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Managing Incontinence - Is Weightlifting The Answer?

August 20, 2019

Managing Incontinence - Is Weightlifting The Answer?

Managing Incontinence - Is Weightlifting The Answer?

As you probably know, incontinence is a condition that affects all segments of the population.  Both men and women can suffer, as do the young and old. Basically, no one is immune. 


We also know that while some cases incontinence is a symptom of something more serious, it often can be managed in a variety of ways. In fact, there are tons of tips available on how to do just this. When referring to incontinence in women, one suggestion which we see quite often is to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor.


Two ways in which to so this include using vaginal weights or performing kegel exercises.  Below we have discussed both.


Vaginal Weights

Vaginal cone weights are designed to help strengthen your pelvic muscles resulting in a decrease in leakage. Before you invest in these, in hopes of moderating your incontinence, you should speak with your physician.  Her or she can help determine the causes of your incontinence and ensure that the use of vaginal weights would be not only valuable, but more importantly safe, for you.


First, you should be aware that there are a variety of products available on-line that are called vaginal weights. It is important to choose a set that has been designed specifically for the issue at hand - strengthening the pelvic muscles to reduce incontinence. These are NOT sex toys.  When purchasing them, consider asking your physician for a recommendation. 


Understand, vaginal cones are weight sets that come in a range of sizes designed to strengthen the pelvic floor and reduce instances of leakage. They are inserted into the vagina, like a tampon, and have a string or wire attached for easy removal. Many suggest starting with the lightest weight and working your way toward heavier ones.  Keeping the weight inside of you as you lay down, stand up and walk requires the contraction of your muscles. This strengthens them.


Some important things to consider when using these weights include using a medical grade set. Purchase a recommended set  from a reputable source. They are available on a broad range of websites. Keeping them clean is also critical. Remember to wash them both before and after each use.  You want to avoid introducing dirt and bacteria inside your body. Specific cleaning instructions are often included with the weights.  


Kegels

While many women have had considerable success in using vaginal weights to control their incontinence, understand that they are not for everyone. First, some women are unable to use them because of the shape of their vagina.  Others who have experienced scarring would also not be good candidates. Finally, if you are suffering from a vaginal infection or sexually transmitted disease you should probably avoid them as well.  Again, you should always speak with your doctor.


If weights are NOT a good option for you, you should not be concerned.  In fact, The New York Times published an article earlier this year that shared "A review of the data tells us that pelvic floor weights are no more effective that simply doing Kegel exercises for strengthening the pelvic floor muscles.” That said, understanding kegel exercises and incorporating them into your daily life may be just as valuable.  There are a number of resources online explaining these exercises and providing instructions on how to do them.


One of the benefits to kegels as opposed to weights is cost; kegels are free AND are  easily incorporated into your daily life. You really can do them anywhere, and no one will know!  Also, there is no risk of infection that often comes with the introduction of a foreign object into your body.


The Bottom Line

In short, it is broadly accepted that increasing the strength of your pelvic floor and pelvic muscles can be incredibly helpful in managing incontinence. If you suffer, this is something you should consider. 


At LIQUAGUARD® we understand the concerns of our clients.  Living with incontinence can be incredibly difficult and frustrating.  We are proud of the products we provide to our clients to help make their lives just a bit easier.  Visit our website to learn more about what we offer and do not hesitate to call us; we can help determine the best products for your specific needs.  We will continue to uphold our commitment to provide those suffering and their families and caregivers the high quality products they need to live a more enjoyable life.







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