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See what Mumsnet testers think about INNOVO®’s new pelvic stimulator. Non-testers: win the machine, worth £249! NOW CLOSED

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RebeccaEMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 26-Jul-16 10:17:51

This thread is for the ten Mumsnetters who were chosen by INNOVO® to test and keep their new pelvic floor stimulator, which is designed to alleviate stress incontinence.

Stress incontinence is the term used when leaks accidently occur from coughing, sneezing, laughing, jumping or doing heavy lifting. These simple movements put pressure on the bladder and, should your pelvic floor muscles be unable to tighten enough, will cause a leak. Stress incontinence can also be called bladder weakness or urinary incontinence. INNOVO® is a new pelvic floor stimulator that works to strengthen the muscle and put an end to those pesky leaks.

Here’s what INNOVO™ have to say about their product:
‘Innovotherapy is a non-invasive way to restore your pelvic floor, treating the primary cause of urinary leaks rather than just masking the symptoms. Using a hand held controller that is attached to a two part garment, Innovotherapy sends targeted impulses via conductive pads (attached to your upper thigh and buttocks) to safely and effectively activate the muscles of the pelvic floor. It is a proven technology which has been designed to optimally strengthen your pelvic floor with 180 perfect contractions per session, allowing the device to do your pelvic floor exercises for you.
Results from a research study prove that women who experience stress incontinence will experience significant improvements in as little as four weeks by using INNOVO® five days a week for 30 minutes. After 12 weeks of treatment the participants were defined as being ‘dry’ or ‘almost dry’. So it won’t take long to get your confidence back’

Testers were asked to use the product for thirty minutes per day, five times per week, over a twelve week period – the recommended treatment programme from INNOVO®.

Testers, please answer the following questions:

-How did you find the process of learning to use INNOVO®? Did you receive support where needed?
-What did you do to pass the time while using INNOVO®?
-What did the sensation of using INNOVO® feel like?
-Have you noticed an improvement in the strength of your pelvic floor after testing for 12 weeks? If so, when did you first start to notice the improvement? What activities/ actions can you do now that you couldn’t before?
-Would you recommend INNOVO® to a friend with bladder sensitivity?

Non testers, in order to be entered into the prize draw where one Mumsnetter will win an INNOVO® worth £249, please tell us how the machine would improve your life by strengthening your pelvic floor.

All testers who complete the feedback process will be entered into a prize draw where one tester will win a £300 Love2Shop Voucher.

Thanks, MNHQ

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Members of our Mumsnet Blogger Panel also reviewed the INNOVO® . You can read the reviews by clicking on the blog names below:

Hex Mum
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Mad House of Cats and Babies
Chammy IRL
Rachael Jess
Testing Time Blog
M's Memories
Over 40 and Mum of One
3 Princess 1 Dude
Thoughts from Random Woman
Autism Mumma
Tantrums to Smiles

lottietiger Tue 26-Jul-16 10:53:54

Non Tester here..
I was really keen on testing this so I would love to win! it would make a huge difference to me getting fit, im trying to do lots more walking, running and horse riding but my pelvic floor & weak bladder is really not helping sad

mannose Tue 26-Jul-16 10:59:43

Non Tester here too, I would like to win this as getting fed up of the leaks and feeling like a oap rather than in my prime.confused I will be interested to see how everyone has got on with this.

forkhandles4candles Tue 26-Jul-16 11:31:38

Oh, I would have loved to test this so much. I go through periods of ...well...leaking after having a wee. It is like some lurks in there for when I stand up, however much I wait. So, it would do wonders for my scuzzy underwear and self-esteem, if this strengthened me down below. Who knows what other side benefits there might be too....

GloriaHotcakes Tue 26-Jul-16 11:37:16

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

NutellaLawson Tue 26-Jul-16 11:38:17

I'm keen to hear what testers thought of it. Since having my three big babies (10lbs 7oz, next one was 8lbs 8oz and last one was 9lbs 4oz) and long labour and second stage with my first (and heaviest and head off the charts) baby, my pelvic floor is a pelvic flaw.

ameliesfolly Tue 26-Jul-16 12:13:29

I would love to win this! It would mean I could run around with ds so much more, join him on the trampoline (I hate sounding like a no-fun mum with my excuses as to why I can't bounce with him) and just generally feel like someone in their forties not their dotage! smile

cymrumam Tue 26-Jul-16 12:27:44

Non - tester - five children and major abdominal surgery have made me in need of this product.
Winning one would give me the chance of having greater self confidence and a new lease of life

Roseformeplease Tue 26-Jul-16 12:31:20

I was absolutely gutted that I did not get to test this. I use an iPulse machine (stick it up your chuff) but it is not great and can really only be used in total privacy. It can work but requires almost total dedication to get even the smallest improvement. I am at the stopping suddenly in the street to cross my legs when coughing stage of my life. Running is now out of the question (ditto trampolines, star jumps and enthusiastic disco dancing). I wear a pad every day now (so romantic when I have to get rid before we get frisky). I also have "going out" super size ones so I can dance or not go to the loo all the time. I am even avoiding caffeine now as a way of improving things.

This machine looks amazing. But, with 2 children and endless expenses, I can't, yet, justify buying it. DH was thinking of it as a (honestly, it would be amazing) birthday present. But, my Mum died earlier this year and it was long and slow, and she was 600 miles away. So, any spare money has been spent on Easyjet flights, car hire and places to stay en route.

I am thinking of a pound coin jar, or something. I really would love one and it is so good to read of their success here.

sharond101 Tue 26-Jul-16 12:35:46

Non-tester, My pelvic floor is distraught after two stressful births. This would help towards reducing those embarrassing situations!

Workingmum34 Tue 26-Jul-16 14:02:20

Non tester here. Would love to have been involved. I have pretty much stopped running since kids and spend a fortune on tena lady!

mogloveseggs Tue 26-Jul-16 14:12:34

Non tester here. Didn't see the thread sad
This would change my life at the moment! Pelvic floor been iffy since ds 4 years ago but recently it has gotten much worse. Having to have quite a lot of procedures down there has left me feeling like everything is falling out and I leak even when I bend over! Reduced feeling during sex too. Im only 36!!
Definitely somehow need to save up for one of these. Wonder if they do gift vouchers? grin

Smutlybobs Tue 26-Jul-16 14:19:44

I'd love to take up running again. I'm really interested to read the reviews

CwtchyQ Tue 26-Jul-16 14:36:10

Tester here.

Can I start by saying how great the Innovo team are - so helpful and friendly. Very encouraging.

How did you find the process of learning to use INNOVO®? Did you receive support where needed?

The online support was great - I wasn't waiting around for emails, they were very prompt. They linked me to a video and gave some useful hints and tips via email. It is a little fiddly, but really once you get using it, it's absolutely fine.

-What did you do to pass the time while using INNOVO®?

Listened to one of my Headspace sessions - I tried to make it less of a chore and as much about a little 'me' time as possible.

-What did the sensation of using INNOVO® feel like?

Like a TENS machine - little shocks. It was a little uncomfortable the first time - not painful, just uncomfortable. I am a wimp though, and it's not like you don't have a control to be able to dictate how strong it gets.

-Have you noticed an improvement in the strength of your pelvic floor after testing for 12 weeks? If so, when did you first start to notice the improvement? What activities/ actions can you do now that you couldn’t before?

I can laugh now without worrying! And jump around! I would say I noticed it properly after a 3 weeks.

-Would you recommend INNOVO® to a friend with bladder sensitivity?

Yes, absolutely. Thank you so much for allowing me to test this, I feel so much more confident that there is a proper solution to leaking.

mumsbe Tue 26-Jul-16 15:24:58

I would have loved to test this machine but to win it would be amazing because its difficult to do any exercise without leaking. I cant even go for a long walk without leaking. To leave the house without wearing a pad would be amazing and this would really change my life. I could feel confident again and stop making excuses about playing tig and football with the kids.
I used to always be jumping around but this problem has made having fun impossible.

CrotchetQuaverMinim Tue 26-Jul-16 15:32:06

I'd love to win one of these; I've had bladder problems since I was a student, and it's humiliating to always be wetting yourself a little at that age. It's gone through good and bad phases since then, but now in peri-menopause it's definitely come back.

ThornyBird Tue 26-Jul-16 16:25:19

How did you find the process of learning to use INNOVO®? Did you receive support where needed?
The garments are a bit of a faff to put on and the gel pads often leave a sticky residue on my legs. Initially it would take a few attempts to get the device to accept the positioning (mainly on my right leg for some bizarre reason) but now I get it right first time most days.
I found the Innovo team very supportive both initially and during the trial. I had the wrong sized garments and it was all resolved within a couple of days without any hassle.

What did you do to pass the time while using INNOVO®?
Caught up with TV series - MadMen initially before they were taken from Amazon Prime then various series on BBC iPlayer. It is 'my' time.

What did the sensation of using INNOVO® feel like?
Tingly and sometimes uncomfortable if I leave it until late in the day to use it. However trial and error mean that now it is usually fine (i.e. increasing the 'power' slowly, standing up, splitting the 30 minutes into 2 sessions).

Have you noticed an improvement in the strength of your pelvic floor after testing for 12 weeks? If so, when did you first start to notice the improvement? What activities/ actions can you do now that you couldn’t before?
YES! I noticed an improvement by the end of the first couple of weeks! It coincide with hay fever season and I found I wasn't leaking every time I sneezed. The first time I knew there was no going back was when I took part in a sailing race and was on a yacht all day, leaping about with absolutely no leaking at all! I am still not brave enough to try the trampoline test yet though.

Would you recommend INNOVO® to a friend with bladder sensitivity?
Yes I would.

MiddleClassProblem Tue 26-Jul-16 16:25:25

Non tester, it would be lovely to not have to wear a pad to play sport or dread getting a cold for more reasons than just being ill or looking after a little one when poorly

DCITennison Tue 26-Jul-16 16:36:13

Non-tester here.
Im late 30s and really feel like my pelvic floor is the one area I just can't understand confused
Any other part of my body, I know how to tone it up (I may not always do the press-us/squats/crunches/whatever...but I know how to), but my PF is baffling to me.
I've never actually felt I'm doing the PFEs correctly and the fact that I live in dread of getting a cough or cold is probably a good indication that I'm not!
Added to that I also get a really uncomfortable feeling when doing PFEs, I'm not the only one, I was on a thread about it a couple of years ago - after a few clenches I feel quite nauseous and shakey. I seem to remember the general consensus was its a mixture of a weak PF being excercised and feeling "disconnected" to the muscles involved so the sheer concentration is just too much, like trying to thread the world tiniest needle!
Trouble is, if I can't ever get comfortable with the excercises, I can't get that connection to them to know what the heck I'm doing, they never get stronger so I never get better at it.
So, yes, I'd LOVE something like INNOVO. I can't do it on my own, I've tried...for years.
I'd love not to need to carry a spare pair of knickers at all times smile

Butterchunks Tue 26-Jul-16 16:39:14

Non- tester here: I would quite like to be able to sit cross legged and sneeze at the same time grin.

Babsmam Tue 26-Jul-16 16:43:58

None tester, this would be a godsend to me. Two large children (8.5 &9.9) in my 5"4 size 10 frame have wrecked my pelvic area so I have prolapsed. I miss my former fitness life and I'm sure that has contributed to my recent mh episode.
I just can't justify the money though. I think it's so important to talk about this aspect of woman's health as so many of us are affected by it

CheckpointCharlie2 Tue 26-Jul-16 17:17:41

Bum I missed this! Would have liked to have tested as my pelvic floor is shot to pieces. I want to know if it helps with both cystoceles and rectoceles as I have both. Lucky me and whether it would improve my PF enough to not need surgery in the very near future.

colouringinagain Tue 26-Jul-16 17:19:37

Non-tester here who'd love one.

This sounds great and also helpful to know there are options around (if you have £ to spend) as I await my first appointment with the special physiotherapist iykwim wink

CopperPan Tue 26-Jul-16 17:30:49

Non tester here. I wish these things were around when I was younger - I've always had issues with incontinence and I had no idea that things were available that could improve it, and of course it has got worse since I've had children. It can be absolutely devastating, whenever I see the term PMSL online it brings back hideous memories of having done that in real life blush.

senorita26 Tue 26-Jul-16 17:32:23

Non-tester: I would love to win one if these as:
A) I can't afford to buy one!
B) I am so fed up of using pads etc when out and about on simple little walks to help with leakage. Same with sneezing and coughing. Have started trampoline exercise classes and find I'm in the loo four or five times a session as soon as I start jumping off it starts again!
Just need to try something like this to "heal" me.

finova Tue 26-Jul-16 17:52:52

Non tester
My life would be improved as id feel much more confident and happier to have another baby. smile

Atlas15 Tue 26-Jul-16 17:59:15

non tester here
It would help me be more confident when exercising and not have to get changed when I have a multitude of sneezes.

rewardformissingmojo Tue 26-Jul-16 17:59:49

Non-tester - how did I miss this?! I have a prolapse after 3 children vaginally. Been referred by GP to a Continence Nurse Specialist but boy, she was patronising and really didn't listen to me. I can't face going back. I would be tempted to buy it, but so many other expenses at the moment (car wing mirror, summer Childcare). Reviews look great!

MummyBtothree Tue 26-Jul-16 18:00:09

Non-Tester:
I would absolutely love to win something like this. My pelvic floor and incontinence is something that I really worry about. If I sneeze, laugh, jump etc I leak and I actually wet myself the other day when walking my dog and I had to strain to keep hold of his lead at one point. I had my teenage sons with me and I was mortified. Ive also now started to notice that I leak slightly when I stand up from finishing on the loo. I hate it sad

Bonkerz Tue 26-Jul-16 18:15:50

-How did you find the process of learning to use INNOVO®? Did you receive support where needed?
Fab support. I knew I could contact innovo at any time via email or phone but I found I didn't really need help and that the help video was easy to follow. Managed to start using straight away!

-What did you do to pass the time while using INNOVO®? At the start I struggled to find the time to use it so split it into two 15 minute sessions per day while I ironed the clothes in morning and before bed. After a few weeks I used it while the soaps were on so easily managed a full 30 minutes at a time.

-What did the sensation of using INNOVO® feel like?
Quite a tingly sensation. Took a few weeks before I could go to the higher numbers due to the sensation rather than any pain etc.

-Have you noticed an improvement in the strength of your pelvic floor after testing for 12 weeks? If so, when did you first start to notice the improvement? What activities/ actions can you do now that you couldn’t before?
For the first time in years I have been able to actively take part in a clubbercise exercise class without wearing a discreet pad! This is a huge thing for me!

-Would you recommend INNOVO® to a friend with bladder sensitivity?
DEFINATELY. If you are committed it really can make a huge difference. It's only now that I realise how bad my pelvic floor was. !!!
Thanks for choosing me as a tester!

chaplin1409 Tue 26-Jul-16 18:28:46

Non tester,
I would love to win this I have an over active bladder but also find that coughing and sneezing can lead to leaking so being able to improve this would make such a difference to me and my children as I would actually be able to go out longer.

VilootShesCute Tue 26-Jul-16 18:33:30

I've had three children. Ds was 10lb 2oz. Pelvic floor? What pelvic floor?!

MimsyBorogroves Tue 26-Jul-16 18:46:39

I was desperate for one of these too. I had one big baby and two traumatic births which have left me leaky and with reduced feeling, and it's just so depressing. I'm constantly neurotic about the state of my pants and feel like I shouldn't be at my age.

ohhelpohnoitsa Tue 26-Jul-16 18:58:25

Even if I didnt already have a weak pelvic floor, I would want to try it based on gloria's feedabck alone!!! I do have weak muscles, 3 very large babies, recurrent feirce cough every winter and laziness with pelvic floor exercises had left me needing pads all the time. At the moment I only use everyday liners but it is only going to get worse isn't it. I do try to do kegal excercises but never know if I am doing them right and never really know if I am making any difference. I also would.love to be able to walk to the loo normally instead of being so fearful of leaks that I end up doing some weird shuffle like Max Wall!!!

onedayatatime73 Tue 26-Jul-16 19:13:52

Non tester here

So sad I missed this. My pelvic floor makes me so unhappy every day and feel like it affects my whole life. Have a prolapse from difficult birth and can't enjoy the sport I used to love, laughing is difficult (which affects my job!) and feel like this part of my body has just ruined my ability to feel happy and throw myself into things.

Catsgowoof Tue 26-Jul-16 19:30:07

non tester who would be much keener to join the kids trampolining

Chelsea26 Tue 26-Jul-16 19:43:28

Non - tester and one of these would be amazing. I could deal with the leaking but it saddens me to think that at only 36, I have had the last enjoyable penetrative sex of my life. I know you can do other stuff but it was so much better when we both enjoyed it sad

ButterflyOfFreedom Tue 26-Jul-16 19:47:49

Non tester

I REALLY wanted to be picked to test this, it sounds amazing!
Since having my 2 children my pelvic floor has just gone! I'm (only) 36 and didn't think I would be having to deal with a 'leaky bladder'. It is embarrassing (I have actually full on wet myself once whilst out walking with a friend - it's the hills!!) and just knocks my confidence.
I just want to enjoy walking / running/ playing with my cchildren etc without the worry of 'leakage'!!

PayAttentionNigel Tue 26-Jul-16 20:25:47

Non tester.
I would like to win as basically it would be quite nice to not be paranoid about smelling like a men's urinal. So depressing to be like this at my age sad

LifeIsGoodish Tue 26-Jul-16 21:51:23

Wow! This sounds amazing!

IIRC I applied to be a tester, but wasn't picked. Still, it triggered me to have another go at PFEs. There was some improvement - I managed to play with my dc on the trampoline. But one day I was on playground duty at work, and tried to demo a skipping step. Oh dear. As far as the schoolchildren know, Mrs LifeIs has forgotten how to skip. The truth is, of course, that I leaked and had to stop. Fortunately I keep spare undies st work. Wouldn't it be lovely if I didn't have to...?

Givemecoffeeplease Tue 26-Jul-16 22:07:18

My bits would love one of these - still not right after DC1 and DC2 didn't help either. Would love to be able to go back to the physical exercise - running, star jumps etc - I used to take for granted.

Boglin Tue 26-Jul-16 22:25:25

Firstly, thank you so much for choosing me to test this product, I am so grateful!

How did you find the process of learning to use INNOVO®? Did you receive support where needed?

I thought it was made very easy, I was sent a video to show how to set it up and I also got a phone call to talk me through using it for the first time which was really useful.

The support was really good. I contacted Caroline at Innovo after my device stopped working so well due to the gel pads losing their stickiness and my having lost weight since signing up. Within two days I received a new set of gel pads and a smaller set of leg bands.

-What did you do to pass the time while using INNOVO®?

It became my 'me' time in the evenings and I used the opportunity to have a lie down on my bed and read a book/watch tv.

-What did the sensation of using INNOVO® feel like?

Very like a TENS machine, I didn't find it painful but it could get quite intense if I went too high too soon. I did eventually build up to the level suggested though.

-Have you noticed an improvement in the strength of your pelvic floor after testing for 12 weeks? If so, when did you first start to notice the improvement? What activities/ actions can you do now that you couldn’t before?

There has been a definite improvement, I no longer need to wear a liner every day in case of leaks and I feel like I'm back in control of my own body. I noticed the change after about 4 weeks and even my husband has commented that things feel tighter.

-Would you recommend INNOVO® to a friend with bladder sensitivity?

Yes, absolutely, it's done more for me in 12 weeks than years of trying to do pelvic floor exercises.

FlopIsMyParentingGuru Tue 26-Jul-16 23:14:30

Non tester here.
I've had two children and my pelvic floor bears the scars. Stretch marks I can accept and a csection "smile" are nothing to be ashamed of. But my weak pelvic floor, I hide.
I've lost five stone over the past year to get back in shape but still I find myself dashing for the toilet hoping I'll make it, or clenching when I cough.
I would love to win this in the hope that I could, in some small way, get my pelvic floor back.

woodwaj Wed 27-Jul-16 06:54:14

I'd love to win this. I eagerly followed the original thread to see the progress. I would love to be able to afford one!

At 30 years old i didnt think i would constantly have to wear liners. It is particularly bad around ovulation which i can now predict like clockwork!! Although i wouldnt even consider ttc like this i dread to think what no.2 would do to me!!

TheDailyWail Wed 27-Jul-16 07:29:30

I would love to win this. My mum has recently had surgery to deal with her prolapsed womb and I suffer too.

I'm also quite sad to see that so many of us suffer in silence.

EreniTheFrog Wed 27-Jul-16 08:52:08

Non-tester here. I'd like one of these because I'd like my pelvic floor back.

Mummychoochoo3 Wed 27-Jul-16 08:59:42

Non Tester here. Would be great not to feel so embarrassed about leaking especially when out in public.

mostlyrain Wed 27-Jul-16 09:09:17

I'm a tester and here is my feedback:

How did you find the process of learning to use INNOVO®? Did you receive support where needed?
Yes, INNOVO were very helpful and I spoke to a lady in their team several times to make sure I was using it correctly and trouble shoot any issues. The videos on their website were also very helpful.

-What did you do to pass the time while using INNOVO®?
I mainly use it in the evenings after eating and watch some trashy telly! The time passes quickly this way.

-What did the sensation of using INNOVO® feel like?
It's hard to describe and not what I imagined. Not painful but a tensing sensation in your bum/thighs/pelvic floor.

-Have you noticed an improvement in the strength of your pelvic floor after testing for 12 weeks? If so, when did you first start to notice the improvement? What activities/ actions can you do now that you couldn’t before?

Yes definitely! It's amazing how much difference it has made. The improvement started within 2 weeks. Things I'm better able to do is running and trampolining with my toddler which I really struggled with before.

-Would you recommend INNOVO® to a friend with bladder sensitivity?

Absolutely, in my opinion it's worth the money if you are struggling.

Tenpastlate Wed 27-Jul-16 09:48:09

Non tester.

I would love to try the product as I have a rectocele and my gynae physio recommended a series of pelvic exercises which she said are usually given for stress incontinence. I would love to see if the INNOVO can help me to avoid surgery in the future.

mclarengurl Wed 27-Jul-16 11:44:28

Tester here - I can not recommend this product enough!

How did you find the process of learning to use INNOVO®? Did you receive support where needed?
YES, I watched the video before hand, read all the paperwork and once the product arrived I set extra time aside than the 30 minutes to ensure I was comfortable with putting the Innovo on. The support from the Innovo team has been great, really friendly, easy to talk to.

What did you do to pass the time while using INNOVO®?
I would either watch OITNB Netflix or read a magazine, I did this in the evenings and it was a great way to just switch off for half an hour.

What did the sensation of using INNOVO® feel like?
It felt a little strange at first, but felt how it does when completely pelvic floor exercises manually, but I found so long as I didn't increase the intensity too high for the first 2 weeks it was fine.

Have you noticed an improvement in the strength of your pelvic floor after testing for 12 weeks? If so, when did you first start to notice the improvement? What activities/ actions can you do now that you couldn’t before?
Yes, I started to notice after week 3 that I could sneeze with no effect
By week 4 I was on the trampoline, all be it 15 minutes, but still! with my son, and by 12 weeks, stress incontinence is at the back of my mind.

Would you recommend INNOVO® to a friend with bladder sensitivity?
Absolutely! I can't recommend this product enough. It works so well so soon, and gives you back a little bit more confidence each week.

Thank you for the opportunity to test this product out, it really has changed my mindset and my confidence to the point that I really started to care about my body again, and lost the extra weight I'd put on over the last 5 years and no back to my pre-pregnancy weight and lost a total of 18lb!

pillowaddict Wed 27-Jul-16 12:04:09

Non tester - would love to be able to cough and sneeze without fear of damp pants! And to save money on the liners I need to wear! Also trying to get into couch 2 5k. This would help ease my mind about accidents while exercising!

GloriaHotcakes Wed 27-Jul-16 12:17:18

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

NEMSparkle Wed 27-Jul-16 14:24:31

Would really love to try this especially as the testers are giving such great reviews!
Baby #2 arrived 11weeks ago and I'm now awaiting a physio and gyne/urology appointment as my pelvic floor is all but useless (and I'm only 30!! Just!!). The GP seems to think surgery may be the only option but we are not sure we have finished our family yet. Another 5years having to deal with my current pelvic floor issues is not something I'm looking forward too, so any help would be fantastic!

asuwere Wed 27-Jul-16 14:32:24

Non-tester.
I would love to win this, reviews look great and would make me feel so much more confident. After 6 pregnancies and 7 surgeries within 9yrs, my pelvic floor has not fully recovered. I do my pelvic floor exercises everyday but don't think they are good enough on their own.

ThornyBird Wed 27-Jul-16 14:39:01

Yes! Yes! Gloria I agree about the bum toning! grin

ashleykuch Wed 27-Jul-16 15:46:14

Non tester - I have been told I need surgery to help correct my 'trashed downstairs' as my doctor bluntly called it following a forceps delivery but I can't have it until I'm done having children sadly. This would change my life in the meantime I think. I can't go to parks or anywhere for more than 30 minutes unless I know there will be a toilet there and it really affects my ability to do fun things with my toddler. So reading from some of the testers on here, I think it would improve both my life and my little one's immeasurably.

AngelBlue12 Wed 27-Jul-16 18:15:32

I was also gutted not to get picked for this - after five big babies I don't think I have a pelvic floor anymore.

My worst thing (other than not being able to run, sneeze or trampoline with the children) is worrying about throwing up and completely wetting myself again blush I would love to win one as it really would be life changing.

Cocolepew Wed 27-Jul-16 18:46:27

Non tester here.
Im about to phone my gp about my stress and urge continence, I already had a TVT repair a few years ago which helped my stress incontinence. I had a hysterectomy a few years ago and everthing seems to have gone south.
Stress and urge incontinence is ruling my life. I always have to wear a pad, even though I am on medication for an over active bladder.

hanliying Wed 27-Jul-16 20:26:27

-How did you find the process of learning to use INNOVO®? Did you receive support where needed? It is quite straight forward after following the instructions. The only glitch is that you need to push the cord hard to make sure it fits and hear s click sound. Otherwise it will keep giving error message.
-What did you do to pass the time while using INNOVO®? Watching tv
-What did the sensation of using INNOVO® feel like? Quite shocking at first but it is ok past 2-3 minutes
-Have you noticed an improvement in the strength of your pelvic floor after testing for 12 weeks? If so, when did you first start to notice the improvement? What activities/ actions can you do now that you couldn’t before? Slightly feel the difference. One good thing is that it immediately helped relieve my lower back pain.
-Would you recommend INNOVO® to a friend with bladder sensitivity? Yes

ThreenageMutantWhingerTurtle Wed 27-Jul-16 20:50:37

Tester here, and thank you SO much for choosing me for this product test, it's a life changer!

-How did you find the process of learning to use INNOVO®? Did you receive support where needed?
I watched the video, downloaded the app, and used trial and error to get competent with using it. It was simple to understand, and the Innovo design made it easy to get in place. I also had telephone and email support from the lovely Innovo lady, which was invaluable, she was very easy to talk to.

-What did you do to pass the time while using INNOVO®?
I would use the time to grab some space for myself, usually lying on the bed Mumsnetting! Sometimes it was a bit of a struggle to motivate myself to go up to bed earlier, but the payoff was worth it!

-What did the sensation of using INNOVO® feel like?
It was kind of tingly on my legs and bum, and internally was like doing a super powered pelvic floor contraction. The sensation was obviously greater as I was able to increase the intensity, but was never painful or uncomfortable. On one occasion my skin was particularly sensitive (I had my period) and afterwards my thighs were slightly itchy, like a mild case of sunburn, for about ten minutes after, but reducing the intensity for a day or two addressed that easily.

-Have you noticed an improvement in the strength of your pelvic floor after testing for 12 weeks? If so, when did you first start to notice the improvement? What activities/ actions can you do now that you couldn’t before?
Absolutely! After 3 weeks I already noticed that I had less leakage, and now I wear a panty liner for freshness rather than necessity. I can saunter to the loo when I need a wee, rather than inching along, and if the toilets are in use then I can just make my way to the next set of loos without fear of peeing myself! I can also sneeze without damp consequences, which as a hayfever sufferer is invaluable! I may also have been spotted on a trampoline, and set of swings recently, throwing my legs back and forward with careless abandon! Plus I'm sure my bum is looking more toned!

-Would you recommend INNOVO® to a friend with bladder sensitivity?
Most definitely, in fact I already have recommended it to a friend, and if my mother didn't have a pacemaker, which is contraindicated, I would be encouraging her to use it too!

Overall I am hugely grateful! Thank you Mumsnet and Innovo for the chance to use this brilliant piece of kit!

GloriaHotcakes Wed 27-Jul-16 21:21:28

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educatingarti Wed 27-Jul-16 21:51:34

Non tester. I'd love to win one of these so that I wouldn't have to worry about wetting myself while coughing or sneezing. As well as the practical improvements, I think it would help my sense of self esteem with my body and physical appearance; this is not terribly high at present.

nekobus Wed 27-Jul-16 22:04:53

Non-tester here.

Reading the feedback, I would love to win one of these! It would make a huge difference to my everyday life - I hate wearing pads but leaks seem to happen at random points in the day! I'd love to feel more confident playing with the kids, running, jumping and skipping and might even attempt the trampoline... Exercise would become easier too which would help with loosing the baby weight (3 years on..) wink

dontpokethebear Wed 27-Jul-16 23:07:33

Non tester here.
My pelvic floor has long disappeared. It causes me quite a lot of distress and embarrassment, if I'm completely honest, so winning an INNOVO® could be life changing for me.

Summersalmostgone Thu 28-Jul-16 08:09:51

Non tester here too.
I was having a few drinks at home with my husband last night in an effort to 're-connect', after the toll small children have taken on our marriage. He said something that made me laugh and I ended up wetting myself. Mortifying!

Intotheclouds Thu 28-Jul-16 08:13:11

Non tester-
This machine would change my life drastically. Ever since having my first child I would easily pee when I laughed/coughed/sneezed at any moment. It has only gotten worse and more of an occurrence since having my second child. I have to constantly wear pads in case I have an accident which happens at least twice a day! But also having to wear a pad everyday means that I also get thrush quite a lot as I can't 'breathe' properly down below.
Having one of these machines would mean I would get my life back. I would be able to take up running and trampolining again as I had to give them up due to incontinence. It would also mean I would get to run around after my two children with out having to be constantly thinking about weather I'm going to have an accident or not. And that I wouldn't have to carry a spare pair of undies and pads around with me.

CrotchetQuaverMinim Thu 28-Jul-16 09:21:46

When is the draw for the non-testers to win one going to be? I could so use this, and in the summer holidays, I would easily have time to use it, too.

AlfieandAnnieRose Thu 28-Jul-16 09:42:23

Non tester. After having my baby this year I feel I have lost all confidence in my body. It would be great to think my pelvic floor could go back to how it used to. I have to wear a pad everyday for leakage and it feels looser in that area too.
The reviews from the testers sound amazing, that there's an actual fix for this issue is almost a relief. Now I just need to try one out!

yearofthehorse Thu 28-Jul-16 14:17:50

6 kids here, if only I'd known. I can't actually find my pelvic floor muscles at all so have nothing to exercise and am so upset that I've had to give up running and tennis. I feel old before my time, would so love one one of these.

NakedFamilyFightClub Thu 28-Jul-16 15:40:30

Non tester.
I was hoping I'd get picked to try this. Running is tricky and jumping and sneezing are impossible without leaks. I only have one DC and it makes me wonder what state I'll be in after a second. I'm really considering buying one once I've saved up due to these reviews.

Dlah Thu 28-Jul-16 19:27:36

Non tester here

Only just come across this, so never had the chance to apply to be a tester.

Unfortunately things have got to the stage where it's starting to affect my confidence and ability to function without that constant worry in my mind of 'am I protected enough against leaks' so frustrating, I'm not even 30 yet, let alone in my 60-70's when you might expect something like this more so.

It's such a taboo and can leave you feeling quite lonely as its not something you want to shout to the world, I'd love the chance to have a discreet way of sorting or at least improving this problem, it really would mean the world

Thank you

serendipity1980 Thu 28-Jul-16 22:05:17

Oh my goodness, as a non tester I didn't realise so many wine have same issues as me. I regularly leak a bit before I usually regain some control before dashing to loo. However, I do have accidents where I have to change clothes not just knickers. Fortunately no one has noticed so far. I would love to win an Innovo! My life would be transformed!

SmileyShazza Thu 28-Jul-16 22:58:41

Non Tester - I applied but didn't get selected (unfortunately)

I really think this would help change my life so much. Although I'm grateful for fast births with both my kids a fast birthday does have quite a severe effect on your pelvic floor and mine is shot to pieces!

If I had one of these I could really give my all during exercise classes - at the moment when the dreaded star jumps come out I have to do half jumps. not because I'm not fit enough but because I know if I try to do even one full jumping jack I'll end up peeing myself - not what you want 5 minutes into a one hour exercise class!

I wouldn't be in fear of getting a cold and the sneezing that accompanies it. I always end up with a very bad cough when I get a cold - say no more! I can live with the cold but not with the bladder of a 90 year old.

My husband recently said to me I should take our 5 year old to the local trampoline centre as a treat - needless to say he has no idea how much having two kids effects us ladies. I would simply love to jump about without a care in the world but no amount of Tena ladies can cope with that!

I could go on. I really think this machine sounds like it could be a godsend for me and help give me back the control and confidence I so greatly miss.

greathat Thu 28-Jul-16 23:14:49

None tester here. I applied but didn't get picked. Desperate for this. As a teacher sometimes it the best part of 3 hours before I get a chance to go for a wee. As a secondary teacher I'm always paranoid that a student will notice something and it will have an even bigger impact on my life

123itsme Fri 29-Jul-16 07:42:06

Haven't got a sob story to try and blag a free one so looks like I'll just have to buy one instead. Any chance of a Mumsnet discounted price though ? If we buy direct, rather than through a well known site that takes a 20% commission?
wink

loosechange Fri 29-Jul-16 09:20:58

Non tester. From what the testers have said I could cough and sneeze without bracing!

Queenie3 Fri 29-Jul-16 10:44:41

Non tester here, I would also love a chance to win. I'm 28 and after having dc2 I can't even laugh sometimes with peeing blush. I've been doing my exercises for the last 9 months since having him and it has helped a little bit I'm know where back to normal one of these would do wonders.

HopecoveGirl Fri 29-Jul-16 11:09:47

Non Tester. I would dearly like to try this pelvic stimulator. After having twins that were nearly 7 pounds each nearly 30 years ago and now in menopause, life has been very restricting. I've not run in all that time, for fear of leakage and I miss it.

bambooleaves Fri 29-Jul-16 12:46:16

I'd also love to try this and it would be great to run a long distance race without having to have multiple toilet stops.

I have a question for testers or the company- what's the evidence for long term improvement? It seems short term regular use is effective, but what about after the 12 weeks. Do you have to use it for life or will the effects remain with no further usage of the device?

Thanks

Serafinaaa Fri 29-Jul-16 14:44:07

I'm a non-tester but I 'd love to win one.
I first suffered with leaks and suddenly feeling the need to rush to the toilet after the birth of my first child. This seriously affected my enjoyment of his first months as I wasn't able to go out with other new mums unless I was sure there would always be a toilet nearby. With help from a physio I managed to improve this significantly until... I got pregnant again! I'm now suffering from the same issues again at only 20 weeks and terrified about how if will be after the birth. I'd love to use this afterwards to strengthen up.

Flumplet Fri 29-Jul-16 17:55:20

Yes I was gutted that I didn't get to test this - would love the chance to win one!

woodwaj Fri 29-Jul-16 18:13:49

I am also interested in the answer to bambooleaves question. I have tried to find the answer myself!

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Fri 29-Jul-16 20:36:15

Non-tester.
It would allow me to exercise more confidently, particularly when it come to running.
I'd also really love to have a go at trampolining, but I'm too afraid to put my pelvic floor to the test.

leanneth Fri 29-Jul-16 23:48:15

Non- Tester here!
After having 3 children, I would like to start getting my body back- I have enough other reminders that I'm a mum, surely I don't need to keep my mummy body forever?!

purpleclaire Sat 30-Jul-16 10:21:24

Non-tester here.
I would love to win one of these as this has been a big problem for me since the birth of my 2nd child (4 years ago). I have been referred to physio treatment and then saw a bladder specialist, but I still suffer with this problem. I hate the idea of always using pads and having to think about what I'm wearing and doing.

lollylaus83 Sat 30-Jul-16 11:20:09

About to have baby number 4 and having already felt the effects of 3 births on pelvic floor and dreading how much damage number 4 will do! I am hoping to start running again after I've had the baby and I would love to try this product! Very much hoping it will strengthen pelvic floor and help ensure that 'accidents' are kept to a minimum!

clopper Sat 30-Jul-16 13:35:31

Non tester here
I was gutted not be chosen for this test as I thought it would be the answer to my problems. I've been using pads for years, my eldest DC is nearly 25. I would like to be free from the worry about having an accident whilst exercising. It's been good to read the feedback from the testers on here.

teddygirlonce Sat 30-Jul-16 19:05:09

Non-tester - my issue is ostensibly that when I need to go for a wee I need to go ASAP. So I can still go for hours without needing the loo but when I do need to go it's a matter of some urgency to get to the loo on time...

It is often particularly an issue in the morning after the school run (and drinking two/three cups of real coffee).

So anything that could help me delay the urgency would improve my life loads...

lifelongfrugaleer Sat 30-Jul-16 20:14:49

I'm interested in the long term case studies question too.
Also do any of the testers either on here or in the blog's (had a skim read but couldn't tell) had any kind of prolapse and does this help at all?
In the situation I don't win I would be very interested in buying on with mn discount? but I would like to know the answers to this

TickleMcTickleFace Sun 31-Jul-16 10:11:35

Non tester here...
After two 9lb+ babies my pelvic floor is shot to pieces. I would love to be able to go for a run without having to stop drinking at least 3 hours beforehand.

BathshebaDarkstone Sun 31-Jul-16 14:33:06

I'd love not leak in the McDonald's queue! blush

BathshebaDarkstone Sun 31-Jul-16 14:33:52

*not to leak

SaltySeaBird Sun 31-Jul-16 15:52:28

Non-tester but my goodness it sounds like I need one of these. I have to use pads at the moment as I have a cold and every cough or sneeze causes leakage. I also have issues when I exercise that I've not been able to improve with pelvic floor exercises so this would make a big difference to me.

starlight36 Sun 31-Jul-16 20:17:31

Non-tester. This does sound amazing and really seems to be feeling results quickly. I go through phases of being caught out by my weakened pelvic floor - a result of a third degree tear from first pregnancy and an episiotomy due to a whopper of s second child. Winter isn't great as cumulative coughs cause leaks and hay fever sneezes cause similar issues in the summer. I would love to be able to regularly run again and to be able to leap around with my DC rather than standing watching whilst DG gets to join in the fun.

elvisthehamster Sun 31-Jul-16 22:29:29

Non Tester- can't believe I missed this one would absolutely love to win this. It sounds really good and a product that really works! I have had 3 children and have really noticed a difference the last year in my pelvic floor , I now have to start using a pad for excercise and have to do the cross legged thing when sneezing. This would make such a difference to me and make me so much less self conscious.

PB01 Mon 01-Aug-16 00:35:48

Non-Tester
I have a little boy named Jaxon
He is child number four
He was so excited to come in to the world
He was born on the bathroom floor

After spending 9 months with pelvic pain
I was looking forward to the day
I got to deliver my bundle of joy
And the pain would go away

It only took two pushes
And out he popped
Although that sounds wonderful
My pelvic floor has dropped!

Now I'm bothered with prolapse
Which is another pregnancy 'delight'
As I now have to work really hard
At pulling my bowel and bladder in tight

So, please don't make me laugh
As it strains my pelvic floor
And I'll have another 'whoopsie' moment
And you'll find me running out the door

I would love to try INNOVO
To get back to the 'real me'
So I don't have to worry about
The chance of leaking pee!

Fumnudge Mon 01-Aug-16 11:26:17

I'm another mumsnetter who didn't get picked but would love to be every day pad free.
Mine is not only stress incontinence (jogging, Zumba etc) but just a general constant leak where I smell all the time of wee! Such a joy wink

Crazybit Mon 01-Aug-16 14:25:20

It would be awesome if I could do something to help my pelvic floor, I'd be able to actually jump-on trampolines or even star jumps. Just doing a 20 minute workout results in having to run to the loo at least 3 times. It does put me off actually doing anything like that.

Chintaria Mon 01-Aug-16 14:36:49

Another non-tester here too, goodness I would love to win an INNOVO pelvic stimulator! I am so fed up of not being able to run after the kids, bounce on a trampoline or even dance like no-one's watching without a bit of pee coming out blush I am dreading the inevitable day where I won't be able to hold it in any longer when I need the loo. I try not to drink much when out and about as I can't always find a toilet easily, so I always end up with headaches. Have tried doing pelvic floor exercises and they improve things for a little while then it starts getting worse again. This sounds like my dream product grin

oldsilver Mon 01-Aug-16 15:10:11

Non tester.

Sod exercising, I'd just like to get through a day without leaking. I work with EYFS and older children which involves PE sessions and am always conscious of wearing a pad. Playground duty can be hell when you can't just run off to the toilet.

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