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I’ve had two kids and as I’ve mentioned before, my pelvic floor isn’t what it used to be. You know when people ‘joke’ that after children you’ll wee yourself a little when you sneeze and advise you avoid trampolines – it turns out they’re not actually joking at all; the fear is real!
I think it’s also something that, as a society, we’re comfortable joking about, but not actually talking about.
I’ve heard stories of people who have lived with incontinence as a result of childbirth for 10 years or more. They lived feeling ashamed and embarrassed to talk to anyone about their experiences. Hearing these stories made me feel really sad because I know that I have avoided going to certain places or taking part in certain events before because I knew that there wasn’t a loo I could pop into and use if I needed to. Problems relating to pelvic floor muscles are much more common than people think, with over 1 billion women having pelvic floor disorders like incontinence or prolapse. My pelvic floor is not what it used to be and I do get anxiety around being somewhere I cannot easily access a toilet.
It sounds very dramatic, but if you’ve had children or have experienced any kind of stress incontinence or pelvic floor disorders, then you’ll know it’s a distressing and extremely unpleasant thing to have to live with. Having a weakened pelvic floor can cause major anxiety.
That’s why after giving birth, midwives and doctors will always advise you do pelvic floor exercises. However, there’s a lot of information that they don’t give you and it can be hard to recognise if you’re executing the exercises properly, especially as you cannot directly see what you’re doing. For ages I have been wondering if what I do, if I remember to do it, is working. As with all strengthening exercises, the results aren’t immediate, so I am guilty of giving up quickly before I’ve had a chance to see results.
Thankfully, I’ve finally found a kegel exerciser that shows me exactly how to use my kegel muscles properly, help me track my kegel strengthening progress and enable to me to finally combat my pelvic floor related anxiety, as well as improving my…intimate wellbeing. Best of all? I can do all of this while playing games on my phone.
What is the Perifit and how can it help me strengthen my pelvic floor?
With Perifit, you can see exactly how your pelvic floor is working.
Using the Perifit pelvic floor trainer has really helped me understand how to properly do my pelvic floor exercises. Beforehand, I wasn’t sure if the muscles I was squeezing were the right ones so I’d often give up or forget to do them. Really it’s my own fault that I have this trouble and the anxiety that comes with it. But now I know that with regular pelvic floor training, you can see a significant improvement in just a few weeks. The Perifit pelvic floor trainer cuts out all of the guesswork so you know exactly what you’re doing and how to use your kegel muscles.
There’s a chance to win a Perifit Kegel exercising device (worth £97.65) at the end of this post, so keep reading!
The Perifit works alongside a free games app that you download onto your phone.
The premise of the game is simple, it’s a bit like playing an old arcade game. By squeezing your kegel muscles you control a bird – the aim is to collect lotus flowers and avoid the obstacles. You use your pelvic floor muscles to control the birds movements: the bird flies upwards when you tense your muscles and relaxing your muscles makes the bird fly down. In the beginning, the games last for a couple of minutes and there aren’t any obstacles to avoid, however, as you get used to using your muscles more and more, the games get harder. I’ve been using the Perifit for about a month now and the game play sessions definitely work my muscles harder than they did in the beginning. I now have lots of crows in my flight path that I have to try and avoid and a lot of very high lotus flowers I need to try and collect by squeezing my muscles extra hard.
The Perifit works out and tracks the strength of your pelvic floor muscles.
At the beginning of each level there’s a calibration session which requires you to squeeze as hard as you can and then relax three times. This helps the app work out the game maps and adds the data to a graph, enabling you to see your progress. A radar graph plots the force, frequency, accuracy, stamina and the release of your pelvic floor muscles and compares it to those of a ‘healthy’ pelvic floor. There’s more information about the meanings behind these statistics on the app. You can also read lots more information on your superficial and deep pelvic floor muscles. Yes – who knew that there were two sets of pelvic floor muscles down there? For each of those areas, there also a line graph that shows your progression and a percentage of your improvements.
The Perifit is really easy to use: it’s comfortable, easy to insert and easily cleaned.
I’ve heard people mentioning that the Perifit looks a bit like a sex toy, but I mean, what other shape would you want it to be? It’s the right shape to be easily inserted and used discreetly. Depending on your body, you may require some water based lubricant to insert the Perifit, but once it’s in, it’s so comfortable you wouldn’t even notice it was there. This is coming from a woman who can no longer use tampons since the birth of her second baby. The Perifit is made from soft silicone so, in my opinion, it’s a lot more comfortable to use than other kegel exercisers. Thanks to the plastic cord (much more hygienic than fabric cords), the Perifit is easily removed and it can be cleaned thoroughly and popped back in it’s box for your next session.
What are the benefits of using the Perifit kegel exerciser with free app?
The Perifit is great for women like me who have just had babies and want some help with their postpartum recovery. For me, it’s shown me exactly how to use my pelvic floor muscles, which is something I struggled with previously. It’s also great for your intimate wellbeing, making sex more satisfying as the muscles in that area are known to be responsible for contracting during a female orgasm. So really, based on that alone, who wouldn’t want to try the Perifit out? There are other advantages as well, including healing prolapses without the need for surgery and treating an overactive bladder.
My thoughts on using the Perifit pelvic floor exerciser.
With Perifit, I’ve had really good results in a relatively short amount of time. As I said earlier, I’ve been using the Perifit for about a month now and I’ve definitely noticed my pelvic floor has become stronger. I get less anxious when I’m out and about now, which is an amazing feeling. You can set goals within the app to help achieve maximum effectiveness. My app is set to 10 minutes a day, which means I’ve been using the Perifit and playing the games with my pelvic floor for 10 minutes every day for the past month. I set this as my goal as it’s the recommended number of minutes if you’re looking for fast, permanent results. Don’t just take my word for it though as the Perifit has been recommended by 1000s of doctors for women who want combat incontinence and prolapse and other pelvic floor disorders.
I’ve actually enjoyed using it and, as silly as this sounds, it affords me 10 minutes to myself in my hectic life as a mother. I can escape to the bedroom, have a little lie down and enjoy some games without anyone bothering me for 10 whole minutes. What’s not to love about that? The Perifit has revolutionised the way that I do my pelvic floor training. It’s taken all the guesswork out and is fun at the same time.
If you’re interested in buying a Perifit pelvic floor exerciser for yourself, here’s how you can get your hands on one.
If you’ve decided that this is the kegel exerciser for you, then you can buy the Perift for $129 (roughly £97.65) from the Perifit shop. It’s a touch on the pricey side, but the benefits you get from this product make it a worthwhile investment.
Win A Perifit Pelvic Floor Exerciser
If you want to try your luck at winning the Perifit pelvic floor exerciser, here’s your chance! All you need to do to enter is read the T&C’s listed below and then follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget. The giveaway is open from 25/03/2019 until 14/04/2019 and winners will be contacted via email. Good luck!
Terms And Conditions:
- You are entering for your chance to win 1x Perifit Pelvic Floor Trainer. There is no cash alternative.
- The giveaway opens 25/03/2019 and closes 14/04/2019.
- The winner will be contacted by email and via Twitter (if you have entered via a Twitter option). For this reason, please ensure the information you enter with is valid.
- This giveaway is open to UK residents only
- Entrants must be 18+
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- Once the winner has been randomly selected, you will have 1 week to get back in touch with me. If you do not reply after 1 week, I will re-draw and a new winner will be selected. If you your name is drawn but you have not adhered to the T&C’s (ie. you live outside of the UK), you will be disqualified and another winner will be drawn.