Top 3 Innovations That Could Change Your Sex Life And Fertility In 2020

Ever heard of the Kegel Throne?


Aphiwe Mtwaku |

At Women’s Health, we like to keep you in the know. Especially when it relates to trends that affect your sexual health. Our experts weigh in on some of the leading sexual and reproductive health trends that could change your life.

1. The Kegel Throne

Can you do 11 000 Kegels in 28 minutes? Well, this new tech gives you the power of a Kegel goddess! And all you have to do is grab a seat. The BTL Emsella Chair uses electromagnets to deliver a powerful pelvic floor workout in minutes. Designed with women in mind, it promises to help with incontinence (involuntary leaking of urine) and vaginal laxity.

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An expert weighs in…

Dr. Natalia Novikova, a gynaecologist and endoscopic surgeon, shared with us some of her patients’ responses to Emsella.

This level of Kegel exercise would be pretty tough to crack all by yourself, hey. And the benefits? “Effective [relief] for mild to moderate urinary incontinence, as well for vaginal laxity as it strengthens pelvic floor muscles,” reports Dr Novikova. “[W]omen also feel more sexual satisfaction following the treatment,” continues Dr. Novikova. This is definitely one of the trends we’ll be keeping an eye on this year…

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2. Egg freezing

The thought of having kids is both scary and exciting. We can hear the ticking you-know-what, but meanwhile, we’re busy building empires and slaying dragons! So why is it that when we are finally ready (emotionally and financially) for our bundle of joy, we’re told it’s too late?

Yup – the chances of conceiving a healthy baby get slimmer as you get older. As such, egg freezing (the trend of trends!) seems like an attractive option. But is it really that simple? Well… science says, why not?

An expert weighs in…

Dr. Jane Frederick explains the procedure. “Oocyte cryopreservation, commonly known as egg freezing, is accomplished through an egg retrieval process which involves taking hormone medication for 10 days to stimulate a woman’s ovaries to produce multiple eggs,” she says. “Freezing preserves the eggs at their best quality, allowing for thaw at a later date.”

Just be aware that egg freezing is an expensive procedure involving hormone treatment, surgery, storage and eventually insemination. This procedure is designed for women who don’t want to miss their chances of a healthy pregnancy later in life. And get this – “[C]ompanies like Apple and Facebook have offered to cover female employees [the] cost of egg freezing to ensure their devotion to work and prolong their dreams of having a family,” says Frederick. Wonder if that’ll ever catch on over here?

3. Womb transplants

Oh yes, you’ve read correctly. Could womb transplants be the next “in-thing” in obstetrics? This radical surgery is result of extensive medical research and comes with high chances of rejection. But it’s real. And here’s the success story to prove it…

One woman’s desire to have a family came true after a successful uterus transplant op. Emelie Eriksson was born without a womb (look up: MRKH syndrome) and decided to consult her doctor about the possibility of falling pregnant. In 2017, Emelie delivered her son, Albi, via C-section through a womb donated by her mother. Following this success by a Swedish medical team, numerous surgeries have been conducted worldwide. According to a recent report in the New York Times Health online: “[T]here have been about 70 such transplants around the world.”

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An expert weighs in…

Obstetrician and gynaecologist/surgeon Dr. Rebecca Flyckt explains that this surgery is about helping potential parents deliver a healthy baby. “The patient can have one to two babies by C-section and then that uterus will be removed,” she says. So it’s likely more women unable to bear children naturally will be looking into uterus transplants as a viable alternative in the future. This is a relatively new trend and hasn’t yet become a reality in South Africa. Watch this space.

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