🚦 Contraction Quality Meter
The Contraction Quality Meter monitors your Kegel contractions in real-time and warns you if it is associated with excessive intra-abdominal pressure.
This makes your training both safer and more effective.
How does it work?
For every contraction you make, Perifit will grade your Kegel quality:
- as "Excellent!" if your intra-abdominal pressure (i.e. the pressure on the deep sensor) is small relative to your pelvic floor contraction (i.e. the pressure on the superficial sensor)
- as "You can do better" if your intra-abdominal pressure is big relative to your pelvic floor contraction (typically this will occur if you cough, laugh or make a "bearing down" movement)
For more information on the superficial and deep sensors, head to the article 🩺 Superficial & Deep Sensors.
Why should I care about my contraction quality?
Mastering the art of Kegel is of the utmost importance for training safely and effectively with Perifit.
- Safely: If you are pushing down with the abs instead of lifting up with the pelvic floor muscles, you are exerting a harmful downward pressure. If this happens too often on an already fragile pelvis, this could lead to disorders or increased prolapse risk.
- Effectively: because if you squeeze the wrong muscles, it is unlikely that you will train the pelvic floor muscles. And if you do not train your pelvic floor muscles, you will not likely improve your continence, pelvic floor support, or sex life. A proper Kegel contraction will also help to suck the Perifit up, thus preventing it from sliding out.
How can I improve my contraction quality?
In pelvic floor training, Contraction Quality is akin to proper technique in running or yoga. It is improved by knowing what the proper form is and focusing relentlessly on achieving it.
For Kegels, it means a relentless focus on lifting upwards instead of pushing down (cf. Kegel 101). Equivalently it means focusing on keeping the needle of the Contraction Quality Meter in the green part.
If the needle moves to the red part each time you're contracting, you could try to recalibrate with only 75% of your maximum. This will make the game slightly easier and give you room to focus on having your technique catch up with your strength for a few sessions. If the needle position doesn't improve after a few sessions, we recommend that you connect with your pelvic health practitioner so that she/he helps you refine your technique.