Kegel exercise aids help women perform Kegels correctly. That’s important, because research conducted since the 1980s has proven the exercises are beneficial.
The incidence of urinary incontinence in women may be as high as 63% in post-menopausal women. Stress incontinence (loss of bladder control brought on by sneezing, coughing or other stresses) has been seen in young pregnant and non-pregnant women who do not do pelvic floor exercises.
The incidence in young women is at least 30%. Many doctors feel the incidence is higher. They believe embarrassment prevents women from reporting the condition to their doctors.
One study showed that waiting-room pamphlets encouraged women to talk about the problem. Over 70% of women visiting one doctor’s office discussed the issue with their doctor after receiving a pamphlet.
A study conducted over three decades ago focused on the effectiveness of pelvic floor exercises as a preventative measure and a treatment. The researchers wondered if all gynecological patients should be told about the benefits of Kegels, before they had problems.
They concluded that the exercise would be beneficial for their healthy patients with no complaints, because they found only a 6% incidence of stress incontinence among women who performed the exercises on a regular basis; 6% as opposed to 63% of post-menopausal women and at least 30% of younger women.
The only problem has been getting women to perform the exercises and teaching them how to perform them correctly. That’s where Kegel exercise aids come in.
Doctors have seen patients who say the exercises were ineffective. Upon evaluating how the women performed the movement, they found the women were clinching their hips or flexing their abdominal muscles. Neither of those things is effective.
Kegels work the sphincters and strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor. That is why they are effective. Most types of urinary incontinence are caused by weakened sphincters or stretched pelvic floor muscles. There may be contributing factors such as being overweight or having a smoker’s hack, but ultimately it is the strength of the muscles that provides a woman’s ability to control her bladder.
Kegel exercises allow women to isolate and identify the correct pelvic muscles. They provide increased resistance. As a woman’s strength increases, the exercises become more challenging. This makes it possible to reverse incontinence issues completely.
Kegels are usually performed every other day in the beginning. After a few weeks, they may be performed every day. When a woman can hold the Kegel exercise aids in place (vaginal cone) without a weight, weights can be added. As her strength increases, the weight can be increased.
Basically, it is the same as working any other muscle of the body. You start with fewer repetitions and increase them to increase stamina.
You start with low weights and work your way up to increase strength. Resistance, such as the use of a dumbbell or an elastic band increases stamina and strength. It also provides faster results.
When it comes to Kegels, Kegel exercise aids provide the resistance. You provide the motivation.