Tag Archives: Kegels

KegelSmart!

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Intima

 

What’s new in the world of kegels? This innovative product from Intimina designed to help you keep your pelvic floor in shape. When they contacted me about a post, I was glad to give them THIS floor on Friend for the Ride:

About 20 million American women suffer from incontinence. While bladder leakage can occur at different stages of life, menopausal women are among the most frequently affected. Hormonal changes during menopause often weaken the pelvic muscles, making it easier for incontinence to occur.

Thankfully, the number one doctor recommended treatment is one that can be done in the comfort of your own home – Kegel exercises.

Kegels work your pelvic floor – a group of muscles that support vital internal organs like the bladder, bowel, and uterus and help control their function. Kegel exercises strengthen your pelvic floor and can eliminate leaks.

Knowing that the solution for most women is a simple exercise supported by doctors is comforting; however, the problem is that without guidance most women who try Kegels tend to quickly give up. They don’t know for how long they should hold each contraction or how many contractions to do; they can’t even tell if they’re making progress.

KegelSmart is a device that guides you through a short and effective Kegel workout. Made by Intimina, a Swedish brand, it’s small, discreet, and coated in a soft, medical grade silicone.

 

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KegelSmart is like a mini personal trainer, coaching you through a complete Kegel session with easy-to-follow vibration guidance. The instructions are simple: contract your muscles when you feel the vibrations, and rest when they stop. That’s it. It only takes 5 minutes and you’re finished.

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KegelSmart automatically adjusts the exercise level from 1 up to 5—with 5 being the highest—so you’re always working out at the strength level that’s right for you. When you turn on KegelSmart, a little LED light blinks to indicate which level you are on so you can keep track of your progress and keep motivated to reach level five.

Completing the KegelSmart routine once daily will help you achieve total pelvic health. Once you have reached your goals, you can reduce usage to 3-5 times a week to maintain your tone.

Bladder leaks are not something you need to live with; they can be treated. If you are experiencing leaks, talk to your medical practitioner today about Kegel exercises.

Thanks, KegelSmart, for the post and the information. Love that gorgeous shade of pink!

Kegeling! And a T-shirt Giveaway (The Ultimate Girlfriend Birthday Gift)

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The folks at Cystex made this catchy video to remind us all to kegel!

The Mayo Clinic explains the science and technique of kegeling:

Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which support the uterus, bladder, small intestine and rectum. You can do Kegel exercises, also known as pelvic floor muscle training, discreetly just about anytime.

Read more about kegels and their importance on the Mayo Clinic report here.

So come on everyone, get with the program: squeeze and hold!

Squeezing helps the sneezing!  (And lots of others stuff too.)

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GIVEAWAY:  Spice up your fall wardrobe!  You can win an I’m Kegeling. Are you? t-shirt.  For a chance to win, simply enter a comment by October 30 saying you’d like to be the winner.

Don’t want to sport a kegel t-shirt yourself?  This makes a GREAT gift for a girlfriend birthday party!  LOL!

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Prolapse: Fix It with Duct Tape?

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When I was in fifth and sixth grade, we girls used to sit on the bleachers at recess and discuss the horror of it all:  We were going to get periods.  It truly was a shock to most of us.  How could our bodies go so wonky?

But don’t ask me why, when I read menopause articles as a grownup,  I didn’t let this fact sink in:   Bad stuff  can happen to the girl parts.   Well I guess I should call them “lady parts.”   (Ah, to be a girl again.)  Dryness, pain, atrophy, AND pelvic organ prolapse.

The websites and medical advice books push kegels.  Kegels to PREVENT  prolapse.

So everybody, right now, wherever you are, kegel away.

(If you don’t know how, check out this site from the mayo clinic.)

Kegel.  Kegel.  Kegel. Kegel.  Kegel.

My doctor says kegels really do the trick for many women.  For others, it may not be so simple.

My mom had a tough time with  prolapse, a few years ago, so I’m wondering, if despite kegels,  prolapse is in my future.  If you’ve had prolapse and would be willing to write us a post, I know others would appreciate reading about your experiences in case they’re in the same boat.  We can keep your name off the post, if you like.

Break for more kegels!

Kegel.  Kegel.  Kegel.  Kegel.  Kegel.

I’m not a medical professional,and except for my kegel coaching and the Mayo Clinic site, I haven’t given you much information here, but I wanted to at least touch on the topic of pelvic organ prolapse and menopause.

Oh and I do know that you can’t fix prolapse with duct tape, but I wanted an excuse to show you the beautiful folder I made with this amazing stuff.  I love the  tape with the paint splotches the best.

ACHOO!

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Many years ago, ladies carried pretty handkerchiefs like these.

And just a few years ago, I heard a not-so-pretty revelation at a women only dinner party.  Six ladies all fessed up to the same problem:  When they sneezed, sometimes they leaked!

So I fessed up too.

The first time this sneezing and leaking happened to me, I was shocked.  Mortified.   Horrified.

Research!

Kegels.  That’s what the websites told me to do.

So I did kegels… for a while.  But doing kegels gets old, just like ironing handkerchiefs must have gotten old since not many women carry hankies anymore.

Then I had a false alarm with pelvic floor prolapse.  Yikes!  More research informed me that kegels are key to maintaining pelvic floor stability.

So I started doing kegels again.  Lots of them.  Kegels, kegels, kegels…

And now I sneeze with confidence.

Give kegels a try!

Achoo!

Any other kegel stories out there?  Do fess up.

More About Kegels:  Many medical websites provide info on kegels.  Here’s a how-to guide from the Mayo Clinic.  Of course, check with your doctor whenever you have a medical concern.

Photo:  The handkerchiefs above belonged to my mom and my mother-in-law.  Google “antique” or” vintage handkerchiefs” to see more hankies of yesteryear such as these on the site of Sharon’s Antiques.

P.S.  Sorry about the creases.  I should have gotten out the iron…