A woman’s menstrual cycle is already a painful affair. From cramping, to bloating, to fatigue and so much more, this time of the month is very uncomfortable. And unfortunately, the menstrual products women use can often ascorbate their symptoms, instead of making them feel better. But this new menstrual disc from Flex might be the solution for you.

Did you know that tampons haven’t really changed much since they were first created back in the 1930’s? It’s hard to believe, but the truth is, as common as tampons are, they’re a bit outdated. What’s more, they are linked to toxic shock syndrome (TSS).

But other menstrual products aren’t that hot either. Cotton pads can contain fragrances (another word for chemicals), and can also contain pesticides from the original cotton crop. Add to that the odor and discomfort they bring, and it’s easy to think that women can only experience an uncomfortable period.

Flex disagrees. And that’s why they’ve created a disposable, single-use flexible disc that molds to the shape of your body for leak-free, toxic-free period solution. The flex disc can be worn for up to 12 hours, and can hold 3 tampons worth of fluid. The catch collects the menses, rather than absorbing it. And the best part is that users report that they can’t feel it, unlike tampons and cups.

The medical-grade polymer is FDA-cleared and hypoallergenic. And it’s also free of BPA and phthalate, making it a safe material to wear down there. Finally, since FLEX is a one-time use product, you don’t have to worry about cleaning them in between use.

Doctors have found a clear link between vaginal pH and infections; but how does that affect the period products we use?

The normally acidic vaginal pH may become more alkaline during your period due to blood traveling through the vaginal canal. Our bodies are able to handle a certain level of pH fluctuation, but the period products we use could be contributing to an elevated pH. For example, tampons absorb and retain not only your menses but other essential fluid that your body needs to maintain a healthy pH. When the pH is elevated, some women can develop bacterial vaginosis and experience symptoms such as odor, itching, and irritation often associated with yeast infections..

Many women are now seeking alternatives to conventional period products and making the switch to menstrual cups or discs, such as FLEX.

Both menstrual discs and cups do not alter the natural environment of the vagina because they are made of medical grade materials that do not absorb menses leaving you feeling fresh and infection free.