Have you heard of urinary incontinence? If not you’re lucky, it is the involuntary leakage of urine or a person urinates when they do not want to like urinary incontinence is a common problem that affects many people, woman and men although more common amongst women. Urinary incontinence—or “slippage”—is common for women after childbirth (or sometimes right before) and during menopause, and for men dealing with prostate health issues and can cause one individual to go through as many as four to six disposable pads a day. If your leaking isn’t enough to need adult diapers and there are some really innovative products to absorb leakage, like Fanny Pants Underwear, Thinx Underwear, Uresta Bladder Pads, etc. but why bandage the issue when you can treat the root problem of urinary incontinence?
One thing you can do is Kegel exercises, squeezing of the muscles of the pelvic floor. Developed by Arnold Kegel, an American gynecologist who specialized in pelvic floor muscles has given women a first-line treatment against incontinence, female genital prolapse, etc. because strengthening these muscles means you have better support for your womb, bladder, and bowels. If you’re interested in Kegels we have some instructions for you:
- Always empty your bladder before doing Kegel exercises.
- Find a peaceful, quiet place with enough room to lay down. In time you’ll require less focus and be able to do them anywhere.
- To start Kegel exercises squeeze the muscles in your pelvic floor as though you are holding in urine for a count of three.
- Then relax them and count to three again. Repeat this 10 times every day and practice until you can do three sets of the 10 repetitions – if too easy hold for longer.
If you aren’t sure where these muscles are it’s important to identify them prior to Kegels, when you are urinating, try to stop the flow of urine whilst breathing normally. Do not clench the muscles in your buttocks, legs, or abdomen and once the flow of urine slows or stops you should pay attention to your pelvic floor because those are the muscles to focus on. However do not do this regularly, just to locate the group of muscles and pay attention to your body because exercising the wrong muscles can make problems like urinary incontinence or erectile problems even worse. Women and men can benefit from Kegel exercises, we all have pelvic floors. The group of muscles being stimulated is also the same group of muscles that increase blood flow and activate in the groin during sex. By strengthening your pelvic floor you can also improve many sexual functions, like orgasm but also erections and ejaculation in men. It is important to point out that a strong pelvic floor and Kegels can improve your ability to reach an orgasm, improve blood circulation to your vagina, and can make sex feel better for both (or all) parties involved. If the sexual benefits interest you try Kegel balls, or Ben Wa balls. Now sold as sex toys these little balls have been used for centuries, even ancient Taoists had vaginal weight training regimens 5000 years ago.
Talking about our nether regions can be difficult and sometimes embarrassing but that’s where Bare Envy Laser and Massage come in with our fabulous BTL Emsella machine, a revolutionary, non-invasive treatment where all you have to do is sit on a chair and it will strengthen the muscles along your pelvic floor. BTL Emsella is the only FDA approved treatment aimed to target those that suffer from urinary incontinence regardless if the trigger is stress like coughing, sneezing, running or heavy lifting or the strong and sudden urge to urinate frequently. We are the only BTL Emsella Provider in Regina and only one of two in all of Saskatchewan. The Emsella targets the pelvic floor with thousands of ono-invasive supramaximal contractions per session, lifting the pelvic floor and giving you back control over your bladder. BTL Emsella helps to alleviate it all using High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic technology (HIFEM®), strengthening and re-education of muscles via interaction of the magnetic field with the tissue of the patient.
Key Advantages of Treatment:
- Restores the strength of muscles along the pelvic floor
- Dramatically reduces the urge to urinate and increases control
- 95% of treated patients reported significant improvement in their quality of life
- Remain fully clothed during quick sessions booked whenever is best for you
Stimulation leads to regained control over pelvic floor muscles and bladder. You may experience tingling and pelvic floor muscle contractions during the procedure and can expect improvement after a single session, sometimes immediately. You may resume daily activities immediately after the treatment and the results will typically continue to improve over the next few weeks. The technicians at Bare Envy will tailor a treatment plan for you. To achieve optimal results we advise at least 6 sessions, with each session taking 30 minutes. It’s as easy as sitting in a chair and letting the machine do the work for you.