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Menstrual Discs

What should I do if I can't remove my menstrual disc?

First, don’t panic! A menstrual disc (or cup, or tampon, or any period product, for that matter) cannot get “lost” inside your body. Your vagina is shaped like a cul-de-sac, thanks to your cervix. 

In most cases, all it takes is a little relaxation and some command over your pelvic floor muscles to get literally anything that might happen to be stuck inside your vagina back out of your body. 

If you’re having a hard time removing your menstrual disc, including Flex Disc, Flex Plant+ Disc, or Flex Reusable Disc, please reach out to our team of Flexperts at (800) 931-0882 so they can help. You can call or text! Hours are 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. PST every day of the week.

In the meantime, here are some additional tips and tricks to help with disc removal:

First, take a few deep breaths. Try using a box breathing technique to calm your nervous system and help you relax your pelvic floor muscles. Breathe in for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, out for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, and repeat. 

If you’ve just had period sex with a disc, make sure you wait at least 15 minutes to give your body a chance to “cool off” and your cervix to move back to its normal position. During sex, arousal can make the vaginal canal twice as long as normal! This moves your cervix further back in your body, which can make it tough to reach your disc if you try to remove it right away.

Insert a clean finger into the vaginal canal and, at the same time, push down (or think down and forward, like ejecting a DVD) with your pelvic floor muscles. You can deepen the push by saying “moo” out loud at the same time—it may sound silly, but it really works. 

When you bear down, you should feel the rim of your disc move further down the vaginal canal and pop out from behind your pubic bone. Make sure your finger is already inserted while you do this! When the disc is easily within reach, hook your finger under the rim and slowly pull it out, keeping it parallel to the floor to avoid spills. If you feel like your finger is slipping out from under the rim, try gently bracing against one side of the vaginal wall. 

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Still not working? Try a different body position: Squatting low (bum-to-floor) with your feet wider than hip-distance can make it easier to pop the disc out from behind the pubic bone. Doing this while in the shower is a great way to stay relaxed and prevent any messiness. Alternatively, try laying on your bed, sitting on the toilet with feet propped up on a stool, standing with one leg propped up, or even tabletop pose. 

If you're still struggling with removing your disc, please take 30 minutes to an hour to relax your body, and come back to removing your disc once you feel calm and ready. Do not use any foreign objects to remove your disc as this can cause damage to your vaginal canal. Contact us whenever you need help or, if it’s after-hours and you’re still stuck, try asking a partner or friend for help. You can also always reach out to a healthcare provider or Ob/Gyn!

Want to learn more? Read our entire blog article about disc removal here.  

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