Urinary incontinence is that topic that no one wants to talk about even though many women experience it. The Urology Care Foundation estimates about one-third of the female population in this country are incontinent.
There are a lot of different factors that can lead to incontinence, and many treatments are available including a noninvasive and innovative option called BTL Emsella offered by specialist Lyndon Taylor, MD at Healthcare for Women.
Urinary incontinence means urine leaks from the bladder. The bladder relies on muscles that tighten to squeeze urine out at the right time and a separate sphincter muscle to hold it in until you are ready.
The most common cause of incontinence happens when these two sets of muscles fail due to weakness. The muscles that push the urine out may tighten without warning, and the sphincter muscle then is too weak to hold the urine in place. Often this happens at a moment of stress like when sneezing, coughing, or laughing. This is referred to as stress incontinence.
Other types of incontinence include:
All of these forms of incontinence are treatable.
Urinary incontinence is a symptom of an underlying problem like muscle weakness in the pelvic floor. It can also be a sign of a disease such as diabetes or be a side effect of pregnancy.
Risk factors for urinary incontinence include:
oman are much more likely to experience incontinence than men. The combination of pregnancy, giving birth and the changes that come with menopause are contributing factors, as well as the basic design of the urinary system in women.
There are many approaches to treating urinary incontinence in women, but the BTL Emsella procedure is one of the most revolutionary. With this process, Dr. Taylor uses a high frequency, focused electromagnetic field to stimulate contractions in the pelvic floor. The goal is to strengthen the muscles that control the bladder and hold urine in place. Think of the BTL Emsella treatment as exercising those muscles to make them stronger.
BTL Emsella is a non-invasive treatment option that is done right in Dr. Taylor’s office. All patients do is sit in a special chair and let the machine do the work for them. You don’t even disrobe during the session. The treatment takes less than 30 minutes, and most patients undergo about six sessions in a three-week period.
BTL Emsella works the pelvic floor muscles to make them stronger, so it is most useful for women with stress or urge incontinence. It might not be the right choice for women whose incontinence is due to diabetes or a neurological disorder. Dr. Taylor will do a full assessment for each patient and make the recommendation if this is the most effective treatment strategy for you.
Urinary incontinence is more than just a medical problem. It is a condition that can have a significant impact on a person’s life. It can cause stress in the workplace and limit your ability to socialize. A treatment like BTL Emsella is life-changing for women with stress incontinence. Give the office a call or go online to book an appointment for your BTL Emsella treatment today.