NEWS: I now sell the *reusable* menstrual cups at my new store:
There were 2 samples, each wrapped in a plastic purple sleeve:
Here, I would like to offer a diagram on the female anatomy, and show you step by step how an Instead menstrual cup works in your body. Please feel free to click on any of the photos to make them larger, as I have important notes on these photos:
I did a test run myself of one of the cups. I found it very easy to insert, and remove. The rim is just firm enough to where it is comfortable, but you can still hold the cup upright when removing, to keep from spilling.
During insertion, I found it best to aim sort of down and back, until I got it all the way in to the very end, then move it up to rest behind the cervix (because this cup DOES need to be worn up around the cervix to form a good seal).
Once it was inserted, it was very comfortable. I was slightly aware of it, but no more than I was my normal menstrual cup. I could kneel, squat, sit, lay down, bend over, just about anything. It did not hurt at all, and It was definitely something I would consider doable.
Removal was much like insertion: Move the end that was the furthest inside downward a bit (to get it by the cervix again), and then pull the rest of the way out.
I have done dry runs (while not menstruating) and tried it while actually on my period. I did not experience any leaks, but one should be careful not to grab the ring from over the top, but rather, from underneath. Grabbing from over the top can cause spills. These are disposable, and I have heard some helpful suggestions that, when you are removing it, just stuff some bathroom tissue inside the cup, then squeeze it flat again, and wrap some tissue around the outside of it, and throw it away. But some people don’t like the added paper waste.
In short, this is a very user-friendly product, and I would recommend it to anyone who is willing to try it.