Why is a pelvic floor exercise device worthwhile?

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"Why is a pelvic floor exercise device worthwhile?

Dr Kegel, the originator of the kegel (or pelvic floor) exercise program, did not intend his exercises to be conducted on an empty vagina. The original exercise device that he developed was very close in design to the perineometers in use today.
But through the years, his message has been lost and women have been encouraged to try unassisted exercising. For many women, this has resulted in poor outcomes, with studies showing that 45% - 51% of women are not able to produce effective normal pelvic floor contractions with verbal instructions.
It is increasingly clear that this is not the best way for many women, and that better results can be achieved with the assistance of pelvic floor exercisers. This has now been confirmed by research from around the world.
Studies have looked at a range of pelvic floor exercise devices, including vaginal cones, vaginal balls, electronic muscle stimulators, and others. Women in study groups usually already have pelvic floor weakness, with symptoms like incontinence. Many of these studies find that women using these devices show a better improvement than control groups.
Read more about the role pelvic floor exercisers can play in overcoming incontinence, enhancing sexual response and strengthening the pelvic floor after childbirth.

What types of pelvic floor exercisers are available?

Many pelvic floor exercise products are sophisticated measuring devices intended for use by health professionals to diagnose and treat patients suffering from incontinence or other symptoms of a weakened pelvic floor. They often use electricity or complicated measuring mechanisms, and are specifically designed for use in a treatment setting. This type of device is generally not suitable for home or personal use.

However there are other pelvic floor exercise products that are appropriate for a woman to use at home, and indeed have been designed and manufactured for just that purpose. They are an excellent option for a woman who wants to maintain the strength of her pelvic floor and the tone of her vaginal muscles, to deal with early symptoms of a weakened pelvic floor or to prevent suffering symptoms of a weak pelvic floor.

Rukiya Dash and Beauty brings together a range of these pelvic floor exercise aids, along with the information that allows women to make an informed choice. Read about the different types of pelvic floor exercisers, how they work, and who they are best suited to.

How do pelvic floor exercisers help to build muscle strength?
There are three main ways in which an exerciser can help. The exact advantages to be gained depend on the type of exerciser:

- Pelvic floor exercisers can provide "resistance"
This is really commonsense. Body builders do not build strong biceps by repeatedly contracting their arms in the air; they do it by using weights or other devices that provide resistance.

- Pelvic floor exercisers can provide feedback that the exercise is being done correctly.
Many women find it extremely hard to do pelvic floor exercises correctly, especially when they first begin, so they benefit from using devices that confirm - either through a measuring gauge or by movement - that the correct muscle is being exercised. This feedback helps to confirm that the pelvic floor muscles are being contracted correctly, and also that the contraction is being fully held for maximum benefit.

- The presence of a pelvic floor exercise device can stimulate the muscle.

Exercisers inserted into the vagina can provide a powerful sensory feedback which makes the pelvic floor muscles contract to retain the device. Some products act to stimulate a muscle response simply by their presence, and others use a safe electrical current to create the stimulation.

How do pelvic floor exercisers encourage women to continue an exercise program?

Many women don't keep up a pelvic floor exercise program because it is too hard to fit exercises into daily life and because they are uncertain about whether they are exercising correctly, particularly in the early stages. Others become discouraged if they exercise for weeks with little improvement, and so begin to doubt whether the exercises are working.
The use of exercisers helps to overcome these problems and encourage women to continue their pelvic floor exercises. Feedback devices reassure a woman that she is exercising correctly. Weighted inserted devices work on strenghtening the pelvic floor while a woman goes about her normal activities. Electronic stimulators harness the proven effects of electrical current to build muscle strength. Most importantly, many women find that pelvic floor exercise devices produce better results than unassisted exercising. They are encouraged by this discernible improvement and therefore persist with their exercise regime. "