Pelvic floor exercise device for prevention and cure of Stress Urinary Incontinence in women
The "Pelvic floor exercise device for prevention and cure of Stress Urinary Incontinence in women (Don’t Wee)" project aimed to develop a computer game that would help women to perform pelvic floor exercises. Weakened pelvic floor muscles are common in women and can lead to stress incontinence a condition which is extremely common and bothersome to the sufferer. It has been shown that only 1 in 5 women actually perform pelvic floor exercises as recommended because they either don’t know whether they are performing the exercise correctly and/or they lack motivation and find the exercises boring. The Don’t Wee provides instant feedback and “reward” for the Pelvic floor exercises in the form of a visual display triggered by muscle contraction.
The aim of the project was to develop a device that provides both assurance, that the exercises are being done correctly and provides the motivation to continue with PFMT.
The objectives were:
- To discover the types of computer packages would appeal to women wanting to improve their pelvic floor heath
- To develop a selection of applications that provides the user with a rewarding experience.
- To develop applications that provide instant graphical feedback based on a single input control modality.