Long term readers will know I suffered a very bad disc prolapse in my back in October 2017, with a large operation on my spine to correct it. I was left with numbness and pain still and have been trying to get back to normal health since. It has been a very frustrating recovery for me as I am strong enough to function with my normal life but doing so I am in pain with everything I do, I’ve had physio for a year which hurt like hell! But life goes on and my kids still need me, the dog still needs walking and the house still needs to be looked after. We’ve all had to adjust to the changes and I’ve had to hold my hands up (which I don’t do well at!) and ask for help and slow down.
The official name for the problem I have is Cauda equina syndrome (CES) and is a condition that occurs when the bundle of nerves below the end of the spinal cord known as the cauda equina is damaged. These nerves are the ones that control your bladder, bowels, pelvic floor area, legs, feet and lower back. It is very rare, and even though I got it, I had it mild compared to some people who are left too late.
So when I spotted that Perifit were looking for people to review their pelvic floor exerciser I knew this would something I could benefit from with my recovery.
What Is Perifit?
Perifit is a pelvic floor exerciser which is can help you improve your pelvic floor to make it become stronger, which helps with bladder control, supporting pelvic organs and sexual health. All this can be done in a fun way by playing games and tracking your progress!
Why Do We Need A Perifit?
Us Mums carry a lot of weight in our tummies when pregnant, and this puts a strain on your pelvic floor. Your midwife will tell you to keep up with your pelvic floor exercises, but I don’t think we ever take them very seriously! But we should do, I would prefer to do my exercises than leak urine later on down the line. Although I can’t really go on a trampoline now though!! Not only does it help with the control, but it also helps to strengthen the muscles to support our pelvic organs which need to be held up inside our body, and hopefully stop us from prolapsing.
For me, I need one because of my issues with my nerves after my disc prolapse. When my disc had prolapsed it pressed on the cauda equine nerves stopping the blood flow to these nerves. The longer these nerves are shut off for the less and less chance they have of coming back and working again. 18 months down the line I still have numbness in my left leg, my foot still doesn’t lift properly and I don’t have full sensation back in my pelvic area. I struggle to strengthen my core due to the pain, so I wanted to see if the Perifit would help me to gain more strength and help support my pelvic area.
Is The Perifit Easy To Use?
When you first open the box it does look like a brightly coloured sex toy! However, there is no way of getting around this as it is going in the same place as a sex toy! Made from a medical grade silicone is very comfy to insert and use. The instructions are very simple to follow and you can get using it within 5 minutes of installing the app. Make sure you turn it on and connect up to the app before inserting it, the button is on the bottom of the Perifit so a bit tricky to get to once it’s inserted!
Using The Perifit App
Perifit have created a fun and simple to use app to make using your pelvic floor exerciser more fun than just squeezing and releasing over and over again! Once the app has installed on your phone you can use your Perifit. They have come up with some questions for you to go through to determine what type of exercises and plan you should follow.
Once you have done this you’re ready to go and start playing your games!
Playing The Games!
This honestly makes this so much more fun and enjoyable! The first stage game has a butterfly that needs to fly to collect the gems, but you have to control the butterfly. By squeezing your pelvic muscles you make it fly higher and then releasing to make it drop.
I found it interesting that the app really makes you have control over your muscles much more than if you were doing it by yourself. I just normally squeeze and release, but this game makes you hold it for a certain time, then give you rest then use it quickly, then slowly, increasing and decreasing the control over them.
As you go through the levels and days of using it, you gain more and more themes and games. Which is good as it makes it more interesting and changes up throughout. I was pretty proud of myself when I unlocked a new section of the games!
and at the end of each game, it will give you a percentage rating of how you got on and how you are doing overall.
The different games worked on different ways to help you gain more control. This game below got you to bring the clouds together by squeezing to block the rocks getting through and then part them by relaxing to allow the gems to get through! I struggled with this one as you really needed to think about this and respond quickly!
Results From The Perifit
The app then overall collects the data and shows you your results. I think I need to work on some areas a lot! But it also shows my strength from my deep pelvic floor is 0%! Which really does match up with my damage from my disc prolapse and hopefully the Perifit will help me out with this long term.
What Do I Think Of The Perifit?
I think something like this can be a bit scary for women, embarrassing and something we would never think about talking together about. But why should we? We need to look after our bodies, we would strengthen our legs, arms and tummies but why not our pelvic floors. If it isn’t strong enough we get urine leaks and prolapses, so it really is worth looking after your pelvic floor.
You don’t even have to charge the battery! It comes with a fully charged battery that will last for 10 years, of regular training and comes with a 5-year guarantee, so they will replace it if it runs out within 5 years.
You can purchase directly from Perifit for £153 and free delivery or Amazon for £169 which I think is a really reasonable price considering the price of other pelvic floor trainers and this uses a fun app as well.
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