Accidents, injuries, or sudden physical diagnoses can alter the way we live and interact with life in an instant.
If you’re a person living with limited mobility due to an accident or disease, you’re no stranger to this reality. Life-altering, traumatic events not only restrict activities most take for granted, but they may also render life’s most basic tasks a struggle.
Periods, for example, take on a whole new set of challenges. Menstruation products meant for individuals with a full range of motion might work for most of the population, but you deserve a product that works for you, too.
Sure, pads and underwear might work, but they don’t always provide the coverage you need. And you may have found inserting a tampon to be difficult, painful, or impossible.
You’re not alone. Just hear what some of our customers have had to say about how limited mobility has impacted their ability to wear tampons:“I’m 29. I was in a car accident three years ago and shattered my pelvis. Although I was a lifelong tampon user, I now have a range of motion issues and pain when inserting tampons.”
- — Merya
- — Rebecca
- “I've struggled with inserting tampons since I was a kid and I gave up. Now I also struggle with fine motor control due to an acquired disability. I would love to be able to wear tampons, especially so I can go swimming on my period.”
- — Natasha
- — Katelyn
Life with limited mobility due to accident or disease
There are many types of orthopedic, autoimmune, or neuromuscular impairments that limit mobility. Whether originating from disease or physical trauma, the following conditions commonly lead to a variety of lower and/or upper body limitations:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injury
- Cerebral palsy
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscular dystrophy
Limited mobility may be temporary or permanent. It can alter your ability to perform small tasks like writing, holding objects, or typing. Tasks that require fine motor abilities, flexibility, and strength may prove difficult. For women with limited mobility, this includes the task of self-care and product use during menstruation.
How limited mobility impacts your ability to deal with menstruation
Mobility issues make it difficult for some women to insert tampons during menstruation. Here's why:
Pinch grips: The “pinch grip,” a similar motion used when gripping a pen, is difficult in cases where you’ve lost grip strength. If you have arthritis, for example, pinch grips may be extremely difficult and painful. You may fumble with the tampon and find it difficult to hold steady enough for insertion.
Wrist flexion: If you suffer from painful or stiff joints, flexing your wrist to insert a tampon may cause excruciating pain. This also affects your ability to insert the tampon at the correct angle, which leads to discomfort after application.
- Pushing during insertion: When inserting tampons, depth is important. If tampons aren’t inserted deep enough, they may fall out or cause discomfort. Those with cerebral palsy, for example, may have trouble controlling the movement of their hands and experience spasticity in their arms. These types of disabilities make it difficult to balance and insert tampons to the correct depth.
Just hear what our customer, Dusty, had to say about how she used to “mentally prepare” herself just to use a tampon during her period:"Moving it, bending it, and especially inserting the tampon gives me a bunch of trouble. Sometimes it’s really easy, sometimes it’s hard. If I don’t feel like wearing a pad and need to put a tampon in, I’ll have to mentally prepare myself—especially if it’s a bad day. Because of the rods in my wrists, I have a ton of scar tissue and pain, which I’ll have for the rest of my life. I’m so grateful for having my wrists, but it’s just more pain I have to deal with. But I think with the TINA, it makes it much easier [to insert a tampon]."
- — Dusty
Fortunately for people like Dusty, TINA offers a solution for those with limited mobility who wish to use tampons.
How can TINA help you?
Here’s how TINA helps:
Goodbye, painful pinching: The traditional tampon applicator requires the pinch grip as you insert the tampon into your pelvis. If you’ve lost grip strength or have pain with pinching motions, this can be a difficult process! TINA offers an assistive aid that clips onto off-the-shelf tampons and replaces your fingers, so there is no need for a pinch grip when you are holding the tampon and trying to insert it. The upper arm is a much easier-to-access muscle with more leverage.
Right angle, right away: If you experience swelling or pain in your joints, it can be difficult to insert your tampon at exactly the right angle for optimum comfort. To combat this, TINA was designed to match the exact 45-degree angle of your vaginal canal, and its smooth insertion mechanism ensures that the tampon is inserted comfortably every time.
Inserts at the correct depth: We’ve heard from our customers that the “pushing” part of insertion is one of the most problematic steps when trying to use a tampon. If it feels like your body is pushing your tampon out after insertion, it’s likely it’s not deep enough. TINA inserts the tampon smoothly into the body via lubrication from blood and the plastic applicator. When the “lips” of the TINA device touch the outside of your body and you continue pushing, the handle slides along the linear track and pushes the plunger in, deploying the cotton tampon into the body. The cotton is released when the TINA lips touch your body, ensuring the tampon is placed at the right depth every time!
- Extra reach and an easy grip: With the long handle attachment, TINA provides each user with an additional 4 inches of reach. The easy to grip handle is much more comfortable to hold than the traditional single applicator and it requires less bending of the wrist and fingers.
Periods happen—and you deserve a product equipped for your menstruation needs. TINA is here to make periods less painful for anyone with mobility issues. Try TINA today!
- Mobility Impairments. Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology Center. University of Washington. [cited 2022 June 19]. Accessed from: https://www.washington.edu/doit/mobility-impairments.
- Cerebral Palsy (CP). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [cited 2022 June 19]. Accessed from: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/cp/facts.html.