Women of all ages can benefit from Kegel Exercises. Various life events and health conditions can cause the pelvic floor muscles to weaken. This is a completely normal side effect of getting pregnant, giving birth, aging, and more.
Many problems can develop from weak pelvic muscles including pelvic organ prolapse, urinary stress incontinence (peeing when you laugh/sneeze/cough), fecal incontinence, and a lack of sexual satisfaction.
In this 3 Part Series entitled "Intro To The Pelvic Floor & Kegel Exercises", our expert Pelvic Rehabilitation Physical Therapist, Amanda Olson, DPT, PRPC explains your anatomy, why pelvic floor exercises are important, and how you can increase the effectiveness of your kegels by adding kegel exercise weight sets.
In part 1, Amanda explains what the pelvic floor muscles are and why they are important:
In part 2, Amanda explains how pregnancy, age, labor, and other activities can damage the pelvic floor:
And finally in Part 3, Amanda explains what kegel exercises are and how to do them:
As you learned in the above videos, the Intimate Rose Kegel Exercise Weights are great for adding resistance to your kegels and they help you get stronger pelvic muscles faster than doing traditional kegel exercises alone. However, if you have a very weak pelvic floor, you might not be able to hold the Intimate Rose weights right away. Don't worry! In cases like these, traditional kegels are part of the solution.
You can learn more about traditional kegel exercise in some of these blog posts. Each of these posts targets a different condition, which you may or may not have, however there is a lot of overlap among the moves.
Note: These exercises work great with or without the Intimate Rose Weights!
The bottom line:Increasing your pelvic floor strength can help with a multitude of issues including resolving pelvic prolapse, accidentally leaking urine, and can lead to better sex.
I think I'm squeezing the wrong muscles, how do I know I'm doing it properly?
If you're having a hard time "finding" your pelvic floor muscles and being confident you're squeezing the right muscles, you might have poor proprioception. This means that your brain is having difficulty sending the message to the pelvic floor muscles to engage. It sounds scary, but all we need to do is give your brain a reminder where those muscles are. This can be done by touching or stimulating the pelvic floor muscles with vaginal weights.
Why use Kegel Exercise Weights when I can do traditional kegel exercises?
You can make a lot of progress using nothing but traditional kegel exercises. Women have been doing these exercises for decades. The problem is that traditional kegels take a lot of time and a lot of repetitions in order to fully progress.
Think about an exercise routine you might do at the gym. If you do a series of squats without any weights, your legs might get sore and get stronger. Soon, you'll need to do more and more unweighted squats in order to feel any benefit. You will get stronger, but it will take longer and longer to make progress.
Now, think about if you held weights in each hand and performed the same squats. Which would give your legs a better workout? Would you need to do the same number of squats with extra weight as you were doing without weights? Which would lead to stronger legs, faster?
The same concept applies to your pelvic floor muscles. We believe that for many women, a combination of traditional kegels and weighted kegels will lead to lasting results.