An app to help women do exercises to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles.
What does the app do?
The app comes with a preset exercise plan comprising 10 slow exercises followed by 10 quick repetitions. You need to set your reminders so you can easily remember to do your exercises throughout the day. You are recommended to these 3 times a day (or as directed by your pelvic health specialist). The app has visuals of balloons with different colours indicate when you should squeeze and relax. The app also has a sound or vibrate mode.
For the app description go to Google Play, iTunes or the app website and for a detailed review, see Reviews.
✔ Developed with input from Women’s Health Physiotherapists, uses evidence-based research and is approved by the NHS (public health system in the UK)
✔ Comprehensive educational information and instructions.
✔ Visual and auditory guided pelvic floor exercises. Has a default exercise program with both quick and slow contractions. This can be customised by a physiotherapist.
✔ Bladder diary with entries for inputs, outputs, incontinence and level of urinary urgency.
✔ Exercises are recorded automatically so you can track your progress.
✘ Costs $6.49
✘ A financial grant was received from a drug company, but it was unrestricted.
✘ Can’t export exercise records.
✘ You can export the bladder diary into PDF or print to your wireless printer. The share option doesn’t allow you to link to other apps like email or any cloud provider.
✘ No section on bladder retraining for those with urge incontinence.
Privacy and security
Date of review: September 2018
Platform reviewed: Android
Download size: 17 MB
Updated on: 2/07/2018
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Reviewer: Jeremy Steinberg, GP, RNZCGP
Date of review: September 2018
Comments: This app is useful for women with weak pelvic floors, especially those with incontinence. It is designed to help women do pelvic floor exercises, and it does this very well. It is particularly useful for women with stress incontinence. It allows for a self-guided or physiotherapist-guided exercise program, with extensive information, instructions and reminders. There is also a bladder diary section. It is very high quality and it appears that a great deal of effort has gone into its development. There is no free version available, but I think it is good value at $6.49.
The main downside that I could see was that there was no section on bladder retraining for those with urge incontinence.If you’re a man get the men’s version called “Squeezy Men."
Safety concerns: No safety concerns. There is information about when you should see your doctor.
New Zealand relevance: The app is developed for the NHS in the UK, however it is still definitely relevant for the NZ context. It also has links to relevant organisations in NZ.