Episode 6 A lesson in pelvic floor health with Stephanie Taylor Founder of Kegel8

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Stephanie Taylor is the Managing Director and Founder of Kegel8, the UK’s Best Selling Pelvic Floor Exercising device. Having spent the majority of her 20s working as an air stewardess for Gulf Air in the Middle East, Stephanie decided to return to the UK and become her own boss.

After the birth of her son, Stephanie became interested in the pelvic floor and through extensive research, she realised that a lot of work was needed to get her body back to its pre-childbirth condition. She found one product (which is currently included in Kegel8’s range) that was being used in hospitals and clinics. She recalls asking herself why these pelvic floor devices were not available for home use. This was her light bulb moment. She realised that these devices could be sold to women who preferred to use them in the privacy of their own homes, at a convenient time.

Stephanie decided to start selling this particular product which was described as an ‘automatic Kegel device’. She notes, “I’d already been selling quite successfully some of the plastic pelvic floor exercisers. One was called The Pelvic Toner and another, The Kegel Master. They were big things that looked like curling tongs - not at all feminine, and not terribly effective either!” Consequently, Stephanie made the decision to re-brand these clinical products, making them more attractive and discreet. Then she started selling them directly to women: Kegel8 had launched!

Stephanie is extremely passionate about the pressing need to create awareness of the issues surrounding pelvic health, calling for a national campaign to educate women on their pelvic floor, especially when incontinence and prolapse can be prevented.

Show Summary

  • 1 in 5 college girls in America suffers incontinence

  • 1 in 3 women in the UK is suffering incontinence and from those, 1 in 10 of them will go on to develop anal incontinence. 

  • 1 in 3 women who have a hysterectomy will suffer a prolapse

  • 1 in 9 men are wetting themselves

  • 1 in 4 women with pelvic pain consider suicide 

One of the things that we find at Kegel8 is that, sadly, women seem to accept that a little “laughter leek” is ok, and some will suffer for up to thirteen years of leaking before they decide to do something about it. If you do have these leaks, it is your pelvic floor crying out for attention and crying out for help. 

If your gums bleed, you think shit I need to floss, I need to brush more and making a dental appointment!”. Why when we start wetting ourselves are we not doing anything about it?!

One of the reasons why women stop doing pelvic floor exercises, is they think they don’t work. 

Pelvic floor exercises should be 10-10-3

Investing in your pelvic floor will last you a lifetime. It will keep a smile on your face, it will keep you continent and it is so important for mental health. And we deserve it!

A weak pelvic floor doesn’t just have to be about leaking - it can be a prolapse; it can be discomfort; it can be lack of sensation; and in high performance athletes and dancers, it can be a tight pelvic floor where the muscles have locked up and don’t move. 

We hear some terrible stories of women with pelvic pain. 1 in 4 of them consider committing suicide because it is so overwhelming. 

For anyone who suffers from pelvic pain, it is absolutely devastating for them. 

It’s a problem with society. Talking about wee and poo and periods, it’s just not on…we don’t talk about that! 

If men were doing pelvic floor exercises, we wouldn’t have the prostate problems that we have. 

We haven’t got to be embarrassed that its wee, poo and periods. We’ve got to say it as it is, own our bodies and really start to look after them and understand what happens when we don’t look after them. 

The signs of a prolapse are a woman will feel a dragging feeling, or she’ll feel as though she’s sitting on a tennis ball, literally because those organs are falling down, because the pelvic floor muscles aren’t strong enough to support those organs and keep them in place. 

There is no surgery that can strengthen a weak pelvic floor.

No one is going to do this for you. There’s no magic bullet. There’s no magic tablet or injection. You have to do it. It’s your body; you are responsible for it. 

Watch your weight. If you are carrying extra body weight, that extra body weight will sit on your pelvic floor. If your pelvic floor is weak, you are in danger of prolapse. When you run, your pelvic floor carries three times your extra body weight. 

When our body doesn’t work, when we’re wetting ourselves, when we’re shitting ourselves – in medical terms it would be called quality of life. 

Over the years at Kegel8 we’ve spoken to thousands and thousands of women who will not even tell their best friend. They certainly won’t tell their husband they’ve got a problem. They are ashamed. And that is one of the reasons why pelvic health is not as prominent as it should be. We’re ashamed to talk about it. 

A 12-week pelvic floor course can last you 5 years. 

Don’t pad the problem; we’re padding from cradle to grave! Padding is not a solution!