Kegels are the new Botox

 Kegels are the new Botox

While the word kegel might not be new to you, the concept of doing 11,000 in 28 minutes might be. You might be thinking why on earth would I need to do so many kegels, I haven’t had any children and I’m still in my 30’s but preventative care is in and peeing in your pants is out. 

The journal of women’s health recently released a study showing that at least 50% of women experience a urinary incontinence (UI) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) while they are pregnant and at least half of them have symptoms that continue postpartum. SUI can be as subtle as having a little dribble after a sneeze or a cough or as serious as an accident that causes you to need a change of clothes. 

Chances are if you’ve had at least one child before you know a little bit about SUI and chances are if you haven’t you had no idea that could happen. The good thing is neither of you are alone. Millions of women feel the same way you do and we can all do something about it.

Doctors have been recommending women do kegels to help with pregnancy related UI as early as the 1950s. According to the National Association for Continence, 63 percent of stress-incontinent women say their symptoms began during or after pregnancy. We need to stop associating this plague with old age and adult diapers and embrace kegels as precautionary and not reactionary.

Even though kegels have been around for a long time, the journal of women’s health reports that their popularity has not grown. This could be due to the fact that they are tedious, somewhat complicated and it is very hard to tell if you are doing it right. VSPOT offers what the OB-GYN community is calling “a breakthrough treatment for incontinence and confidence” that is completely non-invasive.

The BTL Emsella otherwise known as the “kegel throne” is an FDA approved chair that uses electromagnetic energy to create thousands of pelvic floor muscle contractions in a single session. The reason this works is because a woman’s pelvic floor muscles support her uterus, bladder, small intestine and rectum. These muscles play an important role in keeping your urine in your bladder as well as supporting other pelvic organ placement and sexual activity. They are essentially like any other muscle in the body — they can be weak, stretched out, strong and tight. 

*A healthy strong pelvic floor can lessen your chances of UI during pregnancy and postpartum as well as acting as a preventative measure for what happens to women naturally as we age. 

Self care and preventative care in the women’s health sector has seen a significant uptick in recent years. With technology advancing, access to treatments that make a lasting difference are able to be more affordable therefore giving access to so many more women. You can have a complimentary consultation with VSPOT’S double board certified OB-GYN Dr.Grover to find out if your pelvic floor is strong and if you could benefit from preventative kegel therapy. The bottom line is you don’t have to wait until you start to leak to do something about it just like you don’t have to wait until wrinkles are permanent to get botox.