Monday, December 17, 2012

Product Review: Instead Softcup

***Any guys reading this, especially any male relatives of mine... you may want to quit now.  This review may venture into the land of TMI! ***

"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." Sources: Text-; Photo- Instead Softcup Facebook Page 
I first heard of Instead Softcup last year at a race expo.  I even took home a sample and put in my bathroom closet.  But when I checked out the website to get more info, they basically said "this can take some practice".  And with my 2pk sample, I just never got brave enough to try it. 

But the concept intrigued me.  And every month, even though I wasn't quite brave enough, I looked at those Instead Softcup samples and said, "I wonder..."

So when the opportunity came up, I jumped at it.  And this is what I learned: 

1.  You will likely not get it right on the first try.  You might, but you very may not.  I didn't.  Wear a pad as extra protection on your first couple tries, just in case!  And for goodness sake, remember that the  "don't try anything new on race day" rule applies here... you do NOT want to be worried about whether or not you got it right in the middle of a race! 

2.  It doesn't take long to get it right.  I will admit that after a couple days the first cycle, I gave up.  But the next month, I tried again.  And you know what happened?  After a couple more days, it was just as easy as using tampons.  There is a lot of help on the website and even an "Ask The Doctor" where you can ask questions that you can't find the answer to already.

3.  For me, there was some leakage...but ONLY when I went to the bathroom.  At first this alarmed me.  I thought for sure it was because it didn't fit right or I had inserted Instead Softcup improperly.  Not so.  As long as this is the only time you are observing leakage, it is normal.  (Website FAQ full answer here.) 

Overall, I was very happy with the performance of the product.  I  really was able to go all day without worrying about having to run the bathroom every several hours to change a tampon.  Working out with Instead Softcup was very comfortable - didn't even know it was there.  This would be a GREAT product for race day.  Especially longer races like a marathon or half-iron triathlon.  

Now, despite all the good things about this product, I will likely not be using it as my regular period protection.  Why?  Plastic waste.  I currently use tampons with no applicator so there is only a very small amount of garbage, especially plastic, being produced by my usage.  That is not to say I won't use it.  It may not become my everyday period protection, but Instead Softcup is definitely a product I will use again, but for those occasions like a long race or training day (marathon shopping?).

Want to know more about Instead Softcup?  
I encourage you to check out 
their website at

I was compensated by Instead Softcup for this review, but all opinions expressed herein are entirely mine


  1. Great review - very informative and something to think about for longer runs. Thank you!

  2. Very very interesting.....I wonder if it leeks when you go to the bathroom, if it would leak during high effort/exertion?? Climbing while riding or running?? But honestly, nothing is perfect!

    1. Good point... honestly, I don't know. I was pretty well out of intense training for most of the year due to a stress reaction so I didn't test that out. I think running might be okay, but the positioning of being in aero on the bike??? I'll have to test that out when I get back into tri training!