Trusted period care brand Cora has just launched their new product: the Cora Disc. As always, you can trust that Period Nirvana is here to help with our Cora Disc Review and disc comparison. This new disc is a “one size fits most” design and has the exciting new feature of a removal finger width grip to make things easier.
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Cora Disc At a Glance
- 65 mm Diameter (One Size Fits Most)
- 47.5 mL Capacity (holds more than most size large menstrual cups)
- Finger Width Grip for easier removal
- Premium Silicone and Made in the US
- Firm, deep rim (firmer than all reusable discs)
- Hides stains with a grey/black silicone tint
- Retails for $30 or $40 and sold by Period.Shop and other retailers
- The firmest rim of all reusable discs
Cora Disc Features
The new Cora Disc has made a solid effort to solve the grip issue in removing menstrual discs. Menstrual discs need to be either hooked with a finger on the rim and pulled out or pinched with a thumb and finger and pulled out. Hooking the rim has never worked for me and I’ve been vocal about this complaint in the past – Cora must watch my videos! With the “finger width grip” Cora has provided a space with enough depth that is easy to hook and drag the disc out by a single finger. Another disc, the Lumma, solved this problem with a longer stem (potentially a preference for some) but the Cora Disc gives users another option.
Related Resource: How to Insert and Remove a Menstrual Disc
The Cora Disc Rim
To facilitate the finger grip removal design the rim of the Cora Disc does have to be quite “beefy” in depth and thickness. You can also see this in the other new disc, Moonthlies. The Cora Disc has a firmer rim than any other reusable disc I’ve tried.
True story, when testing the Moonthlies disc I told my husband that the idea was great but you need more room for the finger and the ledge should tilt inward. Then I got the Cora Disc and that is exactly how theirs was designed. I am a genius. I have a theory that both discs were inspired by the Caya Diaphragm which is a logical decision. The removal grip was adjusted to the simple round shape of a disc. Trust me, I’ve given disc design a lot of thought and have been wondering when a disc would go for a Caya-style removal.
The Cora Catch
The catch portion that holds your menstrual blood has more structure to it than most discs. The dip in the catch brings the capacity down to 47.5 ml; a very respectable capacity and more than most cups.
Like all menstrual discs, the Cora Disc should work during penetrative intercourse. I did not get the opportunity to try it this cycle because we were camping in a tiny RV… there wasn’t enough privacy away from the kids to take it for a spin. The Cora Disc is similar to Lumma and has more structure to the catch portion but this shouldn’t have much or any impact on a partner. On the packaging, it’s listed that their disc “self-empties” which is a tall promise by the brand! “Auto-dumping” or “self-emptying” is possible with all menstrual discs, most often instigated while on the toilet. The disc will slip enough to dump out part of the contents and usually props back into place automagically when you stand up. The cause is a combination of a disc that is a bit too small or a bit too large plus the muscle movement/sitting. It does not happen for every disc user.
Related Video: Menstrual Disc Auto-Dumping Explained
Cora Disc Comparisons
I know you love comparisons. Find image comparisons to almost all of the menstrual discs available in the US next to the Cora Disc. You can also view all of the available menstrual disc options in the US on the Period Nirvana Cup Comparison Chart.
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Cora Disc Review by Kim
I took it for trial the minute my period started. Removing was easy when reaching in, you essentially have something to push against on the rim. When other brands say “hook the rim for removal” it’s theoretically possible but it never works for me. Including space for this task was a great design addition and I think it makes this disc one I would suggest for the disc averse who fear removal.
The Cora Disc did turn inside me during wear on a few occasions. To remove the disc I had to find the removal grip on the side, turn the disc until it faced the front, and then remove. The way the disc is designed means that it’s hard to remove without the grip – there’s nothing to grab on the sloped edge of the disc, so if the notch is unreachable that makes things harder on removal than other disc brands.
The removal grip does necessitate a much thicker, deeper rim. Cora Disc has taken care to soften the edges on it and it’s still comfortable despite being thicker than other brands. It makes inserting a little more difficult for me compared to my Lumma or Nixit, as does the removal space which is deeper than the rim. It just felt a bit challenging to get it pushed into place. It’s not a dealbreaker but to me it felt that there was a tradeoff – easier removal but less easy insertion. Cora says the finger grip makes both easier but I would disagree.
Cora Disc Comfort
Once inside the disc was undetectable. I was hyper-aware because the other disc with a thick rim, the Moonthlies, was uncomfortable in the larger size due to the thicker rim in combination with the lettering and grips. Cora Disc does have some raised grips with their logo but I didn’t notice those. The disc stayed in place perfectly until it was time to remove. The disc holds 47.5 ml, some of the capacity is obviously being taken by the finger space. It’s unlikely most people will miss it because it holds so much but there are discs that hold more, like Lumma High and Nixit.
The thing about discs is that the space discs sit is relatively one size fits all. The mm diameter differences between the brands don’t feel as drastic to how the discs fit compared to those differences in a menstrual cup. Cora Disc is in between the medium and large/one size discs in diameter. I can’t tell a difference between wearing it, Nixit, or Lumma High, and Lumma M in how it functions or feels. You don’t have nerve-ending that high in the vaginal canal.
Who is the Cora Disc Good For?
This is a great first-time disc for new users but the smaller diameter means people with a high cervix may have a harder time reaching the front. If you have an extremely heavy period it does have a high capacity, but there are discs that hold more like Lumma High, Ziggy, or Nixit.
Is Cora Disc a New Favorite?
This is a really exciting new product innovation from Cora. They’ve taken a common complaint from disc users and addressed it. Removal is one reason many people fear switching to discs. Do I like it more than my Lumma or Nixit? I’m not sure, mostly because those are easier for me to insert, but Cora is easier to remove. It’s a toss-up and somewhat irrelevant since I never get time in a period to use my favorite products. My vagina has to utilize every hour I’m on my period to help you make your decisions! I am honored to serve.
Where to Buy
Find the Cora Disc at Period.Shop and shop small!
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