Childbirth and the natural ageing process cause changes which may affect feminine wellness.
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Stress incontinence is the most common type of incontinence suffered by women, especially older women. It affects 200 million people worldwide and one in four women over the age of 18 experience episodes of involuntary leakage of urine.
Pelvic Floor Health and Incontinence
Your pelvic floor muscles support your bladder, bowel, rectum, and uterus by wrapping around your pelvic bone. Pelvic floor dysfunction is a common condition where you are unable to correctly relax and coordinate the muscles in your pelvic floor. A weak or dysfunctional pelvic floor may cause you to have trouble with controlling wind, bowel movements, or is a common cause of urinary incontinence. If you’re a woman, pelvic floor issues may cause you to feel pain during sex, or reduced sensation, while men may have trouble gaining or keeping an erection.
Causes of a Weak Pelvic Floor
A weak pelvic floor is more often associated with:
Treatments for Pelvic Muscles
While patients can develop their pelvic muscles at home with kegel exercises, these can be difficult for patients who have ‘lost touch’ with their pelvic floors. ‘Losing touch’ means they have forgotten how to engage the muscles, or the muscles have become so weak that the muscles hardly respond. In these situations, I recommend my patients a course of Emsella.
Emsella uses electromagnetic energy to induce thousands of supramaximal pelvic floor muscle contractions in each session. The treatment itself is very easy and is done by sitting fully clothed in a chair. The electromagnetic stimulation works in a similar way to how the brain sends signals to your muscles thereby creating a normal but spontaneous contraction. Importantly, these contractions happen at a very faster rate. By inducing such a high number of contractions, the Emsella will help to quickly rebuild muscle strength. The treatment alleviates the symptoms of incontinence for many of my patients within just a few weeks of starting the treatment.
Other Related Causes of Incontinence
As well as weak pelvic muscles, vaginal laxity does play a role in incontinence. In such instances, our doctor might recommend combining Emsella with Ultra Femme 360. The Ultra Femme is a short but highly effective treatment that will restore elasticity to the vaginal wall which will help to improve the function of the vagina and for many, increase sensation.