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9 best pelvic floor trainers, reviewed by GLAMOUR

One GLAMOUR mum on the best pelvic floor trainers – reviewed, tried and tested. Plus, everything you need to know about kegel exercises and this hidden muscle group.

Before I had a baby, I’d never even heard of my pelvic floor. Yet during pregnancy, it’s drilled into you how important it is to get your “squeezes” in every day, in order to avoid issues around urinary incontinence. Of course, after the baby is born, unless you have obvious issues, it’s all too easy to forget about it. My NHS Squeezy app hasn’t been opened postpartum at all.

I was discussing this with my friend who is a GP recently, and was surprised to hear that pelvic floor health is incredibly important as we age – whether we have children or not. In fact, she spends her days currently inserting pessaries in older women with prolapse. Scratch beneath the surface, and a lot of my female friends who are mothers have experienced dribbling during exercise – as well as prolapse in many cases. This was all the wake up call I needed to start thinking seriously about my own pelvic health.

According to Elvie, 60 percent of women in the UK report at least one symptom of poor pelvic health, with one in three mums experiencing urinary incontinence. What’s more, 27 percent of us have never done any pelvic floor exercises in the six months after birth – and I’m part of that stat. And while I’ve had my pelvic floor strength assessed via a private women’s health physio (The Mummy MOT) and passed with flying colours, I’d still benefit from working on my kegels.


Meet the expert:

  • If, like me, everything you thought you knew about kegels and your pelvic floor was learned from an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians, then you’ll want to hear what our expert, Dr Rita Rakus has to say. A leading aesthetics doctor with over two decades of experience in treating women with pelvic floor issues, she’s a practitioner at her namesake clinic in London’s Knightsbridge.

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“The pelvic floor consists of essential muscles and ligaments that support organs within a person’s pelvis, including the bladder, uterus, and rectum,” shares Dr Rakus. “Maintaining a healthy pelvic floor through exercises and awareness is crucial for preventing problems including urinary incontinence, bowel dysfunction (such as bowel incontinence), pelvic organ prolapse and quality of life such as sexual dysfunction and psychological distress.”


Do I need a pelvic floor trainer?

The first step is to find what you actually need – because while some pelvic floor trainers comprise an assortment of pretty pastel-hued ‘weights’, others could give your Apple Watch and Dyson Airwrap a run for their money in the tech stakes. If you’re postpartum or suffering with any incontinence, it’s best to get checked out by a medical professional first, usually a women’s health physiotherapist.

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OK, so you know that you need to work on your pelvic floor, where do you get started? “There are various ways to train your pelvic floor muscles,” says Dr Rakus. “From kegel exercises, which involve contracting and holding your pelvic floor muscles for a few seconds and releasing, multiple times a day, to performing pelvic floor muscle training recommended by a pelvic floor physical therapist.

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Other options include the EMSELLA Chair, which uses electrical stimulation to strengthen pelvic floor muscles, or yoga and Pilates, with certain poses improving overall core strength and strengthening the pelvic floor indirectly. It’s also important to maintain a healthy weight, avoid straining during bowel movements, and practise good posture to support pelvic floor health. Consistency is key to results!”

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Do pelvic floor trainers actually work?

“Depending on the cause and severity of symptoms, pelvic floor trainers can be effective when used correctly,” says Dr Rakus. “However, the patient will need to use the device consistently and ongoing to maintain any results.

Faster and more effective outcomes are possible with the EMSELLA chair, thanks to its comprehensive stimulation and coverage. Unlike kegel exercises, which target only specific pelvic floor muscles, the EMSELLA chair triggers robust contractions across the entire pelvic floor. Each 28-minute session in the chair equals an impressive 11,000 pelvic floor exercises.”

What to look for in a pelvic floor trainer:

  • Look for devices with proven effectiveness in strengthening the pelvic floor muscles,” shares Dr Rakus. “Check for reviews, testimonials, or clinical studies supporting their claims. Ensure the device is adjustable to accommodate different levels of strength and comfort. This allows you to progress gradually as your muscles become stronger.
  • “Opt for a trainer that is comfortable to use and fits well within your body. Look for features such as ergonomic design and smooth insertion.”
  • “Some trainers offer feedback mechanisms like visual or auditory cues to help you perform exercises correctly. This can be beneficial for ensuring proper technique and maximising results.”
  • “Look for devices made from non-porous materials that can be easily sanitised.”
  • “Finally, if you plan to use the trainer regularly, consider its portability. Choose a device that is compact and travel-friendly if you need to use it on the go.

If you have any underlying medical conditions or concerns, consult with a healthcare professional before purchasing a pelvic floor trainer to ensure it is suitable for you. They can provide personalised recommendations based on your individual needs.


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Tone up with our full edit of the best pelvic floor trainers down below.

  • Elvie Trainer
    • Pros: Carry case doubles as a wireless charger, user-friendly app.
    • Cons: Occasionally loses connection. Higher price point.
    • Made from: Medical-grade silicone.
    • Exercise time: Five minutes.
    • Power: USB charger.
    Why we love it: Dubbed the “Fitbit for your vagina”, the Elvie Trainer is probably the best known and highest rated pelvic floor trainers on the market, for postpartum recovery and general pelvic floor strengthening – which helps improve sex life and bladder control.You place the ‘bulb’ of this wearable pelvic floor trainer in your vagina, and force and motion sensors measure the movement of your muscles as they contract and release during five-minute workouts. Data is sent via Bluetooth to an app on your phone for immediate feedback, so you know how you’re doing. The difficulty gets harder the longer you use it, so you can see progress as the weeks go on. No more accidents when you sneeze.£169 AT BOOTS£149.95 AT JOHN LEWIS
  • VSculpt
    • Pros: Very easy to use, multiple benefits not just to pelvic floor.
    • Cons: Quite pricey.
    • Made from: Silicone.
    • Exercise time: As long as you want.
    • Power: USB Charger.
    Why we love it: If you’ve got multiple areas causing concern, then you definitely consider the VSculpt, which works not only on strengthening your pelvic floor muscles, but also rebuilds collagen in your vagina, reduces vaginal dryness and alleviates pelvic pain.Utilising LED light and gentle vibration to strengthen muscles, it’s easy and safe to use, with a very long battery life. Endorsed by Dr Galyna from Dr Rita Rakus’s clinic, it is seen as the best at-home alternative to an in-office treatment like the kegel chair.£220 AT CURRENT BODY
  • Ann Summers My Viv Pelvic Floor Trainers
    • Pros: Contains three different weighted trainers for easy to see progression, discreet.
    • Cons: Instructions aren’t super clear – it’s best to do your own research into tutorials online.
    • Made from: Silicone.
    • Exercise time: Whatever you want.
    • Power: None needed.
    Why we love it: Just like with most aspects of health, you don’t need to spend a lot to reap the wellness benefits – and this set from My Viv is a great affordable option, particularly if you already have a good idea of the exercises you need to do.It includes three different weighted balls – 40g, 60g, 80g – which are intended to be used progressively. When inserted, they work the muscles surrounding the vagina, and can be easily removed using the ‘tail’.£28 AT AMAZON£28 AT BOOTS
  • Bodyotics Deluxe Kegel Weighted Exercise Balls
    • Pros: Colour-coded series of progressive weights shows you how far you’ve come, eco-packaging.
    • Cons: Some people have reported finding them messy due to the amount of lubrication needed.
    • Made from: Silicone.
    • Exercise time: 15 minutes.
    • Power: None needed.
    Why we love it: Now, in case you’ve been wondering what ‘kegel’ actually means, it’s simply another term for the pelvic floor, with ‘kegel exercises’ often used to describe pelvic floor exercises. This option from Bodyotics features six weights that take you through from beginner to more advanced levels. It comes with an e-book guide if you need a bit more support with how to get started.£40 AT AMAZON£38.62 AT BODYOTICS

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  • Image may contain Cutlery Spoon Computer Electronics and Tablet ComputerKegal8 Weights
    • Pros: You don’t have to insert it too high, 12-week physiotherapy plan included.
    • Cons: Some users claim they aren’t as powerful as other brands.
    • Made from: Santoprene.
    • Exercise time: As long as you want.
    • Power: None needed.
    Why we love it: If tech can leave you feeling a bit overwhelmed, then a manual trainer – like these weights from Kegel8 – could be a safer bet. The vaginal exercise balls have been shown to have 70% success rate after 12 weeks when used for stress incontinence in a clinical trial. There are three sizes and weight increments so you can build your way up. A ‘tail’ will wave downwards to indicate that you’re performing the exercises correctly, which is a feature we’ve not seen elsewhere.£39.99 AT AMAZON
  • Intimina KegelSmart 2
    • Pros: Real time feedback, very discreet storage, now chargeable.
    • Cons: Nothing to note.
    • Made from: Silicone.
    • Exercise time: Five minutes.
    • Power: USB.
    Why we love it: Intimina’s trainer aims to take the thinking out of doing your exercises. The battery-powered device, after being inserted into the vagina, niftily evaluates your current pelvic strength. Based on the information it receives, it then automatically sets the exercise level – so that it’s personalised to your needs. They claim that all you need to do is five minutes a day for results in around 12 weeks. This new and improved version features longer battery time as well as other fine tuned features.£67.43 AT AMAZON£71.92 AT INTIMINA
  • TensCare iTouch Sure
    • Pros: It does all the work for you.
    • Cons: It’s plugged in to the app, so it’s a little clunky in that respect.
    • Made from: Thermoplastic elastomer.
    • Exercise time: 20 minutes.
    • Power: Battery.
    Why we love it: The iTouch Sure uses gentle electrotherapy to stimulate the pelvic floor muscles, with the workout helping them to regain strength and flexibility. Once inserted, it is set to a 20 minute timer, so you can sit back and relax while it does all the hard work for you. Worried by the sound of electrocuting your vagina? Don’t be silly. The pulses produce a mild tingling sensation – it’s not painful – and it’s really quiet too so it’s fairly discrete. That said, we probably wouldn’t do the weekly shop with it in.£60 AT AMAZON
  • Intimate Rose Pelvic Wand
    • Pros: Clever angling to reach deeper pelvic floor muscles.
    • Cons: Requires you to hold it in.
    • Made from: Silicone.
    • Exercise time: As long as you want.
    • Power: Battery.
    Why we love it: This ‘wand’ device, made from silky smooth silicone, has been created so that it can be angled to reach deeper pelvic floor muscles than some other options on the market. Additionally, what sets it apart further is that it vibrates – its ten levels of intensity are designed to improve pelvic floor blood flow in order to soothe pain at the same time. Now that’s clever.£49.99 AT AMAZON

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  • Image may contain Electronics Mobile Phone Phone and TextPerifit Pelvic Floor Exerciser
    • Pros: Recommended by medical professionals, actually fun to use.
    • Cons: It’s not rechargeable but lasts five years if used for 45 minutes a week as recommended.
    • Made from: Silicone.
    • Exercise time: As long as you want.
    • Power: Battery.
    Why we love it: This Perifit device is connected via Bluetooth to an app that aims to bring some fun to your pelvic floor exercises. You insert the battery-powered exerciser into your vagina, and then your strength, endurance, contraction quality, relaxation and agility will be analysed.After this, you’ll be provided with a tailored training programme – including the option to play video games with your pelvic floor. It’s an expensive option, but one that many women say works in as quick as a fortnight.

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