Definitely! A menstrual disc has the capacity of 3 or even more large tampons (Depending on which size of MoonCatcher you wear).
If your flow is heavy, it is likely that you will need to empty your MoonCatcher more often that every twelfth hour.
Yes, the menstrual disc can be worn during night while sleeping. If your flow is very heavy or if you like to sleep in you may want to use a backup such as a liner, pad or period underwear during the night.
YES! Since the MoonCatcher sits high up above the vaginal channel it will allow mess-free sex during your period. This is one of the big advantages with the menstrual disc compared to other intravaginal period protection products.
It will depend on your flow and what size of disc you are using. With time you will get to know your flow so that you know how long you can go without emptying on the different days of your period. You should never wear your MoonCatcher for more than 12 consecutive hours without emptying and cleaning it.
For some users the MoonCatcher has the added benefit of “self emptying” without having to remove the disc, which is ideal for menstruators with heavier flow. Self emptying occurs when you relax your pelvic floor muscles, similar to a bowel movement, so it is completely normal to see blood in the toilet. To ensure your disc is properly back in place, use a clean finger or your thumb to tuck the Mooncatcher back into place. You can also do a few kegels to ensure it is back in place.
Yes, the MoonCatcher is made from 100% medical grade silicone. It is free from Latex, BPA and Phthalates. Menstrual discs are not graded as medical devices in the EU. However, the MoonCatcher manufacturing facility is certified according to the ISO-13485 standard which means that it is working according to a quality management system which ensures that the product follows all the safety regulations for medical devices.
If you take good care of your MoonCatcher and keep it stored in its bag in an airy place between your periods it will last you up to 5 years.
Before first use and between each period you sterilise your menstrual disc by boiling it in water for 3-5 min. You can also steam or use a sterilising tablet to sterilise your disc.
We agree that the disc can look a bit big at first glance. Maybe it is because we are so used to tampons. However, since the disc is pinched at the middle to approximately the size of a tampon before it is inserted, the size will not be a problem. The menstrual disc is placed at the very top of the vagina or, to be totally correct, it is actually placed above the vagina in a space called the vaginal fornix. The vaginal fornix is a wider space and it forms a shelf were the menstrual disc can sit. (How cool is this? Before our first encounter with a menstrual disc we had no idea that this awesome part of our anatomy existed). When the menstrual disc is inserted correctly you will not notice that it is there
The front part of the disc is tucked behind the pubic bone which will keep it in place. No suction is needed to keep the disc in place.
There are several differences between menstrual discs and menstrual cups with the most obvious being how they are placed inside of the body. The menstrual cup is placed in the vagina whereas the menstrual disc goes higher up, in the vaginal fornix.
– A normal menstrual cup has a capacity of around 25 ml whereas MoonCatcher small has a volume of 42 ml and the large sized MoonCatcher has a volume of 68 ml.
-Menstrual cups are kept in position through suction. The menstrual disc does not need suction to stay in place.
In most cases this works fine as there is no suction with the disc, but you should be aware that the combination of the two will always induce a small risk for complications. Please ask your gynecologist or midwife should you feel uncertain.
Disposable menstrual discs have been on the market in the US for some years as an alternative to tampons. Strangely enough this product never seemed to make it to Europe. Reusable menstrual discs have only been around for a few years and in Europe they are still quite new.
Definitely! We suggest that you empty the disc before going in.
Don’t use a menstrual disc if you have had TSS, Toxic shock syndrom. Intravaginal menstrual products should not be used if you have open wounds or other injuries in your vagina since bacterias are then more prone to grow. This may be the case with some vaginal diseases and after giving birth, abortion or miscarriage.