A menstrual cup sits in the vaginal canal, which like tampons, can act like a "plug" that worsens cramping and bloating. FLEX, on the other hand, sits at the base of the cervix, which is the widest and least sensitive part of the vagina, making it virtually undetectable to the wearer.
|Can be worn for 12 hours|
|Reduces bloating and cramping|
|Can be worn during sex|
|Not linked to TSS|
|Less waste than tampons|
Menstrual discs don’t block the vaginal canal, so it is possible to have mess-free sex while wearing it. Menstrual cups sit in the vaginal canal and must be removed before having sex (otherwise you or your partner might be in for a painful surprise!)
FLEX has never been linked to TSS, while one study has linked menstrual cups to TSS.
Menstrual cups produce the least waste, since they are reusable and must be washed and rinsed after each use. Compared to pads and tampons, FLEX is also a more environmentally friendly option since you only use two discs per day (hooray for 12 hour wear!) instead of 3-6 pads or tampons.