Discussing pelvic floor health with Elvie founder Tania Boler

Tania Boler, Elvie’s CEO, is an internationally recognised women’s health expert and has held leadership positions for various global NGOs and the United Nations. Passionate about challenging taboo women’s issues, Tania founded Elvie in 2013.

Elvie’s mission is to revolutionise women’s health and wellbeing on a global scale – by using radical female-first technology to create products that women want, need and deserve.

How the Elvie Trainer works

The pelvic floor is located in the lowest part of your pelvis and supports your bladder, uterus, rectum, and vagina, and aids in the functioning of these organs. For many women, this will undergo changes during the strain of pregnancy and childbirth but it can also weaken during menopause when the hormonal shifts that women experience might cause the tissues to thin.

A weakened pelvic floor can cause symptoms ranging from urinary incontinence or prolapse to intimacy problems – and more.

Elvie Trainer is a pelvic floor training device that connects to a free app that guides you through fun 5 minute games which strengthen your pelvic floor while visualising and correcting your technique via biofeedback, making it easier to do pelvic floor exercises correctly and track progress over time.

Benefits of Kegel exercises

The pelvic floor is a set of bowl-shaped muscles in the lower pelvis, which supports your bladder, uterus and rectum. These muscles play a key role in bladder control, postnatal recovery and sexual sensation. Sadly, problems with a weak pelvic floor are common, affecting many women globally.

Pelvic floor exercises (also known as Kegels) are targeted exercises that train and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles to help to support bladder control and sexual function.

When it comes to sex, Kegels build muscle strength, increase sensation and boost blood flow to the vagina, which may in turn help you to experience stronger orgasms.

How the app works

Elvie Trainer is a fun, easy way to strengthen your pelvic floor. The pebble-shaped pod is placed inside the vagina like a tampon and connects to an app on your phone.

Elvie Trainer employs a patented combination of force and motion sensors to transmit biofeedback from inside your body to an app on your phone so you can actually see each Kegel you do and get feedback on whether you’re doing it correctly.

The app has 5-minute guided workouts that help you visualise what’s happening with your muscles and track your progress, so you’ll be encouraged to keep up the good work. Most women see improvements within 4-6 weeks of regular use.

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We understand there’s a lot of information out there on the menopause. You can read through the NICE guidance on menopause management, as well as the NHS overview on the menopause.