Pericalm – Your Guide


Although many women are able to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles just by performing pelvic floor exercises, there are equal numbers of women who need a little extra help. If you have tried pelvic floor exercises to treat your incontinence but you are still leaking, then the Pericalm may be the answer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who needs to use Pericalm?

Childbirth, age, constipation or just unlucky genes can mean that some women have very weak pelvic floors. If you can’t feel anything happen when you try to do a pelvic floor contraction, or if you can’t make the Educator move at all, then your muscles may need the Pericalm.

What is the Pericalm?

The Pericalm is a muscle stimulator that you use with a Periform vaginal probe. The machine delivers gentle electrical impulses to your pelvic floor muscles so it is easier for you to tighten them.

You use the machine for around 20-30 minutes every day in your own home.  When the machine is working, you feel a prickly pins and needles sensation inside your vagina. The feeling isn’t painful and is like the TENS machines that some women use in labour.
When you feel the prickly sensation, you tighten your pelvic floor muscles and when you don’t, you relax. It’s as simple as that!

What does it treat?

The main use of the Pericalm is for bladder leakage. It helps to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles so they can support the bladder and help to prevent urine escaping.
But the Pericalm can also be used for urgency or an Over-Active Bladder. This is when you need to rush to the loo all the time and sometimes don’t make it.
It is also useful if you have pelvic pain. This problem is usually diagnosed by a physiotherapist who may then recommend a course of the Pericalm.

Who can’t use Pericalm?

Pericalm can’t be used if you are pregnant. If you are on your period, have a bladder or vaginal infection or have had abnormal smear results then you should also not use the Pericalm.

How long do you need to use it for?

You need to use the Pericalm for at least 6 weeks and usually for up to 12 weeks. Once your muscles are stronger then your pelvic floor exercises will work on their own. Many women find that they then only need to use the machine for a short course every now and again as a ‘booster’.

You can read more about the Pericalm here: http://www.neenpelvichealth.com/products/pericalmtm/ . Pericalm is available from Amazon.

By Alison Bourne MA (Cantab) BSc MCSP ACPWH

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