A device designed specifically to tackle menopause symptoms is due to hit shelves in spring.
The vSculpt Pelvic Floor Toning and Vaginal Rejuvenation Device uses vibrations, infrared light and heat to reduce sign of menopause including a weak bladder and vaginal dryness. It strengthens the pelvic floor, which causes stronger and better orgasms for patients.
The discreet device that women use at home, by inserting it into the vagina, will cost £475.
Does this device have what it takes to aid women with their menopausal symptoms? Express.co.uk spoke to a mother-of-two who is trialling the vSculpt device.
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Harriet Rachel, from North London, 49, has been using the device for four weeks.
Before trying the treatment Harriet was at the end of her tether with incontinence issues, which were affecting her ability to play with her children.
“I’ve got two kids so after the birth of my second child it wasn’t too bad initially, but when he got the age where he wanted to run around and I’d chase him in the park I realised I couldn’t run after him without weeing myself,” the mother said.
“That was when he was around two or three and he’s now 10 and it has got worse.”
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Harriet also finds she suffers with bladder leakage even when she sneezes of coughs – leaving her in a terrible situation whenever she had a cold.
“I have to cross my legs in the street to cough otherwise I might have an accident. Sometimes I actually pee myself and sometimes I just worry I might – it causes a lot of anxiety,” she said.
“It’s awful. I laugh about it but it’s not fun. I’m not ready to wear lady pads, I’m too young for that.”
Harriet purchased a trampet, after she heard that they are good for the pelvic floor. However, she couldn’t even use it without desperately needing the toilet.
“That was the point I thought have to to something about this,” she said, “because it’s stopping me from being able to exercise and play with the kids and dog.”
Harriet is currently single, and she worries her current issues will affect future relationships.
“If I met someone I do not want to be wearing an incontinence pad, that’s awful, it’s not sexy.
“You can’t meet someone and on a date say ‘sorry, I just need to cross my legs when I sneeze.’”
Harriet has found the device is strengthening her pelvic floor, four weeks in.
“When I pee, I can stop the flow. I wasn’t able to before and now I can almost stop it. That to me is a good sign,” she said.
How does she find using the device?
“It’s really easy to use, you just lubricate the end, slip it in and turn it on. It helps me remember to my exercises too. I watch TV while I do it or check my Instagram,” she added.
One in thee women suffer from pelvic floor issues and more than 50 per cent suffer with bladder control problems.
Colette Courtion, founder and CEO of JoyLux which developed vSculpt, believes the device can do a lot to help women – who tend to suffer in silence.
Simone de la Tour who wrote the clinical papers for the device said: “There are lots of psychological effects of incontinence, one is sleep.
“Women are getting up five or six times a night, it’s very hard to get a good nights when you’re getting up every couple of hours.”
“Travel is also an issue. Women plan their day around where they know restrooms are. This causes a lot of anxiety.”
The vSculpt is designed to help with these issues, and also the sexual issues that come with menopause.
The device is used everyday for two weeks, and then it can be used weekly to maintain the area.