Flex Ring or Cup?

Flex Ring or Cup?

I really love any ideas that perpetuate environmental sustainability. One of the systematic routines that can be greatly upgraded is the use of feminine hygiene products. I personally prefer to use pads over tampons. However, if you ever had to take a swim class or play a sport then you could understand the struggle of having to use a tampon. Also, the age of western civilization that we live in currently, pads and tampons are an easy solution because they are quick to use (after routine use) and are less of a mess to clean up. But as I mentioned before, I really love ideas that can solve our sustainability problems. Did you know that “in the United States alone, approximately 12 billion pads and 7 billion tampons are discarded each year. While many of these products end up in a landfill, others clog sewers or contribute to the staggering amount of plastics in our oceans” according to stanfordmed.org. Even some plant-based feminine hygiene products are plant based but do not degrade as fast as needed to slow down our impact in landfills. There are also period panties but sometimes it is not enough security for women with heavy flows (raises hand!).
In the past year, my co-workers and my best friend mentioned how they tried menstrual cups and or rings. They exclaimed how it was not as intimidating and messy as they thought it could be and some even experienced less cramps. I made up my mind to try a product that I felt that was a great introduction to sustainable feminine hygiene products. I introduced myself to the Flex ring. It is a menstrual disc that is round and flexible. It is made of medical-grade silicone and is a single-time use product. I chose to use this product because I like the idea of mess-free sexual intercourse. The Flex cup has to be removed before doing so. With that said, as a first time user, I would recommend using a liner or a pad while wearing the Flex ring because it leaked. But over the course of my menstrual cycle, I experienced less leaks due to my increased experience with the product. As the website mentions in the FAQs section, I had to make sure that I organized my schedule so that when it was time to swap a ring, I was comfortable at home. I cannot exaggerate that the removal of the ring was messy but not as messy as I initially thought (imagine the scary movie, Scream, 1996).
From the beginning phase of my menstrual cycle to the end, I would rate the Flex ring 6 out of 10, 10 being the best experience. It was very comfortable to wear. However, I do not like how it leaked but I believe that is totally up to the user’s experience, nothing can be totally perfect and that is completely fine with me. Also, the fact that I could not reuse it bothered me. Silicone is very durable so it will not degrade into microplastics (yay) however, it still doesn’t contribute to the sustainability of feminine hygiene products. To help combat this problem, I plan to use the cups next time. I will be sure to update and share with you all. Until next time, peace, love, and blessings y’all!

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