The effect of incontinence throughout a woman’s life.

Perimenopausal Women

Mia kept her head down and walked as fast she could to the nearest bathroom. By the time she reached the stall and locked herself in, tears were streaming down her burning cheeks. Before she even looked, she knew she was soaked through. Mia breathed in deeply, her lips trembling as she tried to calm herself. She finally looked down. Her light denim jeans had large wet patches around the top of her thighs. A sob escaped as Mia tried to think of how she could get through the shopping centre back to her car without anybody noticing. She pulled her jumper off, despite the freezing weather and tied it tightly around her waist. Then she wiped her face, blew her nose and collected herself. As she walked briskly through the busy shops, abandoning the groceries she had come for, she was aware of the smell of urine lingering around her. Mia wondered, for possibly the millionth time, how she could be a fifty-year-old woman, yet feel like a toddler not quite grasping the skill of toilet training. Once safely inside her car, she placed her head down on her steering wheel and questioned how life had suddenly become so hard.

Post Childbirth

Angela stared at her baby, sleeping peacefully in his cot. She leaned over and gently ran her finger over his pink cheek. He was a good baby. A perfect one when compared to the struggles some of her friends were going through. Angela sighed and went to the living room to sit on the couch. She didn’t know what else to do. Her days were all the same, stuck inside the four walls of her home. Her mother thought she was depressed and kept encouraging her to go for long walks. One of her friends had suggested she join a mother’s group for company. Her husband wondered if she should make some coffee dates, after all, the baby was well behaved and would most likely sleep in his pram. But they didn’t understand. Angela had almost gone out that very morning. The sun was shining and she’d felt particularly cheerful. But then she’d sneezed. Her bladder had emptied, right there on the carpet of her bedroom and she’d spent the next half an hour cleaning urine from the floor. She couldn’t go anywhere. The thought sat like led in her stomach, all the time. Was this what life would be like forever? Angela wondered, yet again.

Ageing Women

Beth had raised five children and helped in the raising of twelve grandchildren. She was a woman with a solution for everything, nothing could phase her. But as she purchased the packet of adult nappies, she felt defeated for the first time in her life. After months of accidents though, she couldn’t put it off any longer. Sometimes, it would be just a trickle of urine, when she laughed particularly hard. But then there were the times she’d cough or sneeze and there was no stopping the flow. That very morning had been the worst. Beth’s daughter came over for tea, and as Beth took a bite of her cake, a little caught in her throat, causing a coughing fit. Beth still felt the deep shame in seeing her daughter staring, open-mouthed, at the small puddle gathering beneath her feet. She couldn’t let that happen again, even if it meant feeling as though she were losing her dignity.

Incontinence is not a life sentence. Women can regain their freedom and confidence by seeking treatment.

Do you relate to one of these women? Incontinence affects one in three women at some point in their life and many do not seek treatment.  Women often endure the stigma associated with incontinence in private, feeling shame and humiliation. However, it does not need to be this way.  Urine leakage does not have to be a permanent condition. By seeking help from health professionals or by using a product such as Carin Wear, women can discover the empowerment of taking control over their recovery and regaining their life. As women, let’s support each other by sharing our experiences and spreading the hope that seeking treatment offers.

Karyn Sepulveda is an Australian author of Women’s Fiction and host of the podcast ‘Letters To Our Yesterday’. Check out her work at:



Empowered by Carin

One month ago I began a journey of empowerment, a long journey to regain the strength and confidence I let slide for nearly 10 years. I vowed to follow the program on the Carin app designed to strengthen my pelvic floor. In addition, I would stick with an eating and exercise program to improve my overall health. I knew it would be challenging because not only am I the queen of procrastination, but I also give up when things get uncomfortable – never a good combination. However, I knew that if I wanted to stop living a life of regret, I had to stick to my goals.

I told myself “four weeks, just give it four weeks.” You know what? I did it. I stuck with it for four weeks and am still going strong. I switched to a plant-based diet, focusing on whole foods – nothing processed. I incorporated strength training and cardio in my exercise routine and practiced yoga every day. At the end of each yoga session I spent 10 minutes following the exercises on the Carin app. Since I began in February I’m pleased to say that I’ve lost five pounds (about 2.5 kilos) and no longer experience any leaks.

Carin makes it easy

Carin made strengthening my pelvic floor so simple. Each day I kept track of my liquid intake on the app. I keep my phone in the kitchen so I could log in anytime I had a cup of tea, water, or the occasional glass of wine. Once a week I wore the underwear and monitor throughout the day and during the night. Then, once I synced the monitor to the app, I could see my progress.

My first cycle registered barely a dribble. During the second cycle I had the flu, coughing uncontrollably for nearly two weeks, which led to much higher measurements. Then I remembered something I saw near the end of the Week 1 exercises. I should tighten my pelvic floor muscles every time I cough. I tried it and when I measured the following week nothing showed up, even though I was coughing constantly. The remaining cycles have also been clear. If only following the diet and motivating myself to exercise was as easy!

Carin’s comfort and effectiveness

My monitoring time may be done, but I will definitely continue to wear the underwear. It’s not only pretty but also extremely comfortable. It holds its shape after numerous washings and contours my body perfectly. While the underwear is great and the whole monitoring process is fascinating, it’s the exercise program, both its pace and content, that really sells me on Carin.

Nancy Cuppen, a sport professional with 15 years of athletic instruction, designed Carin’s exercise program. The program is split into several cycles. You spend the first cycle just getting to know how to locate your pelvic floor. The strengthening exercises begin during the second cycle. A stability ball and an exercise mat come in handy here. These exercises may look simple on the video, but you can really feel them working.  The first few sessions I was grateful they were only 10 minutes. By the end of the cycle, however, I was ready to move on.  As each cycle progresses the exercises get more and more challenging. A stronger pelvic floor not only benefits incontinence, but improves your posture as well. I certainly notice myself sitting straighter and walking taller.

 What’s next?

I feel great. Not only do I feel lighter in my body but also lighter in my mind. I no longer have to carry around the guilt and regret of not following through on my goals. I’m grateful to Carin for making the program so easy to follow, which has made it easier to pursue other goals. I’m now officially hooked on the plant-based lifestyle. This spring I’ll be running my first half-marathon in nearly 20 years. I still have a long way to go but I’m off to a great start!


Are Late Night Bathroom Trips Keeping You Awake?

We all know that a good night’s sleep is vital for a healthy mind and body. Adequate sleep improves your memory, creativity, attention span, and weight loss. It also reduces stress, depression, and may even help you to live longer. Experts agree that we need at least seven hours of sleep a night to reap its benefits. However, one in three people do not get enough sleep, according to the Center for Disease Control. The blame is often put on our fast-paced lifestyles, our addiction to electronic devices, and our need to always do more – send one more email, reply to one more text. We live in a society that views getting by on four hours of sleep as a badge of honor.

But what happens when you do go to sleep on time but have trouble staying asleep? What can you do when you have to use the bathroom once, twice, or three times a night? One in three adults over the age of 30 experiences nocturia, the frequent need to urinate during the night, says the Urology Care Foundation. Researchers agree that this loss of sleep leads to decreased health and sense of well being, contributing to fatigue, increased risk of heart disease, memory loss, and depression. Fortunately, there are actions you can take to reduce and/or eliminate those nocturnal trips.

Limit beverages. Stop drinking any liquid two to four hours before bedtime. Limit alcohol and caffeine, which are known to stimulate the bladder, all day long.

 Keep a diary. The Cleveland Clinic suggests beginning with a voiding diary. Keep a record of your drinking and how often you urinate. Pay special attention to how much you go during the day and night. By monitoring your habits you may be able to find a pattern you can then modify. You may also discover potential problems. They say “If you’re urinating more than eight times in 24 hours, that’s too much.”

Tighten that pelvic floor. Yes, here is another area where strong pelvic muscles can benefit by improving bladder control. Kegel exercises, yoga, and following the exercises on the Carin App are all excellent ways to strengthen these all-important muscles.

Check for sleep apnea. Our bodies produce an anti-diuretic hormone during deep sleep, that allows us to retain more fluid overnight, says the Cleveland Clinic. Because people with sleep apnea don’t reach that level of deep sleep, their bodies can’t make enough of this hormone. Oxygen levels also drop during apnea episodes causing the kidneys to excrete more water.

Talk to your doctor. If you’ve tried changing your lifestyle with little success, it’s important to talk to your doctor. Frequent bathroom trips during the night could be more than just a nuisance. They could signify underlying health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, liver failure, and Parkinson’s.

Tips For A Good Night’s Sleep

Still having trouble sleeping? There could be other issues involved. In her book The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time, Arianna Huffington offers several ways to get a good night’s sleep. Following these tips won’t only help you initially fall asleep faster, but they will also help you go back to sleep if you wake up during the night.

Turn off the e-readers and keep all electronic devices out of the bedroom. “That blue light,” says Huffington, “the sort given off by our ubiquitous electronic devices, is especially good at suppressing melatonin – which makes it especially bad for our sleep.” If you must read before bed, choose a real book and a bedside lamp with a soft light.

Keep your bedroom cool and have a window open. The ideal temperature is 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 18 degrees Celsius). “We know that a cool bedroom environment is key to getting a good night’s sleep,” says Natalie Dautovich from the National Sleep Foundation, and a small drop in body temperature can prompt sleep signals to our brain.

Be sure to exercise and maintain a healthy diet. Daily exercise, even as little as 20 to 30 minutes a day, helps calm our minds when it’s time to sleep. When it comes to diet what not to eat is more important than what you do eat. Stay away from big, heavy meals near bedtime.

Stop worrying about endless to-do lists. That’s easier said then done, but practicing meditation and yoga does wonders to calm your mind. Huffington uses a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson to help quiet her mind as she tries to sleep. He said, “Finish every day, and be done with it…You have done what you could – some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in, forget them as fast as you can, tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it well and serenely, and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to sleep through the night, wake up refreshed, and be ready to tackle the day? With a little planning and work it is possible. Do you have other remedies for getting a good night’s sleep? Please share them in the comments. We would love to hear from you. For now I wish you all a good night.



Getting Started With Carin

As fifty creeps ever closer my body continues to change in ways I never expected, both emotionally and physically. My back rebels when I spend too much time in the garden. My patience is thin, but my belly is not. Sentimental commercials bring me to tears, while a dirty glass left near the sink brings on a 30-minute tirade to anyone within earshot. It’s not fun. As a woman in the throes of perimenopause with two children and several pounds to lose, I also experience stress incontinence. Experiencing leaks is a lousy part of getting older, but at least with a little work this one is correctable.

Treatments Options for Stress Incontinence

A quick Google search reveals more than a million results offering treatment options. These include Kegel exercises, devices to capture urine, electrical stimulation, hormonal creams to restore vaginal tissue, surgery, and, of course, the traditional thick pads to capture leaks. Most of these sites agree that stress incontinence is due to weak pelvic floor muscles brought on by childbirth, pregnancy, obesity, and menopause. However, there are a wide variety of methods and devices available to strengthen those muscles. Most include some form of vaginal cone that you can insert to strengthen the pelvic floor. I even found an egg made of jade that you insert for at least two hours three times a week. However, I’m a bit squeamish when it comes to inserting objects into my body, which is why Carin is the perfect solution.

What Makes Carin Different

Carin began in 2015 by creating washable protective underwear for women with mild incontinence, eliminating the need for thick pads. “We designed Carin to be a non-invasive solution,” says Julia Veldhuijzen van Zanten, the company’s creative lead and co-founder. “We wanted it to be a positive experience for women. The underwear doesn’t look like something you would find in a hospital. Rather it’s pretty and fits in with your daily life.” But they didn’t stop at just offering protection. They also offer women a solution to manage and, eventually, eliminate leaks. Included with the underwear is a sensor and app to monitor leaks and an exercise program designed to strengthen pelvic floor muscles. The whole process requires a commitment of only 10 minutes a day for four to six weeks. Within four weeks 80 percent of women noticed an improvement.

Ready to Begin

Now it’s time for me to begin. I have underwear, a sensor, and directions to get me started. First I unplug the sensor from the charger, attach it to the top front of the underwear, and load up the app to my phone. Technology and I don’t always get along so I was pleased to see how easy it all was to set up. The underwear is made from microfiber, the same used in sportswear so it dries quickly and feels comfortable. During the day I keep track of how much I drink and spend 10 minutes doing the exercises, usually after my regular workout.

Over the next four weeks I will follow the exercises on the app, log my liquid intake, and monitor my progress. The app sends gentle reminders just in case I forget. It’s also time to embrace a healthier lifestyle, maybe drop a few pounds in the process. I don’t like counting calories or following rigid diet plans. Instead I’ll follow the “Vegan Before 6” plan by Mark Bittman, a food writer for the New York Times. During the day I eat a plant-based diet – lots of steel-cut oats, smoothies, whole grain salads full of vegetables, soups, nuts, and fresh fruit. In the evening I can fix whatever I want for the whole family, adding cheese, fish, and, occasionally, chicken. The Internet is full of great recipes. I know it won’t be easy – I really like cookies – but it’s only 30 days. Anything is possible for 30 days, right? I can’t wait to share my progress at the end of March. If you’d like to join me, please let me know in the Comments section. I’d love the company. Have a great month!


Understanding Incontinence

Knowledge is power when it comes to medical conditions. Urinary incontinence is no exception. Incontinence comes in many forms. From a few leaks post-pregnancy to a complete loss of bladder control. It’s important to remember that this condition is not a disease; rather it’s a symptom. It’s necessary to become familiar with the different forms so you know which treatment to seek. To get you started here is a brief summary of the five types of adult incontinence, according to the Mayo Clinic, along with possible treatment options.

Stress Incontinence

Stress incontinence is the most common form of incontinence, affecting nearly 15 million women just in the United States. It occurs when physical activity, such as coughing, sneezing or lifting heavy objects, puts pressure on your bladder. The primary cause is due to weak pelvic floor muscles. Pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause are all contributing factors. This explains why more women are affected than men. Obesity and smoking are also risk factors.

Treatments: The good news is that it’s also the easiest to treat. People who lose weight and use exercises to strengthen pelvic floor muscles notice a remarkable improvement. Try the pelvic floor exercises on the Carin app. Following the Carin program for 10 minutes a day over a four to six week period will noticeably strengthen pelvic floor muscles, decreasing leaks even after the second week.

Urge Incontinence

You have urge incontinence when “you have a sudden, intense urge to urinate followed by an involuntary loss of urine,” according to the Mayo Clinic. It’s the “I always have to go” feeling that often wakes you up during the night. The cause could be something minor, such as an infection, or a sign that the bladder’s nerves are damaged by something more severe like diabetes or Parkinson’s disease. Risk factors for this condition are women who have had a C-section or other pelvic surgery, obesity, and those suffering from frequent urinary tract infections.

Treatments: Timed voiding and bladder training are two possible techniques to curb urge incontinence. With timed voiding you record the times that you urinate and when you leak urine on a chart. Eventually you can establish patterns and know when you should be going to the bathroom ahead of time. You can also train your bladder by planning to use the bathroom once an hour. Then you stretch it to once every 90 minutes and eventually stretch it so you can wait three to four hours between bathroom visits. Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles and weight loss will also help with this type of incontinence.

Overflow Incontinence

If you experience a frequent dribble of urine even when you don’t have the urge to urinate, you may have overflow incontinence, which occurs when your bladder doesn’t completely empty.  Unlike stress and urge incontinence, overflow incontinence is more common in men than women. Usually an enlarged prostate is the cause, but it could also be due to nerve damage, a blockage of the urethra, medications, or weak bladder muscles.

Treatments: Treating this type of incontinence is difficult, but certain types of medication can relax the muscle at the base of the urethra, allowing urine to pass from the bladder. If medications do not help, it may be necessary to insert a catheter in the urethra that will allow the bladder to empty completely.

Functional Incontinence

This type occurs when you know that you need to go to the bathroom but may not be able to get there in time due to physical or mental limitations. It is more common in elderly people and is associated with conditions that affect the elderly such as dementia, arthritis, or even unwillingness to use the toilet due to depression or anxiety.

Treatments include those mentioned earlier – bladder training, pelvic floor exercises, and setting up a schedule for bathroom trips. There are ways to reduce accidents. Make sure you wear clothing that is easy to remove, and the path to the bathroom is uncluttered. Always know where the bathrooms are whenever you are outside your home and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Mixed Incontinence

As the name suggests this type is a mixture, usually a combination of stress and urge incontinence. The causes are also similar – childbirth, pregnancy, and damage to the nerves of the bladder due to surgeries or diseases such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease.

Treatments: Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles is key, but other methods such as bladder training and timed voiding can also help.

Most people feel uncomfortable talking about incontinence. They may be embarrassed or consider it just a normal part of aging. Nearly everyone on the planet will have some form of incontinence at some point during his or her life so there’s no need for embarrassment. You are not alone. Help is available, but it’s important to talk with your doctor to identify what type you have and plan a course of treatment together.

Two New Year’s Resolutions To Make If You Have This Problem

Two resolutions to make when you have this problem

This January 1st Rebecca began running again, the first step in fulfilling her new year’s resolution to drop 30 pounds. She took it slow, switching between walking and running every few minutes. The crisp air invigorated her and her new running shoes cushioned every step. Yet each time she started running she could feel herself leak a little urine. Her good mood vanished. She was only 42. How could this be happening to her now?

On the other side of the city Janine put her two young children down for a nap and returned to her friends sitting around the dining room table. Someone told a story that had Janine doubled over in laughter. Suddenly she felt something not so funny – she could feel herself leaking. She was so embarrassed she had to leave the room to change. Instead of seeking a solution, both women were too embarrassed by their condition so their leaks continued to be a problem.

 A Real Medical Condition

If you are, like Rebecca and Janine, one of the 200 million men and women worldwide with urinary incontinence, it is time to stop being embarrassed and do something about it. It is a real medical condition and there are treatments available to reduce the chances of leaks or eliminate them altogether. In fact, “80 percent of those affected by urinary incontinence can be cured or improved,” states the National Association for Continence (NAFC). Start this New Year with two resolutions that are easy to keep: Talk (to your doctor) about your incontinence and begin an exercise program to strengthen your pelvic floor.

Natasja Beks fit mother and business woman

Many women stop their exercise routine because of embarrassment for leaks. With Carin you feel protected and work on your pelvic floor at the same time.

Knowledge Defeats Embarrassment

There is a stigma that surrounds this condition. According to one study, people would rather admit to having depression or cancer than admit to having urinary incontinence. Why is it considered taboo? Many women associate it with “imperfection, vulnerability, and a loss of control, which are things that they find it hard to be open about in relation to themselves and their bodies, “ says Fiona Berkely, a UK film director who created a documentary about adult incontinence.

Women are ashamed so they feel the need to suffer in silence, considering it just a normal sign of aging. While it’s true that more than half of seniors are plagued by incontinence, growing older is just one of many risk factors. Other factors include childbirth, obesity, menopause, and high blood pressure.

Incontinence of any form takes a tremendous toll on people’s lives. In this study authors Amy Sinclair and Ian Ramsay found tremendous impacts on the lives of women. Some examples include a diminished sex life and poorer relationships due to a lack of intimacy, poor sleep quality, and a reluctance to visit new places and have new experiences.

On average, women wait 6.5 years from the first time they experience symptoms until they obtain a diagnosis, according to the NAFC. That is a waste of nearly seven years. That is time spent worrying about leaks and the location of the nearest bathroom, rather than living. As mentioned earlier, this condition is normal and should never be a source of shame. Talk to your doctor about possible treatments and in the meantime, strengthen your pelvic floor.

Studies found that only 10 minutes of pelvic floor exercises per day you make your pelvic floor strong again.

A Strong Pelvic Floor Helps

Younger women tend to suffer from stress incontinence, which is when you leak a bit when you laugh, sneeze, jog, or lift heavy objects. A weakening in the pelvic floor (the muscles and tissues that surround the opening of the bladder) causes this form of incontinence and it is normal. Several simple treatments are available, including those provided by Carin. Not only does Carin provide an app training program to strengthen your pelvic floor, but you can also view your progress via a sensor that you wear in the included underwear. After four weeks of following the program for just 10 minutes a day, 80 percent of women see progress.

The next time you are at the market take a look at the people around you, especially the women. It’s likely most of them also experience some form of incontinence. Remember – this is a normal, and, for most people, a treatable condition. So what are you waiting for? Make this the year to stop being ashamed by those little leaks. Instead, take control. Talk to your doctor, discover why you are leaking, and fix it. Finally, a resolution that’s easy to keep.

A Goodbye to Dieting Could Lead to a Goodbye to Bladder Leaks

Science proved that reduce weight significantly reduces leaks

Jennifer struggles with her weight and has since she was 12 years old. She suffers from
breathing problems and high blood pressure. She also leaks urine every time she sneezes, laughs or even walks up the stairs. Obesity is the second most common cause of urinary incontinence, and as her weight increases her UI gets harder to control.

Excess weight puts undue stress and pressure on pelvic floor muscles so she lines her underwear with thick pads and must always know the location of the nearest bathroom. There is a solution. People with incontinence who lost between 26 and 29 percent of their body weight noted a significant improvement in their bladder control, according to Healthcentral. The greater the weight loss the more improvement they saw. So why can’t she and others like her just lose some weight?

Jennifer grew up in a family obsessed with weight, and her mother stocked the kitchen with low-fat crackers, diet sodas, fat-free cookies and even low-fat butter. Jennifer rebelled by stuffing herself with junk food any chance she could get. Her weight went up and her concerned parents put her on a diet. Over the years she tried everything – pre-packaged meals, Atkins, South Beach, meal replacement shakes, counting fat grams, and counting calories. Her weight only went up. She began every diet full of hope, but invariably she would stray, feel like a failure, eat even more, and gain weight.

Now she’s in her 40s, heavier than ever and feeling miserable, guilt-ridden, and a disappointment to her parents, husband, and children. She’s not alone. Every year, according to the Boston Medical Center, 45 million Americans go on a diet and
spend $33 billion on weight-loss products. If there are so many options, why are we still getting fatter?

Stop dieting and start eating

In their book Intuitive Eating, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch provide the tools to do just that. They encourage readers to make peace with food and rediscover the pleasures of eating. Tribole, a registered dietitian, and Resch, a nutrition therapist, offer several principles to help readers normalize their relationship with food. Here are a few examples:

1. Reject the diet mentality

Tribole and Resch encourage readers to reject diets and “get angry at the lies that have led you to feel as if you were a failure every time a new diet stopped working and you gained back all of the weight.” For chronic dieters the idea of not following a diet is scary. But then you have to ask: “Have any of these diets worked for me?” Invariably the answer is no, so why not try something new.

2. Honor your hunger and feel your fullness

Trust your body to tell you when it’s hungry, and then eat something. If you wait too long, you increase the chances of overeating and making bad food choices. Then, once you do begin to eat, pause every once in awhile to check in with your body. Ask yourself does the food still taste good? Am I still hungry? How will I feel if I keep eating? If the answers are no, no, and overly full, it’s time to stop. This can be the hardest thing to do because most of us are programmed to eat everything on our plates, knowing we can’t eat again until the next scheduled meal, which leads to the next principle.

3. Make peace with food

“Give yourself unconditional permission to eat,” say Tribole and Resch. By denying yourself a specific type of food (chocolate or bread) you develop cravings that take on a life of their own and lead to binging. By allowing yourself to eat whatever you want, you take away that fear of deprivation. You end up eating a bite of chocolate rather than the whole candy bar because you know you can always have more.

Mindful exercise

4. Mindful exercise – feel the difference

“Shift your focus to how it feels to move your body, rather than the calorie-burning effect of exercise,” they say. Find what feels good for you, enjoy the movement, and focus on the benefits to your body. Pelvic floor exercises may not burn a lot of calories, but think of the benefits – improving bladder control, increasing sexual sensation, and improving your quality of life. What could be better than moving just because it feels good?

5. Honor your health with gentle nutrition

In his book Food Rules, Michael Pollen says, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” By food he means, “Eat only food that will eventually rot.” Wise words, but does this mean you can never eat potato chips again? No. Just make sure most of your food comes from sources you recognize. It’s all about balance and how the food makes you feel. Sometimes you’ll want a bean burrito with a side of nachos. Other days you’ll crave a spinach salad. It’s all about balance and trusting your body.

Jennifer recently gave away all her diet books. She cooks a variety of foods, emphasizing fruits and vegetables at every meal. She purchased a pair of underwear from Carin, follows the pelvic floor exercises on the accompanying app, and has noticed her posture is better and her leaks are fewer. She knows this way of eating is not a quick fix. It could take years and she may never reach her ideal weight. However, she feels better, eats a lot less, enjoys her food and her life more, and will reach the weight she was meant to be. That may not be a size 2, but it will be what’s right for her.

LifeSense Group’s femtech revolution ‘Carin’ receives $3 million boost

LifeSense Group’s femtech revolution ‘Carin’ receives $3 million boost

Empowering women all over the globe to take control of their own health

September 18th, 2017
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A recent investment of $3 million dollar further increases LifeSense Group’s impact in the market of women’s health technology. This latest sum, received from an established Danish entrepreneur, brings the company’s investment total to $5 million dollar since their idea was born in 2012. “Over the past few months, we have had several investment offers but this investor provides the perfect match for our company.” said Dr. Valer Pop, Founder and CEO of LifeSense Group. “He will support to scale and professionalize LifeSense Group, a key element in the company’s growth phase.” Read More


骨盤底筋力を高めることは、思ったほど難しくありません。 穴があったら入りたいと思うような「キャー、やっちゃった!」を経験したことがありませんか?くしゃみした時とか、長く車に乗っていた時とか、ジョークがおかしすぎて大笑いしたときとかにそんな経験はないですか?おしっこしたいと感じたら、本能的に近くのトイレに行こうとしますよね。でも間に合わなかったことはないですか。

この困った問題は、骨盤底筋が弱ったせいで起きていることが多いのよ。様々な状況で起きるけど、特に出産後に起きることが多いの。みんなが秘密にしていることの一つなんですよ。でも心配しないで。骨盤底筋の力は高めることができるのよ。ヒント: 1日に10分間だけのトレーニングで十分。 詳しくは、以下を読んでね。このブログで紹介するエクササイズにトライしてみて。






骨盤底筋は身体の基本的な機能に貢献して毎日ハードに働いているんだけど、これらの筋肉は様々な理由でストレスを受けたり損傷したりしているのよ。 例えば、妊娠・出産で骨盤底筋は引き伸ばされ緩んでしまうので産後に問題がでてきたりするのよ。 妊娠・出産といったきっかけでなくても、骨盤底筋が弱くなる可能性はありますよ。 慢性的なストレスや緊張は、気づかないうちに緊張や筋肉の損傷を引き起こす可能性があるの。 使いすぎも問題を引き起こす可能性があるわよ。いつも膀胱が満杯だとその重さが骨盤底筋の支える力を超えてしまい、その結果骨盤底筋が緩んでくるのよ。そして、大事なときの失敗につながるのよ。


骨盤底筋は外からは見えないため、忘れられることが多いもの。でも困ったことに、出産等々によりこの筋肉が緩んでくると日常生活に不便が生じるの。骨盤底筋が緩むと、腹圧性尿失禁がおきたり、排尿コントロールができず尿漏れが起きる可能性があるの。 これまでは、一晩中トイレに行く必要がなかったり、2時間の映画を見ている間中トイレに行く必要がなかったのに、それができなくなったりするのよ。 子供たちと一緒にトランポリンで飛び跳ねることができなくなり、 くしゃみしたり、大笑いするとおしっこがパンツの外にまでしみてきて笑いごとではなくなってしまうの。


既に腹圧性尿失禁の症状に悩まされていても心配しないで。 Carinは、日々のトラブルに対処する下着だけでなく、骨盤底筋を強化するエクササイズプログラムも提供しているのよ。 カリンの高吸水性、ハイテク、スマートな下着を使えば、尿漏れの浸みだしを心配したり、安心のため厚ぼったい吸水ナプキンをつける必要がなくなるわよ。そして 骨盤底筋強化のためのエクササイズプログラムを行えば、こんな心配はもう必要ないわよ。


健康な歯を保つために、毎日歯磨きをし、定期的に歯科検診をするように、骨盤底筋にも十分気を使い大事にケアしましょう。歯と同じように、私たちは骨盤底筋を毎日何度も使うので、健康で強く保つことが重要よ。 Carinのアプリは、骨盤底筋を強化して維持するためのエクササイズを各ユーザーに段階を追って教えてくれるの。 このエクササイズには、特別な施設や高額なジム会費は必要ありません。必要なのは、健康な身体をキープしたいという意思だけ。 いいでしょ?カリンプログラムで行うエクササイズのうち3種類を紹介するわね。 


Exercise 1: バランスボールを使って戦士のポーズ

体幹を強化するエクササイズ。足を持ち上げながら体を安定させます。 ゆっくり行いましょう。体が揺れないようにしましょう。姿勢が安定したら3呼吸その姿勢を保ちましょう。 吸う息で骨盤底筋を緩めます。吐く息で骨盤底筋を引き締めます。吸う息、吐く息それぞれ5秒間続けてください。

ヒント: バランスボールが転がらないよう、カーペットの上でバランスボールを使いましょう。

Exercise 2: 3本足の犬



Exercise 3: ピラティスのレッグリフト

昔ながらのピラティスですが、効果があります。体幹を鍛えることができます。まず意識 の練習から始めましょう。仰向けに寝て、骨盤底筋を手で支えているという意識をもちましょう。筋肉を収縮/弛緩させながら呼吸をします。初心者は、脚を天井に向けて持ち上げ、反対の脚は膝を立てるようにするとよいでしょう。筋力があり体幹が安定しているなら持ち上げていない方の脚をマットの上に伸ばしましょう。背中がそらないようにして背中全体をマットに押し付けるようにしましょう。この姿勢ができるようになってから次のレベルのエクササイズに進みます。

頑張って骨盤底筋力を高めましょう!もっと 詳しく知りたい方は、hi@carinwear.comまでご連絡ください。

カリンが最優秀賞受賞! Wearable Technologies Innovation World Cup in Munich

2017年2月7日、世界60カ国以上から400件を超す応募のあったミュンヘン ウェアラブルテクノロジーズイノベーションワールドカップ(Wearable Technologies Innovation World Cup in Munich)において、カリンはヘルスケア部門の最優秀賞に選ばれました !

カリンは今まで大きな声で語られることのなかった女性の問題を世の中に提起しています。世界中の女性たちが活躍している現在、私たちは、はっきり宣言します。今は女性の時代です! 数の上でも強さでも、世界中の女性たちがこれまで以上に力を発揮しています。 この時代において、カリンは、健康面の不安をなくし、女性が自信をもって活動するための基本的な部分で、女性を応援しています。



創造的な生活を育む女性は、表面的な元気さ強さだけではなく、外面に現れない健康も保っていなければなりません。カリンは、尿失禁の影響を受けるのは女性自身だけではないと考えています。 骨盤底筋を強化し、悩ましい尿漏れを改善することは、セックス、結婚、健康、幸福に至るまでの生活のあらゆる側面に良い影響を与えます。 ですから、カリンは、女性だけでなく、女性を取り巻く人々すべてにイノベーションをもたらしたいと考えているのです。


カリンは、尿失禁の有害な影響に悩んでいる女性の力になりたいという目的で開発が始められました。開発の歴史は、チャレンジングで刺激的なものでした。私たちは変化と革新の時代に生きています。 カリンは、生活に変革をもたらす技術開発を通じて、世界中の女性、男性の力になり応援し続けます。


(投稿者) Nikee Corstens





産後クラスRuckbildungskurs のお母さんたちに呼びかけて「カリンのお茶会」を始めることにしました。参加者は骨盤底筋を守るこの新しい特別な下着に興味津々。でも、私が彼女たち自身の骨盤底筋について尋ねたら、気まずい空気が流れました。この問題について話しても大丈夫なの?やっぱり、尿漏れについて話すことはタブーで触れてはいけない何かがあるみたい。私の周りの人たちに尿漏れトラブルがあるのかどうかは今のところわからないけれど、女性の3人に1人は尿漏れトラブルがあるという調査結果があるのよ。とにかく、私はこの問題に取組み始めたの。



(投稿者)ナターシャ: カリンヘルスアンバサダー、屋外トレーニングプログラム(Mom in Balanace)トレーナー、Efficere 社CEO

前回のブログ で休暇中にカリンエクササイズを試してみたと書いたところ、多くの反響をいただきました。その中で一番多かった質問は「骨盤底筋トレーニングの効果を信じているんですか?」 Read More

新カリンアンバサダー: Maeve Whelan

ミーブ ウェラン(Meave Whelan)さんが新たにカリンアンバサダーに仲間入りしました。 ミーブは理学療法士で、ダブリン(アイルランド)のミルタウン理学療法クリニック(Milltown Physiotherapy) の設立者です。骨盤底筋に関する’専門家視点‘からのブログは、近々掲載予定ですが、その前に彼女について簡単にご紹介しましょう。

Maeve Whelan

Maeve Whelan 理学療法士、ダブリンにてMilltown Physiotherapy開設)




2008年、アイルランド理学療法士協会特別会員(Specialist Member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists)に選出されました。2013年にふたたび女性の健康および排尿調節の分野で表彰されました。彼女が特に重点的に行っているのは、手で行う骨盤底筋治療です。治療だけでなく、学会での発表や、大学の女性理学療法士学科での講義も行っています。講義はアイルランドだけでなく海外でも行われています。



ミーブ考案の骨盤底筋回復法 ‘Flop and Drop’の実演をビデオでご覧ください。



(投稿者)ナターシャ ベックス: カリンヘルスアンバサダー、屋外フィットネスプログラム(Mom in Balance)インストラクター、Efficere 社CEO


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自然療法士からのアドバイス -生活習慣を変えて膀胱炎予防

女性の多くが膀胱炎を経験しますが、男性や子どもにも起こる病気です。尿路感染症とも呼ばれる膀胱炎は膀胱中の細菌が増殖して起きるもので痛み、頻尿、排尿時の灼熱感といった症状が現れます。妊娠中の女性が膀胱炎になることも多く、早産の原因のひとつともなっています。カーメン ヴァンザンテンさん(自然療法医、助産師)に、膀胱炎予防に役立つこと、やってはいけないことを聞きました.. 





  • 砂糖の摂取。低糖質の食事を心がけましょう。砂糖は細菌の繁殖を助けます。
  • きついズボンの着用。股間がきつすぎるズボンをはかないようにしましょう。
  • 石鹸やクリームの使用。膣付近は石鹸やクリームを使わず、水だけで洗いましょう。通常、粘膜のph濃度は細菌増殖を防ぎますが、石鹸を使うとこの働きが妨げられてしまいます。
  • カフェインやアルコールの摂取。カフェインやアルコールは控えましょう。


  • 充分な水分摂取。少なくとも一日に1.5リットルの水を飲みましょう。
  • 避妊方法を変えましょう。(ペッサリー、殺精子剤、ルモン剤による避妊は膀胱炎のリスクを高めます。)
  • 性行為後の排尿。
  • 呼吸の楽な下着の着用。(カリン下着など!)
  • トイレのあとは、前から後ろに拭くこと。
  • プロバイオティックを摂取すること。
  • 無糖のナチュラルヨーグルトを食べること。
  • 味噌、ザワークラウト、キムチ、ケフィア、昆布茶などの発酵食品を食べること。



夏休み中の健康維持について、インストラクターのナターシャに尋ねたところ、彼女がMom in Balance (母親のための屋外トレーニングクラス)で行っているトレーニングをもとにした夏のチャレンジエクササイズを紹介してくれました。いつものカリンエクササイズのあとに、ここで紹介するエクササイズを行って、この夏を健康に過ごしましょう! (以下、ナターシャからの投稿です。)



夏休み中のあなたにぴったりな特別なサマーワークアウトをお教えします。これは、アイントホーヘンのMom in Balance 参加者たちのために作成した”サマーチャレンジ“です。これからママになる人、ママになったばかりの人たちのために考えたもので、体幹を鍛えるエクササイズ。もちろん、骨盤底筋強化にも効果あり、ですよ。





#1 エクササイズの種目を決める


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#2 サイクルを決める


#3 サイクル繰り返し4回


#4 目標を決める


もうちょっと楽しくしてみない?このサマーチャレンジをフェイスブックかインスタグラムに投稿してね(休暇中じゃなくてもOKよ)。@nbeks、@Carinwear とタグをつけてね。そうすれば、あなたが頑張っている様子をフォローしますよ。あなたの投稿お待ちしています。

ここ をクリック、または下の写真をクリックして、エクササイズビデオを見てください。

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ハッピーに、貴女らしく、元気になりましょう! 言い訳はやめよう。



WT(2016ウェアラブルテクノロジー展) サンフランシスコ 7月12-13日 フォートメイソンセンター フェスティバルパビリオンにて開催

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ライフセンスグループ社米国事業担当役員がサンフランシスコで開催される2016ウェアラブルテクノロジー展にてカリン商品を初めてデモ紹介予定(デモは7月13日2:35PM デモステージにて)

ウェアラブルテクノロジー展への出展に自信があります、とヴァラ ポップ(ライフセンスグループCEO)は語っています。「ウェアラブルテクノロジー展は、当社を支援して下さり、最近、成功裡に終了したクラウドファンディング”キックスターター“でも、私たちのことを広く紹介してくださいました。同展で、一般の皆さんの前でカリンのデモをすることを楽しみにしています。」


ライフセンスグループ社は、先頃、クラウドファンディングのキックスターターにカリンのウェアラブル製品を出品したところ、「Project we love」となり資金集めは成功しました。当社の収入は1000%増加しました。7月には、アジア市場に事業を拡大するためフランチャイズ契約を締結しました。2016年末には、カリンはアジアに進出します。当社の使命を達成するためライフセンスグループ社は500万の投資を期待しています。投資して下さる方は、ライフセンスグループ社CEO ヴァラ ポップに連絡くださるようお待ちしています。(電話 +31 (0)6 319 265 05)


報道関係の方は、Eline van Udenにご連絡ください。メール 又は電話 +31 (0)6 42680994。