TAKE A SEAT!
Do you lose urine when you are jumping, jogging, or coughing? How about when you are out with your friends and someone makes you laugh? Isn’t there always someone who says, while crossing their legs, “don’t make me laugh, I am going to pee my pants!” More than 30% of women have what is known as Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). It is a condition that results from weakness of the muscles in the pelvic floor. Adult diapers are a huge industry because of the incidence of this condition in women. So far, there have not been many simple procedures to help us deal with this.
I have just returned from Las Vegas where I attended the 11th Congress for the International Society of Cosmetic Gynecology. Being in Vegas gave me a moment of pause, reflecting on the tragedy that occurred from one of the windows in the venue where I was now sitting. Nevertheless, I was proud of our resilience as a nation. I was surrounded by all the thought leaders in this emerging field, all of them there to share in this emerging field, all of them there to share their latest findings.
One of the most exciting therapies I noted was the new non-invasive EMsella chair. This device is simple, painless, and effective. It is used to strengthen the pelvic muscles in a 28 minute procedure done twice a week for three weeks. The capital “EM” is not a typo; it references the technology used. The chair uses electromagnetic energy to stimulate the muscles to contract. BTL, the manufacturers, proclaim that women will have 11,200 contractions of the pelvic muscles in 28 minutes. That is equivalent to 11,200 kegel exercises performed exactly right every time. Most women do not know how to kegel effectively and often try without any benefit. Most of us do not even bother trying! With the muscles stronger, women experience less urinary leakage and more intense orgasms.
At each visit the patient sits on the chair fully clothed and comfortable for 28 minutes. There is no down time and no pain. The muscles may feel a little sore like after a good work out. 95% of women have reported improvement in their symptoms after the six treatments. I foresee—together with the other treatments I have previously discussed in my blog—that SUI will soon be a thing of the past. We will no longer need pads to catch urine leaking while at the gym or hesitate to go for a run because we fear a wet pair of undies when we get home. We are learning more and more about simple preventive procedures that will improve the quality of our lives.