Planning some time away from the comfort of your own home can be difficult if you suffer from bladder weakness. But, this doesn’t mean that you can’t travel if you suffer from incontinence. As long as you plan carefully and meticulously, there’s no reason why you can’t swap rainy England for a bit of summer sun.
To help you along the way, here are Kegel8’s top tips for travelling with bladder weakness:
1. Plan ahead
If regular access to a toilet is essential, it’s best to pick a mode of transport that has a toilet available. So if you’re being whisked away on a weekend coach trip, make sure it has a toilet! If you have the ability to book seats in advance, you can always try reserving a seat nearest to the toilet or plan your travel time with your bladder/bowel habits in mind.
2. Kegel, Kegel, Kegel
If, in the worst case scenario, your bladder contents are threatening to make a surprise appearance, Kegels can be your savvy sidekick. If you get the urge and have nowhere to turn, try sitting on a hard, flat surface. The pressure can help to support your pelvic floor muscles and keep leaks at bay. Gently perform a few Kegel exercises for extra protection. You can learn how to do Kegels here…
3. Check your diet
Holidays are the perfect time to overindulge. At least that’s what we tell ourselves. But, go easy on the margaritas or airport Proseccos – any form of alcohol can irritate the bladder. Pay attention to your food as well, try and stick to your usual diet as best as possible.
4. Keep equipped
Make sure you’re well stocked up on sanitary supplies before travelling. You never quite know when you’ll need a handy panty liner or a pack of wipes. If you need bed protection or specific hygiene or laundry products, make sure you have all of these packed and easy to grab if needed.
5. Take control
The best thing you can do for yourself is to take control of your bladder health as early as possible. Pelvic floor exercises are the first line treatment for bladder weakness – whether you leak a little when you laugh or occasionally witness the floodgates being opened – it’s all incontinence. Start practicing your Kegels today!
What if Kegels aren’t working?
If you’re not seeing results from Kegel exercises, it could be that you’re not performing the exercises correctly.
To perform a Kegel exercise, you must:
- Tighten the muscles around the anus (as if you’re trying to hold in wind)
- Tighten the muscles around the vagina
- Squeeze and lift these areas simultaneously to perform an effective pelvic floor contraction
The only issue with manual pelvic floor exercises is that it’s hard to tell if you’re doing them properly. With other muscles, it’s quite easy to tell when they’re being worked and flexed. But, with your pelvic floor muscles located inside of you, it’s going to be pretty difficult to watch them flex…
One way in which you can guarantee the effectiveness of your Kegels is to use a biofeedback tool. Kegel8 Vaginal Cones have a unique indicator tail that allows you to see, in real-time, whether you are exercising the muscles correctly or not. As you squeeze and lift, the tail of the cone waves downwards – it’s that easy! Plus, the set comes with three different weighted cones to give your pelvic floor a thorough workout and helps to build your endurance over time.
Over 30% of women cannot correctly recruit their pelvic floor muscles.
If you cannot product an effective pelvic floor contraction, it’s not the end of the line, extra help is at hand! Electrical stimulation devices, such as the Kegel8 Ultra 20 Electronic Pelvic Toner harness the body’s natural electrical signals to stimulate the pelvic floor muscles and produce an effective contraction all with the push of a button! That means that all of the guesswork is removed, and you can guarantee your pelvic floor gets a great workout every single time.
Reviews for the Kegel8 Ultra 20 Electronic Pelvic Toner
Mrs L - Delighted
"I have used another product for some time and felt no improvement at all, the Kegel8 Ultra 20 Electronic Pelvic Toner felt more effective immediately, and the effects from using it were felt very quickly. This one actually works, and I am delighted.”
Jackie - Works So Fast!
"I purchased the Kegel8 Ultra 20 Electronic Pelvic Toner to avoid surgery. After around a week of using the machine, I saw an amazing result. After years of a weak bladder and having to wear incontinence pads, I noticed a difference. There were no dribbles on my pad - I honestly thought I'd have a weak bladder forever! I am absolutely delighted with this machine!”