While Kegel exercises are easy enough to do wherever, whenever, how do you know if you’re doing them right? How do we gauge how strong our pelvic floor muscles really are?
A start-up company created by four Stanford engineers, called Minna Life, has taken the fitness-tracking trend one step farther by developing the world’s first smart Kegel trainer that takes the guesswork out of strengthening your pelvic floor.
The kGoal is a device and app that guides your exercise routine, measures your performance and tracks your progress. It’s like a FitBit for your lady parts!
According to Minna Life, the device is a squeezable pillow that is inserted into the vagina. The pillow measures squeezing of your pelvic floor muscles, and there is also a motor for providing real-time vibrational biofeedback. The arm works as the interface and holds the kGoal in place. Yes, it resembles a sex toy — get over it!
The app communicates with and can control the kGoal device wirelessly and stores your exercise history and suggested workouts. Fortunately, you don't have to have your phone in hand since many of kGoal's features are available without having the app connected.
You can pre-order a kGoal via its Kickstarter campaign, which was launched to offset manufacturing costs and collect user feedback. After the Kickstarter campaign ends in August, the company plans on shipping the first orders by December. Could be a cool stocking stuffer!
Kegels are one of the most overlooked exercises but are so important for women’s health whether you’re fixing an existing problem, like urinary incontinence; preparing for or recovering from giving birth; or are concerned about your sexual health.
Since they work your pelvic floor muscles, which support the uterus, bladder, small intestine and rectum, keeping the pelvic floor muscles strong is essential throughout a woman’s life.