Flex, a Y Combinator Startup, Makes a Sex-Safe Tampon Alternative | Observer
Even though periods are normal and sex is normal, for some reason the idea of period sex sends a lot of women running out of the bedroom and into an isolation chamber with a bar of chocolate and a clock counting down the hours until they can have sex again, but you really don't have to! Period sex increases your risk of infection. Unless you kept a tampon in for more than eight hours , which would increase the amount of bacteria in the vagina and is just not a recommended practice anyway, if you're in good health, there's no issue with increased infection during your period. Having a tampon in during sex increases your risk of infection. While the above is true because leaving a tampon in that long will increase the amount of bacteria, a tampon in and of itself won't increase your risk of infection. That said, you still shouldn't wear a tampon during sex, but only because there's not a lot of room in there for sexual objects and the tampon.
Most women who have used a tampon will at some stage — usually in the early years but, yes, still further down the line — have worried that they have got one stuck. Firstly, your vagina, if you consider that the cervix is pretty good at its job of keeping the womb closed, is pretty much a dead end. No tampon is not going to go drifting off around your body. However, if you think you have one missing, it will need to be removed pretty sharpish.
A Flex disc can last you five times longer than a tampon. The owner of the banner is a company called Flex. Flex is a disposable menstrual disc—a piece of plastic film circled by a rubber-like band—that can last for up to 12 hours. Unlike tampons or menstrual cups, which plug the vaginal canal, Flex disc sits just past the vaginal canal, so once in place, it can barely be felt. Lauren Schulte, who founded Flex in , said a majority of women who had switched from tampons to Flex discs found them so comfortable they forgot they were on their periods while wearing one.