Menopause

#Kegelface! A PeriCoach Campaign

 

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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.

As part of #kegelface, PeriCoach will donate to the National Association for Continence and Voices for PFD (Pelvic Floor Disorders), part of the American Urogynecological Society (AUGS).

“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

pericoach-with-phone-copyI received compensation for this post. I know from personal experience that kegels work, and I’m pleased to participate in the #kegelface campaign.

Menopause

Wearever Panties: A Giveaway!

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A post by Wearever’s Mandy Harrell:

Urinary incontinence is one of those things many people aren’t comfortable talking about.

The hush-hush issue is rarely discussed publicly despite the estimated 30 million Americans currently living with some level of it. The condition affects large demographic including active seniors, women who have birthed multiple children, and those with various health conditions.

Incontinence can also often be an issue for women going through menopause.

According to WebMD, during and after menopause, levels of the female hormone estrogen drop significantly. This lack of estrogen may cause the pelvic muscles responsible for bladder control to weaken, often resulting in urinary incontinence.

Now is the time to learn about options for dealing with incontinence, especially alternatives that help you maintain your lifestyle and are even eco-friendly. Wearever washable, reusable incontinence panties are actually real underwear made especially for those with light, moderate or heavy urinary incontinence. Say goodbye to disposable diapers and pads once and for all.

Wearever’s reusable incontinence underwear features an innovative sewn-in pad that functions as well as, if not better than, any adult diaper.

Its Unique-driTM absorbent technology works in three layers: the top layer lets liquid in; the middle layer moves liquid out to the edges of the fabric so it doesn’t pool and, therefore, resists bacteria growth and odor; and the urethane bottom layer prevents leak-through so that the moisture is contained within the undergarment.

The Wearever line also eliminates the discomfort and loss of dignity that can come with adult diapers. The women’s panties look and feel just like traditional underwear. There are even stylish solutions like women’s lace panties or comfortable cotton styles.

Even better: Wearever products are also less expensive, saving the average user nearly $500 a year compared to alternatives like adult diapers or pads.

Wearever’s washable, reusable underwear options are better for your wallet, better for the earth and better for your wardrobe. You don’t even need to think about the consistent noise of a diaper crinkling, the rough feel on skin, or the frequent trips to the store for disposable diapers anymore.

With Wearever, incontinence doesn’t have to change your active lifestyle or day to day routine any longer!

Giveway:  Wearever is offering two Friend for the Ride readers a three-pack of their lace panties pictured above. For a chance to win, simply enter a comment by September 5. Winners will be chosen using a random integer generator.  (Consider entering for a friend or relative.)  Read more about the panties here: 

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Wearever offers comfortable, quality, affordable and stylish apparel solutions for everyday health and wellness concerns. To learn more, visit  www.WeareverUS.com.   

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/weareverus

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Mandy Harrell is the brand manager for Wearever.