you have your period!
Soft Cup vs. Diva Cup
Soft Cups and Diva Cups (or other reusable menstrual cups) are similar in that they’re both inserted into the vaginal canal with the goal of collecting menstrual fluid. That is where the similarities end. They really are very, very different.
The Diva Cup is bell-shaped and sits below the cervix in the vaginal canal. It can be reused for up to a few years (See: How Often to Replace a Menstrual Cup). You cannot have penetrative sex while wearing one.
The Soft Cup is a disposable feminine hygiene product. It’s designed for a single use and needs to be thrown in the trash after this. It’s worn much higher up in the vaginal canal, right under the cervix. Most women consider the Soft Cup to be much harder to insert and remove than a Diva Cup. However, the main benefit is that it can be worn during penetrative sex. This fact alone makes the hassle worth it for many, many people.
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SoftCup vs. Flex Cup
The SoftCup and the Flex Cup are made by the same company. There are a few key differences which you should be aware of
Think of the FlexCup as an updated version of the SoftCup. There are newer materials, and a slightly different design. The Flex uses your body heat in order to form to your natural shape, which helps to create a leak-proof seal.
However, in our experience, they are essentially the same! In terms of functionality and fit, they both do the job, and there is no real difference between the two products.
Where you Can Buy the FlexCup
You can easily buy the Soft Cup on Amazon. It can sometimes be hard to find them in your local drugstore, because they are not that popular or well known.
However, the Flex is not available on Amazon, nor in stores. You can only buy them as part of a subscription. The way it works is that they send you a box of 24 FlexCups every three months. The theory is that the average person goes through about 8 cups/cycle. They’ll keep doing this until you cancel your subscription.
FlexCup vs. SoftCup: Which one to Choose?
The choice is yours. They are almost identical products that work equally well. If you prefer to shop online and want some flexibility, then consider going with the SoftCup, which you can get on Amazon.
If you like the subscription model, then go with the FlexCup. Some people love the freedom from having to go to remember to order them online when they run out. When it starts to get to that point, you should just get another box in the mail.
In terms of pricing, the FlexCup is generally more expensive than the SoftCup, by about 50%. So, please keep this in mind when you’re making your decision.
Where to Buy Soft Cups:
A common question that people have is, “Where can I buy soft cups?” They can sometimes be quiet difficult to find at your local drugstore or grocery store. The best place to buy Soft Cups is on Amazon. Shipping it usually free with Amazon Prime. You can check out Soft Cups now:
We hope that all your questions about, “What is a soft cup?” have been answered!