Pioneering the Pelvic Floor Dr. Kegel and the Quest for Sexual Satisfaction

Dr. Arnold Kegel, a practicing gynaecologist in the early 20th century, was the first medical professional spot a correlation between weakened pelvic floor muscles and childbirth.

Dr. Kegel appreciated how upsetting the weakened muscle could be, as they caused bladder control issues, vaginal prolapses, and sexual dissatisfaction. His first efforts to solve these issues resulted in the invention of the Kegel perineometer.

A perineometer is not too different from the old biofeedback trainers on the market today. His very first version used a probe in the vagina to measure how much force the pelvic floor could exert, showing the results on a dial. If a woman could squeeze above a certain number on the dial, they were unlikely to suffer from incontinence.

Dr. Kegel went on to revolutionise the whole practice of gynaecology, producing an 18-year long study on the pelvic floor muscles. His research concluded with a major finding: pelvic floor exercise is integral to female health! By 1950, 93% of Dr. Kegel’s patients were cured of their bladder control issues or other ailment caused by muscle weakness.

However, another big finding was the difficult nature of pelvic floor exercise. Many women weren’t making the most of their Kegels, squeezing the wrong muscles or not squeezing effectively. Loss of enthusiasm was rife: “Unless given an opportunity to repeat their efforts under visual control, thereby noting any progress they may make, patients are apt to become discouraged.”

The Kegel Angel aims to solve the problem of confusing and time-consuming Kegel exercises, making them easy and effective. Placed in the vagina, the Kegel Angel sends a gentle pulse to exactly the right muscles, so they tense, relax, and strengthen. It simulates a perfect Kegel every time. You can use the Kegel Angel discreetly and comfortably any time during your day, whether you’re catching up on paperwork, calling a friend, feeding the baby, or flicking through channels.

We’re so excited to be improving on Dr. Kegel’s work! Try out the Kegel Angel today to see improvement in your bladder control and sex life in just a few weeks.

The Angel is ideal for speedy recovery from childbirth or to strengthen your muscles as you age. However, every woman is different, so we advise double-checking with your doctor or physiotherapist if you’re concerned about your specific needs.

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Exercise Without Embarrassment: No More Leaks

Around one in three women who work out say they’ve had an ‘oops’ moment. And of these women, up to 30% change the way they exercise to avoid bladder leaks, or stop exercising at all! We hate to hear this — exercise is a great way to keep fit, healthy, and happy.

Stress incontinence is the likely culprit for leaks during sport. Jumping, running, or lifting can all place excess pressure on your lower half, so most impact sports will put stress on your bladder and urethra. If your pelvic floor isn’t firm, pee can leak out.

Keeping this kind of bladder weakness in mind, we’ve put together a few tips to help you stay on track at the gym.

  1. Kegels — the real essentials.

The most important and doctor-recommended treatment for weak bladder are Kegel exercises. Kegels work the pelvic floor, giving you better control, stronger sensation in your vagina, and a strong core.

If you don’t have time for a demanding Kegel schedule (most doctors recommend a five-minute session between three and ten times per day), the Kegel Angel can help. Using a gentle pulse, the Kegel Angel stimulates the pelvic floor muscles to expand, contract, and strengthen, putting an end to your bladder control woes. The Angel offers specific workouts for stress incontinence, working the muscles in exactly the right way for 100% of the workout.

  1. Find the ladies’.

Even if you don’t feel like going, have a seat and make sure your bladder is fully emptied. Don’t be afraid to pause your workout to take another trip, as sometimes a weak pelvic floor can make it hard to know when you need to go. We also recommend ‘double voiding’: pee until you think you’re done, stand up and count to ten, then sit and try again. Try it!

  1. Dial back the workout.

Whilst you’re on your Kegel workout plan, there is no harm in taking a break from high impact and trying something a little softer on the abdomen. There are several low-impact sports that still burn up calories. Try swimming, yoga, pilates, or gentle cycling, which will all offer a smoother exercise experience. Just don’t quit altogether!

  1. Cut the junk.

Women with a higher body fat percentage tend to put more pressure on the pelvic floor, so are more likely to experience leaks during sport. Don’t give up, ladies! As you lose weight, your bladder control will increase, so keeping up with your goals and exercise plan is key. Try cutting high-sugar foods from your diet to aid your weight loss and improve your Kegel exercises.

The Angel is ideal for erasing bladder leaks and strengthening your pelvic muscles. However, every woman is different, so we advise double-checking with your doctor or physiotherapist if you’re concerned about your specific needs.

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Six Reasons to Pump the Pelvic Floor

Maybe you’ve heard about Kegels before — but why should women spend their precious time doing them? And aren’t they just for older ladies or new mothers?

In reality, we all need a healthy pelvic floor to prevent problems in the future as well as solve issues today.  Here are the top six reasons you should start your Kegels now!

  1. Explosive orgasms.

A strong pelvic floor gives you longer, stronger, more frequent orgasms. There’s no doubt about it: when you climax, the pelvic floor muscles cause the tense, rhythmic contractions you feel in your lower half. So, the maths is easy — the stronger the muscles, the stronger the contraction!

  1. A Strong Core.

Although it won’t give you abs of steel, a strong pelvic floor means a firmer core with better supported internal organs. Your bladder, bowel and uterus are all held up by the pelvic floor, which in turn stabilises your abs, back muscles, and spine. Overall, you’ll be looking at better posture, prevention of back injury, and reduction in any back pain. Treat your core the way it deserves and give it a strong foundation!

  1. Eliminate leaks.

We recommend you test this out with the other women in your lives. One in three of us will experience bladder leakage at some point in our lives, and the Kegel Angel team reckon that’s a conservative statistic! Check with your mother, grandmother, sisters, and friends — have they ever had a leak?

Your pelvic floor is responsible for holding on to your pee until you’re ready to go. If you’ve had a baby, gone extra hard at the gym, made it through menopause, or just celebrated a big birthday, you might know what can happen when you laugh or cough. Keep the pelvic floor strong and firm to prevent leaks, whether you’re 22 or 72!

  1. Prepare for pregnancy and parenting.

In 2015, nearly 5.1 million European women gave birth! That means millions of women also experienced a weakened pelvic floor and the possible incontinence issues that come with it. Getting your pelvic floor in shape before delivery can reduce your risk of incontinence, shorten labour, and prevent tearing or episiotomies. Post-birth, Kegels will help you get back to a pre-baby body, toning your muscles and keeping everything firm.

  1. Master the menopause.

Fluctuating oestrogen levels give many women hot flushes, vaginal dryness, and the lesser known issue of a weakened pelvic floor. Keeping up with Kegels around the menopause can solve all of these worries, increasing blood flow to the pelvic area and improving moisture levels.

  1. Banish the bloat.

As well as better posture, the core muscles that Kegels help to firm up are essential for a strong, straight posture. Correct posture and a strong pelvic floor will pull your tummy inwards, talking around 5kg off your frame without a single calorie burnt. You could drop an entire dress size!

The catch to Kegels? You have to be doing them correctly. A recent survey by the MAYO clinic found that of the 50% of women aren’t doing their Kegels rights, only targeting around 40% of the pelvic floor. You should also be following a workout plan to target your particular needs — incontinence, sexual satisfaction, core strength, or something else entirely!

The Kegel Angel was created to bless women with a powerful pelvic floor, no special skill or spare time required. It’s smaller and less bulky than other tens-based solutions, and it does the work for you, unlike biofeedback trainers. The Angel also offers different workouts for different intimate issues, so you will see improvements in no time!

The Angel is ideal for speedy recovery from childbirth or to strengthen your muscles as you age. However, every woman is different, so we advise double-checking with your doctor or physiotherapist if you’re concerned about your specific needs.

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Six Tips for Mastering Menopause

Menopause is nothing to be ashamed of. In the UK, 13 million women are experiencing the big milestone on any given day! Kegel Angel has a few useful tips on navigating this time in your life with minimal stress and maximum composure.

  1. Get out and get exercising.

Exercise is not just a great way to maintain healthy mind and body: during the menopause, it will also reduce hot flashes and mood swings, protect again heart disease, and strengthen bones. Remember, it’s never too late! Even if you’ve never been much of an active person, now is a great time to start. Take regular brisk walks or jogs, and try relaxing ways to stay in shape like yoga, pilates, or tai-chi.

  1. Drink your milk.

As we get older we all lose significant amounts of bone mass, which can lead to osteoporosis. Try adding extra calcium to your diet with milk (soy works too!) and cheeses, as well as green leafy vegetable and nuts — especially broccoli, spinach, and almonds.

  1. Do your Kegels!

Did you know that menopause increases your risk of urinary incontinence? It can also reduce sexual sensation for you and your partner due to a weakening pelvic floor. The Kegel Angel can help you tackle this before it begins: using a gentle pulse, the Angel stimulates the pelvic floor muscles to expand, contract, and strengthen. If the menopause is causing incontinence or muscle weakness, or if you just want to turn your orgasms back up to eleven, the Angel can help.

  1. Stay intimate.

Repeat after us: the menopause doesn’t reduce your sex drive. Studies have shown two-thirds of women report zero reduction in their sexual appetite, and intimacy can be both physically and emotionally reassuring. Some women even report super-strong orgasms during menopause!

  1. Keep it lubed.

If you do feel tenderness during sex, make sure to use a water-based lubricant. For women with more complex needs such as dryness or atrophy, your doctor can prescribe a course of oestrogen cream to ease general discomfort. Don’t be put off by an easy-to-solve issue, and remember a strong pelvic floor can help tremendously.

  1. Know yourself, know your sleep.

Getting a good night’s sleep is a great way to make the most of every day. The usual no-nos apply: avoid large meals, coffee, smoking, or using a screen before bed. Drink something warm like a chamomile tea or warm milk, keep your bedroom dark, and keep cool.

The Angel is ideal to strengthen your muscles as you age. However, every woman is different, so we advise double-checking with your doctor or physiotherapist if you’re concerned about your specific needs.

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The Magic of the Pelvic Floor Seven Things You Didn’t Know!

When it comes to being fit and healthy, it’s not just what’s on the outside that counts — the muscles stitching the inside of your body together are just as important.

And yet, a hugely important part of our internal anatomy is constantly overlooked when we discuss exercise (or anything else for that matter)…

The muscles of the pelvic floor have perhaps the longest job description of any in the body: supporting our internal organs, controlling the bladder and bowel, and determining the frequency and magnitude of our orgasms! Yeah, we owe them big time.

Understanding these muscles and how to improve them has HUGE rewards. We bet you didn’t know these seven things about the pelvic floor…

  1. A Hardworking Hammock

Imagine a long hammock stretched tight between your pubic mound and your tailbone. The pelvic floor sits like this, holding up your bladder, bowel and uterus. Depending on what you’re doing, the muscle group can relax or contract to move your bits and pieces around.

  1. Giving Your Vagina a Big Hug

Yep, your pelvic floor gets up close and personal with your vagina – and your anus, and your urethra. It hugs together your urethral and anal sphincters, helping you to control when you pee or poo (medical types call this ‘continence’) and playing a key role in that big ‘O’….

  1. Working Up The Os…

A strong pelvic floor will bring bigger, bolder, more brazen orgasms! During climax, the tensing feeling you experience comes directly from that group of muscles, so a firm pelvic floor will bring a more powerful firework show. Yes please!

  1. Holding the Baby

If you’re harbouring a bump (or hoping to be), guess which muscle group is your best friend? Yep, all those contractions you have to look forward to are the pelvic floor at work, so when your when your midwife tells you to push, it’s the pelvic floor heeding the hollerin’. As you might have realised, a strong pelvic floor will help with a quick and easy delivery.

  1. Pump It Up

Just like any other muscle, you can strengthen your pelvic floor with ‘Kegel’ exercises. First developed by Dr. Arnold Kegel in 1948, Kegel exercise is recommended by gynaecologists all over the world as an easy, effective way to improve pelvic floor health.

Check out more of the Kegel Club posts for a handy guide to a correct Kegel routine. If you’re short on time or want results ASAP, Kegel Angel can help you get the most out of training by sending a gentle pulse to exactly the right muscles. It simulates a perfect Kegel every time, making your pelvic floor tense, relax, and strengthen.

  1. It’s Bigger than You Think

The pelvic floor is a complex piece of equipment, using both fast-twitch and slow-twitch muscle fibres. Fast-twitch muscles feature a snappy reaction to stimuli, whereas slow-twitch muscles are always switched on. These different fibres require different kinds of exercise, so we recommend switching up your routine for an impactful workout. Think high-intensity interval training (HIIT) for your vagina!

  1. Our final fact?

    Your pelvic floor is AMAZING! These modest muscles deserve a round of applause for their hard work and integral role in our health. Taking care of your pelvic floor and making sure it’s in tip-top shape can improve your life in immeasurable ways, so what are you waiting for? Get squeezin’!

The Angel is ideal for speedy recovery from childbirth or to strengthen your muscles as you age. However, every woman is different, so we advise double-checking with your doctor or physiotherapist if you’re concerned about your specific needs.

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Managing Bladder Weakness

If you’re starting a Kegel routine using the Angel, you’ll soon be blessed with a stronger pelvic floor and better control over your urges. While you’re on your journey to restore your floor, we’ve got a bucket-load of tips to help you tackle the daily challenge of incontinence.

On the Go

Bladder weakness can make trips or travelling worrying, especially long distances by car, train, plane, or bus. Planning ahead can relieve these worries and help you enjoy the journey.

  • Make sure to stock up on bladder control pads and carry laundry detergent. You might find it useful to have wet wipes and hand wash, plastic bags, and a deodorised spray to remove any odours.
  • Check out possible places to stop along the route of a long car journey. If you’re flying or travelling by train, an aisle seat will allow easier access to the toilet.
  • Find out about the laundry facilities in your rental house, hotel, B’n’b, or campsite. A mini clothes horse or washing line could help.
  • For the journey, wear comfy clothes you can slip in and out of. It’s a good idea to bring a second outfit within reach.

At the Office

Bladder weakness at work can cause major unease for both men and women. Timing your toilet breaks or sprucing up after a leak can make it difficult to concentrate, affecting your time management and productivity. We know it’s not an easy object to navigate with colleagues or bosses, but there are a few small things you can do to make your day easier.

  • Depending on the severity of your issue, there may be a manager or HR professional you could share your worries with. Remember, one in three women suffer from bladder leaks and many more have experienced pregnancy or age-related urgency. You’re not the first and you won’t be the last!
  • Keep a schedule with several small breaks planned in, so you don’t need to sacrifice productivity for urgent leaks.
  • Keep a supply of the products you like to use in your desk, carry spare underwear in a handbag (who doesn’t?), and if possible, keep a spare pair of trousers on hand.

A weak pelvic floor plus exercising can often equal an accident. As a result, many women avoid the gym or their running shoes – this isn’t a good solution! Losing fitness can weaken your bladder control even further, making it harder to train up again. Follow these tips to get sweaty without leaking, and don’t let your bladder weakness dictate your day.

  • If your issues are severe, avoid high-intensity training involving running or jumping. Cycling or weight lifting are an excellent alternative, or simple yoga and pilates both train the pelvic floor.

As the Kegel Angel improves your strength and control, you may feel more comfortable returning to high-intensity training — even taking it up for the first time!

  • Make an Angel session part of your everyday exercise programme. Within four weeks, you will notice improvements to your core strength as well as your bladder control.
  • Avoiding drinking tea or coffee before exercising. These fluids are diuretics, which increase bladder activity. Although it is important to keep hydrated, avoid drinking large amounts of water before going for a run.

As well as physical effects, incontinence can strike your self-esteem and dignity,  leading to isolation, distress and depression. Make sure you’re talking about it with those you love and trust, or others with similar symptoms. They could be new mothers, mature ladies, or athletics lovers. Remember, women are powerful, sexy, and strong at every age and every stage.

The Angel is ideal for speedy recovery from childbirth or to strengthen your muscles as you age. However, every woman is different, so we advise double-checking with your doctor or physiotherapist if you’re concerned about your specific needs.

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Please note that advice offered by Kegel Angel may not be relevant to your individual case. For specific concerns regarding your health, always consult your physician or other licensed medical practitioners.

A Beginner’s Guide to Kegel Club Squeeze It, Lift It!

If you’re not acquainted with Kegels, we’re here to give you the 411. Pelvic floor exercises should be part of a daily exercise routine for women (and men!), strengthening core muscles that support organs in your lower half. For women, this means bladder, bowel, and uterus, so a strong, healthy pelvic floor means no leaks, lower chance of prolapse, and greater intimate sensation for you and your partner.

Pelvic floor exercises are kind of old news. The eponymic Dr. Arnold Kegel first developed the practice in1948, as he realised the importance of strong pelvic muscles in natural childbirth to reduce the risk of prolapse and prevent incontinence.

So, how do you Kegel?

You can try it slow or fast, or mix the two for a great work out!

Do It Slow:

(1) Get in a comfortable position with your knees slightly apart. You can sit, stand or lie down.

(2) In a slow and controlled manner, tighten the muscles around your anus as though you’re trying to hold in gas. This is the largest muscle of your pelvic floor.

(3) Follow the squeeze into your vagina, squeeze as though you’re trying to hold a ball inside you. Squeeze as hard as you can!

(4) Hold for five seconds, then relax. Repeat five times.

Try It Fast:

(1) Get in a comfortable position with your knees slightly apart. You can sit, stand or lie down.

(2) Follow steps (2) and (3) above, but squeeze all the muscles up as fast as you can.

(3) Hold for two seconds, relax for two seconds. Repeat this cycle five times.

Try to vary your workout by trying five slow and five fast, repeated for five minutes. Can you handle that Kegel challenge?!

Ideally, you should repeat this challenge three times per day, for about five minutes at a time. If you’ve got the time, aim for six times per day.

As your pelvic floor muscles get stronger, increase the length of your squeeze. Aim to hold each slow Kegel for around ten seconds. Improvement should occur in eight to 20 weeks.

Try to make sure you’re squeezing only your pelvic floor, not your glutes, thighs or hamstrings. This may be difficult at first, especially if your pelvic floor is on the softer side.

If you haven’t got the time to perform your own Kegel Exercises or would rather relax through the routine, the Kegel Angel could be a great solution! Using a gentle pulse, the Kegel Angel stimulates the pelvic floor muscles to expand, contract, and strengthen. The device offers different workouts for different intimate issues. If you have problems with any kind of incontinence, post-child birth muscle weakness, or just want to turn your orgasms up to eleven, the Kegel Angel can help you.

The Angel is ideal for speedy recovery from childbirth or to strengthen your muscles as you age. However, every woman is different, so we advise double-checking with your doctor or physiotherapist if you’re concerned about your specific needs.

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Please note that advice offered by Kegel Angel may not be relevant to your individual case. For specific concerns regarding your health, always consult your physician or other licensed medical practitioners.