I've been a Diva Cup user for several years (5+). I started to notice some "unpleasantness" and narrowed it down to my cup. I love the cup concept but I decided that I wanted a disposable thinking the irritation was related to reusing my cup too long, the diva wash, or perhaps it had gotten contaminated (even though I boiled after every cycle).
I must say that I've been very pleased with the soft cups for several reasons: 1) I find them much easier and quicker to change than the cup. It takes me less time now that I don't have to deal with the "pop out and key turn" situation of the diva. You just slide in, tuck behind your pelvic bone and go. 2) Disposable means you don't have to wash. No chance for contamination, reduced public bathroom drama, no extra washing, no boiling, etc. I feel a little eco-guilty, but not that guilty. Although they do have the once a month reusable, I just rinse my regulars if it's a particularly light day. Otherwise, in the trash they happily go! 3) They're cheaper. With Amazon subscribe and save, I can get a year's worth (which is how often I replaced my diva) for half the price. 4) Sex. Yes, I tested the theory on a light day. He didn't notice a thing and no mess. I never would have done it before now. That was a "no zone". I wouldn't try it heavy, but nice to have options. Not even physically possible with the diva. [UPDATE: He did feel it and apparently it caused some soreness and pain, he just didn't mention it :-(. So either don't or be careful when using during sex.]
Not really cons, more like facts: You do have to reach in a little far to grab it. First time took some practice. I'm not as skilled as the "bear down" chicas here. Very impressed with the reviewer who said she can bear down and empty hands-free. Maybe when I grow up...
I do wear a liner just in case, but it's usually nothing on it by the end of the day. I've only noticed rarely a spot or two of residual from changing.
Yes your fingers might get a little icky, but no more so than with a diva and I got over that ages ago. That's what soap and water are good at. If for some odd reason I'm changing in a public restroom, I go in with a wet paper towel for clean up just in case.
The only thing that you lose compared to the diva is making sure you don't run out. With the diva you're always ready for unexpected visits, so I'll miss that. But subscribe and save should take care of that scenario.
But that's it. I love them. So far, I haven't had any unpleasantness and they're great.
I've just started using these. They do leak on the first heavy days, but its still so much cleaner than just using a pad. Although, these can potentially hold a lot of stuff, when they are inside your body they get flattened so it over flows before filling completely. You can also use these on heavy normal discharge days (like mucus not blood), and have a dry day!
If you've never used anything like this, it is really messy when its time to remove it. Menstrual, or just normal discharge, is just really messy and a lot more disgusting than changing a pad or tampon. However, you only have to do it once every 12 hours! So just do it at home, or better yet remove it in the shower whenever possible!
Full disclosure, I threw out the first few I used, because it was so disgusting. But, then I realized that as long as I remove it at home, I can wash it out. I keep 2 ready for use. When I remove a used one I put in in a cup I have reserved for this purpose. Then I replace it with a clean one. Then I wash the dirty one in a cup of warm water and a little soap. Let it dry, and then that's my clean one for next time.
Perfect for light/medium days. I know most women are too embarrassed to comment when they are asked to review certain items... but if I can help another female, well, that is what I live for.. so here goes! If you are sick of urinating on your tampon string and then having to go about your day between "changes" then please try this product. Nice and clean and everything stays inside. And yes sadly.. even as OLD as I am. These are still needed each month like clock-work. When I hear a woman complaining about Menopause I wish I had a big fluffy PIE in my hand..!
Giving this 4* because it's comfortable, stays in place, and doesn't leak. However, I never had any discomfort with tampons either, and those are biodegradable, unlike the Softcup. I do wash it and reuse it, but it still creates more waste than a Divacup or similar. I'll finish using this box, but then I'm either going back to tampons or trying a permanently reusable kind of cup.
I can't speak to the "wear during sex" perk, because my partner wasn't up for the experiment. I would have been pretty nervous to try it for that, lest it fall out of place and leak.
These are amazing. A little messy at first, but once you get use to them they are just as easy as any other feminine product without the chemicals. These are disposable, but can be used for an entire cycle and then tossed. The length of time they are able to be worn depends on each individual person. For the average person they can be worn for 4-12 hours at a time.
I have been using these for several years now and will never go back to tampons! Rarely have trouble with leaking. Can have intercourse without a lot of "prep" work. I have a very active lifestyle and these are reliable and comfortable. I spend 5 days a week in the gym and can do old school squats without any hesitation.
I know this may be too much personal information but it is information that I would like to have if shopping for this type of item.
I don't know if it was my flow that was too much, the insertion was wrong, or maybe I'm just oddly proportioned down there, but it just didn't work for me. It leaked after about 5 hrs of sitting in a car. I tried again for the rest of the pack, but had the same results with every day activities. I used this bc I wanted to test the cups before buying the reusable ones. Looks like I'll stick to tampons.
I gave this a 5-star review not because they are right for me but because I think they will be right for other people. They do what they say but if you are really small there, you might find it extremely difficult to remove them. I found it difficult-frighteningly difficult a couple of times.