Incontinence Treatments for Men and Women
Anita Wang, MD is Orange County’s leading provider of the Emsella™ Chair, a revolutionary new non-invasive urinary incontinence treatment option for women and men.
Does gravity always have to win? Bladder leaks, bladder control issues, urinary incontinence – whatever you want to call it – is a serious issue affecting the young, old, men, and women. It can seriously affect a person’s motivation to going out and staying active, which can deteriorate their overall health and longevity. There are several types we will discuss:
- Stress Incontinence
- Urge Incontinence
- Overflow Incontinence
- Functional Incontinence
If you have a weak pelvic floor, gravity not does help! A weak pelvic floor at any age that results in leaking urine during exercise coughing, sneezing, laughing, or heavy lifting. Stress incontinence is caused by bodily movements that put pressure on the lower abdominal muscles that apply pressure to the bladder and the bladder cannot hold its contents. Embarrassing!
Another form of urinary incontinence is urge incontinence, when people can’t hold their urine long enough to get to the toilet in time. They feel the need to go right now. Urge incontinence is due to involuntary contraction. The cause is unknown but has been linked to drugs, nerve damage, stroke, neurological diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia and other causes.
Overflow incontinence in men is due to enlarged prostate and possible tumors.
Functional incontinence happens when a person is usually aware of the need to urinate, but for physical or mental reasons (dementias, arthritis, injury, stroke) they are unable to get to a bathroom. Urine loss varies from small leakages to full emptying of the bladder.
Finally, others may be bothered by nocturia, which is frequent urination during the night disrupting normal sleep cycle.
Waiting too long for treatment
What I see in the emergency room are the extreme cases of the combination of gravity and ignoring the leaks, the weak pelvic muscle, and/or lacking core strength to the point that I have had to take action to
- Reduce prolapsed uteruses (where the uterus slips down into or protrudes out of the vagina)
- Console distressed patients that they not only have urinary but now fecal incontinence!
These extreme problems occur because 50% of us suffer some form of urinary dysfunction but less than half seek help, until it is affecting their quality of life.
Conventional medicine solutions
Conventional medicine remedies can include:
- Kegel exercises. These require regular exercising in order to be effective.
- Medication. Most work by relaxing the bladder muscle, reducing spasms that can cause urgency and leakage. Many have side effects like dry mouth, constipation, dry skin, dry eyes, and upset stomach.
- Botox injection into the bladder. Unpleasant injections in urologist’s office and lasts 6-8 months.
- Pessary in the vagina (a prosthetic device that is inserted into the vagina to support its internal structure) to hold up the prolapsed bladder or uterus
- Tampon-like plugs for the urethra.
- Surgery. sling procedures and bladder neck suspension procedures. Several weeks recovery time, higher risk of complications than non-invasive alternatives.
These solutions may not always offer immediate relief and in some cases have serious side effects or require extended recovery.
Emsella Chair for Incontinence
I am excited that now in my Laguna Beach office there is the Emsella chair, an FDA-cleared High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic technology that causes deep pelvic floor muscle stimulation and restoration of neuromuscular control to improve quality of life for patients with multiple forms of incontinence.
These Emsella treatments are effective for both men and women.
95% of patients have a significant quality of life improvement by decreasing the number of urinary leakage episodes and nocturia.
What is most exciting is that it is a simple, non-invasive, fully-clothed, 28-minute procedure performed twice a week for 3 weeks!
Imagine what you can accomplish in 28 minutes:
This non-invasive treatment option is not a cure-all. I also recommend making lifestyle changes. There are several contributing factors affecting bladder health and can make urinary issues worse.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Carrying additional weight puts undue stress on the body, including those pelvic floor muscles that support bladder control.
- Avoid bladder irritants. High irritants to our bladder include:
- black pepper
- Eat urinary system/bladder supportive food. Some examples include:
- Foods high in vitamin C: melons, bananas, blueberries
- Foods high in β-Cryptoxanthin, a carotenoid found in fruits and vegetables. Examples: tangerines, red peppers, and pumpkin
- Other foods high in vitamin A: kiwi, guava, papaya, pineapple, mango, squash, carrots, broccoli, kale, and parsley
Benefits of Emsella
If you are troubled by urinary incontinence or know of someone who is, please share with them these benefits of a simple treatment with Emsella:
- No more embarrassing moments
- Better quality of sleep
- Save money on incontinence supplies
- Emsella stimulates your body to perform 11,200 Kegel exercises. You just sit and relax!
- Improve sexual performance
Maybe I don’t need to stand on my head to defy gravity. If you would rather sit comfortably and improve your quality of life than stand on your head then schedule an Emsella consultation today.