Enjoy Mess-Free Period Sex with Menstrual Discs
Menstruation is natural and one of the most beautiful functions of the female body. So, why beat yourself up and sulk on your own during periods when you could be having the most delightful, mess-free sex?
Menstrual discs make it possible.
How menstrual discs work
A menstrual disc resembles a small Frisbee and is designed to collect blood as opposed to absorbing it like a pad or tampon. The disc is folded and inserted into the vagina until it reaches the vaginal fornix, which is the space around the opening of the cervix at the end of the vaginal canal. Menstrual discs are disposable and often more convenient to use than menstrual cups, since they don’t require cleanup or sanitization.
Menstrual discs are made from medical-grade polymers that are safe to use and wear in the body for up to 12 hours at a time.
Another advantage to using a menstrual disc is that you cannot feel it after it is properly placed against the cervix. At first glance, inserting the disc may seem overwhelming and confusing, but these period products come with a short learning curve and an explicit set of instructions and diagrams of the female anatomy to help you with insertion.
Using menstrual discs during sex
Because menstrual discs are positioned against the cervix, women who wear them during sex may experience heightened stimulation and stronger orgasms.
It’s important to keep in mind that the vagina expands with arousal, which may result in the disc shifting farther up into the vaginal canal during sex. If this happens and you can’t reach it right away to take it out, don’t panic. Simply wait about 15 minutes for your vagina to relax, and then try to reach the disc again for removal.
To prevent any accidental leakage during sex, consider inserting a new disc beforehand, especially if you’ve been wearing the same disc for up to 10 hours on a heavy flow day. It’s also helpful to know that menstrual discs will not interfere with natural vaginal lubrication, since natural lubricants are made by glands in the vagina and by the vaginal wall itself. If you enjoy using lubricants, stick to water-based lubricants that won’t break down the materials of the disc.
Finally, keep in mind that menstrual discs are not contraceptives and cannot protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Make sure you and/or your partner use an effective form of birth control to prevent pregnancy, as well as a condom to reduce your risk for infection.
Just one question…
I know, I know, you have an important question: What if we feel the menstrual disc during sex?
The menstrual disc should be positioned in the vagina in such a way that usually prevents both you and your partner from feeling it during sexual intercourse. Now, if either of you happen to feel the disc, pause for a quick moment and use your index finger to tuck the disc back behind the pubic bone. If that doesn’t work, try popping into the bathroom for a moment to remove and reinsert the disc.
There may also be some instances where your partner feels the menstrual disc regardless of repositioning it, especially if your partner has a particularly long penis. If that’s the case, try different sex positions until you find one that works best for both of you.
If you haven’t tried using menstrual discs, consider giving them a try—even if you’re cool with having messy period sex without them. Menstrual discs require far less maintenance than pads, tampons or cups, and they only need to be swapped out twice each day.
If you have any questions or concerns about using menstrual discs during sex, contact the manufacturer directly for more support and information.