It's not uncommon for women over 50 to experience incontinence, but it doesn't make it any less disconcerting. Fortunately, there are many ways you can be proactive about strengthening your pelvic floor muscles — like investing in a kegel trainer.
What is a kegel trainer?
The pelvic floor muscles support our bladder, bowel, and uterus, but they can weaken over time due to factors like pregnancy, chronic coughing, childbirth, aging, excessive strain from frequent constipation, and being overweight, according to the Mayo Clinic. This may cause leaking when you laugh, sneeze, or cough, as well as a strong and sudden urge to urinate. Fecal incontinence is another symptom.
Fortunately, it's never too late to start doing your kegels, an exercise that helps build up strength in your pelvic floor muscles by squeezing them. The nice thing about kegels is that you can do them discreetly, in your home, while driving, at work, you name it. What's tricky about kegels and other pelvic floor exercises is knowing if you're doing them correctly — and that's where kegel trainers come in.
It may sound strange, but a kegel trainer is a device that you slip inside your vagina to monitor your kegel exercises. Most are electronic and designed to be used with an app that assigns you simple pelvic floor exercises. It will vibrate to let you know that you're doing the movements properly.
Kegel trainers aren't one size fits all, so think about your needs, preferences, and budget before you buy. Would you prefer kegel weights that don't require you to own a smartphone, or are you willing to spend a little extra money for a top-of-the-line kegel trainer? These are some questions to consider during your search.
Keep scrolling to shop Woman's World's picks for the best kegel trainers so you can enjoy life without leaks.
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