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The menstrual disc – what you need to know before you try it

The menstrual disc - what you need to know before you try it

If about menstrual cups, the available information is more and more, in the case of the menstrual disc, the situation is a little different. There are women who wonder: “Is the menstrual disc the product we’ve been waiting for?“, and for them, but also for those who want to know more about our new product launched exclusively by Femi.Eko®, we have created the material of face.   

In this article you will learn:

  • What is the difference between the Femi.Eko® menstrual disc and the menstrual cup
  • How to insert and remove the menstrual disc
  • How to safely reuse the menstrual pad
  • What are the benefits of using the menstrual disc?
  • Disadvantages and caveats

What is the difference between the Femi.Eko® menstrual disc and the menstrual cup?

Even the names of the two products indicate the major difference in design. 

The cup has that conical shape, like a mug, while the disc is similar to a diaphragm.

The design is not the only thing that sets them apart. The positioning is also different.

While the menstrual cup is pushed not very high into the vagina, where it will create the specific vacuum, the menstrual disc should be oriented as high as possible. It remains open like a circle, resting on the pubic bone.

Here’s another important difference, especially for women who have been wary of the menstrual cup, precisely because they’ve heard of its specific vacuum.

The menstrual disc does NOT create a vacuum.

Its edge is a little thicker to allow it to sit firmly and remain open, in the correct shape, collecting menstrual blood.

menstrual cup vs menstrual disc

How do you insert and remove the menstrual disc?

When we talk about a menstrual disc we are talking about a reusable intimate product. It will be inserted into the body, just like tampons or menstrual cups.

Specific to this truly innovative product is that it will position itself on the diagonal of the vaginal canal, collecting menstruation much higher.

Normally tampons or menstrual cups are inserted straight. They take up space in the vagina, and for this reason it is totally contraindicated to have sex while wearing these products.

The menstrual disc, on the other hand, is open like a circle resting on the pubic bone. For this very reason, it can be worn while having sex (doesn’t take up space in the vagina!).

To insert the menstrual disc correctly follow the steps below:

STEP 1: Hygiene is important every time we talk about the genital areas and more! So, wash your hands well before using the disc.

STEP 2: Fold the Femi.Eko® Menstrual Disc in half. If this is your first time using a disc, it will help you breathe. Realize that it’s normal to give your body time to get used to a new product.

STEP 3: Hold the disc tightly between your thumb and forefinger. Once past the entrance to the vagina continue to push the disc (still holding it tight). Tilt it towards the coccyx. The disc will be located behind the pubic bone

How do you insert and remove the menstrual disc?

 

Once you’ve positioned the disc correctly (don’t feel it, don’t be embarrassed) you’ll be able to keep it inside for up to 12 hours, depending on flow.

We recommend that you set a reminder in case you think you will forget that you have the disc (yes, it is very easy to forget it, you will see:). As with any menstrual hygiene product, long wearing, over 12 hours, is not recommended.

The reasons are hygiene, not the ability to collect the blood. 

Although menstrual discs have not been associated with toxic shock syndrome, however, as with any other menstrual product, it is advisable to maintain proper conduct in use. 

How do you know the menstrual disc is full?

Just like with the menstrual cup, you’ll learn to recognize the telltale signs.

Spotting, the feeling of fullness or the need to urinate frequently can indicate that it is time to empty the menstrual disc.

We recommend that while you are still learning how to use the product properly, you have a back-up for protection (poți alege o pereche de chiloți cu absorbție moderată sau un absorbant S)

When it’s time to remove the menstrual disc, follow these steps:

STEP 1: To remove the disc, choose a time when you feel relaxed.

Don’t forget: the disk has nowhere to get lost. You will manage to remove it! Insert your finger into your vagina and look, then grab the special disc ring.

Grab the ring and pull the disc out. Since the discs are positioned differently, you can pull gently, without fearing that particular cup vacuum. If you can’t reach the disc, use your muscles to push it. Just like you would if you were going to the bathroom.

STEP 2: Empty the disc (we recommend doing this in the shower or over the toilet as you may spill the collected blood). Rinse it very well and wash it with neutral soap. Then you’re ready to use it again.

STEP 3: When the cycle is over, wash the disc, sterilize it and store it in the special Femi.Eko® bag you received with your order.

How to safely reuse the menstrual pad 

It is important to know that the Femi.Eko® menstrual disc must be sterilized at the beginning and end of each period.

You can sterilize the disc by boiling it in water for 10 minutes, but not more than 20 minutes. Make sure the disc remains under water while boiling!

If it is not the first time you use the menstrual disc during menstruation (and you have already sterilized it at the beginning), you can disinfect it (with a disinfectant gel recommended for intimate care). You can also use a disinfectant wipe, but it must have the indication for intimate use. Otherwise, you risk irritating the vaginal mucosa by introducing chemicals into the body.

So:

  • Always sterilize the disc at the beginning and end of menstruation
  • Store the menstrual disc in its pouch or in a safe place where there is no risk of contamination with perfumes, creams or other chemicals
  • DO NOT use for cleaning disinfectants or soaps that are not intended for the intimate area

What are the benefits of using the menstrual disc?

The list of benefits that a menstrual disc offers is not small at all!

This is why, although it appeared relatively recently, this product is already enjoying popularity. In fact, it was one of the most anticipated products, which our users have repeatedly requested!

One of the reasons why women love the menstrual disc is because of the freedom they feel because of it.

The disc eliminates the discomfort caused by wearing an absorbent pad, because it does not have any plastic in its composition, does not rustle, does not stick to pubic hair, does not smell and does not allow the formation of any odor.

In addition to this:

  • It can be worn for up to 12 hours (which means you can spend a period day only checking twice a day to make sure everything is fine)
  • It is suitable for all types of cervix
  • Provides protection regardless of flow
  • Reusable up to 5 years
  • You can have sex while wearing it
  • It can be worn if you have an intrauterine device
  • It prevents the growth of bacteria and is easy to wear
  • Eco-friendly and sustainable

Is this the perfect product? 

For women who want comfort, total freedom of movement, no longer dependent on paying monthly for menstrual hygiene, this product is very close to perfection.

On top of that, let’s not forget that by using it, you prevent mountains of waste and really protect the environment!

However, the menstrual disc also has some disadvantages that you should be aware of. Among them:

  • Not indicated for adolescents (girls at their first periods)
  • When you take it off you can stain yourself UNLESS you are over the toilet or in the shower
  • The discs can empty themselves when you use the toilet (their contents end up in the toilet with the urine). This phenomenon is called self-dumping. After this happens you may need to reposition the menstrual disc. 

Self-dumping is optional (some women experience it sometimes, while others never – also, for some women, the disc repositions itself, while others have to reposition it after self-dumping)

What else you should know is that:

  • We do not recommend using the Femi.Eko® disc for more than 12 hours.
  • You should not use harmful chemicals to clean your menstrual disc, such as vinegar, tea tree oil, antibacterial soap, regular hand sanitizers, hydrogen peroxide, and other home remedies.
  • If you experience fever or nausea associated with its use, you should stop using the menstrual pad

Do not use the Femi.Eko® Menstrual Disc if you suffer from a bacterial or candidiasis infection and replace it immediately if:

– you used it while you had candidiasis or a vaginal infection discovered later

– you dropped it in the toilet

– you notice a sticky or powdery film on top of it.

You should discuss using the disc with your doctor if:

  • you have had an STD
  • you have recently undergone gynecological surgery, given birth or had a miscarriage
  • you have a vaginal infection
  • you’ve never had sex and you’re worried about keeping your hymen intact

To conclude:

The menstrual disc, like the menstrual cup, has the potential to truly change your life.

In addition to helping you make significant savings by saving you 300 tampons/absorbents/year, the menstrual disc is a comfortable, modern, discreet and reliable solution.

No one will know you’re wearing it, you won’t have to run to the bathroom to keep checking if you’ve stained yourself. So you will notice that you are more confident, in control of yourself, free and independent.

You will feel protected and clean, you will not have unpleasant odors and discharges and menstruation will become, from that period you fear, another part of your life, which makes you really special and strong.

Are you ready to try the menstrual disc? Order it HERE.

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