Frequently asked questions
Below are lots of frequently asked questions. If we haven’t answered your question, please contact us through our contact page or call us Toll Free at +1 (614) 568-7000.
- 1. How do I use my Yarlap® Device?
- 2. What does Yarlap® mean?
- 3. What are the side effects of Yarlap®?
- 4. How much does Yarlap® cost?
- 5. Will insurance cover Yarlap®?
- 6. How often do I use Yarlap®?
- 7. Will NMES perform pelvic floor exercise?
- 8. What are stress, urge and mixed urinary incontinence?
- 9. Will any components (or parts) need to be monitored or replaced over time?
- 10. Where is the Pubococcygeus (PC) located?
- 11. When should muscle stimulation results be expected?
- 12. What should be considered in the selection of a vaginal lubricant?
How do I use my Yarlap® Device?
Please make sure you read the full instructions, including cleaning the pelvic floor muscle stimulator in the user manual.
1. Put the pelvic floor muscle simulator into Channel A or B (does not matter which one).
2. Generously apply lubricant onto the pelvic floor muscle simulator.
3. Insert the pelvic floor muscle simulator into the vagina with the silver parts facing towards your hips.
4. Press the “ON” button.
5. Select the desired program you would like to use.
6. Select intensity for a comfortable pelvic floor muscle contraction. Every woman is different, so pick what feels comfortable for you!
What does Yarlap® mean?
The name Yarlap® comes from the classic film The Philadelphia Story (© 1940, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer), Katherine Hepburn’s character wistfully rhapsodizes about the performance of her yacht named the “True Love.” Remember when she says, “My, she was yar…” easy to handle, responds correctly, lively, right. “Lap” is from your actual lap or lady parts. With us, your lap can be “yar” again!
What are the side effects of Yarlap®?
There are no known side effects of Yarlap® or NMES!
Do not use Yarlap® if you have a pacemaker.
How much does Yarlap® cost?
The Yarlap® System is $299 – including free shipping. We offer a 60-day money back guarantee.
You can use your FLEX or HSA dollars on the Yarlap®
Will insurance cover Yarlap®?
Muscle stimulation is widely used in Europe to strengthen a woman’s pelvic floor because many women find it difficult to perform the Kegel exercises correctly. Yarlap is FDA cleared to tone and re-educate a woman’s pelvic floor muscles. The Yarlap does the Kegel work-out for you- safe, effective and discreet – while you relax!; hence the trademarks Yarlap® with AutoKegel®. Plus, the Yarlap is FDA cleared to treat stress, urge and mixed incontinence.
Your insurance company may cover the Yarlap, but you need to check directly with your insurance company. We do not bill insurance companies.
If you have a health savings account, the Yarlap is eligible.
You can use your FLEX or HSA dollars on the Yarlap®
How often do I use Yarlap®?
20 minutes a day, 5 times a week. Keep in mind, every woman is different. Never use it to a point of fatigue though. Muscles have to rest. Muscle stimulation, like any exercise program, is most effective when performed correctly at a steady pace. For best results, start slowly, once a day three times a week. Then gradually increase to a maximum of two treatments per day up to five times per week. You should conduct treatment sessions no more than twice a day.
Will NMES perform pelvic floor exercise?
Yes! Our bodies send electrical signals all the time. Whenever you move your muscles, your brain is sending electrical signals to make those muscles perform. When a muscle is weakened or damaged, it is hard for those muscles to do the action that is signaled. With female urinary incontinence, it is hard to do the Kegel exercise because the pelvic floor muscles are weakened or damaged. The Yarlap® uses NMES to send electrical signals to your muscles, making them contract and relax for you. Even if you have weak or damaged muscles, NMES will perform the pelvic floor exercises painlessly for you.
What are stress, urge and mixed urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine. There are three main types of urinary incontinence that pelvic floor muscle stimulation can be used to treat. These are:
Will any components (or parts) need to be monitored or replaced over time?
Broken lead wires are the most common cause of loss of power to the PC Stim Electrode. Lead wires and the PC Stim Electrode should be routinely replaced at least once every six (6) months.
The device uses one (1) 9Volt alkaline battery. The battery icon on the LCD screen indicates when the battery needs replaced. When the battery icon is flashing, replace the expired battery with a replacement battery. The unit will not turn “ON” if the battery output falls below 6.6 (+/- 0.2) Volts. Average battery life is 24 hours.
Lubricant for the PC Stim Electrode should be 100% water based and generously applied. Never use mineral oils, petroleum jelly or lubricants containing silicone of any kind in the listed ingredients in the User’s Manual (see “Warnings” section). Silicone has adhesive properties and is an insulator. Both qualities are contraindicated for this device.
Reorder information is on the back cover of the User’s Manual.
Where is the Pubococcygeus (PC) located?
The Pubococcygeus muscle or the “PC” muscle spans the floor of the pelvic cavity from the coccyx to the pubic bone.
When should muscle stimulation results be expected?
Every individual is unique, so results may vary. However, you may expect to achieve better urinary control after 2-5 weeks though 12 weeks is not abnormal.
What should be considered in the selection of a vaginal lubricant?
Always only use 100% water-based lubricants with the device. Never use mineral oils or petroleum jelly as a lubricant because they can damage the PC Stim Electrode.
Never use lubricants containing silicone of any kind. Silicone is an insulator and can also potentially bond to the Electrode surface. (See “Adverse Reactions,” page 9 of the User’s Manual).
Never use any lubricant that contains Nonoxynol-9 (N-9) – a common active ingredient in spermicide that has been associated with a number of possible allergic reactions such as irritation, itching or burning. Women may also experience urinary tract infections, yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis after using N-9. Toxic Shock Syndrome has also been associated with the use of N-9.
Avoid lubricants with Glycerin, Parabens, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol or Chlorhexidine. Glycerin may convert to sugar inside the vagina, which can cause yeast infections in some women. Parabens are synthetic preservatives that can be absorbed through skin and may mimic estrogen in the body.
Phenoxyethanol has possible links to toxicity and skin irritation. Propylene Glycol and Chlorhexidine can be irritating to some women.
Stay vigilant! Avoid ingredients for which you may be allergic. You may find it convenient to purchase your lubricant direct from Relevium Labs, Inc. along with batteries and replacement PC Stim Electrodes. Please read the User’s Manual carefully before use.
It's all about Results
Gain control in just a few weeks. Yarlap’s clinically proven programs treat and prevent urinary incontinence. 20 minutes a day, 3-5 times a week. No surgery or drugs are involved. You control the comfort directly because every woman is unique – so should your treatment.