How to Program your Kegel8 for Anal Use

Kegel8 Pelvic Floor Exercise MachineMost users find the comprehensive range of programmes on the Kegel8 sufficient for their needs; however some Clinicians have personal programmes they like to use. On the Kegel8 programmes PC1, PC2 and PC3 are 'spare', this means they are not pre-programmed and they have been left free for you or a Clinician to programme them for your particular needs.

Would you like to change the intensity of your Kegel8? Would you like to add an anal programme? Adding your own Kegel8 pelvic floor exercise programme is easy! Please follow these guidelines, if you need any help call our helpline.

For those of you who don't feel confident enough to do this you are welcome to return the unit to us and we'll add an extra programme for you!

Anal programme for Kegel8 Ultra

Please note, this programme is suitable for you if you have purchased a Kegel8 Ultra, Ultra Vitality or Ultra Plus. If you have purchased a new-style Kegel8 Ultra 20 pelvic toner your device already contains programmes for bowel incontinence and prolapse, which is suitable for you if you suffer from an anal or rectal prolapse, so you don't need to add this programme.

We are going to set the anal programme to effectively work your anal sphincter muscle and the posterior of your pelvic floor muscles. For this we will use 35Hz with a pulse width (µS) of 220. We'll have a ramp- up time of 0.8 seconds, and we'll have a work time of 5 seconds, and rest for 8 seconds.

Let's get started:

  1. Press the on button to switch the Kege8 Ultra unit on
  2. Press the PRG button until PC1, PC2 or PC3 is selected. If you have not already customised a programme lets select PC1.
  3. Press and hold the SET button for a few seconds until Hz flashes
  4. Press the Channel B - button to set the frequency to 35 Hz
  5. Press the Channel A + button the µS symbol will flash, Press the Channel B + to set to 220.
  6. Press the Channel A + the MIN symbol will flash. Press the Channel B - button to set to 15 mins.
  7. Press the Channel A + twice. WK will appear. Press the Channel B + button to set to 5 seconds.
  8. Press the Channel A + RT will appear. Press the Channel B + button to set to 8 seconds.
  9. Press the Channel A + RP will appear. Press the Channel B + button to set to 0.8 seconds.
  10. Press the Channel A + SY will appear.
  11. Press PRG to save.
  • We recommend you use the anuform probe for this anal programme; it is specially designed for anal use. However if you want to target your anal sphincter muscle directly, you'll get better results with the Ultra Thin probe.
  • For men using this programme to help strengthen the pelvic floor for stronger erections we recommend you use the longer thinner ultra thin probe.

Anal programme for Kegel8 Tight & Tone Pelvic Exerciser

We are going to set your Kegel8 Tight & Tone with an anal programme to effectively work your anal sphincter muscle and the back of your pelvic floor. We'll use a pulse frequency of 35Hz with a pulse width (µS) of 220. We'll have a ramp- up time of 0.8 seconds, the muscle will contract or 'work' for 5 seconds, and rest for 8 seconds.

Let's get started:

  1. Press the on button to switch the Kegel8 Tight & Tone unit on
  2. Press the PRG button until PC1, PC2 or PC3 is selected. If you have not already customised a programme lets select PC1.
  3. Remove the battery cover from the unit.
  4. Press and hold the SET button for a few seconds until Hz flashes
  5. Press the Channel B - button to set the frequency to 35 Hz
  6. Press the Channel A + button the µS symbol will flash, Press the Channel B + to set to 220.
  7. Press the Channel A + the MIN symbol will flash. Press the Channel B - button to set to 15 mins.
  8. Press the Channel A + twice. WRK will appear. Press the Channel B + button to set to 5 seconds.
  9. Press the Channel A + RST will appear. Press the Channel B + button to set to 8 seconds.
  10. Press the Channel A + RMP will appear. Press the Channel B + button to set to 0.8 seconds.
  11. Press the Channel A + SYN will appear.
  12. Press ESC to save.
  • We recommend you use the anuform probe or the slim anal probe for this anal programme; it is specially designed for anal use. However if you want to target your anal sphincter muscle directly, you'll get better results with the Ultra Thin probe.
  • For men using this programme to help strengthen the pelvic floor for stronger erections we recommend you use the longer thinner ultra thin probe.

 

28 thoughts on “How to Program your Kegel8 for Anal Use”

  • M. Hagg

    Hi there,

    I have recently purchased the Kegel with the anal probe but do not feel any exercising work going on - the program parameters are fine - I have plugged the probe into Channel A and selected PC1 then pressed CHannel A + once - the program runs down from 15 mins to 0 however I do not have any work out/tightening sensation whatsoever.

    Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

    Kind regards

    Mathieu

  • Kegel8

    <p>Dear M,</p>

    <p>You need to increase the mA's so you can feel the machine working. This is on the same + button as you press to start the programme. When your programme starts press the button + until you feel a sensation, this might be 15 - 20 mA's. Physiotherapists recommend that you need to reach at least 30 mA's to start to really enervate and strengthen the muscles.</p>
    <p>The mA's go up to 90, you should go up to the level that feels comfortable for you, but you need to feel a good strong contraction! </p>
    <p><strong>Tip</strong> - When you have got into a routine with your Kegel8 and your muscles start to strengthen squeeze and pull up against the probe when you feel a contraction. When the contract finishes after a few seconds, rest along with the machine programme, then contract again when the machine starts another contraction.</p>
    <p><strong>Tip</strong> - If you find the probe becomes displaced when you exercise or squeeze against it, you are not using your pelvic floor muscles, but your lower abdominals. If your lower abdominals contract you'll find they will push down on your pelvic floor expelling the probe and not strengthening as it should. An ideal kegel exercise is where you are squeezing and lifting your pelvic floor muscles only - when using the Kegel8 - try to imagine sucking the probe inside - this will help to maximise your pelvic exercise results.</p>
    <p>Hope this helps!</p>

  • CT

    Is there any drawing or user guide to help show me how to do this. I have the same problem as m.hagg with no feeling anything.

  • Kegel8

    Dear Carol
    I replied to your other query and I hope the information answers your question.
    Please aim to get above 30mA's then you will be able to feel your muscle responding if you are having difficulty doing this please call our helpline where we can advise you further.
    Do call us if you have any queries at all, the Kegel8 is a fabulous machine and we are here to help you.
    Kind regards
    Customer Care Team

  • Aileen

    I have a kegel 8 a few years old and cannot programme it, I cant find guidelines online other than anal probe can you email guidelines to me please, as I am concerned I may not be using it properly.
    Thanking you,
    Aileen.

  • Kegel8

    Hi Aileen
    Please send me your name and address and we will send you instructions, do you have an Ultra or a Tight & Tone?
    We're here on the helpline if you have any further queries.
    Kind Regards
    Stephanie

  • netty

    <p>Hi i know u make it sound easy but after reading the last article that the prob slips i am now wondering if im doing it right as i have to hold mine in i do feel the contractions well more like tiny pins but i am in the right place i think u shud send a diagram with a cervix on and where to place the probe as its not easy and a waste of time if ur doing ur stomach an d not the pelvic floor ive got to 33 on my secnd attempt and i do feel it but now im unsure if its the right one</p>

  • Kegel8

    <p>Thanks for your comment,</p>
    <p>The main bed of your pelvic floor muscles are located in the first two inches of your vagina, so the probe does not need to go up as far as a tampon, just sit inside. Use 'Sloggies' or any tight undies - or as a Continence Nurse recommended to me - the tightest pair of jeans you can find to keep that probe where it should be to strengthen those muscles.</p>
    <p>I hope this helps, and I have noted your comments about a diagram, we are working on this with a range of instruction films which will be available in the new year - we'll keep you posted. </p>

  • Over40

    I have been diagnosed with a rectal prolapse but am unhappy about undergoing surgery to remedy the condition. Can the Kegel 8 Ultra help?

  • Kegel8

    Hi Lisa
    </p>
    Yes, I will point you in the direction of the Kegel8 Ultra. There are two alternatives of this Kegel8 that would be ideal for you, the Ultra, or the Ultra Vaginal & Anal - this one has a programme for anal use and an anal programme. You might not want to use a probe anally, but this can sometimes be beneficial in strengthening the pelvic floor and anal sphincter muscle.
    </p>
    Both the Ultra and the Ultra V & A has a programme to help with prolapse PO2 and also an overall pelvic floor work-out on PO9 which will really help you to strengthen your pelvic floor so it can support the rest of your pelvic organs. You need to strengthen-up because you are at risk of a bladder prolapse (opposite sides can fall-in towards each other because of the weakness). There are other lifestyle changes that are important too, your posture - simple changes will help your pelvic floor (see the Habit DVD on <a href="http://www.stressnomore.co.uk/pd/Kegel-8-Hab-it-Pelvic-Floor-DVD_81392.html" target=_blank rel="nofollow">StressNoMore</a> there are sample films to view, more on You Tube) these posture changes are quick and easy to introduce into your daily life, watch your weight - it is critical to your pelvic floor. Try to avoid constipation too. Finally watch out for prescription medications - some meds such as anti-depressants and statins can relax the muscles - many women are not always aware of these facts.
    </p>
    We are here to help if you have any other queries before or after your purchase so please feel free to ask.
    </p>
    Kind regards
    <p>
    Fiona
    <p>
    Customer Care Team

  • Liz

    Hi I have been diagnosed with Levator Ani but my physio feels my symptoms are more like a trapped nerve. I have a Kegel8 ultra are there any programmes that may help to ease the pain.

  • Kegel8

    Hi Liz
    </p>
    The levator ani is the main support of the pelvic floor - a muscular hammock for your pelvic organs as well as a platform which acts to support your pelvic organs and keep them in place. The levator ani extends from the pubic bone at the front through to the coccyx at the back and the side walls of the pelvis towards the hips. It is a broad, thin muscle group made up of three parts, the Iliococcygeus muscle; pubococcygeus muscle and puborectalis muscle. I am not sure what condition you have been diagnosed that relates to your levator ani, maybe pain in your levator ani however for pain relief on the Ultra I would recommend PO1 it is a gentle programme to help the muscles relax. Quite often when we get pain it is because the muscle has gone into spasm and it literally can’t relax, this programme will help. Your Physio is the expert with a trapped nerve though so do follow her/his guidelines. You can use this programme morning and night, it will help to relax the muscle and stimulate blood flow to the area. Have a look too at other exercises which will help to exercise these muscle, your pelvic floor loves squats and stretches, also be aware that pain killers can also exacerbate stress incontinence!
    </p>
    If your Physio has any further advice or possible programmes she/he might like to use, the Kegel8 is easy to programme – you might like to explore this further with your physio. You may also want to stimulate externally using pads (tens pads) in certain areas of the body they can be very effective for your pelvic floor.
    </p>
    I do hope this helps, please telephone our advice line if we can help you further.

  • Jane

    Hi there, can you tell me whether the anal probe & vaginal probe can be used at the same time, or should they be done separately?

  • Kegel8

    Hi Jane
    </p>
    Yes, both probes can be used at the same time and can be individually controlled in terms of your mAs.

  • Karen

    Hi I recently received my Kegel8 and have been doing this for about a week, I am finding that I have been a bit constipated can this do this or is it maybe something else.

    Thank Karen

  • Kegel8

    Hi Karen,
    </p>
    Usually we get reports from women who say that the kegel exerciser helps them not be constipated. It seems to get everything ‘going’ – especially for one of our staff members who has a real problem with constipation. (She only goes once a week, and uses her Kegel8 to stimulate her into ‘going’). It is vital that you try to avoid constipation to prevent further pelvic floor problems in the future so please try to avoid laxatives and drink loads of water. The water really does help many women, and of course, the regular kegel exercising should help the muscles get nice and strong, check you posture when you go to the loo too (for a poo), use a foot raise, keep your head up and lean forward with an arched back.
    Let me know if we can help further.

  • thomas

    i have real excessive flatulence, i just cant control wind and it causes much embaressment, can you tell mke what one i would need so i can help with this, what one is best for working the spchinter muscles so it holds wind in, i need as much details as possible, thanks

    Kegel8 Reply: Hi Thomas. The Kegel8 Ultra A is going to be the machine for you and probably accompanied by the Anuform Probe. Give us a call and our advisors will be able to discuss details with you tailored to suit you when we know more about your specific needs. Best wishes.

  • bhaskara

    Please inform me when Kegel 8 available for men..

  • Stephanie Taylor

    Hello, the Kegel8 V For Men unit will be available this summer - keep an eye on our website and sign up for our newsletters for all the latest information! [email protected]

  • Stephanie Taylor

    Kegel8 For Men will launch in mind August - we will let you know when we have stock and an exact date. Thank you for your interest.

  • Penny

    I have just purchased an Anuform probe and I am using it anally. I am using a customised anal programme on my Kegel8 Ultra 20. No problems so far but I don't know how much power I can apply. I currently using it at 32mA and I can feel the muscles working but not much. I was told I must not exceed 30mA with an anal probe. Is that correct?
    My main problem is weak sphincter muscles but I also have a slight problem with bladder incontinence so I would like to exercise my whole pelvic floor. Will the Anuform - used anally - do this? I can only feel it in my sphincter muscles. According to one of the answers on this page I can use a vaginal probe - e.g. another Anuform as I have vaginal atrophy - at the same time as the anal one. Presumably one programme would be on Channel A and one on Channel B so how does that show up on the display window? Would there be any advantage using two probes over just one probe used anally? Would it be more effective to use them separately or doesn't it make any difference. Sorry about all the rather confusing queries! Many thanks.

  • Heather Lindley
    Heather Lindley 09/04/2014 at 15:35

    Dear Penny - thank you for your questions.
    The Anuform probe is a great probe to use if you specifically want to work on your anal sphincter muscles. You should use the probe at a level where you can feel your muscles working, but not so that it is uncomfortable - you need to take more care and use a lower level of mA with an anal probe than with a vaginal probe because the anal and sphincter area is much more sensitive than the vagina. We would recommend that if you are also suffering from bladder incontinence that you exercise vaginally as well. If you have vaginal atrophy, you may struggle to insert a probe vaginally and this may be painful for you - have you sought medical advice from your doctor about this? They can give you an oestrogen cream that can really help with vaginal atrophy. In the meantime, you can use your Kegel8 Ultra 20 to exercise with the electrodes placed on the surface of the skin to help with bladder incontinence - that way you can target the right muscles in the right way without having to use a probe. For bladder incontinence, P12 used with 4 back electrodes is particularly effective. If you do decide to use two probes, most women find it more comfortable to use the probes separately, for example the anal programme with an anal probe one day, a vaginal programme the following day.
    I hope this helps, but if you have any other questions then please don't hesitate to ask. Best wishes.

  • Penny

    Many thanks, Heather. Unfortunately, in the user guide it makes no mention of using 4 electrodes with P12, so presumably you mean P13? I don't like using the electrodes. This is partly because they are very difficult to position accurately and also because it's an ongoing cost. I have had vaginal atrophy for about 25 years and nothing helps much. I use a pessary - vagifem - but I have to discontinue its use at times as I am not supposed to have HRT no matter how small the quantity. I think I could probably cope with inserting an anuform probe vaginally so I would prefer to do this. Are you saying that I would need to do them on alternate days? Would I need to purchase a separate anuform probe or could I disinfect the one I have before using it vaginally?
    As I have only very minor stress incontinence won't this be helped by using my anuform probe anally or is it too specific to the sphincter area? Thanks again

  • Heather Lindley
    Heather Lindley 09/04/2014 at 16:02

    My apologies Penny - yes P13!
    Yes, we would recommend that you use the vaginal and anal programmes on alternate days so as not to overwork particular parts of your muscles. The Anuform probe used anally as you're using it now will really specifically target your sphincter muscles so I would really recommend you either use a vaginal programme or one with electrodes as I think this will be much more beneficial for your stress incontinence. You should definitely use totally separate probes vaginally and anally so we'd recommend you purchase another, as you definitely don't want to transfer any bacteria from the back to your vagina. Another alternative for you would be the very slim Analys probe - this is a nickel free probe so ideal for sensitive skin and it is also our slimmest probe so this may be more comfortable to use than the Anuform though this is personal preference: http://www.kegel8.co.uk/analys-nickel-free-anal-probe-82610.html
    Best wishes,
    Heather

  • Penny

    Thank you for all the advice. All the vaginal probes look too long for me. I am very small and the painful area in my vagina is higher up - not low down. This is why I liked the idea of using an anuform type probe as it would not need to go as far in. Having looked at the information on the Analys probe I can see it would be quite difficult to tell whether it had been inserted far enough or too far even if I could put up with the soreness. Will an Anuform probe used vaginally help with very minor stress incontinence? Or would it be a waste of time and money? It is a much more acceptable length. Hopefully, this will be my last question! Many thanks.

  • Heather Lindley
    Heather Lindley 09/04/2014 at 16:59

    However many questions you have please don't hesitate to ask us - we're always happy to help!
    Yes the Anuform probe can be used vaginally and is good for ladies who struggle with a longer-length probe - if you could exercise with the Anuform vaginally this could really help you. To target the pelvic floor muscles, any probe only needs to be inserted into the first 2 inches of the vagina anyway, so you will still get good results with the Anuform. Just make sure when using the probe vaginally that you place the electrodes (the metal parts of the probe) facing hip-to-hip in order to target the right parts of your muscles.
    I hope this helps, and like I said if you have any other questions then we're always here to help :)
    Best wishes,
    Heather

  • anal probes

    Thank you for all the advice. All the vaginal probes look too long for me. I am very small and the painful area in my vagina is higher up - not low down.

  • Sarah Collins
    Sarah Collins 22/07/2014 at 09:40

    Good morning,

    Everyone is different, so we offer lots of different probes; the Minima Nickel Free Vaginal Probe has a unique, small shape making it extremely comfortable to use, and easy to insert.

    We're here on the helpline if you have any further queries.
    Kind Regards
    Sarah

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