Some 4.2 million Australians suffer with urinary incontinence, with women accounting for over 70% of sufferers. Incontinence can be a major source of emotional anxiety and physical discomfort for women, with many turning to medical assistance to treat the issue. Yet providing effective, consistent and conservative treatments to patients presenting with a weak pelvic floor can be challenging.
Primary treatment options for women presenting with stress related urinary incontinence sit between conservative and invasive extremes. Bladder control is often managed with adult pads, while treatments range from pelvic floor exercises to surgery. Although the preference is to treat conservatively, the effectiveness of pelvic muscle exercises (PMEs) hinges on a patient’s ability to correctly perform the exercises.
A study into the ability of female patients to correctly perform pelvic muscle exercises by the International Urogynecological Association found that less than 24% could do so. Instead it revealed that although 74% of women were familiar with PMEs, the majority of women were unable to correctly practice them. PMEs are a core conservative treatment and as such, the inability of many women to correctly perform them limits the effectiveness of the treatment. Subsequently, many women explore invasive and costly solutions, or simply manage their bladder symptoms.
Yet a recent 2014 study by Porta-Roda has produced interesting results when comparing the effectiveness of PMEs to pelvic floor training devices i.e. vaginal spheres. The research goal was to ascertain whether or not training with vaginal spheres could produce a lesser, similar or greater muscular strength and response than PMEs could alone. The results identified that PMEs and vaginal spheres produced similar results but at different speeds.
Patients who trained with vaginal weights developed a degree of pelvic strength within four weeks that PME patients could only achieve in six months. So while PMEs eventually create results, they do so over an extended period of time and often for a low percentage of women. Vaginal weights produce speedy and consistent results as their insertion engages the pelvic platform.
MEDIballs® Secret is a secondary conservative treatment option for women suffering with urinary incontinence. Training with either the Single or the Double MEDIballs® supports pelvic floor training and consistent treatment. There are three levels of engagement of MEDIballs® Secret that support increased pelvic strength:
1. Women can train by sleeping while wearing the device
2. The device can be worn whilst simply walking
3. MEDIballs® Secret can be used in conjunction with PMEs
Flexible training options means that the device is suitable for a range of ages and abilities. MEDIballs® Secret is worn internally, which enables women to train without disruption to their routine.
Produced by a German manufacturer, MEDIballs® Secret owned and operated by an Australian company in Queensland, Australia. MEDIballs® Secret is made of 100% Silikomed® and is BPA plastic and latex free. The casing of the device is therefore mucous membrane friendly and hypoallergenic. Pelvi complements the MEDIballs® Secret with their water soluble 100% Natural BIOglide® lubricant. Dermatologically and clinically tested, BIOglide® is adjusted to the pH-value of the vaginal flora and is free from synthetic fragrances, colours and preservatives.
Listed as a ‘Class 1’ medical device with the Therapeutic Goods Administration of Australia, MEDIballs® Secret can assist patients and practitioners alike.
Moen, M, Noone, M, Vassallo, B, Elser, D, Pelvic Floor Muscle Function in Women Presenting with Pelvic Floor Disorders, International Urogynocology Journal, 2009, 20:843-846, PME is referenced here as shorthand for Pelvic Muscle Exercises ibid. Porta-Roda, P, Vara-Paniagua, J, Díaz-Lopez, M, Sobrado-Lozano, P, Símo-González, M, Díaz-Bellido, P, Reula-Blaco, M, Münoz-Garrido, F, Effect of Vaginal Spheres and Pelvic Floor Muscle Training in Women With Urinary Incontinence, American Urological Association, Wiley Online Library, 2014:1-6 ibid. ibid.