How do I use vaginal weighted cones for urinary incontinence?

To use vaginal cones, start with the lightest (less than 1 ounce) and insert the cone into your vagina as you would a tampon. A lubricant may make insertion more comfortable, but it also makes the cones slippery. Then, contract your pelvic muscles to hold it in place. If contracting your muscles pushes the cone out, it may not be inserted far enough, or you may be pushing out with your abdominal muscles.

Vaginal cones function both as a strengthening tool and as a simple biofeedback device. If the cone stays in, you're contracting your muscles correctly. Start with three to five minutes, twice a day. Work up to 15 minutes, twice a day. Once you can hold a cone in place while walking, coughing, or going up and down stairs, switch to the next heavier cone. Most sets of cones come with a set of detailed instructions or a video telling you how to use the cones.

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