Incontinence, Menopause and Me
The pelvic floor is extremely important in relation to incontinence. Yet only 38% of women who suffer from urinary incontinence admit to exercising their pelvic floor. Only 1 in 3 women speak to their doctor about urinary leakage; with 22% of women not even viewing incontinence as a health problem!
Sophie Claus began to suffer from incontinence following a total hysterectomy at age 32. But, she wasn't going to let the incontinence take over. This is her story...
So many women struggle with urinary incontinence, for me it developed just 4 weeks after having a total abdominal hysterectomy. I had the hysterectomy for PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) and endometriosis, which I've had since I was 18. It was a tough decision to make but after struggling for so long, I'd hoped it would improve my quality of life. Aged just 32, I felt panicked every time I coughed, sneezed or worked out, fearful about leaking through.
I am possibly the biggest technophobe so when my Kegel8 Ultra 20 arrived I felt a bit scared of how technical it looked, however I needn’t have worried. The instructions and settings guide were easy and straight forward and a call with Emma in customer service helped me understand which settings would best suit the problems I’m encountering.
I’ve been using my Kegel8 Ultra 20 for eight weeks now, I often use it when I’m cooking dinner or reading/responding to emails. The programme I’m using is a five day cycle, using the vaginal probe twice a day for three days and then pelvic exercise twice a day for two days. I can already see a huge improvement. No longer do I experience urinary incontinence when I cough, sneeze or laugh. I love that I no longer have to wear pads and I’m feeling more like me again. In four weeks time I’m going switch settings and use the ‘Weekly Maintenance’ setting to maintain my great result.
In addition to improving my urinary incontinence the Kegel8 Ultra 20 is fab when it comes to pain relief as it has a TENS programme. Since surgery I’ve struggled with lower back and pelvic pain, I place the electrode pads on my buttocks and can use the programme for as long and as often as I need, it’s made me feel so much more comfortable, which is a huge relief!
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Reviews for the Kegel8 Ultra 20 Electronic Pelvic Toner
Becky - At Last - A Product That Works!
"Having had two repairs each for prolapsed bladder and bowel just over a year ago, I was devastated to find I had another small bladder prolapse. Surgeon has suggested further surgery. I had previously purchased a similar product to Kegel8 some years ago and felt it didn't make any difference, although I did use regularly. Took the plunge and bought the Ultra 20 a couple of weeks ago. Within days of using I can feel the difference. No longer do I have vaginal noise and a feeling of fullness and dragging. Better still I no longer have to use pads "just in case". I have been referred to a continence nurse in preparation for surgery to ensure that I know how to do my pelvic floor exercises. I have deferred the appointment, because I have confidence that if used regularly the Ultra 20 will work. My husband has already commented that there is a marked difference - if it can do that in two weeks then I am looking forward to the three month results!! ”
Jude - Fantastic, Best Choice I Made!
"I bought this as I have a bit of prolapse and no pelvic floor strength. I saw a physio who, after examining me, said I needed to purchase the Ultra 20 as exercises alone were not enough. Since purchasing this I haven't looked back. My pelvic floor is improving and so is everything else, including in the bedroom! My only regret is that I didn't buy it sooner. I have been using it twice a day for four weeks. The difference is unbelievable. Things will just keep getting better. I phoned the helpline for advice and they were amazing. I cannot rate this highly enough. It's brilliant!”
 Swenson C, Solway E, Singer D, Kirch M, Kullgren J, Malani P. Urinary incontinence: An inevitable part of aging? University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging. November 2018. Available at: http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/146144