What is Elvie Trainer and what does it do?
Elvie Trainer is a pelvic floor trainer that uses a patented system of force and motion sensors to measure pelvic floor contractions. Until recently, this technology was only available in hospitals, but Elvie Trainer enables you to benefit from biofeedback technology in the comfort of your own home - or anywhere. Elvie Trainer connects to an app which provides real-time visual feedback. This allows you to see whether you are exercising correctly, as well as how strongly you are squeezing. Elvie Trainer detects and warns you if you are exercising incorrectly, which is important as pushing down rather than pulling up can be damaging to the pelvic floor in the long term. The results from your workouts are saved, allowing you to measure your improvement, track your progress and stay motivated to beat your personal best.
All our product development was guided by our scientific advisory group including a number of well-known researchers in biofeedback and pelvic floor exercise, such as Dr. Rufus Cartwright, Imperial College; Dr. Kay Crotty, Physiolink; Prof. Linda McLean, University of Ottawa; and Dr. Jeroen Bergmann, Oxford University. Kegel exercises have been clinically shown to improve incontinence, support bladder control during pregnancy, speed up postnatal recovery and reduce the risk of prolapse. Multiple studies show that giving women real-time biofeedback is one of the most effective methods of doing Kegel exercises, with direct force measurement being the gold standard. Elvie Trainer measures force directly, offering a significant advantage over existing products that rely on air pressure changes.