I had just stopped postpartum bleeding at 6 weeks, only to start right up again 2 weeks later. I thought for sure something was wrong and headed into my midwife’s office, convinced all my my organs were trying to fall out of my vagina. She explained that the only illness I was suffering from was menstruation (curse you eager uterus!) and mild prolapse and that the cure was rest (ha!) and maybe some work on my pelvic floor to tighten everything back up where it belongs. That is when I found Elvie, my most personal trainer.
We don’t talk enough about our pelvic floors in the United States of America. The pelvic floor is a powerful little set of muscles that sits like a hammock between your tailbone and pubic bone. Hidden, but very important, it lifts and holds your core, affecting core stability, bladder control and even sex. Routine Postpartum Care doesn’t often cover a discussion about prolapse, rebuilding your pelvic floor or what to do if everything seems very out of place down there. Many women are unfortunately embarrassed to talk about their vaginas (why this is so important) and don’t even when they go in to the doctor. It isn’t until things are serious that they get help. According to the National Institutes of Health, as many as one-third of women suffer from a pelvic floor disorder, which can cause discomfort in the groin and lower back, urinary and fecal incontinence, and painful sex. The condition occurs most commonly after childbirth and menopause, as the muscles weaken with age. Some 11 percent of all women will undergo surgery for the condition in their lifetime—and by the year 2050 the number of women having corrective surgery is expected to increase by nearly 50 percent.
Working in women’s health has magically made me privy to much of this information. Women suddenly feel comfortable telling me about their most private problems with their private parts and I have been so surprised how many women, especially heading into their 40’s and 50’s that are finally taking care of a prolapse from when they had their last baby, sometimes 20 years later! That’s terrible!! I wasn’t until I read Bringing Up Bebe that I was introduced to the idea of pelvic floor rehabilitation and how important and routine it should be!
A fantastic solution to all of this is the Elvie. Weak pelvic floor muscles are likely to cause more than half of all women bladder, sex or prolapse problems. When done correctly kegels develop muscle tone and maintain strength. The Elvie is a fun kegel trainer that helps rebuild and heal those weakened pelvic floor muscles and I just had to try one!!
You guys, it’s so cool!! You basically play video games with your lady parts. It’s really hard to exercise a muscle that you can’t see, and this makes it possible. As you squeeze, the gem lifts, allowing you to visualize your exercises in real-time.
A work-out only takes 5 minutes a day-making it easy to do and incorporate into your daily routine. I do mine first thing in the morning, ideally as part of my morning yoga session. It’s not only helpful but very entertaining! The Elvie also has 4 different levels of difficulty so you can start where you are: training, beginner, intermediate, and advanced. I stay motivated by tracking my results on the app. I have been improving week by week and my goal is to always beat my personal best!
Elvie is also committed to making sure women are doing their kegals correctly. 30% of women push down when exercising, which can lead to damage. They designed and patented a new way to measure force and motion that allows you to visualize your exercises and even corrects your technique. It is also the world’s smallest Kegel trainer, with an optional cover for custom sizing.
And if you’re worried about being discreet, the charging station is a cute little white sleeve that you can plug in and no one would have a clue what it was!
Some Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I use the Elvie kegel trainer?
Is the Elvie kegel trainer easy to use?
The Elvie kegel trainer is a small pebble shaped pod that you place inside just like a tampon. It links to the Elvie app which tracks your fun, five minute pelvic floor workouts. We have tested the kegel trainer on over 150 women, so we are confident that it is comfortable to use and it even arrives in two sizes.
How do you know the Elvie kegel trainer really is effective?
All our product development was guided by our scientific advisory group including a number of well known researchers in biofeedback and pelvic floor exercise such as Dr. Rufus Cartwright, Imperial College; Dr. Kay Crotty, Physiolink; Prof. Linda McLean, University of Ottawa and Dr. Jeroen Bergmann, Oxford University. Multiple studies show that giving women real time biofeedback is one of the most effective methods for Kegel exercises with direct force measurement being the gold standard. The Elvie kegel trainer is the first product for women that measures force directly and offers a significant advance over existing products that rely on air pressure changes and are thus unreliable.
Is the Elvie kegel trainer compatible with all phones?
The Elvie kegel trainer is compatible with iPhones 4S and newer and Android phones or tablets 4.3 and newer which support Bluetooth Low Energy. You can also use the Elvie kegel trainer with iPad 3 and newer, including iPad Air and Mini.
Have you every worked on your Pelvic Floor? What worked for you? Share in the comments below!
We asked to review the Elvie product and for some additional product for a giveaway. This post is NOT paid. All opinions are my own.