Urinary Incontinence and Joy ON Kegel Weights

If you leak urine when you sneeze or if you feel the urge to void and leak on your way to the bathroom, then you may have urinary incontinence. The three main types of urinary incontinence are stress, urge, or mixed incontinence which is a combination of stress and urge. Joy ON Kegel weights can help you stop leaking by retraining and strengthening your pelvic floor muscles so they may work when needed. 

You may have weak pelvic floor muscles for several reasons: 

  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Straining from chronic constipation or chronic coughing
  • Effects of heavy lifting or carrying from exercising or job requirements
  • Medical diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes, or Parkinson’s disease

Leakage can also be caused by overactive pelvic floor muscles. One of the symptoms of overactive muscles is pain with insertion of an object into the vagina. Therefore, if you have pain, please check with your doctor or your physical therapist before beginning an exercise program with vaginal weights. Also, if you are pregnant, or if you have an infection, you should not use the weights without your physician’s permission.

If your physician or therapist tells you that you have weak pelvic floor muscles, then you may use the Joy ON Kegel weights to help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. You may experience a mild soreness or feeling of fatigue when initially using the weights. You should not feel pain and should stop if you do. If you feel irritated after using the weights, then you may need to use a small amount of water-based lubricant on the tip of the weight to help with insertion. Do not use too much lubricant or the weight will slip out. Discontinue use if you continue to feel irritated and consult your health care professional. 

If you are experiencing urinary leakage because of weak pelvic floor muscles, you will want to begin with the lightest weight which is the white one. Insert it into your vagina as you would a tampon and leave the cord outside the vagina. If you can stand and move around while keeping the weight in place using only your pelvic floor muscles for 2-3 minutes, then you may move up to the next weight. If you cannot keep the weight in while standing, you will need to do your kegels while sitting or lying on your side, back or stomach. Remember when doing your kegel you should breathe out or count out loud as you contract your pelvic floor muscles. Your stomach, buttocks and leg muscles should remain relatively still and not help with the contraction. 

You may begin doing your kegel exercises by:

  • using an elevator contraction – pulling upward and inward as if the weight is an elevator going up 4 floors then descending 4 floors
  • using a quick flick – quickly pulling upward and inward for a maximum of 2 seconds and then releasing quickly
  • using a longer hold contraction – pulling upward and inward for a hold time of 5-10 seconds then relaxing for twice as long
  • gently pulling on the cord of the weight and trying to keep the weight inside your vagina as you pull
  • progressing your exercises from lying down and seated to standing and leaning forward on a table, to standing up straight, to doing marching, toe rises or squats, to walking, stepping up and jumping.

The amount of time you put into exercising your pelvic floor muscles will determine how quickly you progress. You will know you are progressing if your leakage decreases. You will need to practice quickly contracting your pelvic floor muscles before you cough or sneeze to teach them better timing and coordination. Keep practicing and you will see the results and as always, if you have any questions, please contact us at support@joyontoys.com . We are here to help you. 

Elizabeth Bell

Clinical Specialist in Women’s Health

Lola Rosenbaum

Doctor of Physical Therapy