There are three main types of urinary incontinence: stress, urge and mixed. One in three women will suffer from urinary incontinence at some point in their lives (most commonly after childbirth) and the severity and its duration can vary between individuals.
Stress incontinence is a weakness in the pelvic floor muscles. These muscles act as a sling, holding the neck of the bladder, the womb and the bowel in place. When the muscles are damaged or weakened, 'stresses' such as sneezing, coughing, laughing or exercising can cause involuntary leaks of urine.
Urge incontinence entails an urgent need to pass urine and urine regularly leaks before you manage to get to a lavatory. It is believed that urge incontinence is due to an overactive bladder, which goes into muscular spasm. In this instance, it is necessary to teach the bladder to relax and 'retrain' it.
Mixed incontinence is a combination of stress and urge incontinences.
Pelvic floor exercises – otherwise known as kegel exercises – can help with stress incontinence. The easiest way to locate the pelvic floor muscles is to stop your stream of urine when you go to the toilet. That contraction causing the flow to stop is due to the pelvic floor muscles. It's not always easy to perform these exercises correctly, though – and to frequently stop and start the flow of urine can actually lead to bladder infections … so you need to make sure you are doing them right!
One of the easiest ways of doing this is to use a pelvic toner like the Femme Elite 3-in-1. This, small, discreet toner has three functions: a pelvic floor exerciser; a TENS pain relief machine; and an abs / thighs toner. It can easily be worn under clothing without anyone noticing and is very easy to use.
The Femme Elite 3-in-1 uses Electro Muscle Stimulation to pass electrical impulses through the skin to the muscles beneath causing them to tension and relax there before improving muscle tone.
There are three pelvic floor modes which treat the three types of incontinence and the internal probe supplied will ensure that the correct area is being stimulated.
It is not advisable to use the Femme Elite 3-in-1 as a pelvic floor toner if you are pregnant (and, indeed, not until 12 weeks after the birth) but as a pain reliever, pregnant women may find its stimulating TENS effect very useful during labor.
Many women have found the versatility of the Femme Elite 3-in-1 highly valuable in treating problem areas of their body and helping to alleviate pain. With its affordable price, this is a handy little pelvic toner which is sure to become medicine chest must.
Source de Alison Turpin