A big thanks to PeriCoach for this conversation.
Ya know, I thought about writing this post in a really discreet way because this is an embarrassing topic. But then I thought about it…. and realized, that’s because it IS an embarrassing topic, I should just let it all out. Why beat around the bush? Let’s discuss it. Let’s lay it all ‘out there’. We’re not 12 year old girls who are going to giggle and point fingers.
Lots of changes come to a women’s body through life, especially after childbirth. And especially after birthing five babies! I’ve written a few times about light bladder leakage (LBL) because it’s a topic that’s not discussed often. It’s embarrassing. Nobody wants to admit they deal with LBL. Seriously, it makes me cringe. The fact that I’m turning 40 next month doesn’t help. I’d like to blame my age and popping out 5 kids, but in reality, 1 in 3 women experience involuntary bladder leakage. It’s true. And don’t pretend that you don’t have a little LBL every now and then. Or every time you laugh or sneeze, for that matter. Yeah, don’t tell me that when you bust out laughing at the food poisoning scene in Bride Maids… you don’t feel that little trickle haha.
“It is shocking that women continue to suffer the challenges of bladder leaking when, in many cases, they can address it with consistent and properly performed pelvic floor exercises,” continued Dr. Rickey. “Women need to stop accepting bladder issues as a natural consequence of childbirth or aging and take control. I hope women and clinicians will take advantage of this new technology.”
Involuntary Bladder Leaks can be triggered by everyday occurrences like coughing, sneezing, laughing or exercising and you can resort to wearing panty liners but that’s not really fixing the issue. I’m sure every woman in the world has tried Kegel exercises at one point or another in their lives. I know I’ve occasionally tried Kegel’s during pregnancy and after childbirth. I’m not really sure if I was ever doing it right – I just had to assume I was. I never really noticed a difference in that ‘area’ – so maybe I wasn’t doing it right. Well now there’s a new device that can help women with their Kegel exercises. I know that sounds weird, considering that we are discussing a ‘device’ – but it’s true. It’s the PeriCoach. This device has just been approved by the FDA and you can use it at home…. so that’s a major plus.
So what’s this PeriCoach?
The PeriCoach is a discreet device that you use at home and along with a smartphone app. This device helps women preform pelvic floor muscle training, similar to Kegel exercises. This PeriCoach system will monitor your progress so at least you will know if you’re doing it right or progressing at all. I can sit here and tell you that I truly never knew if I was doing my Kegel’s properly and never even knew if it was working or not.
Considering that involuntary bladder leakage affects close to 18 million women, and many suffer in silence, resorting to wearing liners, this is a pretty cool device that can really help.
Laugh again. Run again. Sneeze again with out worrying what may happen!
The PeriCoach was available in March, by prescription from a clinician, nurse or physical therapist. It can be ordered directly at www.PeriCoach.com with an uploaded prescription.