Pelvic floor exercises have never been easier but for some reason even though loads and loads of women suffer with pelvic floor related problems it’s one of those subjects that isn’t really talked about openly. We’ll joke about periods, male members, sexual experiences and sex toys. But a tool/object that gets inserted into a vagina to help with pelvic floor muscle weakness causes all sorts of giggles and embarrassment.
As a woman in my mid 40’s I’m very aware that my body is starting to show the strains of life (no pun intended!) and my pelvic floor is one of the areas that’s taken some strain over the years. To be fair it’s not too bad considering I had my children late in life (I’m one of those older mum statistics) and I had my two pregnancies very close to each other … there are only 14 months between my eldest and her twin sisters. Luckily, I’ve never had any major leakage (apart from when I ‘Pogo’ at parties or do a seat drop on a trampoline!).
But since having the girls and stepping into my 40’s the old ‘lady muscles’ weren’t feeling as strong as they used to. It was all feeling a bit relaxed and heavy. I knew I should be doing pelvic floor exercises but I just didn’t remember, unless I was verbally prompted (TV, Radio etc) and then I’d start a short lived clenching regime.
Kegel8 Smart Balls
Now I won’t lie … it took me a few weeks to get into the habit of using my Kegel8 Smart Balls regularly. It wasn’t that they were hard to use. It was the remembering thing again and took me a while to get into a routine. Once I’d got inot the habit of using them though it was all very straight forward.
Don’t be put off by the size of them … I have small hands! They are very easy to insert and come with a lubricating gel that you put over them first.
The Kegel8 Smart Balls are made of a silky feel synthetic material (think of brushed silk) and come with an antibacterial cleaning spray as well as the lubricant (both of which you can buy separately when the need arises). You pop them into your vagina for 20 minutes a day and let them do their business. The balls are weighted and gently oscillate inside the vagina causing your pelvic floor muscles to naturally reflex … all helping to strengthen the pelvic floor muscle groups. If you want a stronger work out there is also an online exercise plan that you can follow.
I found inserting the the Kegel8 Smart Balls pretty easy and couldn’t feel them once they were in situ, although the loop/handle that sticks out gets a bit of getting used to. Pulling the loop forward was the most comfortable position for me. Once in you can continue doing things as normal … school run, housework, gardening, job. In fact it’s easy to forget you have them in if you’re not careful!
Getting them out was just as easy … relax and pull. Then a quick rinse with soapy water and you can pop them back in the little satin bag that comes with them.
It really is simple.
You don’t get result straight away and it takes a good 12 weeks to feel the full impact of them but don’t let that put you off as I was feeling improvements after only a few weeks of use.
These are now part of my (almost daily) Pelvic Floor Exercise routine and I can definitely feel a difference. My cervix has lifted (I use a moon cup and can feel that it’s higher) and my vaginal walls are feeling tighter and less droopy. Having a physical object to help with my exercises is surprisingly more motivational than I’d have imagined and I would recommend having a set.
Kegel8 have a variety of pelvic floor exercisers including a range for men so it can be a bit daunting knowing what to purchase. Thankfully they have a help line number where you can get advice on which product may be better suited to you.
So ladies, put away your embarrassment. Your pelvic floor needs you!