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
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.
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:
- Pinch FLEX in half with your pointer finger and thumb
- 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.
- Using your middle finger, start pushing back and DOWN (not up) toward your cervix and vaginal fornix.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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