Thursday, 21 July 2016

Restoring your pelvic floor with INNOVO.

I may be only 26 but I have had 2 babies and being a young naive 19 year old when I had my first baby pelvic floor exercises were something I didn't pay much attention too. Oh how I wish I had listened to that midwife who lectured me on the importance of doing my pelvic floor exercises and thrust various leaflets about it in my face.

So when the opportunity came about for me to out INNOVO I was intrigued and excited to try it. INNOVO is a non-invasive way to restore your pelvic floor, treating the primary cause of urinary leaks rather than just masking the symptoms. INNOVO sends targeted impulses via a set of conductive pads to safely and effectively activate all the muscles of the pelvic floor or to calm your bladder.
INNOVO recommend you use the equipment for 5 days a week over 12 weeks, slowly increasing intensity as you feel necessary. The optimum intensity to reach is between 70-75 (or higher if you feel you need to). I started at around 25 but had quickly increased to around 40 after a week. Once  INNOVO say that the feeling shouldn't hurt and therefore if you increase intensity and it hurts you should go back down a little and try again in a few days. I did stick at between 40 and 50 for a few weeks until I felt ready to increase intensity. I ultimately reached around 80 and whilst I could definitely feel the "contractions" of my pelvic floor it most definitely was not painful. After the 12 weeks it is recommended you continue to use INNOVO for 1-2 times a week in order to keep your pelvic floor strong.


The feeling when you are wearing the equipment is hard to describe. As I mentioned above it should never be painful but you can feel some light contractions of your pelvic floor muscles. The contractions will seem to start in your bum cheeks but these will slowly move around to the top of your inner thigh and in to your pelvic floor. Once you feel these muscles contracting this is the correct intensity and these are the muscles you should be feeling contracting to know it is working and targeting the correct area.

The INNOVO machine consists of 2 leg straps which wrap around your bum cheeks and the tops of your legs, 8 conductive pads which are stuck on specific places on the leg straps. Also in the pack you will find the main INNOVO machine which is a handheld device with cables coming from the top. You connect these cables to the two connectors on the leg straps (one red one blue), when you do this ensure you listen for 2 clicks on each one to ensure they are connected correctly. From the handheld device you can control the intensity of the "contractions" and it also shows you the 30 minute timer which counts down and beeps when you reach the end.


93% of users found a significant improvement after just 4 weeks and 86% of users would define themselves as dry or near dry after the full 12 weeks. Which I think are pretty impressive stats and from my personal experience I would certainly agree.

Priced at £249 the INNOVO isn't cheap but as someone who has previously suffered from a weak pelvic floor its hard to put a price on the relief and joy the Innovo can bring. Is it worth it? I would say yes definitely! The INNOVO has managed to give me back a pelvic floor and the ability to run, cough, sneeze and laugh without the worry of a leak all without the need of surgery or invasive treatment. If you think £249 is a little un-affordable in one payment INNOVO allow you to spread the cost in to 5 installments of £41.50 making the INNOVO even more affordable.

INNOVO has given me back the confidence to run around with my little boy, to jump on a trampoline and most importantly laugh without worrying about any embarrassing leaks! The treatment is so simple and all you need is 30 spare minutes 5 days a week to sit/lay with the equipment on and enjoy some time to just relax knowing INNOVO is doing the work for you.

If you want to find out more about how INNOVO might be able to help you, check out the website here - www.restorethefloor.com.

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5 comments:

  1. Great guide to this!

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  2. This looks an interesting piece of kit. It is a bit pricey but then again can you really put a price on having fun with your kids? I'm glad it worked so well for you

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  3. Its true after having kids your pelvic floor muscles do slacken and Innovo sounds like a great way of dealing with it!

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  4. Heard such great things about this recently across the blogging world! Great to know something like this can help restore confidence in the future!

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  5. I think this sounds like a great device and one that doesn't look uncomfortable x

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