What are vaginal weights?
Vaginal weights, or cones, are training aids that help locate and strengthen pelvic floor muscles that may have been weakened due to pregnancy, childbirth, medication or age. Vaginal weights come in 5-6 different weights starting at less than one ounce.
Who should use vaginal weights?
Women, who are suffering from urinary incontinence, or have an uncontrollable bladder, are advised to use vaginal weights. Pelvic floor weights should not be used during menstruation, intercourse, pregnancy, or if you have pelvic pain or an infection.
How do I use them?
It is recommended that exercises are performed standing up. As you progress, try coughing or walking up and down stairs while using the pelvic floor weights.
Starting with the lowest weight, insert the cone into your vagina, as you would with a tampon. Squeeze your pelvic floor muscles to hold the cone in place for 3-5 minutes. Increase the time up to fifteen minutes twice a day, and then the weights as your muscles get stronger.
Why should I use vaginal weights?
The weight of the cones causes a contraction of the pelvic floor muscles to hold the cone in place. Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles, or puboccygeus muscle, gives the bladder more support, which gives you more control over urinary urges and can improve bladder control and decrease urine leakage.
Where can I find vaginal cones?
You can find StepFree Vaginal Cones at National Incontinence.