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10 December 2009 @ 06:38 pm
I looked around the community and couldn't find a post to this question...

I recently purchased some Instead Softcups and I really like them, but I hate that they're disposable. Is there a reusable version? The reason I ask is because I have a DivaCup, but you have to take it out before sex. My boyfriend faints at the sight of blood, so I have to use the Instead Softcups in order to have sex during my period. It's not a huge problem to just use one disposable Softcup once in a while (and my DivaCup the rest of the time), but it'd be nice to have a reusable option.
effetdepapillon on December 10th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
From what ive heard, a lot of women reuse their Instead's. Aside from the fact that they're supposed to be disposable, I don't see why you can't reuse them until you want to dispose of them.
Baby Bloodheartbabybloodheart on December 11th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
You can reuse softcups - just wash and reuse like you would with a menstrual cup, as long as you wash well and are careful not to damage it. However not sure about hygiene if you were to wash then put it away between use.

I cannot insert softcups, when I actually managed it I found them to be stupidly messy and my last partner I tried them with freaked out BIG TIME as he could feel it....so instead I use my old diaphragm. With diaphragms they are fitted to you so more comfortable and easier to insert, they are made for sex so cannot be felt, they aren't as messy or prone to leaking, they are reusable, plus they can give a little more protection against pregnancy.
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Ashatenlegspider on December 11th, 2009 10:57 am (UTC)
Yeah, Insteads are basically disposable diaphragms that can't be used for contraception.
Devin in Reversenived32 on December 11th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
I just went through my last period reusing my Insteads. I actually use two during the period (but that's better than 14 per period). When I remove one I insert the other, then wash the first one and allow it to air dry (to insure that I don't accidentally perforate it or anything).
Kai: pic#84732488kuradi8 on December 11th, 2009 01:26 am (UTC)
Insteads CAN be washed and re-used, just like our cups can. I don't think they can be boiled but they can be washed and sanitized with hydrogen peroxide, vinegar or other mild sanitizing agents.
fun-sized mobile agony and death dispenser: evienorthatlantic on December 11th, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
It's comparatively expensive, but a diaphragm for birth control fits and works the same way as an Instead and is reusable, a lot of women who use diaphragms for BC use it for that too. It costs $40-$50 and you have to have your gynecologist do a measurement to get the right size.