A Pelvic Floor Exerciser helps you perform Kegel exercises and overcome the problems associated with pelvic floor weakness

Enhance sexual enjoyment, increase bladder and bowel control and improve conditions such as stress incontinence

A pelvic floor exerciser helps you perform pelvic floor exercises, which are also known as Kegel exercises. The aim of this is to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, which can help in:

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  • Enhancing your sex life. Greater muscle control can enhance both your and your partner’s pleasure. Women who perform these exercises will also often report being able to not only reach orgasm more easily, but being able to reach it more frequently
  • Preventing or treating Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), a condition which can result in you leaking urine
  • Improving both your bladder and bowel control generally

How can you help me find one?

We feature a number of Pelvic Floor Exercisers, and these can be found in the menu on the right hand side. Kegel8 is one of the most popular brands, and you can compare the Kegel8 range. In addition, you can use our finder.

If these are out of your price range, you can also try alternatives such as pelvic exercise weights, including vaginal cones and kegel weights, or the Hab-It pelvic floor DVD.

You can also do pelvic floor exercises without any assistance from an exerciser. More information can be found on the NHS Choices website.

What are the advantages?

There are many advantages to using one of these devices:

  • At first many women, especially if their pelvic floor has already been weakened, will have difficulty in performing these exercises themselves without the assistance of one of these devices
  • It removes the guesswork involved in correctly locating your pelvic floor muscles. If you fail to do this, it can cause you more harm than good
  • Although pelvic floor exercises are widely recognised by the medical profession as being highly effective, many women fail to maintain a manual exercise routine. A pelvic floor exerciser can make your goals more achievable.

Athena Trainer It is important to remember that most women do not give their pelvic floor any thought – despite perhaps regularly exercising other parts of their body – until something goes wrong with it. Performing pelvic floor exercises can be preventative. For example, performing these exercises after childbirth may help prevent the onset of stress incontinence later in life.

What is the Pelvic Floor?

The Pelvic Floor Muscles The pelvic floor acts as a kind of “hammock” or “sling” extending from your pubic bone at the front of your body to your spine’s base. It provides support for vital organs such as your bladder, rectum and uterus. There are three openings through your pelvic floor – for your vagina, urethera and bowel. The urethra is used when you urinate – it is the tube through which urine is released from the bladder – and in this way you can easily see the role the pelvic floor plays in maintaining your urinary continence.

What can cause weakening of my pelvic floor?

Although women will often not talk about it, pelvic floor weakness is a common problem. For example, a pilot study reported on by the BBC showed nearly half of the teenage girls involved suffered problems with incontinence.

One of the most common reasons for pelvic floor weakness is childbirth. As early as the twelfth week of pregnancy, your growing baby will begin to exert pressure on your pelvic floor. Indeed, up to 30% of new mothers will suffer from the problems that pelvic floor exercises so effectively address.

How effective is a Pelvic Floor Exerciser?

A pelvic floor exerciser can be highly effective, achieving the same results as performing manual pelvic floor exercises but making it much easier to maintain an exercise routine whilst removing the guesswork in doing so. A study in 1998 compared four possible treatments for stress incontinence. These were pelvic floor exercises, vaginal cones, electoral stimulation and no treatment. Those patients who practised pelvic floor exercises showed the greatest improvement.