Alright Queens! Today we are talking about that one horrible friend who pops up once a month and is often expected but uninvited, yea we are talking about PERIODS. I tested out The FLEX Company’s menstrual disc and I am prepared to give yall the rundown on how it worked out for me. Before we jump in I want to debunk some common myths I hear about menstrual discs.
It is only used for sex: Uh, no! While they are good for mess free period sex, they are more about being comfortable during your period.
It will stretch my vagina: Again, no! FLEX goes through the vaginal canal like a tampon and then sits behind the pubic bone to create a barrier for your menses to flow in, so no major vagina stretching (and if you use a tampon then this is the same type of stretching)
Now that we got that out of the way, let's jump in.
What is the FLEX Menstrual Disc?
According to the website flexfits.com, FLEX is a disposable menstrual disc that is designed to be used up to 12 hours for leak free period protection (and mess-free period sex). FLEX is hypoallergenic, made without natural rubber latex, and is safe.
How Does It Work?
According to flexfits.com, the FLEX is made to sit at the base of your cervix and leaves the vaginal canal clear (unlike with a tampon or cup). It is also designed to collect menstrual fluid for up to 12 hours and unlike the cup, this is disposable so just wrap it up and throw it out in the trash. Here are the steps provided as detailed on the website.
Wash your hands (of course, you don’t want any nasty stuff going up in your v-jay) and while sitting on the toilet pinch the FLEX in half so it is like the size of a tampon
Insert the FLEX by sliding it into the vaginal canal pushing back then down toward the cervix
Tuck the edge of the FLEX behind the pubic bone so it sits diagonally, wash hands and go.
What’s the real tea?
First I want to say that this entire process is WEIRD, but once you get use to the process it becomes comfortable and easy. I wore this 3 out of the 5 days of my period because I wanted to compare them to using a tampon, so I can give you all a full comparison.
At first I was not feeling the FLEX at all! On the first day of my period I had to remove it because I started to leak out (I had a pad on just in case) and so I knew I didn’t insert it correctly since this is a leak free disc. After I replaced it, I still leaked so I just became frustrated and inserted a tampon. The next day I decided to try it again because I loved how comfortable the FLEX was, so I tried it again and that is when I fell in love. I don’t know about you but I am all about being COMFORTABLE on my period. While this does not ease the cramps, it does provide a comfortable feeling down there and that is what I need the most. For me, tampons are fine but they aren’t as comfortable as the FLEX and I find that tampons irritate Trish (my vagina) a bit, however FLEX does not. I did NOT use this for period sex, so I cannot tell you much in regards to that aspect of it, but if you have used this for that reason before please share. I also noticed that my period was shorter than usual while using the FLEX. Normally my period last 5 days, but this time it only lasted 3 days. I reached out to FLEX and learned that while they do not promote FLEX as a device that will help shorten periods, they have heard from many women who have used FLEX that their periods are shorter, so this is not uncommon. Here’s a list of pros and cons
Comfortable, the FLEX is VERY comfortable. I feel absolutely nothing, unlike with a tampon where I feel it once its full. It also doesn’t have a string attached so peeing is so easy now since I don’t have to worry about a pissy string hanging out.
Is one size fits all, unlike with a tampon where you have lites, regular, super, and ultra based on your flow, FLEX can be used during all phases of your period. So, it works the same on your heavy days and the same on your light days.
Leak-Proof, you will not leak. PROMISE
Messy, unlike with a tampon that has a applicator and string, you have to slide your fingers inside your vagina to insert the FLEX correctly which is super messy, especially on heavy days.
A little difficult to remove. Now don’t take this the wrong way FLEX isn’t super hard to remove, just a tad bit challenging compared to a tampon. Flex doesn’t have a string attached so you have to slide your finger up into your vagina to remove, which is super messy.
Pricey. FLEX is a subscription service that charges $20 a month, and is delivered to your house once a month. Compared to a $7-8-dollar box of tampons that can be pricey.
Not accessible. You can’t just run up to your nearest Walgreens and purchase these, which can be a downside for some.(It does come with 8 discs, which should be enough for one period cycle)
I really like the FLEX. I was shocked because I didn’t think I would like it but I do. I hate the messiness of it but I love how comfortable it is. I don’t know about yall but I don’t enjoy the hassle of changing tampons all day and dealing with super or regular sized tampons, so I love that FLEX is a one fits all flows type of product. $20 is a bit expensive compared to a box of tampons, but they last a lot longer than tampons and are a lot more comfortable. I think I may be an official FLEX member.
Want to give it a try? Your first shipment is free (just pay for shipping) and if you don’t like it, cancel, if you do then GREAT! https://flexfits.com/cart
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