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How do I choose between a menstrual cup and disc?

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Reusable menstrual cups and discs are great eco-friendly alternatives to tampons and pads.

But what’s the difference between a menstrual cup and disc?

While they serve the same purpose—to collect menstrual flow—they differ in shape, fit, and how they stay in place.


Conscious cycle care for every body—find the right fit for you. Both the DIVA™ Cup and the DIVA™ Disc are made of 100% medical grade silicone, which is soft and firm, but flexible enough to fold to the size of a tampon for easy insertion. Both can be safely worn for up to 12 hours of protection. And when it's time to replace your DIVA™ Cup or DIVA™ Disc?

How They Differ

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    • Reusable menstrual cups and discs require different folding techniques for insertion.

      Menstrual cups like the DIVA™ Cup are folded multiple ways to create a narrow tip for insertion.

      Menstrual discs like the DIVA™ Disc are pinched lengthwise to create a slim shape that inserts like a tampon.

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    • Menstrual cups rest at the base of the vaginal canal and collect menstrual flow as it is released down through the cervix.

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    • Menstrual discs sit slightly higher up. They are inserted lengthwise, pushed back towards the tailbone and then tucked behind the pubic bone.

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Mess Free Period sex

A menstrual disc is a great way to enjoy sex without a mess. Menstrual discs, like the Diva Disc, are designed to be worn in the vaginal fornix, tucked up behind the pubic bone. This higher placement leaves the vaginal canal open and keeps menstrual blood neatly held in the disc. This allows for mess-free period sex, including room for penetrative sex, if you wish. While sex with a menstrual disc comes with mess-free perks, it does not take the place of birth control. It does not serve as protection against pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections

A Matter of Preference

Both menstrual cups and discs have been designed to provide all-day reusable period protection. Which shape, fit, and seal you prefer is entirely a matter of preference! It’s up to you—your body, flow and cycle. It may take some trial and error to determine which works best for your anatomy, but both are great options as long-lasting, reusable, and cost-effective alternatives to pads and tampons.