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Pelvic floor exercises are great, aren’t they?
That is, if you can remember to do them, and you actually know how to do them correctly.
I started doing pelvic floor exercises as soon as I found out I was pregnant more than five years ago.
‘Do them while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil,’ I was told.
‘Do them while you’re waiting for the bus,’ they said.
So I did. I was religious with my pelvic floor exercises, and you know what? A fat lot of good they did me.
Days after giving birth the first time around, I had a rather odd and unsettling feeling in my nether regions. I can only describe the feeling as a tampon falling out. I attempted to ignore it, but there came a time when I couldn’t ignore it any longer.
I saw my obstetrician, who told me things looked a bit of a mess down there – awesome – but once I stopped breastfeeding and continued with my pelvic floor exercises, things would be AOK.
That would all be well and good, my friends. If only I could feel my pelvic floor. I could feel nothing, nada, zilch.
It became normal for me to trickle out some pee when I coughed, sneezed, ran and jumped. I didn’t like it, but I put it down to one of those things that women have to put up with after child birth.
Almost a year ago to the day, when I wet my pants while walking to work, I decided that this was not normal and I shouldn’t have to put up with this.
At the time of the pants wetting incident, I didn’t need to go to the toilet and I had no sense of urgency. It came completely out of the blue. I was unprepared and embarrassed to have to buy a new pair of knickers before work and wonder if I stank of pee all day.
I saw a specialist, who was fantastic. With one look she told me I had prolapse and that my pelvic floor issues were serious. While they couldn’t be fixed without surgery, something she didn’t recommend, she said I could improve my pelvic floor with exercises.
She taught me how to exercise my pelvic floor and I was going great guns until life got in the way. I was busy and quite frankly sick of squeezing whenever I could remember.
I was naughty and stopped doing my pelvic floor exercises altogether. Of course my pelvic floor became worse again to the point of me having to wear a pad every day.
I’m going to be completely honest and tell you that wearing a pad every day, akin to an adult nappy, is pretty depressing – especially when you’re in your thirties. I felt really low about my body, but didn’t know what to do.
I instantly thought – I. Want. That!
And as luck would have it, the wonderful people at PeriCoach gave me one to trial.
I like to call this amazing invention a fit bit for my lady bit. Yep, the PeriCoach is a medical device which you insert to assist you with and train you how to do your pelvic floor exercises. Quite simply – it’s a personal trainer for your pelvic floor.
It’s a sensor device that detects pelvic floor muscle activity and measures the strength of each muscle contraction. The device is linked to an app on your smartphone via a wireless Bluetooth connection allowing you to see via a graph exactly how you are performing.
The app guides you through each exercise telling you when to contract and when to relax. At the end of each session, you can view your results and see your improvement.
I have been using PeriCoach for the past few weeks and it has been life changing. Let me tell you why.
Through using PeriCoach, I discovered I wasn’t doing my pelvic floor exercises correctly.
Once you insert PeriCoach you are guided through a series of exercises – squeeze and relax. Squeeze and relax.
The first few times I used PeriCoach, I received warning messages. After squeezing, I could not get my dang pelvic floor muscles to relax. I could turn the muscles on, but not turn them off.
I was pretty shocked to learn that all of this time, I hadn’t been doing my exercises correctly. I had such little control over my pelvic floor that I wasn’t activating my muscles properly.
Once PeriCoach trained me to relax – after lots of practice – I am now a gun at the exercises.
It’s recommended that you do them three times a day giving you the option of doing them lying down or standing up.
One of the things I love about PeriCoach is the daily reminders.
I smile every time I’m reminded – ‘Time to squeeze, so you can sneeze with ease’ or ‘Just a few times a week to prevent the leak’.
The reminders are funny and witty and really do encourage me to take the time to work on my pelvic floor.
If you’re reading this and nodding your head, I want you to know that it is not normal to wet your pants and you shouldn’t have to put up with it. There is a way you can get your confidence back and I tell you what, it’s pretty empowering.
PeriCoach is designed by leading pelvic floor specialists and is available online. Once you purchase the device, you can download the smartphone app for free and set up your device. Visit the PeriCoach Facebook page for more information.
Have you battled with pelvic floor issues? Have you sought professional help?
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*Mummy, Wife, Me received a PeriCoach to trial for this review and financial compensation. As always, all opinions are my own.