Selecting a pelvic floor exercise device: a step by step guide. Not sure which product to choose? Follow these FIVE STEPS to help you make the right decision....
STEP 2: Browse through the comparison table below to identify which exercisers offer the features you are looking for.
STEP 3: Follow the links in the table below to read detailed information about the products that appeal to you.
STEP 4: Read our answers to customers' Frequently Asked Questions.
Adjustable resistance Contractions against resistance
Aquaflex - can increase further with Add On Weights Pelvic Floor Educator
Pelviweights - combined with balls Pelvibar
PFX2 / PFXA PFX2 / PFXA
Luna Beads Luna Beads
Pelvibar Teneo Uno and Duo
Peritone /Simplex EMG Nova Balls
Can use whilst laying down or semi-reclined Suitable for some women with prolapse
PFX2 / PFXA PFX2
Pelvic Floor Educator Teneo Uno
Peritone, Simplex EMG Luna Beads ( using one ball)
Pericalm , Pelvitone , Continence e-stim Pericalm, Pelvitone, Continence electrical stimulation
Vaginal balls - Teneo Uno / Duo, Luna Beads, Nova balls
Vaginal weights or cones - Aquaflex
Can use in standing Can use whilst moving around
Luna Beads Luna beads
Teneo Uno / Duo Teneo Uno / Duo, Nova vaginal balls
Pelvic Floor Educator
Pelviweights (with any balls)
More suitable for beginners More suitable for advanced users
Pelvic Floor Educator Pelvibar
PFX2 / PFXA Teneo Uno / Duo with Pelviweights
Aquaflex Add-On weights for Aquaflex
Teneo Uno / Duo Peritone, Simplex EMG
Luna Beads Kegelcore
Pericalm, Pelvitone, Continence electrical stimulation Elvie
Peritone, Simplex EMG
Nova vaginal balls
Needs dedicated private exercise time Passive strengthening, good for endurance and functional retraining but can be used actively
Pelvic Floor Educator Aquaflex / + Add-On weights
PFX2 / PFXA Luna beads
Pericalm, Pelvitone, Continence electrical stimulation Pericalm, Pelvitone, Continence electrical stimulation
Peritone , Simplex EMG Teneo Uno / Duo
Pelvibar Nova vaginal balls
Vaginal balls with pelviweights added
Suitable for use by men Suitable for pelvic pain (depending on cause and after health professional assessment)
PFXA Peritone, Simplex EMG
Pericalm , Pelvitone, Continence ( with anal electrode) Pericalm, Pelvitone, Continence, TENS
Therawand - anal AL Therawand V Therawand LA
Peritone/Simplex EMG - with anal electrode Vaginal Dilators
Suitable for stimulating pelvic floor muscles Suitable for calming pelvic floor muscles and nerves
It is not normally recommended to use insertable devices during pregnancy without clearance from your health professional team. Some products advertise that they can be used in a non-complicated pregnancy but please check first with your obstetrician or midwife.
Please note that pelvic floor weights are generally not suitable for use with a pelvic organ prolapse, since the prolapsed organs may prevent the correct positioning of the weights. If your prolapse extends to the opening of the vagina please ask your treating healthprofessional before starting the use of a pelvic floor exercise device. Read more about prolapse and pelvic floor exercises.
We DO stock products that:
- conform to designs that research has shown to be effective
- incorporate safe materials appropriate for intimate use
- are, wherever possible, included on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods and/or relevant agencies in other countries
- meet our criteria of quality, effectiveness and value
We DON'T stock products that:
- we believe to have dangerous design features. Poor mouldings can result in sharp edges that hurt delicate vaginal tissue, or crude seams that create an infection risk. Non-medical plastics are not safe for vaginal use.
- make unsubstantiated claims about their effectiveness, or promote themselves by denigrating others. We believe that evidence of effectiveness is important. Where it isn't yet available, but research is underway, we say so. We also believe that if a product is good enough, it will stand on its own strengths without needing to make comparisons that denigrate other products..
- are simply ineffective. A vaginal sensor device that doesn't adjust with increasing muscle strength will last a woman no time at all. A so-called "kegel exerciser" that sits between the thighs requiring the user to squeeze her thighs together might help the adductor (inner thigh) muscles but will do next to nothing for the pelvic floor muscles. We don't stock useless items simply for the sake of a sale!
- are poor value for our customers. We choose not to stock some well-known and heavily marketed devices because they are poor value compared with other products.
The material presented here is intended as an information source only. The information is provided solely on the basis that readers will be responsible for making their own assessment of the matters presented herein and are advised to verify all relevant representations, statements and information. The information should not be considered complete and should not be used in place of the advice of a health care provider. Pelvic Floor Exercise does not accept liability to any person for the information or advice provided , or for loss or damages incurred as a result of reliance upon the material contained herein.
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