I’ve spent nearly a year testing the Hello Disc before creating its review.
The Hello Disc is the first reusable menstrual disc with an easy removal patented double-loop tab design. With four wear styles, users can pick which works for them best depending on their cervix height and comfort preference.
The design was a collaboration between myself and Hello Period Co. Any way you wear it, the Hello Disc can be removed easily and securely with a single finger. And amazingly, it can be done with low mess or even no mess at all – a true feat compared to other menstrual discs. The full review video is below.
Hello Disc Features
- IUD Friendly – Suction free design
- Flat Fit for no-mess period sex
- Premium, Class VI (highest quality of the 6 grades) silky medical-grade silicone
- Lasts 10 years for a waste-free period
- Heavy period friendly – holds 3-5 tampons (50 ml)
- Designed by a period products expert (that’s me) and a registered nurse
- Patented Douple-Looped tab for easy removals
- Smart design for easy cleaning
- Versatile design – wear it 4 ways for a custom experience
4 Ways to Wear Your Hello Disc
- Tucked for a low cervix or for no-mess sex/play
- Flipped for a low, average, or moderately high cervix
- Dropped for a high cervix
- Trimmed for a low or average cervix
How it Works
Hello Disc, like other menstrual discs, folds longways to insert. It sits below the cervix and tucks behind the pubic bone for a secure and leak-free fit. Unlike menstrual cups, Hello Disc is suction free. Many cup users who switch to a disc find the experience initially daunting, in part because it looks HUGE. But then they realize that discs are rather intuitive and easy to insert.
Menstrual discs were inspired by the diaphragm. They sit in an area of the body called the vaginal fornix. The vaginal fornix is like the cathedral ceiling at the end of a very narrow hallway. Discs are “one size fits most” unless you have a very low cervix, in which case you may find a smaller disc a better fit.
How to Insert Hello Disc
Fold your disc lengthwise. I like to tuck the excess basket material into the disc for an even slimmer disc. If you’re wearing your Hello Disc tucked, fold the double-loop tab into your disc. If you experience trouble, add a dab of water-based lubricant to the disc’s front rim (the non-tab side.) Find an excellent how to guide from Hello Period Co.
Insert the disc (tab side enters last) while pointing it towards your tailbone – this makes sure it is angled in the best way to properly tuck under your cervix.
Once you can no longer push the disc further, take a finger and push the front rim of the disc up as high as it can tuck.
How to Remove Hello Disc
Without the need for breaking a seal the process to remove Hello Disc is quick, easy, and hopefully mess-free!
You can remove your disc in almost infinite ways. For the least messy removal possible try using the loop closest to the disc and pull one finger through the loop from behind.
If wearing your disc in the flipped position, pull a finger through the back of the loop and pull the disc out.
While pulling the disc out of your body try to keep it mostly level or even pull it more towards the body, then let the disc drop away from your hand once it’s out. The blood will drain and the disc will be secure on your finger.
Try removing your disc in the shower for your first try – it can take practice before you find the best removal method for you that gives you a no-mess/low-mess experience.
Hello Disc Review: My Personal Experience
Amazing. The best disc I’ve ever tried. The Hello Disc is everything I’ve ever wanted in a period product. It never leaks, it’s always comfortable, and it’s a dream to remove. I’ve been a menstrual disc fan for several years but the removal process has always been less than fun. I’ve said in other menstrual disc reviews that my period is so comfortable and leak-free with reusable discs that I’m fine with messy removals. I can live.
Now, the Hello Disc has solved the worst part of using a menstrual disc for me. I prefer to wear mine in the flipped position. I can’t feel the disc or the tab while wearing it so it’s easy to forget I even have my period (if ignoring other annoying symptoms.) The disc does auto-dump for me, meaning by the time I empty it after 12 hours of wear it isn’t always super full. This, in combination with the double-loop tab makes sure my removals are entirely mess-free.
Hello Disc Firmness
Hello Disc is similar in firmness to Cora Disc, Lumma Disc, and the new Saalt Disc. The rounder rim of Hello Disc does affect how it inserts and works in the body to some degree. I’ve had no issues inserting Hello Disc, but I did struggle with Saalt Disc, despite them being similar in firmness. That said, other people may find the exact opposite true. Because Hello Disc has a more structured basket than Lumma Disc or Flex Disc, I like to tuck it into the rim while inserting. Sometimes I use two hands to keep it folded, other times I just shove it in there. Since I wear it flipped I don’t have to worry about tucking the looped tab into the disc while inserting, which also makes it easy.
The first time I removed a full Hello Disc (prototype version) it was so exciting. Having a cool idea for a new product is one thing, it working as intended is another. It was really an amazing thing to remove a disc with one single finger, dump it, and have not a drop of blood on my finger or hands. That experience, in my opinion, is what makes Hello Disc an actual gamechanger. People use that phrase in marketing all of the time but rarely is a new product “changing the game” in practice. Hello Disc offers people an easy to remove period product. I’ve experienced the magic for many cycles and it never gets old. I did film removals because I was quite certain people wouldn’t believe me, you can find them in the review video. Sorry husband, I decided to include that footage after all.
Does Hello Disc Auto-Dump?
All reusable menstrual discs have the potential to auto-dump. This is a selling point or an annoyance depending on who you ask. Auto-dumping is when your disc tilts and releases some of its contents when you visit the bathroom. It’s a combination of sitting + exerting pressure. If a disc tilts at any other time, for example, when exercising, sneezing, coughing, or squatting – that is a leak. Leaks from movement with a disc can be caused by not properly secured during insertion or it being too large or small for you.
Related Resource: Menstrual Disc Auto-Dumping Explained
Hello Disc is slightly firmer than average. This rim firmness, coupled with the shape, means that if you auto-dump it’s more likely to happen when you have a bowel movement. Firmer discs need a bit more pressure to activate auto-dumping and the rounder rim of this disc has also seemed, from our testers and early reviews, to prevent it dumping from light pressure (such as urinating.) Most users will find their Hello Disc can auto-dump but it’s less likely to happen than softer firmness discs.
If you’re new to menstrual discs and notice blood when you wipe, or large amounts of blood when you visit the toilet, this is normal. It’s best to give it a check with one finger to see if your disc magically re-tucked or if it needs help. I experience the magic of my disc going back into place reliably every single time.
I auto-dump during bowel movements only with the Hello Disc. Since I have Crohn’s disease and suffer from “period poops” (double whammy, yay) I can auto-dump on a heavy day 2-3 times a day. Hello Disc is certainly a good option for all of us cuties with IBS/IBD compared to menstrual cups since those like to slowly exit the vagina during a BM. Auto-dumping is a selling feature for me but I understand why some people are hesitant to try a disc after hearing horror stories of their disc dumping while doing yoga. Until you know how your body and your new disc cooperate it’s always wise to wear a backup liner or leakproof liners. I’m not one to gamble and always wear backup while trying a new product.
Will Hello Disc Work For ________ ?
It ticks almost every box. I’ve given this product high praise because it’s simply the best, most comfortable, and easiest-to-remove period product I’ve tried. And I’ve tried 67 as of this review. As someone with “skin in the game” and as the co-designer, you also need to think “is it really going to work for me or is Kim just trying to sell discs?” I don’t blame you. Take a look at the reviews on Period.Shop from customers and from the original Kickstarter backers for a full view of how Hello Disc works for users. I’m seeing folks with a low cervix who love it tucked or trimmed, people with a high cervix who have never been able to wear a disc use Hello Disc with success, people with painful endometriosis who find their disc helps them have a better period, and many many reviews that are experiencing low or no-mess removals. There are a few reviews from people who struggled with insertion, the disc was too big, or who are still working on their technique to get that mess-free removal.
There will never be a one-size-fits-all period product because that’s not how people are made. I’m super proud of the positive reviews from people of all body types, abilities, fitness levels, period flows, and cervix heights for the Hello Disc. And for those who didn’t love it, that’s ok. That’s why I’m still here to help people find what DOES work for them. Hello Disc has certainly managed to meet most of the needs, but it’s not magic.
Menstrual Disc Comparisons
Like most other reusable discs, the Hello Disc is a “one size fits most” design. The rim diameter of 68 mm. It holds 50 ml and is a 3.5 on our firmness scale. It’s closest discs in size and firmness are Lumma High and Saalt Disc Regular. It does not have the highest listed capacity of some brands, Ziggy 2, Nixit, and Flex Reusable hold more. Because discs squish in the body you will find that higher capacity discs may not actually hold as much as their capacity lists, one reason that Hello Disc decided to remove excess basket space for a sleeker design.
Compare all brands of menstrual discs by size, capacity, and firmness on our menstrual cup comparison chart. You can sort by “disc” to see them all.
Where to Buy Hello Disc
If you’re in the US Period.Shop carries Hello Disc. We are currently shipping them as fast as they’re arriving to us from New Zealand. New orders can expect their Hello Disc to ship in mid-April 2022.
Worldwide, HelloPeriod.com is your source. It’s not yet available in every country so check their availability.