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Who needs a Kegel8 Pelvic Trainer?
You do. Every woman should exercise her pelvic floor muscles daily to keep them working properly. Daily - yes that's right. Are you admitting that you don't even exercise them from one year to the next, let alone daily? You are not alone, and that's probably the reason why here in the UK women are experiencing record numbers of pelvic floor problems directly attributable to a weak pelvic floor.
Is your pelvic floor strong or weak? Here's how you can tell the difference:
Weak Pelvic Floor
- Bladder Leaks
- Uncontrollable Wind
- Constipation & Straining to Poo
- Tampons Fall Out
- Love Life is Lack-Lustre
- Lower Back Ache
- Bulging "Pot Belly"
Strong Pelvic Floor
- No More Accidents
- Control Your Bladder & Bowel
- Easy Toileting
- Strong Vaginal Walls
- Great Sex - For You and Your Partner
- Strong Back, Ache-Free Hips
- Flat Tummy
Even if you have just one of the symptoms of a weak pelvic floor we want you to know that in just 12 weeks the Kegel8 Pelvic Trainer can help you to get strong again. A weak pelvic floor will not magically get stronger - it just gets weaker and weaker. Just 12 weeks with the Kegel8 Pelvic Trainer will reap you BIG rewards!
What gets measured gets managed - that's why you need the Kegel8 Pelvic Trainer
We all know that you don't 'need' a machine to help you exercise your pelvic floor muscles. However, the Kegel8 Pelvic Trainer lets you know if you are exercising correctly and it will help you to measure the improvement too. This strength measuring is vital to the success of your 12 week exercise plan! The Kegel8 Pelvic Trainer sensor automatically inflates for a perfect comfortable fit. As you squeeze your pelvic floor muscles correctly it uses 'biofeedback' to measure your pelvic muscle strength, teaching you the art of perfect pelvic floor exercises. So not only does it help you to locate the correct muscles, exercise them correctly and help get them stronger - more importantly NO SQUEEZE IS EVER WASTED!
I've tried kegels - they don't work!
Oh yes they do! There could be a number of reasons your pelvic floor exercises have not worked previously, such as:
- The wrong muscles are being squeezed such as the buttocks or thighs.
- Boredom - doing kegel exercises can be boring and it is difficult to keep motivated because progress can be slow and almost impossible to measure.
- We give up too soon - 12 weeks is all you need - it'll last you years!
- Not relaxing properly between squeezes - relaxing the pelvic floor muscles properly gives the blood chance to flow back into the muscles, feeding and strengthening - vitally important!
So why does the Kegel8 Trainer work?
Any exercise is more effective with a partner - when it comes to pelvic floor exercise, the Kegel8 Trainer is your perfect partner!
- With the Kegel8 Trainer you target the muscles correctly! No cheating, no pretending, and definitely no faking.
- Boredom won't come into it, you'll be fascinated by the screen and because you can measure your progress you'll want more!
- Measure it and monitor it with the unique Squeeze Scale! Follow your progress every time you kegel exercise.
- Relaxation between muscle contractions is vital for effective kegels and by following the screen you'll see that you are relaxing properly - this enables good circulation which improves your exercising results!
Training Mode - you'll be guided through timed, slow and then fast kegel exercises with on-screen prompts telling you when to squeeze and lift the pelvic floor muscles and when and how long to relax. This precise pelvic floor muscle training will guide you through the exercise routines to ensure you get the best results with a perfect balance of slow and fast kegels to achieve optimum pelvic floor strength.
Free Training Mode - if you want to do your own exercises then freestyle! So, if you leak when you cough, sneeze, laugh or run, you'll want to practice fast flex exercises. If you find you can't go very long between loo visits or you often need to get up in the night to empty your bladder, focus on slow exercises. This mode can also be used to check your strength whenever you please without completing the Training Mode.
Kegel8 knows that slow and fast kegels are the key to success - here's why:
With the Kegel8 Pelvic Trainer you'll learn how to do both types of pelvic floor exercise for maximum success. We're not going to go all technical on you, but this will help you to understand how your pelvic floor works, and more importantly what type of exercises you should be doing, and why.
Slow Flex or slow kegels are for 'endurance'. The deepest pelvic floor muscles run from our pubic bone to the tail bone and have mainly slow twitch fibres. These muscles stabilise our core holding our bladder, bowel and uterus in place, to exercise these muscles we must perform 'slow flex' exercises.
Fast Flex or fast kegels for fast twitch fibres help to 'fire' the sphincter muscles into action, stopping the flow of urine and holding back wind preventing embarrassing accidents. These fast twitch fibres contract quickly and with force when we cough or sneeze; to keep these muscles working as nature intended we must perform 'fast flex' exercises.
A weak pelvic floor is embarrassing - it's time to get strong!
It's not a competition; it's about your health. Plain and simple.
When you use the Squeeze Scale you'll be able to monitor and check your progress. After all you wouldn't go on a diet without weighing yourself first would you - so why start kegel exercising without knowing how strong your muscles really are.
Invest in a Kegel8 Pelvic Trainer today, give us 12 weeks and you could enjoy a stronger pelvic floor tomorrow. The consequences of a weak pelvic floor are not an inevitable part of ageing/motherhood/menopause and Kegel8 is here to help you every step of the way!
Remember - 12 weeks is all it takes, doesn't your pelvic floor deserve it? Because you certainly do...
Who shouldn't use the Kegel8 Pelvic Trainer?
You are pregnant*
After you've welcomed your new arrival, the Kegel8 Pelvic Trainer will be there get you back into shape after your 6 week check-up.
You have pelvic pain*
Undiagnosed pain, infections, vaginal or rectal conditions. Do not use if you have vaginal varicose veins or while undergoing IVF.
You have a uterine prolapse*
As you may not be able to insert the probe to a sufficient depth. You may be able to use this if you have a bladder or bowel prolapse - the probe needs to be inserted 2 inches.
*Unless advised to do so and under medical supervision
Delivery & Returns
|SKU / Product Code||91856|
|Programmes||Test Mode, Train Mode|
|Recommended For||All Urinary Incontinence, Light Bladder Weakness, Prolapse, Weak Pelvic Floor, Tighten & improve intimate sensation, New Mums|
|Can be used with||Kegel8 Electronic Pelvic Toners, KE Gel, Kegel8 Klean|
|Included Contents||Kegel8 Trainer, Batteries, Kegel8 Trainer Inflatable Vaginal Probe, Instructions, Kegel8 Storage Bag|
|Certification||CE | Grade 1 Medical Device|
|Power||3 x AAA Batteries|
|Guarantee||1 Year Manufacturers|
|Warranty||Extended Warranty Available|
|User Manual||View and/or Download the Pre October 2014 Kegel8 Trainer User Manual View and/or Download the New and Improved Kegel8 Trainer User Manual|
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- Love it. Review by TLC_65
- Keep at it Review by SueK
- Definitely worth using Review by Chris
- Good but could be better Review by ButterflyJak
It does only take 10 minutes to run through the program and I would recommend doing it sitting upright in a chair, I tried the first time propped up in bed but the probe kept coming out.
Also check the batteries that come in the pack as one of them that came with mine was leaking, print came off on my hand, didn't realise it was leaking until the unit stopped working after 2 uses and it had leaked inside, once cleaned out and new batteries it worked ok.
Lastly I have a nickel allergy and this unit is completely nickel free so a very good alternative to the pelvic toners. (Posted on 2 September 2013)
- It actually works...i have my life back Review by Linda
Anyway, past is past and i am very pleased to have found this product. I have found the instructions very easy to follow and the talk back guidance keeps me focused to finish my sets properly. Before i would sometimes do more or less which didn't help me at all....There are many positive points to make about this machine.
1 It keeps you on track and focus you to stay with a routine
2. Easy to use with voice overall and on screen prompts
3 Natural use of your own muscles.
4 Easy to pack for going away trips.
5 Options to test each week to view progress.
6 You pump air to suit your own size .
7 Easy to clean
* and It actually works .
it is so good i am purchasing another one for my sister because like many women she has a small issue that unattended could get worse...i recommend this product with a 10 out of 10 results. Thank You Linda. (Posted on 3 February 2013)
- Brilliant - wouldn't be without my 'Kegel Kit' Review by K
- Great bit of kit. highly recommended. Review by Dianne J
Great bit of kit. highly recommended. (Posted on 23 January 2014)
- Faulty product and bad customer service Review by disgruntled
Kegel8 writes - Dear Customer
I am sorry you are unhappy with our service, you have not given us an e mail so I am unable to write to you personally. I am aware of the fact you returned your product thinking it was faulty when you said the screen the 'just switched itself off'. When you spoke with Lynne here in Customer Services she agreed that the screen shouldn't just 'switch off' during use and asked you to return it to our freepost address for us to investigate further.
We received your Pelvic Trainer and tested it and could find no fault, the screen did not switch off - the programme was still visible but the back light went out as it states in the instructions, to preserve battery life. The machine functioned correctly and this included the fact the back-light goes out after a couple of minutes of use to preserve battery life. We telephoned you and stated this confirming that the machine was working correctly. We explained to you that the screen does not switch off but as part of the Pelvic Trainers functionality to preserve battery life the back light goes off during an exercise programme, and can be switched on again. We explained that if you want to follow the on-screen prompts and the squeeze scale you only have to press the screen button to relight it up again. This feature is clearly labelled in the instruction booklet and I am sorry that you misunderstood or missed the description of this energy-saving aspect of the Trainer.
You then stated that even though you had used the product you now did not want it and wanted a refund. We said we were sorry you felt that way and that you had clearly used the product, it was not and had never been faulty. However as a gesture of goodwill we would refund the cost of this machine minus the vaginal probe which you had used. You stated that you wanted a full refund, and we stated that although Customer Service is paramount to us here at Kegel8, we would not refund on a used probe. As you felt this was unsatisfactory we returned the Pelvic Trainer with the used probe back to you. I am sorry you feel disgruntled, I would really liked you to persevere with the Pelvic Trainer to have enjoyed the benefits - it is a great machine, and I am sorry that the back-light switching off, which can be relit with one touch, and is an energy saving function has deterred you from wanting to keep it. I want every purchaser to be delighted with their purchase from Kegel8, and I am sorry that on this occasion we have not met your expectations. Our offer of a full refund on the machine only still stands.
Please note - Any working returned machines (machines only, excludes probes) to Kegel8 that are the subject of refunds are then recycled as samples to Physiotherapists and Clinicians in the NHS and private practice for them to show their patients/clients. We are inundated with requests from Clinicians wanting samples, as a small private company we are unable to fulfil all requests simply because we can't afford it, and sadly many charities and groups don't have the funds to buy samples either.
We always have a huge waiting list for demo samples, but anyone asking for samples to show to Women's groups, Patient groups, Conferences etc, are put onto a waiting list.
Stephanie@Kegel8 (Posted on 6 July 2013)
- Harder than it looks - but worth the effort Review by L Smith
On the whole great customer service, would have given 5 stars but have had to wait for my anal probe to come into stock so I have marked them down:(
Kegel8 Says: Thank you for your kind feedback about the Kegel8 Trainer - I am sorry that the anal probe is as yet still unavailable. We can now confirm that the manufacturer has this on the production lines and we expect delivery within 12 - 16 weeks, we will expedite your order as soon as possible.
Fiona@Kegel8 (Posted on 30 April 2013)
- I think this is great and highly recommend it. Review by Pru
I think this is great and highly recommend it. (Posted on 8 November 2013)
The Pelvic Trainer will help you to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and give you more control, if it is the weakness in the pelvic floor that could be sparking your over-active bladder. This article will explain more, http://www.kegel8.co.uk/articles/bladder-weakness/overactive-bladder.html
Realistically I think for an over-active bladder you are better going for the new Ultra 20. That is because it can strengthen the pelvic floor, but it can also be used with TENS pads to 'calm' the bladder. Working on the nerves within the pelvic floor by tibial nerve stimulation also helps to 'calm' the bladder. Which is sometimes very important and it help you achieve the best results.
I hope this information helps
I'm 31 weeks pregnant, can you confirm if this is ok to use when pregnant, not just pre conception or after birth. I'm not sure I'm exercising correctly.
Thank you for your question, our instructions state that this should not be used while pregnant unless with medical supervision.
I hope this is of help and wish you the best of luck with your pregnancy.
I don't know if you have seen but we have just launched a Labour TENS device to help with natural pain relief during labour? The Press are raving about it! http://www.kegel8.co.uk/kegel8-mother-nurture-pelvic-toner-labour-tens.html
I don't want an operation but I really need to try and sort this out before it gets worse.
Your help and advice would be appreciated
As you mention that you have a prolapse, I would recommend the Kegel8 Ultra 20; it has 20 clinically priven programmes, with specific programmes designed to help with your prolapse. The Ultra 20 is also the only electronic pelvic toner you can target your anal muscles without having to use an anal probe; you can use the vaginal prolapse and/or skin electrode. I would recommend using programme 14 (for grade 1 or 2 prolapse) or proramme 15 (from grade 3 or 4) for your prolapse, and programme 3, the overall pelvic floor workout, on alternate days, doing one programme a day. Results starts to show around 12 weeks, of using the Kegel8 Ultra 20 everyday.
I hope this helps,
Thank you for your question. My first comment is to be very very careful about the amount of weights you are using. Is you personal trainer aware of your weak pelvic floor and how he should adjust the exercises he gets you to perform? We soo so many 'boot camp' type Trainers who have little or no understanding of a woman's pelvic floor and how it can be damaged. Some of these exercises are great for men but can be potentially disastrous for women and can cause prolapse prolapse. Its all about the intra abdominal pressure and you are advised to do all you can to avoid too much pressure. Have a look at Michelle Kenway on You Tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MarQG9UZscQ and also http://www.kegel8.co.uk/blog/2012/05/28/floor-workout-pelvic-floor-dysfunction/ for safe exercises, that will prevent you developing a prolapse, and take the pressure off a weak pelvic floor.
There could also be other reasons:
1. You position might have changed - did you measure your pelvic floor strength with the trainer standing, sitting or lying down, all can make a difference.
2. Where were you in your menstrual cycle? Just before your period, the hormone relaxin peaks in your body. Relaxin is intended to allow a pregnant woman's body's muscles, ligaments and tendons, to relax before having a baby, thereby allowing the pelvis to expand. You don't have to be pregnant but relaxin is at a higher level than usual right before we menstruate.
You also state that I cant hold it as well' so look at endurance - long squeezes and holds to strengthen the muscles. PO10 will help with endurance (holding the squeeze for longer)
I do hope this helps, please let us know how you get on.
I don't have any urinary or bladder weaknesses. But I am now 43 y.o. and I'd like to start doing kegel exercises as a preventive measure. I need an advice on what would be the best product for me. I know how to check whether I am exercising the right muscles. And I want something where I'd do exercises not a tool which would do exercises for me. I am unsure whether pelvic trainer and pelvic cones/balls would be the best option?
Thank you for your question.
I would recommend that you consider either the Kegel8 Weighted Vaginal Cones http://www.kegel8.co.uk/kegel8-cones.html or the http://www.kegel8.co.uk/kegel8-pelvic-trainer-91856.html Kegel8 Biofeedback Trainer.
You understand how to do kegel exercises so you might not need the wand (an indicator that you are using the correct muscles) that the vaginal cones has, but clinical studies show that exercising against something (resistance exercise) is more beneficial for pelvic floor exercise.The Kegel8 Balls would work in a similar way to the cones, by giving resistance to the muscles, however should not be inserted and just ignored - kegelling and squeezing against them reaps the most benefit!
The Kegel8 Trainer with Biofeedback will be able to act as this resistance (the probe inflates) not only will it show you on the screen you are engaging the muscles, but also it will give you a strength reading. This is known as the Kegel8 Squeeze Scale http://www.kegel8.co.uk/articles/pelvic-floor-exercise/kegel8-squeeze-scale.html - This is a vital part of the Pelvic Trainers success - after all we wouldn't go on a diet without first weighing ourselves, so it is crazy to engage in a course of pelvic floor exercises without knowing our starting strength and improvement gained throughout exercising. It also acts as an incentive too - there is nothing better than to see pelvic floor exercise working!
Also please used a good quality Vitamin D3 - clinical studies have shown that Vitamin D3 takers have better results when pelvic floor exercising so this supplement is a must (probably something to do with living in the Northern Hemisphere too and our lack of abundant sunshine!). It helps the body to absorb calcium and it good for bones and muscles.
Hope this helps with your choice
Not sure what prolapse you have, but as long as the probe can get contact with your pelvic floor muscles, ie if the prolapsed tissue doesn't get in the way when the vaginal probe is inserted you'll be fine - ie your probe has direct contact with your vaginal walls so it can stimulate the muscles, rather than the prolapsed tissue getting in the way (hope this makes sense) . A pessary is great for taking the pressure off your pelvic floor, but you are right to look to strengthen up your muscles - in effect to help to manage your prolapse (that means it wont fall down any further and it stays where it is).
What you also need to do is to strengthen up to make sure that other organs do not prolapse, if you have a bladder prolapse you are more likely to have a bowel prolapse and vis a versa
I would recommend the Kegel8 Ultra 20 Pelvic Floor Toner http://www.kegel8.co.uk/kegel8-ultra.html
Please also look at this http://www.kegel8.co.uk/blog/2013/10/14/what-else-can-i-do-to-help-my-pelvic-floor/
We are here to help if you need any further information.
Fiona Customer Care team
Are there any contraindication for the use of The Kegel8 Biofeedback Pelvic Trainerl? Especially anything related to cervical erosion and fibroids?
No, no contraindications for using the Trainer. As it is a manual device and doesn't use NMES (Neuromuscular electrical stimulation like the Kegel8 Ultra & Tight & Tone) - only pregnancy!
With fibroids and cervical erosion exercise is beneficial because it will help to improve circulation in the pelvic area and keep control of your bladder.
I hope this helps
Customer Care Team
Thank you for your question - yes, you need to 'shore-up' your pelvic floor for two reasons,
1. You need to stop the existing prolapse from getting worse and dropping down any further
2. You need to stop other organs from prolapsing. I am sorry to tell you that you have a much higher risk of your bowel following the same way - this is in effect the other side collapsing in (like when we dig a hole in sand on the beach).
Kegel8 Ultra 20 would be great for you, it is a strong machine and it will help to support the prolapse and firm up your pelvic floor so it can support.
You might also want to consider a vaginal pessary. You can use them daily, and help to support your internal organs while you are exercising and getting the strength back in your pelvic floor.
Please also read this article - What Else Can Do To Help My Pelvic Floor? http://www.kegel8.co.uk/blog/2013/10/14/what-else-can-i-do-to-help-my-pelvic-floor/ all these pointers are critical to you regaining strength and control.
You are right to want to avoid surgery - surgery is not a quick fix, because many women re-prolapse following the operation simply because the pelvic floor is not strong enough to support and there is no operation that can strengthen our pelvic floor! But we can do it!
Please also have a look for Michelle Kenway http://www.stressnomore.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=inside+out she has a series of books and DVDs to help women with prolapse exercise safely - this is so vitally important as even our top gyms and fitness videos show women doing sit ups and crunches and these are an absolute no-no. Above all, Michelle Kenway teaches us that because you have a prolapse you just have to do things a bit differently- no big deal. Many women praise her information highly and there are lots of films on You Tube so do check her out.
I hope this helps, I don't want to scare you, but I want you know that you can get strong and we speak to so many women who say 'If only I'd known' and you are in a great place right now to take charge of your pelvic health and get strong.
I would like to purchase one of your products that tells me what improvement I am achieving. Please can you advise me on which would help me. Thanks.
Our Kegel8 Trainer is our only biofeedback unit, and only unit that gives you a score to track how your muscles are improving.
Our other units are electronic, and not biofeedback, and so do not give you a squeeze scale score.
However, as you have a rectocele and cystocele I would definitely recommend the Kegel8 Ultra 20 for you, as electronic stimulation works your muscles a lot more effectively and efficiently manual kegel exercises.
The Kegel8 Ultra 20 won't give you a score, but you will be able to feel your muscles getting stronger quicker with an electronic unit, than with a manual exerciser.
I hope this helps,
Thanks for your question. Nope, this machine is both, it guides you through the exercises with voice prompts - that can also be switched off if it gets annoying - and you can also use it in the 'test' mode - to see the strength you have reached. This is an invaluable tool and something we are working on with other machines because pelvic floor exercising is like a diet - you wouldn't diet without weighing or monitoring yourself in some way - we have to get results to keep motivated! It also acts as a start reminder about how we can soon forget about our pelvic floor and before you know it several weeks have flown by without a kegel exercise! It is so easy to forget our pelvic floor, and by having the test feature you could, say monitor yourself on the 1st of every month, check your level and keep an eye on it, so exercise more if you drop down. It just helps as a reminder!
Hope this helps.
Di@Kegel8 Pelvic Toners
I have a weak pelvic floor since childbirth. I used to have a bit of stress incontinence prior to this, mainly on sneezing or laughing too hard. Now I leak quite often, especially when I run anywhere which I find quite debilitating as I enjoy sports. It's much worse around my period ( I read the post re relaxin).
My question is should I go for the manual toner or one if the electrical stimulation ones? I am 37 and have one child. I sometimes get sore around my vagina as well, particularly when I have been carting my son around too much.
I initially had some physio post birth (1.5 - 2 years ago) and she seemed to think my strength wasn't awful but the leaking has got worse since then.
Thanks for your help.
Thank you for your email.
Please don't be too concerned - after childbirth, leaking especially during sports is really common, and it's great you have decided to do something about it before it gets any worse. The good news is, a Kegel8 Ultra could really help you.
Considering that you are already showing signs of pelvic floor weakness, I would certainly recommend one of our electronic devices as they work much deeper within the muscles and will really help to rehabilitate your pelvic floor. For you personally I would recommend the Kegel8 Ultra. You can find this device here: http://www.kegel8.co.uk/kegel8-ultra.html
I would recommend that you alternate between PO3 for stress incontinence and PO9 which is a very good overall pelvic floor workout and considering that you are young I think you would see results relatively quickly if you use your device once a day.
A good quality Vitamin D3 will also help with your pelvic strengthening routine. It has been clinically proven that low levels of Vitamin D are associated with a weak pelvic floor, and when exercising, women had better outcomes when taking VitaminD3. http://www.kegel8.co.uk/sunvit-d3-1000iu-vitamin-d3-supplement-92609.html
I hope this helps, but if there's anything else we can help with please don't hesitate to ask via email or call us on 01482 496932.
The Kegel8 Trainer is a manual pelvic floor trainer. It has an inflatable probe which is also a delicate biofeedback measuring device.
The Kegel8 Ultra Vitality exercises your muscles for you using electronic stimulation, whereas with the Kegel8 Trainer you squeeze your muscles yourself - squeezing against the inflatable probe.
The Kegel8 Trainer has two modes - Train and Test. In the Test mode the Kegel8 Trainer will guide you through a number of manual pelvic floor exercises and at the end give you a recording of your strength - this is your Squeeze Scale. Based on this result, you can then continue on to Train Mode and the Kegel8 Trainer will guide you through a pelvic floor exercise routine relevant to your strength. As your strength builds your Squeeze Scale gets better and better!
It's a great way to monitor the progress of your electronic pelvic exerciser and to practice using your pelvic floor muscle manually in between exercising with your Vitality.
After the initial SENS (sensitivity test programmes on 1 and 2) you could consider your incontinence first with 10, 11 or 12 and then adding the Pelvic floor exercise programmes (3, 4, 5) after 12 weeks. It is best to target the incontinence first and regain control, then you can work on improving sensation and strengthening up your pelvic floor.
Please refer to the instruction manual for the programme that best suits your condition and remember to take it steady for the best, lasting results.
I am confused as to the use of this item; I am finding your instruction manual contradictory, page 5 appears to stipulate one thing and page 7 another, please clarify this for me.
Page 5: Using the Kegel8 Trainer to exercise your pelvic area can: (4th item on list) Treat vaginal and uterine prolapse (depending on severity of symptoms)
Page 7: Contraindications: The Kegel8 Trainer should not be used (7th item on list) If you suffer from uterine prolapse
Your input would be very much appreciated as I am rather confused by this.
Many thanks - Jackie
Yes you are right, we should clarify this and I will look to do that for you. The instructions state 'depending on severity of symptoms' - this is difficult for a non professional to diagnose, as to what grade prolapse the women actually has.
Here are the stages of prolapse http://www.kegel8.co.uk/articles/prolapse/stages-of-prolapse.html
Usually it would be Grade 3 or 4 uterine prolapse that is unsuitable for treatment. (However there is another caveat to this, see below)
The only time you cannot use this for prolapse, is if the prolapse is in a certain position that it could inhibit you inserting or removing the probe properly. Some women with bladder prolapse find that the probe then gets wedged between the vaginal wall on one side and the prolapsed tissue on the other, this will stop effective contraction so we don't recommend it.
We have had some users who have a vaginal pessary fitted (which lifts the prolapsed organs away from the pelvic floor muscle) and users have satisfactorily then gone on to strengthen their pelvic floor with the Trainer. However, again, this depends on the type of pessary used. Some pessaries are so bulky there is no way you could get the probe into the vagina with the pessary in place, and some women need the pessary in place to get the probe in in the first place. I hope this makes sense how I have described it! There are so many permutations and we try to embrace all possibilities without confusing and demoralising women even further. Prolapse so often is a personal tragedy to many women who are desperate for help and a solution.
I hope this clarifies it for you, if you are able to insert the probe and remove it easily there should be no problem, but please call our customer services care team if you have nay further queries, and thank you for pointing out this anomaly, we will aim to clarify this on further editions of the instructions.
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Thanks for your question. Firstly decide if you want manual (you do the exercise) or digital (it can do most of the work for you, but you can also manually exercise against it for even better results).
Its a shame your GP didn't refer you to a Physio - however I do know that many are experiencing long waiting lists (one local physio has a 2 year list I am afraid, and in the 2 years a woman waits to be seen she could suffer with a prolapse - it is such a shame.) Maybe because you had had the surgery your GP though you no longer needed a Physio - however it is not the case!
The Pelvic Trainer is a great manual exerciser and it gives you a strength reading which users find really useful. However to use this effectively you would have to have a small degree of muscle control. If you want to experiment a bit with different stimulation (i.e. skin electrodes for tibial nerve stimulation, and sacral nerve stimulation, as well as a probe vaginally - then the Kegel8 Ultra 20 is for you.
Your main priority is that you do not prolapse again, take care in the gym and with your exercising, no sit ups, have a look at safe exercises for prolapse - here is a short clip from Michelle Kenway http://www.kegel8.co.uk/blog/2012/05/28/floor-workout-pelvic-floor-dysfunction/
Also have a look at http://www.kegel8.co.uk/blog/2013/10/14/what-else-can-i-do-to-help-my-pelvic-floor/ other things you can do to help your pelvic floor. Your surgery is new, and you need to make sure that it lasts and that further prolapse does not occur.
In light of the fact that your surgery is fairly recent, and your age, I would point you in the direction of the Ultra 20. It is our most intense machine, and by using it to exercise, strengthen and stimulate your muscles and ligaments you are really giving your surgery an extra helping hand. Please also watch your weight - it is imperative that you do not put any extra stain on your pelvic floor and sadly weight is a big one for us.
I hope this helps, good luck with getting strong again and your post surgery rehab - we are here to help you.
If you have good muscle control go for the Trainer, if you are not sure then one of the electrical-stimulation machines http://www.kegel8.co.uk/glossary/term/electrostimulation/ might be more suitable for you, because it helps to train your muscles back into action again. You have a rectocele so I suspect that your pelvic floor is already quite weak.
You can exercise vaginally to target the rear part of the pelvic floor (where the main part of the pelvic floor muscles are located) by using a probe such as the http://www.kegel8.co.uk/perisize-nickel-free-vaginal-probe.html - I think this might be very effective for you. Rectocele and bladder prolapse usually go hand in hand I am afraid, and your bladder leaks could be due to this. If you haven't got a cystocele (bladder prolapse) you are more likely to get one, it is both sides of the pelvic dropping down together. Don't panic - but be aware that you need to strengthen as soon as possible to stop your existing rectocele getting worse, and to shore-up the bladder, also have a look at other things you can do to strengthen your pelvic floor here http://www.kegel8.co.uk/blog/2013/10/14/what-else-can-i-do-to-help-my-pelvic-floor/
With the Ultra 20 you can also use tibial and sacral nerve stimulation through skin electrode pads - all of this will help to strengthen your pelvic floor.
I hope this helps, let me know if I can help you further.
No I am sorry it is contra indicated for use when pregnant because we do not know what, if anything would happen with the use of NMES (Neuromuscular electrical stimulation). To be able to say it is safe would mean a trial with mothers and I am afraid our pockets are not that deep.
Please continue with your manual lift and squeeze pelvic floor exercises http://www.kegel8.co.uk/articles/pelvic-floor-exercise/how-to-do-kegel-exercises.html and you can start using your kegel8 when your baby is born.
Good luck, thanks for your question
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Yes it will, you need to strengthen as soon as possible. It so frustrates us that women who have hysterectomies are not told of their increased risk of prolapse - 3 x higher with a hysterectomy. If you know this you can do something about it!
I would recommend the Kegel8 Ultra 20 to you http://www.kegel8.co.uk/kegel8-ultra.html it is our strongest and best selling machine. Your pelvic floor will need all the help it can get and this is just the device to help you! If you can give yourself a 12 week 'bootcamp' by exercising once or twice a day - you will be amazed at the results - please do not put off your strengthening, if you feel your pelvic floor is weak, then it certainly is, and strengthening now, is much easier and effective then to doing it after you've prolapsed which makes it even harder.
Please have a look at this article, it will give you extra information of what you can do to help support your pelvic floor and your exercising http://www.kegel8.co.uk/blog/2013/10/14/what-else-can-i-do-to-help-my-pelvic-floor/
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The Kegel8 Trainer is not currently available on prescription, but our Kegel8 Cones are!
The Kegel8 Vaginal Cones are a manual exerciser, and they come with the 12 week Kegel8 physiotherapist exercise plan, to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.
I hope this helps,
Thank you for your question.
Considering that you are already showing signs of pelvic floor weakness, I would recommend that you try the Kegel8 Ultra 20. This is our most recent and advanced unit, with 20 clinically proven programmes, with programmes that will help you with both of these problems. It works deeply within your muscles and will help with both the stress and urge incontinence in just minutes a day.
The price in US $ is determined by the exchange rate set by your credit card company, so it may be worth speaking with your bank to get an exact amount.
If you are feeling well, then you can start to use your kegel8 straight away. The internal electrode probe wont affect your C Scar and it is a great time to start to get back your pelvic floor strength after it has carried your baby!
Little and often is the key, take it easy, and congratulations.
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The probe with the Kegel8 Trainer is inflatable; once inserted the machine guides you through inflating it to a comfortable level, so it is not as large and difficult to insert as standard plastic probes would be. It is shaped specifically to make it easy to insert, and is made from body-safe silicone too, which means it feels nice and soft and with a lubricant should be quite easy to insert.
Since you suffer from vaginal dryness I'd recommend you use plenty of lubricant; choose a gentle, body-friendly one. Our KE Gel is great as it is water-based, free from parabens fragrance so as not to cause irritation, and it feels really natural too. Alternatively I'd recommend something like Yes Water-Based Lubricant (available from our friends at www.stressnomore.co.uk), which again is good for dry or sensitive skin. You may benefit from using a little lubricant on a daily basis to help the dryness, and this could help when inserting the probe.
The new Kegel8 Ultra 20 can be used with surface skin electrodes to provide electronic stimulation to strenghten muscles. This is a great option for women like yourself who struggle to insert a probe, but use with surface electrodes is not as effective as use with a probe so it may take a little longer to notice results. However, the programme on the Ultra 20 which has been clinically designed to treat overactive bladder should be used both with skin electrodes and a probe for the best results, so you would still have to use a probe to get good results.
I think the Kegel8 Trainer could be the best option for you simply because the probe is flexible and easy to insert. Please note that the Trainer does not stimulate your pelvic floor muscles for you; it guides you through your exercises and tells you whether you are squeezing your muscles correctly.
If you need any more advice please get in touch or call our friendly customer service team on 01482 496932.
The Kegel8 Trainer is designed to tell you the strength of your pelvic floor muscles when you squeeze them, so it won't be able to tell you when your muscles are relaxed.
If you are trying to relax your pelvic floor muscles, you could try the Kegel8 Ultra 20; it has dedicated programmes to increase circulation and relax your pelvic floor muscles.
I hope this helps,
I'm a 33 year old woman, and no children just yet (in a few years or so). I have no pelvic floor muscle problems that I am aware of
Will this benefit me at all if so, how?
From certain reviews I'd gather that it does increase improve sex intensity?
Is this true in all cases even before childbirth?
Looking forward to hear from you
From the age of 16 onwards our pelvic floor starts to weaken - its not just about children, ageing and menopause - its the usual day to day impact of sport, weight gain and the fact we tend to ignore it! Think how our teeth would be if we didn't brush them? Sadly we ignore our pelvic floor and expect it keep in-shape on its own - it needs help in the form of targeted exercises.
A strong pelvic floor helps to stop us wetting ourselves and keep us in control of our bowels too. It is also responsible for our sexual satisfaction - if the muscles are toned and fit then our sexual response is heightened. We have improved circulation with increases sensation and our partner will enjoy the increased tone of our muscles too. He will need good muscle tone to help him keep his erection, if he doesn't get the stimulation then he won't get the sensation either. There is a strong link between a healthy toned pelvic floor and greater orgasm response too. Women with weak pelvic floor often have a problem reaching orgasm, this is again due to the lack of muscle tone and reduced sensation.
The Pelvic trainer here also has the 'squeeze scale' which helps users t monitor the strength of their pelvic floors and to keep them focussed and motivated. http://www.kegel8.co.uk/articles/pelvic-floor-exercise/kegel8-squeeze-scale.html
A healthy pelvic floor is also ideal for childbirth, as the foetus develops this puts extra pressure on the pelvic floor, and many women report stress incontinence due to the pressure of extra weight and baby on the bladder/pelvic floor. Natural childbirth is better too with a healthy pelvic floor.
Also, problems with incontinence is not just a side-effect of having babies, women who have not had babies also report problems too, so its best to strengthen now - you'll be amazed at the improvement you'll make and it is better to exercise now than wait for a weakness or problem to start!
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The Kegel8 Trainer will definitely help you; it will help you target the right muscles and help you exercise them. All of our products on our website are for sale; the new and improved Kegel8 Trainer costs £79.99.
Unfortunatley we are a retailer, and so cannot send you a Kegel Trainer free of charge, however, if you sign up to our newsletter you will get £5 off, which you can use towards your new Kegel8 Trainer.
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Make sure to check your junk email items, and allow our email address, so that you recieve these emails, after you sign up, you will be sent an email with the code, to receive £5 off.
I hope this helps,
I would like to improve things but am not sure which device is best for me. My main issue is time. My youngest is only a baby and I really need to multitask! On that basis I am wondering if the Biofeedback trainer is likely to be the best bet for me since I can train myself to do manual exercises better, and therefore long term can avoid skipping days by doing them in the playground waiting for pick up or whatever. That seems better than being tied to needing privacy (something which is currently in very short supply). Or does the electrical machine give far superior results?
Thank you for your question, The Kegel8 Trainer is great for women like yourself who can locate and exercise their pelvic floor muscle, with of course the benefit of being able to give you a strength reading which is always good - it tends to keep us focussed. A bit like weighing scales, if we find we have put weight on it alerts us to take more care, the same thing happens with the 'squeeze scale' so if you find that your squeeze is diminishing then you know you have to do a few more exercise sessions to get the strength back again. Ideally we should all be doing our kegels about 3 times a day, squeezing from our bum through to our vagina then a big lift (as if sucking and pulling it all up simultaneously) is great. Some women remember to do them with triggers like traffic lights, so if you get a red, do 10 kegel exercises, if you are waiting for the kettle to boil, do 10 kegels. It the 'little and often' that will help to get your pelvic floor strong and get the control back that you lost after your baby.
Time - always difficult. If you can spare just 12 weeks to exercise with the machine daily you will reap the rewards long term. You ask about the Trainer Pelvic Toner compared to the Electronic. The electronic machines such as the Tight & Tone and Kegel8 Ultra 20 http://www.kegel8.co.uk/kegel8-pelvic-toners.html are particularly good if you have little sensation or strength - they help to 'fire' the muscles back into action. They are also good as you are time limited, you can use them in bed at night, ie read a book and let the machine do it's work. It is really is what is best for you and I would urge you to choose a machine that is going to fit in best with your busy lifestyle.
I always say to customers - please do not buy a Kegel8 if it is going to languish in your knicker drawer, just 12 weeks of use will have beneficial results that could last you several years and the cumulative benefits you will enjoy with a strong pelvic floor are immense - not to mention the chasing around and trampolining you can do with your young family!. The flip side of pelvic floor weakness is, I am afraid, that it will only get worse and there and a 12 week investment now in your pelvic rehabilitation will pay YOU big benefits you will never regret.
Hope this helps
I have purchased the kegal tight and tone plus, and am finding it tricky to use. If I insert the probe low I feel a strong and uncomfortable shock, if I place it too high, I feel nothing. How can I tell if it is in the right place? The instructions aren't clear enough.
Also, I find the smooth, grooveless probe difficult to keep in. Any advice?
The first 2 inches inside the vagina. Not as high as a tampon, but inside - otherwise it will 'nip' if it not correctly inside.
If probe retention is a problem, use with a tight pair of sloggies, or jeans, keep the probe in place stimulating the muscles or your exercise is not benefiting you at all.
I hope this helps
Have a look too at other things that you can do to support your pelvic flor exercises so you get the fasted, most effective results here: http://www.kegel8.co.uk/blog/2013/10/14/what-else-can-i-do-to-help-my-pelvic-floor/
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The units come in a box and has a storage bag included as per the information on the product page:
Included Contents Kegel8 Trainer, Batteries, Kegel8 Trainer Inflatable Vaginal Probe, Instructions, Kegel8 Storage Bag
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Yes, lots of women regularly use the Kegel8 biofeedback Pelvic Trainer for this very purpose. Pelvic floor exercises are the first line treatment recommended in the treatment of stress urinary incontinence, bladder weakness or 'LAI' light adult incontinence by GP's and NICE.
Sadly because leaks are a taboo - none of us want to admit to having them - means that women suffer for years without knowing that these simple exercises will stop the leaks and restore strength and sensation - a weak pelvic floor is not an inevitable part of ageing, menopause, or babies!
Let us know if we can help you further.
Thank you for the question.
The Kegel8 Trainer does not contain nickel at all, it is a medical grade silicone probe. It does work differently to an Ultra in that the Ultra is an electronic machine that triggers the muscles into action, whereas the Trainer is reliant on you doing the work. The benefit of the Trainer is that you also have the Squeeze Scale so that you can monitor your progress as well as biofeedback that shows you that you are engaging the muscles correctly.
Many physios love the Kegel8 Trainer because you have to retain your muscles to do all the work - on the whole they feel this is a more worthwhile device than ETS (electrical stimulation machine that makes your muscles work such as the Ultra) machines which many of them feel are only of benefit to really weak pelvic floors when women have little or no sensation to move and engage and exercise pelvic floor muscles.
I hope this helps with your choice.
When the unit was originally launched it had voice prompts and a manual inflation.
In the latest unit (new and updated as of October 2014) we've incorporated an automatic inflation system (Fabulous!) and beeps that tell you when to exercise and relax. Its getting rave reviews!
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It depends if the bulges hang down so much that the probe is not touching the vaginal wall directly. It needs to have contact with the muscles to make them move and strengthen them.
Some women use the machine with their bum on a pillow, so pelvic organs are tipped backwards, rather than descending - and this for some works very well. Another thing is to use first thing in the morning before getting up and the organs descending.
Hope this helps.
Don't give up, follow the tips here http://www.kegel8.co.uk/blog/2013/10/14/what-else-can-i-do-to-help-my-pelvic-floor/ and give it time - at least 12 weeks.
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I am sorry you have been through the mill, but yes, the Kegel8 will help you. Following hysterectomy you are 3 x more likely to suffer with a prolapse (sorry to tell you - but I'd rather you know so you know you need to strengthen up right now!!)
Any form of pelvic floor exercise should be part of your daily routine, certainly for the next 12 weeks. Either this machine (you need to do the exercises which, if the muscles are weak you'll have problems moving them) or an electronic machine such as the Kegel8 Ultra 20 http://www.kegel8.co.uk/kegel8-ultra.html
I have recommended this machine for you because it is our strongest machine, and following hysterectomy you will need as much help and support with the exercises as possible. Please do start exercising as soon as possible it will help you regain sensation by improving your circulation and reinvigorating the muscles etc.
Hope this helps
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Thanks for any information.
Thank you for your question.
I would point your sister in the direction of the Kegel8 Ultra Electronic Pelvic Toner - it is our most powerful machine and will her to get strong and to prevent her prolapse from getting worse, or another prolapse from happening. I am not sure why she has been prescribed Vagifen but as it is an oestrogen, I suspect that she may have been suffering vaginal atrophy? http://www.kegel8.co.uk/glossary/term/atrophic-vaginitis/
She needs to strengthen her pelvic floor, and by stimulating blood flow in the area this should also help with the atrophy that I suspect she has. Sadly many women get vaginal atrophy, and stop exercising because it is painful, yet the muscles are crying out for stimulation to get strong again. There are a number of programmes that will help your sister in her quest to get strong, and I would direct her to the prolapse programme and the overall pelvic floor workout, which has fice separate phases to tone and strengthen all areas of the pelvic floor.
The Ultra Pelvic Toner will help your sister to strengthen her pelvic floor - depending on her prolapse I would also recommend the following:
1. Weight is critical for her pelvic floor - even a few pounds over an ideal weight will impact on the pelvic floor, especially a weak one. When it is prolapsed there is little to be done other than contain the prolapse, stop further pelvic organs from prolapsing and strengthen to add support to combat the pain and discomfort. Please do all you can to shift excess weight because the pressure on your pelvic floor muscle structure is immense.
2. Posture - BBC - Bum at the back of the chair - sit up, don't slouch, don't fold the hips in a C shape when sitting and roll your hip bones forward. This has a direct benefit to your 'core' muscles, and really will make a big difference. Walk tall - check out Therapists such as Tasha Mulligan and Michelle Kenway on You Tube for free advice that will help you strengthen your pelvic floor and change some bad habits that will damage your pelvic floor.
3. Your sister might like to consider the support of a vaginal pessary - many women swear by them and so many want to avoid surgery that a pessary - when fitted correctly can help to stop the 'dragging' feeling and the discomfort of prolapse. There are lots of different style, many removable daily so do check them out http://www.kegel8.co.uk/glossary/term/pessary/
If your sister wants a pessary for prolapse have a look at the ones available at http://www.stressnomore.co.uk/blog/2013-01-15-pessary-use-in-pelvic-organ-prolapse-and-incontinence/ together with a pelvic organ pessary selection guide. Do get one fitted properly because if they aren't fitted they can fall out, or not support the prolapse adequately so she won't feel the benefit - your Healthcare practitioner will have a box of pessaries of all shapes and sizes to help your sister get fitted correctly.
4. I am not sure what prolapse your sister has - but she should be aware that she must avoid straining and constipation - the squattypotty is great for aligning bowels to make pooing much easier and to take any strain off the pelvic organs. Constipation is a common complaint with many women - and sadly many mistakenly view it as an inconvenience rather than a really damaging problem, which if left untreated, will have devastating effects on the pelvic floor..You can buy the squatty potty in the UK here: http://www.stressnomore.co.uk/squattypotty-ecco-92308.html
5.Vitamin D3 (this one is really important) - invest in a good quality D3 - (make sure the Vitamin D3 is cholecalciferol). when you pelvic exercise - it has been proven clinically that pelvic floor exercising is more successful/effective when women have a higher level of Vitamin D3 in their bodies. Vitamin D3 works on bones and muscles and helps the body absorb calcium.
Now, to you. I am not sure by your name if you are Sister or Brother, I suspect sister - and I want to tell you that weak pelvic floors can be genetic. You might find that your Mum had similar pelvic floor problems, or an Aunt etc. So all of the info I am directing at your sister should also be relevant to you. If you are are male too you will benefit from a stronger pelvic floor and your prostate will certainly thank you!
Hope you don't mind me mentioning the genetic link! Pelvic organ prolapse is running at epidemic proportions - 1:2 women over 50 will suffer with prolapse and as your sister will tell you it is uncomfortable, distressing and sadly, very often, completely unnecessary.
I would be grateful for any advice you can give as I am aware a lot of your products are designed with probes which I am not sure are viable for young girls!!
I am so sorry, it will be awful for her. She really need to go back to her Doc and get a referral to a continence specialist or a Womens Physio - they will be able to give her exercises to help her strengthen her pelvic floor so that she is not putting the pressure on it that causes the leaks.
Because of her age she will I suspect you will not want her using a vaginal probe, I suggest you look at the Ultra 20 whic can be used outside the body see http://www.kegel8.co.uk/articles/pelvic-floor-exercise/sacral-nerve-stimulation.html and http://www.kegel8.co.uk/articles/pelvic-floor-exercise/tibial-nerve-stimulation.html I think this would be ideal for her, they are skin pads like you use on a TENS machine and she can use it while watching TV without the embarrassment of using a probe.
A Womans physio would help her with her posture - this is vital to make sure she correct her posture to support her pelvic floor,
Have a look at this clip for posture pointers http://www.stressnomore.co.uk/kegel-8-hab-it-pelvic-floor-dvd-81392.html
Try and get her to get control now and she will be OK - it might be some help to know that Katy Perry also suffered at High School with the very same problem, just a few tweeks and she will be OK I am sure.
Hope this helps - is she constipated? She needs not to put pressure while straining so do all you can to help her to regain control and she will feel so much happier with herself and you won't have to worry as she gets older. You could both do one leg each on the tibial - that would be supportive and help you both...
Thank you for your question.
Considering the pelvic floor problems that you've already experienced, I would certainly recommend one of our electronic devices as they work much more deeply within your muscles than doing manual exercises, and you should see much better results. For your case I would definitely recommend the Kegel8 Ultra 20 - this is our latest machine and features 20 clinically proven programmes. I would recommend that you used Programme 15 for 3 days, followed by Programme 3 for 2 days and repeat this cycle, considering the problems that you have mentioned. It's really important that you exercise because even though you have undergone prolapse repair surgery, this repairs the problem but not the underlying cause which is weak pelvic floor muscles - by exercising you can help to prevent the problem recurring.
I hope this helps, but if you need any further advice please don't hesitate to ask.
As you have a prolapse I would definitely recommend a Kegel8 electronic pelvic toner, as they exercise your muscles far more effectively and effeciently than a manual exerciser like the Kegel8 Trainer.
We would recommend the Kegel8 Trainer to ladies who want to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles to prevent future conditions.
For yourself I would recommend the Kegel8 Ultra 20; it is the latest in the Kegel8 Ultra range, and works deeper in to your muscles than previous models.
Using an electronic pelvic toner exercises 90% of your pelvic floor muscles, whereas using a manual exerciser only exercises 40%.
The Kegel8 Ultra 20 has two dedicated prolapse programmes, one for Grade 1 and 2 prolapse and one for Grade 3 and 4.
I hope this helps,
Our next delivery is due soon - 7 - 10 days and it is a new and updated model so don't purchase from Amazon because this is the older model. The new one has a simpler probe inflation device and it is easier to use with longer battery life.
yes it will, this is a primary sign of a weak pelvic floor and I would urge you to do all you can to improve your muscle control. My neighbour told me of a time she was at a BBQ and just couldn't stop passing wind in mid conversation with her husbands boss, it was so distressing for her, humiliating to say the least.
Our bodies tell us in different ways that things just aren't right.
I don't know how old you are or if you are on medication, but I would steer you to the Kegel8 Ultra 20 http://www.kegel8.co.uk/kegel8-ultra.html it is the strongest unit we have. If you use the probe vaginally this will stimulate the muscles to the back of the pelvic floor, especially those in and around your anus. By strengthening up you will also help to prevent prolapse which is a real possibility for you as the weakness gets worse.
Please call our helpline if we can help you further, the quicker you start the quicker you will get stronger, and in just 12 weeks you will be well on your way to control and more confidence.
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Nope - afraid not. Contraindicated unless under medical supervision, but as soon as baby arrives you are free to start using it!
http://www.kegel8.co.uk/kegel8-mother-nurture-pelvic-toner-labour-tens.html would be perfect for you as a Labour TENS as well as a pelvic toner when you have given birth. It'll be your pelvic floors best friend!
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Yes the Kegel8 Pelvic Trainer will be good for you if you already have good muscle control - as you need to do the work to exercise. Physios like that.
However if you know your muscles are quite weak and have a problem getting them to squeeze and release I would point you to the Kegel8 Ultra or the Kegel8 Tight & Tone. http://www.kegel8.co.uk/kegel8-pelvic-toners.ht
These are electronic machines and they do the work for you.
They will help you with your recovery, but you also need to be aware that as you have had a hysterectomy you are more prone to suffering from a prolapse (3x more likely I'm afraid) so strengthening up your pelvic floor is vital for you at this point.
1. Watch your weight. Lose 10% of your body weight and your pelvic floor will be 50% stronger
2. Kegel Exercise
3. No constipation or straining - buy a squatty potty
4. Look out for Prolapse friendly pelvic floor exercises (Michelle Kenway) - do the wrong ones and you could prolapse.
5. Sit up, correct your posture - check out Tasha Mulligan on You Tube and alignment - it is so vital to the health of your pelvic floor.
Hope this helps, we are about to tie in with the Hysterectomy Association - we know you ladies need more help and information and we are hoping to give it!
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The Kegel8 Ultra 20 does not incorporate the biofeedback feature that the Pelvic Trainer has built in. The reason for this is that the Ultra 20 is an electronic device that targets and stimulates the muscles much more accurately than doing the exercises manually.
Some ladies do opt for a variety of products for testing themselves and the strength of their muscles. Some ladies that start with a pelvic trainer or the Kegel8 vaginal cones will then upgrade to the next device and progress on to an electronic device and use each to exercise their muscles or test their developing muscle strength.
Thank you for your message.
I'm sorry to hear you've been having this issue since having your baby, but the problem that you mention about intimate sensation is really common, especially after forceps and episiotomy - and you mention you've had both! There is lots that can be done to help the problem though.
Considering the problems that you mention, I would highly recommend the Kegel8 Ultra 20 - this is our latest pelvic floor exerciser and features 3 programmes especially designed to help improve intimate sensation. I would recommend that you alternate between programme 3, which is an overall pelvic floor workout programme which will help with the very occasional leaks which you mention, and will also help you to generally strengthen your whole pelvic floor, then alternate this programme with programme 8 which is an extremely good programme for intimate sensation and should really help.
I hope this helps Michelle, but if you have any more questions or there's anything else we can help with, please don't hesitate to send us another email or contact our Kegel8 Advisors on 01482 496932.
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Many women use the Trainer to monitor the strength of the ir squeeze - the Kegel8 Pelvic Trainer has a 'Squeeze Scale' facility and this ensures that yo are able to monitor the strength. It is amazing how quickly we can lose the strength we have restored. We see them like weighing scales - you wouldn't go on a diet without weighing yourself first - no whilst weight loss is not just about weight its a bout fitness, it is also the old saying of what gets measured gets monitored.
Hope this helps
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It can be very difficult to master the art of manual pelvic floor exercises. We would recommend holding the probe in place until you can build the strength in your muscles, weakness in your pelvic floor muscles will prevent you from holding onto the probe unaided. Laying down may help you to keep the probe in place more easily.
Our electronic devices are a step in the right direction to help exercise those muscles without the manual input! Manual exercises will target just 40% of your pelvic floor muscles, whereas the Kegel8 Vitality will get 90% of the muscles moving.
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This has been mainly due to poor collegen levels. I have already one of you trainers( I purchased in April 2012 ) which defiantly helped the blood flow to the vaginal tissue area but couldn't help the prolapse.I used it every day to help tone the area but only corrective surgery could sort the problem.
I am now keen to ensure a better outcome &
I have been looking at your new trainer & wonderd how soon do you think I could use it ,I'm four weeks post surgery now .
& as a previous customer would I be entitled to the 10% discount as I have missed your offer?
Recovery from surgery is a very individual thing and can only be accurately answered by a health specialist following examination or consultation. On average recovery time tends to be around 6 weeks but it is important you don't rush into exercise and do check with your specialist. When you are fully recovered however it is great to get straight back into your kegels.
I apologise for the delay in coming back to you Pam. The reason for this was that I wanted to offer you a 10% discount code for your purchase - this is something I am able to do today. Please use discount code K8FEB1 when you purchase. This discount is valid for 2 weeks.
I hope this helps Pam. if there is anything else we can do for you please do contact us.
Best of luck in your recovery
We are expecting The Kegel8 Trainer to be back in stock this week.
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The option is just above where it says out of stock.
I hope this helps,
Thank you for your question.
Considering you are already showing signs of pelvic floor weakness I would definitely recommend the Kegel8 Ultra 20 pelvic toner. With 20 clinically proven programmes I think this would be the best for you as there are great programmes for overactive bladder and 3 programmes designed to help with intimate sensation which could really benefit you.
The device comes with everything that you need to get started including probe, leadwires and full instructions however we would recommend one of our Kegel8 Care Packs with a waterbased lubricant (this helps the current to transfer to your muscles more effectively) and an antibacterial spray to keep your probe clean and hygienic.
I hope this helps Julia but if you have any further queries or there is anything else we can help you with then please don't hesitate to ask.
The Kegel8 Trainer is not an electronic stimulation device like the other Kegel8 units (the Ultra and Tight & Tone units work like a slender tone). Instead, this Kegel8 is for you to do manual pelvic floor exercises with.
You still insert a probe vaginally but instead of the probe containing electrodes which stimulate the muscles, the probe is inflatable which allows you to squeeze against the probe by doing manual kegels.
The Kegel8 Trainer registers your muscles movements so can tell you when to squeeze and when to relax and can also tell you how strong your squeeze is.
I hope this helps Louise but if you have any further questions please do give us a call - we are here to help.
I am sorry about that, this can very easily be fixed. Please follow these easy instructions:
Press the "Mode" button for 5 seconds and hold it, then turn on the "Power" button,then release the "Mode"button. The Chinese is changed to English.
I have had problems with my Kegel 20 and don't feel that I'm getting anywhere with it so I'm wondering if this would be a suitable alternative for me.
the older version of the Kegel8 Biofeedback Pelvic Trainer has voice prompts, and no back light to the screen. This now has a back light and no voice prompts - the directions are to be followed by looking at the screen.
I can assure you this is a real improvement because by the time you are on your tenth 'and squeeze and lift' command it gets a bit tiresome!
Also, the new machine had a probe that inflates, whereas the old machine had to be inflated by a small manual pump. Now all you do is insert the probe, press a button and the probe inflates to your size (comfortably so, just so it fits). Then you squeeze against the probe to get the measurement of your strength and to perform the kegel squeezes correctly. You are guided between fast and slow kegels which address most of the common problems associated with a weak pelvic floor.
Is there anything that I can help you with your Kegel8 Ultra 20 Pelvic Toner? I wonder if I can help you get the best out of that machine? Do let me know if I can help you - you say you don't feel you 'are getting anywhere' with it - do let me know why you think this and if I can help you - its a great machine and I'd love you to get the benefits and it might just mean a change of programme or probe that will get you on track.
Do let me know, I can telephone you if you want to discuss, or e mail - whatever suits you.
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Unfortunately we don't currently have any resellers of the Kegel8 in South Africa.
You can order directly from us and we will send this to you via Royal Mail.
The Kegel8 Ultra 20 is our latest model and has 20 clinically proven programs http://www.kegel8.co.uk/kegel8-ultra.html.
It's priced at £149.99p.
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Thanks for your question, you will be in a lot discomfort and feeling pretty low about your rectocele I know. It is really quite devastating.
I don't know what your Physio has not mentioned this device, sadly many Physios do not like 'gadgets' believing that they can rehabilitate all ills with exercise and manipulation. Sadly this attitude is not always helpful as many women find doing the exercises hard work, and sometimes impossible because they can't feel the muscles (because they are weak and that's why the prolapse happened!).
I always counter with the fact that it is surely what works for the patient! 6 visits to a physio, weeks apart could be supplemented with a machine like the Kegel8 - I wish they would embrace the technology and I am sure they would have better outcomes.
Nope, don't use the cones, I would point you to the Kegel8 Ultra 20 - it has a structured treatment system to get you strong, you can use the vaginal probe and that will target the rectocele
Have a look at squatty potty - it is great for helping you poo without straining - http://www.stressnomore.co.uk/shopby?brand=923
The Femmeze will help to push you bowel back into position if you have trouble pooing http://www.stressnomore.co.uk/femmeze-vagina-trainer-91842.html
Also please look at http://www.kegel8.co.uk/blog/2013/10/14/what-else-can-i-do-to-help-my-pelvic-floor/ other things such as posture and weight will help you to keep your pelvic floor strong ans stop further pelvic organs prolapsing.
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My questions are, before I spend even more money, what benefit would I get from the Kegel8 Trainer?
Are there exercises that need to be done in addition to the Ultra 20 and the Hab It DVD?
Is there any way of knowing if I'm doing kegels correctly without the Kegel8 Trainer?
Thank you for your enquiry. I'm pleased to hear that you are using your Ultra 20 and you are beginning to feel results. Prolapses you will find will fall through out the day and ladies do find that exercising and using the Ultra 20 can be easier to use in the morning before the prolapse has fallen.
It would be helpful to know which programmes you are running beside the prolapse programme so we can direct you in this also as I see that you were advised to reduce to once a day due to tiring of the muscles too soon. Over time you shall be able to increase this again to twice a day as your body adjusts to the sensation and exercise it will be more susceptible to the exercise routine.
As for the Pelvic Trainer, this will only give you an idea of the strength of your muscles. The Ultra 20 is far superior to the trainer with this only being a manual device but some ladies do like to have the visual of the trainer's feedback.
Thank you for your message and please accept my apologies for the delayed reply.
Considering that you mention leaking quite badly when you exercise, I would recommend that you do try our new Kegel8 Ultra 20. The Ultra 20 is based on the latest clinical evidence and has been developed in conjunction with leading clinicians in order to give you the best possible results.
If you do opt for the Kegel8 Ultra 20, we would recommend that you alternate between PO3 which is a great overall pelvic floor workout programme which will help to generally strengthen your whole pelvic floor, and alternate this with P10 or 11 for stress incontinence, and perservere with this daily for 12 weeks, and I think that you will really notice a difference.
I'd also recommend you take a look at our blog on other things that you can do to help your pelvic floor - these are just simple lifestyle changes but they can really help: http://www.kegel8.co.uk/blog/2013/10/14/what-else-can-i-do-to-help-my-pelvic-floor/
I hope this helps, but if you have any other questions please don't hesitate to email back or to call our Kegel8 advisors on 01482 496932.
i am a french midwife and i would like to know if i can use this product for my postpartum young mums perineale reeducation?
Can it be available on prescription now?
Not the "boitier" but the "sonde".
Unfortunately this particular line is not available on prescription at this time but our Kegel8 Vaginal Cones are. http://www.kegel8.co.uk/kegel8-cones.html
Other ladies that may have suffered prolapse following child birth would benefit from our EMS device the Kegel8 Ultra 20 http://www.kegel8.co.uk/kegel8-ultra.html
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I have had 2 children and my pelvic floor has not been great since. I used to run regularly but recently whilst running i noticed that it had got worse. I've been to the Doctor who said that i needed to do pelvic floor exercises. I haven't got a prolapse but it doesn't feel great when i over do exercise. I have tried little runs but when i tire it doesn't feel good at all! I now just go to toning classes and Pilates. I have bought the cones but only used them once as was worried that it made it feel worse. Can you recommend another product which may be better for me please?
Thanks for your question.
OK, so you have the cones but you felt that it felt worse afterwards. That could be because when you used them you tired the muscles so they ached afterwards, quite common when exercising weakened muscles. You must trust your feelings with your pelvic floor, you are right to cut down or stop the running, this jarring is not good for a weakened pelvic floor and you must strengthen first before attempting high impact exercise again (if at all ever).
The cones you have work in a similar way to the Pelvic trainer - http://www.kegel8.co.uk/kegel8-pelvic-trainer-91856.html but this too is a manual exerciser, so you will need to do the exercise.
Realistically I think you would benefit from an Ultra http://www.kegel8.co.uk/kegel8-ultra-vitality.html - it does the work for you, so you relax and it contracts the muscles. The programmes have been devised by clinicians to get the best out of an exercise session, and specifically targeted to strengthen and prevent prolapse. I am feeing that you are aware that your pelvic floor doesn't feel 'right' and you know that you need to get strong so please do use this to spur yourself on - it is much easier to prevent a prolapse than to repair the damage prolapse causes.
Please also read this http://www.kegel8.co.uk/blog/2013/10/14/what-else-can-i-do-to-help-my-pelvic-floor/ - all will help you get the best out of your exercises and help you to regain your pre baby (x2) strength.
I hope this helps.
We sell a lot of Toners to women who want to monitor their progress, it is a great way to motivate ourselves and give us a firm level to work at.
If you use the code ST10 you'll get a 10% discount non both!
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Thank you for your question. The biofeedback is a great little device for measuring your pelvic floor. It is a manual device where by it measures you manually completing the exercises. The Peri size nickel free probe is a probe for using with our electronic devices that automatically exercise the muscles for you through electronic charges stimulating the muscles. The units such as our Kegel8 Ultra 20, the Kegel8 Ultra Vitality and the Kegel8 Tight and Tone unit will utilise this type of probe.
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Yes, it should be safe for you to use the Kegel8 Trainer; our recommendation for any woman who has had some form of vaginal surgery is that they wait 6-8 weeks, or whenever they get the all clear from their surgeon, doctor or specialist that everything has healed up properly. Providing you have had this consultation and have been told everything is back to normal, you can begin exercising with the Kegel8 Trainer.
Many women have the exact same problem as you in that they cannot identify their pelvic floor muscles or feel unsure whether they are exercising correctly. Like you say, it is not as simple as 'pretending to stop weeing', and if you can't feel the muscles or are not squeezing the right muscles you won't see any benefits. The Trainer will guide you through the perfect squeeze so you can become familiar with the sensation of pelvic floor exercise. Plus it gives you a score on how strong you are so you can see your progress as the weeks go on and your muscles improve, which is great for motivation.
Although the TOT tape operation can be a quick fix for many women who experience urine leaks it does not necessarily fix the problem completely, and unless the pelvic floor is strengthened there's a risk of the surgery needing to be repeated or for other problems to occur several years down the line (e.g. prolapse or bowel incontinence). It's brilliant that you want to start exercising as this will definitely improve your stress incontinence and it will prevent further complications down the line.
Like I say, as long as you had the all-clear from your specialist after the op, you should be absolutely fine to start using the Trainer. If you need any more help or advice do get in touch, and good luck with your exercising.
Best wishes, Ellie@Kegel8
Yes it would - I would point you in the direction of the electronic exerciser though such as this http://www.kegel8.co.uk/kegel8-ultra.html
Your primary concern is to manage the prolapse you have, that means stop it getting worse, and stop further organs from prolapsing - with a bladder prolapse you are more likely to also suffer with a bowel/rectal prolapse (its the other side 'falling down' I'm afraid),
Please look at this http://mag.kegel8.co.uk/blog/2013/10/14/what-else-can-i-do-to-help-my-pelvic-floor/
I am sure you will be upset that you have a prolapse, but if you understand what it is and how you can get strong you can help yourself to prevent further problems, avoid surgery and be all rounder stronger from the experience
Hope this helps
No I am afraid not, not whilst you are pregnant. It is recommended that you perform regular kegel exercises for the time being here is a link that will help you do them properly. http://www.kegel8.co.uk/articles/pelvic-floor-exercise/how-to-do-kegel-exercises.html
As soon as baby is here you will be able to get back into shape, and regain control of your pelvic floor, but please remember to do your exercises throughout your pregnancy - you will benefit, and you should have a better natural birth with stronger muscles.
I hope this helps
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I am looking into buying one of your products. I'm 45 with MS. Since having my last baby 3 years ago I have been suffering from an over active bladder and I'm sure a weak pelvic floor. I was wondering, because of my MS...will I be ok using one if these products?
Yes, we would definitely recommend the Kegel8 Trainer to you.
The Kegel8 Trainer will help you target your pelvic floor muscles, and strengthen them, and relieve symptoms of a weak pelvic floor.
It is contra-indicated to use the electronic Kegel8 units, with MS, unless under the supervision of your health care professional, as they stimulate the nerves and exercise the muscles for you.
With the Kegel8 Trainer, you are manually exercising your muscles, so this would be perfect for you.
I hope this helps,
( I did have leaks when coughing or sneezing a few years ago, but I had a minor operation for that and have not had that problem since.
Please can you tell me which Kegel 8 product you would recommend me to try?
I would recommend that you look at the Ultra. It is our most powerful machine. I am recommending this to you because of your age (younger bodies have more oestrogen and more elasticity in their skin/muscles, whereas ours is greatly reduced, hence the lack of elasticity in our skin)
The Ultra is available with 2 probes (plus) the vitality (one extra programme for intimate sensation) or the standard Ultra, which would be fine for you. Have a look too at the article about Vitamin D3 - it will help you if you want to have a 12 week programme of getting your pelvic floor in shape for Christmas, also watch your weight, and try to correct your posture (BBC - Bum at the back of the chair, sit up!). All these little changes will make a big difference.
Sounds like you had a prolapse (with the leaks and an op to resolve it?) this was a sign that your pelvic floor needed strengthening, so I would recommend that you give yourself 12 weeks at least and really try to strengthen up, this will help further pelvic organs prolapsing, such as bladder, uterus, bowel etc. Watch any constipation too - it's a killer for the pelvic floor, al that straining I'm afraid.
I hope this has been of help to you, please get started as soon as possible!
If so, I understand the point of the free training programme so we can all focus on slow or fast exercises as we see fit and we can monitor or squeezes on the display, however particularly at this early stage I would have prefered an option that gave me a specific programme to follow, with prompts to keep me focused, which lasted for about 10 mins as 2 mins is surely not long enough, I keep having to turn the unit off & on again.
I'm assuming my unit is possibly a newer version, which us why there are some differences, but I just wanted to check.
You have the new updated version. This has the following
1. Automatic inflation (as opposed to pump action)
2. No voice - this drove a lot of reviewers mad
I am sorry that you would have preferred to be guided - we did 3 focus groups and this was the end result. So ideally you should do the slow and fast kegels. Physios would prefer you do them 3 times a day and support with posture correction and we always recommend D3 as a supplement (especially this time of year)
I hope this helps - sorry about the confusion, but it is a better unit because of the inflation, and the focus groups wanted to exercise in silence rather than have children and husband ask what was going on!
Hope this helps
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Thank you so much for your enquiry, it's great to hear that you've noticed a real difference in your sensations and that you are able to control your bladder more, this really is great news!
It sounds as though you've still got a way to go and that P08 isn't quite right for you yet to progress on to. You're right that you shouldn't go over the 25 MA's on this programme so for now we would recommend that you use P06 and progress on to P08 over time once your sensations have improved even further.
We're always on hand to offer the advice that you need to get the most out of your Kegel8. Our website also offers great advice too on every day problems and how you can improve these using a Kegel8 such as bladder weakness.
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Thank you for your question.
Unfortunately there is not yet an anal probe for this device - we have had supply problems from our manufacturer, however please do keep an eye on our website as this is something that we do hope to get in the future - our apologies for the inconvenience.