The Aquaflex system was designed by physicians and physiotherapists:
Start at your own level and graudally increase the weight sizes to progress your program. Go at your own pace. 5g weight increment increases are possible.
How does it work?
It is very important to exercise pelvic floor muscles correctly. Because you insert the vaginal cone as you would a tampon, your muscles automatically contract around the Aquaflex, strengthening your pelvic floor muscles. Insert and go about your day while your muslces hold in the cone and become stronger. As your pelvic floor becomes stronger you will be able to add more weights and increase the time you are able to keep the cone in place, for up to 20 minutes a day. Instruction booklet included.
|Vaginal weights comparison chart||Click here to open PDF with chart comparing all weights|
|Total Length||16 cm|
|Insertable Length||6.5-7 cm|
|Circumference||7.5cm (small) and 9cm (large)|
|Weights||1 x 5gm, 1 x 10gm, 2 x 20gm|
|Material||Plastic coated cones and plastic string|
|Colours||White cones with steel weights|
The exercise system consists of:
Important - The manufacturer doesn't recommend using Aquaflex® vaginal cones if you are pregnant, during your period, if you have a symptomatic prolapse, if you have a vaginal infection, during or just after intercourse, while using a diaphram or cap. May not be effective if vaginal walls are very wide, however improvements can occur over time and cones can be held in place. Don't loan your Aquaflex set to anyone else, for hygiene reasons.
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Q. What should I do if I can’t hold in an empty cone shell when I’m lying down and pulling gently on the cord?
A. If this happens to you, you may need some help from a specialist women’s health physiotherapist. Your doctor will be able to recommend one in your area.
Q. Do I have to be standing up when using the cones?
A. Yes, in the upright position, gravity will cause the cone to move downwards. To prevent the cone from falling out, the muscles tighten up around it and keep it in place. This automatic reaction would not occur without gravity, so sitting down would be ineffective.
Q. How can I tell if I’ve got my cone in the right place?
A. All women are shaped differently, so the precise position will vary from person to person. As a general guide, however, the base of the cone (where the cord joins the shell) should be two centimetres inside you – about the same distance as from the tip of your finger to the first joint. Make sure you don’t position the cone as high as you would a tampon. You may find the cone slips down slightly, but always ensure the cone shell remains fully enclosed within the vagina.
Q. Can I do the pelvic floor exercises shown at my post-natal class whilst using AQUAFLEX®?
A. You can carry out the sort of ‘squeeze and lift’ exercises you will have been taught, but as with all exercise, you must take care not to over-exercise the muscles. Take it slowly and carefully for the best results without strain.
Q. How soon after having a baby can I start using AQUAFLEX®?
A. Listen to your body, and start as soon as you feel comfortable. It’s best to wait until any stitches or grazes have healed, which will probably take up to 8 weeks. Alternatively, wait until you’ve been given the all clear at your post-natal check-up.
Q. What is the best time of day to use AQUAFLEX®?
A. AQUAFLEX® can be used at any time to fit in with your schedule. It’s worth bearing in mind though, that as the day wears on, your muscles will become tired. So, if you exercise in the evening, you may not be able to use as many weights or to exercise for as long as usual.
Q. For how long should I continue to use AQUAFLEX®?
A. With regular daily use, you should notice some improvement within eight weeks. To maximise the benefits of AQUAFLEX®, it’s important that you continue to exercise every day for up to twelve weeks.
Q. What should I do if I’m exercising regularly but don’t feel any improvement?
A. First check the instructions again, and make sure you’re using AQUAFLEX® in the correct way. If you are, and you’re not getting the results you’d hoped for, you can ask your doctor to put you in touch with a specialist women’s physiotherapist for one-to-one advice.
Q. Once my pelvic floor muscles are stronger, is there a maintenance routine I should follow?
A.To make sure you maintain and improve your muscle tone it’s a good idea to continue to use AQUAFLEX® just once or twice a week. Or, if you prefer, after every period, you could check whether you are still able to hold the cone in place at the heaviest weight you could previously manage. If you can’t, it’s time to exercise again, to get your muscles back to their full strength.
Q. Can I use AQUAFLEX® if I experience vaginal dryness?
A. Yes. You may find the AQUAFLEX® cone easier to insert if it is wet with water or if a very small amount of lubricant is applied.
Q. Am I likely to get Thrush or any other infection from AQUAFLEX®?