Flex Menstrual Disc Review
If you don't want to deal with the maintenance involved in reusable menstrual products, a disposable menstrual disc is a strong alternative. The woman behind the FLEX menstrual disc was actually trying to create a reusable product at first, but saw that her users weren't biting.
"We had to scrap that product idea because we would follow up with users three months later," starts FLEX Founder Lauren Schulte. "They loved the idea...but they weren't actually using it."
The current product, FLEX, is a pliable disc that is about the size of a tampon when inserted, but unlike tampons or menstrual cups, it sits higher in the vagina, much closer to the cervix. FLEX has the same capacity as five regular tampons (three super tampons) and molds to your shape so you can laugh, exercise, and even have sex without leaks.
The first couple of times you insert it will be time-consuming, but once it's in place, you can't even feel it. And, yes, it holds up to its promises regarding, ahem, activities.
You might feel like you're in "The Shining" when you take FLEX out since it holds so much fluid, but don't fret. You can keep it in for 12 hours and time removal around your shower schedule. We think removal is easier than insertion, but both processes get easier, faster, and less messy once you know what you're doing.
We recommend FLEX because it's disposable, has a surprisingly fast learning curve, it's more comfortable than other menstrual discs, and its design is great for minimizing cramps. We also prefer it over the Softcup because it can be used with IUDs.
FLEX offers a three month trial that includes 24 discs, so you can try it before you commit to a subscription. Subscriptions ship in packs of four, eight, or twelve discs monthly, depending on the needs of your cycle.
After your trial, a pack of eight (equivalent to 40 regular tampons) only costs $15/month with a subscription, but the same pack is $20 without a subscription. With the subscription you're paying a little more than you would with traditional tampons, but about the same or less than organic tampons while producing 60 percent less waste. You can also get a 24-pack, with or without a subscription, for $35–45.