Test of accordian view of product types

Brands: Kegel balls, Kegel cones, Yoni or jade egg, Ben Wa ball, and more

How it Works: Series of increasing weights inserted vaginally. Identifies and builds up Kegel muscles.

What you do: Squeeze to keep weights from falling

Pros: Inexpensive, Helps identify Kegel muscles

Cons: Requires dedicated time, Stay stationary, Requires privacy, Risk of infection

FDA cleared?: No

Price: $50-$100

Review: “Easy to use to isolate pelvic floor muscles. Once you identify your muscles, it’s easier to do Kegels anywhere on your own.”

Brands: KegelSmart, kGoal, Elvie, PeriCoach

How it Works: Probe inserted vaginally. Measures strength of Kegels using biofeedback.

What you do: Squeeze with mobile app guide

Pros: Relatively inexpensive, Gives feedback on Kegel strength

Cons: Requires dedicated time, Stay stationary, Requires privacy, Risk of infection

FDA cleared?: Not for incontinence

Price: $100-$300

Review: “Fit can be uncomfortable. The games are fun at first. Once you identify pelvic floor muscles, it’s easier to do Kegels on your own.”

Brands: BTL Emsella

How it Works: Sit on a chair while magnetic field is passed through your pelvic floor

What you do: Sit on a special chair in the doctor’s office.

Pros: Easy to use, Use while fully clothed

Cons: Six treatment for $2000, Repeat visits to the doctor’s office, Questionable efficacy

FDA cleared?: Yes, prescription required

Price: $2000 for six treatments

User Review:  “Nothing is inserted vaginally and clothes can be left on during treatment. Quite expensive for 6 visits and no guarantee that it will work.”

Brands: Apex, Attain, Liberty, Yarlap, Kegel8, Leva

How it Works: Probe inserted vaginally. Does Kegels for you via electrical stimulation.

What you do: Let probe contract muscles for you.

Pros: Does Kegels for you

Cons: Requires dedicated time, Stay stationary lying down, Requires privacy, Risk of infection

FDA cleared?: Yes, but may require prescription

Price: $300-$1200, with some insurance coverage

User Review: “Clinically proven to work, and some are quite strong. Contracts the correct muscles for you, but the vaginal activation leaves you feeling somewhat “violated.” It’s hard to commit to consistent private sessions.”

Brands: ELITONE

How it Works: GelPad worn externally. Does Kegels for you via electrical stimulation.

What you do: Let device contract muscles for you.

Pros: Does Kegels for you, No internal insertion, Worn under clothing, Can move around during treatment

Cons: Possibility of skin irritation

FDA cleared?: Yes, and no prescription required

Price: $399, with some insurance coverage

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