vaginal probe

Which electrical stimulation probe is right for me?

Do you need an electrical stimulation probe for either the vagina and anus? These are used with pelvic floor electrical stimulation machines and also biofeedback devices. I hope I can help you decide which one would best suit your needs.

This is one of the topics Kegel8 founder, Stephanie Taylor, asked me about in some video Q & A sessions about the Kegel8 Ultra 20 machine. She is passionate about helping their customers get value and success from a purchase.

IN THIS VIDEO:

  • The different shapes and sizes
  • Which type to use if you have a nickel allergy. 
  • Electrodes designed for rehab of the anal sphincter

Watch here (or read the adapted transcript below). In this video we are discussing the vaginal and anal electrodes available to use with a machine called a Kegel8 Ultra 20 V2 Electronic Pelvic Floor Toner. Other models of machine in the Kegel8 range and others available elsewhere are very similar. The electrodes we discuss all have “pigtail” connectors and will be compatible with most machines. The principles are the same for all electrical stimulation machines. Even if you don’t have a Kegel8 you might find this video helpful to understand how your own-brand of machine and electrode works too.

Q: can you tell us a bit about the different probes and electrodes that the Kegel8 uses and how women might find a different probe would be better for them. 

Can you see how similar they all are?  They are all trying to do the same thing. Their job is to deliver the electrical current as close to the belly of the muscle as possible. This current will stimulate the nerves that make the pelvic floor muscles work. They conduct the electricity to your muscles through the metal bars, side to side.  They all look quite similar because the shape of the vagina as you go in goes wider rather than higher and the belly of the muscles is mainly on the sides.

Periform Plus Intra-Vaginal Probe
Periform Plus Intra-Vaginal Probe

Periform was the first one designed (by a physiotherapist), when there was a move from very big long probes to smaller ones, about 30 years ago.

It’s simple, the bars are on the side.  I like that it is easy to tell you have it the right way up.  It’s the one you usually get form the hospital as it is the cheapest one.  The cables should be coming up the top or from the bottom, not side to side.  It has a nice hook to help put it in and out which is nice if your hands struggle to hold things.  They left a hole in the top to keep it light.  But if you have a prolapse of the anterior or posterior vaginal wall some people find it can pinch a bit when taking it out.  There are other very similar probes with a filled in middle available.

You can tell which way up to put it in by feeling the hilt to have a smooth surface up and groove bits to the side. It has a nice hilt so that you can tell if it is in the right distance inside. Something to notice here is that the bars are made of stainless steel. Stainless steel is a great conductor but contains a little nickel. So if you know, from jewellery, that you have a nickel allergy this might not suit you.  

Kegel8 Glide Gold Vaginal Probe
Kegel8 Glide Gold Vaginal Probe

The Kegel8 Glide Gold has been designed to tick all the boxes.  It has gold plated electrodes, which are less allergic, and would be your choice if you had a nickel allergy.  The middle is filled in but is still light weight. It has a flatter structure, so that you could put it more comfortably under a prolapse, and its a bit less bulky than the others.

Kegel8 Super Slim Vaginal or Anal Probe

This Kegel8 Super Slim probe is to use for stimulation of the anal sphincter through the back passage.  So for someone with faecal incontinence or if you had a 3rd or 4th degree ter. When you know that the anal sphincter needs some rehabilitation as well.  It has a hilt that moves so that once you know how far in to put it you have this guide to help you.  The bar near the hilt is designed to exercise the anal sphincter, the slightly deeper bar is to stimulate the levator plate (the pelvic floor muscles) further in. 

Because it is nice and slim we also sometimes use this if we have someone with a very small vagina, or who has had a lot of pain and feels that the vagina can’t stretch.  This is slimmer and friendlier to use for vaginal stimulation.  The problem is that it could move about more.  You would need to be quite small and keep your knees together.  More friendly if you are not sure about the other sizes.  It can be used in either vagina or anus whereas you can’t put the Periform or Glide in the back passage as they are the wrong shape.

Perisize Nickel Free Vaginal Probe
Perisize Nickel Free Vaginal Probe

The Perisize Vaginal Probe has a bar that releases so that you can narrow it to put it in but once it is in then it widens. Very ergonomic, as this is the shape of the vagina – the opening is quite small but then it widens.  This probe is good if you don’t feel you are getting enough side to side contact. It is the widest probe. 

You will also see that it has more cables.  This is because it is acting like two electrodes.  Each side is independent of each other.  If internally you have one side that is more sensitive or uncomfortable then you might want to have this one on a lower amplitude.  With Periszie you can choose the settings for each side separately which you can’t do with the standard probes.  It is quite specialist. It might be something your physio guides you towards.  Or you have used the basic first and decided you want something wider.  It is not needed as a first choice probe.

Q: if someone doesn’t want to use an anal or vaginal probe – what’s the option for them

Stimulation to exercise the muscles

Muscle stimulation to exercise the muscles is best delivered as close as possible to the muscle, where the nerves are.  Since the invention of discreet & comfortable vaginal and anal probes, physiotherapists would generally choose this internal method of application as the most effective way to create a contraction of the muscles using stimulation.

However, if you cannot use an internal electrode it would be worth trying a surface application to see if you can activate the muscles, but it can be difficult to truly reach the muscles through the body’s layers of tissues. Before these internal probes were invented, stimulation was delivered using surface electrodes (sticky skin pads).  You can put them where the nerve starts (in the spine) so they can be positioned around the sacrum, the very low bit of the spine. It doesn’t matter if they are placed higher, the nerves below will still be affected.  You can do this with 2 or 4 surface electrodes.  The machines come with instructions about where to put the electrodes.  The key thing is that there must be a gap between them.  You don’t want the electricity to jump from one pad to another – you want the electricity to go through the body and stimulate the nerves on the way. Leave a gap of an electrode size between the electrodes.

Stimulation for neuromodulation (to calm the bladder or nerves)

There is a type of stimulation for overactive bladder syndrome.  This type of stimulation does not exercise the muscles, it rather calms the nerves by sending lots of sensory sensations.  Therefore this can successfully be done through the vaginal electrode, or through sacral placed electrodes, or by putting it near your tibial nerve, down by your ankle, or a combination.    The choice is about comfort, finding out what works for you and whether you feel your getting some benefit from the stimulation in your chosen place.

Have you tried several different probes to find the best one for you? Please do share your experiences or ask questions below.

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If you have any specific questions or concerns about any medical matter, you should consult your doctor or healthcare provider as soon as possible.

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Which is the best electrical stimulation programme for new mums?

Which is the best electrical stimulation programme for new mums wanting to rehab their pelvic floor muscles? This is one of the topics Kegel8 founder, Stephanie Taylor, asked me about in some video Q & A sessions about the Kegel8 Ultra 20 machine. She is passionate about helping their customers get value and success from a purchase.

In this video:

  • What to do to help your muscles from the very early days before you can use an electrical stimulation machine.
  • When you can start using a electrical stimulation machine safely after birth
  • Why it is important to test the sensation in the nerves, have a longer rest time between contractions and how to avoid muscle fatigue.

Watch here (or read the adapted transcript below). In this video we are discussing the electrical stimulation programmes for new mums on a machine called a Kegel8 Ultra 20 V2 Electronic Pelvic Floor Toner. Other models in the Kegel8 range are very similar. The principles are the same for all electrical stimulation machines. Even if you don’t have a Kegel8 you might find this helpful to understand how your own-brand of machine works too.

Q: Stephanie asked me: “We’ve got lots of programmes on the Kegel8. I’m a new mum.  Which programme is going to be best for me – if I’m looking to get back in shape – what’s your recommendation?”

The first few weeks: simply connect your brain and pelvic floor naturally

Let’s start by thinking about a very new mum.  You’ve had a baby and you are starting out with your exercising.  In the first 12 weeks the body is very fragile and very vulnerable.  We do want you to start exercising but we don’t encourage the use of electrical equipment in this early phase.  Why? Partly because you will still have some bleeding, you might also have some hidden raw wounds but also because it is a fragile vulnerable time. 

What you do need to be doing in those early days is using your muscles as best as you can. Using your own brain to to activate them.  Even if all you are doing is pulsing your muscles a tiny bit and you think “Is it worth it?”. It IS.  Because that pulsing action will bring blood flow close to the area. Blood flow helps healing.  And helps to get healthy tissues again.  In your head it will feel like little tiny pulses, not very exciting. Everything might feel swollen and engorged. But those tiny exercises are a really important thing to do. Little and often through the day. To keep your brain and your pelvic floor connected together and encourage these muscles to start working again.

From 6-8 weeks: feeling proper contractions

About 4-6 weeks you should be feeling that you have some proper pelvic floor contractions. They should feel useful to you. For example, when you want to cough and sneeze and pick up your baby.  It’s all a bit mad that nature delivers through the muscles that you need and then hands you a heavy baby to look after. Not quite how you or I would have designed it.  But that is the reality.  So we’ve got to get these muscles working.

From 12 weeks: why you might choose to use an electrical stimulation programme?

After 12 weeks there are other options to consider.

  • If you are not getting enough sense of being able to exercise your muscles yourself
  • Or you don’t feel that you are getting a pelvic floor muscle contraction.
  • Or you don’t feel that you are progressing.

Then you might like to use a machine to help you.

What is special about the electrical stimulation programmes for new mums?

Some programmes on the Kegel8 V2 Ultra 20 are designed specially for postnatal mums. For example programmes 14 & 15. What makes them different?

A sensory phase

The first phase of these programmes is actually a circulation phase, a very low frequency current, to create just a tingling sensation for about 10-15 mins.  This allows you to test whether you can actually feel anything.  A problem that can affect new mums is finding that the nerves aren’t working properly at all and you can’t feel things properly.  It wouldn’t be safe to use a machine if you couldn’t feel properly as you would have no way of knowing how high to turn it up which could be sore.  So the first phase allows you to test for what you can feel. This phase is also really good for circulation. It brings blood flow to the area and oxygen to the tissues. 

A muscle strengthening phase

Later in the programme it moves to a muscle strengthening phase. It actually makes the muscles tighten and release.  But different to the one that is listed for stress incontinence, this phase has a longer rest time between the contractions.  When we make muscles contract they do need to be able to relax completely between contractions before we ask them to contract again. 

A longer rest time

When your muscles are very weak it is important to have almost twice as long resting to working.  As you get stronger you can choose a programme where there are shorter rest times but when you are very new post delivery it is really important to have a rest phase. 

An overall shorter programme

The overall working in this programme is 15-20 mins maximum, because your muscles will fatigue easily. Tired muscles can’t do anything. Yet you’ve got to look after the baby! So it’s really important that the machine doesn’t made you so tired that you can’t look after your baby and hold your body up!

So that is the idea behind this programme being called a postnatal programme

Q: How often would you recommend using an electrical stimulation programme for new mums?

The manufacturers say that you can use these devices up to twice a day every day.  I think a lot of women feel that is an unrealistic goal.  We tend to start women out in clinic using their device once every other day.  As a starting place.  You don’t want to put yourself off.  These are plastic gadgets in in very delicate places!  If you do too much too quick you end up not wanting to do anything. 

So I tend to aim to underachieve at first. Use it for 20 minutes every other day. Then if that is going well, and you are liking it and you feel it is beneficial, you could go to every day.  And if you were blessed with time to do twice a day that would be a bonus. I am not sure that is very many mums?!  We find people get good results on every other day or once every day.

Feeling more confident how to choose an electrical stimulation programme as a new mum?

I hope this post has given you more confidence to get started with a Kegel8 Ultra 20 stimulation machine or something similar? We have made several other videos about using stimulation machines. For other conditions, for example for a prolapse, for an overactive bladder or for stress incontinence. We also do a Q&A to show the different types of probes available.

Another series is all about the pelvic floor and how to do exercises without a machine too!

Please don’t hesitate to email if you have questions and I will do my best to help. Please do comment below or on YouTube if you found these helpful.

Medical Disclaimer

Any information or guidance we provide is not a substitute for the consultation, diagnosis, and/or medical treatment of your doctor or healthcare provider.

You must not rely on any information or guidance we provide you with as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or healthcare provide and we expressly disclaim all responsibility, and shall have no liability, for any damages, loss, injury, or liability whatsoever suffered by you or any third party as a result of your reliance on any information or guidance we provide you with.

If you have any specific questions or concerns about any medical matter, you should consult your doctor or healthcare provider as soon as possible.

If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition, you should seek immediate medical attention from your healthcare provider. Do not delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice or discontinue medical treatment because of information or guidance we provide you with.

Nothing in this disclaimer will limit or exclude any liability that may not be limited or excluded by applicable law. 

get started with a stimulation machine

Get started with a Kegel8 Ultra 20 Stimulation Machine

How to get started with an electronic pelvic floor toner

Are you trying to get started with a Kegel8 Ultra 20 stimulation machine? Let’s be honest. The instructions that come with pelvic floor toner machines are not great. They are generally from the era of men in labs writing high-tech specs in teeny tiny writing. However, Kegel8 are a company working hard to make it easier for women to use a pelvic floor stimulation machine by themselves, or with their physiotherapist. I was delighted that they asked me to film a Q&A session with company owner Stephanie Taylor, to try to iron out some of the bits that frequently confuse.

In this video

  • What’s in the box?
  • Which cable goes where?
  • The purpose of gel and how to insert your internal electrode
  • Which buttons to press
  • A good first programme to try for muscle strengthening
  • Step by step what you will feel (8:47)
  • Turning up with confidence!
  • How many times a day when you are starting out?

Watch here (or read the adapted transcript below). In this video we are demonstrating how to get started with a stimulation machine called a Kegel8 Ultra 20 V2 Electronic Pelvic Floor Toner. Other models in the Kegel8 range are very similar. The principles are the same for all electrical stimulation machines. Even if you don’t have a Kegel8 you might find this helpful to understand how your own-brand of machine works too.

Using a stimulation machine to get a pelvic floor muscle contraction

These machines can be used for several different reasons. Today, let’s assume that you want to get a muscle contraction. First so that you can start learning exactly where your pelvic floor is. Second to know what it feels like when it is working correctly. And to help you towards the goal of learning how to do pelvic floor exercises yourself, without a machine. As recommended by physiotherapists (!). Pelvic floor exercises help problems with bladder or bowel leakage, to support a pelvic organ prolapse and for full recovery after childbirth.

What’s in the box?

In the video we can see everything that comes in the box.  But we are not going to need the surface electrodes or the second wire at the moment.  To get started with your stimulation machine all you need is the machine (with the battery in ) and one lead wire. 

Step one – insert your vaginal probe

So the first thing I would get you to do is to put the probe in. In the video we are only going to pretend!

First put a nice big blob of gel on a tissue. Then put some gel on each bar, a really good coating. Twizzle it over and get the gel around the back. Then a bit on the end to help it go in. 

When you put the probe in, I would suggest lying down. At home it could be on the sofa.  So underwear off, lie flat and put the vaginal probe in with the bars going side to side.  It’s not dissimilar to a tampon but you are not putting it in so far.  You want to feel 1 cm of cable inside. You don’t want it sticking out on a stalk and shouldn’t be able to feel the plastic.  And then you can put your underwear back on, which feels more natural. Have the cables down one knicker leg or out the top.   Or your PJs or tracksuit bottoms. So that if anyone came into the room they wouldn’t know what you were doing!

Then connect your vaginal probe to the lead wire 

There are two tails from the vaginal probe to connect to the lead wire.  It will be  a bit tight – you need to push them in until you can’t see the metal.  It doesn’t matter which end to which.  Some stimulation machines come with black and red coloured ends, which is a little bit disconcerting, as it does look like jump leads, but again it doesn’t matter which to which as long as a nice firm connection. 

Note: When you put them in and take them out always use the tough plastic bit. Try not to pull on the wires as they are quite delicate.  

Connect the lead wire to the stimulation machine

Now,the single connector at the other end will connect to the top of the hand-held machine.  Plug the top of the lead wire into one of the ports on the top.  It doesn’t matter which port you use. But whichever side you plug in at the top is the side buttons you should use.  So all on the left or all on the right. We are going to plug into the top left. So we will be using the left hand buttons when we want to turn the machine up. 

Turning on your machine

To get started with your stimulation machine press the classic “on” button symbol.  Up on the screen will pop lots of information and symbols. 

Choosing a first programme to try

First we are looking for which programme we are going to use.  Today, for demonstrating a programme for muscle strengthening, we are going to choose Programme 10.  I am going to press the programme button over and over until I have gone all the way to P10.  It’s on a loop  – so if you do what I did in the video and go too fast (!) you have to go all the way around again until you get back to your programme.

Now we can see the number of the programme and it’s name.  Don’t get too bogged down by the names. They were pre-programmed a while ago and they don’t always exactly match with the symptoms women have. Kegel8 are making an updated list to help you choose (available soon). Programme 10 is called “stress incontinence” which you might or might not have. However, this is a muscle strengthening programme. Something many women know they need to do. P10 is a useful one to get started with a stimulation machine.

 In the top Right corner you can see what we call the parameters – the frequency and the pulse width.  Like when you tune your radio and choose your channel. The programme choice decides what style of electricity is going to come to you.  Programme 10 has two phases, indicated by the two chevrons.

Starting with Programme 10 Phase 1

When you switch this programme on, the first phase of the programme is a sensitivity test, also for circulation.  It’s not at first going to make your muscles work. The first phase is just stimulating your sensory nerves and letting you feel whether you can feel this machine.  It’s really important that we know that you can feel.  Because if you have damaged nerves for any reason you could feel sore before it was of benefit to you.  

Look for the bottom number, Zero, in line under your connected cable. This is like the volume on your radio. It is zero which means you are getting no electricity at all.  Go ahead and press the + button, + + +. I suggest you go up to 10 straight off because very few people feel much before this level.  In the video, Stephanie has the probe in her hand. In her hand Stephanie it’s going to feel it very quickly and strongly because our hands are very sensitive!  However, if the probe is inside the vagina you probably wouldn’t feel it at all at 10. However, the current is running  – You can tell this because you can see the number go up (the mA).  Each 10-15 seconds turn it up a bit more.  Edging it up until you can feel it.   

What to expect with the first feelings as you turn up

You will feel a light – tingly – maybe a bit scratchy sensation. Some people say it just feels warm. There isn’t a right or wrong feeling, but it’s something that wouldn’t be there otherwise.  This is the first place we try to get to. Stimulating your sensory fibres and letting your brain go “Oh yes, that’s where my pelvic floor is!”  Though mostly people will go “Oh, that’s not where I thought my pelvic floor was!”.  Perhaps a bit deeper inside you than you were expecting?  We often think it is all at the vagina opening but actually the pelvic floor muscle belly is deeper inside.  

If you haven’t had much going on with your pelvic floor for a while, then this is all going to be new! This is learning.  Just spending your first session FEELING and getting used to it could be all you need to do initially.  

Why it might quickly change to a lighter feeling

It is normal that after after a few minutes you might notice “I can’t feel it anymore”. Why’s that?  Your body is getting used to it – accommodating. Your body is going “Oh, this is alright”! Not as scary as you thought it would be! Your brain has relaxed and blanked it out a bit now.  When it fades you need to turn yourself up a bit more, using the + + + until the feeling comes back again.  In your first couple of sessions you will probably have to keep turning yourself up a bit, little and often. Until you have become a bit braver, got used to the feeling and know which settings work for you best.  

Once you’ve got a bit more used to using this you will know where to head for straight away.  But initially it’s best to go really cautiously. Don’t scare yourself, take your time, and get used to having sensations coming up to the brain from the vagina.

Moving to the second phase of programme 10

With this particularly programme we have chosen to use today, the sensory part of the programme takes 10 minutes.  When this 10 minutes has gone by it will move to another phase. You will see the little numbers at the top change to 35Hz frequency and 250µs pulse width.  This is the setting that could make your muscles work for you.  From a muscle strengthening goal, this is where we want to get to. Past the sensory phase, onto the next phase. 

Now I am going to encourage you to turn up the current (mA) of the machine more until you start to feel something actually happening inside the vagina area, where the pelvic floor muscles are. 

It is a bit weird when it happens.  People will say it feels “like a pressure”. Or it feels like “just like a contraction” or “like something tenses”. Or they feel something move – what they are feeling move is the probe.  In the second phase the current will be coming on and off rather than be continuous like in phase 1. The contraction/electricity will be coming on for 5 seconds and then it will go to zero for 5 seconds.  You will see the number at the bottom, the mA, coming on (say to your setting of 25) and then off again. 

When you get started with a stimulation machine, it is really important that you have the rests. It is not wrong that it goes to zero.  If you count, you will feel it coming on for 5 and off for 5.  Another clue, is the little top right arrow moving to the highest position “work” and dropping down to “rest”.

Making sure you are getting a pelvic floor muscle contraction

At this point we want a pelvic floor muscle contraction. Now it’s a little bit of playing with the amplitude (the up and down buttons).  You want to get it as strong as is comfortable.  Because it’s only when it is  a bit stronger that the muscle will actually contract.  One of the problems we see with the machines used at home is that women have been plugged in, and they are running a moderate current through, but it’s not quite enough to actually make the muscle DO something.  So they are not stimulating the muscle as much as they could.  If you can’t get it to that place its fine. It is still of benefit to the muscle. But the best place is where you have felt it do something and then it relaxes. 

Can you feel it doing something and relaxing?  If you are not sure, another way to tell is to reach down and hold the cable. This is what I would do if you were in clinic to check you have the current high enough.  When the machine comes on you will feel that there is a slight pulling inside. When the machine goes off you want to feel a letting go.   Sometimes you are not sure if it has actually pulled in – but you feel it let go.  That’s your clue!

How high to turn up the machine?!

Once you have got a muscle contraction, you can edge it up a bit higher. But never ever make this uncomfortable

It’s wrong if you feel. thecurrent coming and you are feeling yourself backing off from it. That’s too high. That’s not helpful or therapeutic.  You want the opposite.  You want the feeling that when it comes you want to embrace it. 

How to work with the stimulation machine

It is great to feel that you want to do your squeezes at the same time as the electricity is stimulating your muscles. If that happens, then the machine is telling some of the fibres to work and your brain is telling your fibres to work. So those are the best squeezes of all! 

However, you probably wouldn’t be able to keep that up for the whole programme. So one of my tips would be to join in for a minute and then let the machine run for a minute. Then join in again and then let the machine run.  Or you might count joining in for 5 of them, and then chilling out for 5 of them, letting the machine do it’s own thing.  And then try to do your squeezes at the same time for 5 then relax for 5.

How long to work with the programme when you are starting out

The second phase is set to last for 15-20 minutes.  If you are quite new to this, that could feel like too much initially.  You might use it for 10 minutes with a sense that you’ve done way more pelvic floor squeezes in the last 10  minutes than I’ve done all year!  In which case turn it off. Stop. Come back to it the next day or day after and do another short session. 

You will know you are getting used to it when you don’t feel you need to turn it off. You find you are quite happy to run the whole cycle.

When you get started with a Kegel8 Ultra 20 stimulation machine there are no strict rules about what will work or not work. The most important thing is that it is comfortable and it is doing something useful for you. Perhaps something that you couldn’t do by yourself. Or that you can exercise better with it than you could do by yourself.  Or you might be using it to remind yourself, every now and then, what a squeeze is supposed to feel like – so that when you are doing your 3 x a day squeezes to build your muscles up – you have a better picture in your head of what it should feel like and that you are in the right place.

What to do if it feels like too much or not enough stimulation

You might find, even part way through, that you want to take the stimulation current down a bit – almost like it is becoming a bit overwhelming. Feel free to use the – button to edge back. Or that you have got used to it and want it a bit stronger. 

The stimulation current may not feel the same or be the same number of mA each time

It probably won’t be the same exact strength next time you use it. Firstly because you might put it in a slightly different place. Or you might have a bit more or a bit less gel.  Or your body might just be in a different sensory place. You might not need it so high to get the same response – or you might need it a bit higher.  

It is just like the volume on a radio. Find a level that you feel comfortable with but still a good contraction and sensation.

How to stop the machine at the end of the programme or sooner

When the programme is finished, the machine automatically turns itself off.  Or you can just press stop (off) whenever you’ve had enough. 

How to clean the probe after your stimulation session

First disconnect the 2 ends from the probe – use the plastic bits to pull not the delicate wires!  Put the machine and lead wire to one side so that you won’t drop it all on the floor.  Then, in your own time, take out probe inside. Wash it in warm soapy water. Or use the anti-bacterial spray that is provided to spray it and leave it to air dry.  It’s what we call clean technique.  The vagina isn’t a sterile place. The probe doesn’t need to be sterile but you do want your hands and the probe to be clean to avoid any infection.

Feeling more confident to get started with your stimulation machine?

I hope this post has given you more confidence to get started with a Kegel8 Ultra 20 stimulation machine or something similar? We have made several other videos about using stimulation machines. For different conditions, for example for a new mum, for a prolapse, for an overactive bladder or for stress incontinence. We also do a Q&A to show the different types of probes available. Another series is all about the pelvic floor and how to do exercises without a machine too!

Please don’t hesitate to email if you have questions and I will do my best to help. Please do comment below or on YouTube if you found these helpful.

Medical Disclaimer

Any information or guidance we provide is not a substitute for the consultation, diagnosis, and/or medical treatment of your doctor or healthcare provider.

You must not rely on any information or guidance we provide you with as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or healthcare provide and we expressly disclaim all responsibility, and shall have no liability, for any damages, loss, injury, or liability whatsoever suffered by you or any third party as a result of your reliance on any information or guidance we provide you with.

If you have any specific questions or concerns about any medical matter, you should consult your doctor or healthcare provider as soon as possible.

If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition, you should seek immediate medical attention from your healthcare provider. Do not delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice or discontinue medical treatment because of information or guidance we provide you with.

Nothing in this disclaimer will limit or exclude any liability that may not be limited or excluded by applicable law.