Many of us will have half-heartedly attempted pelvic floor exercises (aka. Kegel exercises) at some point, only to write the experience off as hard work, but you may be wondering what the pelvic floor actually is, where it is, how it affects us, and what we can do to improve it...
So, what is the pelvic floor?
The pelvic floor is a powerful layer of muscles that sits like a hammock between your tailbone and pubic bone, supporting your pelvic organs (just take a look at the image below to see what we mean). We’ve all probably once said “I laughed so hard I nearly peed myself,", that's because a strong pelvic floor gives every one of us the confidence to laugh, run, jump and sneeze without the fear of leaking. But if bladder control isn't exciting you, consider this - a strong pelvic floor sets the stage for more intense orgasms and better sex too. Put simply, our pelvic floor is pretty important!
Image taken from Elvie
Pelvic floor issues can affect one in three women, and up to 80% of expectant and new mothers. Lots of people think that childbirth is the only cause of a weak pelvic floor, but whether you have a vaginal birth or C-section, pregnancy puts additional pressure on your pelvic floor as a result of weight gain and changes in your centre of gravity. High impact sports, ageing, menopause, weight gain, genetics, and inactivity or a sedentary lifestyle can also result in a weakened pelvic floor, with symptoms that can include bladder control issues, lower-back pain, and (in more advanced cases) organ prolapse.
The problem is most women don’t think about doing pelvic floor exercises until they are pregnant, or start to experience some of these symptoms, but exercising your pelvic floor really should be a part of most women’s daily routine!
How does the Elvie Pelvic Floor Trainer work?
Unfortunately, 30% of women don’t exercise their pelvic floor correctly, pushing down rather than lifting up the pelvic floor muscles - and we get it because it can be really tricky to exercise muscles that you can't see! And actually remembering to do your exercises is another thing entirely... This is where we introduce you to the Elvie Trainer, an incredibly well-designed and easy to use device and app that takes you through a series of pelvic floor exercises.
Inserted just like a tampon with the tail part located outside of your body, the Elvie Trainer connects to an app on your smartphone via Bluetooth, and then... you play some games! The app guides you through fun, five-minute workouts to build your pelvic floor strength. There are six unique exercises, designed by physiotherapists and experts from Imperial College and University of Oxford, to give your pelvic floor a complete workout, and four different levels to work through as you progress; training. beginner, intermediate and advanced. Using real-time biofeedback, the app visualises your technique in response to your muscles' movements to help you get it right - as you squeeze your pelvic floor muscles, a gem on the app lifts, and the stronger you squeeze the higher the gem lifts. Just think of the Elvie Trainer as your MOST personal trainer, who challenges your muscles and helps you gain strength. And all it takes is 5 minutes 3 times a week to achieve results.