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Ask a Question. Natratone or Smart Balls?

By Pelvic Floor
on February 14, 2020

I was wondering if I should use the NatraTone or a Smart Ball. How do you know which one would be better for you to use?

Pelvic Floor Answers

It really depends on you and the time you have available as to whether Natratone or SmartBalls would work best for you.

SmartBalls are a very easy care solution. You can wear them as you go about your daily routine and you muscles will get a work out. Provided you follow the 6-8 week daily use plan you will get good results. All you have to do is remember to put the balls in and take them out each day. Some women may need to start with the Uno-single ball and then progress to the double balls, for many women however the single ball will achieve the results they need.

Natratone are suited to women who can take the time and are committed to doing the progamme that involves lying down and working out your pelvic floor muscles. Natratone has been developed to activate all the muscles in the pelvic area and provided you follow the workout will definitely result in pelvic floor strength.

Both SmartBalls and Natratone are effective in correcting and preventing bladder weakness. Overall Natratone will activate more muscles and may more quickly give results, but require a bit more effort to use.

Either way you can’t go wrong. Both products are made from medical grade materials and can be used and reused over your lifetime.

I have issues with my pelvic floor when coughing and running

By Pelvic Floor Health
on November 15, 2019

I have issues with my pelvic floor when coughing and running 

Can you please provide some advice? I am 41 and have two children but my youngest is 7 now.

Pelvic Floor Answers

The approach to menopause is a time when many women who may have never experienced bladder weakness previously,  find they have issues particularly when sneezing, coughing, running and jumping on trampolines.

Like other muscles, the pelvic floor muscles weaken with lack of use and it can be difficult to know which are the right muscles to switch on and how much is enough exercise to make a difference.

The initial cause of bladder weakness is usually pregnancy itself - the constant pressure bearing down on the pelvic floor muscles, this is exacerbated by each pregnancy. The body naturally produces hormones during pregnancy that allow the pelvic to soften to prepare for childbirth.

The drop in oestrogen leading up to menopause can result in a similar effect where the pelvic floor muscles soften or lose their muscle tone. This can affect otherwise physically fit women. Heavy lifting, straining and coughing can also lead to what is often referred to as stress incontinence.

Smart Balls are a simple and effective method of toning the pelvic floor muscles, and correcting and preventing bladder weakness in women of all ages and life stages. There is no magic to them, they are a weighted ball that when inserted vaginally rest and move across the pelvic floor muscles. The muscles naturally contract to hold the balls in place. So apart from when you start using the balls, there is no real effort required other than inserting and removing the Smart Balls.

Like any exercise regime, Smart Balls are ideally worn for short periods of time (such as from 30 minutes if your muscles are quite compromised) and building up until you can wear the balls for up to several hours a day. We don't recommend going straight into wearing them for hours the first few times as the pelvic floor muscles can get fatigued and you can take a few days before you can hold them in if you go to hard out at the start. (Same principle as not running a marathon the first day you take up running.

Once you have done the 6-8 weeks of regular work out, you can then shift to a once or twice every couple of weeks to keep your tone on.

Smart balls come with instructions for use. 

We recommend always using a hypoallergenic lube with your Smart Balls for comfort and ease of use. Start with the single ball Smart Balls Uno and then progress to the double balls Smartball Duo. These can be purchased in a set with everything you need to get started.

Smart Balls are made in Germany from skin friendly, non porous silicone and are designed to be used and reused over several years as needed, can be washed in hot soapy water and rinsed and stored away from sharp objects.

Check out the Pelvic floor blog for other FAQ's and  women's questions answered

Will Smart Balls help with a sore pelvic floor after childbirth?

By Pelvic Floor Health
on August 07, 2019

Will Smart Balls help me with the pain post childbirth as well as with the bladder control?

I recently gave birth to my first child, 2 and a half month ago, through a vaginal labor. Since then I have been feeling sore in my pelvic floor, like a muscular pain. I have also noticed some incontinence.

 Pelvic Floor Answers

Pregnancy and the birthing process can result in soreness and we would recommend not using the Smart Balls until this pain has gone away.

A pelvic floor physiotherapist - often linked through your local hospital - can do an examination and assessment if you are still experiencing pain in 4-6 weeks time.

It could be a number of things including bruising, stretching, tearing or muscle spasm. Two an a half months is not a great deal of time from giving birth which has been likened to an extended boxing fight.If possible, keep heavy lifting to a minimum for the next 2-3 months at least.

The Smart Balls can definitely help with the bladder issues, so come back to us if you are still experiencing bladder weakness once you are fully healed

I am looking to tighten up and also strengthen my pelvic floor muscles

By Pelvic Floor Health
on July 11, 2019

I am looking at your products and unsure which of the two options are best for me. I have had two children naturally and have a weakened bladder. I am looking to tighten up and also strengthen my pelvic floor muscles.

Question. Can you please advise which of your two products would be more suitable?

Pelvic Floor Answers

Bladder Weakness and compromised pelvic floor muscles are a very common outcome of pregnancy. Smart Balls are the most popular and easy to use pelvic floor training system and can be easily integrated into the life of a busy woman.

We recommend going for the Smart Balls Power Pack which has the Smart Balls Uno for getting you started and the Smart Balls Duo for long term pelvic floor tone maintenance. a hypoallergenic lube is also essential to ease of use and is included in the Power Pack.

By following the simple training programme your bladder weakness issues can be a thing of the past after 12-16 weeks of use.
Smart Balls are made from medical grade materials and are long lasting so you can use them for years to come to maintain optimum pelvic floor tone over time.

This is especially important as women get older too as menopause and pregnancy are the two most challenging times for the pelvic floor muscles.

Underactive bladder- finding it difficult to empty my bladder

By Pelvic Floor Health
on July 06, 2019

I am 25 years old. The last 2-3 years I’ve had some bladder issues. When I go to the toilet, the pee often starts very slow and then almost stops and then begins again.


Sometimes I’m not feeling that I empty my bladder - especially when I’ve been holding it for a while. Sometimes it’s almost normal. I don’t have a problem with holding on the pee, I don’t leak or have to rush to the bathroom. No problems with jumping, sneezing, laughing either. My doctor did some testing for infection which came out negative. I often have lower back pain and a small scoliosis. I have always been very active. Is there any thing I can do to improve this issue.

Pelvic Floor Answers

Urinary retention can have some of the same underlying issues as bladder weakness and building up pelvic floor strength to support and blood flow to the pelvic floor organs, and improve bladder control can be helpful.

There can be many reasons for bladder retention such as a hereditary issue (other women in your family may have the same problem) the shape of the urethra or a partial bladder prolapse all of which can make it difficult to properly empty the bladder.
Heavy lifting, weights training and standing still a lot, can affect the pelvic floor muscles and working to improve these can have a positive impact on back pain also.

Using Smart Balls can be a good first step to see if the issues can be resolved quite simply and quickly
Increasing your intake of water to ensure your system is well hydrated and ensuring your bladder is sufficiently full before emptying also assists with bladder training. This would mean waiting until you feel the urge to urinate then waiting 5-10 minutes longer and then going.

Smart Balls are easy to use and can help you identify your pelvic floor muscles to help you release them fully when going to the toilet.

I would recommend trialling the SmartBalls - initially the Smart Ball Uno for 6-8 weeks along with increasing your fluid (water) intake.

If you do not get any improvement from this then I would recommend making an appointment with a pelvic floor therapist for an assessment to see- they can offer some electric stimulation therapy and may be able to identify if you have a prolapsed bladder. This can occur as a result of pregnancy-childbirth and heavy lifting

They may then recommend seeking further more specialist help if you have a prolapsed bladder or an obstruction or require oestrogen replacement therapy

If you decide to go ahead and try the Smart Balls there are step by step instructions on how to use them. If after using them for 6-8 weeks you do not notice any improvement in your ability to empty your bladder then please get back in touch and we can assist you with the next steps.

If you notice some improvement, then we suggest continuing with the Smart Balls and possibly upgrading to the Smart Balls Due that offer a stronger pelvic floor workout.

Ask a Question. Treatment for a mild prolapse issue

By Pelvic Floor Health
on June 12, 2019

For mild prolapse issues we find the Smart Balls are around 90% more popular with women than the Natratone so you may wish to trial these as an alternative. 
Smart Balls are more easily used as part of your daily routine hence their popularity. They are very effective at resolving bladder weakness issues. 

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Ask a Question. What are Smart Balls made from? Are they Body Safe?

By Pelvic Floor Health
on June 01, 2019

The purpose of the medical grade plastic in the Smart Ball is to provide a hard surface for the inner ball to move against to increase the stimulation to the pelvic floor muscles and also to make the product easier to both insert and remove. 

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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?


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?


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.

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