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Medical House call- Incontinence

It's an embarrassing problem, "said Nurse Practitioner Ashley Ford, "we don't want to tell people that we are wet."

Embarrassing but happening to more people than you think, people of all ages. One cough, sneeze, or too much laughter and it slips out.

"Some women have gotten to the point where they believe that as you get older you are just going to leak. That's not true, it's not normal, there are definitely things we can do to stop that," said Ford.

Ford said about 2/3 of women suffer from incontinence and never even mention it to their physician unless asked about it.

"You have stress incontinence and urge incontinence," said Ford. "Obviously, urge is when you feel the urge to go but you can't make it to the bathroom. Stress is when you have that increased abdominal pressure, like coughing, laughing, or sneezing."

The only way to stop incontinence is by strengthening your pelvic floor muscles, which is also known as doing your kegels. However, Ford said 50% of women can't tell if they are doing it right, but In-tone, an FDA approved device will solve that problem.

 "This device works in two ways, said Ford." One, it gives you a small amount of intra vaginal electrical stimulation, that causes both short and long muscle fiber stimulation. So, essentially, it is exercising that muscle for you. As you are feeling that stimulation you are better able to isolate that muscle group. The second way this works is, you literally have a therapist in your hand telling you and showing you how to do these exercises."

It's a twelve minute program done in the privacy of your own home, once a day, for 90 days. After that, it's all about maintenance therapy to ensure you no longer leak.

Ford said, "Unlike your medicines, oral anti-cholinergics, you don't have that risk of having dry mouth or constipation. Unlike surgery, which has the adverse events of possibly having a reaction to the mesh or having to repeat your surgery in the future, there is no risk with this."

Patients are seeing positive results after two weeks and after six weeks they are completely dry.

The only side effect that the FDA reports is that it may cause women to have an orgasm. There are also some people that aren't good candidates for this device; such as people that have a pacemaker, copper I.U.D. and you must be at least six weeks out from delivery or any  type of bladder surgery.

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