How do Kegels help and what if you can’t do them?
Kegel exercises help speed postpartum recovery by strengthening the pelvic floor. These exercises involve repeatedly contracting and relaxing pelvic floor muscles, but many people find it hard to zone in on which muscles to contract. One way to identify pelvic floor muscles is to imagine gripping something with your vagina. The movement is internal, so you shouldn’t see any movement in your abdomen or buttocks. Hold the contraction for 3–5 seconds, and repeat 3 times. Physicians recommend doing this 3 times a day. But with a new baby, leaky boobs, and possibly stitches, it’s challenging to focus on your Kegel form, especially if you haven’t learned how to do them correctly before delivery, or even remembering to do them at all.
But where there’s a challenge, there’s a solution. Specifically designed tools can actually do your Kegels for you, targeting the correct muscles for the right amount of time. Not only does this strengthen your pelvic floor and better support your pelvic organs, but it also tightens up the vaginal area, which can lead to better sex and a decreased risk of bladder leakage.
However, most of these tools require vaginal insertion, which is a postpartum no-no. Fortunately, there’s an effective device you can use externally. ELITONE is the only device cleared by the FDA for use as early as 6 weeks postpartum. Designed by a woman, ELITONE is worn under your clothes, much like a pad, and uses disposable GelPads to deliver gentle stimulation to contract your pelvic floor muscles. Just put it on, get dressed, and go about your day; ELITONE turns off automatically after a short session. You don’t need a prescription, and ELITONE is covered by some insurance plans.