Urinary Incontinence Treatment

An Undiscussed Epidemic

There is nothing shameful or embarrassing about suffering from urinary incontinence. Rather, the inspiration for the creation of Pelvi came from the founder’s realisation that so many women were silently suffering with some degree of urinary incontinence.

Yet when woman ask, ‘what can I do to solve this issue?’ they are directed to the adult diaper and pad section at the local Chemist, or a surgical consultation. Aside from a note to ‘try some pelvic floor exercises’, the message women are often sent is ‘find a way to deal with it.’

Pelvi has a different message. Instead, we propose an affordable, medically registered, quality product that can treat a common cause of incontinence and complement pelvic floor exercises.

So, what exactly is ‘incontinence’?

Urinary Incontinence is the term used to describe any accidental, involuntary loss or leakage of urine from the bladder. Although both men and women can suffer from incontinence, women are statistically at a higher risk of experiencing symptoms. Dealing with urinary incontinence can have a significant impact on an individual’s life, as sufferers wrangle with the anxiety caused by a temperamental bladder.

What classifies as incontinence?

There are a number of different ways incontinence can present itself. Symptoms can range from ‘just a small leak,’ to the complete loss of bladder control. In 2010 the Continence Foundation of Australia Deloitte Report found that nearly 4.6 million Australians reported bladder or bowel problems. This staggering statistic speaks to more than a quarter of the Australian population aged 15 years and over. An Australian study found that over a three-month period, nearly 50% of women aged 45-59 years of age experienced some degree of mild, moderate or severe urinary incontinence.

Who can suffer from incontinence?

Destroying the stereotype, statistics reported that more than half of women suffering with incontinence were under the age of 50. That is a staggering 1.7 million women coping with an issue that is often attached to social stigma and few treatment options.
Building upon this, dealing with incontinence can often cause anxiety. This can in turn impact upon the quality of day-to-day life.

Why is the pelvic floor relevant?

For many women, the cause of incontinence is connected to pelvic floor strength (or lack there of). A weak pelvic floor can be triggered by childbirth, drastic weight loss/gain, menopause or simply due to ageing (which can occur in women over 30).

The pelvic floor encompasses the bladder, uterus and rectum, allowing it to constrict and control bladder flow. Thus, as pelvic muscles inevitably weaken, problems can arise. Many women manage incontinence concerns, ‘[the] involuntary loss or leakage of urine from the bladder,’ daily.

The two muscles that are essential to urine flow are the sphincter and the detrusor.

The sphincter surrounds the urethra, and when squeezed tight, prevents the leak of urine. Conversely, the detrusor is located near the bladder and is the muscle that must stay relaxed so that the bladder can expand. For optimal urine control, the lower urinary tract and nervous system must work normally. The pelvic floor muscle ultimately links with the ability to recognise and respond to the urge to urinate.

So how can we assist?

Pelvi recommends that women who experience the symptoms of urinary incontinence first consult with a medical professional. Following this, Pelvi’s MEDIballs Secret is an affordable, non-surgical and effective option.

Researching women’s health and the muscles of the pelvic floor, numerous studies have found that weakened pelvic muscles can be retrained and strengthened through the use of weighted vaginal balls. Research concluded that weighted balls were directly related to urinary incontinence as ‘a good alternative for training pelvic floor muscles in women with stress urinary incontinence.’

When inserted into the vagina, weighted balls activate the surrounding pelvic muscles. The silicone ball’s internal weights create random movements of direction that stimulate and strengthen the pelvic muscles. As muscles strengthen, women gain greater control and often are able to reduce many, if not all, symptoms of urinary incontinence.

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