What is Aquaflex?
What is Aquaflex?
Aquaflex is a way to check if you are doing your pelvic floor exercises properly. It also
It consists of two different sized plastic cones and some small weights that fit inside the cones.helps you to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles which will help to control any unwanted leaking of wee from your bladder.
How do they help with incontinence?
The idea is that you try to hold the cones in place inside your vagina by tightening your pelvic floor muscles. It is your pelvic floor muscles that help to control incontinence.
How do you use Aquaflex?
To begin with, you should try to hold the largest of the two cones in place inside your vagina. At this stage, you shouldn’t use any weights at all.
Make sure you are standing up straight and not slumped. After washing and drying the cones and your hands, gently place the cone inside your vagina, with the round end going in first and the string end last. The cone needs to be around 2 cm inside your vagina.
As you put it in, you will probably feel some resistance (or pressure) and then it will pop in the rest of the way easily. It needs to get to the part where it goes in easily for it to be in the right place. Think of an alley way with a cave at the end of it. The cone needs to sit at the entrance to the alley way in the cave!
When it is in place, the string should be left dangling on the outside of your body, just like a tampon. Keep one finger inside your vagina so that it rests at the base of the cone. You should just be able to feel the bottom of the cone with the tip of your finger.
Right, you’re now ready to get going!
How to do pelvic floor exercises using the Aquaflex cones
Breathe in and as you breathe out, tighten your pelvic floor muscles as though you are trying to stop yourself passing wind or going for a wee. If you are tightening the muscles correctly, you should feel the cone move away from your finger.
If nothing happens, relax and try again, making sure that you don’t have the cone in too far or not far enough. You might only feel a tiny movement but that’s okay to begin with and is enough for you to be able to use the cones effectively. Try to hold it up for a slow count to 5 to begin with. Now relax your pelvic floor. The cone should move down again.
Wait for 10 seconds and then try again. You can tell when your muscles are becoming very tired as the cone will drop further out in between each contraction or may stop moving when you are tightening. This is your starting point for using the Aquaflex cones.
By Alison Bourne MA (Cantab) BSc MCSP ACPWH