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Company Promises ‘Mess-Free Period Sex,’ Raises $1M

1079343-11-20160813123501Want to raise $1 million? Promise women—and their significant others—a device that allows them to have sex during their periods without worrying about blood. Newser reports Flex received that amount during fundraising this month. The San Francisco-based startup that calls itself the anti-tampon has been accepting orders online since April, according to the Telegraph. TechCrunch reports Flex has received orders for 250 million of its menstrual discs since then—20% of which were from men. Flex plans to start shipping menstrual discs in September.

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The Flex menstrual disc is like a single-use menstrual cup. The company claims it can be worn for up to 12 hours without risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome. It’s also hypoallergenic and latex-free. But because its menstrual discs collect menstrual fluid while being worn next to the cervix instead of in the vaginal canal, Flex says they can be worn during intercourse for “mess-free period sex.” “Women spend almost a quarter of their lives menstruating, and if we can help make women feel even slightly less ashamed about her body during this time, we’ve accomplished our mission,”

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