Summary: Flex disc is a type of contraceptive method that has gained popularity among women. It is a flexible device inserted into the vagina to prevent pregnancy. However, there is confusion about its effectiveness, and many people are wondering whether it can indeed prevent pregnancy or not.
1. How Does Flex Disc Work?
The flex disc works by creating a barrier between the sperm and the egg, making fertilization impossible. This contraceptive method covers the cervical opening, preventing the passage of the sperm into the uterus. The device is designed to fit near the cervix, creating a suction effect to hold it in place. Thus, the sperm is trapped in the disc, and any leakage is minimal, if not completely avoided.
Additionally, the flex disc contains spermicides that act as an extra layer of protection. The spermicide that it releases immobilizes the sperm, making them unable to move, and eventually kills them. It is essential to note that some women may be allergic to spermicides, and they should avoid using Flex Disc or any other contraceptive material that contains spermicides.
The effectiveness of the Flex Disc depends on various factors, such as the timing and technique of insertion, impact of spermicides, and overall physical barriers. If used correctly, it can provide more than 90% effectiveness.
2. Advantages of Using Flex Disc
The use of Flex Disc in preventing pregnancy comes with some benefits. First, it is easy to insert and remove, making it convenient for women who do not want a permanent birth control method. Once you master how to insert it properly, it becomes easier to do it over time. On the other hand, traditional methods such as IUDs require a professional doctor’s insertion and removal.
Secondly, it does not interfere with sexual activity. Unlike some birth control methods that may require an interruption before having sexual intercourse, the Flex disc can be inserted and left inside for up to twelve hours with no disruption of sexual pleasure.
Lastly, it is discreet. The device is small and unnoticeable, making it ideal for individuals who are shy about discussing their birth control options with others.
3. Potential Risks of Using Flex Disc
While the Flex Disc is generally safe to use, there are potential risks that women should consider. Firstly, it is not recommended for people who have a history of toxic shock syndrome. Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a bacterial infection that can affect anyone but is commonly associated with menstruating women who use super-absorbent tampons. While rare, TSS can be life-threatening if not treated promptly.
Secondly, the device can move out of place, causing discomfort or even falling out entirely. A user needs to practice insertion techniques to ensure proper placement and avoid dislodging the device. It is important to note that if the device goes missing, it is necessary to seek medical help to retrieve it.
Lastly, it is not an effective method of protection against STIs and HIV. If at risk of exposure, additional protective steps such as condoms or abstinence should be put in place.
4. How to Use Flex Disc
The Flex Disc is designed to remain inside the vagina for up to twelve hours. Therefore, it is essential to know how to use it properly. Begin by finding a comfortable position that allows easy access to your vagina. You can stand with one leg raised or squat, whichever works best for you. Then, hold the rim and pinch the sides inwards, making an oval shape.
Insert the folded edges faces up into the vagina, placing it near the cervix. As you release it, the device will pop into place. The device is made of plastic material that forms a seal around your cervix. Once it is in place, you should not feel any pressure or discomfort. Remember to wash your hands before and after insertion or removal.
To remove the device, hook your finger behind its rim and slowly pull it out of your vagina. Discard the used device into the trash and never flush it down the toilet. Always remember to wash your hands after the discard process.
The Flex Disc is an effective contraceptive method for women who desire a more discreet, non-permanent way of preventing pregnancy. While it comes with potential risks, following the correct insertion techniques and seeking medical help when necessary can mitigate such risks. Overall, the Flex Disc is a safe and straightforward method of birth control that can offer many advantages if used correctly.