Instead Feminine Protection Cup Instead Feminine Protection Cup

Instead Feminine Protection Cup

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  • Look Ma, no leaks!

    Apr 7, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: truly comfortable, no leaks
    Cons: difficult to get used to, non-biodegradable

    Summary: A couple of months ago, I was perusing the "Feminine Hygiene" aisle of my local drug store when I happened upon an unfamiliar item. As I read the packaging of the Instead Feminine Protection Cup, I knew I had to try it. Ultrafem, the ... read more

  • Definitely try!

    Oct 15, 2012 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: No leaks
    Comfortable when in
    Can use during sex
    Only needs changing twice a day
    Cons: Discomfort with insertion and removal
    Shifts during sleep
    Messy removal
    Not found everywhere

    Summary: I've been doing research on menstrual cups for awhile, but never tried them because I would have to order online. However, I saw the Softcups in the store one day and had to try them. I had fairly high expectations because I've heard of all the ... read more

  • Not for the faint of heart

    Jan 22, 2012 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: comfortable once in.
    insertion sleeker than tampon insertion.
    Stays put.
    Doesn't leak.
    Cons: The cup is crinkly.
    Instructions not handy.
    Very messy removal.

    Summary: This is the second time I've tried this product. I keep thinking that something has to be better than tampons and pads. Especially since I tend to be ultra heavy on one of my days and neither one works for very long. I decided to try these on my heaviest ... read more

  • A Useful Product, But Not a Replacement for Tampons

    Jan 11, 2012 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Can have sex, extends tampon wearability
    Cons: leaks, messy to remove

    Summary: This is a great product I will continue to use, but it is not a replacement for tampons.Unfortunately, Instead is leaky -- and when it leaks, it doesn't leak like a tampon, only letting out a dribble of excess fluid, but rather spills the ENTIRE ... read more

  • Softcup may be the alternative you are looking for

    Oct 25, 2011 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: - Plan a lower maint day -Safer than tampon -Cleaner with disposable gloves
    Cons: -Can be messy without latex gloves -Takes getting used to

    Summary: I want to offer some pointers to use this product and my experience. I do want to say that if you have the softcup in correctly it doesn't feel insecure like it will fall out, nor does it leak. 1. Feel. I have really heavy flows ... read more

  • Love it, great for sex!

    Aug 15, 2011 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Long-lasting, discreet, can have sex with it in!
    Cons: Can be a little messy and a little time consuming at first.

    Summary: To be perfectly honest, the only reason I bought this product was because I wanted to have clean sex while on my period. My boyfriend and I have been dating for over a year, and since he lives over 100 miles away, and I dont ever see him but ... read more

  • Lifechanger (or at least week-changer)

    Jun 18, 2011 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Convenient, comfortable, eco-friendly. NO MORE WET STRINGS!
    Cons: Removal is messy and can initially (before you get the hang of it) be time-consuming.

    Summary: I've known about mentstrual cups for a while but stayed away (they looked like they'd be so uncomfortable and awkward to insert/remove) until a friend couldn't stop RAVING about the Instead. So I tried it. And I LOVE IT. It took me a couple of tries to ... read more

  • Best invention ever!!!

    Jun 16, 2011 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Insertion and removal was quick and painless and you can't feel its there
    Cons: None except for the fact that they should be advertised more.

    Summary: So i was searching the web for a feminine product that would let me engage in sexual intercourse during that time of month. Also, i have used pads all my life and so i'm used to them but it is inconveinent to have to change them every few hours. I did ... read more

  • the solution to your period on special days

    Jun 22, 2010 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: No more ruined romantic vacations or embarrassing tampons!!!!
    Cons: Very messy, must handle with precision and care.

    Summary: This product is wonderful. As advertised you will have to get the hang of it and yes it feels strange at first for it is a rather large object (even for a mother of two). The plastic is pliable but it is still a bit hard on the very soft areas. ... read more

  • Giving it a shot

    May 20, 2010 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: longer lasting, better piece of mind, interesting concept
    Cons: annoying/messy to change, and i don't know yet

    Summary: I just bought the Instead softcup and tried it for the first time today. I was getting sick of tampons and wanted to be able to have sex during this inconvenient period of time (pun intended;). I love how Instead lasts longer (up to 12 hours) than ... read more

  • Unbelievably changing!

    Nov 7, 2009 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Clean. Invisible. Smell-free. Leak-free. Sport-friendly. Forget about your period on light days.
    Cons: Learning curve. Messy to remove. Leaks when you sneeze. May not fit everyone perfectly.

    Summary: This product has completely reduced the stress and grossness and mess I used to have every month with tampons, and pads! I just can't believe this product has not reached more mass-market popularity.There is a learning curve( for me, it took two ... read more

  • Instead is breakthrough for women!

    May 12, 2009 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Can be worn for up to 12 hours Can have sex!
    Cons: Can be a tad messy Not bio-degradable Occasional Leaks

    Summary: I hate my period...I hate everything about it. I always have! It is messy, it smells, the products are uncomfortable and give me rashes, it ruins your panties.........on and on............ I first saw the instead product on infomercials several years ... read more


    May 4, 2009 by
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    Pros: Easy insertion/ removal, price is good for quality, no odors, comfortable, sex while inserted
    Cons: Hard to find in stores

    Summary: My friend steered me to this product when I used to complain about regular tampons not being enough and super being too thick. I swear this is the best thing for that time of the month. Even on my heaviest day I could go the full 12 hours with a pad ... read more

  • perfect alternative!

    Apr 6, 2009 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: longer wear
    Cons: none yet!

    Summary: i have been using softcup for about 6 months now.  I find it allows me to function normally while on my period, which tampons that have to be replaced every couple of hours just didn't do.  I also think its a great way to "go green".  We ... read more

  • Instead Cup . . . best invention EVER!

    Feb 28, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Clean. Inexpensive. Can have sex with it.
    Cons: Nothing!

    Summary: I saw this product at the store while looking for my usual tampons (which I always thought were ineffective and smelly) and I immediately thought, "if these things work as promised this will be the best thing that ever happened to women!" And it's true. ... read more

  • Haven't used a tampon in 10 years!

    Feb 12, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Long wear, comfortable
    Cons: Messy

    Summary: I love, love, love these cups. Think Elaine in the Seinfeld episode with the Today sponge. I would definitely stockpile these if there was any possibility of discontinuation. I have rarely experienced leaks while wearing Instead. As long as I've ... read more

  • Warning, this is a very detailed review.

    Jan 1, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Can't feel it.
    Cons: Messy removal.

    Summary: I decided to try Instead because I recently have been having heavier periods and didn't want to be always changing pads or tampons. (I was soaking through a tampon with a pad in 2 hours on my heavy days) Plus I really like the idea of not filling up the ... read more

  • Answered prayer!

    Oct 23, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy insert/removal; saved my dignity; inexpensive; passed the 12 hour test
    Cons: Don't use on light days - drying hurts; not available everywhere

    Summary: Years ago, when Instead used to advertise on late night commercials, I ordered and used Instead. It worked like a charm and I loved it. But, for some reason I stopped using them. Recently, I'd say in the last year or two, my cycles have been grossly ... read more

  • Good idea, but there are better alternatives out there

    May 20, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: you can wear this up to 12 hours before changing it
    Cons: it leaks constantly worried that it was gonna pop out of place

    Summary: I had come across this product thru the internet. After some time I decided to go to a regular store and purchase it from there. Not all drug stores carry this product. I was very excited to try this out and watched the video on their website ... read more

  • Approach With Caution

    Feb 17, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: comfortable after the first 5-10 minutes
    Cons: discomfort, extremely hard to remove, leekage

    Summary: I had heard about reusable menstrual cups before from friends who lived in countries with undeveloped waste management. The idea has intrigued me for a couple of years now, so when I saw Instead disposable cups at Rite Aid I was excited to try something ... read more

  • Used to be great, but not anymore...

    Jun 12, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Can't feel them at all, no odor, sometimes can wear up to 12 hours
    Cons: Leaks (and big ones, too!), not for the squeamish - wear gloves!!!

    Summary: I've been using Instead cups for, gosh, almost 10 years now, and up until a year or two ago they were absolute miracles. For the first 8 years or so, the Instead cups were made of a thick soft rubbery material, which ensured up to 12 hours of leak-free ... read more

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