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Should I be using kegel weights?

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A fitness tool that has become popular recently is vaginal or kegel weights. People have been unsure of their use and if they are an appropriate person to use the weights. Vaginal weights and pelvic floor physical therapy (PT) can become key components in promoting and maintaining the well-being of women. 

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that forms a hammock-like structure at the base of the pelvis, supporting organs such as the bladder, uterus, and rectum. These muscles play a crucial role in various bodily functions, including urinary and bowel control, sexual function, and providing stability to the pelvis.Many women experience pelvic floor dysfunction, which can manifest as urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, or even sexual dysfunction. Factors such as pregnancy, childbirth, aging, and obesity can contribute to weakened pelvic floor muscles. Recognizing the importance of pelvic floor health, women are turning to innovative solutions like vaginal weights and pelvic floor PT.

Vaginal weights, also known as Kegel weights, are small, weighted devices designed to be inserted into the vagina. The idea is to engage the pelvic floor muscles to hold the weight in place, providing resistance and strengthening the muscles over time. 

Benefits of Vaginal Weights:

  1. Improved Muscle Tone: Regular use of vaginal weights helps to strengthen and tone the pelvic floor muscles, promoting better support for the pelvic organs.
  2. Enhanced Sexual Function: Strong pelvic floor muscles contribute to improved sexual satisfaction by enhancing muscle control and responsiveness.
  3. Prevention of Incontinence: Vaginal weights are a proactive approach to preventing or alleviating urinary incontinence, a common issue among women, especially after childbirth.

Cons of using kegel weights without PT guidance first can include: 

  • Frustration – Many women may not be able to insert and keep the weight in place and over time give up because they feel they are wasting their time. 
  • Pain – Without a thorough exam, patient’s may think they need to be strengthening their pelvic floor when in reality, they need to be stretching and relaxing the pelvic floor and therefore causing more harm than benefit.

Pelvic floor PT involves working with a specialized physical therapist who can assess and address specific pelvic floor issues. This form of therapy goes beyond Kegel exercises, incorporating a holistic approach to pelvic health.

Benefits of Pelvic Floor PT:

  1. Personalized Treatment Plans: A pelvic floor physical therapist can create a tailored plan addressing individual needs and concerns.
  2. Education and Awareness: Patients receive valuable education about their pelvic floor anatomy and learn techniques for maintaining optimal health.
  3. Hands-On Therapy:Physical therapists use manual techniques to release tight muscles, improving flexibility and reducing pain.

Taking charge of your pelvic floor health is a proactive step towards overall well-being. We highly recommend seeking guidance of a pelvic floor PT prior to using vaginal weights. If you are interested in starting a pelvic floor strengthening program, give us a phone call to talk to one of our pelvic floor PTs for FREE!