Perineal Re-education for All Women

“Perineal reeducation” sounds like something out of a textbook you would skim over, but it's actually one of the most helpful things a new mother can do. The perineum is that little space between your vagina and anus (in middle school, my friends and I called it “no man's land”) and it refers primarily to the pelvic floor and bladder muscles. As you all may know by now, new mothers do not exactly have an easy time controlling their bladders; incontinence has been the bane of their existence for as long as we can remember. Just in case you need to hear it again: urinary incontinence is not due to aging and it can usually be treated quickly and successfully if you have the right tools.

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Perineal re-education is meant to stop the problem at the source by retraining the pelvic floor muscles before things get too out of control. When you deliver a baby with a traditional birth process, your pelvic floor muscles endure a huge amount of stress; unfortunately, not everyone fully recovers from the process, leaving the pelvic floor muscles weak and the bladder unable to fully stretch and contract properly.

Read about what happens when your pelvic floor muscles weaken as a mom

With a weakened pelvic floor muscles, this makes it very difficult for the bladder to properly assess when its full and evacuate urine regularly. Read on if you want to know why perineal re-education is probably the greatest thing to happen since sliced bread.

It's all the rage in France

Though still somewhat unknown in the United States, perineal reeducation has been helping French women fight off urinary incontinence since the government began funding it in 1985. New mothers are entitled to between 10 and 20 sessions with a gynecologist (or another doctor in a similar field). These sessions typically consist of various different exercises, all of which revolve around contracting the pelvic floor muscles. For example, a French doctor may insert a device with electronic sensors and ask the patient to squeeze as hard as they can. The sensors determine the strength of the contraction, and over time the contractions are supposed to become stronger, bringing the pelvic floor muscles back to their former glory. This helps explain why French mothers apparently don't have to worry about leaking urine when they sneeze or cough, unlike their American counterparts. The designer of Yarlap®® is also the designer for one of the perineal re-education devices used by the National Health Services in France, Britain, Germany and Scandinavia has designed the Yarlap® for women in America

Current American Options

Kegels are a longstanding method of regaining control of your pelvic floor muscles; unfortunately, they can take a lot of time and focus, and many women do not even contract the right muscles, rendering the procedure ineffective. Surgeries to correct the problem can be even more time-consuming, not to mention expensive. A 15% rate of “complications” on approximately 206,000 procedures a year, suggests a discordant patient benefit analysis. With surgery, there's always a risk of dangerous complications as well. In December 2016, researchers at Cornell University reported, “… that no amount of mesh is completely safe.” When it comes to prescriptions, according to the Washington Post, in spite of all the promotional resources, half the women prescribed drugs for overactive bladder stop taking the medication within six month because the side effects include dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation, dizziness and may be linked to dementia. Far too many women simply end up accepting incontinence as a part of their everyday life.

Yarlap® is Designed by French Perineal Re-Education Product Designer

The Yarlap® is similar to the perineal re-education devices used by the National Health Services in France, Britain, Germany and Scandinavia – but much easier to use. The Yarlap® device operates using the same concepts as the French perineal reeducation system. The device pelvic floor muscle stimulator (aka the PC Stimulator) has electronic sensors which use a low stimulation level to initiate the pelvic floor muscles to contract (an automatic Kegel machine, or as we call it - AutoKegel). The sensors, much like the devices used in France, retrain your pelvic floor muscles and strengthen them over time. Unlike the reeducation sessions, however, you don't have to schedule an appointment and sit in a chair in a stranger's office; you can simply insert the device (it only requires 20 minutes a day) and go about your day, doing laundry, watching television, etc. Incontinence, contrary to what society tells you, is not something new mothers have to deal with. Reeducate your perineum and say goodbye to urinary incontinence!

Charlotte BeeComment