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Pelvic Muscle Training Devices

Use these products when you do Kegel exercises, which help strengthen and control the muscles you clench when you try to hold in urine. While you don't need external devices to perform Kegels, you may find they help enhance your workout.

There's an array of Kegel training devices out there. Some are geared to men and women, including appliances you squeeze between your thighs. Vaginal weights, rods, and cones of various sizes are intended for women.

It’s hard to tell at a glance which items might help you -- or how some of them work. So do research and talk to your doctor before you buy. Your doctor can help you narrow down the choices.

Urethral Inserts and Other Products

  • Pessaries go into the vagina to support the bladder or compress the urethra. They come in an array of sizes and shapes. Your doctor will fit you, but It may take some trial and error to figure out which one works best.
  • Urethral inserts go into the urethra and block urine flow. When you have to go, take it out, toss it, and insert a new one when you’re done.
  • Tampons can work like pessaries for a mild problem.
  • Penile clamps provide pressure to keep the urethra closed for mild to moderate leaks.
  • Male guards are small sleeves that fit over the tip of the penis to contain light moisture. 
  • Condom catheters fit around the penis. They end in a tube that leads to a collection bag strapped to your body.

Don't let the wide range of products hold you back. Your doctor can recommend the right products to help you take control -- and start doing the things you enjoy again.