THIS GIRL has never known the definition of TMI however I find myself completely embarrassed and ashamed to discuss something that I suffer from, that ONE in THREE women deal with.
Hello, my name is Patty and I pee when I run, jump, and cough. (Hi Patty).
Of course after having kids, I’ve heard of the probability of it happening but I always assumed it would happen in my 60’s!!! Now that I’ve started talking about it, I’m finding that other women in their 30’s are having these issues. At this moment, I’m getting over pneumonia and I’ve been doing quite a bit of coughing lately so it has prompted me to want to control this in the future. I’ve spoken to my doctor about it and was told, ‘that it happens after having kids. Do more Kegels.’ When I asked for a referral for a pelvic floor specialist, I was met with blank stares and was told they don’t have pelvic floor specialists. For the record ladies, THIS IS NOT NORMAL! Yes it happens, but it isn’t something we have to live with!
I’m going to be honest, I don’t remember to do Kegel exercises, to strengthen the pelvic floor, so I don’t do them. Even now when I’m on week 3 of coughing/ leaking, I may do them for a minute or two . . . once week. Plus, research has shown that over half of women perform Kegel exercises incorrectly, and let’s be honest, it’s difficult to do something that we don’t see progress on, therefore I have an issue finding value in it. So this blog isn’t going to include any videos involving Kegels, Yoni eggs, pads/diapers, nor is it going to include anything that requires a prescription. However if you’re interested in an inexpensive and short term solution click here.
Below are devices and one treatment I have found with different price ranges.
The Elvie is a biofeedback device that is inserted into the vagina, that looks like a Yoni egg with a hooked handle, however this one YOU do the work. Kegels are performed and the device uses force and motion detectors to determine how effectively you are squeezing and if you’re doing it correctly. Cost is $199 US.
Pericoach is another Kegel exercise program similar to Elvie, however this is a device looking similar to a shaving razor that is inserted, and you perform Kegel exercises. According to the website, you will see results in as little as 3 weeks with 5 minute workouts, 5 days a week, however best results are seen in 8 weeks. Cost is $299 US.
The next three products are all made from the same parent company, InControl Medical. They all differ from previous mentioned products as these products provide internal muscle stimulation rather than the user having to perform Kegels. I have chosen to go in order of price.
The Apex is a handheld device that is a bit larger than your hand. Enclosed gel is applied the tip of the probe as well as the two stimulation contacts on the sides of the probe. Probe is inserted into the vagina and a handpump on the device is used to inflate the probe to a comfortable size. High frequency stimulation is started manually from the device and sessions last from 5-10 minutes. Stimulation intensity can be increased or decreased on the device to your comfort. After the session is over, the air release valve is pressed to allow the probe to collapse, the device is removed and cleaned. Cost $250 US.
The Attain appears more like a medical device and consists of a probe and handle that is connected to a protected cord that leads to a digital hand held unit. A small amount of gel is applied to the tip and the probe is inserted into the vagina. An inflation bulb on the handheld unit is used to inflate the probe to a comfortable size. You also use the handheld unit to slowly increase the stimulation internally. A guided exercise program and visual biofeedback encourage proper use. The sessions take 10 minutes a day and should be performed six days a week for 90 days. Cost is $400 US. What’s great is they will refund your money if you aren’t happy with the results within 120 days.
Then there’s The Intensity. This gadget is to strengthen the pelvic floor, while stimulating the clitoris, so it’s a “Kegel exerciser with a kick”. While the device appear similar to The Apez, it definitely appears to be a sexual device, with a clitoral stimulator atop the handheld device. There is an additional internal clitoral vibrator as well as the same probe with the two stimulation contacts like the other two devices. There is no digital display, just the stimulation and vibration buttons. The added features not only make the device more enjoyable to use, they may aid in better orgasms during sex. The device should be used for 10 minutes a day for 90 days, with or without use of the vibration accessories. Again, they will refund your money if you aren’t happy with the results within 120 days. Cost is $499 US.
Lastly is BTL Emsella, which is a not a device but rather a treatment, however it is a luxury that most people can’t afford as well as it may not be available where you are. While it doesn’t require a prescription, it is something you have to go to a facility to receive. It is the most non-invasive product that you will see the fastest results with. Emsella is a specialized chair you sit in for 30 minute sessions, fully clothed. The chair applies pulsing electromagnetic waves that force tightness to occur. It is done twice a week with most people only needing 6 treatments. Cost $1,500-$2,000.
So which have I tried? I haven’t yet, but I think I’m going to go with the Attain.
What about you? Have you tried something I haven’t listed? Something else I should try?