PERICALM

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This ma­chine re­sem­bles a pager. It worked my pelvic floor while I kicked back and caught up on episodes of Home­land. Cost: $ 214.95. How it works: Six pre-set pro­grams ad­dress dif­fer­ent pelvic floor is­sues such as urge or stress in­con­ti­nence. Af­ter se­lect­ing a pro­gram and the in­ten­sity of the pulse, you in­sert an elec­trode into your vag­ina. You then start the de­vice, which uses elec­tronic stim­u­la­tion to prompt pelvic mus­cles to con­tract.

As mus­cle tone im­proves: You boost the in­ten­sity of the con­trac­tions.

How it felt: The mild elec­tri­cal pulses were a bit odd but not un­com­fort­able. My only mis­take? I wanted to rush it so I turned the in­ten­sity too high for about 20 min­utes. This pushed my pelvic floor work­out to ex­treme and left me a lit­tle sore.

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