The Food and Drug Administration cleared the PeriCoach, a Smartphone connected pelvic floor exercise system.
The product includes a insertable device to detect the strength of each muscle contraction and record each exercise session.
The device containing three biosensors inserted into the vagina measures the pressure applied and records each exercise session.
The results are instantly sent to a Smartphone via Bluetooth. The app collects and analyzes the readings and offers the user a picture of how well she is doing her exercises over time. The app also sends exercise reminders and results to a clinician.
"Pelvic floor muscle exercises are a great, non-invasive treatment for urinary incontinence. However, with verbal or written instructions alone, many women find 'Kegels' difficult to do on their own, and they become frustrated with the lack of progress. PeriCoach offers reassuring, visual feedback and allows clinicians to monitor progress between visits," said Dr Leslie M. Rickey, associate professor of urology and obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at Yale University.