The pelvic muscles act similarly to the rest of the body’s muscles- exercising them makes them stronger, failing to, causes weakening and slack. That is what Kegel exercises do, they strengthen the pelvic muscles, making the pelvic floor considerably stronger and firmer.
Kegels will counteract stress incontinence, fecal incontinence and even lead to an improved sexual life. However, you can speed up this process and get stronger, longer lasting results with the use of certain aid and props. These Kegel props, also known as Kegel exercisers, will help garner the benefits of Kegels faster. You can equate these Kegel exercisers to the gym equipment bodybuilders use to improve their workouts.
Normal Kegel exercises can be considerably boring and demotivating for some women. At times, we need to have a physical stimulant in order to exercise better, this is when Kegel exercisers come into the picture. The props come in different sizes and weights, so you can slowly climb up the scale when you feel comfortable.
Types of Kegel Props
All Kegel props serve the same function, making the pelvic muscles significantly stronger and toned by using external stimuli.
There are 3 broad types of Kegel props:
- Weight Props
Weight-based props are usually made from silicone and medical grade plastic. They are proportionally weighted objects that should be incorporated into your Kegel exercises. Vaginal cones, Kegel balls, and jade eggs popular examples of Kegel weight props. They come in varying shapes and weights, all with specific methods of usage.
- Electronic Props
Usually employed in a medical setting, an electronic pulse is sent to the pelvic muscle, causing it to contract involuntarily. These are usually used to assist women in identifying the correct muscles to exercise. They cut down the risks of endangering yourself by exercising the wrong muscles.
- Biofeedback Props
The most expensive Kegel props, these biofeedback machines give a comprehensive report on the pelvic floor. They have sensors that record and track activity during Kegel exercises- the strength of the contractions; length and frequency of contractions. Using these during exercise will help you track your progress and help decide on routines to use.
How To Use Kegel Props
The weight-based Kegel aids are ghost popular and easy to use during exercises. The use of Kegel balls, cones and eggs have become increasingly popular among women all over the world. You can use these props in a number of position- standing, squatting and sitting.
The following directions when using Kegel balls for exercising (ensure that you wash your hands with soap and water before beginning)
You must identify your pelvic muscles before you begin. Pretend you are trying to stop the flow of urine, midway through urination. The muscles that tightened as you did this are your pelvic muscles, the ones that will be used throughout these exercises. You can also identify your pelvic muscles by inserting a finger into your vagina and trying to squeeze your vaginal muscles around it. If you successfully squeeze your finger, you have isolated your pelvic muscles.
Find a comfortable position, you can be seated or standing for this. Insert the Kegel balls, as you would a tampon. Stop pushing the ball in, as soon as it is fully inserted; do no press it on the cervix or the back of the vagina.
Stand and spread your legs as far apart as possible. Be sure to keep your pelvic muscles contracted, in order to keep the balls from falling out. The goal is to keep the ball inserted for as long as possible, you must keep your pelvic muscles squeezed otherwise the ball falls out. You will be able to keep the ball in for a longer period of time as you continuously perform this exercise. You should do this 3 times a day, for optimum results.
Insert the Kegel balls while seated. The goal of this exercise is to try to move the ball forward and backwards with just your pelvic muscles. This may be harder during the first few tries, so just concentrate on contracting and relaxing your pelvic muscles around the ball. Perform this alternating action at least ten times per session. Perform this exercise thrice daily for best results.
Keep your legs as wide apart as possible and get into a squatting position. Insert the Kegel ball or cone while squatting , and try to move it with just your pelvic muscles. Squatting lower will make it more difficult, if you feel like challenging yourself.
Kegel props can also be used during routine tasks, like walking and cooking, as you get more experienced. Insert a finger into the vagina and gently draw it out to remove the prop. Clean them after every use with soap and clean water. Ensure you rinse thoroughly with water because certain soaps can irritate the vagina.
Also note that you should consult your doctor before using, if you have ever had vaginal surgery.