Getting Real with Softcup

Forewarning: If you are my dad, one of my brothers, or a male/female who doesn’t want to hear about periods (specifically my period), this post isn’t for you. I don’t mind that you know about these things, but if it makes you feel uncomfortable then you can’t stay I didn’t warn you :)

 

Dear Period,

I’ve known you since I was eleven. It was nice not knowing you while I was pregnant. I thought I wouldn’t know you while exclusively breastfeeding either.

Apparently, I’m one of those lucky ones who gets to experience you while exclusively breastfeeding. My midwife said you come back to 20% of us. I can’t say I was pleased to see you knocking at my door… err, vagina, at 5.5 weeks postpartum.

The only good thing about your early presence, period, is being able to participate in the Softcup campaign, of which I most certainly thought wouldn’t be happening.

So dear friend, I guess I need to accept you into my life again. I’m confident it’ll be easier to do so now that I have Softcup in my life.

Love:

Your not-so-happy-period-receiving-while-exclusively-breastfeeding-hoping-it-was-a-fluke body.

Whew! Glad I got that off my chest! To say I was bitter when I received my period so shortly after giving birth is an understatement. Luckily, I had already received my Softcup samples at this point as a “just in case” I could participate type thing. Well, I’m glad I had the samples because I certainly didn’t have any tampons in the house!

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Quick shout out to the super attractive thick nursing bra straps.

Just like learning how to put a tampon in when we were adolescents, learning to put the Softcup in took a little practice. The first time I tried it felt uncomfortable and I could tell I had the wrong placement. The second time I don’t think I had it far enough back and there was some leakage. Third time is a charm though and off I went about my normal day! I even went on a fast-paced three mile walk while trying out the Softcup and there was no leakage! I was actually a little surprised and had made sure to wear a panty liner just in case.

I couldn’t feel the Softcup at all, therefore it meets my comfortability requirement. You are also able to wear it during swimming, sports, and sex. I’m not sure that I would choose the sex route for myself, but it’s nice to know that you have that option.

Anyway, my favorite thing about the Softcup is that it eliminates menstrual odor since the menstrual flow isn’t exposed to the air. The other great thing about both the reusable and disposable Softcup are that they are made of entirely hypoallergenic, non-toxic, latex-free, non-irritating material. There has never been a reported incidence of TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome) and the wear time is longer than that of a pad of tampon.

I was really happy with this product and need to use the store locator button to make use of my $1 off coupon!

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Softcup® is a flexible little cup that is worn internally, around your cervix. It collects, rather than absorbs menstrual flow. It can be worn for up to 12 hours so it’s great for busy women, or women who just don’t want to have to think about chaining a pad or tampon every few hours.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Softcup®.

Have you ever tried Softcup? Would you ever try Softcup?

And because inquiring minds wonder… no, I haven’t gotten a second period yet. I’m currently 11 weeks postpartum and it will be interesting to see if a) I receive one b) if so, how many days a part will they be. When did you receive your first period postpartum?

Comments

  1. 1

    Girl I got mine back at 2 months and it’s been back since haha. Totally annoyed because I am breastfeeding as well.

  2. 3

    I’ve never heard of softcup but am intrigued
    I’ve tried a diva cup buy didn’t have much luck with it (I think due to the size). Will definitely be checking out softcup!

    • 4
      Healthy Heddleston says:

      Totally forgot about the Diva Cup — forgot about those. I just googled some images and the Diva Cup and Softcup look completely different. Looks like the Diva Cup is all plastic/rubber(??) … whereas the Softcup has a plastic circle rib (reminds me of the nuvaring) with a little bag that comes down from it. I kinda wish I would have posted an image of it on the blog, but I thought that might have been weird. Hope you understand what I’m trying to describe!

  3. 6
    Shannon Howell says:

    I just picked these up at the store and the first time I tried them it felt uncomfortable so I didn’t use them again.. I’ll have to try them again next month when my “friend” comes back lol! I like that they seem to be better for you.

    • 7
      Healthy Heddleston says:

      Yeah, I was actually surprised by how much I like them! Just an initial learning curve when you try new period products!

  4. 8

    I tried the Diva Cup and it was horrific (i.e painful and caused cramping). I am still chiding myself for spending money on it.

    That being said, I did look up the Soft up and am happy that its a bit different. Maybe I’ll get it a shot…

  5. 10

    thanks for posting! I’ll have to look into this!

  6. 11

    Okay, you’ve got my curiosity peaked! I think I might try this, but how did the removal process go? Was it fairly easy to keep it upright and avoid a mess?

    • 12
      Healthy Heddleston says:

      Great question! I can’t believe I didn’t talk about that! The removal process wasn’t so bad really. The first time my finger inevitably were a little messy, but things were pretty well contained. The second time it was even easier — so with anything, it just takes practice. I definitely would recommend wearing a panty liner until you get used to it though!

  7. 13

    Can you use the soft cup 5 weeks postpartum with out causing infection

    • 14
      Healthy Heddleston says:

      My midwife said it was okay, but I would ask your healthcare professional to be sure. During delivery I only had a small laceration with one stitch (so small it wasn’t even first degree), so I’m sure that helped me able to use this comfortably!

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