Electrode pads transmit electrodes at an effective rate, causing your muscles to contract to exercise them and help you regain control. There is an extensive list of advantages that come with using electrode pads, including nerve stimulation optimisation and treating a huge range of pelvic related conditions.
Using Your Electrode Pads
To use a Kegel Electrode Pad:
Clean and dry the area where you will attach the skin electrode thoroughly. Remove any oils or lotions as these could damage your electrode pads. It is also a good idea to remove/shave any hair from the area, as the mild adhesive may pull your hairs when you remove the electrode pads - ouch!
Peel the protective sheet from the electrode pad to reveal its sticky surface.
Put the electrode pad into position. The pads should be a minimum of one pad length apart. The sticky surface should be placed directly onto your skin in the position shown in the diagrams below.
Repeat steps 1, 2 and 3 for each electrode pad as required.
Attach the wires from the electrode pads into the lead wires of your Kegel8 Electronic Pelvic Toner.
Connect the lead wires to your Kegel8 Electronic Toner.
Take special care when increasing the power to your electrode pads as your skin is sensitive. We recommend that you do not increase the power above 15mA - power higher than this is likely to damage the electrode pads and could cause physical harm (skin burns) Furthermore, You should be extra careful when using the probe and electrode pads at the same time, as the probe will need a much higher amount of power (usually 30mA or more).
Where to Place the Electrode Pads
A number of programmes on our Kegel8 Ultra 20 Electronic Pelvic Toner and Kegel8 V For Men Pelvic Toner are designed to be used with electrode pads as well as, or instead of, a vaginal or anal probe. Note: The electrode pads provided with the Kegel8 Ultra 20 Electronic Pelvic Toner and Kegel8 V For Men Pelvic Toner are 40x40mm Different sizes of electrode pads can be ordered here.
If your selected programme supports 2 front electrodes, you should attach them as shown in this diagram. Place the electrodes next to each other on your abdomen.
If your selected programme supports 2 front electrodes and 2 back electrodes, you should attach the electrodes as shown in this diagram.
For programmes that support 4 back electrodes, position the electrodes pads as shown in this diagram.
Some of the Kegel8 Ultra 20 Electronic Pelvic Toner and the Kegel8 V For Men Pelvic Toner programmes allow you to use electrode pads placed on your ankle. These electrodes stimulate the tibial nerve, which runs up the inside of your lower leg. This stimulation is known to help with incontinence. If your programme supports ankle electrodes, position them on your ankle as in this diagram; above and below your ankle bone, leaving at least one pad length of space in between.
Male Electrode Pad Placement
In addition to using the electrode pad placements above, men can also use perineal electrode pads. If you are using perineal electrode pads with the Kegel8 V For Men Pelvic Toner, position the electrodes between your anus and scrotum, as shown here.
Programmes That Support Electrode Pads
1. Kegel8 Ultra 20 Electronic Pelvic Toner
P08 (SENS) - Pelvic Floor Sensitivity. Use 4 back electrodes.
P09 (OAB) - Overactive Bladder. Use 2 ankle electrodes.
P12 (MIXD) - Mixed Incontinence: Urge/Frequency/Stress. Use 4 back electrodes.
P13 (FTRN) - Improvement of local blood circulation. Use 4 back electrodes.
P17 (BOW2) - Moderate Bowel (Faecal) Incontinence. Use 2 front electrodes.
P18 (PAIN) - Chronic Back Pain Relief. Use 4 back electrodes.
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2. Kegel8 V For Men Pelvic Toner
P01 (SETE) - Sensitivity Test. Use 2 perineal electrodes.
P02 (UI-1) - Urinary Incontinence. Use 2 perineal electrodes.
P03 (UI-2) - Urinary Incontinence. Use 2 perineal electrodes.
P04 (BOWL) - Maintenance of Healthy Bowel Movement. Use 2 perineal electrodes.
P05 (EREC) - Achieving a More Satisfying Erection.Use 2 perineal electrodes.
P06 (UI-3) - Urinary Incontinence 3. Use 2 perineal or 4 back or 2 ankle electrodes.
P07 (STRN) - Pelvic Floor Strength. Use 2 perineal electrodes.
P08 (MAXS) - Pelvic Floor Max Strength.Use 2 perineal electrodes.
You are now ready to start a Kegel8 exercise programme using your electrode pads.
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3. Kegel8 Mother Nurture Electronic Pelvic Toner & Labour TENS Machine
Labour TENS (LBR) - Use 4 skin electrodes, placed in a square formation on the back for delivering TENS pain relief during labour.
3.1 Use During Labour
TENS is a recommended mode of pain relief in labour. During the birthing process some women like to shower. However, we do not recommend wearing the electrode pads while in the shower as this can cause damage to the wires.
Perspiration can also affect how long the electrode pads will last, however they can be used whilst perspiring.
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Caring For Your Electrode Pads
Your Kegel8 Electrode Pads can be re-used and, if cared for, should last for a minimum of 10-15 exercise sessions (depending on how well you take care of them), but you can choose to replace them when they begin to lose their adhesiveness.
As a basic guideline for minimum use, your electrode pads should last 4-6 weeks if they are used once a day and applied onto clean skin (no oil, body lotion, powder or any other product should be on the skin where you are to place the electrode pads as per the diagram above)
To take care of your skin electrodes:
After use, place the sticky side of the electrode back onto the plastic sheet (supplied with the skin electrodes). If the surface is no longer sticky, you should buy replacement electrode pads. You can order more here.
Keep your skin electrodes in a clean, dry place. We recommend that you store them in their original packaging with your Kegel8 Carry Case.
Some people like to keep their pads in the fridge to make them last longer!
Original article: Kegel8 website