This woman was sick of tampons — and created a booming business

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Periods. You know, that unpleasant time of the month when you try your best to be comfortable and go about your daily activities. But ladies, we know that no matter what we do, there is a constant feeling of stress and, in some cases, even pain during our periods. To add to the hassle, one needs to remember to frequently change tampons or risk having potentially fatal conditions like Toxic Shock Syndrome.

But one thing which is almost considered taboo during periods is sex. The most common reason that makes any sexual act awkward is how messy it can get when you and your partner are intimate. This is where Flex comes in.

The single-use, disposable product was created by Lauren Schulte who had her own bad experiences with tampons and menstrual cups. Flex does not sit just inside the vagina but fits higher, covering the cervix. Instead of absorbing menstrual fluid, like tampons do, it catches it. This stops any fluid from entering the vaginal canal, making sex mess-free and more fun.

But Flex is not just for period sex! You can teach, nurse, swim, bathe or perform physically strenuous activities without having to worry about those annoying tampon strings or changing your pad more often. According to the company website, Flex lasts up to 12 hours, is BPA-free, and is easier to use than menstrual cups. The temperature of the product adjusts to your body temperature, gets softer when inserted and molds to your body’s unique shape, creating a seal to safely collect menstrual fluid.

The secrecy associated with periods and the fact that one feels the need to be discreet about it, especially when there are men around, is something that Schulte wants to change. By demanding and using better menstrual products, one can open a dialogue about what is often regarded to be an unmentionable topic. It is a natural biological function experienced by half the people in this world, and Flex asserts that it is a comfortable and convenient alternative to old school menstrual products

Although Flex is not available in stores, you can buy it directly from the website and it will be shipped to anywhere in the United States. You can also sign up for a free trial to see if it works for you.

Overall, it seems like a win-win for women who want to make periods and activities during that time as hassle-free and convenient as possible.

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