Pelvic Floor Stimulation

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PELVIC FLOOR STIMULATION

Pelvic floor stimulation can help women with Stress Urinary Incontinence contract and strengthen their pelvic floor. Small amounts of stimulation are delivered to the nerves and muscles of the pelvic floor and bladder. Stimulation causes the muscles to tighten or contract, strengthening them.

Pelvic floor stimulation has typically been delivered via a tampon-like sensor in a doctors office, although recently, a new crop of non-invasive devices, which are worn externally – usually in the underwear or a pair of shorts – have been cleared by the FDA. These pelvic floor muscle stimulators represent a new wave of treatment options, as they can be purchased by the patient, and can be used in the comfort of your own home with great results.

Women often report a tightening or lifting of the pelvic floor muscles when using pelvic floor stimulators but it is rarely described as painful.

Pelvic floor stimulation should be used as a way to help “wake up” the pelvic floor muscles, but is not a substitute for a full strengthening program. The pelvic floor does not work in isolation – it’s part of the larger group of core muscles that contribute to overall strength. Once progress is made with pelvic floor stimulation, efforts should be made to develop a consistent strengthening routine with your doctor.

To learn more about pelvic floor stimulation, speak to your healthcare professional. If he or she is not familiar with stimulation for improved bladder control, look for a physical therapist, nurse specialist, or physician who is knowledgeable about urinary incontinence. An average program is 3 to 6 months and varies depending on the person’s needs and progress.

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