Evofem, Inc., formerly Instead Inc., advances women's sexual and reproductive health through personal care, disease prevention, contraception and conception products. We are a unique provider of feminine hygiene in that we don't manufacture other consumer products such as diapers, cleaners, and other unrelated products; all of Evofem's work centers on women's health. Evofem provides women with greater freedom, comfort and control of their reproductive and sexual health. We are dedicated and passionate about the struggles and issues of all women and work to improve their lives, not only through innovation but through charity, good will and working with other people and organizations with the same mission.
Instead Softcup Reusable Menstrual Cup - 2 Softcups
Reusable Softcup is a durable, flexible, reusable menstrual cup that can be worn for up to 12 hours and reused throughout one menstrual cycle. Reusable Softcup has all the benefits of disposable Softcup—with the added advantage of just one cup per period. Reusable Softcup is easy on the earth, easy on your wallet. Reusable Softcup fits your busy lifestyle—you can wear it for up to 12 hours during any activity. Reusable Softcup is comfortable; you can't even feel it once it's inserted. And with Reusable Softcup, you can use, and reuse, just one Softcup per period, reducing menstrual waste by up to 95%. Just try it on your next period, and experience the convenience and freedom of Reusable Softcup.
What is reusable Softcup? Reusable Softcup is a durable, flexible, reusable cup that can be worn for up to 12 hours and reused throughout one menstrual cycle. Reusable Softcup has all the benefits of disposable Softcup—it is worn internally, around your cervix, and it collects rather than absorbs menstrual flow. It's hypo-allergenic, latex-free and completely safe when used as directed. It's also earth-friendly and budget-friendly.
Why should you try it? Reusable Softcup is great for busy women, eco-minded women, or women who just don't want to have to think about changing a pad or a tampon every few hours. Reusable Softcup helps you reduce menstrual waste, since you can use and discard just one Softcup per period. Athletes rave about how the Softcup carries them through a long race. Travelers don't leave home without it.
Why Reusable Softcup?
1 Softcup per period = less waste.
Use a single Softcup for your entire cycle.
Wear up to 12 hours at a time.
Wear during any activity - sports, swimming, sleeping, sex.
Eliminate menstrual odor.
Have mess-free sex on your period.
Be good to your body - no link to TSS.
At a cost of just $3 per cycle, why not?
What is Softcup? Softcup is a flexible cup that is worn internally, around your cervix. It collects, rather than absorbs menstrual flow. It's hypo-allergenic, latex-free and completely safe when used as directed. A unique, proven advancement in period protection. Instead Softcup fits your busy lifestyle—you can wear it for up to 12 hours during any activity. Softcup is comfortable; you can't even feel it once it's inserted. Just try it on your next period, and experience the convenience and freedom that thousands of women have with Softcup.
Softcup is Life-Friendly You don't have to change your routine just because you're on your period—Softcup can be worn during all types of physical activity. Because it's worn internally, and there are no strings, you can wear anything without worrying about revealing any trace of your period protection.
Softcup Loves Making Love With Softcup, you and your partner can enjoy less messy intercourse during your period, and neither of you will even feel it's there.
Softcup Keeps You 'Fresh' Menstrual odor is caused by menstrual fluid being exposed to air. Because Softcup holds menstrual fluid internally, it eliminates dampness and odor.
Softcup is Body-Friendly Safety is important when it comes to your reproductive health. Instead Softcup has been cleared for the market by the FDA and has been on the market for more than 10 years. Both the reusable and disposable Softcup are made entirely of hypoallergenic, non-toxic, latex-free, non-irritating material.
In more than 10 years and 120 million Softcups sold, Softcup has never had a reported incidence of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). TSS is believed to be caused by the toxin-producing strains of the bacterium Staphylococcus Aureus. Population studies suggest that the risk of TSS is related to tampon absorbency. The higher the tampon absorbency, the higher the risk of contracting TSS. Unlike tampons, Softcup is non-absorbent, and does not change the bacteria levels naturally present in the body.
Body-Friendly and Life-Friendly Safety is important when it comes to your reproductive health. Instead Softcup has been cleared by the FDA and has been on the market for more than 10 years. Both reusable and disposable Softcups are made entirely of hypoallergenic, non-toxic, latex-free, non-irritating material.
What's not in Softcup? You won't find any of these in Softcup:
The Difference Between Tampons and Softcups Softcup does not change the body's natural environment—Softcups do not alter the body's pH levels, natural bacteria levels, or absorb the body's moisture. Softcups are a perfect solution for women looking to maintain their bodies' pH balance. Maintaining the body's natural bacteria levels can help prevent infections, such as yeast infections. Softcups are very comfortable; they don't cause the dryness or irritation that tampons and pads can.
When a tampon is inserted, it creates microscopic tears along the vaginal canal. Tampons can leave behind residual fibers and traces of bleach, dioxins and other residues from the cotton cultivation and tampon manufacturing processes. Softcup leaves the body just as it is—no micro-tears, no residues, no change in the body's natural pH or bacteria levels.
Facts About TSS In more than 10 years and 100 million Softcups sold, the Softcup has never had a reported incidence of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). TSS is believed to be caused by the toxin-producing strains of the bacterium Staphylococcus Aureus. Population studies suggest that the risk of TSS is related to tampon absorbency. The higher the tampon absorbency, the higher the risk of contracting TSS. Unlike tampons, Softcup is non-absorbent, and does not change the bacteria levels naturally present in the body.
Softcup Product Quality Softcup holds the ISO 13485:2003 manufacturing certification. This certifies that Softcup consistently meets customer and regulatory requirements applicable to medical devices. The rigorous ISO 13485:2003 certification requires that Evofem maintain controls in the work environment to ensure product safety; document and validate processes for sterile medical devices; and verify the effectiveness of corrective and preventive actions.
Softcup is made of inert, hypoallergenic, non-absorbent, non-irritating, polymeric material that has been used safely for more than 20 years in health care products such as catheters and baby bottle nipples.
How does Softcup compare to pads and tampons?
Let's Talk Being a teenager is a special time in a girl's life, but it comes with some unique challenges. Your body is changing, and it can be a little scary at times. Just remember, every woman goes through this change. Don't be afraid to talk about it. Softcup encourages you to ask questions and seek answers. The more you know about your body, the more empowered you become to make smary choices when it comes to taking care of yourself.
What is puberty? Puberty is the name for the time when your body begins to change and develop. It it also a sign that you are on the road to becoming a woman. It's good to know about the changes that will happen and to remember that every girl out there goes through them.
When will I go through puberty? You can start to go through puberty as early as nine or as late as 17, but most girls will start to see changes in their body around the age of 10. Each girl is a little different, so you will all go through puberty on your own unique schedule.
How do I know if I'm going through puberty? Here are some symptoms you may experience and changes you may start to see when you begin puberty:
A growth spurt - Most girls will have a "growth spurt" around the time puberty begins. "Spurt" means that something happens in a hurry. And that is just what is happening to your body, it is growing really fast. You may notice that your feet and hands are getting bigger and that your arms and legs are getting longer. Your body may also become curvier—your hips will become fuller and more round, while your waist becomes smaller.
Changes in your breasts - You will notice that you begin to develop breasts. As first you might feel lumps under your nipples. Sometimes these are called "buds." As your breasts continue to grow, you might see that one becomes larger than the other. Don't worry, this is very normal. By the time your breasts are fully developed, usually in two to three years, they will likely even out. Some adults have different sized breasts, but it's usually barely noticeable.
Growing body hair - Hair will start to grow in places it never grew before. You will start to see hair in your pubic area (the area above your vagina) and your underarms. The hair in your pubic area may start off soft, straight and there might not be much of it, but eventually it will become darker, curlier, and will cover a wider area. You will also begin to grow fine hair on your arms and legs.
Sweating - You might notice that you begin sweating more in your underarms and elsewhere. Your sweat may smell different too—this is called body odor and happens to everyone as they go through puberty. Many girls will start using deodorant (or an antiperspirant) to help with the sweat and smell from their underarms. Showering every day can help with the odors elsewhere.
Changes in your skin - When you are going through puberty your skin produces more oil, so many girls will develop acne or pimples. The best way to deal with this change is to keep your skin clean and maybe even use a special face or body wash.
Vaginal discharge - Girls often notice a yellow or white substance on their underwear. It is perfectly normal. The fluid, called a discharge, helps moisten and cleanse your vagina before you start your period.
What is a period? I'm sure you have heard the word "period" and are wondering what it's all about. A period, or menstruation [men-stroo-ay-shun], is part of your body's normal monthly cycle and it's also a major stage of puberty. The blood that results is called your menstrual flow. This flow comes about once a month and can last anywhere from two to seven days.
When will I get my period? Most girls can expect to have their first period between the ages of 11-14, but it is not uncommon to happen anywhere from nine to 17. A few clues that your period is on its way are breast growth, pubic and underarm hair growth, and vaginal discharge. Another way to figure out when you might start is to ask your mom how old she was when she started. You will usually start your period within a year of that age.
What can I expect? Getting your first period can be a scary time, but by listening to your body and preparing for that day, you will be much better off. Many girls will experience cramps before or during their period. The cramps my be dull and achy or sharp and intense and they are usually located in the stomach or lower back. To help ease the pain, try a heating pad or an over-the-counter medication (such as ibuprofen). Regular exercise may also help relieve the discomfort that comes with the cramps. You may also notice that your stomach feels a little bloated (or enlarged) and that you are feeling sad or get irritated easily. These types of physical and emotional changes could be a result of premenstrual syndrome or PMS. It happens to many girls right before they start their period and usually goes away once your period begins.Once you get your period you have a few options for dealing with the flow, including menstrual cups, pads, and tampons.
A pelvic exam is a regular part of a woman's health routine beginning when she's a teenager. A pelvic exam is usually conducted by an obstetrician-gynecologist (ob-gyn), but can also be done by your primary doctor or even a nurse practitioner.
When? Girls should have their first ob-gyn visit between the ages of 13 and 15, even if it's just to get to know your doctor and talk. Your doctor will likely ask you some basic questions about your family, your lifestyle and your health. Be truthful. Take this opportunity to ask your doctor any questions you may have about the changes your body is going through or what to expect. You should visit your ob-gyn for a pelvic exam once a year following your first visit.
Why? Though you may be anxious or uneasy, pelvic exams are a very important step in taking care of your body. The pelvic exam, along with a general physical exam, is also vital to a woman's sexual and reproductive health. During your pelvic exam your doctor will check to see that you're developing normally and that you are free from disease.
What can I expect? During your pelvic exam, your doctor will generally examine your pelvic area, including your vulva (your external sex organs) to look for any cysts, discharge, or other conditions. He or she will look at / feel your internal reproductive organs (cervix, ovaries and uterus). Finally, your doctor will perform a Pap test where a very small spatula is used to swab cells from your cervix. The cells are then tested for cervical cancer or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
In preparation for your exam you might want to write down any questions that you have for your doctor. Finally, just take a deep breath, they truly aren't that bad!
Be There For Her As moms and as trusted advisors of teen girls, moms want the best for their girls, especially in the times when they need their moms the most. The teenage years can be particularly difficult for girls, as their bodies begin to go through many changes. But it can also be a touch time for the adults who care for them then and whose job it is to guide them through this transition. Knowledge is power, and getting educated is your most powerful tool. Be a teen girl's go-to expert and help make puberty a positive learning experience for both of you.
The earlier you start communicating with your daughter about her body and her period, the more receptive she will likely be when she is experiencing these changes.
Have many talks, not just one. Have several conversations with your daughter about her body, how it's changing, and about her period starting at a young age. Be open with her, but find that right balance between mom and friend. When you think your daughter is ready, or when she starts showing interest in or asking questions about her body, suggest that she begin exploring her own body and learning where her reproductive organs are located. This will help her become more in-tune with her own body and make it easier to talk about these topics.
Check in with your daughter regularly. Regular and casual conversation to learn about what is going on with your daughter's reproductive health is extremely important. You don't want to bombard her with "the talk" all at once. Rather, have many conversations in order to ease into the topics.
Be honest. If you don't know the answer to a question, say so. Research it together by asking a doctor or looking it up. While moms certainly know a lot, there are questions that your daughter may stump you with. Rather than not being open and honest, because she may find out the correct answer on her own, research the topic together. This will also help with your communication and can be a bonding experience for both of you.
It's never too late to open the conversation. Even if you didn't start talking with your daughter before she seemed interested, it's never too late. Take the initiative to be there for your daughter through this time in her life, and let her know the door is alway open if she wants to talk, now or in the future.
Both male and female parents should talk to teens. While moms are usually the ones to talk to their daughters, there is nothing written in stone that dads cannot participate as well. Dads don't necessarily need to get into the nitty gritty of period talk, but it's healthy for both parents to be included, if possible.
Offer an alternative adult for your teen to talk to. If talking to mom or dad isn't an option for your daughter, suggest a relative or close family friend, or even a trusted teacher or coach, that she might be more at ease around. And most importantly, if she doesn't want to talk to mom and dad about this, don't make a big deal over it. The fact that she wants to talk to somebody and is reaching out means that one day she might be open to talking to you.
Educate your daughter about her options in feminine protection. There are many options in period protection, and it's important to familiarize your daughter with what's available to find one she's most comfortable with. Many girls start with pads and may switch to tampons or menstrual cups as they become more comfortable with their bodies and menstruating.
Why should my daughter use Softcup?
In addition to school, teens are involved in so many different extracurricular activities—from music and dance class to sports and cheerleading. They can be away from the house from 7 AM to 7 PM. All of these activities leave little time for them to worry about period protection. Softcup provides a great alternative because it can be comfortably worn for up to 12 hours and most importantly, can be worn discreetly through their many activities. Your daughter won't have to worry about those pesky little strings or bulky pads, she has the utmost freedom with Softcup.
What is perimenopause? As a woman gets older, her body goes through a significant change as she leaves behind her fertile years and enters menopause. This change doesn’t happen overnight, and in fact a woman can experience the symptoms of this transition for a period of months or years. The time of transition between when a woman is regularly producing eggs and when her ovaries shut down permanently is called perimenopause. The years preceding menopause can bring upon hormonal fluctuations that produce noticeable symptoms for a woman. These changes may begin as early as her 30s, but most commonly occur in her 40s or 50s. Menopause is reached when a woman has not experienced a menstrual period in 12 consecutive months.
Perimenopause is most commonly marked by changes or irregularity in a woman’s period. Symptoms of perimenopause vary and can range from mild to severe. Symptoms may include:
Hot flashes and sleep problems
Mood swings and irritability
Increased susceptibility to vaginal infection
Changes in sexual desire or arousal
Changing cholesterol levels
Both prescription and alternative treatment options are available to treat symptoms of perimenopause.
How can Softcup help? Softcup is a feminine hygiene solution for women experiencing symptoms of perimenopause. Softcup is made from a hypoallergenic, non-irritating, non-absorbent material that won’t contribute to vaginal dryness nor irritate vaginal tissue. Since Softcup can be worn on heavy and light flow days or for spotting for up to 12 hours, it can offer relief to women experiencing irregular, frequent, or unexpected periods.
Softcup does not alter the vagina’s natural balance of bacteria or pH level. Furthermore, it does not interfere with intimacy, since it can be worn comfortably during vaginal intercourse. Softcup is a great solution when perimenopausal symptoms make once regular periods less manageable.
Remember the first few times you used tampons or wore contact lenses? Well, Instead Softcup also takes a little time to learn to use correctly and comfortably. At first, it may seem awkward to either insert or remove Softcup ... that's OK, most women experience that. In fact, Softcup recommends that the first time you use Softcup choose a lighter flow day and work your way to heavier flow days. After a few uses you will understand how your body and Softcup work together. Even though Softcup looks different than sanitary pads and tampons, remember Softcup was designed by a woman to provide you with safe, comfortable 12-hour period protection. And because of its special design, one size fits almost all women.
How to Use Softcup:
This is what Softcup looks like when squeezed for insertion.
Wash your hands and relax. To correctly use Softcup, Softcup recommends sitting on the toilet with your knees apart.
To insert Softcup, hold Softcup so the bottom of the cup hangs down. Squeeze the opposite sides of the rim together.
Keeping the rim pressed together, insert Softcup completely into the vagina. Use your finger to push Softcup downward and back as far as it will go. Softcup cannot get lost inside you. It will slide into place under the cervix and behind the pubic bone.
Inside your body Softcup molds itself immediately to your unique internal shape, forming a personal fit that ensures comfort and helps prevent leakage. When Softcup is inserted properly, you shouldn't feel it.
You can safely wear Softcup for up to 12 hours. With a few uses you will be able to determine how often you need to change the Softcup on heavy flow and light flow days.
If Softcup has been inserted properly and starts to leak, it's time to change your Softcup. Slight leakage during urination or bowel movements is normal and will not occur afterwards if the Softcup is properly in place.
Softcup must be changed after 12 hours.
To correctly remove Softcup, Softcup recommends sitting on the toilet with your knees apart. Insert your finger into the vagina and identify the pubic bone, the Softcup rim will be right behind it. Hook your finger under the rim. Very slowly pull Softcup out of your body keeping it horizontal and level.
One tip: if you have trouble hooking your finger under the rim, bear or push down. If you wish, empty fluid into the toilet or simply put toilet tissue inside the cup to absorb fluid. Place the used product inside the new Softcup wrapper or wrap it in toilet paper and simply throw it away. Do not flush Softcup or the wrapper.
These videos should help you get started with Softcup. For some women, it can take a few tries before getting the hang of Softcup. But stick with it—the benefits of Softcup are well worth it.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Are there any special tips for new users? Inserting a Softcup is slightly different from inserting a tampon, so before trying Softcup read all of the usage instructions that are included in the package, including the warnings. Like all new activities, such as putting in contact lenses or using a tampon, it may seem awkward at first. It might take a little time to learn how to properly insert and remove. Softcup recommends that you try Softcup during your light flow days to make sure you become familiar with its use. Give yourself plenty of time to experiment with Softcup, and remember to relax. The first time you use Softcup on a heavy flow day you may want to use a pantyliner just for added protection. You will soon learn just how often to change Softcup. Like tampons, if you leave Softcup in too long it will leak. Stick with it. Softcup believes the benefits of using Softcup more than make up for the initial time it may take to learn how to use it.
Can I feel Softcup when it is in? When Softcup is inserted correctly, you should not feel it. If you feel discomfort after inserting the cup, try inserting it again. It should stay in place behind your pubic bone.
Can I flush reusable Softcup? No, do not flush reusable Softcup. When you are ready to discard it you will need to place it in the wastebasket in the same manner as other feminine hygiene products.
Can I have sex while wearing Softcup? Yes, you can have clean, comfortable sex with the Softcup in place. Although individual experience may vary, most likely neither you nor your partner will feel the Softcup. To help avoid leakage on heavy flow days, Softcup recommends inserting a new Softcup before intercourse. Remember that Softcup is not a contraceptive and does not protect you from pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections.
Can I insert Softcup too far? No, you cannot insert Softcup too far. When properly inserted, the rim of the cup is lodged between the pubic bone (which is just inside the vagina) and the very back of the vagina, and the cup should cover the cervix. The cervix is a fleshy knob that feels like the tip of your nose. The cervix is another name for the bottom of your uterus. The menstrual flow comes out of the uterus through a very small opening in the cervix. The Softcup cannot get lost inside the body since this opening is much too narrow.
Can I re-use Softcup? The disposable Softcup is designed as a single-use menstrual collection cup. Each Softcup is safe for use for up to 12 hours. The reusable Softcup is designed for reuse for up to one menstrual cycle. Reusable Softcup is safe for use for up to 12 hours at a time.
Can I recycle reusable Softcup? No, Softcup cannot be recycled, nor can other feminine hygiene products.
Can I urinate or have a bowel movement while wearing Softcup? Yes, you can urinate or have a bowel movement while wearing the Softcup. You may notice slight menstrual fluid leakage during this time, which is completely normal. When your muscles "bear down" they can push the rim slightly forward, allowing some fluid to leak out and into the toilet. When you are finished, Softcup moves back into position and the leakage stops. If this is the only time you observe leakage, it is normal and the Softcup is inserted correctly.
Can I use Softcup during other times of the month? You can wear Softcup whenever you need feminine protection. If your periods are regular, you can insert Softcup just before you get your period to help prevent accidents or staining clothes. You can also wear Softcup any day of the month that you experience normal irregular bleeding; for example, due to hormonal birth control or peri-menopause.
Can I use Softcup if I have a tilted uterus?
Can I use Softcup with an IUD? Softcup recommends that women using an intrauterine device or IUD talk to their doctor before using Softcup as there is a risk of dislodging or removing the IUD by pulling on the IUD string while removing the Softcup. Your doctor may be able to help you determine whether there are steps you may take to safely use the Softcup and your IUD simultaneously, such as trimming the IUD string.
Can my partner feel Softcup during sex?
Can Softcup be used as a contraceptive to prevent pregnancy? No; Softcup is for period protection. Softcup cannot be used as a contraceptive nor to prevent sexually transmitted infections.
Can Softcup cause a woman to lose her virginity? No. The vagina (and virginity) is not altered by use of a Softcup, tampon, or other vaginal device. There are no age restrictions to using Softcup.
Can Softcup cause cramping or discomfort? If you experience discomfort after inserting Softcup, it may be inserted incorrectly. It's important to read the directions fully to learn how to insert the Softcup, as it's slightly different from inserting a tampon. For a small percentage of women, Softcup may be too large. If so, it will protrude slightly from the vaginal opening and you may experience difficulty in getting it behind your pubic bone. If you normally experience menstrual cramps, Softcup will probably not change the cramping that you experience.
Can Softcup leak? Just like when you may have learned to use tampons, it will take some time to determine how long you can wear Softcup, depending on your flow. Softcup can safely be worn for up to 12 hours. On heavy flow days you may need to change it more frequently. The first time you try Softcup, we recommend trying it on a lighter flow day, or when you go to bed. You'll soon get accustomed to it and learn how frequently you need to change Softcup.
You may notice some leakage when going to the bathroom. This is normal, because when you urinate or have a bowel movement, your muscles "bear down" and can push the rim slightly forward, allowing some fluid to leak out and into the toilet. When you are finished, Softcup usually moves back into position and the leaking stops; or to be sure, you can use a clean finger to reposition the Softcup.
If you experience leakage during heavy exercise or during intercourse, you may have waited too long to change Softcup. Softcup recommends that you insert a new Softcup before intercourse or before engaging in strenuous physical activity. And of course, just as a reminder, the Softcup is not a contraceptive and does not protect you from sexually transmitted infections.
Can teenage girls wear Softcup? Yes, teenage girls can wear Softcup. There are no age restrictions with this product. However, teens should thoroughly review instructions on proper fit and insertion before trying Softcup. Also, successful placement and removal of Softcup requires knowledge and a level of comfort with your body.
Do I flush the Softcup? No, do not flush the Softcup or the wrapper, as this can damage plumbing. To dispose Softcup, empty the menstrual fluid into a toilet, and put it into the wrapper or wrap it in toilet tissues, and throw it into the trash.
Do I need to sterilize reusable Softcup between uses? No, do not sterilize reusable Softcup between uses. To store the cup for an extended period of time, wash thoroughly with mild soap, dry completely and store in a ventilated container. DO NOT store in a closed airtight container or sealable plastic bag. DO NOT boil or microwave reusable Softcup.
Does Softcup come in different sizes? No, Softcup is "one size fits most." This single size was chosen after significant design research showed that it fit almost all women comfortably and securely. A small minority of women may find the cup does not fit.
Does Softcup have an expiration date? No, Softcup does not have an expiration date.
Does Softcup have any latex? No, there is absolutely no latex in Softcup, and it is safe and comfortable for use by women that have latex allergies or sensitivities.
How do I dispose of reusable Softcup? Once your cycle is complete or if washing becomes inconvenient, you may discard your reusable Softcup in the wastebasket, as you would for other feminine hygiene products.
How do I insert Softcup? You may want to start by learning more about your own vaginal anatomy. Begin by inserting your finger just an inch or so into your vaginal opening. Then slide your finger further in until you can feel your cervix at the end of your vagina. Your cervix is the bottom part of your uterus. It is knob-shaped and about 2 or 3 centimeters in diameter.
Before inserting Softcup, wash your hands. The first time you insert Softcup, Softcup recommends sitting on the toilet with your knees apart. When you are in this position, your vaginal canal is horizontal, sloping slightly downward. To insert Softcup, hold it so that the collection reservoir area hangs down from the bottom of the rim. Squeeze the opposite sides of the rim together. When squeezed for insertion, Softcup is about the same size as a tampon. Gently slide Softcup into your vaginal canal, back and down toward your tailbone. Softcup will slide into place under the cervix and behind the pubic bone and will come to rest naturally in the space just below the cervix. Do not tilt the inside edge of the cup upward as you insert it, because it will bunch up in front of the cervix instead of slipping under and into place behind the cervix where it should be.
If you want to check if Softcup is properly in place, insert your finger and feel for the bottom of Softcup. You should feel your cervix inside the cup.
When Softcup is inserted properly, you shouldn't feel it. If you feel something in the vaginal canal, Softcup is probably not far enough inside you. Just remove it and try again, sliding it back and tilted slightly downward. Remember, it will be much easier if you are relaxed. If you are still unable to insert it until it slides comfortably into place, Softcup may be too large for you. This may be true for a small percentage of women. If you want to double check on the fit or size of the Softcup, take one with you the next time you visit your doctor or nurse practitioner. She can check it for you.
How do I know if Softcup doesn't fit? If you can still feel Softcup after you have inserted it, it has either been inserted incorrectly or it may be too large. Softcup recommends you fully read the instructions to insert Softcup properly. If Softcup is too large for you, you will know right away because Softcup will not stay in place behind your pubic bone. If after insertion the Softcup tends to slide out or you cannot get the rim behind the pubic bone then the Softcup is probably too large.
How do I remove the Softcup? To remove the Softcup, Softcup recommends sitting on the toilet with your knees apart. Insert your finger into the vagina and locate the pubic bone; the Softcup rim will be right behind it. If you push or "bear down" with your muscles, that will help push the Softcup down to more easily reach it. Hook your finger under the rim. Don't worry; your fingernails cannot puncture the cup. (Some women use their middle finger to remove the cup, as the middle finger tends to be longer than the index finger.) Very slowly pull Softcup out, keeping it horizontal and level to the floor. Do not pull down like you do with a tampon, as this can cause spillage. Do not twist; just pull steadily.
It is not unusual for first time users to make more than one attempt to remove Softcup. You may want to practice removing Softcup for the first time when you are not on your period and when you are in the privacy of your own bathroom. Softcup cannot be lost inside your body, and it can be worn safely up to twelve hours.
Other removal tips: You may want to try removing Softcup for the first time when you are having a light flow day or no period. Softcup recommends your first try to be when you are in the privacy of your own bathroom. Removing Softcup can be awkward until you have some practice. Remain relaxed for easy removal. Some women find that crouching in a warm shower makes removal easier because they are relaxed and less concerned about spillage. Always remember to remove your last Softcup when your period is done.
How do I use reusable Softcup? The insertion and wear time for reusable Softcup are the same as for disposable Softcup.
How does Softcup work? The Softcup is not a tampon or pad. It is a soft, disposable cup you wear to collect, rather than absorb, your monthly flow. You can wear Softcup for up to 12 hours.
How is reusable Softcup different from disposable Softcup? Reusable Softcup is designed to be used throughout one entire menstrual cycle. Like disposable Softcup, reusable Softcup is made from non-toxic, hypoallergenic, latex-free material. However, reusable Softcup was specifically designed for multiple uses for up to one cycle. Reusable Softcup’s reservoir is more durable than the disposable cup, to extend its use. Once the cup is full, or if you reach the 12-hour maximum wear time, you should remove, empty, rinse and reinsert reusable Softcup.
How is Softcup different from other menstrual cups? Softcup differs from other menstrual cups in both its design and its features.
There are two types of Softcups: disposable and reusable. The disposable Softcup is designed to be discarded after a single use, however you can use one reusable Softcup throughout the duration of your period and then dispose of it when your period ends. Each cup is designed to last up to 12 hours of wear time before it should be removed and discarded. If you are using the reusable Softcup, after 12 hours the cup will need to be emptied, rinsed and reinserted.
Softcup is worn in a different position than other menstrual cups. Softcup sits high up in the vagina, just below the cervix and behind the pubic bone. Other menstrual cups sit lower, suspended in the vaginal canal where a tampon would sit.
Softcup can be worn during intercourse for mess-free sex on your period. Other menstrual cups, due to their placement in the vaginal canal, do not allow for intercourse while they are being used.
Softcup is made of medical grade material consisting of elastomers and mineral oil. Most other menstrual cups are made of either latex rubber or silicone, with the exception of a few made of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE).
How long can I wear the Softcup? The length of time you can wear the Softcup depends on your level of flow. From a health standpoint, you can safely wear the Softcup for up to 12 hours. On heavy flow days you may need to change the Softcup more often to avoid leakage. Just like when you may have learned to use tampons, as you gain more experience with the Softcup, you'll learn how frequently you need to change your Softcup. Women often overestimate the amount of menstrual flow during a period—the average amount of flow is only about two tablespoons (30 ml) for the entire length of the period, which on average lasts two to seven days.
How many times can I use reusable Softcup? Reusable Softcup is designed to be used throughout one entire menstrual cycle, and can be worn up to 12 hours before being removed, rinsed and reinserted. Once the cup is full, or if you have reached the 12-hour maximum wear time, it will need to be removed, emptied, rinsed and reinserted.
You may wash reusable Softcup with lukewarm water and mild soap if you wish. Or, just use water if you prefer. To store for an extended period of time, wash thoroughly with a mild unscented soap, dry completely and store in a ventilated container. DO NOT store it in a sealable plastic bag or airtight container. DO NOT boil or microwave reusable Softcup.
I am trying to get pregnant. Can Softcup be used as a fertility aid? Evofem has not studied the post-intercourse placement of an Instead Softcup as a method to help improve the probability of conception. The use of Softcup as a pregnancy aid has not been cleared by the FDA.
Is Softcup safe? The Softcup has had extensive toxicology, biocompatibility and microbiological laboratory testing. It has also undergone human clinical testing and has been used by thousands of women since it went on the market in 1996. All results support the safety of Softcup when used as directed. The cup is compatible with a woman's internal tissues, does not promote infection, and is not likely to cause an allergic reaction. Softcup is made of inert, hypoallergenic, non absorbent, non-irritating polymeric material that has been used safely for more than 20 years in health care products such as catheters and baby bottle nipples. Softcup contains no latex. The Softcup does not leave fibers behind in your body.
If you feel itching, redness or swelling after you have inserted the Softcup, gently remove it and discontinue use. Just like any period protection product, It is possible that a few individuals could be sensitive to the materials in this product.
Is there a risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)? Laboratory studies show that the Instead Softcup does not promote growth of the bacterium Staphylococcus Aureus, the bacterium believed to cause Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). To date, Softcup has not had any reported cases of TSS.
Although TSS can occur in men, children and women, it is a disease that mostly affects menstruating women who use tampons. Population studies suggest that the risk of TSS is related to tampon absorbency; the higher the tampon absorbency, the higher the risk of contracting TSS; the lower the absorbency, the lower the risk of TSS. Unlike tampons, the Instead Softcup is non-absorbent; it holds rather than absorbs menstrual fluid. However, consumer usage of Softcup has not been extensive enough to date to quantify the risk of TSS, if any, while using Softcup. As a precaution, users must change Softcup after 12 hours maximum wear time. TSS is a rare but serious disease that may cause death. The warning signs include a sudden high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, a rash that looks like sunburn, dizziness, fainting or near fainting and muscle aches. TSS can progress rapidly from flu-like symptoms to a serious illness that can be fatal. If you have any of these signs and you are using Softcup, remove it and immediately contact your physician for medical care.
What are the benefits of Softcup? Here are some of the benefits of Softcup that their customers rave about:
Softcup is great for busy women or women who just don't want to think about changing a tampon every few hours—Softcup can be worn for up to 12 hours
Softcup can be worn during sexual intercourse
You can't feel the Softcup when you're wearing it
You can wear Softcup during any physical activity—including swimming, sports and sex
Get a full night's sleep with Softcup; it can be worn overnight
Softcup eliminates menstrual odor cause by the menstrual flow being exposed to air
Softcup is comfortable and does not cause irritation or dryness
Softcup is not linked to Toxic Shock Syndrome (see question on toxic shock syndrome)
You can wear one reusable Softcup through the duration of your period, saving you money and the environment
Softcup has no wings and no strings
What is reusable Softcup made of? Reusable Softcup is made of the same medical grade elastomer and polyethylene material as disposable Softcup. It has been cleared by the FDA and is the same material as is used in catheters and baby bottle nipples. It contains no latex, silicone, phthalates, Bisphenol-a (BPA) nor dioxins. It contains no residual fibers, bleach, pesticides, carcinogens nor polycarbonates (PCBs).
What is Softcup made of? Softcup is made of inert, hypoallergenic, non absorbent, non-irritating polymeric material that has been used safely for more than 20 years in health care products such as catheters and baby bottle nipples.
When do I dispose of reusable Softcup? Many women find it convenient to use and reuse one reusable Softcup at the start of each period and discard it at the end of their cycle or when washing or cleaning becomes inconvenient. When washing or rinsing facilities are unavailable Softcup may also simply be emptied and reinserted.
Who should not use Softcup? Softcup recommends that women using an intrauterine device or IUD talk to their doctor before using Softcup as there is a risk of dislodging or removing the IUD by pulling on the IUD string while removing the Softcup. Your doctor may be able to help you determine whether there are steps you may take to safely use the Softcup and your IUD simultaneously, such as trimming the IUD string.
Women who have had recent gynecologic surgery (such as Leep, Laser, cone biopsy for dysplasia of the cervix) and have been advised not to use tampons, should also avoid use of the Softcup for the recommended time.
Women who have ever had TSS should not use any internal sanitary protection product, including Softcup. Women who have just had a child, miscarriage or abortion, or have been told they have a tilted uterus, should consult with a physician before using Softcup. There are no age limitations on the use of the Softcup and it can be worn by virgins.
Do not use Softcup if you are using an intrauterine device (IUD), as there is a risk of dislodging, displacing or removing the IUD by pulling on the IUD string when removing Softcup. If you have ever had Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), do not use Softcup or any other internally worn products.
Maximum wear time is twelve (12) hours. Softcup must be changed after 12 hours. Immediately following childbirth, miscarriage, or termination of pregnancy, consult your physician before using Softcup.
Softcup is not a contraceptive and does not provide protection against sexually transmitted diseases.
If you or your sexual partner develop burning, itching, pain, or sweeling in the genital area or discomfort with urination, discontinue using all internal protection and contact your physician .
If you have problems removing Softcup, call 800-INSTEAD (467-8323) or contact your physician.
Two (2) Reusable 12-Hour Period Protection Softcups good for up to one (1) cycle. Softcups are non-toxic, hypo-allergenic, latex-free and safe when used as directed.
Evofem, Inc., formerly Instead Inc., advances women's sexual and reproductive health through personal care, disease prevention, contraception and conception products. We are a unique provider of feminine hygiene in that we don't manufacture other consumer products such as diapers, cleaners, and other unrelated products; all of Evofem's work centers on women's health. Evofem provides women with greater freedom, comfort and control of their reproductive and sexual health. We are dedicated and passionate about the struggles and issues of all women and work to improve their lives, not only through innovation but through charity, good will and working with other people and organizations with the same mission. 8910 University Center Lane San Diego,
92122 Phone: 1-800-467-8323 Fax: 858-550-0119 http://www.softcup.com
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( Park Falls,
5/27/2013 8:04:32 AM
I recommend this product!
Good product, but it's going to take some getting used to. Messy to empty.
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