3 Best Options for Vaginal Rejuvenation | Kegelbell
While not well known, there are many systems and approaches to vaginal rejuvenation. Some just mask a symptom (vaginal rejuvenation surgery, artificial lubricants) and some are very expensive and only marginally effective (think ablative lasers and radio frequency treatments at a surgeon's office). So what is out there and how does it stack up?
Our founder invented Kegelbell out of frustration with the solutions presented in the marketplace, so we have more complaints than praise...but here is what we concluded after years of study.
1) Kegel exercises on your own--kegel exercise is medically proven to treat and prevent incontinence, prolapse, sexual dysfunction, vaginal dryness, and vaginal laxity/looseness. But numerous medical studies have proven that most women cannot do them properly even with instruction and very few of those do them often enough to be effective. Moreover, how strong can a muscle get without the help of resistance from weight? Our judgment: we love that they are free for any woman at anytime, but she should take great care to do them properly and often enough or she will never see results for her effort.
2) Vaginal Rejuvenation Surgery--very expensive and potentially can leave you numb or in pain. Why? They are cutting and narrowing the canal which risks damaging a nerve, which results in either numbness or pain. Also, it only addresses laxity. All other issues are not helped with this. Moreover, the reputable surgeons tell patients to kegel for six months prior to surgery to see if surgery is even needed, and then to kegel for the rest of their lives to maintain the results of surgery. Our judgment: it won't get you out of needing to do your kegel exercises and could hurt you and it will definitely hurt your pocketbook.
3) Pelvic Mesh or Sling Surgery--permanent implant intended to help with pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence. It cannot help with orgasm, lubrication, and laxity. This surgery is the most litigated one in the country. The FDA just declared it high risk. Many women complain it does not do what was promised and instead they are left with crippling pain. The FDA website warns when mesh erodes it can injure a penis during intercourse! While this surgery can help some women if she has the ideal circumstance with the ideal surgeon, most women cannot ascertain this in order to make a good decision. Our judgment: high risk.
4) Incontinence Pads and Diapers-- a band-aid solution to just the bladder leakage problem. Pads and diapers are embarrassing to use, time-consuming, costly over the decades, and inconvenient. Big corporations would love to sell you some every day, every year for your entire life! Don't line your panties with these things or their pockets with your money! Likewise, a company that wants to sell you an incontinence panty is not solving your problem. Our judgment: piss poor solution.
5) Kegel exercise devices--this is closer to the type of solution we are offering, but the problem is, nearly all of the products out there suffer from one or more of these flaws: painful (electroshock devices), complicated (ones that sync to an app), unhygienic (ones with lots of complex shapes that are hard to clean or made of toxic or porous material, jade eggs), easily broken (cheap or complex electronic devices), ineffective (light weight kegel balls, which is all of them, including jade eggs), not FDA registered (nearly all kegel balls, the worst being jade eggs). As you can see, jade eggs are the worst offenders in this category. Our judgment: we were so frustrated with these devices that we invented Kegelbell.
6) Laser and Radio Frequency treatments--they are in vogue with the wealthy as they cost thousands of dollars a year. Do they work? According to the FDA which released a public warning and circulated cease and desist letters to manufacturers, they stated effectiveness has not been proven and worse it can injure women. In theory, lasers bulk up the muscle by stimulating a collagen response which happens because of the little cuts they make to the pelvic muscle. Okay...Would you build your bicep that way? Our judgment: modest to trivial difference at great expense and risk.
7) Physical Therapy--we love this option. One-on-one treatment with a physical therapist that is properly trained in pelvic floor dysfunction is fantastic! The only problems with it are there are too few in the USA, expensive for many, time consuming to make appointments and a little embarrassing for some. Our judgment: we would love to see a world where there are PT's trained in pelvic floor issues in every city and that treatment is at an accessible price.
8) Artificial Lubricants—too many women believe that vaginal dryness is inevitable and start to use lube in their 20’s 30’ and 40’s. But lube is irritating, sticky, smelly, tastes bad, inconvenient, expensive, can harm sex toys, can kill sperm (which is a problem for ladies trying to get pregnant). Toned pelvic muscle will naturally produce lubrication. Our judgment: lube is a sticky mess, better to solve the root problem.
So what do we recommend?
#1 If you have time and money, and a Physical Therapist who specializes in pelvic floor dysfunction near you, this is a great option. For a list of therapists in this field, you can start your search here.
#2 Do kegel exercises on your own. If you need help, check out our free tips here.
#3 To amplify your kegel routine, save you time, and get results faster: we recommend using our Kegelbell. You can buy one here or ask your Physical Therapist if they sell Kegelbell.