NEWS:  I now sell the *reusable* menstrual cups at my new store:

I just got my Instead samples in the mail, and I wanted to share the photos with everyone, and also write a quick review. I even did a quick insertion demo with a slender glass jar I bought from the dollar store. Not the most realistic example, but it provides visibility. Sorry if some of the pictures are fuzzy, Some I took with my old camera, and some with my new one.   I’ll try to update all of them later on.

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:

My Review:

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.


  1. kelly said,

    tahnk you for all the wonderful tips and info

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      You are quite welcome

  2. RaiulBaztepo said,

    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      Thank you. Your English is very good, you are a fast learner.

  3. kqbash said,

    Would you say it was harder or easier to remove the Instead cup than the reusable ones?

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      Hmmm… Honeslty, I would say they are about equal. With traditional cups, you have the suction, and the the angles. With Instead, you have the “hooking/unhooking” properly around the cervix and behind the pubic bone. They both take practice, but its well orth it when mastered.

  4. eee said,

    I have tried the Instead cups a number of times, but always find that they often leak. I find it very difficult to get it inserted properly. I do have a tilted uterus, and I’m not sure if that makes insertion of the Instead cup more difficult for me. In your opinion, are the reusable brands more reliable than Instead as far as staying leak free? Because they seem to rely on suction rather than “hooking” around the cervix, are they a more fool-proof method for people like me?

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      As far as all women go in general, I think its impossible to name only one brand that works for every person. I know women who only like insteads, and who’s bodies agree very well with them. However, there are some women who are just shaped a little uniquely, and they prefer the “traditional” or “reusable” cups. There are also some women who feel very strongly about the idea of spending money on disposable cups, and crating waste, etc.

      Honestly, I would say try a reusable one, if insteads are not working. They really do feel, work, and fit differently and there are so many brands/sizes/colors to choose from now. Its also a different experience, because with a reusable one, you keep it around for years, and you sort of get “attached” to it, lol. They just might work better for you. They don’t really depend on working with your cervix. They can cradle it inside, if your cervix is low, or they can sit a ways under it if your cervix is high. They basically just seal the walls and “catch” everything that comes out.

    • Lisa said,

      I find I leak with the instead cups as well… but don’t whatsoever with the lady cup. I just can’t seem to keep this cup in proper placement. hope that helps.

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  6. Online Stock Trading said,

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  7. Kath said,

    I usually use a mooncup (UK brand) but use Instead occasionally, when a disposable cup is more convenient. Because it is not rigid (apart from the rim) it can be used during sex. My boyfriend says he can feel the rim but it’s not unpleasant 🙂

  8. Edward Lane said,

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  9. kempozone said,

    Im sure many of you are like me and one of the first things you do in the morning is head here and check out the new post. Along with seeing the new posts, I’m also always checking out the blog roll rss feed and watching them grow, or shrink sometimes. In one of my past …but all in all excellent site. Keep it up!

  10. SpiceyMom said,

    One thing I love about the Instead is the ability to have sex with it in….If you really want to that is. I love my cup, but sometimes the Instead is a great thing to have just in case…maybe one in the car or in the purse. It fits better in a little black purse if one might have their period and not sure and they have a cup that can not be inserted before the period.

  11. Angel03 said,

    I used to be an instead user, I just could not seem to make it work for me. I am interested in other cups. Good luck to those of you who use instead.

  12. charlotte said,

    i had leaking with instead. i found that my body would push it out.. so that the front rim slipped out and caused a huge mess. i believe because of the larger rim it hooks on your pubic bone like a diaphragm would.. but the problem is that it then sits more vertically in my body. so it slips off of my pubic bone and comes out spilling its contents in the process. i have had trouble with the diva 2 pushing out.. but because the rim sits more horizontally and b/c it is more narrow at the rim, the bottom pushes out first and i can feel it and “fix” the problem with reinsertion without a huge mess. my two cents.. for what they’re worth.

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      Sounds like you have a low cervix, such women usually find Insteads and Divas too long. You would probably happier with a shorter cup like Lunette or Yuuki.

  13. linda said,

    i love this product.used this for over ten hard to find at times.i am surprise to hear you found this at the 99cents store.It cost me $7.99 for 14cups.Do you know if it’s sold at every 99cents stores.I live in California,i hope i can find some here.Can’t beat 99cents.i will buy it enough til my period stop LOL.seriously.

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      Oh, oops I should have clarified that– the little glass I used for the insertion demonstrtion was from the 99 cent store. But the insteads I got as a free sample from the company after showing them my information websites.

      Sorry about that, lol

  14. Gina said,

    I just started using the Insteads and I am loving them. The fit is fine for me. But I am curious about a reusable alternative. Do you have a recommendation of a reusable with a similar fit?

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      Most reusable cups are shorter than the length of a folded or partially folded Instead (as its worn). You can try a small Yuuki, or a small Lunette, those are good ones. But really, weather you use a large or a small will depend on how heavy your flow is, and if you’ve had a child (larges are better for heavy flow, or women who have given birth).

  15. Amy said,

    I’ve used instead since the late 90s, and I love it. Unfortunately, it seems my shape changed after my vaginal birth, and the Instead cups keep leaking (i think the cup is slipping out, so maybe my pubic bone got squashed during birth?). I’ve gone back to a combination of pads and tampons, and it’s a disaster. I have really heavy flow the first 2 days, so pads leak everywhere especially when sleeping. Even the tampon super absorbent leaks while I’m sleeping, and I have to wear a pad as backup. For overnight, Instead with a pantiliner backup was the only thing that worked. I had no idea there were re-usable menstrual cups until I started searching for an alternative to tampons, pads, and Instead! Any suggestions of brand for a good fit in light of postbirth changes?

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      If you think your size changed, I would say go with a large. If your flow is heavy, some good ones would be larges of: Lunette, Diva, Miacup, Fleurcup (depending on your location), Mpower (only one/large size), etc. Hope that helps 🙂

  16. nova said,

    I apreciate the pictures and the emphasis on the uterus being back towards the rectum and not up. Perhaps this is why I had major leakage during the night, I probably pushed the side in too far or out of alignment.

    I don’t understand how a woman can have sex with the Instead inside, I can feel it with my fingertips…plastic right there!!! I would have to confess to my bf what it was and see if he would want to try. How can women get away with their partner not knowing? 🙂

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      Hahaha, I tried it once. Because I’m so showrt inside, I too can feel the edge of the ring jsut inside the entrance… Basically, when hubby and I “gave it a try” I had to kind of push up on the front end of the ring, and that allowed space to go under it. But I imagine that if a woman were a bit longer inside, aka had a higher cervix, (which many do) she could probably have sex without having to push the front edge up….? I would have to speak to a high-cervix woman who has tried it.


  17. nova said,

    I don’t know about if I have a high or low cervix, but I do know mine is tilted and crooked!

    When I put a tampon it it goes to the side!

    I tried putting the Instead to the side but got a very little bit of leakage.

    I think a guy would have to be really drunk not to notice this plastic thing inside a woman! jeez! 🙂

  18. nova said,

    Does anybody have trouble removing it, as in, the blood gets everywhere?

    I suppose like anything worth while, this contraption takes time to master.

  19. Jen said,

    its in. i cant feel it.. but i still seem to be leaking. cant figure out what im doing wrong. theres no place else for it to go so it must be in correctly right? should i be able to feel it without really.. umm.. reaching? just seems too big to me. ive used the nuvaring in the past and figured this couldnt be harder but apparently it is…

    i will keep trying but i have a diva cup on order… maybe that one would be better for me…

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      Be sure to get it behind yoru cervix, like in the diagrams above. Sometimes on the way in, you have to tilt the inner side of it down (by lifting the front side up) to get it by the cervix. Sometimes it feels like you have reached the end of the vagina, when really, your cervix could be sitting against the bottom wall of the vagina, and you’re bumping into the cervix, rather than the back wall.

      This basically works just like a diaphram… Only it keeps blood in, rather than keeping sperm out. Also Diaphragms are prescription only, and you have to be “fitted” for them through a visit with the doctor.

      Which is the only thing about the Instead cup that makes me think… Should here be different sizes to choose from? they say if you get the wrong size diaphragm, it won’t form a seal good enough to keep the sperm out. I wonder if the same holds true for Insteads…?

      They work on me, but I don’t use them regularly (sometimes they feel a little long). I use a small Lunette as my primary cup. I unserstand how Insteads may be too long for others. The more traditional cups might help, they work totally differently than Insteads. A lot of women like to try the Insteads first, because they are cheap and you an get them at most popular stores that sell pads and tampons. But always stay open to the traditional cups…

  20. tomUSA0 said,

    Good day!
    Just found this site and thought it might be useful to chat to people who are trying to accomplish the same as me!

    I spend too much of my life on the internet and look forward to chatting to you all and picking up and sharing ideas along the way!

    So how is everyone doing?? 🙂

  21. ltlmiss said,

    I tried a dry run with Instead once (before I knew there were other options) and found it uncomfortable. It made me feel like I was cramping. This was years ago and maybe I didn’t get it inserted correctly, but now I’m thinking I’ll try the reusable cups and see if they feel better. I hate having to constantly buy menstrual products.

  22. Jacky said,

    How do these companies test out their designs to know if there is spilling or not? Do they make working models and then have people test them out?

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      Hmmmm, interesting thought. I imagine so! They probably find women who are willing to try the product under medical supervision? Oddly enough, I have never asked that particular question 🙂

      • Jacky said,

        Haha, I just wondered about it because Instead cups look completely different from all the other cups yet collects blood just fine. I wonder if that design can be translated into a reusable form instead of these disposables O-o

  23. katrina said,

    Just a note, re: the reusability of Instead.
    The uncle of a good friend of mine was closely involved in the development of this product. He told us that it is indeed reusable, but for some reason the company wasn’t able to get permission to say so (or something…I forget the reason, but it had nothing to do with the safety of the chemical composition of the cup). He said (and I agree) that it’s ridiculous that women should use one of these things once and then throw it away. And I have to say, I’ve been using Instead since the mid- to late ’90s (which is when I learned this info from my friend’s uncle), and I’ve been doing what he recommended, and what common sense tells me, i.e., after I remove it I wash it well with warm water and soap, rinse it, and either set it somewhere clean to let it dry, or dry it thoroughly with a clean towel and put it away (in a zip-lock bag, for example). Or I don’t bother drying it and immediately reuse it, depending on the situation. I’ve used the same Instead cup repeatedly for several months or longer, up to a year, before disposing of it. I remember my friend’s uncle saying that, if treated properly, these cups ought to be able to be used indefinitely (whatever that meant). I opt for somewhere between the “ten years” that the Keeper/Divas, etc., can supposedly be used and instant disposability. Seriously: If you take proper care of an Instead cup, keep it clean, etc., there is NO reason to throw it away each time!!! That’s absurd. (I do not use Insteads exclusively, I mix it up with tampons, and I think in the 12-15 years or so that I’ve been using them, I’ve probably gone through only about three boxes of the things. I’m very careful and have never experienced a problem.)
    I’d *never* use a cup that had to be thrown away after one use!!!!! That’s environmentally reprehensible. I never knew until recently that there were other kinds that were OFFICIALLY reusable; I’ll look into those myself. In the meantime, I’ll see if I can track down more specific information about the reusability of Instead (though of course it will not be the official word of the manufacturer), for those who are interested.

    • Eve said,

      I also reused my Instead cups with no problems. I used one per period, just remove, rinse, re-insert. Unfortunately I had endometriosis on my cervix and my gyno thought that the rim might be rubbing against my (high) cervix and exacerbating the problem. I’ve been told that I have a long, slender vagina, so now I’m trying to find the right reusable cup for me. I think I have it narrowed down to the Lady Cup or the Yuuki, but I’m just not sure.

      Thanks for the blog! It’s so nice to have all this info in one place. And as someone with a high cervix who has had sex with an Instead in place, I can tell you that while my boyfriend could tell it was there, it didn’t interfere with anything.

  24. Breanna said,

    I was thinking of getting these because of the sex thing. I’m not sure I would have been able to use it correctly without that video. Your videos are so helpful! Thanks for taking the time to do them.

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      You are quite welcome 🙂

  25. Kreada said,

    I too reuse my Instead. I just wash with soap and water and reinsert.
    If you have ever been in as situation where you didn’t have another tampon or pad you will understand what a great thing Instead is. One box of 24 last me for 2 years. In a real pinch I could easily wash at the end of my period and put it in a ziploc bag and save for the next month..If I was on survivor…that would be my one luxury item to bring!

  26. Santiago Ringering said,

    Great article. There’s a lot of useful data. I did want to let you know something though – I am running Ubuntu with the beta of Firefox and the look and feel of your blog is kind of flaky for me. I can understand the articles, but the navigation doesn’t work so great.

  27. moominmama said,

    If I could add my twopence worth I’d like to point out that ‘instead’ only come in one size. If, like me, you’re silly enough to buy them and try them out knowing full well that they’re larger than my doctor measured, properly fitting, comfortable diaphragm, wearing an instead will be a very uncomfortable experience.

    Quick precis: One Size Does Not Fit All

  28. Sophia said,

    Hey Melissa! Thanks for all the help and advice. I have a few questions for you. I’m twelve and I just got my first period back in January and I haven’t gotten it since. I have an extremely light flow and a small vagina (I think?). i tried a dry run of Softcups today and found them really uncomfortable. I did everything you and the instructions said, but nothing helps. Should I just wait until my next period to try, or can you give any advice right now?
    P.S. They’ve changed the packaging, yoou might want to update.

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      Oh, ok if I can get some of the new ones I will try to update 🙂

      Its normal to have irregular periods when you are young. You can keep trying with insteads, but being so young, they might be a bit long for you… Also, people with a low cervix sometimes don’t have much luck with them, because a low cervix simply makes you too short inside to wear them. But you could consider one of the “traditional” reusable cups. Having a light flow, you could use one of the really small ones like small or medium Meluna, or small Ladycup. Even small Lunette. Those are much shorter. True, they work by a different concept than an instead, but if the insteads are too long for you, it could be a good option. And you wouldn’t have to keep buying more 🙂

  29. Sophia said,

    Thanks. I’m going to get a small Meluna, but first I have to convince my mom…

    • Sarah said,

      How did you tell your mom this was what you wanted? I’m 12 and haven’t quite figured out a way to say to my mom I’d like to get a cup. I’m thinking about a small Lunette or Ladycup.

      • Nearn said,

        send your mom and email with a link to some info. I think she’ll understand why you found it hard to tell her face to face, and will be on board once she reads the info.

  30. Anonymous said,

    I started using these a few months ago and they go in and fit no problem but sometimes removing them is frustrating. They seem to suction so well (never any leaks) that I can’t break the seal. I’m sure this is also due to my high cervix. I am just barely able to reach under the rim even with bearing down. Last time I tried some lubricant to help break the seal and that was a bit more successful. I would have to say the fit is so good and it suctions well after it positions itself perfectly behind my pubic bone that for me removal is the issue. Do you think it is due to having a high cervix because I have rather long fingers and it is still a challenge. Unless I am doing something wrong in placement which I do not think so because the seal is perfect with no leaks and it basically positions itself for me once I insert and is so comfortable I don’t feel it. I should also add that I looked into these for the purpose of intimacy during menstruation and they work flawlessly – no leaks and he had no idea (again maybe due to my high cervix?)

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      It does sound like you have a high cervix. The only thing I can suggest for breaking the seal is perhaps lean back a bit (to prevent spills) And try to pull the top of the rim down from your skin a bit to let air into the cup and break the seal. It is a little risky where spills are concerned though, because you would be tilting the rim down in the front for this…

      If you’re not too squimish about reusable cups, you could also try one of the reusable cups, but with a high cervix, I would say stick to the longer ones like DivaCup, or large Yuuki (they are the longest in the body), Keeper/Keeper Moon Cup (they have the longest over all including the stem). Although they do work by a slightly different concept from insteads. Insteads are worn more like a diaphragm. But reusable cups are worn more like tampons.

      • mariah said,

        I agree with the difficult removal. This was last month, before i knew about other cups or this blog. My first try was second day of period and the fit was perfect. Yet, try as i might i couldn’t get it out and finally gave up and went to our local hospital ER. My dr ofc had just closed forthe day. Embarrassing to mortified i was. Now i see the explanation of pushing up on it to unhook from behind cervix and wonder if i should be brave enough to try again!

  31. Anonymous said,

    Do you think it’s fitting me correctly though behind my pubic bone? That is why it is so hard to reach around and break the seal. I realize your diagrams above are not to scale but you do say it should fit up against the vaginal wall, not behind the public bone. I would like to stick with the Insteads but sometimes they are so hard for me to remove due to this so tilting the rim down in the front is what the issue really is. I don’t even care about spills at this point just really getting the cup out!

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    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      Yes, you can quote my blog if you need to. Just put my name in the quote.

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  34. bmbowers said,

    Thank you so much for your videos and blog. I just started using the instead cup a couple of days ago. I have had a few of the same challenges as the other ladies. I just feel like I’m having a lot of trouble getting the cup back far enough. I will admit I have smaller hands and short fingers so it’s hard to get it into place. But then maybe it is just I’m a newbie I’m not quite sure.

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      For some people, and instead cup won’t go up really high. If you are shorter in the vagina, then it will naturally sit lower. But as long as its comfy, and not leaking… 🙂

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  36. Linda said,

    Thanks so much for your site! I saw Instead in the store and wondered about it, went home and googled it and found your site. I think if I had tried using them before I watched your video I would have been lost! I don’t think a lot of the women that they don’t work for grasp the concept of how they fit exactly and they give up and give them bad reviews online. But after watching your video I GOT IT, lol! I have only been using them a couple of days, and I have not mastered removing them without making a bit of a mess, but I LOVE THEM! Plus every other product for that TOM is also messy and HELLO, soap and water??!! I know with more practice it will be even better and easier! Thanks again!

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  38. jayme said,

    I quit using tampons regularly about a year ago cause they make me cramp and just use pads. Every once in a while I’ll use a junior lite one and it’s enough with my flow, but even when I take it out my body is like “ahhh” and relaxes. I got an instead from a friend and I really liked it. No leaks, but it was too big, it didn’t really want to stay up there behind the bone and I couldn’t really see how having sex with it would be comfortable cause it’s just kinda sticking out(which is a bummer cause that would have been great!) . Also, after a couple of hours i started to feel the pressure up against my bladder and got uncomfortable and kinda crampy like with the tampons. Also, had a bowel movement and it hurt so I took it out. I definitely enjoyed the “cup” aspect as opposed to a pad and am SOLD! But I’m worried about spending the money on a reusable and then having it get uncomfortable and crampy after a while and then just giving up and going back to pads( which I don’t want to do!) After looking around, I’m thinking the small meluna would be the best option cause it’s the one of the softest and looks the less scary 🙂

    I’m wondering if anyone else has had the cramping problem with tampons/insteads and has found a reusable cup that doesn’t make you cramp or uncomfortable? I’m really interested in finding a cup that works with my body but can’t spend a whole lot trying different kinds. After trying the instead, I guess i’m in the “small percent” of women who is too small down there? And do you have any comparisons with the size/capacity of the instead to a reusable?

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      Instead hold about as much as a large Lunette. I have a “Measurement Chart” you can find it over on the right side of the page here, closer to the bottom. Instead don’t work like a reusable cup at all though, they are not even shaped the same, so honestly, there is no comparing them in “size”. 🙂

  39. Karla said,

    Hi, I’ve used the Instead cups for a couple years now. I love them. They did take a little getting used to initially (placement…tilting it down instead of up), but caught on pretty fast.

    I’m in a 3 1/2 year, long distance relationship currently with my fiance’ in another country and when we get time to be together, it’s nice to know that my periods won’t make us have to work around our time together. I just make sure I have a fresh cup in (or have cleaned it very recently…because I do reuse them somewhat also like a few people here have said)…and we’ve never had an issue. He said he can’t really tell it’s there, and if he manages to at all, it’s not enough to bother or distract him. It was a godsend, especially since my birth controls made my periods a little crazy (since I don’t have to take them year round since we can’t be together all the time yet until I move). If I had signs of spotting I slipped one on, knowing that there isn’t the risk of TSS, and went about my day, checking it later on in the day to see if I had actually started again or if I had stopped spotting and the coast was clear, lol.

    Anyway, I love them. If it weren’t for the tell-tale cramps, I wouldn’t even feel like I was on my period at all while I wear them….no leaks at all so far.

  40. Tamara said,

    just ordered my first trial of instead, I am hoping it works for me!

  41. Kris said,

    I leak through a Super Tampon and pad in an hour so I went searching for something better. Instead has helped. During my heavy days I can go 2 hours. On my lighter days, this is wonderful. I am active and don’t feel a thing. I can go 12 hours no problem and fewer leaks at night.

    I’ve used them for several years but they leaked a lot. Took me a long time to realize that I had to push them in far (way, way back) and low to get it to slide under the cervix. Else it would sit in front of the cervix and I think that caused some leakage. Don’t worry, they still come out easy.

    Like others, I have re-used the cup. Now they make a reusable version made of a heavier bag. I just got mine so I am ‘anxious’ to try it.

    Compared to other menstrual cups, I find this is easier to use and more comfortable.

  42. Crisha said,

    I found your site by accident. I heard about these from a friend. I have never tried such a thing. I have a special evening planned and I had realized that I would more than likely start my period…ugh. I am worried about intercourse. I don’t want to leak while in the act. I read about Instead and I am wanting to give it a try.
    I am not sure how to ask this….. Will I have to take things slow and easy? I am worried that an intense, passionate moment will take over and loosen the cup. Is that possible or has it happened???

    • menstrualcupinfo said,

      I haven’t heard of it, but One suggestion is if you are alone with this person and you think something might happen, go ahead and put a brand new instead cup in. The more recently it was changed, the more empty the bag is, and the less likely it is to leak.

  43. Yaella said,

    I have been using Instead menstrual cups for years. I do not dispose of them immediately after each period, but reuse for about 6 menstrual cycles before tossing and using a new one. I always wear a panty liner with them as I find there will always be a little blood left in the canal after pulling it out.

    I usually try to do a quick rinse on it before inserting it again. I sleep with it in and use it nonstop during the first 3-4 days of my period while there is fresh red blood flow. After that, I just use panty liners.

    I can even have sex with them and depending on the position or size of my boyfriend’s penis, I don’t find it uncomfortable and I love how the Instead cup holds back the blood! This is only possible with Instead because the plastic of the cup is so thin and flexible.

    For sanitation during and after my period, since I’m reusing them, I will remove and wash it thoroughly with soap each time I shower and then soak it in diluted distilled white vinegar & water overnight once after I’m done with it for the month. I just let it dry out thoroughly before storing it for next month.

  44. Maricielo said,

    This is the only diagram I actually understood!!!! Now I get how the soft cup needs to be “hooked”.
    I’ve been using the Instead softcup for 2 days now with non stop leaking!
    Although some blood is collected, there’s usually blood both sides of the cup. I guess it wasn’t around my cervix.
    I really don’t want to give up on them.. I’ll keep trying, I hope I can get it right soon :/

  45. jessie said,

    Thank you so much for the lifesize diagram. It’s pretty cool to see where the softcup sits conpared to every thing else.
    I use the instead and I like it. A few problems though. I have trouble peeing while it is in. I guess it presses against my urethra or something like that. It prevents a strong flow of urine and sometimes I even have to bare down to pee.
    I also cannot insert or remove it the way you describe. You pinch it the whole time. I can’t reach that far (I have a long torso and I’m not flexible). Once it’s inside the entrance I just push it with one finger. I think even if I could reach I doubt could fit my fingers in there (in the pinching position) without being in pain. Just inserting the pinched softcup is uncomfortable sometimes (my body isn’t exactly ‘ready’ for the softcup like it would be for sex)
    Maybe the urethra thing is because I can’t keep it pinched far enough inside me so it doesn’t go as far as it should.
    Does anyone ele have these problems?

  46. Ann said,

    I agree with the lack of normal flow of urine while I am using so I tend to have to go more. I insert it just like you…start out pinching but then just push it up with my finger and it is slightly uncomfortable until in place. It fits well but I don’t feel like it stays open enough as it should to catch as much as it should so I have leaking sometimes on a heavy day long before I should. It’s hard to tell when you remove if it is at full capacity because it comes out folded/bunched up. My biggest problem is removal but I’m still trying every month and it is getting easier but still hard to reach. Bearing down definitely helps and trying to use my finger to break the seal is the goal. As scarey as it can be try not to panic because when you do it is harder to get out when you can’t relax your muscles and bear down. I went through this several times but tried to calm down and then tried several minutes later and was successful. For me it really is key to spread your legs as wide as you can, bear down as much as you can, and then break the seal as you keep bearing down. I really am getting the hang of it and it is so much more comfortable and I wear it on my period during intercourse as well. It’s so convenient. Good luck!

  47. Andrea Badd said,

    when taking out instead.. I find it helpful to lean back to facilitate easy removal.

  48. REZA said,


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