I Gave Tampons a Break & Tried Flex
Okay ladies, I have a question for you. You ever make big summer plans like going to the beach or visiting friends, an amusement park....anything really! You pack and plan the perfect outfits, make plans to visit some nice restaurants, then it happens (cue the gloomy music).....Aunt Flow comes to town! It's something I'm sure no one wants to deal with, but at the same time, we're glad she's here for other reasons! Any who, this is when we pull out the pads and/or tampons from under the bathroom sink and prepare our minds to get into our monthly routine of going to the bathroom every few hours to change and check for leaks. It's a routine that never fails to annoy the heck out of me, nonetheless, it has to be dealt with.
For extra protection, I use both pads and tampons; however, after hearing about the chemicals that goes into pads and tampons, I started to look around for healthier alternatives. My sister swears by organic tampons and believes they help ease her cramps and shorten her period.....I'm not sure about that, but I wanted to see if I could find something else, so I kept searching. I had already heard about the Diva Cup and started researching it a little more. That's when I came across the Flex Menstrual Disc. I was extremely skeptical, but I did some research and watch a ton of YouTube videos, and decided to buy them and give it a try.
I grabbed a 12-pack box of the disposable disc from my local CVS and on day-one of my cycle I put it in! It was a struggle to say the least. The instructions tell you to pinch the disc together, position yourself appropriately ( I chose to squat) and insert the disc in a downward angle, making sure to tuck the rim behind the public bone to secure it in place. Again, it was a struggle for me. My very first insertion was a disaster. I leaked as if I didn't have a huge soft disc up my vagina! Day two wasn't any better. As a matter of fact on day three I decided to go back to my regular routine of pads and tampons. I decided I'd make a better effort the next-go-round.
The next month I tried it again; same results. I did feel like I got better at inserting, but still not enough to go without a pad at the least. But I didn't give up! By month three, I finally got the hang of things! This disc is pretty cool! They really do last up to 12-hours before you need to change your disc. Once inserted, you don't feel a thing and I haven't had issues with leaks. These discs are even advertised to help with mess-free period sex, if you're into that, no judgement here! Me personally, could never!
Now let's talk about removal....it was like a murder scene. You'll need to insert your finger into your vagina until you feel the rim, then you just gently pull and it'll slide right out. A word of caution, make sure you do this over the toilet or while taking a shower, it does get messy!
All-in-all, I really like the discs and would recommend them to anyone who's trying to get away from tampons. I still worry about leaks so, just to be on the safe side, I tend to change my discs out more often than required, but I really think I would be ok with the 12-hour changes.