For many women, urinary incontinence is more than just an inconvenience. It has the power to alter the course of your normal daily activities. Rachel Chastanet, MD, of Chesapeake Weight Loss & Aesthetics, understands the disruption that urinary incontinence creates, and offers a treatment called Emsella® that can help women in and around Chesapeake, Virginia, regain control of their lives. If you’d like to learn more, schedule a consultation online or by phone today.
Urinary incontinence is the term used to describe an involuntary leakage of urine. It’s a common problem, especially among older women. In addition to childbirth and the aging process, being obese and smoking are also factors that increase your risk of bladder control problems.
Some women experience incontinence when they exercise, laugh, or cough. For others, a sudden urge to urinate is the primary problem.
Urinary incontinence can complicate your weight loss efforts. If you can’t enjoy exercise due to worries about urine leakage, you may not be able to sustain the level of activity needed to reach your weight loss goals. Remaining overweight only exacerbates urinary incontinence, which creates a negative cycle that’s difficult to break.
For many women, the most important problem is a weakness of the pelvic floor which makes it difficult to stop the flow of urine. In order to strengthen those muscles, women perform exercises named after the gynecologist who discovered them, the late Dr. Arnold Kegel.
Unfortunately, some women are not able to perform the exercises well enough, or with enough force and frequency to improve the muscle tone and tightness of the pelvic floor. Specialists may recommend the use of special weights or a specific type of physical therapy.
Unfortunately, these can be very time-consuming, embarrassing, and may involve the expense of co-pays or devices. Medications can calm extra bladder contractions (overactive bladder), but have side effects and can’t improve the pelvic floor. As a last resort, surgery may be recommended.
For women who want a less invasive solution that doesn’t rely on pharmaceuticals, a treatment called Emsella is something to consider.
Emsella is a noninvasive treatment that uses electromagnetic stimulation to trigger pelvic floor contractions. Those contractions work the same way as Kegel exercises, but Emsella creates thousands of contractions per minute without any effort on your part.
During treatments, you simply sit on the treatment chair, which is sometimes referred to as the “Kegel Throne.” As you rest comfortably for around 30 minutes, Emsella goes to work. There’s no pain, although you may feel a tingling sensation and be aware of the muscle contractions during your sessions.
After a series of six sessions, you’ll see an improvement in urinary incontinence. Research shows that 67% of women who’ve had Emsella treatments are able to decrease or eliminate the use of hygienic pads to address bladder leakage.
When you’re ready to learn more, schedule a consultation at Chesapeake Weight Loss & Aesthetics. Online booking is available, or you can always call the office to find a time that fits your busy life.