12:51 am - 06/22/2010

Leaking Instead Softcup

Today I tried using an Instead softcup. I was super anxious about using it for some reason, just like I was when I first started using tampons (but those are no sweat for me now lol). So I put it in, and afterward I stood up and I couldn't feel it so I figured that I did it right. But a couple hours later it started to leak, so I'm wondering what I did wrong or if you have any tips on how to insert it so it doesn't leak?

Maybe I didn't insert it all the way? I thought I pushed it until there was no more room left but the end of it was fairly close to my vaginal opening, I had no real problem hooking my finger in and getting it out.

Help? I would continue using tampons but I hate the feeling of removing them, and plus I soak through a super plus in a good two hours, which is a little bit infuriating lol.
fireaphid 22nd-Jun-2010 08:00 am (UTC)
Were you able to push the rim of the cup that was closest to the opening of the vagina past your pubic bone? If it dislodged itself from sitting behind the pubic bone, that could have caused the leaking. Alternatively, it may have overflowed, since the capacity of an Instead depends on the geography of your vagina; if there was only enough room for it to hold some 15mL (the capacity of a super plus tampon), then it's going to leak at the same rate.

Have you considered bell-shaped cups? Some of them hold twice as much as a super plus tampon and they are rigid enough to maintain a constant capacity. Check out the menstrual cup community for more information: http://community.livejournal.com/menstrual_cups/. Good luck!
kuradi8 22nd-Jun-2010 12:46 pm (UTC)
I use Insteads occasionally and I think they're "OK" but I like menstrual cups better. http://community.livejournal.com/menstrual_cups/2069973.html

Insteads are "one size fits all" but they don't necessarily fit everyone. Slide it in like a drawer and hook the front up behind your pubic bone. If you insert your finger, you should be able to feel your cervix through the soft "cup" part of the Instead. Also make sure that you're not putting it in upside down. The soft transparent part should dangle from the bottom of the ring, not the top.

If you're not sure, watch the video at http://www.softcup.com/

I had more leakage with Insteads than with other products. I found that I could partially empty an Instead by just clenching and relaxing my vaginal muscles while sitting on the toilet. What if I had a coughing fit (as I sometimes get) during an overenthusiastic presentation? That could be disastrous in front of an audience. =8oO

I also thought that they were a LOT messier to remove than tampons and menstrual cups.

And finally, despite what the instructions say, you do NOT have to put in a fresh one each time. Rinse and re-use! Some gals on the menstrual cups list who use Insteads use one per cycle. Some wash them well afterward and use them for many cycles before they start to wear out.

Hang in there. There's a bit of a learning curve to them. And if you decide you don't like them, check out cups and decide whether or not you'd like to use one of them instead.
tornattheelbo 22nd-Jun-2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
when i used insteads i found they had a tendency to tip and slip, it could be that the cup was tilted toward the front or back, it is really crucial that it sits horizontally, and it just takes a lot of practice to get the positioning correct.

as for tips... er, i found what used to work best for me was to insert it as far back as i could, making sure it was going in horizontally, and then it would kinda pop itself in, i sometimes would need to give it a nudge to make sure it was tucked behind my pubic bone, but that would sometimes cause it to tip back, so it might need a little tug toward the front.
septicidal 23rd-Jun-2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
I used Insteads for several months, and found that they would often shift position and tip and/or leak throughout the day. One time, while sitting at my desk at work, I sat up straighter and felt the cup tilt inside me and got a huge gush of blood in my underwear. Thankfully I was wearing a pantiliner, or else my underwear AND skirt would have surely been ruined.

I highly recommend looking into bell-shaped cups like some of the other commenters suggested. I have started to use the Diva Cup - it doesn't leak, and works okay, but I don't think it's the perfect fit for my body - so I recommend that you do some research and find something that works for you.

A small note on leaking Insteads: I found that sometimes if I flipped the cup inside-out it created a better seal, and sometimes I just needed to use a new cup (I would re-use a cup for a few days/as long as possible, dumping it and rinsing as needed). So, you could try both of those. I always wore pantiliners with Insteads (I use them with the Diva Cup too), just to keep me from ruining underwear in case it leaked.

I hope you find a solution that works for you!
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