After having a baby, it's very normal for 'down below' to feel, well, different.
Be rest assured that with regular pelvic floor exercises, you can strengthen the muscles around your vagina and bladder - which can help with everything from incontinence to your sex life.
Pelvic floor exercises have also been proven to reduce symptoms of prolapse.
We all know that pelvic floor exercises themselves can be boring, so that's why it's worth investing in a trainer.
As well as ensuring you're doing the the exercises correctly and efficiently, some pelvic floor trainers can even make it *whispers* fun.
What is a pelvic floor?
Pelvic floor training is, essentially, performing vaginal exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles (the muscles you use to wee). These muscles support the uterus, bladder, small intestine, and rectum.
With time, and especially with pregnancy and vaginal birth, these muscles can start to weaken and you may start to suffer from pelvic organ prolapse (POP). POP could also be genetic. A prolapsed pelvic floor can make everyday life, and even sex, uncomfortable. A pelvic floor trainer is a small contraption that is often connected to an app on your phone or tablet.
The contraption is inserted into the vagina much like a tampon and helps ensure that you are doing the exercises correctly. It can set workouts, with long and short squeezes, and also monitor your progress.
You'll be reminded when it's time to do the exercises and it can help you stick to a routine. If you are struggling with incontinence or are having trouble experiencing an orgasm, a pelvic floor trainer, if used daily (no more than 15-20 minutes at a time) and correctly, may help. The best pelvic floor trainers:
Frequent use of a pelvic floor trainer can improve control over bladder and bowel functions, reduce the risk of prolapse, provide better recovery from childbirth, and increased pleasure.
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A complete pelvic floor strengthener to get you prepared for pregnancy and birth, or recover from labour.
With only 15 minutes a day, you can get your pelvic floor muscles stronger than ever with its selection of six different weights for beginner through to advanced level. This product is ideal for those who want to take their Kegel training seriously and who are set on seeing results.
Although it's pricey, it's money well-spent as it makes your pelvic floor exercise routine fun. You sync Elvie up with an app on your phone and play games designed to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, and are challenged to beat your top score. Perfect for competitive mamas!
Read one mum's review of the Elvie Trainer.
Unlike most trainers, this can be used by both men and women and is used externally on the body. This product promises to improve pelvic weakness in as little as four weeks and is the ideal product if you want a non-invasive solution.
The Intimina pelvic floor exerciser is a similar trainer to the Elvie, but much cheaper. It also pairs with an app that helps you through each pelvic floor exercise so you can really know you're doing it correctly.
If you're after a more natural solution, we love the Yoni Egg. It is made of 100% natural and genuine pink rose quartz. It's easy to insert and to remove, and users report that it is completely comfortable so you won't have any problems doing your exercises.
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