Menstrual Discs Frequently Asked Questions

Can you reuse a menstrual disc?

There are a few menstrual discs that are reusable, and a couple that is not. Please double-check the packaging or the discs website to verify which type you are purchasing.

How does a menstrual disc work?

A menstrual disc consists of a rim to help insert and place the disc, and a reservoir to collect the menstrual flow. The menstrual disc is placed next to the cervix and then is tucked above the pubic bone to hold it in place. Unlike a menstrual cup, it should not create a suction during removal.

What is a period disk?

A menstrual disc is reminiscent of a diaphragm in the way that it is shaped and positioned. However, a menstrual disc is used to collect menstrual flow coming through the cervix, while a diaphragm is used to block sperm from entering the cervix.

How do I remove my period disc?

To remove a menstrual disc, insert a clean finger to dislodge the rim by “hooking it” from above the pubic bone. Then, slide the rest of the disc out and empty the contents into the toilet.

How do you put in a period disc?

To insert a menstrual disc, pinch the rim so that it meets in the center. This will make it look like a figure 8, and will make the disc narrow for comfortable insertion. Insert and slide the disc back and down towards the tailbone. Then push the remaining end up and above the pubic bone. 

How do I know if my menstrual disc is in right?

You should not be able to feel the disc. It should be securely in place and not sliding out. 

Do menstrual discs leak?

Proper placement and emptying of the disk regularly will help avoid leaks. Some users report that bearing down will dislodge the rim from the pubic bone enough to allow the contents to spill over but not make the disc slide out. Individuals will purposely do this to empty the contents over the toilet without removing it.

Do menstrual discs prevent pregnancy?

Although menstrual discs were designed to be used while having penetrative intercourse, the disc is NOT a form of birth control or contraceptive. It will NOT prevent an unplanned pregnancy.

Why does my menstrual disc leak?


A disc can leak if it is not correctly positioned to the side of the cervix. Some users report that bearing down will dislodge the rim from the pubic bone enough to allow the contents to spill over but not make the disc slide out. Individuals will purposely do this to empty the contents over the toilet without removing it.

Which is better menstrual cup or disc?

Each disc is different. The disc that is better for you is the one that meets all of your wants and needs in menstrual care. An individual may want a softer disc for comfort, or a firmer disc for ease of insertion and positioning. You may also choose a disc that is eco-friendly and reusable over the disposable ones. 

Can I swim while wearing a menstrual Disc?

You can do just about anything while using a menstrual disc, including the act of penetrative intercourse.

How long can I wear the disc?

A menstrual disc is safe to use for up to 12 hours. However, it may need to be emptied before the 12-hour mark depending on how light or heavy your menstrual flow. 

I have a heavy period. Will a menstrual disc work for me?

A menstrual disc will work for individuals with a heavy flow. However, the disc may need to be emptied more frequently. Although the disc has a high capacity while fully expanded, the collection reservoir may stay gathered.

Can I really use a menstrual disc during sex?

The collection reservoir of all menstrual discs is very thin and flimsy. They allow for penetrative sex without detection by you or your partner.
*The disc is NOT a form of birth control or contraceptive. It will NOT prevent an unplanned pregnancy.

How do I clean my menstrual disc?

You can clean REUSABLE menstrual discs by rinsing it with water or washing it with mild soap & water. You can also boil it before and/or after each period.

How long will my menstrual disc last?

Disposable menstrual discs are meant to be thrown out after each removal. However, most companies that offer reusable discs stated that they last up to two years.

Can I use a menstrual disc with an IUD or Birth Control Ring

Yes.The disc should not interfere with the IUD or the Ring.The ring should be placed before the disc. Please consult with your doctor for more detailed instructions and cautions.

Can I use disposable menstrual discs more than once?

While some individuals wash and reuse their disposable menstrual disc, it is not suggested by the company. These disposable discs are meant to be thrown out after each removal. 

Are menstrual discs “one size fits all”

Although most companies only offer one size and state that it fits all, it doesn’t seem to be the case. Some individuals feel that certain discs are too large as they can’t insert the complete disc. A single company offers discs in three different sizes-small, medium, and large, for a low, average, and high cervix.

How many menstrual discs are there?

There are five menstrual discs that are readily available worldwide, SoftDisc, Flex Disc, Ziggy Cup, Unique, and Nixit. Two others are only available for sale in their countries. 

Which menstrual disc has the firmest rim?

The Soft Disc and Flex Disc have the firmest rim. However, both of the discs are disposable.

Which menstrual disc has the softest rim?

The Nixit has the softest rim of all of the menstrual discs. However, the difference between the Ziggy Cup and Nixit probably won’t be noticeable. They are both very soft.

How is the SoftDisc different than the rest of the menstrual discs?

The SoftDisc is a disposable menstrual disc. It has one of the firmest rims and is made of polymers. This design is the same as the Flex Disc except in color and price. SoftDisc is now owned by the Flex Fits Company, which also makes the Flex Disc.

How is the Flex Disc different than the rest of the menstrual discs?

The Flex Disc is a disposable menstrual disc. It has one of the firmest rims and is made of polymers. The design is exactly the same as the SoftDisc except in color and price. SoftDisc is also owned by the Flex Fits Company. The Flex Disc can be ordered through subscription to be automatically shipped to your home.

How is the Ziggy Cup different than the rest of the menstrual discs?

The Ziggy Cup, which is actually considered a disc, is ergonomically designed. According to the company, this helps the user get a better fit. To use this disc as intended, there is a specific way it needs to be inserted. The Ziggy Cup also features a double-rim design to help against leaks.

How is the Unique different than the rest of the menstrual discs?

Unique is the only disc to be offered in different sizes and includes a long stem to help locate the rim for removal.

How is the Nixit different than the rest of the menstrual discs?

The Nixit features a double-rim design to help against leaks. Their “ultra-soft” silicone makes it the softest disc available worldwide.

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