Do Digital Devices Actually Help Your Pelvic Floor?
There is a digital product for everything these days. Soon you will find they’ve re-invented the spoon. Oh wait, they already have… Exercising your pelvic floor muscles with digital Kegel devices can make sex more satisfying and prevent any accidental leakage.
They come in a variety of forms but many of these devices have insertable parts that connect wirelessly to cellphones, tablets, or laptops which allows for the measurement of the strength of a Kegel muscle contraction. But wait; that’s not all! Some allow you to even play games and some vibrate; yes vibrate, for pleasure. One example is the TensCare Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser which provides gentle stimulation to your pelvic floor enabling you to develop your own muscle control.
Who Are They For
In truth who they’re for has more to do with personality than your pelvic floor. If you’re into gadgets or consider yourself a techie person, you might find the biofeedback option a motivating factor. If you like something that tracks your progress and helps remind you to do the exercises then it could work for you. But remember – it’s going to need to be washed properly before being stored.
Also, they’re not foolproof, you can be doing the exercise wrong and still be getting biofeedback. If you want to buy one, look for a brand that has been approved by the FDA, this means their effectiveness for reducing or stopping urinary incontinence has been tested.
Your Other Options
If you’re recovering from a vaginal delivery or have an issue with your pelvic floor, there are other options. There are non-digital options like TensCare Fleur Toning balls which once inserted, rest on the pelvic floor muscles stimulating them to spontaneously contract, giving you an inner workout. For most people physical therapy is their best bet. Physical therapy will help you set a routine and learn the exercises that target the right muscles. And once you have it all figured out, a device can become a part of your maintenance plan.
A Few Tips
Cleanliness is never overrated. The recent jade egg trend resulted in some women getting infections because jade is porous and hard to clean. What you need are tools made with non-porous, medical grade and hypoallergenic materials.
Use ancient, time-tested tools (no, not the jade egg), like a mirror or your finger. In the mirror you should see your vulva close and pull inward a little, a bit like a wink. With your finger you should feel a squeezing effect, if it feels like pushing then you’re doing the opposite of the correct movement.
It’s common for Kegels to be described as the same feeling you get when you stop the flow of urine. This is great to help you isolate he right muscles but is not good as an exercise technique as it can train your bladder not to empty.
The Surprise Benefits
New products have helped to stimulate conversations and women are creating places to go to talk to other women about these issues. People are becoming more comfortable talking about their pelvic floor. Women don’t talk enough about their experiences with painful sex, healing after birth, or incontinence problems – all very common problems. It makes such a difference when women know they aren’t alone and have places where they can talk about these issues.
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