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Did you know that there are over 44 million people in the United States that are over the age of 65? That’s over 14% of our population. By 2040, it’s expected to be 21.7%.
Every age comes with its share of problems. There are many problems that face women going through the aging process that don’t get talked about that much. Face it, we’re busy trying to care for our parents and our children at the same time. Many women are juggling family demands and work demands and “me time” gets pushed to the end of the day if we get to it at all. This post has been sponsored, but the story is my own.
Share Your #KegelFace to Raise Awareness
Bladder leakage is something that affects millions of people, but it’s not a topic that many people feel comfortable discussing. Analytica Limited, the company behind the new PeriCoach® System – a pelvic floor muscle training device + smartphone app – hopes to change that. Their new campaign called #kegelface encourages women to post their “Kegel faces” on social media to demonstrate they are taking back control of their pelvic floors through regular and smart Kegel exercises.
Kegels are pelvic floor muscle training exercises and are considered first-line treatment for urinary incontinence (UI). About one in three women will experience UI at some point in their lives, typically after childbirth and around menopause. You can count me as one of those “one in three women.”
Cleared for use by the Food and Drug Administration and available by prescription, PeriCoach, made by the Australian company Analytica and is designed to take the frustration out of a regular program of pelvic muscle floor training. PeriCoach provides real-time feedback that is beamed to a smartphone so women and their clinicians can track progress.
You can help by sharing a photo of yourself on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with your “kegelface” along with the hashtag #kegelface. It only takes a minute, and a few extra kegels certainly can’t hurt.
As part of the #kegelface campaign, PeriCoach will donate to the National Association for Continence and Voices for PFD (Pelvic Floor Disorders), part of the American Urogynecological Society (AUGS).
If you’ve had children, you’ll remember Kegel exercises from when you were pregnant. I honestly didn’t pay all that much attention to the nurse who was explaining Kegel exercises. I had no idea what kind of an impact my lack of kegel practice would have on me as I got older, or I would have. The nurse said I could practice my Kegel exercises at work or in the line at the grocery store, but I’m not so sure about that. My #kegelface would look a bit out of place at the grocery store. Maybe your #kegelface is a bit less obvious?
To thank women who participate, the company will offer women who post their “Kegelface” to their Instagram, Facebook or Twitter accounts along with hashtag #kegelface a discount code for purchase of the PeriCoach. A downloadable Rx form for signature by a clinician is available from www.pericoach.com.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.