Hm, I’m not so sure about these. But I am getting a good laugh out of the idea! So what are these panties exactly? Called the “PantyO,” the makers say that a 1-inch silicone insert (yes, the insert goes IN THERE) provides women with a focal point while performing kegel exercises. Eh-hem.
While it’s true that kegel exercises (great to do while pregnant and after birth) are essential for strengthening the pelvic floor and making sure you don’t have any giggle- or sneeze-induced leaks, I’m pretty sure you don’t need to drop $125 on these panties to tighten everything up.
If you haven’t figured out the whole kegel thing yet, you can find and isolate the right muscles by stopping (or attempting to) the flow of urine. Once you figure it out, you can do kegels anywhere, without anyone having a clue what you’re up to. Try it while you’re stirring dinner or standing in line at the grocery store!
Or you could turn to yoga. Have you ever heard a teacher refer to mula bandha, or engaging your root? There is a great description of mula bandha on the Yoga Journal web site. I think I’d refer to this before picking up a pair of these little checkered panties, cute as they may be…
Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma