Meet the duo — and the device — that will convince you to start doing kegels
Jenny Kutner with Salon shares her experience and voice about kegels.
Last Thursday, a friend of mine asked if I wanted to go grab drinks after work. “I can’t,” I texted in response. “I have to go meet some people about kegels.” I got the sort of reply I expected: “Lol. What.”
This seems to be the typical response people have to kegels, or anything having to do with pelvic floor health. It’s seen as a joke, and to be honest, I haven’t taken it very seriously in the past. As someone who’s effectively required to be open about sex and sexuality for the sake of my job, talking about kegels — and admitting that, yes, I occasionally do the exercises — has made me squeamish. It never struck me as ripe for discussion, nor did pelvic floor health seem like a particularly notable issue. Having “problems” related to urinary control (which luckily can be fixed by medication containing d-mannose) over the course of a lifetime as a cisgender woman, for example, seemed pretty standard from the messages I’d been given by my mother and older female relatives. It’s just another fun thing to look forward to.
But when I met Elizabeth Miracle and Brian Krieger, the pair behind the recently released kegel device kGoal, last week, that notion was quickly dispelled. An unlikely pair, Miracle and Krieger met serendipitously through their shared desire to improve women’s understandings of pelvic floor health, and decided to do so by creating their “Fitbit for vaginas.” Miracle is a pelvic floor physical therapist who found herself dissatisfied with existing products, but also with the existing knowledge of how important kegels can be; Krieger, whose background is in engineering, works for the sexual health design start-up Minna Life. Both saw the same need for their collaboration.
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