Are pelvic floor trainers safe?

How do I know I won’t cause myself harm if I use a pelvic floor trainer?

There is a significant increase in media and social media coverage of pelvic health these days, which is fantastic!

The marketing of related products has also become increasingly common and as a result, many more people are interested in purchasing pelvic floor trainers.

These trainers may include devices that apply an electrical charge to the muscles, via a vaginal or anal probe, or externally by wearing specially adapted shorts. They may be biofeedback devices that give you a tactile or visual display when you squeeze. There are so many out there! One thing they all have in common is that they cost you money, sometimes quite a lot . . . so how do you know what the right one is for you? More importantly, how do you know they are safe?

Firstly, it is worth purchasing any device from a well-known brand or site. Read reviews, and be sure that you understand what the trainer does and that it is suitable for your needs. Once you have chosen one, research it and see if you can find a blog or social media post about it by a pelvic health professional. Some websites even have advisors that you can speak to that will help you understand more about their products.

Once you possess a trainer then read the instructions carefully and remember to do what they say! It can be tempting to overdo things initially, as motivation and enthusiasm are always higher when you start on a new project or plan. However, pelvic floor muscles can easily get tired and pelvic floor trainers may exercise them at a much higher rate than usual—so fatigue is a real risk.

Provided you follow the advice given by the manufacturer, there is no reason why you should have any problems at all. However, if you experience any unwanted side-effects of using a trainer, or if you find that you get muscle fatigue, soreness or any worsening of symptoms, then do go to see a pelvic health physiotherapist.

In conclusion, it is ideal if you can see a physiotherapist to start with (if at all possible) so that you have a personalised assessment and rehabilitation programme. You may find that you don’t need to buy a trainer at all, and if you do decide one would be beneficial then your physiotherapist can advise you on the best one for your needs.

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