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The 'tampon' that makes period sex way less messy

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Some genuis woman invented a tampon you can leave in during sex

OK, so you've always been able to have sex on your period. Technically. But now there's a new gadget — a cross between a hockey puck and a tampon, if that's a graphic enough image — that let's you get down and dirty without getting, well, dirty.

Some women find sex more pleasurable while they're menstruating, but for many of us it just doesn't sound that fun. Maybe it's the extra prep and clean-up involved. Maybe it grosses you out. Maybe you just really like to have sex on top of a pristine white comforter on a white rug in a white room wearing a white thong!

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Whatever your reasons for skipping sex during that time of month, menstrual discs are here to save the day. Made from some hypoallergenic, BPA-free magical material, Flex discs are disposable blood barriers. You can leave them in for up to 12 hours at a time, they won't cause toxic shock syndrome, and they can be worn alone (i.e. look ma, no pads!). Oh yeah, and unlike regular tampons and menstrual cups, you can keep them in during sex.

Some genuis woman invented a tampon you can leave in during sex
Image: The Flex Company

I just have two questions: First, how does one get them in and out, exactly? I've done my fair share of fishing for lost tampons and I've used a menstrual cup, so I'm well aware how far things can get wedged up there. And the Flex disk has no string or any apparent way to grip it? (Although women get the Nuva ring in and out no problem so it's probably easier than I think.) And second, why don't we just wear these things through our whole period and ditch tampons? They sound way cleaner and easier.

That's the goal, actually, says Flex CEO Lauren Schulte. “Flex is so shockingly comfortable that women tell us they forget they’re on their period while they’re wearing it,” she says.

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The sexy-time selling point is just a bonus, an ingenious way to use sex to market feminine hygiene products. And it worked! Over 20,000 people have pre-ordered the disc (it's not available to ship until September, sadly) and of those, 25 percent are men.

"We’ve built a product that allows couples to increase their opportunity to have sex by 23 percent," Schulte says. Which is awesome. But you know what's even more awesome? Having a "tampon" I only have to change twice a day and will never make me sick. Sign me up.

We did a little research and apparently there is a menstrual cup, Softcup, that claims you can also leave it in during sex. So, happy Friday folks, here's to getting frisky.

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