Aquaflex is a simple and effective system to strengthen your pelvic floor; post childbirth, during menopause or just to improve your sex life.
I came across it looking for a solution for post-childbirth stress incontinence. Doctors and midwives had given me a vast number of pelvic floor leaflets but I found them complicated (when do I know I am using the right muscles?) and unrealistic (when do I find the time to do all of this with a newborn?). Some friends used a physio for a few weeks and it helped but I was looking for a solution that I could implement on my own and for longer. Kegel exercises for the pelvic floor are meant to be as important a part of the daily routine for a woman as brushing teeth!
The Aquaflex Pelvic Floor Exercise System is composed by 2 cones (one larger or ‘starter cone’ of 27 mm diameter, one smaller of 20mm diameter), and 4 weights that can be placed inside the cones (2x20g, 1x10g, 1x5g). The principle behind it is very simple. You insert the cone as a tampon and this triggers the pelvic floor muscles to automatically contract around it to hold it in place. Although it seems to good to be true, it has been clinically proven – 70% of cases of stress incontinence can be cured or improved by using weighted vaginal cones. At the beginning you start using the large cone empty or with 1 weight of 5 gr; by the end of the 12 weeks course you should be able to hold the small cone with 40-55gr.
What I like about Aquaflex is:
1) Easy to use. You basically insert the cone as you would insert a tampon. To end your exercise session just pull the cord and remove the cone.
2) It takes only 20 minutes a day for 12 weeks to see results.
3) As long as you stand up, you can use your cones while doing other things. For me this is most relevant point as it is easier to remember (I use it every day under the shower and when I get dressed, other mums while they cook dinner) and you can do something else at the same time (yeah!).
4) Effective. You can see improvements week after week. The level of ‘resistance’ of your pelvic floor exercises can be gradually increased using a different combination of weights in the different sized cones. In most cases there should be a cone and a weight that works for you.
5) It increases awareness of pelvic floor muscles and their functioning. After using Aquaflex I find easier to do the traditional Kegel exercises.
Other things to know:
1) Aquaflex should not be used if you are pregnant, during your period, if you have a prolapse or a vaginal infection.
2) For best results the cone should be inserted lower than a tampon, so that when inserted you can touch the bottom of the cone with a finger.
3) If you were wondering, stress incontinence (or urinary incontinence) is an extremely common condition affecting women, especially postpartum. Some studies estimate that more than one third of women suffer from it in various degrees and with various levels of impact on their quality of life.