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FLEX Menstrual Disc Review + Photos

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FLEX is a disposable, single use menstrual disc that collects your period rather than absorbing it.

The FLEX menstrual disc is worn inside the vaginal fornix which covers the cervix, and prevents menstrual fluid from entering the vaginal canal.

FLEX was so kind to send two boxes for me and a friend to review! Before we get into it, lets check out FLEX’s features and benefits:

FLEX features & benefits:

  • Wear up to 12 hours
  • Can be worn for mess-free period sex!
  • Not linked to TSS
  • Hypoallergenic, not made with natural rubber latex, BPA or phthalates
  • No chemicals, toxins, bleaching or shedding like tampons
  • Perfectly sized to fit most women
Packaging
flex menstrual disc
flex menstrual disc
flex menstrual disc
flex menstrual disc instructions

The packaging of FLEX is not like other period packaging I’ve seen – the design is clean and sexy. You would not have guessed from the packaging that FLEX is a period product. My co-worker thought it was some fancy chocolates!

FLEX is individually packaged in a discreet and thick black plastic. You can put it in your purse or pocket just in case you need one; that’s what I did. The pro of the plastic is the thickness and the opacity, so nobody could possibly tell what it really is.

Insertion
flex menstrual disc instructions
flex menstrual disc instructions

You definitely have to be comfortable with blood and placing your fingers inside. If you get squeamish about blood, this is not for you. You WILL get blood on your hands!

Follow these steps to insert FLEX:

  1. Pinch FLEX in half with your pointer finger and thumb
  2. Slide FLEX into your vaginal canal with your pointer finger and thumb until it’s in about half way and can let go without it falling out. This step is best done when you are sitting down.
  3. Using your middle finger, start pushing back and DOWN (not up) toward your cervix and vaginal fornix.
  4. Use your middle finger to tuck it behind your pubic bone. You know it’s secure once your finger touches somewhat of a hollow space after the pubic bone.
Larissa’s experience

The insertion was quite easy because I’ve had experience using a Nuva Ring and the insertion is similar. It only took me one try to get it in successfully. It took me about 30-45 seconds to get it in the first time and only 15-30 seconds the next time so it got easier with practice.

I feel like the best way to insert it is when you’re doing a high squat over the toilet. Once it’s in, you can sit back down to make sure it’s securely in place.

Dedy’s experience

The rim is very flexible and it keeps its shape for a few seconds when you squeeze it which gives you enough time to slide it into place comfortably. It didn’t bounce back to its circular shape right away which I’ve experienced with a similar product and can be quite uncomfortable.

I found it best to do the insertion when you have a bit of a flow so your period can act as a lubricant to help it glide in.

Wear
flex menstrual disc
flex menstrual disc

Larissa’s experience

I felt nothing during the entire 12 hours! Subconsciously, I thought I was leaking because I wasn’t sure if I inserted it properly the first few times. When I was urinating and having a bowel movement, I found that some of my period spilled out of the disc. According to the founders, this is normal. This happens because the pelvic floor is being pushed and pops the rim out of place. It should go right back into place when you stand up. Just wipe as usual and if needed, push the rim back in place with a clean hand.

I didn’t do any strenuous activities but I have 4 more discs so I will try this at the gym during my next period. I used them for 12 hours each for 4 days of flow.

Dedy’s experience

While I found the the insertion comfortable and easy, I couldn’t get mine to stay tucked behind my pubic bone. I felt it untuck when I went for a walk but thankfully I was wearing a pad too. I also tried FLEX when I was sleeping and had no problem but again I felt it shift out of place when I got up.

I think part of the reason is because I was very nervous and it made me tense up. When I was more calm, I noticed that I was able to push FLEX down farther.

My gynaecologist says that the FLEX should fit me because my vaginal fornix looks to be an average size. According to FLEX, typically a woman needs to use 7 discs to really nail it. But it’s just like riding a bike, once you get it you get it.

Unlike tampons, FLEX can be worn even when you don’t have a flow so I’m going to try again. I will post an update soon.

Removal
Larissa’s experience

I did the removal while I was already on the toilet. This made it easier as my FLEX had already popped out from behind my pubic bone. Since I did that, it was quite messy. I just made sure to be close to a sink or have wet wipes for my hands.

Dedy’s experience

Removal was very easy and comfortable. I inserted my index finger and felt for the rim of the menstrual disc. Then I untucked it from behind my pubic bone and pulled it out. It slid out effortlessly but it was a bit of a balancing act trying not to spill it. It’s best to do this part while sitting over the toilet or even in the shower.

The material of the rim is really flexible when it’s warm and moulds to your body’s shape really well. When I pulled it out, it flexed to a slim shape and didn’t bounce back to its circular form right away so it gave me time to slide it out comfortably.

FLEX is a disposable, single use menstrual disc that collects your period rather than absorbing it. The FLEX menstrual disc is worn inside the vaginal fornix which covers the cervix, and prevents menstrual fluid from entering the vaginal canal. FLEX was so kind to send two boxes for me and a friend to review! Before we get into it, lets check out FLEX's features and benefits: FLEX features & benefits: Wear up to 12 hours Can be worn for mess-free period sex! Not linked to TSS Hypoallergenic, not made with natural rubber latex, BPA or phthalates No chemicals, toxins, bleaching…

Review Overview

Overall

Will definitely rebuy!

Summary : Comfortable all around and long time wear for this innovative menstrual disc! Points off for the leaking and learning curve but the leaking is manageable and learning curve is totally worth it for 12 hr protection. Try it free at FLEXfits.com. Use code TRYIT for 20% off.

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Instead Softcup Preview

Instead Softcup

Softcup is a flexible cup that is worn internally, around your cervix. It collects, rather than absorbs menstrual flow. It’s hypo-allergenic, latex-free and completely safe when used as directed.

Instead Softcup is great for busy women, or women who just don’t want to have to think about changing a pad or a tampon every few hours. Athletes rave about how the Softcup carries them through a long race. Travelers don’t leave home without it.

  • You can wear Softcup for up to 12 hours
  • Softcup is comfortable during swimming and sports
  • Softcup eliminates menstrual odor, since the menstrual flow isn’t exposed to air
  • Softcup loves making love . . .you can wear Softcup during intercourse for less messy sex on your period
  • Softcup is comfortable—you can’t even feel it once it’s inserted
  • Most women typically use fewer Softcups than tampons or pads because of the long wear-time
  • Softcups have no wings, no strings. . . just freedom!
Preview

The Instead Softcup is a disposable menstrual cup and has some unique features that I have never heard of before. It is worn around the cervix which is located higher up in the vaginal canal. Other menstrual cups are worn at the bottom of the vaginal canal, close to the vaginal opening.

Instead Softcup recommends you try to insert the Softcup before your period starts just to get the hang of it. Well I tried before and during and did not get it in! The learning curve for this cup is very high. I spoke to several other friends that tried this and they could not get it in either. It was just messy and I ended up wasting a lot of cups.

The band feels flexible but at the same time it is very sturdy and always bounces back to shape.

I can’t use these anymore as I have and IUD. If you have an IUD, speak to your doctor before using these. I think the concern here is that the Softcup may get caught on the IUD tail and somehow pull it out of place.

During Intercourse
During intercourse, the penis slides under the cup and its unique placement keeps the Softcup in place to prevent your period from spilling.

One reader asked: “Does penis size matter when using the Softcup during sex?” I asked Instead Softcup via twitter and here’s their answer below:


Twitter Convo

I think it will really depend on the size of both partners. I hear you can feel the cup in certain positions and you can’t in others so try different positions to see what works for you and your partner.

The Instead Softcup measures:
~22cm in circumference
~7cm in diameter
~9.5cm in length when squeezed flat
~4.5cm in cup length
~1.0cm in width for the pink band

The one I have pictured here is the old model. The newer models look similar and have more structure and shape to its cup.

Instead Softcup

Instead Softcup

Instead Softcup

Instead Softcup

Instead Softcup

This product was sent to The Period Blog for consideration for review. Any compensation received will never influence the reviews, opinions, content, topics or posts made in this blog.

DivaCup Model 1 Review

DivaCup Model 1
The DivaCup features:

    • 12 hour leak-free protection!
    • Made from the highest quality healthcare grade silicone to assure comfort and durability.
    • Does not contain any of the following: latex, plastic, PVC, acrylic, acrylate, BPA, phthalate, elastomer, polyethylene, and free of colors and dyes.
    • Reusable and eco-friendly – no waste, no chemicals.
    • Features extra grip ridges for easier removal.
    • Cleared for marketing by the US FDA and the Australian TGA and the only reusable menstrual cup allowed to be sold in Canada by Health Canada.
    • Diva International Inc. is the only ISO 13485:2003 certified menstrual cup manufacturer and head office in the world!

Model 1 is the smaller cup and recommended for women under 30 years old who have never delivered vaginally or by caesarean section.

How It Works

The DivaCup is a reusable, bell-shaped menstrual cup that is worn internally and sits low in the vaginal canal, collecting rather than absorbing your menstrual flow. It can also be worn during swimming.

Made of silicone, the cup is folded and inserted into the vaginal canal where it is worn. The cup unfolds and the pressure form the edges of the cup push against your vaginal walls forming a leak proof seal. The cup can be worn for up to 12 hours or less if your flow is heavier.

DivaCup

To remove, you can slide your finger up along the cup, push against the cup to break the seal and then pull the menstrual cup out. Pour out the menstrual fluid and wash out the cup using warm soapy water and then it is ready to be worn again.

The DivaCup needs to be completely dry when in storage so store it in the breathable cotton bag that comes with the cup.

Review
Insertion

The insertion process is easy but it is very hands on and there is a learning curve. Your hands WILL get bloody the first few times but once you get used to it, the process gets more easy and less messy. It is definitely worth the trouble learning how to use it so don’t give up if you don’t get it right the first time.

I found that the easiest way to insert it is to use two hands: one hand to pinch the top of the cup into the folded shape, and one to push the bottom of the cup and the stem inside me. The trick is to pinch and hold the folded cup firmly. Do not let go until the entire folded part goes inside your vagina. Once that part is in, you may feel the cup unfolding inside and opening up to its original shape. This creates that vacuum seal that makes this cup leak free. Continue to push the cup inside until only the stem is at the opening of your vagina.

The amount of stem that shows at your vaginal opening really depends on each individual. If you find that the stem bothers you, DivaCup advises that you may trim the stem slightly but no shorter than 1/4 inch or 0.6cm.

Wear

I know this sounds too good to be true but it really wore for 12 hours with no leaks!

The cup can holds one ounce or 30 ml. And once you become more familiar with wearing the DivaCup, you will quickly learn how often to empty it according to your personal needs.

I put mine in right before work at 7am and I took it out after I got home at 7pm. I couldn’t feel it all day even when I was getting up from my seat and running around the office.

When I went to check my pantiliner, it was still like brand new and my entire vulva was clean! Even though on the inside I was having cramps and an upset tummy, on the outside, I felt really comfortable and dry. It was like I didn’t have my period at all.

When worn properly, you really can’t feel the DivaCup. I thought I would be able to feel it but the part of the vagina where the cup unfolds is actually not very sensitive to touch. The opening is more sensitive so insertion may be a little uncomfortable at first. This is why it’s so important to hold the fold firmly during insertion. If you don’t, the cup will slip from your hands and start to unfold at the opening.

The stem sticks out a bit for me but it honestly didn’t bother me. I tried my best to push it up further but it just wouldn’t go. But I found that throughout the day it migrated a little more upward anyways so I didn’t trim mine just in case.

Leaks?

I’ve worn these on incredibly heavy days where I’ve filled the cup to the brim in 4 hours. I was afraid the cup would dislodge and leak but phew… thankfully that is not how the DivaCup works!

Menstrual fluid isn’t all blood. There are bits of lining (the chunks) and then there is blood and other vaginal fluids. When it’s collected in the cup, the heaviest parts will sink to the bottom and the lightest which is the clear vaginal fluid will settle at the top.

When my cup started to overflow, I started to leak the clear vaginal fluid, and not the blood. My pantiliner was wet but it was still clear and there was very little blood. My first time seeing this was so weird. I didn’t know what was happening until I removed my DivaCup and saw the way my period had settled in the cup!

Removal

To remove the DivaCup, I find it easiest to just sit down on the toilet or go into the squat position. I could already feel the stem so it was easy to locate. If you have trouble finding the stem, you can push or bear down with your muscles as if you’re trying to take a poop. This pushes the Divacup downwards and the stem towards your opening.

To remove, you need to break the seal. I break the seal by sliding my finger up along the cup. Once my finger gets close to the top of the DivaCup, I pushed forward against the cup to break the seal and then I pulled the DivaCup out.

Remember to hold the base of the cup firmly so you don’t spill the cup or drop it into the toilet. Many girls find it easier to just remove and empty the DivaCup in the shower too.

The part where the top of the DivaCup comes out of my vagina feels a little uncomfortable because it’s stretching my opening.

Even though it was my first time removing the cup, I still managed to not spill it anywhere! SUCCESS :D!

Overall

This is the first menstrual cup I have ever tried and I can confidently say that the DivaCup lives up to all its claims. The DivaCup has definitely made heavy periods easier and more bearable. I can wear the same cup for light and heavy days and I don’t have to run to the washroom as much. My vulva feels very clean which is really nice especially on hot summer days.


DivaCup Model 1
DivaCup Model 1

DivaCup Model 1

DivaCup Model 1

The DivaCup features: 12 hour leak-free protection! Made from the highest quality healthcare grade silicone to assure comfort and durability. Does not contain any of the following: latex, plastic, PVC, acrylic, acrylate, BPA, phthalate, elastomer, polyethylene, and free of colors and dyes. Reusable and eco-friendly – no waste, no chemicals. Features extra grip ridges for easier removal. Cleared for marketing by the US FDA and the Australian TGA and the only reusable menstrual cup allowed to be sold in Canada by Health Canada. Diva International Inc. is the only ISO 13485:2003 certified menstrual cup manufacturer and head office in the…

Review Overview

Overall

Summary : If you don't have time to constantly check your pad or tampon for leaks, then you need to get in on this 12 hour leak proof protection! Reusable and environmentally friendly, the DivaCup's leak proof seal means your vulva stays clean and dry. There is a learning curve to the insertion and removal process but it is definitely worth your time and effort!

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