How to Find The Best Pelvic Floor Muscle Stimulator For You
Blog written by Joy ON.
Kegels are becoming more and more popular - and for good reason! As the social stigma around kegels and pelvic health decreases, the amount of products made available to us to help us with pelvic health increases. But, with all of these new options, how are we supposed to know what’s best for us? Which is the best pelvic floor muscle stimulator for our specific needs?
In this blog, we’re going to hit the topics you want to hear about the most - what are kegels? What are the main reasons people use weights or kegel trainers? How do you decide which one is right for you?
Let’s dive right in and find out!
What Are Kegels?
Kegels are basically a way to exercise and strengthen our pelvic floor. You can do them with weights, an electric kegel exerciser, or on your own (though it is much easier to have a product to help you). The goal is to flex your pelvic muscles while these trainers are inside of you in order to activate them and keep them functioning correctly.
In order to do kegels effectively, you’ll need to:
- Find your pelvic muscles. You can do this by finding the muscles you use to cease the flow of urine. Once you’ve found them, move to step 2.
- Begin practicing. We recommend imagining you’re sitting on a small object. Tighten up your pelvic floor muscles as if you’re trying to lift that object off the ground for 3 seconds at a time, then relax for about 3-4 seconds. The more you do it, the longer you can contract these muscles.
- Don’t lose concentration. In order to see any results, you’ll need to focus on your muscles. If you catch yourself losing focus, no worries - you can always pull yourself back!
- Do them daily. We recommend doing 3 sets of 10-15 reps per day in order to see real results. If that seems like too much, start small and eventually work your way up.
Those are the basics! Now, let’s get to what kinds of things kegels can help!
How Effective Are Kegels for Incontinence?
Very effective. When you flex your pelvic muscles on your own or by using a kegel machine or weights, the muscles that support your uterus, bladder, intestine, and rectum will be strengthened and gain better control. However, in order to get the results you want, you’ll have to do them regularly, and talk to your doctor first.
Kegels for urinary incontinence can work very quickly, or after a few months - it all depends on how regularly you’re doing them, as well as your overall health.
Are Kegels Good for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?
Yes. But first, let’s get into what may cause this issue. A weak pelvic floor can be caused by several things, including:
- The strain from chronic constipation or coughing
- Heavy lifting or excessive physical job requirements
- Medical diseases (Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, etc)
Kegels and kegel trainers can be super helpful to combat pelvic dysfunction by, again, strengthening your pelvic muscles directly. While kegels may not completely eliminate the issue, they can help you regain control of those muscles, and in some cases, your life!
Do Kegels Help with Pelvic Floor Muscle Spasms?
No. Pelvic floor muscle spasms are typically diagnosed by the feeling of bands of tight muscle that are often painful and palpitating. They can be caused by multiple things, including pregnancy and CPPS (Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome). This kind of pain is similar to getting a cramp or spasm in any other muscle of your body, and is often the result of these muscles being too tight (or a medical issue).
Because these muscles are tight, the goal is to relax them, not strengthen them. For this reason, kegels are not advised in order to fix pelvic muscle spasms!
Instead, we recommend professional physical therapy, which according to the Cleveland Clinic cures about 80% of cases.
Other Important Benefits of Doing Kegels
Before deciding which is the best pelvic floor muscle stimulator for you, it’s important to factor in all of the added benefits kegels can give you! Here’s just a few more advantages to kegels:
They Can Strengthen Your Control of Your Pelvic Muscles.
Those who use kegel trainers may find an increased amount of control over their vaginal muscles, and as a result may see less pain during intercourse, or relief from issues such as vaginismus or dyspareunia. They’re also great for increased concentration and creating healthy habits!
They Can Help Create Good Fitness Habits.
Many of us have jobs that require us to sit down for long periods of time, which can do quite a bit of damage to our pelvic floor. They become quite weak if we sit too much, so learning how to use a pelvic floor toner is pivotal for both forming healthy fitness habits and keeping our pelvic floor in tip-top shape!
They Aid Blood Circulation.
There are many health benefits to kegels and electric kegel exercise, but one of the most important ones is the increased amount of blood circulation to your vagina or penis, as well as your pelvic region. This can give you a lot of advantages for your overall sexual health!
How Do You Decide Which is the Best Pelvic Floor Muscle Stimulator For You?
Our selection of kegel machines should have everything you need to get a healthier pelvic floor - but how do you know which one to choose? The Joy ON kegel weights and Kegel Exerciser pelvic floor trainer are both great for strengthening your pelvic floor muscles, and have quite a few similarities:
Similarities Between Our Kegel Weights and Kegel Exerciser Exerciser:
- Both include detailed instructions
- Both are covered by our customer service
- Both are supported by certified physical therapists
- Both are made of medical grade silicone to prevent allergies
- Both are latex and phthalate free
So, now that we know what they both can do, what are the actual differences and how will that help you choose? Well, here’s a handy chart to see which of our pelvic floor toners will work best for any issues you may be facing:
When to Use Kegel Weights
Kegel weights are a type of kegel trainer that uses progressively heavier weighted balls or cones with a string or wire attached. When inserted, the pelvic muscles contract, keeping the weights in place. Over time, your pelvic muscles become strengthened by keeping the weight from falling out.
Good for: This is the best pelvic floor muscle stimulator for you if your main issue is weak pelvic floor muscles, a diagnosis of stress urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pre/post pregnancy, post gynecologic surgery, and sexual health improvement.
How to Use Joy ON Kegel Weights
You can use the Joy ON kegel weights while kneeling, lying down, sitting, standing, walking, or even exercising. You can even use them while you do household chores or shower! With 7 weights spanning from .9 oz to 5.3 oz, these pelvic floor trainers challenge your muscles and help with improvement faster than doing kegels without any weights.
These weights also come with an App that allows you to track your workouts and progress, time your sessions, and record any notes you might have!
When to Use a Kegel Exerciser
The Joy ON Kegel Exerciser is a real-time biofeedback device that helps to train your pelvic muscles in both quick and longer contractions. This electric kegel exercise system has both a vibration mode and a manual training mode that can be used to relax overactive pelvic floor muscles after insertion.
Good for: This is the best pelvic floor muscle stimulator for you if you struggle with wear pelvic floor muscles, low pelvic floor muscle strength, or pelvic organ prolapse.
How to Use the Joy ON Kegel Exerciser
You can use this device while standing, lying down, or seated (on a soft surface). It is not meant to be used during active walking and/or exercise. Insert your kegel machine and use the included app for the manual mode, massage mode, and even games you can play while training your pelvic muscles! The app also allows you to track workouts and give you results with easy-to-understand graphs.
Talking about our sexual health can be difficult - but it doesn’t have to be! There is an ever growing community of women and men that have found benefits in doing kegels and using kegel trainers regularly, and have shared their stories online. We hope this blog has helped you make your final decision about which pelvic floor trainer is right for you - but if you’re still a little stumped (or just curious), be sure to check out our blog and our website for more products, tips, and tricks!
Good luck on your kegel journey!
Contributing Writer: Aurora Detor