What an exciting time to be alive! Pads now have moisture-wicking technology and wings to keep them in place, so you don’t feel like you’re wearing a diaper. Tampons, reusable pads, menstrual cups, menstrual discs, and free bleeding (if that’s your thing) are also options.
And we are no longer limited to the brands and products available in our local supermarkets and pharmacies: Several companies are selling menstrual products directly to the customer, either on a one-time basis or through a subscription model (which is particularly useful when dealing with something you use for a week every month, each month). There are items for every size, shape, and age.
What exactly are menstrual discs?
A menstrual disc is an insertable period product that is intended to provide 12 hours of safety, allow you to have mess-free sex during your period, and even help reduce cramps. Menstrual discs and cups are comparable in that they both insert into the vagina and accumulate blood. However, cups appear to be cups, whereas discs appear to be, well, discs. Depending on the type or brand, a cup sits in your vagina underneath your cervix and extends into your canal. A disc, on the other hand, is designed to fit back into your vaginal fornix, which is located where your vaginal canal meets your cervix.
How to insert and remove a disc:
- Wash your hands before inserting and removing a menstrual disc.
- Assume the position. Get into the position that allows you the most access to your vagina, whether it’s squatting over the toilet or propping up your leg.
- Take the disc out of the wrapper. Pinch the disc’s sides together, like a tampon, to make it narrower.
- Insert the pinched disc down and back through your vaginal canal, completely covering your cervix.
- To prevent leaks, tuck the rim of the disc above your pubic bone.
- Enjoy not having to change a tampon or pad for up to 12 hours while bumping uglies or doing burpees.
To Remove, insert your finger inside your vagina to pull the disc out. Don’t be disheartened if you can’t get it out on the first try; it may take some practice. Menstrual discs are likely to be more difficult to remove than menstrual cups.
How long can you use a menstrual disc?
A menstrual disc can be present for up to 12 hours. Keep in mind that removing a menstrual disc can be messy because menstrual blood can spill when the disc is removed. However, if you only need to remove it every 12 hours, you’ll most likely do it at the close of the day from the comfort and safety of your home. Experiment with what works best for you — dealing with a bloody disc may not bother you at all.
Should I use menstrual discs?
There’s a lot to think about, and in the end, it’s up to you to decide which period of products are the comfiest and useful for you. Because a disc does not enter the vaginal canal, it is very comfortable and is barely felt when inserted correctly. You may need to experiment a little to find out what works best for you. Both a cup and a disc require some practice. You must be comfortable putting your fingers up your vagina, feeling that little uneasy pressure when trying to remove either, and seeing blood. Using a cup or a disc will undoubtedly make you feel more in tune with your body. Finally, whatever you choose should be based on your way of living and what is best for you.