Story at a glance
At 40, Cathy was diagnosed with a mild uterine prolapse. After symptoms worsened, Cathy had a hysterectomy.
When the bulging feeling reappeared not long after her surgery, Cathy's GP recommended a pessary to 'hold everything up'.
After just 2 weeks of using Kegel8, Cathy saw vast improvements in her pelvic health.
Cathy used the Kegel8 Ultra 20 to get these results.
This is a frank, yet honest story of my journey using the Kegel8 Ultra 20.
Every story starts somewhere, and for me it was when I was 40 and diagnosed with a mild uterine prolapse. I am currently 49 years old and when I was 18, I nursed an elderly lady with a horrific prolapse which I have never forgotten; it was she who told me to always 'look after down there'. Her generation did not speak of such things and she had suffered all of those years with her condition.
"It felt like everything was falling out"
Originally from Australia, I have been living in the UK for the past 7 years and have had two natural childbirths. When my children were born in the early 90s, post-partum care included intensive work with a physiotherapist learning the role of the pelvic floor muscles and how to strengthen them. As I had witnessed a major prolapse first-hand, I have always been conscious of practicing Kegels, though unlike other forms of exercise, no one can actually see you doing them and hence are unable to correct poor form!
"I always felt like I had something falling out of my vagina"
When I was 40, I visited my GP as I noticed a 'bulge' in my vagina and was having difficulty inserting tampons. He referred me to a gynaecologist and I was diagnosed with a mild uterine prolapse. It was agreed that I would continue with my Kegels and visit a physiotherapist for safe, core strengthening work (I have always been an avid gym-goer with strength conditioning being my favourite).
By the age of 42, my symptoms had worsened. I found it near impossible to insert tampons, sex became uncomfortable and I always felt like I had something 'falling out' of my vagina. By now, the prolapse was visible just inside the entrance to my vagina. I had once been told by a physiotherapist that a test of your pelvic floor muscle strength was to try and stop the flow of urine mid-stream. I found I could no longer do this at all. My gynaecologist recommended a hysterectomy, and I agreed (I had my uterus and cervix removed though retained my ovaries). She explained to me that whilst this surgery would fix my current uterine prolapse, it would not prevent other forms happening again in the future. She was right.
Two years after my hysterectomy I began noticing some familiar symptoms. I stopped almost all strength training and focused on exercises that physiotherapists had given me throughout the years to safely strengthen my core, hoping this would miraculously lift everything up. A local GP diagnosed me with a mild cystocele and sent me for a bladder scan which was normal. I have never suffered any form of stress incontinence, though was experiencing an increase in frequency and noticed I had a little pot belly. It wasn't fat, it was more like a bloated look in my lower abdomen. She showed me the ring-shaped pessaries, that are inserted into the vagina and changed every 6 months, which are designed to 'hold everything up'. I told her I would do a bit of research and get back to her, though I knew straight away it wasn't for me at this time.
"The Kegel8 Ultra 20 was described as life-changing"
As I was researching cystocele's, this thing called Kegel8 kept popping up everywhere! I knew how a TENS machine worked and I had used them throughout both of my deliveries as a form of pain relief. My initial thought of this sensation in my vagina put me off a bit, but I kept reading the reviews, most described as 'life-changing'; I was also attracted to the fact that it was an approved medical device. I also noticed that one of Australia's leading physiotherapists specialising in pelvic floor health, Michelle Kenway, had also endorsed it. I had chatted with her and subscribed to her newsletter following my hysterectomy. So around 8 weeks ago, I purchased the Kegel8 Ultra 20 with the gold vaginal probe. I read the instructions and did the sensitivity test within 5 minutes of it being delivered. Yes, I was hesitant and yes it felt strange.
I started out using it twice a day following the recommended programme (alternating P03 for two days, then P14 for three). After the first two weeks, I noticed I was no longer urinating so much. I noticed that I couldn't feel my prolapse as much. I could almost completely stop my urine mid-stream. I continued using it daily; twice daily was a little difficult time-wise. I am now in my 8th week. I can no longer feel any pulling down or heaviness in my vagina. I can actually feel the muscles of my pelvic floor and know when they are engaged properly. I have stopped planning days out based on where the toilets are. I no longer have a bloated lower abdomen. I have an increased sensation during orgasms. I can completely stop the flow of urine with a click of my fingers. I intend to continue the daily programs until week 12 and then do the maintenance program 2-3 times per week.
"GPs need to be aware of this machine - it is life changing"
I am now one of those people who describe this machine as 'life-changing' and I find myself wanting to educate everyone on it, especially GPs who are not aware of it. We are lucky; we no longer live in a world where it is frowned upon to openly discuss problems such as prolapse and incontinence. My thoughts will always be with that elderly lady who I first met over 30 years ago and how her life could have been so, so different.
Which Kegel8 Did Cathy Use?
Cathy used the best selling Kegel8 with 20 clinically-proven pelvic floor exercise and relaxation programmes; it also
- Includes the NEW innovative Kegel8 Glide Gold Vaginal Probe; comfortable to use - even with a prolapse
- For pelvic floor exercise,sensation improvement, bladder & bowel incontinence, pain relief, and postpartum.
- Locates and exercises weak pelvic floor muscles making them strong again
- Noticeable results within weeks, this is a must for menopause, prolapse & hysterectomy too
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Sharing the experiences of those who've used Kegel8 helps us demonstrate the effectiveness of our products, so that we can reach more people who need us.
In the UK 1 in 3 women suffer with stress incontinence, and 50% of women over 55 will have some form of prolapse.
We know our products work but there are still barriers to people seeking help. Your story can help us demonstrate the value Kegel8 through personal testimony; a very powerful way of encouraging others to seek a solution to their problems and by doing this we can encourage more people to use Kegel8.
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Cathy submitted this story to us and it was published 04/06/2019