The Importance of Kegel Exercises for Menopausal Women
Whether you’re tired of going through box after box of bulky bladder pads for embarrassing urinary leakage or you’re trying to avoid ever needing bladder pads at all, we have good news: Getting urinary incontinence (UI) under control is possible with an assistive device like PeriCoach.
One in three women will experience some form of UI in her lifetime. Perhaps because UI is so common a frequent misconception persists—that incontinence is an inevitable part of aging. Not so.
While it’s not a normal part of getting older, mature women are more likely to experience UI. This is because of hormone-driven physiological changes that happen during menopause, including:
- Thinning of the urethra
- Reduced elasticity of vaginal tissue
- Weakened pelvic floor muscles
There are several types of UI, including stress incontinence, the most common form of UI, which causes leaks when a woman strains from laughing, coughing, sneezing, etc. Other types of UI include urge incontinence, the sudden need to empty your bladder, and overflow incontinence, which happens when the bladder doesn’t empty properly.
Loss of muscle tone in the pelvic region during menopause can also lead to pelvic organ prolapse (POP), which occurs when an organ, such as the bladder, drops from its normal position and presses against the walls of the vagina. Organs that can prolapse include:
· Bladder Urethra
· Small bowel Uterus
· Rectum Vagina
Prolapse can cause UI by pushing against the bladder and preventing the urethra from shutting completely.
The Financial Burden of UI
Women in general are more likely experience urinary incontinence because of life factors like pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause, which can strain the muscles of the pelvic floor. Not only does UI reduce a woman’s quality of life, it can be quite expensive to treat.
One study found that American women spend $12.4 billion in direct costs dealing with UI every year.1 Women in the U.S. spend an average of $900 annually on routine care costs, which includes items like bladder pads and briefs, and odor control products.2 Perhaps the most dreaded of all incontinence maintenance products is the “adult diaper,” sales of which are soaring and are expected to increase significantly by 2020.3Beyond these items, doctor visits, diagnostic costs, medications, etc., can add significantly to the cost of dealing with UI.
What if women could slash these costs dramatically and take control of their bladder function—at any age?
Your First Line of Defense Against UI
This is where PeriCoach comes in. The technologically-advanced insertable pelvic floor exerciser guides you through the process of properly performing Kegel exercises and is easily paired with your smartphone via Bluetooth. Track your progress over time, gradually increase your routine, and share your results with your physiotherapist.
Training the muscles of the pelvic floor with Kegel exercises is recommended by healthcare practitioners as the first line of defense against UI and pelvic floor prolapse. Yet, at least 50% of women do not correctly contract their pelvic floor muscles with verbal or written instructions alone. PeriCoach helps ensure you are consistently performing the exercises correctly for better results over time.
Benefits of Improved Pelvic Floor Strength
There are so many benefits to exercising your pelvic floor, including less reliance on costly, bulky pads, fewer worries about where the closest toilet is located while you’re out, and greater self-confidence and personal comfort. Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles can:
- Reduce or eliminate embarrassing bladder leakage
- Reduce the likelihood of pelvic organ prolapse (POP)
- Reduce or eliminate urinary/bowel incontinence
- Improve confidence and reduce anxiety
- Improve intimacy, sexual satisfaction, and the ability to reach orgasm
Don’t suffer with urinary incontinence—PeriCoach is now available over-the-counter without a prescription!