Put A Cup In It

Does It Work? A Look At The FLEX Menstrual Disc

Menstrual discs are something we’ve been asked about more times than we can count, and usually it comes in the form of a confusing question about menstrual cups … and then we realize they’re talking about an Instead Softcup or a FLEX.

Menstrual discs are NOT the same as menstrual cups!

Menstrual disc and menstrual cups share exactly one feature. They both catch menstrual flow. That’s it.

They differ wildly in material, shape, insertion, fit, removal, cost, and environmental consideration.

So does it work?

That answer depends on a couple of factors. Does it function? And do we like the way it functions? Check out our video review for all of the details.

As you can see, we aren’t fans. While they do work for some — and that’s great! — they just aren’t a good fit for us. Wear was comfortable but removal was anything but. Amanda found it painful to remove and Kim ended up in a horror show situation as a result of a moderate flow day. (If you recall from our Heavy Flow video – we aren’t all that heavy, so we cannot imagine what a disc might be like for someone with even more flow than us!)

The Cost

In addition to our removal discomforts, we aren’t all that impresses with the cost of using a disc. They are not approved to be safe for reusing (though some do use them for a full cycle before trashing them) which poses a problem for your wallet, as well as the environment.

FLEX costs $20 per month for 8 discs that are meant to be worn for 12 hours. This assumes #1 that you have a four day cycle and #2 that you can go a full 12 hours before needing to change. If you are heavier or longer than this, you’ll need more of them. At $2.25 per change – the costs really add up. By contrast, one quality menstrual cup can cost $20-40 depending on the brand — and you only need one. Organic tampons are also cheaper, with most costing around $10 per cycle.


This is just our two cents. If you use a disc and love it — let us know. We would love to hear about your experience with discs and why you feel that they are the best option — especially if you’ve also used a cup.






60 Responses

  1. I had the same issue with removal but I only had one disk (which I signed up for before Flex launch) but thought it was me causing the issue!

    1. economically, the cups I use are Luna, It is a learning curve to remove but it is learn-able. For me it solved the problem of very sensitive skin in my vagina getting irritated with tampons. Ever removed a tampon on a light day or before sex and it was mostly dry? Could be ouch! This is not an issue with cups. I like the reusable washable ones and they come in sizes. This is important.
      The trick is not to leave them in too long. you have to experiment and know your flow needs. If you keep and extra one and some baggies with a paper towel in your purse -if you have to change while you are out, you can empty contents into the toilet of the one you removed, wrap in a paper towel and seal in a baggie. When you get home, Dawn liquid and rinse out ready for next day. Cant believe I did not discover this option decades ago!

  2. I tried a disc years ago (before kids, and before cup) because I wasn’t ready to say “fuck what my social circle says, I want a menstrual cup!”, but still wanted an alternative to tampons and pads. I hated the disc. HATED them. I never got it in right, it did fall out (which I thought was normal…?), and was SUCH a mess. It actually scared me from trying a menstrual cup for about 2 years.

    Now I’m an exclusive menstrual cup and washable pad (for the last day of my period) lady.

  3. I have used them. They take bit of work, I will use less of them then a pad. I used Instead Softcup (before they went bankrupt) (also in Canada- which means we get Diva Cup and that is it!!!!!) (not bitter)
    As a soft entry into disc/cup use, they are great, I found that you can get used to placing cups or discs into your body. Leak wise, depending on the day and the flow. I often found that they would leak after about 4-6 hours.

    Stil trying to find my cup !


  4. I have used it and I’m gonna cut straight the point: flex and softcup are good for having sex during your period, period.

    1. I used Instead back when that was a thing. I wish I could find a reusable product in the shape and size of a menstrual disc but in the nice material of a good menstrual cup. Does such a thing exist? I used to use a menstrual cup (Meluna) when I had sex on my period, but it rubbed my partner the wrong way and left him a bit sore sometimes so I don’t want to do that anymore. Some guys are totally cool with sex during menstruation, just flowing free, but some are grossed out/terrified they’re hurting you etc. Not fun times. We deserve more options!

      1. I have yet to try the discs but I hate the cups. I’ve tried about every size and turned them inside out and cut the ends off, but my cervix sits so low that the cup hangs out of me and hurts and is quite painful when doing anything.

        1. Jamie, I had the same problem with cups, lower cervix that moves even lower during my cycle. I tried one cup, Lena, for nearly a year before finally buying another cup strictly for a lower cervix. That one didn’t work for me at all (MeLuna Shorty). During a horrifically heavy cycle, after a couple days of numerous accidents, I bought Soft Discs out of desperation. And they worked! No leaks, after the initially learning curve, and very comfortable. I’m on my first full cycle using them and I could actually leave my house without fear of being away from the bathroom. I think discs are going to change my life during my cycles. Might be worth a try. 🤷‍♀️

        2. I can relate! The cups were not kind. :o(

          I’ve finally found my tampon replacement. The Flex menstrual disc are AWESOME! They last 12 hours for me and I have a medium to heavy flow. The cost is $1.81 per disc (medium plan 16 discs).

          A true game changer and I am and will forever be (as long as I have a cycle) grateful!

      2. I used the disc for the first time today on my heaviest day and I actually put it in correctly and it didn’t leak until 10hrs. I hopped in the shower and took it out I was shocked at how much it held!!!! Normally I bleed through a super plus tampon in 2-3 hours so I shouldn’t be but to actually see it all at once sure was shocking. So far I love it.

        I did rinse it out and put it back in I am testing to see if they will work after rinsing to make it more cost effective.

  5. I have tried both a menstrual cup (Diva Cup) and the Flex. I am relatively new at both – I’ve done one full cycle with the cup and like it. I’m still working through my trial box of Flex and I’m not very confident about where I am on the learning curve with it. I have been able to easily remove the disc each time but that’s because it doesn’t seem to stay behind my pubic bone very well. I’m not sure if I’m just not getting it in there quite right in the first place? Anyway…ideally I’d like to use both a cup and a disc to completely replace pads and tampons. I travel on business a lot and I would much rather travel with disposable discs than a cup I needed to keep clean. However, when I’m at home doing my normal routine I like the zero-waste aspect of the cup.

    I have a friend who absolutely loves Flex. She did say there’s a definite learning curve when taking it out because it’s messy but she had no problem with placement – but she had the NuvaRing as birth control for years whereas I’ve been a Pill user forever. Neither of us have tried the mess-free sex yet. Me…mostly because I don’t think I’ve mastered placement yet.

  6. I’ve used the softcup. I didn’t like it at all. Always felt like it was too big. Hard to get in and out. Often was very uncomfortable. No idea how someone could have sex with it in?

  7. I use Soft Cup, which is identical to Flex, I think. It’s great. I’ve tried menstrual cups for 20 years, but the Soft Cup works better for me because I have a heavy flow. The reason why I love it is because you can squeeze your vag muscles while you are peeing, and it will bend the cup enough, inside you, to pour out the contents. So, you don’t need to remove the cup at all during the day – just pee! With the menstrual cup, I would have to empty it at work, and wash it out and re-insert, and it was a whole thing. Too much trouble.

    And I definitely do not throw it out after one use. A doctor friend of mine told me that there’s absolutely no reason to throw it out – just wash it with soap and water and re-insert. I use one cup per period. My doctor friend said that the FDA forced the Soft Cup (and Flex presumably) to say it’s for only one use because they didn’t want women washing them in public restrooms. Material-wise, it’s perfectly fine to wash it and reuse it.

    1. Whatever doctor told you that is subject to a lawsuit. That is not safe whatsoever to wash and reuse a plastic ring like flex. That’s like washing and reusing a condom. Can you give me the name of the doctor? They need to be under review. That is scary. Do not wash it and reuse flex. NO. NO. NO. WOW. Comments like this make me scared for people that believe all they read on the internet. Let me say again, NO!!!!!!!!

      1. I also wash and re-use 1 flex throughout my period. I toss it at the end of my cycle and start a new one the following month. It works great for me- I have had no issues and have read Many accounts of women using flex/softcups this way for years with no issues. Your comment seems rather inflammatory.

      2. Actually, it’s not like reusing a condom at all. Worst case scenario, it breaks from being a little thin and the blood goes out of your body. Guess what, it was going to do that in the first place!

      3. This comment is laughably ignorant. I’ve re-used discs every single cycle for 4 years. They literally even make a reusable one which is exactly the same only with slightly thicker plastic. It’s no different than washing out a cup.

  8. Crazy! I love the softcup. My sister mentioned it to me and though at first i was scared to use it i have it a try. Never going back. Like Dunemi my sister mentioned that when you flex your muscles as if youre going per it empties itself out and guess what, it does! But unlike Dunemi I only use new one per 24 hrs. So far I haven’t had trouble with it and I’m going on my 5th month I think. It did take me 3 days of putting one in to finally get it right and another cycle to get it where even my hands come out clean! Lol. I love this things and the convenience. Some people do think theyre over priced but for me I’m paying extra for convenience, comfort, less stress and cleaningness.

    1. This comment is laughably ignorant. I’ve re-used discs every single cycle for 4 years. They literally even make a reusable one which is exactly the same only with slightly thicker plastic. It’s no different than washing out a cup.

  9. I actually got started on disks. I have a low tilted cervix, and a cup (any cup) simply would not work for me before delivering my first born. After having a baby I can now use small cups under 2 inches and I must trim all stems off to the nub, or else I become irritated, inflamed, and sore within 24 hours. Menstrual disks are great for me. I adore them. If it weren’t for menstrual disks I would have had to use only expensive and leaky sea sponges, drying tampons, or smelly stinky pads that cause chafing before I delivered a child.

    I dont have prolapse issues, I am a healthy woman, who has an extremely low and tilted cervix. Wearing a cup before the baby was not a possibility. My OBGYN even scoffed at the idea and turned me towards disks. After the baby, I can wear something small and extra soft.

    INSTEAD actually produces an FDA certified reusable menstrual Disk that will last you one complete menstrual cycle. I thought you should know. I noticed that you did not.

    1. I also have a very low, tilted cervix (but mine is post pregnancy, it wasn’t this bad before… tilted, but not so low). I just try SoftCup today and wow! So much better than my JuJu 4 for my anatomy. I’m planning to get a Nixit!

  10. I see a lot of questions about the placement of the disks. In order to properly place them, squash them together and hold in the middle with two fingers. Insert using a “scooping” motion as if you’re going to scoop somwthing from your bottom side. With the disks, you go BACK during placement unlike with the cup where you go up. These positions are needed due to the size of the contraption. Disks are flater and wider so you want to go more towards the back then up, cups are longer and more narrow so you want to go more up then back. To remove the disks properly you literally just hook one finger under the rim and ease it out. When using the re-use able softcup, I reach in and grab the ring with my ring finger, and use my thumb and pointer to squeeze in a GENTLE nature on the sides to help elongation of the device to aid removal. Disks are not as high volume as a cup is due to their design. You must empty every few hours.

    After you know what you’re doing, and establish the skills needed, wearing a disk is a GREAT thing. These allow people who can’t wear cups to wear menstruation collection devices and reap all the health benefits they have to offer.

  11. I find flex comfortable, but removal is a murder scene.
    I really only use flex for mess free sex. And am glad I have it as an option now. So one box lasts for months. Worth it in my opinion. Cup hands down for normal use though

  12. So it’s wild to me that so many people are so negative about these. They are my absolute favorite. Tried a cup for two years and thought “this is a game changer”. Not having to going through 15 tampons a cycle was awesome (and the horrible mess and discomfort and suffocation from pads) but it took a long time to find one that fit. No Diva cup would work because it was way too large and the stems stuck out. Moved to the Femmy cup teen size and it started awesome. Then I noticed how many infections I was starting to get. And trust me I watched videos on how to wash and did everything I could to keep clean, but have a sensitive pH balance and it just didn’t work. I also had an IUD 6 months prior to cup use with no problems. Got a cup and the suction removed it…three times. The doctor asked about cup use and said no more. It was causing too many problems. She suggested I try these instead and they were SO much more comfortable. Significantly easier to insert, and, screw my partner, I WANT mess free sex. I have loved these and the softcups brand from Walgreens is somewhere between $7-$12 dollars and I use one cup for an entire cycle. Like another reviewer said, totally fine to wash, but it is sanitary when you start a new cycle. Zero infections, zero pH problems, zero problems with insertion, relatively mess free sex, easy to clean in the shower. It was a totally win for me. We are all made differently so don’t be afraid to try it! And yes, I wish I was waste free, but 12 a year is WAY less than tampon waste. And using 12 a year, I am totally fine spending $1 a cycle.

  13. I have used soft cup until they stopped selling in stores and now use a Diva Cup. I prefer the soft cup and actually just ordered a trial of the Flex. I miss it. The diva cup I find is hard to get where it’s comfortable. If I have a bowel movement with it in, it can be extremely painful, and sometimes if the placement isn’t perfect, it feels like I have to pee the way a 9 month pregnant woman has to every 5 minutes. It’s just not working. I can get it to fit sometimes perfectly but to me, the menstrual disc is the way to go. Easy to insert, empties when going potty without removal, not too bad to remove once you get the hang of it, and like the others have said, I reuse mine beyond 12 hours. I wash with a warm water and gentle soap at home before using again. I dispose at end of cycle. I can’t wait for my shipment to arrive and to have a comfortable period again.

    1. You don’t need to subscribe to the overpriced Flex. The softcups are available again (finally) in stores & online for purchase.

  14. I have used both a discs and a cup. I found the disc size to be too big and I feel like it’s stretching me apart from the inside out. Also expensive and is not as environmentally friendly as a cup. What I did like about the disc it is it’s out of the way and it can be worn during sex which a cup can not be.
    If I could design a perfect product, I would like a medical grade silicone reusable disc, containing little to no plastic material and also provides different sizes like menstrual cups. Someone please invent this!

    1. I’ve been looking for an alternative to Softcup too (in case the new owners/Flex messes things up).
      Intimina Ziggy Cup recently came out. Unfortunately it is only one size and pink. But it fulfills all the other requirements. I’m going to get one… hopefully it will be as good as the Softcup.

  15. To the person who said you have to change a disk every few hours, that’s not true at all. If you look on their website, the disk holds a considerable amount of liquid.
    I really didn’t like this video because they skipped over several majorly positive aspects of the disc. One being you can leave it in for twelve hours (actually more if you read previous comments) and on Flex’s website they promote the fact that the materials the Flex disc is made of will not disturb your pH balance and the materials have also not been linked to Toxic Shock Syndrome. It’s rare, but some cups have been. Flex is also hypoallergenic, so you don’t need to worry about the materials. While it can be a challenge to get in and out, it just takes practice like most things (the cup too!). Flex also molds to your body and has really helped my cramps that way.
    As for the sex aspect, yea maybe you’re like “fuck the guy, it’s about me”, but “me” likes having mess free period sex! I don’t know why you’d want more mess, honestly. And if it makes my guy happier too, then that’s also a plus for me.
    Overall, I really think you guys should give discs a shot. They may not be reusable for years but they help in so many other ways, it just takes some practice and patience.

  16. I found them way more comfortable and less messy than cups. Because they close up smaller, I found them less painful to insert than cups. I really hate dealing with menstrual blood, so before switching to discs, I would not have been willing to have period sex; a partner would have to have had a strong fetish and a birthday or something similar.

    I used both for at least an entire cycle before making a decision and I know I am generating less waste than when I used pads because while I used 4 pads per day, I use 2 of these.

  17. It did take me three cycles to figure out to place flex without discomfort. Now I can’t feel them. I’m small with a very tender cervix and allergic to pads and tampons. Removal is easy, but they tilt and empty when I pee. I can also reach in and tilt to empty faster. It’s messy, so a toilet with a sink right next to it is best. They get painful when full, like maybe its crowding my cervix, but then I know when to drain it. Sometimes holding it under hot water makes for easier insertion. My only complaint is the 12 hour limit. I go through too many since I really don’t want to ride out the last light day or two with a pad. They also will overflow at night. Haven’t found a solution for that yet.

  18. Responding to a couple of comments above: I also was looking for a re-usable menstrual disc option and found the Ziggy Cup by Intimina. Looks like the first re-usable disc (they say it lasts 2 years) on the market, but I imagine other cup companies will start making the discs soon because it’s a much better shape/design for lots of women! I love that I can’t feel them, and that instead of distending the vaginal walls (as cups & tampons do), they are designed to fit in the fornix in a way that is synergistic with the shape of our bodies. yay! And then regarding not wanting to last the last day or two of a light period with a pad – I have found period panties (thinx/ dear kates) to be such a good solution to this! 🙂
    As someone who has tried both menstrual cups and discs, I am a fan of the disc so far. Looking forward to trying out the ziggy cup- the reusable disc. So far I have only tried FLEX.

  19. It was perfect on the first insert but once you figure out how to easily remove them… you subconsciously begin to accidentally push them out (basically a kegel) … the second insert (on a heavier day) feels like you’re trying to push a balloon under water smh…. I hated them.

  20. I am just trying the flex, and I love it. It’s a lot less waste than tampons which I normally have to change multiple times a day. I tried a menstrual cup before and hated it! It was uncomfortable and I couldn’t couldn’t stand to wear it. Yes, removal is a little messy but it’s worth it for me. Plus you can always take it out in the shower since it’s 12 hour wear. I am considering trying the Ziggy cup which is really a silicone version of the flex.

  21. Menstrual discs are what got me started on cups. I don’t even quite remember how it happened, except I think one day I was looking for pads and saw the discs, and thought, “What’s THIS all about”? I I researched it and the rest is pretty much history. I had been looking for some way to have a period where I wouldn’t have to fill up our trash can. I’m not so much concerned about the waste aspect as I was my daughter. She’s nonverbal autistic, and had begun digging around in the trash and chewing on things. Reusable products seemed the thing, and I started out buying cloth pads, then saw the discs, and eventually moved on to cups.
    Whenever I travel, I like using the disposable discs. Having to use reusable products on the road is a major pain Much easier to use disposables, Tampons are dry and hurt coming out, and pads get smelly and nasty after awhile.

  22. I tried Flex and hated it. It was too big to fit. I’d gotten Flex to use during my honeymoon, because Aunt Flo was going to visit the day after the wedding. Thankfully that was a shorter and lighter visit, and my new husband was happy to wait until the visitor had left. I tried throughout the week to use Flex and never could get it placed right and had a murder scene.

  23. Did anyone have a problem with the smell like when you pulled it out? It was way worse than any tampon or pad and when I pulled it out the smell stayed on my fingers which grossed me out.

    1. Interesting. From what I’ve seen the Flex discs retail for $14 for 12 discs, not $20 for 8. What?! There was definitely a learning curve and I went through half a pack before I finally became comfortable with it, but I LOVE them. I mostly use them for sex, but sometimes just because. I’ve also used it to have sex on the heaviest day of my period, and it worked like a dream. I now keep two boxes on me at all times..

  24. I read a lot of these comments before trying the flex cup. And they kind of scared me. But I ordered the trial pack anyways, and ended my subscription right away. I still wanted to give em a shot! When I got my flex in the mail, I was shocked at the amount of plastic packaging they used. I let them know when I canceled my subscription That I would be buying a silicone version if I liked it. Period days one and two, I was working and was afraid to test out the new product while waitressing. So I gave it a shot on days three and four. And I loved it. I had been using my menstrual cup for days one and two, and the following two days were very light in comparison. Mess free sex? Absolutely. Easy to insert? Much easier than my cup. Removal? Well… it took me some getting used to. I find that when I squeeze my vaginal muscles (like pushing out a yoni egg), I could get the disc down low enough to easily pull it out. Just took a little time to relax and engage my muscles. This being said, I don’t know how messy it would be on my days one or two, but I’m looking forward to giving it a shot next cycle! As far as the sex goes, Thais is why I was interested in the disc. And it absolutely serves its purpose. My man said he could feel it at first, but then he “sexed it into the right position” and didn’t notice it after the first few seconds. I think I’ll use my cup for the heavy days, and substitute the flex discs for period sex and light days.

  25. I used Instead for years until they disappeared. Now they’re back and I couldn’t be happier. The vagina is parallel to the floor when sitting, not perpendicular, once you figure that and you’re own body out, they’re super easy to use. Yes somewhat messy during removal, but worth it. And I for one enjoy sex with my partner all times of the month and care about his comfort level. That’s what makes it a partnership. Shame to be so dismissive ladies. You are definitely biased against the disc, it’s obvious. You didn’t even pretend to want to like it and it pained you to admit there was something positive about it. Also, they do make a reusable one.

  26. I LOVED the diaphragm birth control. It was easy and I no longer had to worry about migraines from hormones in .most birth control and condoms always made me dry. So, when a menstrual option that was exactly like it came out I was hooked. It’s been wonderful and because I was used to taking it in and out I didn’t have the same learning curve. I just ordered them for my 22 year old daughters to try!

  27. I have tried the disc and LOVED it! With a menstrual cup I always had issues with leaking. I have delivered 8 children and that is likely why. With the disc I had zero leakage, zero issues at all. Removal was not a problem (but I would do it over the toilet). Flex disc is the best menstrual product I have ever tried!!

  28. Such a shame you guys are putting a negative review of these. I’ve been using soft cups (the old version of soft discs) since 2012 and put a 10/10 on them. Moon cups look so confusing with all the different sizes and buts hanging down. Soft discs are small and flexible and so easy to use they are a game changer!

  29. I have tried a disc about a year ago and it was terrible. I went into it thinking a disc and a cup where the same so I steered clear of cups for a while. I discovered what cups really were so I gave it a try. There’s for sure a learning curve but I absolutely love it. I’m so mad I’m just now learning about this in my 30’s. This option needs to be a part of health education in school.

  30. Just tried my Flex discs from my combo pack today. I have prolapse and have realized that since my toddler was born, I can’t hold in tampons anymore :-0 I was seriously resorting to skipping the gym for a week every month and even wearing those Poise underwear some nights! I’m not even 40, btw. I tried two discs today, which both had about 4-5 hours of use for me. Not sure if it was flow volume, anatomy, or me not perfecting the positioning yet, but I can’t imagine 12 hours with one disc. Even still, the experience was far superior to anything else I’ve dealt with in the last 30 months and I just ordered another pack. I may try the cup that came with my combo pack but am more interested in washing my cup so I can use just 1-2 a month. Glad so many of you suggested that!

  31. Just tried the soft disc for the first time seemed amazing. Didn’t bother me at all UNTILLLLL REMOVAL TIME. It took a long time, a couple cigarettes a hot bath to relax ;( It is really big and mine wasn’t trying to come out at all. I couldn’t hook my finger and pull it’s hard and felt stuck when pulling, used lube to help but it was horrible feeling and felt like it was pulling my insides or getting stuck on them! I’m only on leaving my review because I was trying to find people’s tips to get it out… trying again maybe it’ll get easier??

  32. Discs are the only thing that work for me. I have a very heavy flow, and my cervix will not cooperate with cups. I’ve tried 6-7 different cups, over and over, all the folds, heights, positions. If you find the disc messy, I find it to be a dream, because for me cups leak like nobody’s business, and trying to make it sit right inevitably ends in a blood bath, everytime.

    I’m disappointed by your attitude toward the discs in your review (it’s almost palpable that you don’t want to like discs in your video, disproportionally so to the actual complaints you have about it) as discs are frankly life changing for me, And I hope that it won’t deter someone else in a similar situation as me to give it a try.

    I have never gone more than an hour without leaks with both cups or tampons until discs came along.

  33. I am a full convert to reusable menstrual discs. So liberating. I never have to worry about being caught short, it’s one small thing and it’s either in body or in my handbag. Never have to worry about interrupting a romantic moment (taking out tampon, putting down towel…etc..). And I don’t have spend money on new products every month.

    I have pretty light flow, but very irregular periods due to an IUD. The irregularity of my periods is much more manageable with a reusable product that can sit in for 12 hours. And I’ve never had a problem with the IUD being sucked or anything – gentle insertion and release is all that’s needed.

    I use Lumma Unique and LOVE IT. It is the only disc product I’ve come across that has different sizes.

    All the other disc manufacturers claim that one standard size (adopted by Flex, Nixit, Ziggy – yes, I tried them all) will work for most women. They simply didn’t fit me. Lumma Unique in small size was perfect. Although texture wise, Ziggy is by far the nicest. If Ziggy came in a smaller size it would be my go to product.

    I’d urge those who’ve struggled to get a disc to fit to try a different size through Lumma, because the disc concept was life changing for me.

  34. Interesting. From what I’ve seen the Flex discs retail for $14 for 12 discs, not $20 for 8. What?! There was definitely a learning curve and I went through half a pack before I finally became comfortable with it, but I LOVE them. I mostly use them for sex, but sometimes just because. I’ve also used it to have sex on the heaviest day of my period, and it worked like a dream. I now keep two boxes on me at all times.

  35. I have used both. Often
    To be honest. I prefer the disc’s. I used various cups for about a year and finally settled in the flex cup (my favorite). Then I found flex discs… more my favorite.

    I have VERY VERY heavy periods that last a week.
    The cups overflow and get leaky during my 3 heaviest days.

    The disc’s seem to stay put longer and leak less.
    Both are messy for heavy flows. The disc is messier but I don’t need to change it midday like I need to change a cup.

    I have reused disc’s. But can only go about 3 uses before they wear out and start to leak.

    I also like the disc because, like it says, you can leave it in during sex. That’s my husband’s favorite part.

    The cup is cheaper and a bit cleaner. But the disc definitely works better on my heavy days.

  36. Yes this!
    I have a heavy flow too a d they’ve been life changing!
    For the first time ever I honestly forget about my period.

  37. I remember when I first learned of the cup reading the etched messages in the back of my washroom door stall in university, lol. When I asked my friend about it she was like, “girl, i’ve been using one for a few years. You’ve NEVER heard of it before?” And i was like “Whaaa….?” So that’s how I got started on my cup journey, lol.

    I have now been using a menstrual cup for around 7 years. When I first used one was before I ever had sex or used sex toys, and was still nervous about using products while being a virgin – seeing the size of those cup things when open? LOL I thought I’d faint. Learning curve was steep…was not used to being that intimate with my own body. Found it scary at first and hard to insert/take out, but after a couple of periods it was easy peasy. Sunction when taking it out definitely means a little more effort, but i never find it painful; just have to break the sunction first by squeezing the rim before removing.

    I have always had a very heavy flow in the first 24 hours; on average 80ml – another benefit of the cup, you learn your flow really well making it far easier to track and relay info to doctor if you have concerns. I always leak at least a little bit on that first day even with a cup, so I wear period underwear (Thinx) as well for peace of mind. I’ve never had any leaks into my pants, leggings, stockings, swimwear, whatever, since.

    I first used Diva, then tried Intimina, and am now on the large Pixie cup, which i find far superior and i only use that, now. I cringe at the thought of going back to pads or tampons – funny how dependant I was on pads but now find them absolutely disgusting. Not to mention I feel so much better with the environmental benefits and knowing I’m not feeding the greedy tampon/pad manufacturer industry, hah! (They don’t have our best interests in mind, anyway- who wants to support a business like that?!)

    I just got a Nixit menstrual disk, so I’m excited to see how it performs. I know some might find getting blood on fingers a cringefest, but honestly, it’s not a big deal. I got used to bloodied fingers with my cup because i have no patience in perfectly removing it.

    The whole insertion/removing process only takes a few seconds once you’re used to it, and cleaning it isn’t a big deal if you’re already in a washroom – though I will say I’ve never had to do it in a public washroom when someone else was present. Would probably find that pretty uncomfortable, but fortunately with how long you can wear a cup or dic finding privacy isn’t hard.

    Several months ago I started swimming with the cup even on my heaviest days. Was so excited that I had no issues even while doing freestyle for 45min, so now I don’t shy away from swimming on my period. My cramps are terrible but swimming at least helped take my mind off the pain, if not helping alleviate the cramps.

    Tl;dr I’m a hardcore cup fan, and highly HIGHLY recommend – no, demand, even – that any girl or woman considering the switch to do it asap. The longterm gratification is beyond compare.

    Hope to soon be a disk fan, too!

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