Wondering whether a weak pelvic floor is causing some of your health worries? Have you looked into Kegel devices to solve your urinary incontinence problems? You’re not alone.
Over time, many people experience pelvic floor issues — including about 25% of U.S. women. In fact, a recent study from the University of Michigan found that about half of women over the age of 65 experience urinary incontinence.
Either due to embarrassment or skewed societal expectations, many women accept inconveniences such as incontinence (or little leaks, or dribbles) as a part of their lives.
Entire industries have been built specifically to help women live with leaks or incontinence, such as absorbent underclothing and disposable pads. While these products may treat the primary symptom, they don’t solve the actual problem.
Because urinary incontinence isn’t a topic most women feel comfortable discussing, they may not discuss it with their doctor. And when they do, they’re sometimes met with undesirable treatment options (often surgery).
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
There are other urinary incontinence treatments available. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is even preparing a review of non-surgical alternatives to better inform physicians and patients.
Truly, the choice is yours. Do you want to naturally cure your incontinence or continue wearing diapers and sending your cash to the landfill? If you’re going to be proactive, do what the Europeans have been doing — utilizing Kegel devices — for more than a quarter of a century.
Strengthening Your Pelvic Floor
Instead of resigning yourself to living with these symptoms, you can work towards natural pelvic floor rehabilitation.
Exercising your vaginal muscles by using your Kegel muscles — much like you’d pick up a dumbbell to tone your arms — can be very effective and is recommended by practitioners around the world.
In Europe, it’s typical for women to receive recommendations for pelvic floor education, or rééducation périnéale (the French term) after they’ve healed from birth. Performing Kegels and doing the work to rejuvenate pelvic floor muscles is a direct urinary incontinence treatment, rather than a system that simply allows women to live sort-of-comfortably with undesirable symptoms.
For someone experiencing urinary incontinence, Kegels can be life-changing — but you need to do them correctly.
As the muscles involved are internal, it’s hard to follow a specific procedure as you perform your Kegels. You can’t watch your form as you would during a bicep curl. Tiny, subtle differences in our movements can render them ineffective.
That’s where Kegel devices can be game-changers. Today, women can use Kegel exercise devices to train, tone, and tighten their muscles. It can be empowering, easy, and even fun.
Compare: Different Types of Kegel Devices on the Market
There are three general types of Kegel devices: Weighted Kegel systems, Kegel trainers with or without apps, and pelvic floor stimulation devices. We’ll go over the pros and cons of each so you know exactly what your options are.
Weighted Kegel ball systems are the lowest-tech Kegel device. Also called ben wa balls or Kegel eggs, these weighted systems are a simple way to add an extra level of intensity to traditional Kegel exercises.
When you purchase a weighted system of Kegel balls, you’ll typically receive a set of several small, smooth eggs that increase in weight (think: from 25-45 grams). Users begin by sterilizing the lightest Kegel egg, inserting it into their vagina, and using their pelvic muscles to support and squeeze the egg.
They then repeat the process several times weekly, gradually leveling up to use heavier eggs. The aim is to select a challenging-yet-comfortable level of resistance (or weight) that you can support and squeeze for several minutes.
Much like beginning any exercise regimen, consistency is key, and you don’t want to overdo it.
PROS: These systems are often inexpensive, and they can be a great introductory way to help a user identify their pelvic floor muscles.
CONS: The biggest con to these systems is simple: They don’t really have guiding or educational features.
It’s possible to use these systems and perform Kegels incorrectly. This can make it difficult to achieve your goals, and may even lead to muscle strain.
Inserts with Apps
Kegel devices with connected phone apps seek to provide this educational angle. They’re convenient, they provide you with lots of information and data, and they can help you understand whether you’re doing your exercises properly.
As it turns out, doing a proper Kegel is about far more than simply squeezing and hoping for the best.
For example, a woman might “push out, instead of contracting upwards,” while performing a Kegel, according to physical therapist Jandra Mueller. It can also be very easy to confuse which muscle you’re engaging — for example, using your abdominal muscles to perform the motion instead of those located in your pelvic floor.
Kegel devices may be able to provide guidance for people trying these exercises for the first time.
There are many different types of app-connected vaginal inserts, from simple probes that can sense pressure to entire training systems that provide workout tracking, biofeedback cues, and more. When you perform Kegels using these inserts, the device may be able to assess your motions.
On the app, you’ll receive feedback on their Kegels (e.g., some measure of how strong you’re contracting, squeezing, and releasing motions are).
Some apps even turn your Kegel exercises into a game, which may require you to engage your Kegel muscles in order to move your character along. Provided that this practice is consistent with peer-reviewed research, it may be a good option — assuming, of course, that the user is performing Kegels correctly.
PROS: These devices are still relatively cost-efficient, and they provide some feedback on the efficacy of your Kegel exercises.
CONS: It’s still possible to do Kegels incorrectly with these devices.
Biofeedback only goes so far. Doing a Kegel correctly can be very specific and subtle — and often, Kegel exercise devices don’t pick up the difference between correct and incorrect form.
Can Kegel Devices Be Hacked?
Privacy is a major concern when using apps. Can the system be hacked?
It’s a valid concern — if your bank or credit card company can be hacked, why not a urinary incontinence treatment company?
For many people, this seems very risky — especially with such a sensitive and vulnerable part of life.
Inserts without Apps
Kegel exercise devices that provide feedback without the app are trying to resolve the privacy/security issue.
These types of Kegel machines for women work by providing biofeedback or vibration guidance to help you through your toning and strengthening programs.
For example, if the device can sense you’re squeezing strong enough and in a particular way, it may vibrate to let you know you’re on the right path. You might contract your muscles while the device is vibrating, and relax when the vibrations cease — how each device works may vary.
However, since these inserts don’t come with a connected app to help you navigate the exercises, you may need to refer to a user manual to remember what the different sequences and types of vibrations mean as you complete your pelvic floor training regimen.
PROS: Since these devices don’t rely on applications, they pose fewer security concerns. For some, the haptic feedback may prove truly helpful.
CONS: Unfortunately, the haptic feedback may also be confusing for many.
Since these devices may only be able to signal when a user is performing their Kegels correctly, and not necessarily be able to help the user understand how to get there, these devices can be frustrating.
If only there was a type of device that just did your Kegels for you, right?
Why Yarlap is the Best Kegel Exercise Device
Yarlap is a Kegel device that is FDA-cleared for urinary incontinence treatment. Of the many wonderful things about Yarlap, perhaps the best is that it removes the how from doing Kegels correctly. You don’t need to know how to do them at all. Why?
The Yarlap can do the perfect Kegel for you.
With the Yarlap, YOU are in charge as you learn and improve on your own terms.
Here’s how it works:
You’ll start by cleaning and lubricating the main unit of the Yarlap device — a pelvic floor muscle stimulator — before placing it in your vagina. Using the control unit, you can turn on the Yarlap device and select your desired exercise program.
The Yarlap team provides guidance to help you select a safe and effective program, which you’ll find in your instruction booklet. You can pick a program that feels comfortable to start and work your way up to more challenging routines.
The Yarlap device uses neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) to contract and relax your muscles for you. This is a fully natural process that occurs in your body daily.
Any time you exercise (lifting weights, running laps), your brain sends electrical signals to the relevant muscles in order to help them perform.
The Yarlap simply leverages this system to contract and relax the pelvic floor in the most effective way possible — without you having to consciously move a muscle.
Advantages of The Yarlap
The Yarlap device has many advantages, but the two that stand out for most of our customers are as follows:
- First, you’ll get results as fast as possible. You don’t have to wonder if you’re doing Kegels correctly or potentially straining your muscles — which is counterproductive.
- Second, it can be really difficult to begin to do Kegels if you have weakened pelvic floor muscles. Instead of relying on damaged or weak muscles to do precise, subtle, and correct movements, you can rely on NMES to perform the exercises reliably and painlessly, every time.
The Yarlap is a very effective urinary incontinence treatment. With consistent use of this Kegel device, you should see better urinary control in as little as 2-5 weeks. (Of course, results may vary.)
Even with its proven efficacy, Yarlap may not be for everyone. If you have a pacemaker, the Yarlap is not for you.
Many women like using multicolored Kegel eggs for their simplicity of use. Others enjoy playing games on connected apps or having access to their data for later reference. However, it’s not always clear you’re doing Kegels properly with these methods.
The Yarlap takes as little as twenty minutes a day, is an FDA-cleared urinary incontinence treatment, and teaches your body to naturally gain control. The Yarlap gives you the ability to rehabilitate your pelvic floor muscles in a more natural way. It’s fun, it’s efficient, and it simply works.
But you don’t have to take our word for it.
We appreciate and admire women who willingly share their experiences with such an intensely personal part of their bodies. We also understand hearing the stories of other women may inspire confidence in the decisions you make for your own wellness. Here is what satisfied Amazon customers had to say about the Yarlap Kegel device:
Yarlap While You Watch TV:
[The Yarlap] does Kegels for me while I watch TV! Pretty sure I used the wrong muscles before because it’s different this time. But it’s nice to know I can have something else do it for me while I watch TV! It’s super easy, works, and it’s comfy.
The Yarlap Makes Kegels Easy:
Kegels aren’t so hard now. I wasn’t sure if I was doing the workout right because I wasn’t ever told how to do them. Never heard about the pelvic floor muscles, just thought that Kegels were for your sex life. I use it as a preventative measure that I heard about on a podcast (sex with Emily) so I do not pee myself. 20 minutes a few days a week, that’s all it is. I just sit there and let the Yarlap do everything for me. It is SO FREAKING easy. Just turn it on and watch a quick TV show or just chill and read a book. Boom, done.
Saw Improvement Within 1 Week:
Began using the device 1 1/2 weeks before Christmas, and have used all but 3-4 days since then (currently Jan. 6th). Within a week I saw improvement…ran 8 miles without having to stop to use the restroom, could travel 3 hours without stopping and could get gas before having to use the restroom (could not do this before), and this week have noticed I do not get up in the night to use the bathroom (previously got up 1-2 times/night). Likewise, can lay in bed in the morning without immediately having to use the restroom…could not do that before. Extremely pleased with the results and wish I had done this a long time ago!
Added Bonus: Stronger, Longer Orgasms:
AMAZING-would highly recommend! This device is simple to use and very comfortable! You can actually feel your muscles moving for you, so you don’t have to worry if you’re doing it correctly. As an added bonus- my orgasms during sex are stronger and last longer. I would recommend this device to anyone looking to help with incontinence or anyone looking to improve their sexual experience!
*Note: These reviews have been lightly edited for spelling and punctuation.*
Getting Started with Yarlap
Life comes with many struggles, but dealing with long-term urinary incontinence doesn’t have to be one of them. With the Yarlap Kegel exercise device, you can turn the challenge of a loose or weakened pelvic floor into the opportunity to regain control of your body naturally.
With a little help from the Yarlap, you’ll enjoy greater independence and Kegel muscle performance. We hope you’ll feel empowered to meet the other challenges in your life with the confidence that you can overcome them, too.
If you’re interested in exploring this effective way of training your body and treating incontinence, it’s easy to get started!
Our U.S.-based customer success team is excited to hear from you. Call them at (614) 568-7000 or contact us online to ask any questions you may have about the Yarlap.
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