When going to see a clinician for urinary incontinence, there are products and devices you may be introduced to. This can be intimidating, as you think to yourself “What IS that?!” However, it doesn’t have to be. Though your healthcare provider will take time to explain the recommended items and their use, let’s take a look at some of the common devices here to decrease misconceptions and help familiarize you ahead of time:
Elvie: This is a small technological device inserted into the vagina like a tampon. It serves as a pelvic floor muscle trainer using what is called biofeedback to make it easier to exercise these muscles you cannot see. The Elvie measures force and motion to detect incorrect contraction and help improve technique while performing Kegel exercises. It fits all kinds of body shapes, is designed to be comfortable, and tracks your progress through connection to the app.
Yoni Eggs: Also called Jade Eggs due to the precious stone they are carved from, these are literally polished, egg-shaped stones used as a tool for kegel exercises. They have been used by women for over 5,000 years, and more recently recommended in a clinical setting. They are preferred by some over other Kegel weights due to the fact that they are 100% natural and chemical free. Inserting the egg, one can contract and relax around it to engage their pelvic floor and vaginal muscles.
Pelgrip: Placed externally between the legs, the Peligrip provides elastic resistance to strengthen pelvic floor muscles and improve pelvic alignment to control urinary incontinence. It is intended to maximize the results of Kegel exercises, while being lightweight and comfortable.
Poise Impressa: These are bladder supports bought over-the-counter and inserted into the vagina. They are designed to gently prevent leakage by lifting the urethra when pressure is placed on the bladder. They are self-inserted with an applicator, removed with a string and disposable. The Poise Impressa can be used for up to 12 hours in a 24-hour period of time and come in three different sizes.
Attain: This is a technological device providing biofeedback when doing pelvic floor exercises. It uses mild muscle stimulation via a soft “tampon-like” probe to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. The Attain provides resistance to squeeze around during Kegel exercises and visual feedback to indicate when to contract and relax via a lighted bar on the device. Designed to improve the effectiveness of exercising, the Attain also includes guided exercise program.
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