While culture is making strides in embracing all sizes, achieving true body inclusivity means taking a hard look at the items we use in everyday life, like period products. Tampons are a prime example of a product catering to bodies that can move, bend, and maneuver to insert them correctly.
But what if that’s not your body? Should you be forced to forego tampons, turning to an alternative, less desirable period product? At TINA, we don’t think so.
Let’s talk about what it means to have limited mobility, how your body type impacts your period, and what you can do to make tampons work for your lifestyle.
What is limited mobility?
Limited mobility can be the result of injury, disability, illness, or body size where a person lacks the ability to move freely and may experience pain or discomfort.
If you have limited mobility due to your body type, these restrictions might be part of daily life. Due to loss of stability and pressure on joints, some movements like walking, bending, or climbing may be difficult (1).
People with bigger bodies vocalize the challenges of having limited mobility when it comes to some everyday tasks—where activities as simple as riding public transportation to purchasing size-inclusive clothing can induce shame, insecurity, and frustration (2).
Limited mobility due to body type often means facing some or all of these obstacles. And when it comes to using tampons for your period, the challenges don’t stop there.
How your body type can impact your period
We’ve heard from many customers with the same complaint—inserting tampons is difficult when your body type limits your movement, and sometimes it’s downright impossible.
“I am a large woman with lower back and hip issues that limit my flexibility and even the usual tampon applicators don't work for me. I like to swim and have had to skip swimming when I have my period as I haven't been able to use cups or tampons.”
“I’m obese, and pads don’t work well for me. Inserting tampons has become challenging with weight gain in my belly. I’m really hoping this product will help extend my reach and make it easier to insert tampons.”
Search just about any internet thread about body types with limited mobility and you’ll find dozens of women struggling with the same problems as Aimee and Sarah (3). Due to limitations in movement, tampon insertion can be complicated. Here’s how:
- It can be hard to insert a tampon if the belly or other body parts obstruct access.
- Bending can be challenging or impossible.
- Inability to bend can interfere with tampon depth, causing discomfort, pain, or leakage.
- Inability to bend can interfere with tampon angle, causing pain or lack of success in inserting tampon.
For many women, having limited mobility on their period means having to compromise. But at TINA, we believe in empowering you to live with unrestricted access to the products and life you desire (4).
TINA Meets You Where You Are
In pursuit of an unencumbered lifestyle, an assistive device can help you avoid yet another compromise in self-care.
Here’s what some of our customers are saying:
“[I’m a] bariatric patient with limited mobility. [I] need this product so bad.”
“I am a plus-size woman who cannot reach well over her tummy anymore. I haven't been able to use tampons for several years now. This device looks PERFECT for me!”
Using women’s anatomical blueprints, TINA was engineered with mechanisms that ensure tampons are inserted to the correct depth consistently and comfortably.
- Correct depth, less bending:TINA adds 4 inches of extra reach to access your vaginal canal easier and more comfortably. No more over-extending and double-checking to see whether your tampon is in place. TINA ensures your tampon is at the right depth every time without needing to reach.
- Angle accuracy, less discomfort: Menstruation products should make your life easier, not harder and more painful. TINA helps insert tampons at a 45-degree angle, the same angle as the vaginal canal.
How Does TINA Work?
- To insert, you simply hold the applicator barrel like a pen.
- Then, finding the right angle, the tampon applicator is inserted into the vaginal opening.
- Once you are at the correct depth, the cotton is deployed from the applicator by the pointer finger or the other hand.
Try TINA Today
Using TINA is simple and quick. And it can get you back on track to a life with less compromise. Learn more about TINA and how it can help you with tampon insertion.
- Mary Forhan and Simone V. Gill. Best Practice & Research Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Obesity, functional mobility and quality of life. [Internet]. 2013. [cited 2022 June 15]. Available from https://www.bu.edu/motordevlab/files/2012/08/2013_Obesity-functional-mobility-and-QoL.pdf.
- Suzanne Taylor. Greenide. 20 Things No One Ever Tells You About Being A Fat Girl. [Internet]. 2017. [cited 2022 June 15]. Available from https://www.greenide.com/20-things-no-one-ever-tells-fat-girl/.
- Use of tampons when overweight. Bariatric Pal. 04 January 2014. [Cited 17 July 2022] Accessed from: https://www.bariatricpal.com/topic/293193-use-of-tampons-when-overweight/.
- VanKoot Bex. Fat folks bleed, too. Xtra. 08 May 2019. [Cited 17 July 2022] Accessed from: https://xtramagazine.com/health/fat-folks-bleed-too-154021.