When I showed these discs on Instagram, so many of you had never heard of Flex. And truth be told, neither had I until a few months ago. But after several Facebook ads promoted reduce cramps, the option to have sex on your period, and a non-tampon period alternative, I had to give them a go. So today, we’re getting into all the TMI details in this Flex Disc Review. You’ve been warned.
What Is The Flex Disc?
It’s a menstrual disc designed to be worn up to 12 hours during your period. Rather than absorbing blood like a traditional tampon, the disc holds up to 3x the amount of a super tampon. The design and flexibility of the disc allow for easy movement and can also aid in reducing cramps.
Where Can I Buy It?
The initial trial price is $14.99 for a one-month supply. And the refill costs $23.99 for a 2 month supply with free shipping.
How Easy Is It To Use?
I found it super easy and was satisfied with my first disc insertion. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought I’ve placed a tampon in just right only to feel it 5 minutes later and need a new one. So I was really surprised by this. There’s also the added benefit of their being no applicator. You can push and adjust as needed. But in all honesty, it’s fairly straight forward.
Is It A One Size Fits All Situation?
No, before you sign up for a trial, they ask about your flow. You have three different disc options to choose from.
How Is It Different Than A Tampon?
The Flex disc is designed to hold rather than absorb. You can see the crinkles in the material above. So everything collects within the ring. Additionally, it doesn’t move around like a tampon. I always find myself changing tampons a million times a day because I’ve either gone for a run, pooped, done some other miscellaneous thing and it’s moved. You don’t have that issue with this product.
How Is It Different Than A Period Cup?
Unlike a period cup, the flex disc is designed for single use. So if you’re out in public swapping it out, you’re not having to clean it to reinsert. This makes it not as cost-effective long term.
Can You Talk About Removing It?
As you can see in today’s photos, I have some length to my nails which makes it a bit easier to coerce the disc out. Is it the strangest thing you’re going to do in a public bathroom? Well, I have no idea because people do some questionable things in bathrooms. But you’re going to have to do some angling to remove the disc. Bright side: it’s not you peeing on your tampon and then having to remove it. *though now that I write this I suppose you can do that in reverse but you do you boo*
I will say I recommend having toilet paper handy for post removal because the disc will have blood on it. So you either want to tip it into the toilet as you’re removing it or master the art of holding it flat once outside of your body. And if you can get a stall with a sink included, it will be a lot easier because unless you buy the removal bags, you’re going to want to immediately wash your hands.
What Do I Like About It?
There were two things about the ads that got me to click on this product: reduce cramps and sex on your period. Curiosity, thy name is Savvy. Now, we’ve obviously been social distancing so I can’t exactly answer the question on the latter but we will talk more about that in a second.
Overall, I love how easy the Flex disc is to use. It doesn’t drive me crazy like tampons. And I often forget I’m wearing it. There’s no frustration about having to go back into the bathroom because I’ve just pooped and my tampon shifted. TBH, if I didn’t have cramps, I probably wouldn’t know my period was happening when wearing the disc.
What Do I Not Like?
Thus far, I have tested the disc over 2 periods. The first was normal for me. I typically have one bad day of cramps and then things taper off. The second period was a bit of a hellacious one and my body was very adamant about how I haven’t been taking care of my hormones.
With the first period, I found I could go for a good bit of time between changing discs. However, with the second one, it seemed like I would bleed around it. The disc wasn’t actually full. But I would have to be mindful to check whenever I went to the bathroom just incase.
Did It Reduce My Cramps?
Not that I significantly noticed. However, that last period was a bitch so if I think it’s better next round, I’ll let you know. Like I’ve never experienced a period like it in my life.
Do I Recommend It?
Surprisingly, yes I do. The fact that I feel like I have nothing inside my vagina for hours is a major selling point for me.
Will I Keep Using It?
Yes, but I may adjust the type of disc after my next period.
I would definitely love to know if there’s something I’m doing or if I need to change my disc to get a longer use per flex disc. Otherwise, I would be ignorant to ignore the cost of going through so many per period. But the comfort factor for me is a major selling point. As for the sex on your period, we’re going to have to go with the test results via vibrator. I have a review coming up on the one I’ve fallen in love with this year so make sure you’re signed up for the newsletter when that goes live. PLUS, they are doing 20% off for Black Friday so you don’t want to miss that post.
If you want to use a vibrator or decide to have sex while using the Flex disc, you’re going to need lube. The design of the material that catches the blood has a bit of a sticky-ness to it. So you’ll most likely need some help if you want everyone comfortable.
All in all, I’m quite happy with my Flex disc and definitely feel like it’s a great option if you’re looking for a period alternative. If you’ve tried the Flex disc, let me know in the comments below. And if you have other products you’d like to see me test, I’d love to hear about them too! Until next time. Xoxo, Savvy
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