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Instead Softcups are were originally designed for an alternative to the tampon. They are soft silicone cups that slide directly below the cervix to catch the menstrual flow. However, I've read that people use them after intercourse to keep the the sperm up against the cervix and not let it "leak out".
I used them on this last cycle where I actually did get pregnant, so I will use them again. Obviously things didn't work out well, but I doubt that is the fault of the softcups. lol.
I never had a cycle without them where we actively tried to get pg, so I am not sure if they really helped or not since I don't have a comparison. But they were pretty inexpensive and fairly easy to use, so I figured why not. I heard tons of good stories beforehand with them too. I would usually put one in after dtd, and leave it there for about 20 minutes. I actually thought they were pretty uncomfortable, but I might not have been putting them in right.
If you've never used one before, I'd recommend using one during af first. Some women react to the plastic and can get infections.. not the way you want to start pregnancy! I can't use them, even with 2hrs between changes, they give me BV every time. (I even put them in wearing gloves to avoid germs!)
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