I’ve been asked why I haven’t reviewed or mentioned Softcups here. Not mentioning them I suppose is an oversight… However I don’t really consider them to be one of the “menstrual cups” that I talk about here… which is why I hadn’t included it. But I will now for the sake of completedness…
This is a “softcup”
What they are is a disposable cup, with a more solid rim and a thinner pouch like catchment area…. which sits higher than the other menstrual cups, over the cervix, like a contraceptive diaphragm does, and holds the blood in that catchment area. It is removed and replaced with a new one when you need to empty it. As they sit higher and are shaped differently, they can be worn during penetrative sex, but otherwise work like the other Menstrual cups (can be worn swimming, to bed, etc.)
Compared to a menstrual cup, the Softcup is much wider and shallower.
They now come in 2 forms, The “disposable” which is designed to be thrown out after each use (although a lot of women reuse them) – which are the light pink rimmed ones, and the “reusable” (dark pink) are designed to be reused through one cycle and then thrown out. So both forms are still disposable, one however you can use for a few days before disposing of it.
I haven’t reviewed them here for a few reasons…
- 1). Nobody has sent me one to review (most of the cups reviewed here were sent to me free of charge) – even though someone offered in the comments below, I haven’t received any….. and I’ve never asked for one, or would buy them myself because I personally have no desire to try them…
- 2). I am an advocate of completely reusable menstrual products, so I don’t consider them the same as the “menstrual cups” I talk about here (they are also a different shape, and are worn differently, so I don’t really consider them a menstrual cup like the others).
- 3). Frankly they scare me :D (the size and shape just looks bulky and cumbersome).. so I have no desire to actually try them, when I’m perfectly happy with the other Menstrual Cups, which seem to me to be a better design.
But – They are out there for those who feel so inclined :)
They have the advantage that they don’t have the TSS risk of tampons. They can safely be worn overnight or during sex. In the US you can often find them in actual “bricks & mortar” stores (pharmacies etc.), and you can buy online.
They claim the cost would be $3 per cycle (using the “reusable” version). If you consider a woman would have 12 periods a year, that’s $36 for a year’s supply. You can buy a completely reusable menstrual cup for that (or slightly more) – which would last 10+ years.