If you're having issues removing your menstrual disc, please reach out to our team of Flexperts at (800) 931-0882 so they can help.
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In the meantime, here are some additional tips and tricks to help with disc removal.
One of the key components to removing any period product is relaxation - if you tense up, you'll likely experience an issue. Just take a deep breath and allow your body to relax. This tip truly works any time there's an issue.
Also, you'll want to remember to push down (like you're taking a poop) when you are ready to remove Flex. This helps pop the front edge out from behind your pubic bone, making it easier to hook your finger under the rim and pull it out.
Pelvic floor therapists who work with those with pelvic floor dysfunctions recommend the "moo" technique. Basically, you just say "moo". We know it sounds silly, but it helps you use the diaphragm to push down and relax. It's the one time you can "moo" like crazy!
Our medical advisor Dr. Jane also recommends using the Valsalva maneuver. The Valsalva maneuver is when you take a deep breath, big as you can, and then push down like you're having a bowel movement. Doing a Valsalva brings your cervix closer to the opening of the vagina. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valsalva_maneuver
While you're doing that, with a clean finger, hook the disc from under black rim in a "come here" motion and pull - be sure to keep Flex horizontal and pull it out slowly (this will minimize the risk of spilling).
Some women find that being in a squatting position, or standing with a foot elevated on the toilet seat/edge of the tub, is more helpful when removing their Flex because they find it is easier to reach the rim when in these positions versus sitting down. If you're worried it will spill and make a mess if you aren't sitting on the toilet, you can always take Flex out in the shower!
Lastly, make sure you wait at least 15 minutes after having sex before you try to remove Flex. Arousal can make the vaginal canal twice as long as normal so give your body some time to "cool off" and return to its normal size.
If you're still struggling with removing your disc, please take 30 minutes - 1 hour to relax your body/muscles, say some positive mantras (ex: "I will get this out of my body"), and come back to removing your disc once your mind + body are ready.
- Sitting on the toilet with legs propped on a stool
- Laying on the bed
- With legs up
- With knees brought into chest
- Standing with leg propped up
- Going from squat to standing
- Table (ie: on all fours)
If pushing down didn’t work…
- Try the “moo” technique
- If “moo’ing” didn’t work, try the valsalva
- Alternating between valsalva and moo technique is great too. Valsalva works to push the disc down further into the vaginal canal, the “moo” technique engages the pelvic floor while keeping it open so it is easier to reach the disc.
Hooking the disc
- From under the rim
- From over the rim
- Try with a different finger
If you're still unsuccessful with removal, we'd recommend asking for assistance from spouse/partner or contacting your OBGYN.
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