How’s your pelvic floor holding up?

Nikki Parkinson Health 20 Comments

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Squats.

Star jumps.

Laughing.

Sneezing.

Coughing.

Dancing.

Splashing around in a pool.

Bending over.

Jumping on a trampoline.

Doing the dishes.

Lifting up a heavy suitcase.

Downward facing dogs.

What do all these things have in common?

The ability to bring on a bladder leakage, that’s what.

Well, they do in me.

And I refuse to just “pad” the problem.

Early in the year I shared with you news about the Australian-developed medical device that is firming up pelvic floors the world over.

PeriCoach virtual trainer for your pelvic floor

The PeriCoach was relatively new at that time but has now been embraced by women all around Australia.

And embrace we have.

You can catch up on the nitty gritty of how it all works here but if you’re wondering, yes, it is a device that you insert into your vagina.

It’s not “that” kind of device, but according to some unnamed sources, frequent use of the PeriCoach (and the consequent strengthening of the muscles down there) may lead to better enjoyment, shall we say, of matters in the bedroom.

Now if you’ve just pushed out a baby through those aforementioned muscles, you’re not really looking for any kind of bedroom action that doesn’t involve sleep. I hear you.

BUT. Listen up.

PeriCoach virtual trainer for your pelvic floor

Whether you’ve recently given birth, your “kids” have left home or you’ve never had kids, you are not immune from weakened pelvic floor muscles and bladder leakage.

We might joke about it but really it’s no laughing matter. See point above as to what laughter can do to a woman with a weak pelvic floor.

NOT FUNNY.

The thing is we all KNOW we should do our pelvic floor exercises but how many of us actually do them?

Every day. And in the correct way.

It’s no use giving the general area down there a good squeeze. For all you know your glutes might be doing all the work.

This is why the PeriCoach is the only way to train.

When it connects with the app on your phone or tablet it’s like having a virtual trainer in the bedroom (or bathroom) to make sure you a) do the exercises; and b) you do them correctly.

The sensors on the PeriCoach unit are calibrated to your “bits”. This is the starting point. You re-calibrate as the muscles get stronger but you actually get to see that.

PeriCoach virtual trainer for your pelvic floor

Way to go vagina!

I’m a big fan of these kinds of fitness apps for personal motivation. I’ve got one for my regular walks and I compete against myself for faster times.

With PeriCoach, I’m cheering on my vajayjay every day. And with each daily two-minute exercise, things are getting much stronger down there.

I also know I’m in good hands with this device as the PeriCoach has been developed by healthcare professionals, including women’s health physiotherapists.

The PeriCoach is not a gimmick. It’s simply the best way for women to strengthen their pelvic floor.

A big tick from me is also the ability for you to share your “workouts” with your healthcare professional.

If your pelvic floor is severely weakened and most definitely beyond any laughing matter, then you can work together for a long-term solution.

Within 10km of my home there are more than 20 health care professionals registered and working with PeriCoach. You can find someone near you here.

If, like me, you’ve just been a bit lazy and hit and miss with the whole pelvic floor exercise routine over the years and don’t necessarily need to work in conjunction with a physio, then you can buy the system online here.

Since I last wrote about PeriCoach, the Apple app is now available for an iPhone and iPad. Huzzah! And android users can download the app here.

WARNING. There’s one thing the PeriCoach won’t do.

Sure, the app will send you reminders to work out your pelvic floor. BUT. You still have to do the work.

It’s two minutes a day, my pelvic-floor-challenged sisters.

TWO MINUTES.

JUST DO IT.

For more information visit pericoach.com; for news of upcoming events and expos where PeriCoach will be exhibiting, head over and like the PeriCoach Facebook page

Ok, confession time. Who’s doing their pelvic floor exercises while they’re reading this? Do you use a PeriCoach? What improvement have you seen?

 

  • Definitely intriguing. Not something I can afford right now but definitely a good reminder to do my pelvic floor exercises everyday.

  • Elodie

    If anyone with pelvic floor issues is thinking of buying such a device – WAIT.
    Go see a pelvic floor physio for an assessment first.
    A pelvic floor that is too tight can behave in the same way as one that is weak – the muscles are so overworked that they don’t have the same ability to contract and release as a healthy pelvic floor. They seem weak, but they’re just too flexed to be able to strengthen further.
    A device designed to tighten the pelvic muscles further can do more harm than good.

    • What I love about this Elodie is that physios are very much working closely with this device and their patients.

  • Why can’t we just call them vaginas? Vajayjay is such a terrible term. A timely post, though I wouldn’t buy one – the cost alone is terrifying!

    • I did Carly – I used both … I was playing around with humour on a topic that many will still not talk about. Sorry for any offence caused.

      • Not offensive at all – I’m basically impossible to offend! I just wish we could be anatomically correct when it comes to our body parts 🙂

  • Retailgenie

    We take our pelvic floor health for granted until we notice changes. I recently visited my doctor with some minor issues in that area and was surprised when she told me that the most common group of women under 35 that urologists and gynecologists are seeing are personal trainers! Apparently all the heavy lifting, sumo squatting, crunching etc is not what women were designed to do and is having an impact on pelvic floor health. I thought that because I had started at the gym and was crunching again that I was doing something good for myself. I think this gadget would be a great way to measure performance and would also be a great reminder to do these important exercises.
    Can I also recommend a fantastic website with more information and recommendations for pelvic floor safe exercises? It is http://www.pelvicfloorfirst.org.au/

    • That’s a very good point Retailgenie … and a scary one if women are not aware of the dangers of training without respect to our pelvic floors!

  • Jo

    It’s so great that you’re discussing something like this that isn’t normally openly discussed. Plus vajayjay is a great word.

    • Such a great word Jo – and yes, I think we should be talking about. Something my parents’ generation would not have done!

  • merliyn

    a good post nikki!
    even though I don’t have any trouble and as you know I’m in my 60’s!;)
    always done yoga and pelvic contractions to strengthen the muscles!
    I’m one of the lucky ones! enjoy your day! love m:)X

  • I used to do a lot of pilates and other stuff at the gym, but have basically done nothing for a couple of years… I definitely need to work on mine (am not getting any younger. Sadly!)

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Great post Nikki, I actually do mine everyday because after I had my hysterectomy at 35 found myself incontinent and sought help from my GP and she put me onto a trained incontince physiotherapist and learnt to fix up those pelvic floor and vaginal muscles.
    I really think it’s great they have bought out this gadget and women are actually doing something about instead of wearing a teena pad just in case!
    Have a great weekend Nikki Xx

    • Lisa, thanks so much for sharing your experience. I think we do need to talk about this topic to normalise it so women don’t feel they’re alone with it.

  • Great post Nikki. Had me spluttering into my tea (and I’m squeezing as I type). This is the first I’ve heard of this device and I’ll be sharing the news with my lady friends. Cheers.