We can do more than just Kegels for female urinary incontinence
It’s estimated that 1 in 12 adults in the United States struggles with symptoms of urinary incontinence, yet it remains low on the list of health concerns for which people seek treatment. Among women with incontinence, for example, it takes an average of 6.5 years from the onset of symptoms until the patient receives a diagnosis.
Incontinence arises due to common factors that are often beyond one’s control. The greatest of these are genetic factors, childbirth and chronic cough or lifting.
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The daily stress of stress urinary incontinence
One of the most common types of incontinence is stress urinary incontinence. Stress urinary incontinence differs from urge incontinence, which is the unintentional loss of urine caused by the bladder muscle contracting, usually associated with a sense of urgency. Stress urinary incontinence is leakage of urine involuntarily with “stress” activities such as a heavy cough, a sneeze, when lifting or during exercise.
This type of incontinence occurs when the urethral sphincter, the pelvic floor muscles or both of these structures have been weakened. Stress incontinence is common and affects 1 in every 5 females of all ages.
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Fortunately, a variety of therapies exist that can help patients gain better control over their urinary function and reduce the symptoms of stress urinary incontinence. Treatments can include behavioral modifications, pelvic floor strengthening, pelvic floor physical therapy, or biofeedback and surgery.
The Emsella Chair option for women with stress urinary incontinence
The Emsella Chair is a new technology that offers a painless, noninvasive alternative for treating stress urinary incontinence. The Emsella therapy helps to strengthen weakened pelvic floor muscles that result in urinary leakage due to cough, sneeze, laugh, lift or exercise.
The device uses cutting-edge technology called high-intensity focused electromagnetic energy that triggers rapid muscle contractions in the pelvic floor. These contractions are similar to Kegel exercises but are faster and more intense. Patients remain fully dressed during the 30-minute treatment sessions.
Emsella is the first and only FDA-cleared device that can help treat symptoms of stress urinary incontinence in a noninvasive fashion. Pacific Urology’s Women’s Center is the first practice in the San Francisco East Bay to offer the Emsella Chair therapy for patients with stress urinary incontinence.
Looking for relief from urinary incontinence? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Nguyen today.