The new year always brings a glimpse of new hope, fresh goals, and excitement for new adventures. Every year many women resolve to workout more, maybe try a new fitness class, clean up their diet, or finally run that frightening bucket list race. For some women those goals never reach further than the paper they are written on because their embarrassing health issues get in the way. Wouldn’t it be nice to go to the gym and workout, if it weren’t for the fact that they leak when run or pivot? Wouldn’t it be great to try yoga if their female parts didn’t squeak every time they pushed back into downward dog?


But this doesn’t have to be the case! Your bladder leakage or vaginal prolapse do not need to prevent you from reaching your fitness goals in 2018!


Bladder leakage and pelvic organ prolapse are often associated with weakened pelvic floor muscles. These muscles, just like any other muscles in the body can be trained to be stronger, and have better endurance. A basic exercise to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles is called a Kegel, and consists of tightening the muscles by imagining that you are shutting of the flow of urine. Another way to do it is to imagine that your vagina is a telescope, and that you are pulling it up and into your body.


Research shows that 80 to 100 Kegels per day are needed to get a woman to stop leaking when she coughs, laughs, or exercises. It is often challenging to remember to complete all of them daily, and time consuming for busy women who would rather spend their time doing what they love. Results can be expedited by using a Kegel exercise device such as Kegel exercise weights. The Intimate Rose Kegel Exercise System provides 6 progressively heavier weights to allow you to gradually challenge the muscles to be stronger. The best news? The weight can be used while you are doing regular household activities for 10-15 minutes per day and will get results faster.


What goals would you chase if you knew that you wouldn’t be stopped by bladder leakage? What new hobby would you take up? What hike or race would you try? And what could you do with all the money you save on pads? The possibilities are endless, and the results are guaranteed! These vaginal weights are covered in medical grade silicone, are doctor recommended and clinically shown to get women dry and reduce vaginal prolapse.


Let 2018 be your most fun and most fit yet!

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By Dr. Amanda Olson, DPT, PRPC
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