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Bladder control disorders are incredibly common; according to TENA, one in three women battle with poor pelvic floor health – and it can be a challenging problem.
‘There are different things that can impact the pelvic floor,’ explains Khatra Paterson, founder of KPA Aesthetics. ‘One of the main things is pelvic floor dysfunction through childbirth.
‘If you had trauma to the pelvic floor, like an osteotomy or trauma because of tearing through the first stage of labour – that can have an impact on the pelvic floor.’
Pelvic floor health: According to TENA, who has launched the Emy Smart Kegel trainer, one in three women suffer from bladder control disorders
The Emy smart Kegel Trainer by TENA works without electrical pulses and is designed by doctors to strengthen your pelvic floor at home.
Designed with biofeedback technology, connect to a free app and track and monitor your muscle contractions in real-time, with fun Kegal games and exercises along with tips from healthcare professionals.
Physical stresses from childbearing aren’t the only thing that can weaken pelvic floor muscles; according to Khatra, having low estrogen levels can be a factor too.
‘Estrogen impacts pelvic floor – weakening the strength of the pelvic floor and resulting in stress urinary incontinence, urgency, frequent nighttime urination – getting up in the middle of the night,’ she says.
So what is the secret to a strong pelvic floor? Exercising the pelvic floor is essential, and an effective pelvic workout is easy to do at home. The most common is the Kegels exercise, where you pull up and tighten the pelvic floors.
‘This is something that needs to be done on a daily basis,’ explains Khatra. ‘The muscle needs to be trained to help to support things like stress urinary incontinence.
‘If you don’t exercise your pelvic floor muscle, this could be damaging to your health,’ she says.
Inserted into the vagina like a tampon and used for five to twenty minutes a day, the Emy by TENA claims to deliver measurable results in just three weeks
‘A good way of locating the pelvic floor muscle is to insert your fingers into your vagina and try to squeeze onto them – that is your pelvic floor muscles that are squeezing onto your finger.’
Or you can invest in a pelvic floor trainer such as the new Emy Smart Kegel trainer by TENA (£169), which helps you track your progress.
Khatra adds: ‘Pelvic Floor trainers are good for those who don’t know quite where their pelvic floor is when they’re doing pelvic floor exercises.
‘Although it could be an unnecessary expense after you know where to find it and how to look after it.’
Simple exercises: The most common is the Kegels exercise, where you pull up and tighten the pelvic floors
Inserted into the vagina like a tampon and used for five to twenty minutes a day, the Emy by TENA claims to deliver measurable results in just three weeks.
Designed by doctors, the Emy Smart Kegel trainer works without electrical pulses, and it doesn’t vibrate either.
What is the pelvic floor?
The pelvic floor is the group of muscles acting as a sling to support the pelvic organs such as the bladder, bowel, rectum and uterus – the contraction and relaxation of these muscles aid your bowel and bladder movements as well as sexual function.
Pelvic floor dysfunction is the weakening and inability to control these muscles and can profoundly affect sexual function and satisfaction.
Instead, it uses biofeedback technology and connects to a free app that helps you track and monitor your muscle contractions in real-time, with fun Kegal games and exercises along with tips from healthcare professionals.
If you’re curious about how your pelvic floor is working, or you want better bladder control, to improve your sex life, or aid faster postpartum recovery, you can purchase the TENA Emy Smart Kegel trainer for £169 online here.
Khatra, who spent a number of years as a midwife and has a deep understanding of the importance of pelvic floor health and its impacts, also suggests Forma-V a vaginal rejuvenation procedure, a treatment she offers at her clinic.
‘Forma V is a non-invasive, no downtime, labial and vaginal tightening rejuvenation treatment that sends gentle radiofrequency waves through the walls of the vaginal canal,’ explains Khatra.
‘This results in new collagen and elastin as well as vaginal tightening and rejuvenation of the labia minora.
‘The treatment is carried out in a series of three treatments, once a month for three months, and studies show that the Forma V treatment can help to improve pelvic floor health.’