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So, look, we’ve talked about urinary tract infections and loss of libido around here lately.  So, why not also talk about what no one wants to talk about?  I know don’t want to talk about it.  But you know what?  I have issues with it whether I want to say it out loud or not.

Urinary incontinence.  There.  I said it.

Yeah, you know……that old person’s issue that you didn’t think you would ever have to deal with?  Well, guess what? It’s here.  And I’m not old!

What Causes Urinary Incontinence?

My issues with bladder leakage first began in my third and last pregnancy in my early 40s.  Like many women, the weight of the child on my bladder would cause me to experience leakage when I sneezed.  At the time, whenever I felt a sneeze coming on I would quickly wrap my legs together to keep everything in place.

And if I could do it without looking like I was manhandling my lady parts in public, I would also throw my hand down there too, for extra protection. It worked for me at the time, and the problem passed after I gave birth.  And to be honest, I really didn’t think I would have an issue with it again.

Such is the illusion when one thinks you will remain perennially young.

I gave birth to my child at the age of 43.  I am now 58.  And unfortunately, I’ve been experiencing what is called “urgency urinary incontinence” which has been increasing with intensity for close to 10 years.  It’s also called “over-active bladder.”

At first, it wasn’t any big deal.  But, as I’ve gotten older and done absolutely nothing about it, I’ve noticed that it’s gotten worse. I’m not at the adult diaper stage yet.  But, Holy Leaky Bladder, Batman!  It’s really a problem for me.  And I hate to admit that.  But, it’s true.

Bladder-Control-During-Pregnancy-articleOkay, so we know that pregnancy and childbirth can definitely do a number on your bladder and the pelvic floor muscles, which, by the way, help support the bladder and prevent leakage.

But even if you’ve never been pregnant or given birth, you can still have issues with urinary continence, especially as you age, enter menopause and begin to lose estrogen.

Estrogen helps maintain tone in vaginal tissue. When we lose estrogen, we naturally lose tone.  As a result, we may also experience issues with bladder control.

Which is likely why I’ve been having increasing issues with it as I’ve gotten older and further into the post-menopause years.

Well, that, and the fact that 3 pregnancies did a number on my bladder and pelvic floor.  Let’s just say it.

Hysterectomies, certain types of medication, and even simple bladder irritation can all contribute to bladder control issues as well. But, whatever the cause, the truth is, if you suffer with bladder control issues and urinary incontinence, you are not alone.  I’m right there with you.

Those Kegel Exercises

Do you want to know what I’ve hated far worse than admitting I have a problem with urinary incontinence?  Kegel exercises.  Oy.  And I’ve tried them.  Many times.  I probably wasn’t doing them correctly, and maybe that’s why I hated them.  I wasn’t seeing results.  And being the practical girl that I am, if something isn’t working for me, I don’t do it.

However, I learned something today that I didn’t know.  I suspected it.  But, now I have a little bit of professional weight behind my suspicions.  The American College of Physicians not only recommends pelvic floor muscle exercises (these are Kegels), but also says that 50 percent of women do not correctly contract the pelvic floor muscles.

Okay, so I’m not alone.

And of course, as one might expect, if 50 percent of women are not doing the exercises correctly, they are certainly getting frustrated – and guess what?  They stop doing them.  No surprise there, right?

But check this out, ladies.  There is a new FDA approved pelvic floor training system that can help us finally keep us on track and doing the dreaded Kegel exercises!!  Interested?  I certainly was when I read the information on this new product.

The PeriCoach®

Okay, so what is it?  It’s a home device and app which is designed to treat stress incontinence, mild-to-moderate urge incontinence (this would be me and maybe you?), and mixed urinary incontinence.  It works by strengthening the pelvic floor muscles through exercise.

PeriCoach with phone copy (359x400)The device itself contains biosensors and is inserted into the vagina.  Now, don’t freak out on me ladies!  I know it sounds a bit peculiar.  But hear me out!

Once the PeriCoach® device is inserted, you perform the exercises.

The biosensors will then detect how well you are doing the exercises by measuring the strength and duration of each contraction.

The data is sent to a smartphone app, which you can get from the Apple App Store or from Google Play, by the way.

The data is collected and analyzed via the app and can be converted to graphs and charts so you can see how well you are doing the exercise.  Or as in my case………how badly.

The data can also be sent to a PeriCoach® portal and a clinician or health expert can help you decipher the data, review how well you may or may not be doing the exercises and provide some feedback. Think of it as a Fitbit for your vagina!

The PeriCoach® is FDA Approved

Now plenty of you ladies know how I feel about the FDA.  However, I know that it can be very important to know that a product, or in this case, the PeriCoach®, has been reviewed, tested, and approved for marketing in the United States.  While I don’t think the FDA is the be-all-end-all.  I will certainly acknowledge that if something is FDA approved, you can expect a certain level of safety and benefit.

Where Can You Get the PeriCoach®?

If you’re interested, you can get a prescription from your physician or health care provider for the PeriCoach®. PeriCoach with handbag (400x303)

Once you have a prescription, you can visit their website at www.PeriCoach.com  and upload it there.

Once you’ve done that, you can place your order and it will be delivered directly to your home.

So let’s review again what this product does.  I don’t know about you, but I find it incredibly fascinating!

  • You insert the PeriCoach® into your vagina
  • You then proceed to engage your pelvic floor muscles and do the Kegel exercises
  • The biosensors in the PeriCoach® will detect the strength or weakness of your muscle contractions, and send the data to the app which will be on your smartphone
  • You can download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play
  • There is a web portal available giving you the option to connect with your trained clinician to help you analyze the data and provide input and recommendations

Another thing I like about the product is the look of it.  It’s slick, smart, and discreet.  Well, of course, anything that you insert into your vagina is going to be discreet!  But, you know what  I mean!  You can tuck into your purse and carry it with you.  Given that we’re used to carrying our phones around 24/7, this isn’t really a big deal, you know?  You can just throw the PeriCoach® right into your bag too.

Listen, ladies, I review a lot of products at this blog.  Some of them are not all that interesting to me, and some of them are.  This is definitely one that I find fascinating.  I’m definitely going to ask my GYN about it this fall when I go in for my annual pap and all that other fun we gals have to subject ourselves to on an annual basis.

If any of you decide you want to check it out, PLEASE come back and let me know what you think about it.  It really seems like a cool product and I would be very interested in hearing what you think. Once again, you can check out the PeriCoach® at: www.PeriCoach.com. 

In the meantime, check me out at Facebook and join the conversation!  Oh….and before you go…..PULEEZE check out this video on the PeriCoach®. It is fabulously hysterical! You will love it.

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