Advertising itself as “your most personal trainer,” the Elvie takes the idea of wearable technology to the next level. It’s an insertable silicon-covered Kegel tracker that helps users strengthen their pelvic floor muscles by registering the power of each vaginal squeeze and sending that info via Bluetooth to a smartphone app. Doing Kegel exercises is important because a strong pelvic floor protects women from bladder problems and some kinds of sexual dysfunction. But would a video game I could play with my love tunnel improve my kung-fu grip? I tried the Elvie to find out.
It was easy to start using the Elvie, but getting it to work reliably was fuzzier. The device has a U-shaped tail that sat on top of my mons once I’d gotten the business end comfortably situated in my cooch. I downloaded the app on my phone, and saw it offered a number of training programs that coached me through different exercises, from simple squeezes to pulsing and holding. Every 5-minute routine started with a baseline squeeze that measured my strength. From there, it set goals for the rest of the workout. But I found that as I used it, anything from the angle of my legs to where the device sat in my vadge affected the data; sometimes super hard squeezes would barely register. Because of this, my stats were all over the place. But using the Elvie isn’t so much about hitting a high score as it is about making time for sexual health.
The Elvie isn’t for everyone; if using it hurts, hie thee to a gyno! Plus, there are so many ways women can be made to feel like we’re not measuring up, another tracker may feel frustrating. It’s an investment at $199, and the app is pretty bare bones, but if you’re concerned your Kegels aren’t pulling their weight, the Elvie could help.
By Jenni Miller
This originally appeared in the February/March print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!
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