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If you’re like us, you may have first heard about Instead Softcups through a friend who casually recounted a romantic fling she had during her period—and how it was NBD. Or maybe you were shopping the menstrual protection section at CVS and stumbled upon Softcups amid a sea of tampon choices. Or perhaps you’ve heard rumblings of this period product, but aren’t exactly sure what they are.

Either way, Softcups are the menstrual products that are slowly winning women’s hearts with their comfort (hence the “soft”) and, oh yeah, their ability to let you have mess-less period sex. Because why should you skip having sex on your vacation to the Bahamas just because Aunt Flo decided to show up tat an inopportune time? Life—and vacations—are way too short for that.

A sex positive, comfortable period product like Softcup is definitely an intriguing alternative to tampons and pads, which can make sex during your period an ordeal.

Here are five reasons why you may want to consider Softcups as your period protection of choice.

Softcups allow you to have worry-free period sex

Unlike most other forms of period protection, Softcups don’t get in the way of sex. While SoftCups don’t magically disappear once you insert one, the sensation of sex with a Softcup is still not reportedly uncomfortable or unpleasant. In fact, you may not feel it at all, and your partner may only feel the cup if they are penetrating you deeply. Considering that some people forgo period sex all together due to the messiness of it, the cup’s presence seems like a minor inconvenience in comparison.

You can leave a cup in for up to 12 hours

No more having to take your entire purse to the bathroom! While tampons and pads need to be changed often during medium to heavy flows, Softcups can be left it in up to 12 hours. That means that most women will be able to make it through a school or work day without having to change it.

They’re simple to use

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To use a Softcup, open the purple packaging and then fold the rim of the cup like a burrito, until it forms a squished figure eight. Then, insert it up into your body towards your cervix. If you’ve never used a menstrual cup or a NuvaRing before, you may not be used to feeling around inside your own body, so the first time you try to insert or remove one might require some patience. However, with practice, using Softcups becomes super quick and easy.

Softcups are invisible to the naked eye

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We’ve all been there. That moment when a menstrual pad has shifted and you’re paranoid about it being visible through your clothes. Or when you’re wearing a swimsuit and you’re afraid a tampon string will pop out. But Softcups are no strings attached (literally), and therefore not visible.

You can dispose a cup like a tampon when you’re done

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While DivaCups need to be rinsed out before re-insertion (something that’s awkward to do in a public bathroom), Softcups are a menstrual cup that you can discreetly toss in the trash when you’re done with them. Easy peasy!