What is a menstrual disc? 

A menstrual disc is a disc shaped shallow menstrual cup made from medical grade silicone. It is an eco-friendly sustainable period product that is inserted into the vagina and collects period blood for upto 12 hours. The capacity of a disc is high, around 55 ml, so it’s a great option for people who have a heavy flow. The dimensions of the disc are 65mm x 76mm, making it perfect for smooth insertion and removal. Menstrual discs are a safe and an environmentally friendly way to manage your menstrual cycle. 

Can anyone wear menstrual discs? I am a teenager, is a menstrual disc safe for me? 

Of course! Menstrual discs are safe for everyone including teenagers and adults. As a teenager, there is a possibility that you are not familiar with invasive period care products. A menstrual disc is a great way to get started. 

What is the best way to insert a menstrual disc? 

If you have never used a menstrual disc or a menstrual cup, you might face some resistance from your body. If you have already used a tampon or a menstrual cup, you are probably familiar with how to insert a menstrual disc. 

Here’s what you need to do. Open your Z Disc box, read the instructions, and most importantly, relax. 

You can either squat or sit down while inserting the menstrual disc. Here are a few easy ways to insert your Z disc. 

  • Sit down and bring your knees closer to your chest. 
  • Sit on the pot and bring one leg up. 
  • Sit on the pot and spread both legs wide.
  • Simply squat on the floor.

Each of these ways makes it easier to angle the menstrual disc and allows easier, smoother insertion. Once you insert the disc, use your fingers to slide it further until it rests behind your pubic bone (your fingers will be able to feel a hard ridge). 

What is the best way to remove a menstrual disc? 

Don’t worry, you can remove the disc easily even without a stem or a string. Just like you relax while inserting a menstrual disc, you need to remember to stay calm and relax while removing it. 

  • Simply squat and apply pressure like you would when you have a bowel movement. 
  • Insert your index finger into your vagina and tug at the edges of the disc. It should slide out with ease. 
  • Once the disc moves from your vaginal cavity to your vaginal canal, remember to hold it in a way that avoids any spillage. 
  • Just rinse and clean and re-use!

How to clean the menstrual disc?

Cleaning the menstrual disc is simple and similar to a menstrual cup. Wash your hands properly and relax. Squat down in a comfortable position, remove the disc and empty it. Rinse the disc with lukewarm water and mild soap. Before re-inserting the disc make sure you wash your hands once again!

When your cycle is complete, clean the disc with mild soap and lukewarm water, sterilize it in boiling water for 4 minutes before bidding it adieu until your next cycle!

Will a menstrual disc get lost or stuck inside me? 

Nope, it’s not possible. A menstrual disc can only go in as far as your fingers can push it in. It will not wander about your vaginal cavity and it will certainly not get lost or stuck inside you. You simply need to use your index finger to push in or pull out the menstrual disc. It will take time to get used to the whole process of insertion and removal but the key is to not panic, take a deep breath and try again. You will soon be a pro!

How do I know if my menstrual disc has been inserted correctly? 

Like a tampon, you must not be able to feel a menstrual disc inside you. If you cannot feel, it most probably has been inserted correctly. The menstrual disc rests behind your pubic bone - so make sure you use your index finger to push it behind the ridge. This way, your menstrual disc will comfortably rest in the largest part of your vagina, the vaginal cavity. 

Will the disc pop open like the menstrual cup?

Unlike a menstrual cup which is folded to insert, the disc is just pinched while inserting into the vaginal canal. Hence, there is no suction or pop. It is simply placed below the cervix, behind your pubic bone. However, the disc does create a seal to prevent any leakage.

Do I need to wear Panty liners while wearing a menstrual disc? 

No, you don’t have to wear a panty liner or a sanitary pad if you are wearing a menstrual disc. A menstrual disc has a large capacity of 55ml while on average, a person will bleed upto 45 ml in one day of their period. So the chances of your disc leaking are very very low. If your disc does get full, all you have to do is empty it, wash it and reuse it. 

However, beginners can wear a liner or a day pad for assurance until they get used to the disc and are more confident about the disc not leaking.

How will I know that I need to empty my menstrual disc? 

Unlike a tampon, which swells up or leaks, menstrual discs cannot give you any indication that they are full. If you have just started using the disc, to get a hang of it, it is recommended to keep a tab for at least 4 hours so that you can track how many times you might need to empty, wash and reuse the disc.

My pads can sometimes smell really bad. Will it smell if I use a menstrual disc? 

Ideally,  no. Menstrual blood or for that matter, any blood gives off an odor only when it comes into contact with oxygen. Since you’re going to be discarding the collected blood as soon as you take the menstrual disc out, there is a very low chance of odors or smells. Please note, you must remove and wash your menstrual disc every 10-12 hours to avoid odor. 

How do I get used to wearing a menstrual disc? 

If it is your first time using a menstrual disc, try wearing it on a day you don’t have your period. Your vagina will be less swollen or sore then and it will be easier for you to push the menstrual disc inside. 

Is it going to get messy while taking the disc out? 

We’re not going to lie. It can get messy. You can expect a little spillage when you are taking the disc out. But with practice, you can insert and remove the disc without any hassles or spills. 

I have a small vaginal canal. Can I still wear a disc? 

Absolutely. You can wear a menstrual disc even if you have a narrow or small vaginal canal (a vagina with a low cervix is 6 inches deep on an average) - this is because you are required to fold the menstrual disc while inserting it. Our menstrual disc is the ultimate period care solution for a person with a small vaginal canal. It rolls as thin as a tampon, so you shouldn’t feel any discomfort during insertion or removal. 

What is a pubic bone? 

The pubic bone is one of the three bones that make up a person’s pelvis.  If you insert your index finger into your vagina, you will be able to feel a hard ridge. That is your pubic bone. 

Can I go swimming wearing a menstrual disc? 

Yes, you can go swimming or take up any strenuous activity while wearing a menstrual disc. This is because a menstrual disc is made from medical grade silicone and hugs your body on the inside - it creates a seal that will not allow any blood to leak while you are swimming. 

Some disc users have mentioned that there might be a need to pee every couple of hours while wearing the disc, this is mainly because the menstrual disc rests between the pubic bone and the bladder. But the experience can vary from person to person. 


I was researching menstrual discs and came across this term called ‘auto dumping’. What does it mean? 

Auto dumping is where the menstrual disc will tilt and automatically release the blood that it has collected while you use the washroom, it is a rare phenomenon. This is usually dependent on the height of a person’s cervix. This doesn’t happen to everyone. But in case you experience auto dumping, please know that you don’t need to worry. Your menstrual disc will automatically tilt back into its original position once you are done with your business. 

My period is due today and I can start bleeding anytime. Can I wear the menstrual disc in advance so that I can avoid staining my clothes? 

Yes, you can! While it is not recommended to wear a tampon before your period starts, it is absolutely safe to wear your menstrual disc on the day your period is due.

I am a virgin. Can I still use a menstrual disc? 

Why not? Your virginity has nothing to do with using a menstrual disc. So, go for it!

Will I still be a virgin if I wear a menstrual disc? 

Using a menstrual disc or any other invasive period care product in no way breaks your hymen or takes away your virginity. Your hymen can be best explained as vaginal skin that can tear and repair itself if you undergo strenuous activity. Don’t worry, using a menstrual disc does not in any way impact your virgin status. 

I read somewhere that a menstrual disc is like a female condom. Is that true? 

A menstrual disc is shaped like a diaphragm which is a female contraceptive device. You can have intercourse while wearing a menstrual disc but it is not supposed to be used as a contraceptive device. 

Can I have sex while wearing a menstrual disc? 

Yes. You can have sex while wearing a menstrual disc. In fact, you can have both oral as well as penetrative sex while wearing a menstrual disc. Most users who have had sex while wearing a disc have reported to have a relatively mess free experience. No more blood on the sheets. If you prefer having oral sex in place of intercourse, it is recommended that you empty the disc, wash and insert it before having oral sex. This is to ensure your partner doesn’t have to deal with any unpleasant odours. 

I have a retroverted or tilted uterus. Can I use a menstrual disc? 

Yes, you can. As long as you are able to secure the disc behind your pubic bone, you shouldn’t have issues wearing a menstrual disc even if you have a tilted uterus. 

I have had a very bad experience with tampons. Would you recommend wearing a menstrual disc? 

Yes, we will. While both tampons and menstrual discs are invasive period care devices, a tampon will absorb your period blood and swell up. It can cause reactions if you are not using organic cotton tampons. A menstrual disc doesn’t absorb but collects your period blood. This makes it easier for your vagina to handle as a menstrual disc doesn’t absorb your good bacteria and helps in maintaining the pH balance, keeping your vagina healthy. 

I have just had a baby and I am having postpartum bleeding. Can I still use a menstrual disc? 

If you have just had a baby, we would advise against using any invasive device as it can increase the risk of infections. Give it some time, let your body heal and then use a menstrual disc. You will actually be able to insert it a lot more easily than other people. 

How many discs should I use during my period? 

Just the one. Your menstrual disc is reusable. Simply drain the collected blood, wash the menstrual disc with mild soap and lukewarm water and it is ready to wear once again. 

For how long does a menstrual disc last? 

A menstrual disc can last anywhere between three to five years. But if your menstrual disc shows signs of deterioration- colour fading, tears, scratches, flaky texture, etc., you should replace it immediately. 

What are the chances of Toxic Shock Syndrome if I wear a menstrual disc? 

The chances of Toxic Shock Syndrome while wearing a tampon are rare and even more rare while wearing a menstrual disc. Just ensure that your menstrual disc is properly cleaned with mild soap and lukewarm water before reusing so that there are no traces of bacteria in the menstrual disc. 

Why are menstrual discs so expensive? 

Actually, that is a myth! On an average, you will spend anywhere between ₹6,000 to ₹10,000 in one year’s time on period care products. Compared to that, you will only be spending a very small fraction of the average amount on a menstrual disc. 



Between a tampon, a menstrual cup or a menstrual disc, what should I use? 

Tampons, menstrual cups and menstrual discs have their own set of pros and cons. This table should help you make an informed decision. 

Feature 

Tampon

Menstrual Cup

Menstrual Disc

Body

Thin cylindrical body with an attached thread that helps to pull out easily. 

Shaped like a tulip and has a stem that helps you pull out the cup easily. 

Shaped like a disc with a shallow body that easily folds to be inserted inside your vaginal cavity. 

Absorbtion or collection of blood 

Absorbs blood and grows in size as it is made of cotton 

Collects blood which can disposed every few hours

Collects blood which can be disposed every few hours 

Capacity 

8-12 ml 

30-40 ml

50-80 ml

Material

Cotton

Medical grade silicone 

Medical grade silicone

Usage

One time usage

Wash and reuse

Wash and reuse

Concerns 

Will grow in size while absorbing blood - as a tampon generally rests in the vaginal canal. 

Doesn’t grow in size, simply collects blood and rests a few inches below the cervix. 

Doesn’t grow in size, simply collects blood and rests in your vaginal cavity. 

Activity 

You can take up any activity like swimming while wearing a tampon. Remember to change your tampon before and after you swim. 

You can take up any strenuous activity while wearing a menstrual cup. 

You can take up any strenuous activity while wearing a menstrual disc. 

Change/reuse

Depending on your flow, change your tampon every 4-6 hours. 

Depending on your flow, remove, wash and reuse every 6-8 hours. 

Depending on your flow, remove, wash and reuse every 10-12 hours. 

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