Nov 16 2013
According to a new survey endorsed by the Women's Health Foundation, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing education, funding and research to the field of women's pelvic health, seven out of ten (69%) American women ages 45 or older may not recognize that incontinence may be a signal of a bladder health problem. To raise awareness of this issue among women everywhere, the Foundation has declared November to be Bladder Health Awareness Month.
InControl Medical LLC, a health company with a focus on relief of urinary incontinence and improved sexual health and responsiveness for women, encourages and supports this awareness effort, and is proud that its InToneTM product, listed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) as a Class II Medical Device for the treatment of female urinary incontinence is providing more than 95% of users with effective treatment.
Urinary incontinence is a condition where urine leaks involuntarily. Any pressure on the bladder, such as sneezing, laughing, or jogging, may cause urine to leak, most commonly affecting women in their 50s or those after childbirth. Menopause may also influence the onset of urinary incontinence due to a drop in estrogen levels which helps to maintain a healthy bladder and urethra. Unfortunately, too many women hide this problem due to embarrassment and wait several years before seeking help. Failing to get treatment for incontinence will only cause the condition to persist, and in most cases, worsen with age.
InToneTM solves bladder leakage by utilizing several patented muscle stimulation algorithms, active resistance and biofeedback to dramatically increase muscle strength in the pelvic floor, providing effective treatment for stress, urge and mixed female urinary incontinence. Apex addresses stress urinary incontinence by strengthening the muscles of the pelvic floor to avoid any leaking when a woman coughs, laughs, sneezes or exercises. Until now the only solution to bladder leakage was by using diapers or pads, taking meds or undergoing surgery.
"Women need to know there is a non-surgical option to alleviate incontinence," says Dr. Lauren Streicher, Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University's medical school. "E-stimulation enables women to learn to contract, relax and strengthen their pelvic floor muscles in the privacy of their own homes and can in many cases help them avoid going to a pelvic floor therapist or enduring surgery."
Dr. Machelle Seibel, Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School and Founder of My Menopause Magazine agrees. "Incontinence is a problem that women are much more likely to suffer from than men," he states. "Twenty years ago the options for treating women's urinary tract problems were limited and the most common choice offered was a hysterectomy. Today, there are many more options to consider, including devices that use mild electrical stimulation of the pelvic floor to train the bladder muscles when and how to squeeze. In a way, it is a personal trainer for Kegel exercises."