1. Find your cervix. Figuring this out is super helpful as the disc should sit right underneath the cervix as shown here:
2. Try not to tense up. Take a few deep breaths to help relax your muscles. You totally got this. 💗
3. Start on a lighter day. Try out the disc on a lighter flow day, when you have some time to spare. So not when you’re at Coachella or when your flow is already Niagara Falls.
4. Wear a liner for backup. You shouldn’t need it once you get it down. But for your first time or two, it can’t hurt to have a contingency while you’re out and about, for a little peace of mind.
5. Pinch the disc and make sure you're pushing it down, not up. Flex Disc is not like a tampon, so the direction you insert will be a bit different. When inserting the disc, push the front edge down (like in the direction of your butt). We know this sounds counter-intuitive, but it works! Pushing it down creates an angle and helps it make its way to the vaginal fornix. Then, tuck the other edge back behind the pubic bone. If you need more insertion tips, check out The Thumb Trick here.
6. Make sure you can’t feel it. If you can feel your disc inside you, that’s a good sign it’s not all the way in place. I know this sounds weird, but when it’s in the right place, you won’t even notice it’s there.
7. You can always adjust. If it feels not quite right or like it’s leaking, try adjusting your disc while it’s inside you by pushing it farther down and back, Kegels can also help get it in the right place during insertion. You can also try a different position, we even have some customers who insert on all fours or while laying down. It can take some time to find out what works for you and your anatomy, but it's totally worth it, we promise!
8. Seeing blood when you pee (or poop) is normal. When you bear down on your pelvic muscles, the front edge of the disc may slide out from behind your pubic bone, letting some fluid out. This is nothing to worry about. Just use a clean finger to make sure it’s tucked back into place when you’re done.
9. Pretend to poop to help remove. If you have trouble removing your disc, bear down on your pelvic muscles as if you were taking a poop. The front edge will pop out from behind your pubic bone, so it’s easier to reach.
10. Wait to remove it after sex. Vaginas lengthen and expand during sex. As you can imagine, this might put your disc a little out of reach. Allow at least 30 minutes after sex to give your body time to settle.
Real Advice from Real Customers on Their First Time:
“When you go to the bathroom, don’t freak out if you see some blood on the toilet paper - it’s totally normal and doesn’t mean it’s in wrong. It goes right back into place when you’re done (or to be safe just push it back up there).”
“Don’t let it just slip in - that was my biggest mistake! I was putting mine straight in so it was hitting my cervix and causing discomfort. Make sure you point and push it down so it gets at an angle.”
“I’ll wear it for 12 hours most all days of my period, but on my heaviest day it fills up faster so I’ll empty it out more often. It still lasts way longer than a tampon or pad.”
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