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Learn About Biofeedback For Incontinence | NAFC

Learn all about biofeedback, a procedure that helps women identify their pelvic floor muscles so they can effectively strengthen them, and how to do it.


Because pelvic floor muscles can be hard to identify, biofeedback is used to help train those muscles. Known to be a safe and effective method of increasing pelvic floor muscle strength, millions of women have had success in regaining bladder control.

There are several types of instruments that may be used when conducting biofeedback, and all are effective in measuring muscle activity. Some biofeedback tools have small exposed sensors that are placed inside the vagina and capture electrical activity.  Others consist of an external “stick-on” type of sensor can be placed just outside the anal opening. And others have sensors contained within the device that detect contractions of the pelvic floor. The most common error that some individuals make in performing pelvic floor muscle exercises is using their abdominal muscles instead of the pelvic floor muscles.  Biofeedback provides a visual representation of muscle activity, which helps you learn how to stop using the wrong muscles and start using the correct ones.  By “feeding back” the information, the patient knows immediately which muscles she is using. 

The job of a biofeedback therapist is to coach you in the proper use of the pelvic muscles, just like a personal trainer. By following instructions, you will see the signals changing as you contract and relax the muscles. You will consequently become more aware of your pelvic floor muscles and will be better able to identify and use them.  And, while biofeedback has long been used in medical offices, new products are now accessible for people to use in the comfort of their own home. 

While this whole thing may sound a bit intrusive, improvement in symptoms may be seen in as little as three sessions.

This page is sponsored by The PeriCoach™ System. The PeriCoach™ System is a personalized device, web portal and smartphone app for pelvic floor muscle training. Designed for home use, it is the first system that includes a device, an app providing instruction and real-time feedback and a connection that enables patient management by clinicians remotely. 

Watch the video below to learn more about PeriCoach.