I bought the Athena Pelvic Muscle Trainer because I had a weakened pelvic floor due to having 3 children naturally (one was a particularly difficult and long delivery). My own symptoms included mild incontinence and relaxed vaginal muscles.
Actually, it all seemed quite embarrassing to me. Like most of us, I really did try Kegel exercises, but they seemed very tedious and there was always something else to think about. Besides, I never really knew if I was doing them right. There were so many “dos and don’ts” and a lot of information about the fact that if you were doing them incorrectly, they would be of no use.
After the birth of my first child 20 years ago, I really didn’t look much different “down there.” I had an episiotomy and the delivery was long and traumatic. After my second child was born, I noticed that I had started to leak a little urine. This would happen during exercise, for which I started using a thin compress, and also noticed that if my bladder was really full, I couldn’t get to the bathroom without having a bit of a leak.
I mentioned this to the nurse when I went to get a smear and received a sheet detailing Kegel exercises. I could never really get the feeling of tensing up properly, although I did try to include them in my daily routine. For example, I tried to do something in the car on the way to work and one night, when I was lying in bed, I would try to do some. It was only after the birth of my third child that things got really bad that I considered having a repair operation.
It had gotten to the point where he constantly wore a sanitary napkin to soak up the leak. I couldn’t do any exercise without being soaked and had noticed that when I used tampons they seemed to fall out of place and were often near the entrance to my vagina even though they had been inserted correctly. I later found out that I was suffering from mild prolapse symptoms.
One morning I was watching GMTV and Dr. Hilary Jones mentioned Athena’s pelvic muscle trainer. I thought it looked interesting, but I hadn’t listened to the entire segment and didn’t think about it again until I heard Chris Steele from This Morning recommend it, saying it was a surefire way to do Kegel. He said that more than 42% of women under the age of 50 suffered from mild to moderate incontinence and that most would not discuss it with their partners or even their GPs. I decided to take the plunge and give it a try. This was my last chance to do anything before the repair surgery.
I used the Athena twice a day for 15 minutes each time. In a couple of weeks, I noticed that things seemed “tighter”. In a month, there was a real difference in the amount of urine leakage and I would say after about 12 weeks, I was completely dry. It was like a little miracle for me! After years of suffering in silence and feeling like an old woman, I was suddenly “cured.” I found it totally infallible.
The Athena Pelvic Muscle Trainer is wireless and that’s what convinced me to try it with other pelvic toners. It’s only the size of a tampon so I found it really easy to use. I got into the habit of wearing it while having breakfast and then at night while watching TV, so it never interfered with my routine. I still use it, as in Dr. Chris Steele’s words “Use it or lose it”, which means that, like any muscle, it is best exercised regularly. Now I only use it a couple of times a week.