This weekend my girlfriend was telling me about her road trip that she took with 3 of her other girlfriends. She was joking about how many times they had to stop to take bathroom breaks. This is what people feel is normal. Just plan the trips around the bathroom stops. 3.3 million Canadians, mainly women are planning their lives around the bathrooms. We all know someone like this, or it is happening to us. It needs to stop.
Urine leakage is not normal. It is not a normal part of aging, it happens more with age but it doesn’t have to impact lives in such a big way. Right now people just put on a pad and “suck it up” (literally!) What causes stress incontinence? A weak pelvic floor is to blame for the cough, sneeze and exercise leaks.
What can you do to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles? Kegel exercises work if they are done properly, but many of us don’t know how to do them properly. Or what if your muscles are so weak you can’t even engage them? There is a device called a Pelvic floor exerciser that works to contract these muscles. The Elise by TensCare is a Pelvic floor exerciser.
How does it work? You place a small probe in your vagina (no it doesn’t hurt). You then select the pre-programmed setting for stress. You increase the intensity until you feel your pelvic floor muscle contract. You then let the machine cycle through for 20 minutes. The machine is helping you do the contraction and relaxation your body needs to strengthen your pelvic floor. It is just like any muscle, it needs exercise to work to it max potential. Once the machine turns off after 20 minutes you are done. That’s it. That’s how it works.
After a couple of weeks most people feel less bathroom stress, or notice a difference in the amount of leakage or the frequency of the occurrence. The goal eventually is that it won’t even be something you think about any more. Because let’s face it, no one wants to wear pads all the time, run to the bathroom or go through 3 pairs of underwear in a day.
Want to learn more or hear a real patients experience? See our webpage on Elise