Recently featured on the popular podcast Postcards from Midlife talking about vaginal health, here, women’s health and menopause doctor, Dr Shahzadi Harper of the Harper Clinic, explains how Pelviva exercises your Pelvic Floor muscles and how it treats bladder leakage. You can also watch this video to understand what Pelviva looks like and how easy it is to use.

Exercising your Pelvic Floor muscles

“If women did their Pelvic Floor exercises three times a day, every day, as recommended by the NHS, I’d see a lot less women troubled by bladder leakage!” claims Dr Harper.

“But, then if everyone stopped smoking we’d see fewer cases of heart disease and lung cancer,” she adds. In a recent study, 92% of women knew that doing your Pelvic Floor exercises could improve bladder control yet only 25% actually remembered to do them1.

“I know the life of a woman can be busy and finding the time and then the effort to do your Pelvic Floor exercise can be overwhelming but really they are so important as up to two out of three women over 402, suffer from some form of incontinence,” she continues.

Commons reasons for bladder leakage
The most common reason for bladder leaks in women, is due to having weak Pelvic Floor muscles. The Pelvic Floor can be weakened for a number of reasons including hormonal changes and increasing weight in pregnancy, or after childbirth, but many women start to notice leaks worsen as they approach the menopause due to declining levels of oestrogen affecting elasticity in the Pelvic Floor.

“Like any muscle in the body, the Pelvic Floor needs to be exercised to retain strength”, Dr Harper advises. However, many women struggle to find and exercise the Pelvic Floor muscles. In these instances, I recommend Pelviva, a Pelvic Floor trainer, to my patients which uses the latest technology to deliver a discreet and easy-to use at home treatment.”

How can Pelviva help?
Pelviva works by electrical stimulation which is recommended by the NHS and helps women understand where their Pelvic Floor muscles are and what a correct Pelvic Floor muscle contraction feels like. It is made of soft foam which adapts to each woman’s shape3 and is inserted into the vagina for 30 minutes at a time sending pulses directly to the Pelvic Floor muscles stimulating them to exercise. Pelviva works with a woman’s body to strengthen Pelvic Floor muscles and help treat bladder leakage. Some women can feel benefits after a few weeks whereas for other women it takes a little longer4. 84% of women reported improved bladder control after 12 weeks5.   “Us women can do so much to help protect our future health. If we can get into a daily routine of doing our Pelvic Floor exercises, or using Pelviva regularly, then for many women bladder leaks would be significantly reduced,” she concludes.

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References

1. Survey Monkey Survey of 233 female respondents June 2020. (need to put report of this data on file + add to CER claims document https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/womens-health/what-are-pelvic-floor-exercises/

2. Study of 2000 women over the age of 40 PELMKT RES )@ 2019

3. Femeda Data on file 2014

4. Kirk Research 2019.

5. Oldham J, Herbert J, McBride K. Evaluation of a new disposable ‘tampon-like’ electrostimulation technology (Pelviva®) for the treatment of urinary incontinence in women: a 12-week single blind randomized controlled trial. Neurourology Urodynamics 2013; 32(5):460-466.10.1002/nau.22326.

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