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The sexual benefits of good pelvic floor tone

By Pelvic Floor Health
on June 28, 2018

The sexual benefits of good pelvic floor tone in women and men.

Women tend to be more aware of their pelvic floor muscles, pregnancy, heavy lifting and menopause can cause in weakening of the pelvic floor resulting in bladder weakness also known as stress incontinence.

For women this can have a limiting effect on their activities, particular running, jumping on trampolines and gym exercises.
Many women are told this is normal, nothing can be done and it is a normal part of aging.

The pelvic floor muscles, like any other, become weaker when not actively used. Hormone changes during leading up to and during menopause weaken the pelvic floor muscles.
Simple exercises, made easier by using Pelvic floor training devices such as Smartballs can correct and prevent bladder weakness in women and allow women to resume or take up exercising without fear or embarrassment about wetting your pants.

If you sneeze and wet your pants, try Smart Balls. Best of all, with a small amount of training you can pop your Smart Balls in and forget about them for the day while they do all the work.

So where do the sex benefits come in? Toned and terrific pelvic floor muscles lead to stronger orgasms for women and if your partner is a man, he will usually notice the improved squeeze during sex after as little as two weeks of use.

Other tips and tricks for your pelvic floors; before lifting heavy items, squeeze your pelvic floor muscles and hold whilst lifting. This protects them and helps protect your back. A strong core includes strong pelvic floor muscles and is good for your back.

Who knew men have pelvic floor muscles too? They perform a similar function as for women and strong pelvic floor muscles reduce the likelihood of incontinence in older age.

Strong pelvic floor muscles for men mean stronger erections and often quicker recovery times for men of all ages.

For men there is not currently an equivalent muscle training device such as Smart Balls, however squeezing and lifting the pelvic floor muscles- a technique used in yoga will strengthen the muscles.

The easiest way for men to do this is to squeeze your anus- bum hole- whatever you call it and then pull that muscle up towards your belly button.

All us will grow old, and none of us want to be incontinent...start now on improving your pelvic floor tone and enjoy the sex benefits too.

 

Ask a Question. Smart Balls or Natratone?

By Pelvic Floor Health
on November 17, 2017

Which one should I use, Smart Balls or Natratone?

Question

I have recently (8 weeks ago) given birth to my first child. He was a large baby and I had an extended period of pushing during my labour. I have just visited my GP after experiencing a sagging feeling in my vagina. She diagnosed a pelvic organ prolapse (bladder prolapse) where the front wall of my vagina is bulging and sagging down. I am not experiencing any incontinence at this stage but I am unable to 'hold on' for long when I really need to urinate. I am wondering what would be the better option to purchase to help with strengthening my pelvic floor, the NatraTone or SmartBalls?

Pelvic Floor Answers

We do recommend Natratone for women who have mild to moderate prolapse, you can later on if you choose, use the SmartBall Uno for maintenance, however the Natratone is a good long term option and we recommend you continue either to use the device or continue the correct exercises for 3-4 months at least (rather than the minimum of 6 weeks) to help strengthen your pelvic and core muscles and reduce the impact of the prolapse.
The Natratone is easy to use and you can use it daily rather than 3x per week if you choose.
You will be able to reuse the Natratone throughout your life as the medical grade plastic is long lasting

Ask a Question. Is the beginners pack suitable if you have had a full hysterectomy?

By Pelvic Floor Health
on November 12, 2017

Can I use Smart Balls after a hysterectomy?

Question

Are the Uno balls suitable for women that have had a total hysterectomy?

Pelvic Floor Answers

Yes the beginners packs suitable if you have had a full hysterectomy. The Smart Ball Uno is a great for getting you started on retraining your pelvic floor muscles. After a hysterectomy it is especially important to use lubricant, which is included in the pack, as your own natural lubricant may be greatly reduced. you can also purchase replacement lube in a larger bottle if you need more.

Your pelvic floor muscles can be toned following all the same instructions for use with the Smart Balls. Frequency and time used are the key ingredients to success.

You would also be able to use the Natratone if you prefer the idea of a set time and place for exercises rather than wearing the Smart Balls about during your daily activities.

Ask a Question. Do I need to do pelvic floor exercises whilst wearing Smart Balls?

By Pelvic Floor Health
on October 31, 2017

Do I exercise whilst wearing the SmartBall Uno?

Question

I recently purchased the beginners pack 
Do I have to still do the pelvic floor exercises when I wear the Ball? 
Also I cough a bit from asthma and hayfever and find it falls out. Do I need to do any exercise or will this improve as I wear them 
I had an anterior repair but I still have bit of leakage when I cough so I'm really hoping these balls will help with leakage.

Pelvic Floor Answers

Over time your pelvic floor muscles will tone and strengthen and it will be easier for the balls to stay in. Once you get some tone, you may be able to squeeze when you cough or sneeze to prevent them from popping out. 
I recommend increasing the amount of time you wear them for each day and being as active as possible- housework, walking etc while you wear them once you are confident. While you do not have to do pelvic floor exercises, the more active you are the quicker you will regain strength.

 

 

Ask a Question. I have bacterial vaginosis and bladder leakage - what should I use Smart Balls or Natratone?

By Pelvic Floor Health
on July 19, 2017

Over 40 and experiencing bladder weakness and BV

Question

I am 41 years old and have had no children, the last couple of months I've noticed urine leakage, it kinda just happens, I had a test at the GP but no urine infections are present but I do have bacterial vaginosis (BV) I'm finding the urine leaking making me quite paranoid as sometimes I can smell it etc..... I am wondering what package you'd advise for me? I'm very keen to get this sorted

Pelvic Floor Answers

Thanks for getting in touch. It is quite usual for women to experience a noticeable change in bladder control on the approach to menopause. Pregnancy and menopause are the primary cause of bladder weakness in women.

Both Smart Balls and Natratone would be suitable for you to use to help tone and strengthen your leakage issues and I recommend getting on to this as soon as you can as it is entirely possible to reverse the bladder weakness issues as you are not likely to have had a prolapse.

I am not sure as you have BV how your vagna will react to having the Smart Ball and lube in. Ideally you would resolve this first. Alternatively, the Natratone is not worn in the body but only used during the exercises, so this may be the best option for you. Both Smart Balls and Natratone are very effective when used as recommended,

BV as you may be well aware, is a vaginal condition caused by an imbalance of the naturally occurring bacterial flora and can result in a smell. I recommend work on this at the same time as a change in diet - removing sugar, eating fermented foods, drinking a lot of water to flush your system and eating fresh vegetables can make a big difference if you are able to speak to a naturopath they may be able to recommend suitable natural supplements to get your system back on track as this could be affecting your digestive tract as well.

Ask a Question. Grade 2 Bladder Prolapse - Will Smart Balls help me?

By Pelvic Floor Health
on July 14, 2017

Will SmartBalls help my Grade 2 Bladder Prolapse?

Question

I have a grade 2 bladder prolapse can the balls help for this problem?

Pelvic Floor Answers

I would recommend the Natratone as the better option to help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and to help reduce the impact of your Grade 2 Prolapse

While not likely to reverse your prolapse, many women with prolapse find improvement and greater bladder control from stronger pelvic floor muscles and if they do require surgery can have quicker recovery times with better blood flow and muscle tone from the exercises using the Natratone.

 

Ask a Question. Can a woman with a prolapse use the Duo Smart Balls?

By Pelvic Floor Health
on December 15, 2016

Can I use the Duo SmartBalls if I have a prolapse?

Question

I bought Smartballs Duo and still have them unopened in exactly the same condition they were sent to me. I read through the descriptions again and see that women with prolapsed a uterus should get the single "Uno". Am I still ok to use the two balls?
Also, if so, I have very strong muscles according to my physio so wondering if I chose the right Smart Ball set? much appreciate your help.

Pelvic Floor Answers

We are increasingly recommending that all women start with a single ball and then progress on to the double balls as this is much easier and success encourages women to keep using the balls to get benefit.
You are welcome to try the double balls and can then purchase the SmartBalls Uno if you need go back a few steps and start with the Uno. It will depend on the type and extent of your prolapse as to how easy it will be to use the Duo balls.
The main issue for women who have not used SmartBalls before and who have a prolapse is that they find it difficult to insert the double balls.
Unfortunately due to health and safety reasons we are not able to accept back even unopened SmartBalls so I recommend using them if you can.

 

Ask a Question. Do I need to wait for post pregnancy/birth bleeding to stop before using Smart Balls?

By Pelvic Floor Health
on December 07, 2016

When can I start using Smart Balls after childbirth?

Question

Do I need to wait for all bleeding post pregnancy to stop before using the Smart Balls? Or is it safe to use while bleeding still occurs?

Pelvic Floor Answers

We recommend that you wait at least 6 weeks until using Smart Balls and once all bleeding and bruising has healed and you have had the all clear from your midwife or health practitioner.
There can be some sensitivity after childbirth so better to wait than slow down the recovery process.

Definitely follow the instructions and use the balls for short periods with lubricant for the first few weeks.
You can use the Natratone sooner than the SmartBalls as they sit in the vaginal opening

Ask a Question. Cooking to improve vaginal tone. Not really much of a problem with bladder weakness.

By Pelvic Floor Health
on November 28, 2016

Question.

Looking to improve vaginal tone. Not really much of a problem with bladder weakness. Post menopause (just recently).

Pelvic Floor Answers

Either SmartBalls or Natratone will be effective in improving vaginal tone. Natratone could be a bit more comfortable if you have vaginal dryness, however using lubricant with SmartBalls helps with this as well.
If you are happy to dedicate a small amount of time to actively doing exercises then I would recommend Natratone, if you would find this difficult then go for SmartBalls. Either product are long lasting and can be reused again and again over time.

Either device is effective at strengthening the pelvic floor muscles leading to improved sexual sensation as well as preventing and correcting bladder weakness. A bonus for making the effort!

Ask a Question. I am 70 years old and wear pads due to loss of bladder control, will Smart Balls work for me?

By Pelvic Floor Health
on November 16, 2016

Will SmartBalls work for a 70 year old?

Question.

I am 70 years old and for the past ten years have been wearing pads because of a lack of control with my bladder. I would dearly like to stop wearing these and have just read about Smart balls on line. . What product would you recommend I get? What is the name of a good water based lubricant? As I have never worn any internal things like "tampax" because I never learnt how to do this and when I tried to it was most uncomfortable, will the lubricant take care of this problem?

Pelvic Floor Answers

If you have the time and can commit to doing more active exercise, I would recommend the Natratone over the SmartBalls.

They work more of the core as well as pelvic floor muscles and are very helpful for reconnecting and retraining the brain to recognise and activate your pelvic floor muscles in the correct sequence. 
You would only insert the Natratoner in the vaginal entrance and practise a series of pelvic floor exercises, rather than wearing the ball internally for long periods of time.

You can put a little water on the Natratone to lubricate it- no lubricant required. The Natratone comes with an instructional DVD as well.
The minimum amount of time to get results is using it for 10 minutes a day, 3x per week for at least 6 weeks. Many women use it daily and for longer- at least 3 months.

There is not harm in ongoing use as strong pelvic floor muscles are a great thing and is an excellent way to banish the pads.
There is a good section about Natratone on Frequently asked questions - FAQs

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