For a lot of women, marriage and childbirth are probably some of the most special moments of their life. Many young girls daydream about how it would be like to be a wife or mother, and stories often portray this period as a challenging but positive experience. While this is certainly true, some aspects of being a mother are not talked about—at least not on mass media.
After giving birth, a woman’s body changes drastically. Aside from weight gain, women have to deal with migraines, swollen breasts, uterine prolapse, incontinence, and other postpartum conditions. The last two, in particular, are common in women who have undergone normal vaginal delivery. Prolapse refers to the displacement of internal organs, caused by loose pelvic muscles. Incontinence, or uncontrollable urination, is also an effect of muscle frailty.
Both uterine prolapse and incontinence are caused by a weakened pelvic floor, a consequence of stretching the vaginal canal to accommodate the infant. Aside from gynecological concerns, weakened muscles may also cause intimacy issues between couples.
These muscle problems may be addressed through regular clenching and releasing of certain areas in the pelvic cavity. Women can make sure that they’re getting the right results with the help of a Kegel exerciser.
Kegels can be done without help from a device. In fact, all women have probably attempted them at some point. Clenching the pelvic muscles to stop urine flow targets the same area as Kegel exercises, an instinctive process for some people. For others, though, it can be difficult to perform these exercises, especially when they do not need to go to the bathroom.
The sensation that accompanies urination may be a trigger for some women, meaning they cannot recreate Kegels without intervention. For women who experience this, it is good to use vaginal exercisers. These devices prompt the pelvic floor muscles for the appropriate actions.
An exerciser is inserted into the vaginal opening. It puts pressure on the pubococcygeus or PC muscles, helping the user identify if they are contracting properly. With sustained use, a vaginal exerciser can strengthen the PC muscles which lessens the likelihood of incontinence and prolapse. A strong pelvic floor also helps couples maintain their intimacy.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists or ACOG has a page on pelvic support problems. However, it has no official statement on vaginal exercisers, and neither discourages nor promotes their use.
However, it remains true that one of the most effective ways of rebuilding pelvic floor strength is through regular Kegel exercises. The biofeedback provided by vaginal exercisers is helpful and lets women learn about their own muscle responses.
Though they can instruct people about their own bodies, vaginal exercisers cannot be used by all. Pregnant women, for example, are not advised to use exercisers. The vagina is the passageway of the baby, and inserting foreign objects in it so close to the delivery might cause bacterial infections.
Exercisers should also be avoided for six to eight weeks after childbirth. Foreign objects in the vagina can cause tearing, which can lead to postpartum bleeding. This is also a situation that opens a person to infections. Likewise, anyone who has had a genitourinary surgery should observe the same healing period, and seek their doctor’s approval before using exercisers.
Vaginal exercisers can help women strengthen their pelvic floor and prevent genital conditions like uterine prolapse or incontinence. A product like the Kegelmaster gives women a guide for their pelvic floor exercises and a way to strengthen their genital muscles after childbirth. Contact us today to learn more.