What is the best kegel exerciser?
When you think of exercise the last place you consider is your pelvic floor. Neglecting this area can lead to serious health problems after you have a baby. Pelvic floor exercises or ‘Kegels’ will help you strengthen the area.
A Kegel training device can help to aid your exercise routine. Think of it as a piece of gym equipment; it adds a bit of oomph to your workout. Now there is a lot of choices out there so knowing where to start can leave you a bit confused. We’ve created this guide to help you find a Kegel exerciser that’s perfect for you. Let’s get started.
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5 Best Kegel Exerciser Reviews
Intimate Rose Kegel Exercise Weights
Type: Vaginal Cones
Material: Medical Silicone
Strength: 0.9oz up to 4.4oz (25g-125g)
Pros: Range of 6 weights, easy to insert, comfortable, excellent customer service
Cons: Not heavy enough for some
For a great all round Kegel weight system check out the Intimate Rose set. They come with a range of 6 weights ranging from 0.9oz to 4.4oz. It’s a great way to progress from beginner and build up the strength of your pelvic floor. The box contains the bullet-shaped cones which are smooth and easy to insert.
The intimate rose company is fantastic for customer service. If you are having trouble with the weights, they are eager to give you suggestions to make them work for you. They took user feedback from their original line and developed the next generation range. The new silicone tail makes them much more hygienic than the original fish line string.
The biggest complaint we found women had with the set was that the range was too light for them. The lack of weight won’t be a problem for most women after a vaginal delivery, as pregnancy will have weakened your pelvic floor.
Elvie Pelvic Floor Exerciser
Material: Medical Silicone
Pros: Inbuilt workouts, instant feedback, adjust to your needs, compact, discreet
Cons: Expensive, needs an iOS device
The Elvie is like a modern day fitbit for your vagina. The idea is to insert the ‘gem’ to give you instant feedback on your pelvic floor exercises. You will need to download an app to your IOS device to keep track of your progress. The gem is easy to insert and extremely compact and discreet to carry around.
I highly recommend this device if you struggle with motivation for your pelvic floor exercises. It’s pricey, so you’ll probably want to justify getting as much use from it as possible. You can even challenge yourself with 6 inbuilt programs to give your pelvic floor a full work out. Set yourself targets and build up your speed and strength which physiotherapist recommend.
It’s a great little device, however, you will need an IOS device to use it. If you’re not keen on using a device which requires some personal info to sign on to then give it a miss.
Nurse Hatty Premium Kegel Kit
Type: Vaginal Cones
Material: Medical Silicone
Strength: 40g & 62g
Pros: Inexpensive, soft, flexible, durable, comfortable, includes extras
Cons: Quite heavy for complete beginners
The Nurse Hatty Kegel Weight System is the best budget option on this list. The kit comes with a single weight and a heavier double weight.
I found the pear shape of the weight easy to inset and stay in place. They were quick and easy to remove by gently pulling the silicone tail. There are a few extras in the kit including a cleaning cloth, pH strips, and a storage pouch. Customer service from the company is extremely helpful and fast.
The smallest size is a 42g weight which may be too heavy for some complete beginners. If you have really weak pelvic floor, opt for the intimate rose set over this one. The soft and flexible silicone material makes these cones easy to insert, wear and remove.
Material: Medical grade plastic
Strength: 15 weights from 0 to 4.5lb (Advanced has 64 levels up to 9.5lb)
Pros: Very effective, lifetime warranty, great for beginners and advanced
Cons: Not discreet, requires lubricant
The Kegelmaster 2000 is an alternative resistance Kegel device. Unlike traditional vaginal cones it works with resistance from a spring coil rather than weights.
The standard version has 15 resistance levels (4 coils), and the advanced has 64 levels (8 coils). It’s designed with a size and shape that targets all of your pelvic floor muscles for a full-on workout.
The device is inserted and opened until you feel a stretch. You then squeeze and release against to springs for 30 repetitions. You then work your way up the stronger coils as your muscle strength improves.
I found the biggest disadvantage of the Kegelmaster 2000 was the design. It pretty much looks like a sex toy, and not discreet enough to carry around with you.
Type: Electric stimulation
Material: Medical grade silicone
Strength: 5 progressive levels
Pros: Compact, discreet, easy to insert, comfortable
Cons: Requires batteries, price
The Intimina KegelSmart is like a slendertone for your pelvic floor. It works by gently vibration to alert you when to perform a pelvic contraction.
The KegelSmart detects your pelvic floor strength and adjusts the program to your needs. There are 5 different levels which range from very weak to very strong. It helps to keep you motivated by showing your improvement as you move up the levels. This device is great for helping you to locate your pelvic floor especially if you have very poor sensation.
You will need one AAA battery to work the KegelSmart. They are not included so have some on hand before you buy. I highly recommend buying a rechargeable battery to cut down on the cost of buying reliable batteries which last.
Types of Pelvic Floor Exerciser
Pelvic floor devices are designed to aid your Kegel contractions. Using one of these devices can help you to identify your pelvic floor or progress your current routine.
I don’t recommend using a Kegel exerciser until you are 6 weeks postpartum. Simple pelvic contractions are the safest method to use while you are pregnant.
These types work by adding resistance to the vaginal muscles to improve strength. The work the same way as dumbbells or resistance bands. The two different resistance methods include:
- Vaginal Cones – Small weights are inserted into the vagina. They are designed to strengthen the muscles as you hold them in place. As your muscles strengthen you progress to heavier weights. They are usually easy to use and discreet to use.
- Coil Springs – A long plastic tube is inserted into the vagina. You then open it slightly until you feel a stretch (like a speculum examination). The idea is to perform your Kegels against the resistance of the coils. As you progress, you can insert more coils for more resistance.
A small device is placed inside your vagina. The device begins to give gentle electrical pulses to prompt you to contract. If you have very weak pelvic floor muscles, you can begin by allowing the pulse to stimulate the muscles.
These devices are fantastic for complete beginners or if you have poor sensation. They help you to locate the muscles you need to focus on. They can often prevent you from doing the exercises in the wrong area which can lead to harm.
These are modern home use devices based on medical monitors used by incontinence nurses. A small sensor is placed into the vaginal and picks up feedback from your pelvic floor. The strength, length, and frequency of your contractions are recorded on a handheld device. The feedback is given on a small screen or connected to an app.
These devices are fantastic for prompting you through specialist programs. It’s important to vary the type of pelvic floor exercises you do to reach all the muscles. These devices give you a full workout based on physiotherapy exercises. They are usually the most expensive type to buy. Investing in a good device will motivate you to use it more to get your money’s worth from it.
Benefits of Kegel Exercises
Simple pelvic floor exercises can prevent a lot of health problems in later life. Let’s look at how daily Kegel exercises can benefit your life.
We bet you know at least one mom who passes urine when they laugh, sneeze, cough or jump. That’s known as stress incontinence and is caused by weak pelvic floor muscles. The pelvic floor surrounds the area that controls your urine flow, and by tightening it, you stop the leaks. Having children usually causes this, and it will continue and worsen if you don’t do something about it.
By strengthening your pelvic floor muscles, you can prevent the problem from extending to your rectum. This will cause you to experience fecal incontinence.
As you get older and have more children, you weaken the area around the cervix. As these muscles grow weaker than cannot hold the cervix in place.
This results in the cervix starting to bulge or ‘prolapse’ out of the vagina. A prolapse may require a vaginal ring (pessary) to keep it in place.Some severe cases may even require surgery.
You can prevent this happening by strengthening your pelvic floor. Your muscle will be strong enough to hold your cervix in place and prevent a prolapse happening.
If you have noticed a lack of sensation or weak orgasms since giving birth your pelvic floor is to blame. Strengthening this area will tighten the muscles and increase the sensation.
Your partner will probably notice a difference too. You can show off your tricks by ‘squeezing’ your partner during sex.
Kegel Exerciser Buying Guide
Choosing the best Kegel exerciser that is right for you will depend on the benefits they offer. Make a list of what you need and compare it against any potential devices you are considering buying.
If you are new to Kegels or have a weak pelvic floor you’ll need to start small. You should opt for light weight that you can steadily increase. An electric trainer is another great option for detecting the muscle you need to target. You may want to avoid biofeedback models until your contractions are strong enough to register on the device.
If you are well practiced with Kegel exercises you may be looking for an aid to advance your muscles. We recommend using heavier weights, coil resistance or a device with an advanced training program. Investing in a good system will last you for years.
Ease of use
Picture yourself using the device daily. Are you tech savvy enough to use an electronic device? Do you something that prompts you to do your Kegels every day?
How easy is the device to use? Resistance methods are fairly simple and require nothing more than insertion. Electronic devices may need set up, adjusted or connected to an iOS device. If the device is adjustable is it easy to change settings?
You may want to use your pelvic floor device when you are out and about, or if you travel a lot. A small device is easy to store and also discreet enough to carry around without provoking questioning. Some devices may have an embarrassing shape if discovered by someone else.
Your device will need to be kept clean to prevent infection in your intimate area. The material should be waterproof, smooth surface, free from sharp edges and wipe able.
You will be placing your Kegel device in a very sensitive area, so comfort is a must. If your device is uncomfortable it will demotivate you from using it every day. Some women find lubricant helps for comfortable use of a Kegal device.
The best material for a Kegel device is a medical grade silicone. It’s soft, smooth, flexible and washable. Other devices may use medical grade plastics or metals which are smooth and easy to use but may be too firm for some women.
This will affect comfort, and the device may be too big or small for you. Either way, this can make it difficult for the device to stay in place or work effectively. For vaginal cones you need to use a weight which provides you with enough resistance to be effective.
The shape of the device can determine how comfortable is for you. Some women prefect a rounded cylinder shape, and other prefer a wide ball or teardrop shape. Ultimately it’s down to preference or trial and error.
A Kegel exerciser can be quite a big investment. You want to make sure you are getting the right one for your lifestyle. You should also consider the hidden cost involved.
This will be your biggest cost. You will find great quality devices to suit all budgets. The prices we found during our researched ranged from $20 to $200.
Consider if your device will require you to buy further equipment to keep it performing well. Some devices are battery operated and you may need to keep a supply hand to prevent it running out of power.
Companies that offer a long length warranty gives you faith in the reliability of the product. Always check what’s covered beforehand. Read their policy on shipping should you need to send the item back for repair or replacement.