Tampons 2.0

Each month women experience the shedding of their uterine lining. During this period of 3 to 5 days on the average, it has been said that women feel more sensitive and aroused. That’s where San Francisco start-up The Flex Company comes in. This company has designed an alternative tampon that enables couples to have “mess-free period sex” when the monthly cycle hits.

The Flex menstrual disc is similar in design to the Mooncup, and fits against the cervix, creating a soft barrier that temporarily collects menstrual fluid. Made with a medical-grade polymer, the material uses body heat to warm up and adapt to the wearer’s natural shape. As the disc is disposable, it can be worn –during sex– for up to 12 hours, although is not a form of contraception. Women (or anyone having a period) can buy the product for about $20 per cycle, or subscribe to a quarterly box, which reduces the price to $15 a month.

According the company, Flex is the first product innovation in feminine hygiene in nearly a century. “Flex is a revolutionary device that is changing the way women think about their menstruation […] Unlike other feminine hygiene products, Flex conforms to any woman’s body making it the most comfortable product on the market.” Gynecologist Jane van Dis says the product is hypoallergenic, free of BPA plastic and doesn’t carry the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome.

Menstrual products are subject to regulations from the Federal Drug Administration. However, as currently there is no category for menstrual discs, this means these devices would be regulated as menstrual cups. Therefore Flex submitted itself to the FDA as such and recently acquired its competitor Softcup to corner the market on menstrual discs. If one thing is for sure, the company surely succeeds in giving new meaning to the notion of 1 girl, 1 cup. Period.

Sources: TechCrunch, Dezeen, Mashable

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