Softcups aren’t what I really consider a “Menstrual Cup” for the purpose of this website, but I will include info on these 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.
So effectively the same idea as the reusable menstrual cups, but shaped differently and designed to be disposable.
Compared to a menstrual cup, the Softcup is much wider and shallower. Because of this, they can be worn during penetrative sex (not as a contraceptive device, but to keep the blood contained so it’s less messy).
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.
There is a video on how to insert and remove them here – http://softcup.com/how/video-tutorials
I haven’t reviewed them for a few reasons…
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, as I prefer the idea of completely reusable cups…
But – They are out there for those who feel so inclined :)
They claim the cost would be about $3 per cycle (using the “reusable” version). If you consider a woman would have 12 periods a year, that’s about $36 for a year’s supply. You can buy a completely reusable menstrual cup for that (or slightly more) – which would last 10+ years. So while they are safer than tampons, they aren’t as eco-friendly or economical as a reusable menstrual cup.
Since I have heard that some people reuse the disposable softcups, I’d be interested to know how people actually do use them. And why people like to use them. So here are some polls :)