Incontinence we’ve all been there… too much fluid and not enough time, leaving us feeling like we’re going to have an accident if we don’t reach a loo immediately. It’s an uncomfortable, scary and often embarrassing feeling, but for most of us, it only happens occasionally. For some people though, an urgent need to pee is an everyday occurrence that can make life feel really miserable.
Marcus Hudson, Pelvic Floor specialist at Body Lipo Lincoln, says incontinence takes a severe toll on someone’s mental health. “Incontinence has been shown in multiple validated studies to severely affect someone’s quality of life. These patients often avoid social gatherings, have a higher likelihood of urinary tract infections and genital skin irritation, and have a higher likelihood of clinical depression.” he said.
Marcus explained that there are two types of urinary incontinence: urgency incontinence and stress incontinence. Urge incontinence, which involves an overactive bladder, causes sufferers to have to go more than 8 times a day, often waking up in the middle of the night to rush to the loo.
“About two-thirds of men with an enlarged prostate will have symptoms of overactive bladder and occasionally will have urgency urinary incontinence,” Marcus said. “Patients with neurological conditions like stroke, Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis can often suffer with this kind of incontinence too, but in many cases there’s no obvious medical condition behind it.”
Marcus went on to say that urge incontinence can often be caused by being overweight or constipated, which can be easily reversed if treated in time.
Stress urinary incontinence
is the other kind. It happens when the muscles surrounding the bladder weaken, leaving them unable to handle any pressure. That’s why coughing, laughing and sneezing can be problematic. Marcus explained that in women stress incontinence often comes along after childbirth and menopause, while many men who suffer from the condition have had prostate surgery.
can be managed with medication, but there are currently no drugs available for the treatment of stress incontinence in the UK. “The most common therapies are pelvic floor exercises and lifestyle changes, such as losing weight and getting more fibre in the diet if constipation is the cause.
Other lifestyle changes include steering clear of fizzy drinks, caffeine, alcohol and spicy food, limiting fluids before bedtime and timing urination. Botox injections can also be used. Surgery is a last resort, but it can be very effective, with special slings or bulks implanted into the pelvic wall to support bladder function.
Urgency incontinence also can be addressed with Botox injections that help bladder muscles relax, giving sufferers more time to get to the toilet, Marcus said. Experts also recommend neuromodulation, which sends electrical signals between the brain and bladder via a special device. This device can help settle an anxious bladder and give the patient more control over the frequency with which they need to pee.
The BTL Emsella Chair
Marcus explained that t BTL Emsella Chair is a state-of-the-art neuromodulation device that’s been approved by the FDA for its revolutionary, non-invasive approach to treating urinary incontinence.
The BTL Emsella chair is an FDA-cleared device, providing a revolutionary non-invasive treatment for urinary incontinence. Men and women can use the chair, which contains special magnets that cause the pelvic floor muscles to contract, taking them to a supermax level that’s impossible through Kegel exercises alone. Because it’s non-invasive it’s a great alternative to surgery, and patients stay fully clothed throughout.
The Emsella Chair is completely painless, requires zero input from the patient and each session takes under half an hour. Its powerful magnet creates an electromagnetic field that stimulates the muscles in the pelvic floor, delivering a huge 11,200 Kegel contractions in just 28 minutes. It’s hugely effective, with 95% of patients reporting a huge improvement in their symptoms and 84% having no further incontinence problems at all. It can also be used to tighten the vaginal muscles and alleviate erectile dysfunction in men.
If you’d like to find out more about how the BTL Emsella Chair can help you or a loved one, complete the consultation form below. During your consultation we will gain a clear overview of your current situation and any health conditions that may be causing incontinence, before agreeing the most appropriate course of treatment. You will be given the opportunity to try the chair during your consultation, and the £50 fee will go towards your treatment plan.
Marcus said the most important thing to do if you’re suffering with incontinence is to realise that you’re not alone. “Millions of people all around the world experience incontinence, so there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. We are here to help, and we’ll go above and beyond to make you feel at ease. Don’t suffer in silence!” he said.
Why Does Urine Leak and How is It Treated?
There are several different kinds of urinary incontinence from stress incontinence to urge incontinence, and they happen for different reasons. In this article Marcus Hudson, Pelvic Floor Specialist at Body Lipo Lincoln, reveals the reality of this embarrassing condition and discusses the various incontinence treatments options that are available.
We’ve all been caught short once or twice; that desperate feeling when the bladder feels fit to burst and there isn’t a loo in sight. But while most people only experience this nightmare situation once in a while, for others it’s a daily occurrence that seriously limits quality of life. More than seven million people in the UK experience urinary incontinence on a daily basis, with many more going untreated or failing to seek medical help out of embarrassment. The important thing to remember is that medical professionals are used to dealing with all sorts of conditions, and they won’t bat an eyelid about your misbehaving bladder. The sooner you seek incontinence treatments the greater your chances of a quick turnaround in symptoms, so don’t suffer in silence.
Reasons for Leaking Urine
Any loss of urine that’s unintentional is classed as urinary incontinence. It can vary from just a slight trickle to multiple heavy leaks a day, and it can have a huge impact on your social life and self-confidence. Here are the main types of urinary incontinence:
Stress incontinence (SUI)
Urine, is stored in the bladder. When we need to get rid of it the bladder and surrounding muscles contract, pushing the urine through a tube called the urethra, which relaxes as the fluid passes through. These muscles play a very important role in controlling our toileting habits, but like any other muscle, if they become too weak, they struggle to do their job properly. When the pelvic floor muscles fail to work as they should, even simple things like laughing, coughing, sneezing, lifting and having sex can put them under serious pressure. When that pressure is too much and urine leaks out, it’s known as stress incontinence (SUI).
Stress Incontinence is far more commonly seen in women than men, because pregnancy and childbirth put the pelvic floor under a huge amount of pressure. Other things like regularly straining for a bowel movement or having had a hysterectomy are also major risk factors. When stress incontinence is seen in men, it’s usually following prostate surgery.
Urge incontinence Urge incontinence often goes hand in hand with an overactive bladder (OAB), and it’s characterised by a sudden, desperate need to wee that seems to come out of nowhere. It happens when the bladder muscles contract on their own, giving sufferers no time run to the toilet.
Often people experiencing urge incontinence find that when they actually do make it to the bathroom, there’s hardly any pee there at all. An overactive bladder can be very confusing to live with and is caused by a problem in the nervous system, when the brain and the bladder fail to send each other the right messages.
Mood disorders like anxiety and stress can also play an important role in urge urinary incontinence, because the same part of the brain that controls anxiety also controls the bladder. Incontinence and anxiety share the same neurological and hormonal pathways, and a 2020 study found that there’s a direct link between incontinence and high levels of anxiety.
Overflow incontinence happens when your bladder doesn’t empty properly when you urinate. This can be very uncomfortable and disconcerting, causing a feeling of fullness and frequent dribbling. This kind of incontinence tends to be more prevalent among men and can be caused by diabetes, kidney stones, tumours and some medications.
Sometimes, medical conditions make it difficult to get to the loo or unbutton trousers in time causing functional incontinence. Examples of this include physical and neurological disabilities such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis and other conditions that can cause poor dexterity.
As the name suggests, transient incontinence is temporary and caused by other short-term conditions or situations. Once the other problem is dealt with, the incontinence usually stops.
It’s possible to have several different types of incontinence at once – for example, SUI and urge incontinence often present at the same time with different degrees of severity. This is called mixed incontinence, and the symptoms include:
• Sudden leaking of wee without any warning
• Bed wetting
• Leaking during sex
• Urinating more than normal
Incontinence Risk Factors
There are lots of reasons why someone might become incontinent and it can happen to anyone, male or female, young or old. But some people are more prone to urinary incontinence than others, so here are the most common risk factors in adults:
• Being a woman. Having female reproductive organs places you at a much higher risk of incontinence, and women are twice as likely to experience urinary incontinence than men. This is particularly true if you’re experienced pregnancy, vaginal deliveries and/or the menopause. It’s the hormone changes associated with menopause that tend to be the biggest issue, because the lack of female hormones can make the tissues in the vaginal wall weaker.
• Ageing – with age the muscles get weaker, and this is true in the pelvic floor and surrounding area too. it’s important to know that getting older doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll definitely become incontinent, but prevention is better than cure. Regular pelvic floor exercises, eating a good diet and keeping your weight in check can all help keep your bladder strong.
• Prostate problems – this is the most common cause of incontinence among men, particularly later in life. The prostate is a gland that sits just below the bladder and around the top of the urethra, and if the gland becomes enlarged it can put pressure on the surrounding area, leading to incontinence.
• Birth defects – certain abnormalities in the structure of the urinary tract can significantly raise the risk of incontinence.
• Family history – if a parent or other close family member has urge incontinence, you may be at greater risk of developing it yourself.In some cases, there’s no obvious cause for urinary incontinence. “Perfectly healthy people can become incontinent, and it can take healthcare experts a while to figure out what’s happening,” said Marcus.
When to Get Help for Urinary Incontinence
Although urinary incontinence is quite common it’s definitely not something you should just accept as normal, or something you just have to put up with. Marcus explained that millions of people choose to suffer in silence instead of asking for help, but rest assured experts like Marcus and his team at Body Lipo Lincoln have seen it all before. Your doctor will also be totally pragmatic about your situation and there’s no need to be embarrassed, so if you’re starting to feel like incontinence is ruling your life it’s time to get help.
Marcus explained, “Many patients resist getting help for ages, choosing instead to limit their social lives or change the things they wear in order to fit around their bladder problems. You don’t have to give up on the things you enjoy in life, and urinary incontinence can almost always be treated.”
Ongoing incontinence doesn’t just affect the bladder, mood and social choices. It can also lead to skin problems like rashes, soreness and infections due to wetness. Wet skin is a perfect breeding ground for germs, so you may also find the area starting to smell unpleasant and make you even more self-conscious than you were
already. The first place to go if you’re worried about leaking urine is your doctor. They will assess your symptoms and make sure there are no underlying health conditions causing the incontinence, before referring you for incontinence treatments.
How is Urinary Incontinence Diagnosed?
The signs of urinary incontinence are easy to spot, but the causes aren’t always so straightforward. Your doctor will want to undertake a thorough check up and possibly refer you for scans to get to the root of the problem. They will probably ask you to keep a bladder diary, where you note down how much, when and how you urinate over a period of time. The tests you may be asked to undertake include blood tests, urine tests, bladder function tests and imaging screening/scans.
Incontinence Treatment Plans
An incontinence diagnosis definitely isn’t all doom and gloom, and many patients find they’re totally cured of their symptoms shortly after starting treatment. For those where a complete cure isn’t possible, there’s commonly a drastic improvement in symptoms that makes life feel more manageable.
The incontinence treatments available vary according to what kind of urinary incontinence you have and how severe the symptoms are, but they include:
• Pelvic floor/Kegel exercises
• Lifestyle changes
• Botox injections
• Stress incontinence devices
The BTL Emsella Chair
The BTL Emsella Chair is a revolutionary device that’s been cleared by the FDA and was developed by an expert in urinary incontinence treatments.
The chair is fitted with a powerful magnet that creates an electromagnetic field that stimulates and strengthens the pelvic floor. In under half an hour, the chair delivers the equivalent of a huge 11,200 Kegel exercises, taking the muscles to supramaximal levels.
Regular use of the Emsella chair strengthens the pelvic floor and boosts the messaging system between the bladder and the brain, giving you more control. It can also be used to tighten the vaginal canal and treat erectile dysfunction in men, and it’s a totally painless, non-invasive treatment that allows you to stay fully clothed. And because the chair does all the exercises for you, there’s no need for any effort or concentration on your part – you can bring a book or listen to music and let the chair take care of everything!
Results are amazing – 95% report a marked improvement in urinary incontinence and 84% are completely cured.
How to Prevent Urinary Incontinence
Incontinence can’t always be prevented, but there are plenty of ways to minimise your risk of developing bladder problems. These include:
• Losing weight
• Doing pelvic floor exercises
• Eating a high fibre diet to minimise constipation
• Avoiding sugary drinks, caffeine, acidic foods or other irritants
• Giving up smoking
• Taking special care of your pelvic floor during pregnancy – ask your midwife for advice
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Urinary incontinence is uncomfortable and often embarrassing (although it shouldn’t be). Most women will experience urinary incontinence at some point in their lives and you should not feel embarrassed about seeking treatment from your GP. The Emsella chair is a breakthrough treatment for urinary incontinence.
The four most common types of urinary incontinence are:
Stress incontinence — when you leak a small amount of urine when you strain, such as through coughing or exercise.
Urge incontinence — also referred to as an overactive bladder, is when you have a sudden urge to urinate and sometimes can not make it to the toilet in time.
Overflow incontinence — when you can not fully empty your bladder and leak urine frequently.
Mixed incontinence — usually refers to a mixture of stress and urge incontinence symptoms.
Causes of Urinary Incontinence
There are various causes of urinary incontinence. Women will often experience stress and urge incontinence during pregnancy or following childbirth. Menopause is also a common cause of incontinence for women who choose not to have hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Injury to the pelvis, disease, illness and medications can also be a factor.
Treatment for Incontinence
Current treatment for incontinence typically involves pelvic floor exercise, medication or surgery. But there is a revolutionary new treatment for urinary incontinence which has been clinically proven to work, with 95% of people saying they experienced a significant improvement.
The Emsella chair is an FDA approved treatment for incontinence which works by stimulating the pelvic floor and bladder muscles at a supramaximal level. Meaning that you get the equivalent of 11200 kegel exercises in just a 30-minute session while sitting comfortably. There is no need to take off your clothes during the Emsella treatment and most users say they only felt a mild tingling sensation.
Safe and with no downtime, you can continue your day as usual following treatment in the Emsella chair. The recommended course of treatment for all types of urinary incontinence is six sessions once a week, although some people may benefit from more than this. You may also require an occasional top-up treatment.
It’s Time to Start Talking about Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence is relatively common and can affect you at any age, yet many people still feel embarrassed to talk about it. Sadly this means that people suffer unnecessarily instead of receiving appropriate treatment. Your GP is your first point of contact if you have incontinence symptoms. Before your appointment, it is worth keeping a bladder diary for a week; note down what you drink and when you leak urine and if it is a little or a lot. This can help your GP make a more accurate diagnosis to give you the most effective treatment.
You can help to prevent urinary incontinence by:
Avoiding alcohol or sticking to under the weekly recommended limit of 14 units.
Reducing or giving up drinks with high caffeine content.
Currently, the Emsella treatment is not available through the NHS. If you are considering funding this treatment yourself, check that the clinic you go to is medically led.
Find out more about the Emsella Chair at Body Lipo Lincoln, a medically-led aesthetic clinic. Offering a wide range of treatments using the most advanced technology, we are here to support you with your health and well-being.
Any questions? Please call our friendly team of therapists who are always happy to help — 01522 523777.
When the vagina moves out of its place within the pelvis, it’s known as vaginal hernia or vaginal prolapse. The effects of this vary from patient to patient- in some cases the movement is only slight, but in the most severe cases the vagina ends up sticking out of the body.
It can be an uncomfortable (sometimes painful), embarrassing and distressing condition, but if you’re experiencing vaginal prolapse there are plenty of options. It’s often treated with pelvic floor exercises, physiotherapy, medication and, in severe circumstances, surgery.
Here at Body Lipo Lincoln we use a ground-breaking treatment called the Emsella Chair, which we’ll explain in more detail further on in the article. First, let’s start with what vaginal prolapse looks and feels like.
Signs and Symptoms of Vaginal Prolapse
Surprisingly, it’s quite common for women to have a prolapsed vagina without even realising, remaining completely unaware until they have a medical exam. When symptoms are present, they can include:
Lower back pain
Repeat bladder infections
A feeling of bulging or fullness, particularly at the end of the day
Problems with bowel movements
Discomfort or problems with inserting tampons
Organs sticking through the opening of the vagina (this is in extreme cases)
Vaginal prolapse tends to become a greater risk with age, particularly after the menopause. It’s also more common in women who have given birth vaginally, are overweight or those who smoke.
Causes of Vaginal Prolapse
As many as one third of all women are likely to experience some kind of vaginal prolapse. The most common causes are vaginal childbirth (especially multiple deliveries), menopause, hysterectomies, being overweight, straining to have a bowel movement and heavy lifting. There are also some medical conditions such as tumours and congenital bladder defects that can cause the vagina to prolapse.
Vaginal Prolapse Varies Depending on Which Organs Are Affected:
of the small bowel due to a lack of vaginal support. It’s particularly common following a hysterectomy.
Prolapsed uterus: this is caused by weak ligaments at the top of the vagina.
Cystocele: this kind of prolapse happens when the front vaginal wall collapses. If the urethra is also affected, it’s called cystourethrocele)
Rectocele: this happens when the back wall of the vagina fails, causing the rectum to fall through the vagina
Enterocele: this is when there’s a hernia
Diagnosing Vaginal Prolapse
It’s quite common for healthcare providers to discover a vaginal prolapse during physical examinations. During the exam, they may identify the problem by asking you to tense your muscles as if you’re having a bowel movement or trying to stop urinating. They will also ask if you’ve had any other signs or symptoms, like incontinence.
If a doctor suspects you do have a vaginal prolapse, they may request a scan such as an ultrasound to see if any other organs are being affected.
Treatment and Prevention of Vaginal Prolapse
Vaginal pessaries that provide support to the vaginal wall
Surgery, varying from minimally invasive operations that provide support to having the vagina stitched up. This is obviously a last resort for most people as while it stops symptoms it means you can no longer have penetrative sex.
Physiotherapy – this includes pelvic wall strengthening exercises
Emsella Chair – this is a revolutionary device that has been created by a pioneer in the area of incontinence therapy. The treatment is easy, non-invasive, quick and totally painless, and the results have been fantastic. All you have to do is sit on the chair, fully clothed, which the state-of-the-art technology does the rest. The chair involves electromagnetic technology that stimulates the pelvic floor muscles, taking them to supramaximal level. This means your brain doesn’t have to regulate the contractions so there’s no input from you required whatsoever – and in just 28 minutes your pelvic floor will get the same amount of exercise as it would have with 11,2000 Kegel contractions!
Vaginal prolapse is a condition that involves the vagina falling down from its normal place within the body. It’s more prevalent among women who have given birth vaginally or those who are post-menopausal. If you have a prolapsed vagina, you may be completely unaware, but if you are presenting any symptoms there are a range of treatment options available. These vary from strengthening exercises to surgery. The Emsella Chair has proven to be highly effective for women who are experiencing symptoms of vaginal prolapse.
Vaginal prolapse can be embarrassing and uncomfortable but is rarely life-threatening. Medical professionals are highly trained in recognising the signs and symptoms of prolapse and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. If you’re worried that something does not feel right, contact your GP straight away
Frequently asked questions about vaginal prolapse.
What doesvaginal prolapse feel like?
Vaginal prolapse can be completely painless, but you may feel like there’s a pressure or something sticking out of your body. If your bladder feels full or heavy this can also be a sign of a prolapsed vagina.
Can you fix a prolapse on your own?
If your prolapse isn’t severe, you may be able to treat it yourself with pelvic floor exercises. Contact your healthcare professional for advice on how to do them effectively.
How can I tell if the prolapse is severe?
If you’re having problems with bowel movements or peeing, or if you notice something sticking out of your vaginal opening, this could be a sign of a severe prolapse.
What is the Emsella Chair?
The Emsella Chair has been specifically designed to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles by making them contract. It was created by experts in urinary incontinence and is totally non-invasive, clean, quick and painless. It can also eliminate common incontinence symptoms like leakage, dribbling and a feeling of fullness in the bladder.
Emsella’s ground-breaking technology targets the pelvic floor muscles, making it stronger at the same time as stopping symptoms. It gives patients a new lease of life, empowering them to laugh, exercise, have sex, cough without fear of discomfort or leaks.
If you are ready to find out how this revolutionary treatment can help you, please complete the below form to book an in-depth consultation. During the consultation, we will discuss your condition and the non-surgical and surgical treatment options for urinary incontinence. Following your consultation, you will have the opportunity to try our Emsella chair. The £50 consultation fee is redeemable against any treatment plan.
Anyone who’s ever experienced urinary incontinence knows how embarrassing and life-limiting a lack of bladder control can be. But what is the cause of urinary and stress incontinence?
Urination (peeing) is controlled by the brain and bladder. The bladder sends a message to the brain to signal that it’s full, and the brain controls when the pelvic floor relaxes and the bladder releases urine. In the case of urinary incontinence, the brain, bladder, or pelvic floor stop working together and that’s when bladder leakage can happen.
What Are the Different Types of Urinary Incontinence?
Various types of urinary incontinence happen under different circumstances.
Stress Urinary Incontinence is bladder leakage caused when physical movements, such as lifting heavy objects, coughing, laughing, and sneezing put sudden pressure on the bladder. This pressure results in the bladder releasing a small amount of urine. This can also happen during sexual intercourse, which may interfere with having an active and enjoyable sex life.
Urgency Incontinence is a sudden urge to urinate (pee), making it difficult to hold in your urine. Also known as urge incontinence, this can cause anxiety and make social situations awkward. People will also avoid travelling because they need to know where the nearest toilet is.
Mixed Incontinence is a combination of the symptoms of bladder leakage that occur with stress and urge incontinence.
Overflow Incontinence is urinary incontinence that happens when the bladder is not fully emptied during urination. Also referred to as chronic urinary retention, overflow incontinence causes small trickles of urine to release from the bladder at regular intervals.
Total Incontinence is consistent urinary incontinence, which may also be a constant flow of urine that varies in quantity.
Overactive Bladder syndrome is a condition that may cause symptoms of urge and stress incontinence.
What Are the Causes of Urinary Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence happens for various reasons. Sometimes it’s the result of neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS), or it can occur following brain injuries that disrupt the messages from the brain to the bladder. The most common cause of urinary incontinence is pelvic floor weakness, when the pelvic floor muscles that support the bladder become weak or damaged. Multiple factors can cause pelvic floor weakness, including:
Pregnancy and childbirth
Connective tissue disorders
Constipation/straining on the toilet
Surgery such as hysterectomies, caesareans, and prostate surgeries
Chronic coughing due to medical conditions or smoking
Lower urinary tract infections.
Stress incontinence is not something we have to resign ourselves to as we get older, following surgery, or after pregnancy and childbirth. Practicing pelvic floor exercises, weight loss, and giving up smoking can all dramatically improve or eliminate symptoms of urinary incontinence and bladder leakage.
Even a small amount of bladder leakage can be distressing, so it’s a good idea to talk to your GP as soon as you start experiencing symptoms. Doctors are used to dealing with this issue, so there’s no need to feel embarrassed. The sooner you seek treatment for urinary incontinence, the better your chances of a speedy recovery.
What to Expect When You Speak with a Doctor about Urinary Incontinence
Your doctor may ask you to keep a bladder diary, where you can track any incidents of urinary incontinence and record how many times a day you need to urinate. This helps to identify patterns and triggers. A bladder diary will also help your doctor to work out what type of urinary incontinence you’re experiencing. They may also ask:
How much do you drink every day?
How often are you experiencing leakage?
How much leakage is occurring?
Do you take part in any sports?
What happens before you experience each incident of urinary incontinence?
Is it worse at particular times of the day, when you are doing a physical activity or when you sneeze, laugh or cough?
The first diagnostic test your doctor is likely to send you for is an ultrasound scan to look at the inside of your bladder. This can help identify any blockages, nerve issues, infections, or other physical issues. Your doctor will also review any medications you’re currently taking, prescribed or otherwise, to identify whether your urinary incontinence could be due to a side effect of the medication.
When all obvious underlying issues have been ruled out, you may be referred to a specialist. This could be a urologist, an expert in bladder problems and urinary tract infections, or a neurologist, an expert in the nervous system and neurological issues that can cause urinary incontinence.
Diagnostic tests and Procedures for Urinary Incontinence
A few other common diagnostic tests and procedures may be recommended once an ultrasound has been performed.
A cystoscopy is a surgical, diagnostic procedure involving a tiny camera placed inside the bladder.
Urodynamic studies are tests that observe how efficiently your bladder, urethra, and pelvic muscles work.
Non-Surgical Management of Bladder Leakage
In many cases, treatment is based on the management of bladder-leakage symptoms using urinary incontinence products, such as protective pads and special absorbent underwear. Changing medications, weight loss, and preventing constipation and straining on the toilet may also be recommended to people struggling with symptoms of urinary incontinence.
Non-Surgical Treatments for Urinary Incontinence
The non-surgical treatment options available for urinary incontinence will vary depending on your age, medical history, and the severity and cause of your urinary incontinence.
Bladder Training is a non-invasive way to improve bladder control by limiting when you urinate to help your bladder get used to managing more fluids over time.
Pelvic Floor Training uses pelvic floor exercises that improve the strength of the pelvic floor muscles that support the bladder. Pelvic floor exercises should be performed several times a day, every day. They may be done with a kegel device or without. To build a strong pelvic floor and regain control of your bladder, pelvic floor exercises must be done correctly to ensure the right muscles are targeted.
Biofeedback is a therapy that uses sensors attached to sticky pads placed on the skin near the anus and on the stomach. They are connected to a computer screen. Biofeedback therapy helps the therapist guide you to perform pelvic floor exercises to ensure you are doing them correctly. The recordings also measure the increase in the strength of pelvic floor muscles to check the therapy is working.
Electric Pelvic Floor Stimulation/E-Stim is a form of therapy that can be done by a medical practitioner or with an at-home device often referred to as an E-Stim. Both use electrical currents to activate and strengthen pelvic floor muscles.
Vaginal Pessaries/ Pessary rings — when other forms of non-surgical treatments have not been effective, you may be offered a type of vaginal pessary or a vaginal pessary ring to treat urinary incontinence. They are also used to help treat symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and vaginal prolapse, which can contribute to bladder weakness and urinary incontinence.
Botox injections are injections of a neurotoxin (commonly referred to by the brand name Botox) into the bladder.
Collagen injections involve the injection of collagen into the tissues surrounding the urethra to help to make it stronger and more flexible.
Medications for Urinary Incontinence
There are various types of medications used to treat the symptoms of stress incontinence. The type of medication recommended will depend on the type of urinary incontinence, your general physical and mental health, and any other medications you may already need to take for other conditions. All urinary incontinence medications come with a range of possible side effects, including:
When all other options have not provided sufficient relief from the symptoms of urinary incontinence, surgical procedures may be recommended. A few surgical options for urinary incontinence include:
Sling Surgery places a sling internally to support the urethra inside the body. Slings can be made from human tissue or surgical mesh. Recently there has been concern over the use of surgical mesh, and significant complications have been reported.
Bladder Neck Suspension involves the placement of internal stitches on either side of the bladder to help to support the muscles and the urethra.
Artificial Sphincter Surgery, also referred to as Artificial Urinary Sphincter Surgery, only works for men. The surgery involves the insertion of three silicone components. A cuff is inserted through the perineum (the skin between the anus and scrotum) and fitted to the urethra. A pump is inserted into the scrotum through an incision made in the groin. And a small liquid-filled balloon is inserted into the abdominal wall. The components work together to control urine flow by compressing the urethra.
But now, there is a safer way to cure urinary incontinence…
The BTL Emsella Chair
The BTL Emsella chair is an FDA-cleared device, providing a revolutionary non-invasive treatment for urinary incontinence. The treatment is suitable for both women and men and can be received fully dressed. All you need to do is relax and sit in our Emsella Chair; you can even read a book during this completely painless treatment. The chair uses a powerful magnet that creates an electromagnetic field to stimulate the pelvic floor muscles and strengthen the pelvic floor. In just one 28-minute session, the equivalent of 11,200 Kegel contractions are created, taking the pelvic floor muscles to a level not possible with traditional Kegel exercises. The contractions created by the Emsella chair build pelvic floor muscles and boost the neuromuscular connections between the bladder and the brain to increase bladder control. Treatment with the Emsella chair also tightens the muscles that support the vaginal canal and the muscles required during erectile function and ejaculation control in men. This quick, effective treatment delivers impressive results, with 95% of patients seeing a huge improvement in urinary incontinence and 84% being completely dry.
If you are ready to find out how this revolutionary treatment can help you, please complete the below form to book an in-depth consultation. During the consultation, we will discuss your condition and the non-surgical and surgical treatment options for urinary incontinence. Following your consultation, you will have the opportunity to try our Emsella chair. The £50 consultation fee is redeemable against any treatment plan.
If you don’t have any bladder issues – like the oops moment when you laugh, cough or sneeze or feel like you need the loo all the time, probably not much. Yet heading back to the office you might want to think about your bladder health.
Pre-Covid, you worked all-day with few bathrooms breaks as many of us don’t get the opportunity to go to the toilet whenever you want, but spending the last year working from home with constant access to the bathroom and going whenever the feeling takes you, may have resulted in you spoiling your bladder making going back to the office a little bit tricker.
The more often we go and the less volume we hold in our bladder, the brain will train itself this is the new norm, but when we get back to the office and the toilet breaks are less often the urge to pee becomes more of a problem.
On average the bladder will hold between 300ml to 500ml when you first get the urge to pee expanding to 1000ml in a large bladder at desperation point. Which mean that the average bladder should be emptied 5 – 7 times per day (for someone drinking 2 litres of fluid per day).
So is this a problem that we have over indulged our bladder? Well for someone with a healthy bladder no, but if you suffer from urge or stress incontinence this can be a serious concern. One of the most common practices to get your bladder back into shape, is bladder training which retrains the brain to send the urge you need the loo when your bladder has more pee in it so you need the toilet less frequently.
When bladder training and you first feel the urge to pee hold it for 10 mins do this for 7 days, if you can do this easily increase the time to 20 mins for week 2, then you can increase this in week three to 30 mins, week four to 45 mins, week five to 60 mins and week six to 90 mins. If you can’t comfortably make the times keep repeating this week until you can. Important note do not hold your bladder to the point where you feel pain this is a sign that your bladder is too full.
In summery try not to spoil your bladder and go to the loo as soon as the feeling strikes, try holding for a little while this may just help your transition back to the office more comfortable.
If you are suffering for Stress or Urge incontinence why not speak to one of continence specialists at Body Lipo Lincoln and discover the life changing benefits of the Emsella Chair.
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It’s important to note after child birth and again at menopause and with natural aging we lose strength in our pelvic floor, the result of this is what the pad adverts call the oops moment, it means when we cough, laugh or sneeze we put pressure though our abdominal region and push down the bladder which can open the urethra and give us leakage (stress incontinence) but this can also happen in exercise or simply when you stand from a seated potion.
The pelvic floor is responsible to support the bladder, uterus and bowl. When the Pelvic floor is strong it stops the organ sagging and the opening to the vagina, rectum and urethra remains tight.
The First way to stop pelvic floor weakness is by strengthening the pelvic floor and supporting the bladder to stop it moving and leaking. A strong pelvic floor muscle this will support the bladder, uterus and bowl and help with lower back pain.
Other factors that will weaken a pelvic floor chronic coughing, lifting heavy objects and being overweight. A weak pelvic floor can lead to painful sex, gas incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. So, if you feel you have a weak pelvic floor its never to late to start the exercises below.
One: Body Weight Sumo Squats
These work the largest part of the pelvic floor muscle, stand with your feet shoulder width apart, point your toes out wards and bend at the knees to a 90% angel keeping a straight back while pushing the bum and hips back into a seated position and hold for three seconds and return to the start position. This will not only work your pelvic floor but also the Glutes, Quadriceps and Hamstrings. Do three sets of 12 to 16 reps
Two: The Bridge
Lay down on your back with your feet and palms of your hands flat to the floor, fold your knees to a 90% angle and raise your hips up while squeezing your glutes. With your body weight on your shoulder and upper back you will fill your abs and pelvis stretching. Hold for three seconds and return to the start position. Do three sets of 12 to 16 reps.
Three: Kegels (pelvic floor crunches)
This is by far is the best exercise you can do for the pelvic floor strength this involves contracting and relaxing the pelvic floor. The easiest way to locate the correct muscle is to stop a flow of urine mid flow, once you can recognise the correct muscle you can do this anywhere. Now you can locate the right muscle contract and lift the pelvic floor and hold for between 5 and 10 second then release do this 10 times, three times per day.
Don’t despair if you do not have the time to do the exercises above, we at Body Lipo Lincoln can help, The Emsella is an advanced medical device which simply looks like a chair. The Emsella uses electromagnetic technology to stimulate the pelvic floor muscles – this stimulation tightens the pelvic floor muscles, helping to alleviate incontinence. If like most of us you struggle to do your pelvic floor crunches daily, fear not – just 1 session on the Emsella chair is the equivalent of 11,200 pelvic floor crunches!
There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about the vagina. For example, many people think that it is essential to wash the vagina with soap or it is possible to lose a tampon in the vagina. That’s why it is essential to learn accurate information and debunk myths. In this article, we have gathered eight surprising facts about the vagina you may not know about.
1. The vagina is a bit sour
There are a lot of bacteria in the vagina. Lactobacilli are the “good” bacteria that manage vaginal balance. They help maintain a sour pH in the female parts of the body and prevent the growth of bacteria that cause infection. When lactobacilli levels decrease, the vaginal pH can rise above 4.5, which is an ideal environment for vaginal infections such as yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis to develop.
2. You can’t lose a tampon in your vagina
There is a common misconception that you can easily lose a tampon in your vagina or it can travel throughout your reproductive system. But the reality is that the vagina ends with the cervix, a passageway that connects the vagina and the uterus. The size of the cervical opening is usually a few millimetres so the tampon can’t slip through it. However, some women can forget to take the tampon out and this can result in abnormal discharge, unpleasant smell, pain, and even fever.
3. Washing with scented soaps can be quite dangerous
Many women wash and use scented soaps to clean the vagina and get rid of the smell. But you should understand that the vagina has its own smell that is completely normal. If you have noticed that your vagina has an unpleasant odour, it can be a sign of a certain infection or disease. Additionally, washing can disrupt the natural pH balance in your vagina while scented soaps can cause irritation and allergy. Regular washing can also result in bacterial vaginosis and increase your risk of getting the pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
4. The vagina should be lubricated during sex
Insufficient lubrication during sex can cause a lot of unpleasant complications. The most common of them is discomfort and pain during sex, irritation, microcracks, and vagina bleeding. That’s why it is essential to prolong foreplay or use additional lubrication. But if you experience a lack of lubrication regularly, it can be a sign of vaginal dryness. In this case, it is better to visit your GP.
5. Vaginal orgasm is quite rare
Many people think that vaginal orgasm is achievable for almost every woman. But the reality is that only 18 percent of women can reach vaginal orgasm without clitoral stimulation. The other 82 percent of women need to stimulate the clitoris. Additionally, some women may have vaginal and clitoral orgasms at the same time which may seem rare but achievable. You should also know that there are many healthy women that can’t reach orgasm at all.
6. The vagina can change its size
The length of an unstimulated vagina ranges from 2.75 inches to about 3,25 inches. When a woman becomes aroused, the vagina increases to 4.75 inches. However, it can increase more, depending on the penis size. Indeed, it is possible to tear the vagina if sex is rough or when you deliver a baby. But in most cases, the vagina just stretches during sex or childbirth and then turns back to its normal size.
7. You can tighten up your vagina with the help of exercising
If you have never heard about Kegel exercises, it’s high time to spend a few minutes and read about them. Kegel exercises help strengthen pelvic floor muscles. Women who have urinary incontinence, pelvic organs prolapse, and have trouble holding in their stool or gas can benefit from these exercises. Many women who practice Kegel exercises admit that exercising helps them reach and orgasm more easily. That’s why you can start practicing them even if you don’t have any problems with the pelvic floor. If you find Kegel exercises difficult and most of us do you can use the EMSella Chair.
The Emsella is an advanced medical device which simply looks like a chair. The Emsella uses electromagnetic technology to stimulate the pelvic floor muscles – this stimulation tightens the pelvic floor muscles, helping to alleviate incontinence. If like most of us you struggle to do your pelvic floor crunches daily, fear not – just 1 session on the Emsella chair is the equivalent of 11,000 pelvic floor crunches!
The bottom line
It is essential to understand that every woman is unique and the size, smell, or colour of the vagina can vary. You should also know that there is no need to wash the vagina since it is self-cleaning and this can do more harm than good. But if you have some unusual symptoms like abnormal discharge, vaginal bleeding between periods, unpleasant vaginal smell, it is better to make an appointment with your GP.
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The BTL Emsella Chair is a revolutionary solution for the treatment of incontinence. We are confident that this is the easiest, fastest way to reduce symptoms of urinary incontinence and improve bladder control. This FDA approved treatment targets your pelvic floor muscles and bladder muscles and provides the same degree of pelvic floor contractions as 11,200 kegel exercises. The Emsella treatment effectively reduces stress incontinence, urge incontinence, and mixed incontinence.
Say No to Urinary Incontinence and Yes to a New You
Take control and stop urine leakage with the Emsella Chair, and feel a difference with just one 30-minute session (a course of six sessions is required). The Emsella treatment is completely painless, and you don’t need to undress. Just sit back and relax, read a book, and strengthen pelvic floor muscles significantly more than is possible with traditional kegel exercises.
Make time for yourself and stop accepting bladder weakness and urinary incontinence as “just” part of daily life.
Causes and Types of Urinary Incontinence
In most women, symptoms of urinary incontinence often begin with stress incontinence, which is when small amounts of urine are released when the bladder is under strain, such as when you cough, exercise, or even sneeze. The next most common type of urinary incontinence is urge incontinence, also called overactive bladder syndrome, when you feel a sudden urge to pee and may not be able to make it to the toilet in time. Although less common, mixed incontinence can occur when urge and stress incontinence symptoms are present. In all types of incontinence, strengthening the pelvic floor muscles and the muscles at the neck of the bladder have become weaker for various reasons, such as childbirth, menopause, ageing, and, or following surgery.
Stop Accepting Incontinence
We are delighted to offer the Emsella treatment to all women who want to stop living with incontinence. The Emsella Chair is highly effective and safe. With no downtime, you can return to the rest of your day immediately.
The Emsella Chair is an advanced medical device created by BTL, a pioneer in the innovation of incontinence therapy, with five research centres worldwide. Designed to be used just like a chair, the Emsella treatment uses electromagnetic technology to stimulate the pelvic floor at the supramaximal level. This simply means that muscles contract more than they can during manual kegel and pelvic floor exercises because your brain is not controlling contractions. If, like most of us, you struggle to do enough pelvic floor exercises daily, one session in the Emsella chair is the equivalent of 11,200 pelvic floor contractions!
Benefits of Emsella Treatment
Painless: You will experience the tensing of your pelvic floor muscles, which is painless, and some women even find the sensation pleasant.
Easy: There is no need to undress. Just sit down and let the Emsella Chair do all the work and, with no downtime, you can get straight back to your day.
Fast: Emsella treatments last 28 minutes so that you can fit one into your lunch hour!
The Emsella Treatment Process
Step 1: Arrange your in-depth consultation with our pelvic floor specialist, who will discuss your medical history. We are a medically-led clinic, and if we don’t think the Emsella treatment is appropriate, we will always tell you. (In this case, you can redeem your £50 consultation fee against another type of treatment plan).
Step 2: If we determine treatment will be beneficial, we encourage you to ask anything you want. We have heard it all and want to ensure you get the most from the Emsella treatment. Subject to availability, you can begin the first of your six treatments on the same day, following your consultation!
Step 3: Treatment is then required just once per week. With 95% of patients reporting a significant decrease in all types of urinary incontinence and 84% reporting no symptoms of urinary incontinence, following a course of six treatments, isn’t it time to feel confident and dry again?
If you are ready to find out how this revolutionary treatment can help you, please complete the below form to book an in-depth consultation. This can be arranged with a male incontinence specialist if requested. We will discuss your condition and the non-surgical and surgical treatment options for urinary incontinence during the consultation. Following your consultation, you will have the opportunity to try our Emsella Chair. Most clients report feeling immediate relief after the trial session.
The £50 consultation fee is redeemable against any treatment plan.