Exercising the pelvic floor

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hello,

i had a posterior prolapse repair done in January and think my recovery is ok .However, because my operation had been brought forward I had an appointment with a hospital physio (whom I had seen once before the op) about 6 weeks later. She advised me to continue pelvic floor exercises which she explained to me. 12 weeks after the op she did an internal exam and said my pelvic floor muscles had atrophied? And to continue the exercises. When I saw her last week -18 weeks after my op I told her I was unsure that I was doing them correctly and she gave me a plastic device to insert into my vagina which would dip down as I did them. When I tried it at home it barely moved and actually pops out when I try. Now really worried that months of exercise have been done in vain and may actually have made matters worse. Any foolproof ideas.? I see electrical devices available on the internet but don't want to spend over  a hundred pounds unless they definitely work. Help!

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    Months of exercise shouldn't make you worse Linda. Have you gone to youtube and watched the women on there, the physio therapists actually doing the exercises. Just want to make sure you are doing the right moves after surgery. There are a lot of demonstrations on there for the proper procedures after surgery for pelvic floor exercises. I hope you are doing okay. Especially since the surgery.

                                                                           Lynn

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    Hi

    I have been doing pelvic floor exercises for years, but still am not sure if I am doing them correctly! Am looking at Utube too.  Good luck!

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    Hi, do not waste your money on the expensive Kegel electrical appliances, I spent £120 on one after reading the reviews but it aused inflammation in my vagina & the prolapse rectum. It felt like cystitsis. There was no infection but I had to stop using it. I have since started seeing a Gynae physio who is trying to help me do the pelvic floor exercises correctly, I never know if I am. I will also be looking on youtube.
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      Thanks Jenny, have been looking at these and was close to buying one but did have a little bit of doubt in my mind about the pain factor. Am now studying the YouTube videos and will persevere with the physical exercise meantime. Thanks also to Lynn and Celia.

       

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    Hi Linda look at Michelle Kenway, Pelvic Exercises this is an excellent website and should really help you, you get a free video.

    Regards les

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    I too am unsure about whether my technique is 100% accurate so will be checking it out on YouTube.

    One thing I have found useful is a kegel exercise app which reminds, and encourages duration of contraction. It also has a useful reminder notification on it too.

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