One out of every three women over the age of 45 in the United States is affected by stress urinary incontinence, and this number jumps to one out of two as women move past 65. What these numbers are meant to illustrate is that urinary incontinence may be far more prevalent than you might have imagined.
If you find yourself in this group, we’re happy to report that there is a solution. Here at Women’s Care OB/GYN, our goal is to help our patients in Totowa, New Jersey, lead active, healthy lives at every age. If you find yourself limiting your life due to incontinence, we urge you to take a look at how our BTL Emsella system can help. This noninvasive, nonsurgical treatment has helped many of our patients regain control of their lives by putting an end to urinary incontinence, and we can do the same for you.
If you’d like to learn more about this surgery-free solution for female urinary incontinence, read on.
If you thought urinary incontinence was relegated to the very young or very old, only to find yourself leaking urine despite your good health and age, you’re not alone. As we explained above, urinary incontinence in women is far more common than you may have realized — it’s just that nobody is really talking about it.
There are a number of reasons why you may have developed urinary incontinence, with aging, pregnancy, childbirth, and obesity leading the charge. Incontinence often stems from a muscular weakness that affects your bladder, urethra, and pelvic floor. In most cases, you may first notice the problem during strenuous physical activities or when you sneeze. These added forces on your bladder causing you to leak small amounts of urine, which your muscles are unable to hold back.
For pregnant women, the added pressure of the womb on the bladder is the main reason behind their incontinence. Unfortunately, this problem can stay with you after you have your child as the muscles in your pelvic region were weakened during childbirth.
By the same token, if you’re carrying too much weight, this can have a significant impact on the muscles in your pelvic region, which are under more pressure than they can handle because of the extra pounds.
Rounding out the primary causes of incontinence in women is aging, especially in women who’ve passed through menopause. Along with aging comes a natural loss of muscle and tissue strength, which can easily lead to incontinence.
If pregnancy, childbirth, obesity, or age have left you with incontinence, you may have heard that you need to strengthen your pelvic floor. Your pelvic floor is a group of muscles that stretches across the bottom of your pelvis, holding your bladder, uterus, and bowel in place. Think of it like a sort of hammock that provides critical support for these organs. When your pelvic floor begins to weaken, your organs sag along with it, placing pressure on your lower urinary tract.
Because of this, the advice you heard was right: You need to strengthen your pelvic floor so that your bladder has the support it needs. Traditionally, the best way to strengthen this floor was through good, old-fashioned exercise, namely Kegel exercises.
But we have a better way, and all you need to do is sit there.
To help our patients address embarrassing incontinence issues, we’ve equipped ourselves with the game-changing BTL Esmella. This system stimulates your pelvic floor muscles by delivering electromagnetic waves into the tissue, causing thousand of contractions in just one treatment session — all while you sit, completely clothed, on top of the device.
Most of our patients undergo six treatments (two treatments a week for three weeks) to achieve optimal results. All you need to do is bring along your favorite book or your smartphone and simply relax on the Esmella while it painlessly gives your pelvic floor an incredible workout.
This surgery-free solution has given new hope to our patients, allowing them to get back to their lives with renewed confidence and without the considerable worry and anxiety that comes with incontinence.
If you’d like to come on in, sit down, and treat your urinary incontinence with your clothes on (that doesn’t happen often at an OB/GYN’s office), give us a call or use the online scheduling tool on this website to set up an appointment.