Flex (Instead Softcup) ® Menstrual Cup Review Do They Measure Up?

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The Softcup is not your ordinary menstrual cup, because it offers many features and benefits that other menstrual cups on the market do not. They may not be as popularly recognized as some of the bigger brands like the Divacup and Moon Cup, but they sure can hold their own when you measure up the many qualities that other menstrual cups just cannot seem to deliver.

“Softcup the New Generation of Period Care”


Instead Softcup Models

The Softcup comes in two different kinds- reusable Softcup and the disposable Softcup.

1. Reusable Softcup

The reusable Softcup can be used for one full period of menstruation (and washed)

2. disposable Softcup

The disposable version cannot be reused at all and is just disposed of after a single use.


It is very different than most other menstrual cups that we have previously reviewed in many ways including:

  • The Softcup is only available in a single size, it is a one size fits all menstrual cup
  • The Softcup can be worn during intercourse. Softcups motto for this attribute is “The Softcup Loves Making Love.” In fact, you can partake in sexual activity during your period without worrying about a mess.
  • Both the Softcup disposable and reusable is offered in a variety of counts per box, including 2, 6, 12, and 24.
  • The Softcup is not rubber or silicone. It is made of a polymeric material that is FDA approved.



Benefits and Features of the Softcup

The Softcup, menstrual cup includes many enticing features that make it beneficial for a woman’s personal care needs.




  • It can be worn up to 12 hours (reusable and disposable)
  • The reusable softcup is better for the environment
  • It is more comfortable than a tampon or bulky pad
  • It is safer than tampons and will not cause toxic shock syndrome
  • It provides exceptional leakage protection
  • It is ideal for the woman who leads an active lifestyle
  • It costs less than comparable feminine hygiene options
  • It enables you freedom and can be worn ever-so discreetly and confidently
  • Because Softcup is non-absorbent, it keeps you fresh all the time
  • It can be worn during intercourse safely and spare a messy clean-up



Insertion & Removal Videos (Tips and Tricks)

The Softcup is a very soft cup that is inserted inside of a woman’s vaginal canal to catch menstrual fluid during the time of menstruation.

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The Softcup Pros and Cons:

What Softcup Customers Think?

To get a very accurate idea of what consumers think are the pros and cons of the Evofem Softcup, we perused thousands of genuine customer reviews to provide you the most honest facts that you need to know before you buy a Softcup.

What Consumers Like Best About Softcup


Most consumers have given the Softcup an average rating of 4 for their overall experience with the specific menstrual cup product.


Better Than Tampons and Pads                                                                       

More consumers claim that they like the Softcup far better than pads or tampons overall- and repeatedly make comments such as this one:

NO chafing, no odor, no mess, provides better leakage protection for longer periods of time, and is money sparing. I will never use tampons or pads again thanks to the Softcup” (Amazon.com)


Manufactured in an FDA Monitored and Approved Facility and Ultimately Safe for Use

The Softcup also has gained the confidence of many women for being one of the safest medical devices (feminine hygiene options) of all because it does not contain any irritants, toxic materials, lates, silicone, BPA’s, and is manufactured in a facility that is FDA approved.


Very Comfortable, You forget you are Wearing it                                            

It was noted in many reviews that some women forget that they are wearing a Softcup, because it feels so natural and you do not even notice it is there.

“The hardest part about using the Softcup is remembering that I’m even using it.” (Amazon.com)

Provides a Woman Ultimate Period Freedom, Perfect for a Very Active Lifestyle

Women that have previously used Softcup state that they feel very free to live their life without being dragged down by their time of month.

“The freedom I feel from this wonderful product is immeasurable. I can exercise, do yard work, mow the lawn, and not worry that I’m on my period!” (Amazon.com)

What Consumers Do Not Like About the Softcup


As with any product on the market, some consumers were disappointed in what the Softcup had to offer them.

The One Size Fits All May not Work for Everyone                

Some women complain of the Softcup being too awkward, large, and difficult to fit in them. This could be because they have shorter vaginas or because perhaps the Softcup is not being inserted properly as instructed by the directions.

“Awkward. I thought they would be more like the silicone ones that can be re-used… They are SUPER wide and I had troubles even getting it in?! Might work for some, but ???” (Amazon.com)

May Vary in Leakage Protection from Person to Person      

There were many reviews on the Softcup that emphasized that it did not work to provide complete leakage protection for them.

“Not sure what I did wrong, but I couldn’t get it to work for me. I read the “instructions” which are hardly instructions several times, but it didn’t work. It leaked a lot. My friend loves them, though, so maybe it’s either body shape, or the instructions are not clear enough. Either way, in the trash.” (Amazon.com)


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Frequently Asked Questions about Divacup

Can I have SEX while wearing a softcup during my period?

Yes. Softcup is the only menstrual cup manufactured today that can be worn while partaking in sexual intercourse. It also blocks menstrual fluid so there will be no mess to content with in the aftermath of your sexual encounter.

Is the material that Softcup made from essentially safe?

Softcup is made from materials that are used in important products such as baby bottle nipples and catheters used in health monitored facilities everywhere.

Is Softcup easy to remove in comparison to other menstrual cup brands like Divacup and Gladrags?

According to reviews posted on the net regarding Softcup’s ease of use. Many consumers claim that it is very simple to use. Removal may take getting used to, but you should have no worries of it getting lost or stuck.

How long does a Reusable Softcup last?

A reusable softcup will last you the full-span of a single menstrual period- then it should be tossed out.

How long does a disposable Softcup last?

The disposable Softcup has to be disposed of every time it is finished within a single use. It is like a tampon or pad- you dispose of it regularly.

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About Instead Softcup Company

Evofem Inc. (Formerly Instead Inc.) produces a vast number of products well-suited for the better health of women which service a woman’s sexual, personal, reproductive, and feminine hygiene needs. They are the manufacturer of one of the leading menstrual cups on the market – The Softcup.

The Softcup is an FDA monitored and approved menstrual cup and is the only menstrual cup available on the market that is made especially from a non-silicone, non-toxic, hypoallergenic, non-irritant, latex-free material of the highest quality- which is continually used on the most modern baby bottle nipples and catheters. Since their introduction and debut in the feminine hygiene product market nearly 15 years ago, more than 200 million Softcups have been sold.



Conclusion: The Softcup Does Measure Up

For the most part, the Softcup has made a big presence in the world of menstrual care solutions by supplying women everywhere with an inexpensive and safe menstrual cup product that delivers a plausible alternative to tampons, sanitary napkins, and silicone based menstrual cups.

The Softcup is not only ideal for a female consumer with allergies and sensitivities to certain materials, but also for someone who wants to be less burdened by their monthly, wants more freedom from bathroom trips, and that has the patience to learn how to use it properly. Additionally the Softcup is a gem of a menstrual cup that also boasts the advantage of being able to be worn during sexual activity. Many fans of Softcup use this menstrual cup for that specific reason!



Where Can You Buy Softcups?

We do not sell Softcup products, only review them. Softcups are sold at a selection of drug stores and local markets in your area. However, we recommend you take advantage of the convenience of purchasing them online.





You can browse the different variety packs and purchase Softcups safely and securely through the following websites:

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  1. Overall Score

    I had been toying with the idea of a menstrual for about a year. I read many reviews and watched many videos but never took the plunge. When I saw the disposable cups at my local pharmacy I again looked into the reviews and watched the videos. I was convinced and bought my first box. My first try at insertion was a little clumsy so I threw it out and tried again. This time it went in easy. I put it in right before leaving my apartment on a Sunday. A few hours later when I came home I was really happy to see that there was no leakage. I couldn’t feel it at all, it was totally comfortable. So far so good. I had it in for about 6 hours and decided to take it out to see how full it was. Well, I couldn’t remove it. Not only could I not remove, I couldn’t even feel it. I had a momentary panic attack and hit the internet searching “my menstrual cup is stuck.” Lo and behold dozens of stories came up. I had done all of my research, and the one thing I neglected to look into was could the cup get stuck. I was horrified at the thought of actually boiling a spoon to aid in removal so after confirming online that I wouldn’t actually die from having the cup inside me for more than 12 hours I decided that I would try again in the morning. I woke up extra early. I took a nice warm shower, relaxed, squatted, and attempted to pull this thing out. To no avail. I got dressed and headed to an urgent care center. It took about 6 or 7 minutes of total humiliation for the doc to unsuction this thing from my cervix. While I’m sure I wasn’t the first and I’m sure I won’t be the last, it doesn’t lessen the embarrassment of having to have anything extracted from your vagina. So while it was absolutely wonderful to not have to change a pad or a tampon, to not feel my period leaking, to not smell it and gag, I will not be using the softcup again.

    + PROS: no leaking, comfortable, no odor.
    - CONS: suctioned itself to my cervix like a northern clingfish prompting an urgent care visit.
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    I absolutelylove these . Use to buy them at walmart but they stop selling them. Im allergic to pads and tampons so when i found these i was very excited…. until i couldn’tfind them anymore…. until now….

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    Great Product!!!

    + PROS: I just tried this product for the first time today and it is seriously one of the best purchases I've ever made. Before I bought the Softcup I did some research online to make sure I knew what to expect. I knew I wanted something durable, long lasting, and mess free. I of course found out that removal would be messy, but that wasn't a problem. My main goal was to be able to have mess free sex, and this product held true through and through. I was able to insert and remove the Softcup without a problem. I just love it (as much as anyone can ever love a feminine hygiene product that works).
    - CONS: I don't have any cons. I was well aware of any potential setbacks before making my purchase.
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    • I an wanting to give this product a try. like you with the same reason. my b/f and I like it rough sometimes; will it still stand up? I have been googling for days. I would like to hear detailed success stories. I am nervous about trying it.

      • My hubby and I didn’t care for SoftCup/Flex Cups. The ring is pretty dang firm. If we were a little rough, sometimes he would feel the ring and sometimes I would feel the pressure of the ring near my bladder. He also said it felt like a plastic bag.
        I picked up Intimina’s new Ziggy Cup, which is pretty much the same design but softer and reusable. Inserting and wearing it is much more comfortable for me, but we haven’t tried it while having sex yet. The one thing about the Ziggy Cup to be aware of is that since it’s silicone, you have to use a water based lube (if needed) and NOT a silicone based one.

  4. I tried this to not have messy sex when I’m on my period. The guy I was dating said he felt like he was hitting a plastic bag and I was very dry no matter how “excited” I was. So that didn’t work out. For my period if my vagina felt dry then putting the flex cup hurt and it can be messy removing it. Other then that I forgot I had it on and I liked that you can have it on for 12 hours.

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    I wanted to try a mentrual cup, but the initial outlay, and baffling number of options made me seek a lowcost temporary method. Heavy periods using both tampons and pads simultaneously was getting annoying.
    Reading and following th instructions I had no problem with insertion, and at first it seemed comfotable. However, after walking about and then tying to lay down to sleep, i found it pushing and stretching the back part of my vaginal wall. I could only manage about an hour before I had to remover it. I double checked instructions, amd ended up contacting the company, and it ends up I’m among the group that one size fits all does not fit.
    To avoid this discovery, go to the website and get a free sample. I wish I had known, and I would not have an almost full box to try to dispose of.

    + PROS: Keeps the mess internal
    - CONS: One size does NOT fit all.
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    I tried the softcup for the 1st time this week because my period came right before a wedding that I was in. I purchased a pack from rite aid. At first it was scary looking, but if you position yourself right on the toilet it goes up with ease! I also had sex with it on, if your guy is hung he’s going to feel the rim. My guy did and he said it didn’t bother him. I will say that this product works best when you are just starting your period. If you bleed heavy the cup fills up fast & the cleaning up process is not for the squimish! Once again, if you don’t like to touch yourself or you feel queasy from the site or smell of blood this isn’t the product for you. It requires you to be fully hands on, inserting & removing! Be prepared!

    + PROS: Great for sex Minimal leakage Feels comfortable
    - CONS: Extremely messy when it's time to take out, blood is everywhere Cup needs more customization sizes for the cervix, needs an application tool
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    + PROS: I recently had a trip planned with my boyfriend that we'd been planning for over a month. It is long distance so our days are numbered and extremely important. My period came on three days before I left to see him do I purchased these to ensure a cleaner sex opinion. This cup is genius! It did not leak one time! He did not notice, there is no menstrual like smell. I could not feel it. We had soft deep sex and hardcore sex. This ring was perfect!! It does take practice removing and can be messy if your flow is heavy. If you have moderate flow your going to win with these!
    - CONS: Messy to remove on heavy flow days
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    • I an wanting to give this product a try. like you with the same reason. my b/f is coming in town today (ive starting spotting 8 days early) and we like it rough sometimes; will it still stand up? I have been googling for days. I would like to hear detailed success stories. I am nervous about trying it.

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    I bought Softcup because heard you could have mess free sex, & it was long lasting! I was definitely impressed!

    I completely forgot I had my period!!! I do check it every 6 hours or so, as opposed to the 12 it can be used for because of my heavy flow, but it’s much better than a pad or tampon! I have not tried having sex yet, because I feel like you could feel the bottom of the cup, but it would be mess free!

    Complaints– I have not found a good way to remove it yet, so it looks like a murder scene when I do! Someone on here said that you should pull on the actual cup & not the ring, which I will have to try! Also, if I leave it in for a longer amount of time, it will leak, and not like tampon leaking a little– LEAKING A LOT! Overall, I really like the product much better than pads & tampons!

    + PROS: Long lasting, easy to use
    - CONS: Messy! Will leak if left in too long!
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    I just tried Flex for the first time, and it seems to fit fine, I can’t feel it at all once it’s in, and it doesn’t leak except when using the bathroom (when you pee/poop). This leaking during the bathroom means I need to wear a pantiliner, and I don’t see how you could get around this. I wish the seal were strong enough for this leakage to not happen. With tampons I’ll sometimes wear a pantiliner just in case on heavy days, but usually it’s not necessary if I make sure to change my tampon often enough. So tampons have a slight edge there. I was changing Flex every 12 hours, but then on the last one I washed it out with warm water a couple times and wore it for 2 days, and it seemed fine. I’m not sure why they don’t recommend this (there used to a reusable option, not sure what the difference is). But if I could re-use them and only use a couple per period it might be worth the high cost ($2.50 per ring). It’s definitely not worth the $20 per period they recommend (or more if your period is longer than 4 days). I think I’ll keep with it because it is less irritating than tampons and the less-messy period sex is a plus!

    + PROS: Less irritating, less waste, less-messy period sex
    - CONS: Leakage while using the bathroom makes wearing a pantiliner necessary. Expensive, should be able to re-use.
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    l’ve had a Caesarain, with 0 cm dilation, and I used the pink box, and it was horrible. The excessively stiff rim wouldn’t fit behind my pelvic bone to tilt and open up. It was ridiculous. I’ve used the diva cup for two years, size 1, before I was pregnant and it was a godsend, but relying on this left, me stranded and bloody …

    + PROS: It is easily portablet and discreet.
    - CONS: Relying on saran wrap to catch the flow ...
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