Hello everyone! Ive been using the KM for almost 8 years. Im 55 years old, and the KM is a key component in my life for staying healthy, fit and sexy! Using the KM almost completely eradicated the stress incontinence I had 8 years ago (yes, within 2 weeks, like everyone says), but my uterine and rectocele prolapses were too far gone to be reversed. After much research, and consultation with two different surgeons, I eventually decided to go ahead with surgery.
Exactly 3 years ago I had a supra-cervical hysterectomy (I retained my cervix and ovaries,just the main part of the uterus was removed), my bladder was lifted and the urethra tightened, and a rectocele was repaired. The hysterectomy and bladder repair were done using laporoscopy, and the rectocele trans-vaginally. Overall, the surgery was highly successful, though not without some post-op issues. In hind sight these could have been avoided, but eventually things got worked out. Surgery IS serious, and if one can avoid it great. If you are, as Sari states, too far gone, then try very hard to find a surgeon who does laporoscopy. It's so much easier on your body and recovery is very fast! I was back running a couple of months after surgery (my surgeon actually said I could start running right at 6 weeks, but I held off for other reasons), and ran a half marathon with no trouble 6 months post-surgery (and continue to do one or two every year; I'm only restricted by my lack of time for training).
The advantages of the surgery are that my stress incontinence is 100% resolved, even during occasional times when I slack off a bit from using the KM. I feel sexier because my rectocele is no longer visible at the vaginal opening, and I no longer suffer from lower back pain after being in a standing position after just a couple of minutes. (My uterus was retroverted (tipped backwards) and must have been putting pressure on something, because now I can stand forever and my lower back is just fine!). And I did not grieve over the sudden halt to my periods, in fact quite the opposite at my age!
So ... down the road from surgery a ways, I am glad I did it. But I'm also glad I regularly use my KM! Unquestionably, use of it keeps my bladder much happier. I don't pee as much in the day and almost never at night. Due to a tendency for constipation which I've had my whole life, I have to drink quite a bit of water and other liquids (plus, of course, the right amount of fibre) every day, so using the KM means that my bladder can handle that better. And I know for a fact that the KM helps to maintain a healthy sexual responsiveness. Despite my age and being post-menopausal, my orgasms are regular and very strong. My main squeeze (who is on the small side) loves the way I feel tight, and can "massage" him, and I've had 2 fairly large babies.
I wish the KegelMaster had been in my life when I was younger, but am I ever glad I found out about it in later life! If you're considering this product, consider no longer. Get one, and start using it. You will never regret it.
Oh, and I should also add that I've been using the same KM for 8 years, and it's in as good a shape as the day it arrived!