Disclaimer: Guys…this post has talk about feminine issues. You may want to click to a different article here at Christian Supermom. Or if you have daughters, you may find this information useful. It's your call. I won't be offended if you decide to click to another site for the day.
God has blessed me with two beautiful little girls, my daughters, who will eventually begin puberty. Whenever the puberty monster does arrive, it will certainly be too soon for me emotionally or mentally. I already feel as though they are growing up way too fast.
Now, I realize period talk is like taboo. It's a private thing nobody really wants to talk about, let alone read about. But I'm gonna go there anyway because I feel it's an important subject for anyone who has one or more daughters, to be informed about and prepared for.
Wait…where are you heading off to?
Think you're off the hook for a while because your daughter is still so young?
Don't be too quick to think you can worry about this later. The frightening truth is that girls are now reaching puberty at much younger ages, even as young as 8 yrs old. The horror!
I shudder at the thought of explaining to my daughters, the changes their little bodies will one day go through. But as a mom who once experienced my very first period too, I recognize the value of having the puberty talk and being prepared.
Fortunately there is a great resource on the internet we can turn to for information, tips, and products which will make our efforts to have these important puberty related conversations with our girls, a little less awkward.
BePreparedPeriod.com is a website designed for girls, women, and parents. There you'll find a plethora of information and products, including 1st Period Kits and organic options as well as many other monthly period supplies. This is a wonderful website and I encourage you to check it out. There's even a great and informative article for dad's with developing daughters.
With that said, Tara from BePreparedPeriod.com has asked me to share my experience with a product you may or may not have heard of, called Instead Softcup. Not many women are aware of this product and it isn't abundantly stocked in most stores.
So what is it?
Instead Softcup is a flexible cup worn internally and it collects menstrual flow, rather than absorbing it. I first read about Instead Softcup about ten years ago. If my memory is correct, I believe it was an advertisement in a magazine I happened to be flipping through.
I recall the ad selling the product's great qualities, which would fit any woman's busy and active lifestyle.
- You can't even feel it - freedom!
- You can wear it safely for up to twelve hours.
- You can wear it during active exercise, including swimming.
- You can wear it during sexual intercourse without feeling it or having a period mess.
- You will feel and smell fresher as it eliminates menstrual odors.
At the time I was in my twenties, very self-conscious about "that time of the month," and decided it sounded appealing enough to give it a try.
Once I tried it, I was hooked. It was wonderful indeed!
I loved that once the Softcup was properly placed, I couldn't feel it at all. It was surprisingly comfortable. There wasn't a gross string hanging down either. Aside from having normal menstrual cramps, I didn't even feel like I was on my period. Additionally, being able to wear it for longer durations allowed a sense of freedom that tampons never provided. And I just felt so clean. It was almost too easy to forget that I was even on my period.
However there were some definite drawbacks during my initial use of it. The first being that unlike the simplicity of inserting a tampon, the Softcup has to be inserted a little further into the vagina. There isn't a nifty handle or container to aid with insertion. You have to use your fingers.
When properly placed, it sits between the pubic bone and back of the vagina, covering the cervix which is where menstrual flow comes from. The process of inserting the cup is not always easy at first and can be messy. It can also be quite messy during removal.
Also, it's great that this product can be used safely for up to 12 hours. However, that doesn't mean you should wear it for that long. On heavy flow days, it needs to be changed more often to prevent leaks. Yes, leaks can and sometimes do happen. Little things like sneezing, coughing, or jumping can sometimes cause the cup to dislodge slightly spilling the contents into your panties. Remember, tampons leak too. There isn't a perfect solution.
With Instead Softcup, there is definitely an initial learning curve to work through. However, once you get the hang of it, it really is an awesome product. Try it for the first time on a light flow day and change it often to prevent leakage. Over time you'll just know how long you can wear it without mishaps. Some simple ways to manage leakage are to empty your bladder often, change the Softcup more frequently, and wear a panty liner on heavy flow days.
I recently ran a half marathon while on my period. Before my run, I was pretty nervous about staying dry and clean all the way to the finish line. I used Instead Softcup during my 13.1 mile run and never had a single problem with leakage or discomfort. In fact, it didn't even feel like I was on my period. It was awesome!
Instead Softcup is a great alternative to tampons. It will take some time and practice to determine how it works best for you and your menstrual flow, but I highly recommend the product. It really is worth the initial trial and error learning curve.
One final note, there aren't age limitations for using Instead Softcup, however it definitely helps to have an understanding of the female anatomy along with a certain maturity level. This is probably not the product I'll provide for my daughters when they first begin menstruating, but it is a product I will inform them of as they become more aware of and comfortable with their developing body.
As parents, it's our job to determine what's healthy and age appropriate for our daughters. As uncomfortable as it will likely be to discuss menstruation and how to use the variety of products available, it is a necessary and important conversation to have.
Don't avoid it - be prepared instead, or your daughter will learn all she needs to know from her peers or other female influences in her life. Is that really what you want?
~Until next time, may God bless you with peace as your daughter grows and develops!
**The purpose of this post was to spread the news about BePreparedPeriod.com and to share information on one of the many different feminine hygiene options available to women and their daughters. I am not being compensated for this post, other than with a back link from BePreparedPeriod.com's website. This post expresses my true and honest opinion regarding Instead Softcup and BePreparedPeriod.com.