A menstrual disc is inserted and collects period blood, just like menstrual cups. However, there are some important distinctions between these tampon alternatives and conventional tampons.
A menstrual disc, unlike a cup, is a disc that sits in the vaginal canal. This positioning is what distinguishes them. While the menstrual cup sits in the vaginal canal where a tampon would as well, menstrual discs sit deeper into the canal at the vaginal fornix, which is closer to the cervix. This is a critical distinction since it indicates that the discs can be safely worn during sex while still restricting blood flow, unlike menstrual cups. Menstrual discs, like tampons, are disposable and should not be reused.
Available in single-use or reusable options
Can be worn up to 12 hours and absorb five times the amount of a standard tampon
Enables mess-free sex while on your period
Inserts similar to a tampon with a comfortable fit once in position
Easy to remove