The National Partnership for Women and Families has posted a summary of recent findings on nonsurgical treatments for incontinence. They citte lots of good sources, including USA Today and the original NIH study. Basically, 1/5-1/3 of women have piddle problems, but the majority don’t seek treatment either out of shame or a lack of awareness. While surgery is pretty darned effective, it isn’t desirable or available for everyone. Women who pee a bit when they sneeze or cough have what’s called Stress Incontinence, and over half of them can fix up the problem by doing pelvic floor exercises, including Kegels! Yay Kegels! It’s even more effective when technology is used to allow women to watch their muscles working through a computer.
Although it wasn’t mentioned in the write up, Kegels also help with sexual pleasure, birthing, and orgasms. Plus, they’re a fun way to kill time in traffic jams on the way home from work. Men and women can do them, by the way. Although women don’t need to use aids for it, it can be helpful to consider purchasing a vaginal product designed to help you flex the correct muscles. Curious for more information? See the links below for more info, check us out a workshop, or go ahead and click the “communicate” link at the top to drop us a line.
(I have one of those puppets, too, but I usually don’t have her talk when I teach Kegels…..)
(Be careful sitting on that lighter, Destin! Also, he keeps his clothes on but the language is not safe for most people’s jobs. Then again, is a talking vagina work-safe? Thank goodness both are a part of my job!)