Count on Period Nirvana to bring you updated comparisons for menstrual disc brands. It’s a never-ending job and my hunch is that this image will be quickly outdated when 2022 rolls around.
What is a menstrual disc?
A menstrual disc is a reusable alternative to the tampon for period care. It collects your period blood and sits tucked below the cervix and against the pubic bone in an area called the vaginal fornix. It’s inserted by folding it longways and then tucking it into place. Made of medical-grade silicone, discs can be worn for 8-12 hours safely. They have advantages over menstrual cups which include being safe for IUD users and having a higher capacity. Even the smallest sized menstrual disc holds as much as the average “regular” menstrual cup.
Menstrual Disc Brands
There are currently 8 proprietary menstrual disc brands I am aware of available worldwide with many more expected in 2022. Proprietary means that these brands have designed and created their own unique shape/size/mold for manufacturing rather than purchasing private label discs through Alibaba and re-selling their “brand” cheaply via Amazon or another webstore. Period Nirvana is a fierce supporter of the brands that innovate and create their own product and does not endorse private label brands.
In the US we have 6 reusable brands easily available to us currently. Period.Shop offers 3 brands and will add Hello Disc when it launches in 2022.
Related Resource: Private Label Menstrual Cups
Menstrual Disc Comparison Chart
You can visit the full sortable menstrual cup and disc chart for the best experience.
Menstrual Disc Comparison
Menstrual Disc Reviews
At Period Nirvana I have published menstrual disc reviews for many brands. My favorite brands are the Hello Disc (coming soon), Lumma, Cora Disc, and Nixit.
Menstrual Disc Firmness
Every disc has pros and cons but generally speaking, the size and firmness play a less important role in how discs feel and fit than these attributes for a menstrual cup. That is why most discs are “one size.”
“Soft Firmness” Menstrual Discs:
Nixit, SHE Period, and Ziggy are “soft” in firmness. They all also happen to be in the larger size range of discs. Softer firmness discs might be more comfortable during insertion and removal because they squeeze into a more narrow width and have less outward force. They might be harder to push properly into place for that same reason.
“Medium Firmness” Menstrual Discs:
The brands Moonthlies (both sizes), Cora Disc, Lumma (all sizes), Fleurity, and Hello Disc would be considered a medium firmness. These discs have more resistance than the “soft firmness” discs but are still comfortable to wear. While these each vary slightly from one another they’re similar enough that your body won’t notice a big difference. These discs are easier to tuck into place at this firmness level for new users. They will not fold as slimly as softer discs for insertion and removal.
“Firm” Menstrual Discs:
The Flex and SoftDisc disposable brands are plastic and more rigid. They are the firmest discs. If you like the firmness of the disposable the “medium firmness” discs are a reusable alternative but less rigid.
Unlike menstrual cups, a menstrual discs’s firmness appears to have little noticeable effect. Even firmer discs are unlikely to create detectable firmness in your body or apply bladder pressure. Attributes such as the shape of the rim and the firmness coupled with the diameter are considerations for staying placed in your body.
How to Pick a Menstrual Disc Size
Most people can use discs in the 60 mm – 70 mm diameter range even if they have a low or high cervix. If your cervix is super low the Lumma Short or Lumma Medium are good options. Average – High Cervix will fit discs like Cora Disc, Nixit, Lumma High or Medium, Ziggy, and Hello Disc. If you have a very high cervix the Lumma High and Hello Disc will both offer a longer stem to help you reach and remove your disc. If you don’t know your cervix height your chances of still being able to use the disc you purchase are quite high because of how discs sit in the body.
The Period Nirvana Menstrual Cup and Disc Quiz can recommend a disc tailored to your needs.
Related Resource: How to Measure Your Cervix Height
Menstrual Disc Resources
I have covered many topics on this subject to help you learn how to use a menstrual disc. Speaking generally, this product is more involved to insert and remove but can also provide an amazing leak-free period experience.