19 May 2015

TensCare - Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser

A few month ago, just after I'd had Joseph, I wrote about pelvic floor muscles and how pregnancy can affect them. I write about how I would be using the Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser over the next few months to see whether it made a difference in improving the strength of the pelvic floor muscles at all and now I am back to give my findings.

The Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser is an easy-to-use, flexible pelvic floor exerciser with a range of clinically tested programs, providing relief from stress, urged and mixed incontinence as well as improving sexual well-being. And what's more, it has been awarded the ECRM Award for Most Innovative Product 2015.

It works in a variety of different ways to help to control different aspects of the pelvic floor depending on what needs strengthening, but basically the Elise works by sending a gentle stimulation to your pelvic floor through a vaginal probe working your pelvic floor muscle for you. It gently strengthens and tones your pelvic floor muscles which in-turn improves the symptoms of incontinence or to strengthen the muscles back up after pregnancy.

Pelvic floor muscles are so important as they hold your pelvic organs, the uterus, vagina, bowel and bladder in place. Supporting the bladder and bowel to give you control when you urinate. As you get older, your pelvic floor muscles get weaker and pregnancy also has a big effect on your pelvic floor muscles too. As, for the whole 9 month of pregnancy, the baby, amniotic fluid and placenta are resting on top of your pelvic floor muscles causing them to stretch and become weaker. 

Weakened pelvic muscles can cause problems such as urinary incontinence and reduced sensitivity during sex which is why you will be given leaflets after birth, telling you the importance of doing pelvic floor exercises to keep them toned and to strengthen them too.

So when I was given the chance to try out the Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser, I knew that it would be a great part of post-partum pregnancy to talk about and something that people don't talk about a lot.

I'm sure we all know that squeezing a baby out of your bits will mean that everything will change down there and this little contraption is here to help when it comes to trying to restore some of the strength that us women need in our pelvic muscles. I'm sure you all agree that we don't really want to be wearing pads just in case I sneeze or someone tells a jokes that tickles me. 

To benefit fully from using the Elise, it is to be used every day with each session lasting for 20 minutes using it for a period of 12 weeks to get full benefit. The Elise has a One Touch Memory which remembers the last program, strength and settings used and will turn off after 20 minutes to ensure the pelvic floor muscle is not overworked.

Using the exerciser is super easy. You switch it on by holding the on/off switch for a few seconds and then it's best to test the probe in your hand first, by holding it tightly and metal plates on the probe with your skin and then increase the intensity by pressing the + button until you can feel the stimulation. Once it's at the right setting, turn off the machine.

Put a little water based gel lubricant onto the probe and then insert with the two silver plates side to side, one of the silver plates on the left and the other on the right. Then turn it on and press the 'P' to select your programme of choice and if you need to increase the intensity, just press the + button. The programme will then start and will run for 20 minutes until it has finished. You then remove the probe and give it a thorough clean.

When you next go to use the Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser, it will remember the settings that you last used so no need to keep setting it up. 

I have now been using the Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser for 12 weeks which is the recommended amount of time to see proper results. After 3 children, I am happy to say that the Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser is a godsend. No more having to hold my groin as I sneeze or wear a pad when I'm not feeling well and get the urge to cough, no more ‘laughter leaks’.

My pelvic muscles now feel stronger, the feels tighter and no doubt that I could probably crack a walnut with them if I tried (the latter may not be true hehe!). Using the Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser has not only helped me with my problems in the pelvic area but it has given me piece of mind when going out and about, knowing that I don't need to use a pad and can actually play on the trampoline without fear of leakages. 

For more information about TensCare and The Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser, pop over to the TensCare website and if you would like to purchase the Elise, the lovely people from TensCare have given me a code for 20% off if you buy via the TensCare website. The code is YORK20 which you just add into the coupon box to get the discount.


  1. I think it sounds as though this would really help me after my third baby is born in September, and I need all the help I can get!

    1. It is a fab investment and something that you can easily use when needed x

  2. This is a great idea. Hopefully, it would save a lot of problems later on.