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Feeling Kegel Frustrated? Now there’s PeriCoach

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PeriCoach with handbag

Here’s an innovative product created to help women master the art of the mighty kegel! The post is prepared by Analytica Limited, the developers of the PeriCoach System:

The millions of women who experience bladder leakage now have a new option to strengthen and tone away their problem instead of covering it up with pads.

The PeriCoach System is a discreet device and smartphone app that helps women perform at-home pelvic floor muscle training, exercises recommended by the American College of Physicians as first-line treatment for urinary incontinence. PeriCoach is the only system that includes a web portal allowing clinicians to remotely monitor their patients’ progress.

“Pelvic floor muscle exercises are a great, non-invasive treatment for urinary incontinence.  However, with verbal or written instructions alone, many women find ‘Kegels’ difficult to do on their own, and they become frustrated with the lack of progress,” said Leslie M. Rickey, MD, MPH, associate professor of urology and obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at Yale University.  “PeriCoach offers reassuring, visual feedback and allows clinicians to monitor progress between visits.”

Urinary incontinence affects close to 18 million women, yet many suffer in silence, which often stems from the misinformed idea that incontinence is an untreatable consequence of having had children or a result of aging.

The PeriCoach System is simple: a device containing three biosensors is inserted into the vagina.  The biosensors detect the strength of each muscle contraction and record each exercise session. These results are instantly sent to a smartphone over a Bluetooth wireless connection.  The app collects and analyzes the readings and gives a picture of how the user is doing over time.  It also sends exercise reminders to women and her results to a clinician or pelvic health specialist.

The PeriCoach System was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in March 2015 and is now available by prescription from a clinician, nurse or physical therapist. PeriCoach can be ordered directly at www.PeriCoach.com with an uploaded prescription.

“It is shocking that women continue to suffer the challenges of bladder leaking when, in many cases, they can address it with consistent and properly performed pelvic floor exercises,” continued Dr. Rickey. “Women need to stop accepting bladder issues as a natural consequence of childbirth or aging and take control.  I hope women and clinicians will take advantage of this new technology.”

Analytica Limited is a Brisbane-based public company (ASX Code: ALT) specializing in the development of innovative technology-based solutions for unmet medical needs, manufactures and markets the PeriCoach System. For more information, visit www.AnalyticaMedical.com

PeriCoach with phone copyI received compensation in return for posting this information about PeriCoach. I believe kegels work and so am glad to suggest methods for learning to do them effectively.

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.