This is a sponsored post on behalf of PeriCoach. If you are one of the millions of women who pee a little when you laugh or sneeze, this post is for you.
It was around this time 6 years ago that I signed up for Bradley childbirth classes, while pregnant with my oldest child, Maggie. In our very first class they started talking about kegels. Our homework for the week was to do 3 sets of 10 kegels each day. Each week as our classes went on, they would double the number of kegels they wanted us to do. I think by the end they were suggesting we do a set of 100 kegels, 3xs a day. Yeah, that’s a lot of kegels……………..and I didn’t do them. To be fair, I tried. In fact, I did them for about 3 weeks’ time and then realized I’d been doing them wrong. Then I did them correctly (I think) when I’d think of it throughout that pregnancy, but I never made a habit of it like I probably should have. To be honest, I wasn’t having any issues with incontinence and I wasn’t even sure if this really helped me that much, so doing the exercises fell by the wayside.
Fast forward to my second pregnancy with Jacob. I don’t think I did 1 kegel. I was busy chasing around his older sister and I didn’t think I needed them. Everything was great and I made it through his pregnancy and birth without any incontinence issues. I was feeling pretty good – no need for kegels for this girl!
Them my third pregnancy happened. I think I was about 20 weeks pregnant when one evening my husband decided to tickle me. Well, I tried to hold it in, but with the weight of my growing womb, I lost it and peed myself a little. Eekk! And then there were the sneezes……..around that time, any time I needed to sneeze I had to start crossing my legs to keep it in. It was then that I realized I needed to find time to fit kegels into my daily routine.
What is your story? Have you experienced urinary incontinence? Do you regularly perform kegels to keep your pelvic floor muscles toned?
If you are one of the millions of women who experience bladder leakage, you now have a new option to strengthen and tone away your problem instead of covering it up with pads or needing to cross your legs when you laugh.
The PeriCoach System is a discreet device and smartphone app that helps women perform at-home pelvic floor muscle training, exercises recommended by the American College of Physicians as first-line treatment for urinary incontinence. PeriCoach is the only system that includes a web portal allowing clinicians to remotely monitor their patients’ progress.
“Pelvic floor muscle exercises are a great, non-invasive treatment for urinary incontinence. However, with verbal or written instructions alone, many women find ‘Kegels’ difficult to do on their own, and they become frustrated with the lack of progress,” said Leslie M. Rickey, MD, MPH, associate professor of urology and obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at Yale University. “PeriCoach offers reassuring, visual feedback and allows clinicians to monitor progress between visits.”
How It Works
The PeriCoach training device contains 3 biofeedback sensors. Once inserted, you squeeze against the device and the sensors detect the contractions of the pelvic floor muscles sending an immediate report to your smartphone via Bluetooth. It provides a constant flow of information to show your progress, allowing you to to see and document your results.
Seeing the results and, over time, feeling the difference in the strength of the pelvic floor muscles is very gratifying. Restoring strength to pelvic floor muscles is not only associated with treatment of UI, but clinical evidence suggests this may also improve intimacy.