Ever since my surgery last year for endometrial cancer, it’s been especially important that I do my kegels. If I get lazy and stop, I’m in trouble when I sneeze. (Actually it usually takes three sneezes in a row).
What’s cool about kegels is that you can do them anytime, anyplace, and no one knows. So when PeriCoach announced #kegelface, their new campaign, I agreed to join in. Above is my #kegelface. I’m at the bottom of the slide at Durham’s Museum of Life and Science. We had a blast there with my grandson Mazen last week. Any place is a good place for kegels, including the bottom of a sliding board!
Kegels work, and I so appreciate PeriCoach’s effort to spread the word in a fun way. I’ll be putting my #kegelface out on social media. I’m hoping you will too!
Here’s the scoop from PeriCoach. Do check out the links to the National Association for Continence and the Voices for PFD. Both websites have plenty of information for women:
Bladder leakage is a topic many prefer to cover up rather than talk about or fix even though it affects millions of women. The company behind the new PeriCoach® System – a pelvic floor muscle training device + smart phone app – hopes to change that. Their new campaign, called #kegelface, encourages women to post their “Kegel faces” on social media to demonstrate they are taking back control of their pelvic floors through regular and smart Kegel exercises.
Kegels are pelvic floor muscle training exercises and considered first line treatment for urinary incontinence (UI). About one in three women will experience UI at some point in their lives, typically after childbirth and around menopause.
“We know that pelvic floor muscle training is very effective for reducing or eliminating urine leakage, but like any exercise program, women have to be inspired to take that first step and start a daily regimen of exercise to see results,” said Leslie M. Rickey, MD, Departments of Urology and Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Yale School of Medicine. “As physicians, we struggle with ensuring patient engagement with their pelvic floor health once they leave the office. #kegelface is a way for women to stay connected with these important exercises and also unites the millions suffering from bladder control issues.”
Cleared for use by the Food and Drug Administration and available by prescription, PeriCoach, made by Australian company, Analytica, is designed to take the frustration out of a regular program of pelvic muscle floor training. PeriCoach provides real-time feedback that is beamed to a smartphone so women and their clinicians can track progress.
“It’s exciting to be part of a campaign designed to help empower women to manage the health of their pelvic floor,” said Steven G Gregg, Ph.D., Executive Director of the National Association For Continence. “Many women want to take control of their health and performing Kegel exercises properly is certainly one way in which they can make a difference.”
“AUGS is pleased be a partner in #kegelface. It is a fun way to raise awareness and get women reengaged in this important exercise that if done right can make a difference,” said Michelle Zinnert, Executive Director, Voices for PFD.
In appreciation of participation, the company will offer women who post their “Kegelface” to their Instagram, Facebook or Twitter accounts along with hashtag #kegelface a discount code for purchase of the PeriCoach. A downloadable Rx form for signature by a clinician is available from www.pericoach.com.
The #Kegelface campaign follows “Leakers Anonymous,” an internet campaign PeriCoach introduced earlier this summer and viewed by hundreds of thousands around the world. Watch here.
#Kegelface social media campaign runs from October 20th to the second week of November to mark Bladder Health Week 2015.
Learn more about PeriCoach at www.pericoach.com