Are you ready for hassle-free, eco-friendly, and easy period care? Welcome to the world of menstrual discs! If you're curious about this innovative menstrual product but have questions, you're in the right place. We've got all the answers you need in this informative FAQ guide.
What is a menstrual disc?
A menstrual disc is a flexible, bowl-shaped product made from medical-grade silicone. Similar to a reusable menstrual cup, it is designed to collect menstrual blood, providing a secure and leak-resistant alternative to traditional disposable period products like tampons and pads. You can keep the disc in for up to 8 hours, and it is advised to change it every five years — more about how it differs from a menstrual cup below.
How to Use a Menstrual Disc
Let's start by learning how to use a menstrual disc. It may take a few cycles to become a pro, but trust us, it's worth it.
Step 1: Clean
Before each period, sterilise your disc by boiling it for 3 minutes. You can also sterilise your disc in the microwave or with a baby bottle steriliser. Remember to wash your hands before inserting or removing it.
Step 2: Pinch
Hold your disc and pinch the centre of the rim. The logo on the inner rim should point toward you, and the handle should go in last. It will have the same long shape as a tampon.
Step 3: Insert
Find a comfortable position, like sitting on the toilet or squatting in the shower, and gently insert the disc into your vagina. Don't hesitate to use water-based lubricant to try it out.
Step 4: Tuck
Use your finger to push the disc as far as it will go. Then, press upwards underneath the rim and handle to tuck it up behind your pubic bone. Honestly, it just feels like it clicks in. Doing it is easier than writing about it hahaha.
Step 5: Remove
Insert your index finger to hook the handle, gently pull it out, and empty the contents. Clean or wipe the disc before reinserting it.
Step 6: Celebrate
Congratulations! We know it is a bit different, but once you use it, you will never go back. Welcome to the club.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. How do you empty a menstrual disc?
Find the handle of the disc close to your vaginal entrance, hook onto it with your finger and pull it out slowly. Maintain the disc's level, akin to pulling out a drawer, and grasp the rim to ensure it remains flat. With practice, you'll master this process in no time, and the best part is that it's straightforward and mess-free! I do it on the toilet or when in the shower.
2. How to clean your disc?
During your cycle, you must rinse your disc after removing and reinserting it. You can choose if you wash it with mild soap or water only. We recommend boiling your disc before each period cycle to ensure it is clean.
3. What to do when you feel the disc or the disc is leaking?
If you can feel the disc or it's leaking, it might not be inserted correctly. Adjust it by pushing the rim up behind your pubic bone. You should not feel the disc.
Leaking can happen for various reasons. Make sure it's cupping your cervix correctly, and wipe the vaginal canal well after reinsertion. If issues persist, reach out to us for troubleshooting.
4. What if I can't easily find the handle? Can you lose the disc?
No worries! The disc can't get lost. If it sits too high for you to reach, use your pelvic floor to push it towards your finger (like doing a number 2).
5. How to have mess-free sex
Yes, true story. Did you know your vagina can expand 200% during sex, and your cervix will move higher when aroused? Our bodies are amazing, ladies!
This means the disc will move higher, too. It can take 30 minutes for our vagina to move back to its size, so wait about 30 minutes, and your disc will naturally move down for easy removal. During sex, the disc can spin so your handle might be turned. Simply push your pelvic floor muscles down (like a number two) and you will be able to get hold of the rim.
6. What's the difference between a menstrual cup and a disc?
I have been using a cup for over six years now. When I tried out the disc, I could see some big differences and I think many of you might find the disc a bit easier. Here is why:
It does not create suction like a cup does
It sits lower so it can be easier to take out, and the little handle makes removing it really easy
It allows you to have sex with it in
You can half empty it into the toilet without entirely removing
Similar to the cup, it is made from medical grade silicone; you can keep it in for 8 hours, you don't feel it, you wash it with warm, soapy water, and it is recommended to replace after five years.
7. How often should I replace my disc?
Your disc is made of durable medical-grade silicone and can last many years if properly cared for. Replace it if you notice tears or changes in texture.
I hope this helped you decide if you want to give the menstrual disc a go. We tested and loved it, so please never hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!