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Reusables and the physically impaired

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Do you know anyone who is physically disabled who uses menstrual cups or cloth pads?  Particularly in a way that might interfere with use of these products.  Are you in this situation?  How do you manage?

DISCLAIMER:  I hope this question does not appear insensitive.  I haven't seen this sort of discussion anywhere else, and I do not feel qualified to advise.  Thank you in advance for your responses.

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 I have tried using two different menstral cups but both were too hard for me to fold and push inside me to work well.  My hands just aren't strong enough to do it.  I am afraid if I had been able to get it in that it would have been hard for me to pull out because sometimes I cannot pull tampons out either because my hands won't work well enough.  I have been wanting to try cloth pads because I like eco-friendly options and those are something I would be able to use with my hands.  

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Ashley Pomykala
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 I don't know if this counts, but I injured my dominant hand a while back and couldn't use my Diva Cup.  Over time, I might have been able to work on some ambidexterity, but decided to stick with my Luna Pads, instead.  While the Diva Cup requires a bit of dexterity and coordination, using Luna Pads is literally a snap!

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Jessica
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 I have joint laxity that makes my finger joints lock up at times. I love my LunaPads, but the tiny metal snaps are sometimes hard to close properly--especially during my period, when joints are looser anyway. Pads that close with button-and-buttonhole (made by a dear friend) are also sometimes difficult for this reason. I have some pads and liners made with plastic snaps with a little subtle texture on the finger-side surface, and those are great. They're larger, easier to close (yet stil hard enough to pop open that it never happens accidentally), easy to grip even when wet, and they give a satisfying snap noise so I know they really are closed without having to monkey around with them.

Sometimes I also lack the energy for a lot of intensive cleaning of the pads. A stain remover (http://www.rubysredwash.com/) has helped a lot--I can rub it into dried stains, then toss the pads in the wash.

Would it be possible to make some sort of inserter device for menstrual cups that held them folded, helped insert them, then released? My joints didn't make insertion an issue for me, but I often couldn't get the cup comfortably far enough in. (I no longer use it due to very easily irritated mucous membranes.)

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