So no one seems to talk about this but u am putting it out there anyway. Has anyone used a device (such as an 'elvie') to either prepare for or recover from child birth, or for general pelvic floor maintenance? I would like to hear your experience if so, is it easy/comfortable to use, did you notice a difference, etc.
Although I have been very good with my kegels and have no apparent damage after my VBAC, I have been scared reading all the possible side effects so many women suffer such as incontinence, prolapse etc and I would like to minimise my risk as much as possible (as I am very keen to get back into running and intensive exercise which increase this risk alone). So I am looking at potentially using a device to help me develop ping-pong-ball-popping pelvic floor strength!
FYI I do see a post natal Physio, but wanted to hear about real experiences with these devices.
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18-07-2016 00:04 #1
Pelvic Floor devices
18-07-2016 13:58 #2
18-07-2016 15:38 #3
No experience but I remember reading they are generally not recommended by physio's. The gist of was there have been no studies on their efficacy and there was a risk of injury if used incorrectly. Not sure if that helps!
18-07-2016 15:54 #4
18-07-2016 16:22 #5Senior Member
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Go you! I don't think there is anywhere near enough emphasis on the importance of pelvic floor strength (ping pong ball popping strength no doubt).
My sister had her baby in France and there... Get this... The government pays for physio to get everything back to a suitable strength following birth. It involves video games and popping cherries on screen using your muscles.
I keep forgetting to do mine. I saw a physio about mine after my giant baby. Mine went from a "d" (no control) to a "b". I'm still aiming to get an "a" (when I remember). The physio said it's rare. I'd be interested to see if a device works. Perhaps a bit of research into what is used/recommended in France?
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18-07-2016 17:37 #6
I got a kegel8 machine online from overseas and it was great at helping strengthen my pelvic floor back up, which was really shot. Helped my prolapse a bit as well.
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18-07-2016 17:48 #7
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18-07-2016 19:03 #8
I don't post very often (and what a thread to jump into, lol), but I'm in the same boat as you Sunnygirl79 - really wanting to look after my pelvic floor. I don't have any issues, but now that I have two babies (youngest is 5mo) I've realised I need to be proactive if I want to stay issue-free. I am keen to get back into running but want to ensure my PF is strong enough first, so I've been religiously doing exercises for this (and a slight diastasis).
My physio recommended an "Educator" which has been helpful (only had it for 2 weeks). The Elvie looks very cool though!
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18-07-2016 20:30 #9
I definitely don't want to end up with issues later on so I am trying to get on top of things now as well. I think a device would help me remember to do them and more importantly do them properly and track my progress instead of guessing.
19-07-2016 06:46 #10
I think a device is helpful for that reason too. I've always been pretty consistent with exercises, but it means I'm more focussed. There's also a book called Hold. It. Sister (I just don't want to come up in Google search!) which is brilliant. There's a chapter on PF and stability exercises which I've been doing, and I'm really seeing where I'm weak.
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