Bladder Leakage & Urinary Incontinence
Bladder leakage or Urinary Incontinence is an inconvenient medical condition that hinders quality of life and can be a cause of embarrassment.
- 1 in 4 women over the age of 18 have experienced involuntary loss of bladder
- 20-30% of women over the age of 18 have Urinary Incontinence
- 30-40% of women over 40 have Urinary Incontinence
- 50% of elder women have Urinary Incontinence
- On average women wait 6.5 years from the first experience with bladder leakage to seeking a diagnosis for bladder control solutions
Urinary Incontinence is a medical condition that affects many women and most women don’t seek advice due to the embarrassment or due to the ineffective solutions. Surgery is a solution but the efficacy has been questioned, additionally, the risks associated with surgery makes it not an option for most people. There are also management solutions like adult incontinence pads, but are inconvenient and can be costly over a lifetime. Daily pelvic floor muscle (Kegel) exercises can improve the condition but most women find this exercise regime hard to maintain. A viable non-invasive solution that produced satisfactory results was not available until now. Emsella is the first of its kind breakthrough technology.
Emsella is intended to provide entirely non-invasive electromagnetic stimulation of pelvic floor musculature for the purpose of rehabilitation of weak pelvic muscles and restoration of neuromuscular control for the treatment of urinary incontinence in women. The non-invasive electromagnetic treatment stimulates 11,200 pelvic floor muscle movements in 28 minutes while sitting fully clothed on the chair. This device has been FDA and TGA approved with 95% of clients reporting satisfactory improvement in urinary incontinence outcomes.
- Emsella FDA approved and TGA cleared
- 95% improvement after 2 treatments for 3 weeks
- Strengths and increases muscle density in the pelvic floor and vaginal muscles
- 11,200 supramaximal contracts in 28 minutes
- Treatment while fully clothed
- No downtime
- No discomfort
- Immediate results
What is Urinary Incontinence?
There are a few different forms of Urinary Incontinence.
Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) or bladder leakage is when urine leaks from the bladder uncontrollably. This can occur during exercise or from coughing or laughing. In severe cases, leakage can be from normal activities. The amount of leakage can be a few drops to complete empty of the bladder. The cause is a weakened pelvic floor muscle due to pregnancy, post-menopause or a decrease in estrogen. Weakened front vaginal wall can also lead to prolapsed bladder which also leads to stress urinary incontinence.
Urge Urinary Incontinence (UUI) or overactive bladder is associated with an intense desire to release the contents of the bladder, leading to contraction to the bladder. This is normally related to a neuromuscular disfunction where the brain tells the bladder to empty even when the bladder isn’t full. UUI affects 40% of women and 30% of men.
In some cases, a person can have the combination of both, called Mixed Urinary Incontinence (MUI).
Effects of Urinary Incontinence
Stress Urinary Incontinence, Urge Urinary Incontinence and Mixed Urinary Incontinence are not diseases, is not hereditary and is not harmful to health but can have a serious negative effect on quality of life. Stress Urinary Incontinence can be a cause of embarrassment which can then lead to mental health issues like anxiety problems. The constant worry about knowing where a bathroom can be accessed, can take away the simple enjoyment of activities with friends and family.
Urge Urinary Incontinence interrupts a good night’s sleep because the urge to urinate forces you to wake up 2-3 times a night.
Current Treatment Options
Absorbent Pads: these may not control all the leakage and the cost over a lifetime is high.
Pelvic Floor Muscle exercises (Kegel exercises): Pelvic Floor Muscles support the bladder and other organs. Contracting the muscles makes them stronger and helps to reduce the symptoms. For this to be effective you will need to perform these exercises every day.
Surgery: A sling made from a person’s own tissue or synthetic mesh is attached around the urethra to prevent downward movement during activities. Recently there has been doubts on the efficacy of this solution and there are the normal risks associated with surgery and the downtime for recovery is extensive. In July 2017 a class action case has been launched on behalf of 8,000 people against Johnson & Johnson for complications related to the mesh sling surgery. Click here for the link
Emsella- The Non-Invasive Solution That Improves Quality of Life
Emsella is a FDA approved and TGA cleared breakthrough technology that offers improvement 95% in urinary incontinence.
The mechanism of action achieves the results by delivering High-intensity Focused Electromagnetic (HIFEM) field that passes non-invasively through the pelvic floor muscle area.
This interacts with the pelvic floor muscle’s motoneurons and triggers supramaximal contractions in the pelvic floor muscle.
The treatment is for 28 minutes and delivers 11,200 supramaximal contracts. In simple terms, this is like doing 3 hours of constant Kegel exercises with 1 movement every second. In real life, this is an impossible task.
Most importantly, the most tension the pelvic floor muscle can physiologically exert is called maximal voluntary contraction. Anything greater than this is called supramaximal contractions and is not controlled by the brain. The HIFEM targets the motoneurons in the pelvic floor muscle by creating thousands of contractions beyond the tension that Kegel exercises can maintain. This process re-educates the pelvic floor muscles and over the course of the recommended treatment, strengths and tightens the pelvic floor muscle.
Muscle Fiber Hypertrophy
The process of muscle fiber hypertrophy is responsible for the pelvic floor muscles increase in strength and restoration of density. The intense supramaximal contractions initiate muscle hypertrophy in the same process as when a person lifts weight to stimulate muscle density. This is due to any strenuous activity triggers cellular response to thicken the muscle fibres to adapt for future requirements. Muscle stimulation is very important to prevent the negative effects of ageing.
Emsella utilises HIFEM to create the combination of sustained supramaximal contractions for 28 minutes to re-educate the pelvic floor muscles and stimulate muscle hypertrophy to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
Strengthening Vaginal Muscles
Due to the vaginal muscles being connected to the pelvic floor muscle, the vaginal muscles are also strengthened, and lost muscle density is also restored. After natural child birth the vaginal muscles are stretched and additionally hormonal changes due to ageing also contribute to weakening the vaginal muscles.
Emsella’s HIFEM stimulates muscle hypertrophy in the vaginal muscles thereby strengthening and tightening the vaginal muscles. This leads to increased sexual pleasure for the woman and her partner.
The Emsella is an ideal solution to restore the strength of the front vaginal wall. As the whole pelvic floor muscles are affected all the muscles around the bladder are improved to provide the support the bladder and other internal organs.
There are no reported side effects from Electromagnetic technology and it has been used since the 1970’s in the form of MRI scans. Electromagnetic devices are very safe when used correctly.
Any women that has pacemakers are not to use Emsella. All metal jewellery must be taken off before an Emsella treatment.
Any woman that has the sling surgery is not appropriate for Emsella.
Any woman with IUD may undergo Emsella but there is a risk of dislodgement.
Any woman that is on their menstrual cycle should not undertake treatment.
There is no treatment preparation. You sit on the Emsella chair fully clothed and you can read a magazine for 28 minutes.
You require 2 sessions a week, for 3 weeks.
The course costs $3000 for the 6 x 30 minute sessions.
Free Consultation for Urinary Incontinence
The best way to understand more about Emsella is from a qualified clinician. At Detail Smoother Skin, we offer a complimentary consultation where we can give you personalised information and you can briefly trial the Emsella to experience the sensation of the HIFEM.
What’s the next step?
If you already have an appointment booked at Detail Smoother Skin, you can easily add a further treatment consultation to your booking by calling our friendly team on 02 9231 5999. If you have never been to Detail Smoother Skin Clinic, you can either give us a call on 02 9231 5999 or click on one of the buttons below to make an enquiry or book a free consultation online.