Natural ageing, childbirth and menopause can all lead to weak pelvic floor function, resulting in a spectrum of symptoms, including urinary leakage or incontinence. We tend to think of urinary incontinence as not being able to get to the bathroom in time, or of being unaware that we’ve “gone”, something that is termed urge incontinence. But incontinence also includes those “Oops” moments when we cough, laugh or sneeze, which is termed stress incontinence. And one thing is almost guaranteed – it will get worse with age.
Over 40% of women needlessly suffer some degree of urinary leakage and there are some worrying treatments available (see Sling the Mesh below).
Progressive deterioration of pelvic muscle tone can have a multi-dimensional impact on our lives. For example, sufferers may start to also suffer with anxiety because social interaction is fraught with the risk of an accident. They may avoid sports activities, or even general socialising in more severe cases, for this reason.
The resultant reduction in social interaction can then spiral into depression. Intimacy is often avoided because of the risk of embarrassment; in fact, intimacy takes another knock even when it does occur because the quality of it is often reduced.
Although daily pelvic floor exercises can help, it can be difficult to properly isolate the muscles effectively without the help of a physiotherapist. And even the most arduous exerciser can run into problems later in life. The next thing is, we find we’re sitting up and taking more notice of the adverts for sanitary solutions to “Oops” moments.
The Government has recently been called upon to raise awareness of incontinence and to improve treatment facilities but until we see that implemented, we have to realise that it is not a cause for embarrassment if we need to seek help. Looking after our pelvic floor is of paramount importance as we age because it really does underpin our physical and mental well-being, and therefore our quality of life.
The EMSELLA Treatment
The EMSELLA is a breakthrough, life-changing treatment for complete pelvic floor rehabilitation in women. It is medical-grade and non-invasive, designed to substantially improve the quality of life for women of any age suffering from any degree of urinary incontinence. It is endorsed by highly regarded gynaecologists worldwide, and it works – the results really are quite staggering. During each 28-minute session, the muscles of the pelvic floor contract over 11,000 times. Not only that, but the entire pelvic floor musculature is involved, not just the subset that can be exercised with voluntary contractions.
Benefits of Emsella:
• Over 95% success rate
• Improves quality of life
• Non-invasive and comfortable
• Able to remain fully clothed throughout
• Results after six 28-minute sessions
• Leakage during coughing, sneezing and exercise improved or eliminated
• Frequency of toilet visits reduced
• Improvement often after first session
The Emsella could improve your quality of life in three weeks.
Sling the Mesh
Recent reports by ITV News, Sky News and the Daily Mail have brought to light yet again the controversy over the use of vaginal mesh implants to correct pelvic floor weakness and incontinence. The recent safety ban on such implants has now been lifted, much to the outrage of thousands of women who have sustained life-changing injuries from such treatment, leaving them in debilitating, crippling, constant pain from permanent nerve damage, with some unable to walk and many unable to work or have a sexual relationship. In short, their quality of life is now far worse than ever imagined, and the risks were either not discussed or considerably down-played by the consultants and surgeons recommending the surgery.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has finally altered its recommendations to state that surgery should be viewed as a last resort; however, many are angry that it does not go far enough in recognising the devastating impact that this implant surgery has had on many women’s lives.
Preferable non-surgical treatment options recommended by NICE now include pelvic floor rehabilitation.
To find out more
Emsella treatment is now available at Andresa Aesthetics (the first clinic in the south of England to offer).
If you would like to find out more about this unique treatment or would like to book a consultation, please contact: