Yup. I pee my pants.
We’ve all seen the memes. We giggle, cough, sneeze, or attempt to jog and we pay the price. Please tell me I’m not the only one who went into motherhood with absolutely no clue that trying to avoid peeing my pants was going to become a daily struggle. I figured I would have bathroom battles with my kids, but I am a GROWN. UP. To say it is frustrating would be an understatement. But when it starts to affect your daily life? That is downright infuriating.
I never thought I would have a problem with incontinence. In fact, I always associated incontinence with elderly adults and aging. Prior to having kids, I had no problem holding it. In fact, I could go for hours. But after having my first baby I noticed that things….changed. The muscles down there seemed a bit looser and stretched. I couldn’t sneeze without running to the bathroom. I even noticed that I would leak during workouts, especially if there was any kind of running or jumping included. I followed my doctor’s instructions and did Kegels all day every day both during and after pregnancy but it just didn’t seem to help. I had a non-surgical treatment for labia and vaginal tightening to help with the leaking. I noticed a huge difference after only the first treatment but found out I was pregnant and had to discontinue treatment.
Baby number two took an even bigger toll on my bladder. For the last year, I’ve noticed that I have very little control. By the time I feel the urge to go, it’s usually too late. In fact, I literally peed my pants (I mean a flow) while washing the dishes the other night. I had absolutely no warning and as I took a whole new brand of “walk of shame” toward my bedroom to change, I knew I had to do something.
The PeriCoach 8 Week Challenge
When something like incontinence gets to the point where you are fed up like I am, you are willing to think a bit “outside the box” for a solution. (Well, wasn’t that a fun pun?) So I was excited to hear about the PeriCoach 8 Week Challenge, a chance to try something brand new to combat the leakage.
The PeriCoach System is a home device and app designed to guide women performing pelvic floor exercises. PeriCoach aims to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles to help eliminate bladder leakage and provides feedback via smartphone technology.
So, yeah. It’s basically a training device, connected to an app……for your vagina.
A device containing three biosensors is inserted into the vagina. When the PeriCoach user performs her pelvic floor exercises, the biosensors detect the strength and duration of each contraction and instantly send these data to a downloadable smartphone app over a Bluetooth wireless connection. The smartphone app provides a visual depiction of how the user is exercising in real time, to aide proper performance. The app also sends daily reminders to the user for accountability and motivation.
The 8 Week Challenge involves committing to 5 minutes a day of training with the PeriCoach for a full 8 weeks, including keeping a journal of liquid intake. I am hoping that this 8-week-course helps. It’s embarrassing to dance your way to the restroom in the middle of grocery shopping. I must admit that I’m a little bit skeptical. The thought of committing to something for 8 weeks is a little overwhelming because it seems like just something else to keep up with but I am excited to give it a go if there’s even the slightest possibility that the leaking will lessen.
And honestly? The idea of using my Lady Muscles to basically play a game on my phone is pretty interesting!
So, here we go! After living with leaks for far too long, I am willing to give it 8 weeks. I’ll be reporting back later this summer with my observations and opinions after giving the PeriCoach 8 Week Challenge a shot!