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Pericoach – The vagazzler to combat bladder leaks.

December 22, 2014

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Pericoach

PeriCoach – personal trainer for your pelvic floor.

Last Christmas we got the kids a trampoline.

Christmas eve, after they went to bed, we set that sucker up so it would be all good to go Christmas morning.

They were so delighted on Christmas morning upon the discovery of Santa’s delivery that they made me get on it straight away for some Tramp Olympics.

All went well for about 5 jumps when I started to feel my ham and champagne jiggling, a bubbly burp burned my nostrils, and I decided jumping should always commence before early morning champers… then I felt something odd a little lower.

First it was only one drop of wee, but I found that the more I tried to hold onto it the less control I had.

I officially peed my pants. Not a whole wee but certainly more than a droplet. Let’s call it a wee-let.

My second child was nearing her second birthday but my pelvic floor had not miraculously, voluntarily, returned to its water tight self. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, childbirth is not fit for the human body. It seriously messes with your kit and caboodle.

I can sneeze confidently, as long as I brace myself first, but I cannot do a star jump without that familiar awkward warmth.

I have tried ‘frunches’, or fanny crunches, and I have written about it openly. This is not stuff to be ashamed about because frankly when a watermelon steam trains its way out of your vagina it’s really not your fault if things go awry in the aftermath.

Some women don’t experience pelvic floor issues until menopause, so on top of hot flushes and mood swings they may also experience leaky knicks. Bonus.

The Continence Foundation of Australia reports that 37% of Australian women will experience bladder incontinence. That’s more than one in three of us. That’s a lot of awkward pee because they also claim that 70% of women will not seek help. Many women believe that after they’ve had a baby its just what happens.

There are many products on the market to mop up leakages and they all support that it’s a normal thing, but the fact is you do not actually need to live with it.

You can do something about it.

Pelvic floor exercises are great, apparently, I can never remember to do them. Sporadically I do them in the supermarket queue but people always worry I’m having a stroke as I cannot do them without making ‘the face’.

Knowing whether you are doing Kegels correctly or isolating the right muscles can be tricky because your pelvic floor is all secretly tucked away and you can’t see what’s going on internally.

Enter PeriCoach.

This is my face whilst using PeriCoach. Not too hectic.

This is my face whilst using PeriCoach. Not too hectic.

It looks like a torpedo, but it’s my new favourite vaginal gadget.

You simply download the PeriCoach app onto your smart phone or tablet, and kick back for two minutes a day and watch your progress as you become water tight.

You just download the app onto your smart phone or tablet, and hook them together with Bluetooth.

Then you insert the unit, using a little lube if need be, and the app guides you through the rest. You calibrate it to your own body, you are not competing against anyone else’s pelvic floor but your own, and set your base line.

Set up takes about 5 minutes.

This is my contraction but I was experimenting with the levels and skipped to intermediate which was harder, but I wanted to play  with levels for a good review.

This is my contraction but I was experimenting with the levels and skipped to intermediate which was harder, but I wanted to play with levels for a good review.

Then you clench and relax when it prompts you to watching your progress on the dynamic chart as your vagootz has a work out.

It’s actually brilliant because you can see clearly whether you are doing it correctly – even minuscule movements are detected. It tells you exactly how long to hold and relax for and you don’t need to think about it.

I’ve only used it a few times and I’ve noticed that holding the contraction is much easier in just a few sessions, and when a session is only 2 minutes a day it’s easy to fit it into my routine, especially as the app can send you reminders to keep you on track.

I go to the gym three times a week, and I train my muscles to keep myself fit and strong and buff, the pelvic floor is just another muscle in the body, with an important job to do. Why not dedicate 2 minutes a day to getting my Olympic trampolining career on track with a rock solid pelvic floor?

Check out this video to see how it works.

 

Check out the PeriCoach website here for more information but I honestly reckon its a fab option to help you regain your pelvic floor strength. I can’t wait to report back with results in a month or two.

Is your pelvic floor behaving how you would like it to?

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15 Comments

  • Reply Carolyn @ Champagne Cartel December 22, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Love that you’re (quite rightly) taking the shame out of having a leaky valve. I’ve been pretty lucky so far, considering I have given birth to three baby elephants, but I’m aware that the battle isn’t over. I’d love to hear how this goes in the longer term.

  • Reply Georgina B December 22, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Daniel thank you for this post, it not only had me in a fit of laughter relating to your experiences but it has informed me of Pericoach a product I really had mo idea existed and a must have, thanks babe!

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  • Reply Nicole - Champagne and Chips December 31, 2014 at 9:15 am

    70% don’t seek help?!? I love that you are talking about it. These should be on the PBS.

  • Reply jaime February 3, 2015 at 10:27 am

    It’s been 6 weeks – how’s it going Danielle?

    • Reply Danielle February 3, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      Oh man, I started strong and was using it every day. Even managed a jump on the trampoline. Then it was xmas and then I went away and I’ve been a bit crap. I actually pulled it out yesterday to start again but I had a slight issue with the app so I need to do a little housework and uninstall then reinstall and then I’m away again.

      Ask me again in a week because I’m pumped to get back into it.

  • Reply jaime February 3, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Hey they say it can improve sexual functioning too…now what’s more important, that or housework!

  • Reply Alex March 9, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Hey, I was looking for reviews on the Pericoach and found yours. Nice writing! 🙂

    I see you took January off but were hopeful to get going with it again in early Feb. Did you? How are you finding it?

    I’m very interested in this gadget after 2 kids wrecking my already fairly bad continence… without biofeedback I just can’t tell what I’m doing down there, and I like the idea of the app constantly goading me on to try for a new Personal Best, pretty much how I do things at the gym as well.

    Hope to hear more from you!

    • Reply Danielle March 9, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      Hey Alex, yes, I’ve been back on it for a few weeks. It’s great, The biofeedback is priceless, you can actually see you’re improvement from session to session.Childbirth is so hectic on the body, and peeing your pants for the rest of your life is actually a pretty crappy option. I don;t know your situation, but you can use this in conduction with a therapist and get great results.
      I can sneeze with confidence 😉

  • Reply Tanya April 13, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Hello. I’m still interested in how you are going with the Pericoach? Can you jump on the trampoline yet?

    • Reply Danielle April 15, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      Hi! I haven’t actually tried. I can sneeze though. I have been super slack with it and not stuck with it every day. When I do I can actually see myself getting stronger as I need to recalibrate regularly to set the new low and high. I recommend it. If you have mega issues I can hook you up with the Pericoach physios to have a chat about it. They’re an awesome resource and they’d be happy to speak with you. lemme know.

      • Reply Tanya April 15, 2015 at 8:22 pm

        Hi there. Thanks for your reply. That’s good to hear that even though you are not using it every day that you can see improvements.

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