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A Roaring Aura... A White Rainbow
07 March 2012 @ 02:52 pm
Review on Insteads Softcups

Short version:
WELP. They are better than tampons but I pretty much hate them!

Long version:
I am a long time user of a diva cup, but I think it fell out of my bag while staying at my boyfriend's parents house over Christmas and I cannot afford to purchase a new one right now. I'm just getting off the depo shot so my period is crazy long and heavy right now and tampons were just NOT working (but I DESPISE them.) I purchased a box of Insteads as a more affordable option to help me ride out this crazy cycle.

I really don't like them.

*Despite being quite huge, they are actually quite comfortable. Can't feel them at all.
*Easy to insert
*Despite the package saying they are one time use, I find that they are actually useable for more than 12 hours, saving me money.
*They are pretty affordable (although not as affordable as just buying a cup over long term, but in a pinch!)

* Despite being quite huge, they sure don't hold a lot. 12 hours my ass.
* Because of the way it sits, every time I use the restroom, it falls and leaks all over. Not a big deal, as it is into the toilet, but then I have to use my finger to stick it back up into place which creates a messy finger. Also not a big deal if i'm at home, but in a public bathroom, it causes problems.
* Not so easy to remove. I find the whole process way more messy than tampons or the cup.
tinkerandcrabtinkerandcrab on March 7th, 2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
Love your writing style. And good info...
A Roaring Aura... A White Rainbowle_soleil_noir on March 8th, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)
Awwwwwwww thanks!
melissa569melissa569 on March 10th, 2012 05:20 am (UTC)
Ditto, made me smile :)

Because of my very low cervix, I'm a bit too short for an Instead. But I've noticed the "12 hour" thing really depends from person to person. Someone with a light to medium-light flow could most likely go 12 hours just fine. Or like myself (I have an average to sometimes heavy flow) I can go 12 hours on a light day.

I personally feel that there should be disclaimer words under the "12 hour" claim, stating something like:

"Individual results may vary, depending on your flow."

Just my opinion, because a lot of people with heavier flows may feel mislead if it doesn't last a full 12 hours.
A Roaring Aura... A White Rainbowle_soleil_noir on March 10th, 2012 05:25 am (UTC)
Even without the flow issue, it doesn't last me 12 hours because every time I pee, my muscles bear down and the cup dislodges from my pubic bone and the blood leaks all over...so really, every time I use the restroom, I have to put it back up under my pubic bone...and as long as I'm doing that, I might as well empty it. (But even if I don't, my finger still gets all bloody.)

Although, I suppose it could last 12 hours if I didn't pee in 12 hours.
luxurymoonluxurymoon on March 8th, 2012 01:01 pm (UTC)
Good info -thank you!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 8th, 2012 01:05 pm (UTC)
I also prefer cups to Insteads for the same reasons -- they don't hold much and they're messy. I think that Insteads work much better on light days than on heavy.

Helpful hint? Swap two. Remove one, insert the other and wash the first for later.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on March 8th, 2012 02:19 pm (UTC)
just saying that the XL Meluna is quite a bit cheaper than the diva, has similar dimensions and a pretty high capacity..and if you order from the official site you'll get a free sample, probably a smaller size.
A Roaring Aura... A White Rainbowle_soleil_noir on March 8th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
oh thanks, i will look into that!
The diva cup is actually too large for me and I wear it inside out, so maybe the smaller one will be good.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 8th, 2012 05:42 pm (UTC)
Please look at the various size charts at the Community FAQ.

Just because a cup is called "small" doesn't mean that it actually is. Use actual dimensions to figure out what brands of cups you think might fit/suit you best. Don't pick a brand or size first.
A Roaring Aura... A White Rainbowle_soleil_noir on March 8th, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, that is why I said I would look into it and 'maybe'

Serpentserpent_849 on March 8th, 2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
oh then i don't recommend an XL meluna.
a large could be fine if your diva's capacity was enough for you. see a comparison pic: http://i46.servimg.com/u/f46/14/96/65/91/pictu111.jpg
it's called large but it's smaller than most large sizes really.

also there's currently a discount for fleurcups. a large one is a great choice for low cervix+heavy flow.
moonhoney925 on March 9th, 2012 01:33 am (UTC)
I have not come across any positive reviews for this product. Leaking and removal seem to be the major issues.

Call me ignorant but I'm not sure why anyone who is in the market for a menstrual cup would want a disposable cup anyway. After all it's the main reason why most of us made the switch.

I hope you're able to purchase a new cup soon. Fleurcups are great for those with a high cervix too as the stem is a good length

Edited at 2012-03-09 01:34 am (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 9th, 2012 02:01 am (UTC)
Unlike cups that tell you not to wear them for PIV, Insteads are marketed for "clean period sex." They also have a reputation with the "trying to conceive" crowd who insert one after sex to keep sperm close to the cervix. And it doesn't take long for users to figure out that they don't have to be disposable. They can be washed and reused for as long as that individual trusts them.

There are those who DO like them as period protection -- but you're right, the reviews seem to be more negative than positive.

A Roaring Aura... A White Rainbowle_soleil_noir on March 9th, 2012 02:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, I don't get it either.
I always thought it might be a good product for someone who wants to try them out but doesn't want to shell out 50 bucks for a diva cup without knowing if they like it first or not...

but now that i've used them, i don't think they are even a good representation of what it is like to use a cup.

Jennythepickle07 on March 9th, 2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
reusability might be a big one, but it is certainly not the only reason to switch. I started using a cup because I was having issues that tampons were making worse, and I can not use pads.

And yeah, from what I'm reading, they're not a good representation of what it's like to use a cup. I'm reading that they sit differently in the vagina than reusable cups.

I think also some people might want to use a cup, but are grossed out by the fact that cups are reusable. At least, that was my friend's reaction...