Urinary incontinence in women is a common occurrence, affecting approximately one in three women. Although medications exist to help correct the problem, they aren’t always effective. Moreover, the cost of these drugs is quite expensive, sometimes costing over $1,000 per year. Fortunately, PeriCoach assists women to combat the problem without the use of medications, which ultimately saves money and won’t cause side effects like the medications do.
What is Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence in women is a condition that occurs when a woman leaks or releases a stream of urine uncontrollably. Women may have stress incontinence, a condition that occurs when a woman leaks urine when she laughs, sneezes, coughs, exercises or places pressure on the bladder via another means. Usually, this condition occurs as a result of damage to the pelvic floor from menopause, pregnancy or childbirth. Usually, medications won’t treat this form of urinary incontinence adequately. It’s the most common type of urinary incontinence women experience.
How Stress Incontinence Develops
Stress incontinence usually develops as a result of pelvic organ prolapse, which affected 3.3 million women in the U.S. as of 2010, as noted by the Association for Pelvic Organ Prolapse Support. The condition stems from organs in the pelvic region shifting places. An organ, or several organs, drop from their usual position. The organ will drop from the lower portion of the abdomen and push against the walls of the vagina. Organs that may shift as a result of pelvic organ prolapse include the bladder, vagina, small bowel, urethra and rectum. These organs drop because of the pelvic floor muscles weakening, so they’re unable to support them adequately.
How PeriCoach Treats Urinary Incontinence in Women
When you choose PeriCoach for your urinary incontinence, you receive a device that you insert into the vagina. When you do kegel exercises, the device allows you to monitor your progress and help you to continue the exercises. It also ensures you’re completing the exercises properly.
A kegel exercise is when you tighten and relax the pelvic floor muscles. These are the same muscles you tighten and release during urination. When you perform a kegel, you begin by tightening the muscles for about five seconds and releasing them for the same amount of time and repeating this exercise. When you strengthen these muscles, they’re then able to support the organs in the pelvic region more adequately.
PeriCoach benefits women who have pelvic organ prolapse that causes urinary incontinence. This treatment is noninvasive, unlike surgery for pelvic organ prolapse, which could consist of a hysterectomy. The side effects of medications used to treat urinary incontinence may lead to various unpleasant side effects including blurry vision, dizziness and even cardiovascular problems. Women don’t always perform these exercises properly without the use of device, which actually has the potential to worsen urinary incontinence.