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The vSculpt May Help Women With Stress Incontinence

female-incontinenceAs we enter into the new year, doctors and medical researchers are discovering more and more ways to treat and relieve stress incontinence in both men and women. In their research, they noticed that stress incontinence and forms of sexual dysfunction are quite common in many women and even–on occasion–go hand in hand with one another. However, in the past few years, doctors have discovered a plethora of ways to treat both of these common afflictions, allowing women to find the reprieve they so desperately need and, ultimately, improving their overall quality of life.

A Common Occurrence In Women

Currently, 40% of women will experience some form of urinary incontinence at one point in their life, with the most common form being stress incontinence. Leaks from stress incontinence typically occur from coughing, sneezing, or from different forms of exercise or for many women, after childbirth.

As women age, urinary leakage tends to get worse, especially after menopause. To correct this troublesome issue, many doctors tend to recommend two different forms of treatment; conservative treatment such as lifestyle changes, weight loss, or medication, pelvic floor exercises or a more intense treatment course such as surgery.

Although pelvic floor exercises yield the highest results, it requires the training and monitoring of a physician or physical therapist to ensure that the patient is executing them properly. However, in light of the high demands of the NHS, many physiotherapists are overworked and boast long waiting lists and follow-up lists, which proves to be a problem for patients who desperately need help in controlling their urinary incontinence problems.

The vSculpt May Help

Due to the sheer number of women that deal with the issue, there have been recent  developments of medical devices that assist women with incontinence, with the latest device being the vSculpt.

The vSculpt is a device that’s inserted vaginally and uses multi-modal technology to improve the strength of a woman’s pelvic floor muscles. To do this, the vSculpt uses a combination of light therapy, heat, and therapeutic vibration. This combination works to restore both the tissue and the muscle of the pelvic floor and promotes better control over leaks and natural lubrication; both of which can help to improve not only urinary incontinence, but minor forms of sexual dysfunction as well.

To support this claim, the International Urogynecology Journal published a study that was conducted by doctors of Seattle, Washington. This study evaluated the patients who used the vSculpt for 45 days, 55 women total. At the end of the study, researchers examined the results by using a 1-hour pad weight test, pelvic floor muscle strength test, and a series of questionnaires that looked into the patient’s quality of life–with a concentration in stress incontinence and sexual function issues. Their studies yield significantly high results and showed that with this new device, women actually saw a vast improvement in both their urinary incontinence and sexual function problems, significantly improving their overall quality of life.

With these results, more and more doctors around the country are recommending the vSculpt as a minimally invasive treatment for urinary incontinence.

vSculpt is not available yet in the U.S, but you can learn more information about it here.

New Device In UK To Help Women With Stress Incontinence

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Did you know that in the United Kingdom alone, nearly 3 million women are afflicted with stress incontinence? Unfortunately, many of these women are too embarrassed by their problem and will not seek help for it. Lucky, the UK just developed a new device that can help women fight the stigma that follows being diagnosed with stress incontinence.

The Pessary That Can Change It All

Just a few weeks ago, the Scottish Fitness Expo released their new pessary called URESTA. URESTA is a small, reusable, rubber weight that has a shape of a bell. The purpose of URESTA is for women to use it as a way to successfully manage their symptoms of incontinence and avoid the tiresome, and embarrassing leaks that can occur throughout the day.

Women insert URESTA inside their pelvic region and use it throughout the day in everything they do; they can even exercise with it! Although URESTA is not very heavy, it provides women with enough weight to strengthen their bladder muscles as they use it, allowing for little to no urine to escape. Since URESTA is made primarily of rubber, it can easily be washed.

Urogynecologist Developed and Recommended

Originally designed and produced by Canadian urogynecologist, Scott Farrell, URESTA is currently being used by over 10,000 woman in Canada, alone.  Farrell made the prototype of URESTA out of plasticine from–surprisingly enough–his daughter’s toy box! Here’s what he had to say about his thought process for the creation of URESTA, “I had a patient a few years ago who was a bagpipe-player who leaked when she played. The pessary stopped it and she was able to continue in competition” (Source). So naturally, he then began to think of ways that the pessary could actually come in use for women.

Many of Dr. Farrell’s patients have experienced much success in improving their incontinence through the use of the pessary, URESTA. One woman even claimed that she was able to take part in all the activities she used to be able to do before the birth of her daughter. She claimed that she used URESTA almost every single day and it truly helped her regain much of the strength she needed in her bladder muscles.

Wael Agur, a urogyneocologist from Ayrshire and Arran, claimed that he as well gave URESTA to his patients with stress incontinence to use. Agur loves recommending this to women due to the simple fact that it provides these women with relief. Many are very embarrassed to share this problem with their doctor with fear that it means they will need dramatic surgery. However, this is not the case at all, and hopefully, with the development of URESTA, more and more women will be inclined to speak up to their doctor and share the issues they are dealing with involving stress incontinence.

In addition, the pessary is very much a self-managing tool, so women won’t have to make frequent doctors visits to check on their progress unless they really have a desire to.Not only does this inconspicuous and handy pessary help women to strengthen their bladder muscles, but it also provides them with the confidence they so rightly deserve.

Wearever Incontinence Products Help

While URESTA is an amazing development that may make it to the US, there are many ways to deal with incontinence currently. At Wearever, we pride ourselves on offering the best incontinence products for men and women. Check out our incontinence panties, incontinence briefs, and reusable bed pads for reliable protection.