Urinary Incontinence (Stress Incontinence /Bladder Control) Treatment
Urinary incontinence — the loss of bladder control — is very common, especially in women after a vaginal childbirth or during and post menopause. There is a whole range of severity, starting with occasionally leaking a bit if wee when you cough or sneeze (stress incontinence) to needing to wee so suddenly and urgently you don’t get to the toilet in time.
Urinary incontinence can also be referred to as an overactive bladder. Located in the lower abdomen, the bladder is an organ which is part of the urinary system, which includes the kidneys, the ureter (the tube from the kidneys to the bladder) and the urethra (the tube from the bladder to the outside). The bladder wall contains a muscle called the detrusor muscle. This muscle is relaxed most of the time to allow the bladder to store urine (wee). It contracts when we urinate (wee) to release the urine. The muscles around the outlet of the bladder, called urethral sphincter muscles, are also involved in this process. In other words, weeing is caused by the contraction of the detrusor muscle and the relaxation of the sphincter muscles. When the muscles in and around the bladder don’t work as they should, bladder control problems are the result.
Temporary incontinence can occur for many reasons, including urinary tract infections, constipation or irritation or infection of the vagina. It may even be caused by newly prescribed drugs. However, ongoing problems are often caused, especially in women, by weak bladder or pelvic floor muscles.
What’s the solution?
One very new and entirely non-invasive, non medical solution is Pelvic Floor Training using High Intensity Electromagnetic Therapy (known under brand names including EMSculpt, EMSlim, EMSella). Studies show over 90% of people get good results with this treatment. You can read more about this treatment here. Prices are here. A series of six treatments over three weeks is the recommended protocol.