PC (Kegal) Muscles 101
In the early 1940's, Dr. Arnold Kegel (KAY-gul or KEY-gul), a pioneer in the field of women’s health, used a feedback instrument called the Perineometer to help women overcome urinary incontinence by exercising the pubococcygeus (PC) muscles of the pelvic floor which supports the uterus, bladder and bowels. After several months, when some of his patients reported having orgasms for the first time, it became clear that not only did the exercising and toning of these muscles help prevent urinary incontinence and vaginal recovery after child birth, but exercising the Kegel muscles could also lead to greater pleasure during sexual intercourse.
Now more than ever, women are seeking a long , fulfilling, and active sexual life, but pregnancy and childbirth, obesity, genetics, and natural aging can weaken the Kegel muscles, which provide a supporting floor for the pelvic organs. Weak PC muscles can lead to incontinence and a loss of sexual pleasure. Exercises can be done to strengthen this area, but many women who do self-guided Kegel exercises fail to see an improvement because they do the Kegels incorrectly. Our products can target and strengthen those muscles, usually within a few weeks. This is great news for women at any age!
What are Feminine Exercisers?
Imagine trying to strengthen your arms without the use of resistance bands or weights. You would be unlikely to see dramatic results. The PC muscles are no different than any other muscle: in order to strengthen the muscles effectively requires the addition of resistance. We have added products which are designed to target the Kegel muscles, acting as “weights” by providing resistance during Kegel exercises.
Feminine Exercisers are similar to a tampon in design and use, and consists of a string of hard plastic spheres with a magnet inside. These products, when used in conjunction with suggested Kegel exercises (and counseling and/or sex therapy, if needed), work to strengthen the PC muscles, and may be useful to women who have persistent problems reaching an orgasm.
*Some women find it easier to use these products with a thin lubricant. We do not recommend silicone-based lubricants, which can break down the product material.
**We recommend Feminine Wipes or Pjur Toy Cleaner before and after each use**
Warnings and Precautions: People with epilepsy, a pacemaker or other implants, on blood thinning medications or who may be pregnant should not use “magnetic therapy” (Lelo Luna Beads). Do not place magnets near battery operated watches, credit cards, or devices affected by magnets. We recommend the Smartballs if you have any of the conditions mentioned. Do not use spheres during menstruation, pregnancy or if you have an inverted uterus. Magnets should be used in conjunction with advice from a medical practitioner. For more Information, see your doctor, and visit your local library for medical education and research.
Lelo Luna Balls
Luna Balls are probably the very best medical grade Kegal exerciser on the market today!
These differ from the Feminine Exerciser, in the way that these are designed to use “on the go.” So easy! In fact, they work best when they are included during regular movement or exercise, such as walking, running, swimming, cleaning, or moving about, etc. The movement causes the inner balls to move, with gravity instigating spontaneous PC muscle contractions as the muscles are trying to prevent the bead(s) from slipping out. Women do not need to “think” about the involuntary Kegal exercises. Recommends 30 easy minutes daily of Luna bead sessions.
The basic Luna bead system consists of a silicone composition girdle and four weighted beads. The weight of each bead is identified by its lucent color: two petal pink 28 gram beads (one foundation bead with retraction leash and one crown bead) and two powder blue 37 gram beads (one foundation bead with retraction leash and one crown bead). The weight range within the basic system is 28 to 74 grams. The reason there are two sets of balls is so that a woman can build her muscles. After feeling comfortable with the first set, she can graduate to the second set, as her vaginal fitness level increases. (The idea is similar to toning your arms with 2 lb weights, and then graduating to 4 lb weights).
The Lelo Luna Balls come with very clear instructions, a silk pouch, and a beautiful gift box. When cared for properly, Luna beads have a 1 year manufacturer warranty. The lifespan of the Luna beads will be greatly increased with proper maintenance and care.
Feminine Exerciser (Magnets)
“The addition of magnets has combined an excellent muscle stimulator with magnetic therapy’s wide reputation for circulatory invigoration. Magnets attract and repel charged particles in the blood creating movement and heat. Blood vessels then dilate, increasing circulation, oxygen, healing and stimulation to the area. Consequently, desire, libido, lubrication and ability to achieve orgasm increase in many women. Age and use of anti-depressants [and other medicines] inhibit circulation. According to the medical profession, Kegal exercises strengthen the pelvic muscles helping to induce intense orgasmic contractions. This product is based on Chinese Taoist sexual exercises and principles. The magnetic balls help stimulate the first chakra in the pelvic floor and the second chakra in the genital area – the level of sexual desires. It is very discreet to use and no extra time need be allocated for use. This product has been used successfully by women of childbearing years to well into their 80’s.”
This particular product requires that a women set aside 15 minutes, 2 X’s a day to do the Feminine Exercises. After some practice, she may be comfortable using these while driving, working, or watching TV. There are detailed instructions in the packaging.
The European version of Ben Wa balls. SmartBalls are inserted into the vagina and can be worn for several hours. Every move you make causes the metal balls in the SmartBalls interior to vibrate. These are made to stimulate, massage and train vaginal muscles. The smaller weighted balls inside cause the pelvic floor to exercise as they quietly roll. They are very durable and easy to clean. The unique design, velvety smooth surface, and numerous color variations are pleasing to the eye. Smart Balls are designed to enhance sex play because they train vaginal as well as pelvic floor muscles. Detailed operating instructions are included.
SmartBalls are made of safe, non-hazardous materials, which are also used in the manufacturing of medical products. They are extremely durable and easy to clean. SmartBalls (including their flexible string) are coated with a hypoallergenic coating referred to as body-safe "elastomed". Made in Germany.
Natural Contours Energie Kegel Exerciser
From the highly respected company Natural Contours comes the `Energie` kegel exerciser. Extensively researched and tested, this will help women regain their muscle tone and enjoy more intense orgasms. The Energie Kegel exercise dumbell is a new product from Natural Contours. This ergonomically shaped barbell is especially effective for post-childbirth or menopause.
The Energie Kegel exerciser is fairly heavy. It weighs 14 ounces. It is used while lying down on your back. Before inserting the Energie kegel exerciser you might want to lubricate it. It is inserted into the kegel muscle which is used to try to lift the barbell slightly. When you are finished your 5 minute exercises you should wash it. (Toy cleaners work great!) With care, this item will last a lifetime.BACK TO PERSONAL CARE
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