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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. Is it safe to use NatraTone during pregnancy?

By Pelvic Floor Health
on November 23, 2017

Can I use the Natratone safely during pregnancy?

Question

Could you please let me know if it is safe to use NatraTone during pregnancy?

Pelvic Floor Answers

Yes Natratone is safe to use during pregnancy and is one of the few devices available for pregnant women.

You can use it at least  3x per week and there is a definite advantage in improving your pelvic floor strength prior to giving birth. Having more control during the birth process and speeding up recovery times are a couple of the advantages as well as reducing bladder weakness during pregnancy.

The device sits in the vaginal opening while you do a series of exercises around it, it is made from medical grade plastic and can be easily washed after each use.

Natratone and it is easy and effective to use

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. Having trouble wearing the SmartBall Uno...help!

By Pelvic Floor Health
on August 11, 2017

Having trouble wearing the SmartBall Uno

Question

I purchased an Uno Smart Ball over the weekend, but I have experienced a lot of discomfort when inserting and removing it the two times I have tried it (despite using a generous amount of lubricant and relaxing my pelvic floor muscles). It has now got to the stage where I am terrified of using it again!

Once the SmartBall is inserted, I don't feel it at all and it stays in place, but the pain I experience when inserting and removing it is more than I can bear! I'm not exactly sure why this is as I have given birth vaginally to two children, but the stinging and stretching I feel around my perineum just about reduces me to tears! Is there a smaller size ball available

Pelvic Floor Answers

Sorry to hear you are having difficulties using the SmartBall. It is very important to relax your pelvic floor muscles as you insert and remove. If you are tensing up it will be difficult to do so without discomfort. I would also suggest massaging a little plain oil - olive oil or sweet almond oil will be fine - into your perineum to soften it as it is possible you have some scar tissue and are not aware of it.

Ask a Question. How far do I insert the Natratone?

By Pelvic Floor Health
on August 04, 2017

Where should the Natratone sit when inserted in the vagina?

Question

Hi there
I have just purchased the natratone and was wondering if it needs to be fully inserted so that you can't see any of it sticking out, including the thumb grip, or if the thumb grip part stays out so that you can see it?
Also is it ok to use every second day?

Pelvic Floor Answers

The thumb grip end of Natratone should sit just inside the vaginal opening so it is not protruding but if you had a mirror and were looking, you would be able to see it.

The minimum recommended frequency for using the Natratone is 3 times a week, so every second day is about right. You can use it daily if you wish. It is recommended to allow at least 4 hours in between exercise sessions to allow the muscles to recover an not get too tired.

 

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. Will using Natratone tighten things up to make sex more enjoyable?

By Pelvic Floor Health
on December 23, 2016

Question

The Natratone is recommended for 6 weeks. Can you still use it after that?
Also, in stopping yourself from leaking, is it still tightening yourself so that sex can be more enjoyable?

I mean it is not just about the leakage it is about feeling my partner too. Will Natra tone help with this?  How long does it take to deliver if I want to buy it?

Pelvic Floor Answers

You can keep using the Natratone for as long as you want to, the 6 weeks is a minimum time. Because it is made of long lasting materials, women can use them continuously or on and off over their lifetime.
The Natratone will tone and strengthen your pelvic floor muscles which will make the vaginal opening stronger and partners do notice the difference, often within a few weeks.

Also with the improved blood flow and stronger muscles your own orgasmic response is stronger. Plus you get the correction and prevention of bladder weakness.

Once you have placed the order, is is processed and sent out within 24 hours if it is a weekday and sent out the following Monday after a weekend. We use a 1-3 day courier service depending on where you live allow a couple of extra days for RD locations.

Delivery is discreet, we send out orders in unmarked courier bags, with a return address only, no business name.

 

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