You’re busy with housework in the morning and the dusting itches your nose. You think to yourself, “Uh oh! I feel a sneeze coming. Hang on! Better cross my legs first!”.
In the evening, before you head out to your Zumba session, you know you better empty that bladder before you do any jumping.
At dinner, your friend tells a hilarious joke. You burst out laughing but remembered that you shouldn’t laugh too hard. That ruined the moment.
3 a.m. in the middle of the night, the sudden urge to go to the bathroom disrupts your sleep. You’ve heard that old people wake up often to go to the bathroom and you wonder to yourself, “I’m not that old. Is this happening to me already?”
It is estimated that 50% of women struggle with controlling their bladders. This is not surprising. Think about all the factors that weaken our pelvic floor muscles over our lifetime- childbirth, straining from coughing or constipation, putting on weight, and of course, the inevitable effects of ageing, just to name a few.
What is a pelvic floor and what does it do?
It may come as a surprise to some that we even have pelvic floors. Its existence is often only made known when dysfunction arises. Our pelvic floors consist of muscles that act very much like a hammock which helps hold up the contents of the pelvis and abdomen. This includes the bladder, bowels, uterus (in females) and more. The sphincter muscles that tighten when we want to stop the passage of urine or motion are also part of the pelvic floor. So if this hammock or sphincter muscles are loose, things (urine, feces, etc.) will involuntarily leak out, particularly when pressure is applied (e.g. laughing, coughing).
How did it get so loose?
Just like any other muscle in the body, when not worked out, our pelvic floors weaken. Alternatively, with long-term, excessive stretching due to stress placed on the muscles, like in the case of chronic straining, obesity or childbearing.
Hormones and old age can also cause muscles to grow lax.
The number of women who suffer in silence from the effects of weak pelvic floor muscles is astonishing! Especially when treating the condition can be so simple.
How simple is the solution?
Depending on the severity and cause, invasive management options like surgery may be offered. Typically, however, the recommended first line of treatment are kegel exercises. If you are someone who has attempted kegel exercises only to be left with more questions like, “Am I doing it right? How many reps will take for the exercises to work?” You’re not alone. It takes some real commitment and consistency for the effects of kegel exercises materialise. For some, kegels exercises are not even feasible as their pelvic floor muscles are so weak that they have difficulty isolating or feeling the muscle, let alone contracting it.
If surgery or Kegel exercises sound hopeless to you, there’s PelviTone.
PelviTone: the better option
Regardless of the cause or severity of a weakened pelvic floor, the good news is that there is now a non-invasive, pain-free treatment that does not even involve exercise. PelviTone uses High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic (HIFEM) technology which emits electromagnetic currents that create a magnetic field in the target area. When directed at the pelvic floor, it causes the muscles to contract. That’s right- a machine that does kegel exercises for you! In fact, it does kegels way more effectively than we could ever do without technology. Within each 30-minute session on the PelviTone machine, you would have performed 11,000 kegel exercises!
What’s more, the intensity of each of the contractions stimulated by the PelviTone is also stronger than contractions performed voluntarily on our own. This increased intensity of contractions at this supramaximal level not only strengthens and tightens the muscle, but it also stimulates the production of new muscle fibres.
What is a PelviTone treatment session like?
There is truly no simpler way to receive pelvic floor treatment than in PelviTone. Without even having to remove your clothes, all that is required of you is to sit in the PelviTone seat for half an hour, and allow the machine to do all the work for you. Some describe a tingling sensation as their pelvic floor muscles tense and relax but there is no pain during the session. This procedure is FDA-approved and very safe. Rarely, some patients report redness, temporary muscle spasms or joint and tendon pain but these aren’t worrying as symptoms usually dissipate quickly. There is no downtime with PelviTone so there won’t be any problems with you jumping straight back (literally, if you’d like) into your regular activities immediately after the session. You can read more about PelviTone here.
How many sessions will I need?
While most people begin to see and feel results as early as after the 1st to 3rd session, for even better results, a course of 6-8 weekly or biweekly treatments is preferable. Some even choose to go beyond 8 weeks to see if more sessions will bring even better results. Results can last up to 18-24 months. After which, some may choose to return for top up sessions.
However, as we understand that every person’s body and circumstances differ, our experienced doctor will first assess you before providing a tailored treatment plan that best suits you.
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