*This is a guest post by MaryEllen Reider, Director of Sales Development at Relevium Labs Inc.
Raise your hand if you laugh, sneeze, cough, run and pee a little!
Raise your hand if you suddenly have to go and can't hold it! Raise your hand if you're sick of having this problem!
Urinary incontinence (aka the bladder leaks) is an issue that 1 in 3 women have. It's not something we openly talk about - but we should. It's uncomfortable. It's common. It's often pretty simple to fix with pelvic floor muscle exercises.
Imagine your pelvic floor muscles like a hammock with muscles running front to back between your pubic bone and base of the spine. The pelvic floor muscles support the pelvic organs (like your vagina, uterus, bladder, and bowel) and keep everything in place. Having strong pelvic floor muscles also gives us our control over the bladder. When the hammock gets weak or damaged, it starts to sag and your pelvic organs start to stack on top of each other – causing stress incontinence. When you have muscles that atrophy/weaken, they start to cramp around the bladder – causing urge incontinence. Weakened pelvic floor muscles can cause problems like urinary incontinence, less sensitivity during sex (or leaks during sex), and prolapse.
What causes weakening in the pelvic floor muscles?
Most women believe it is because of age but incontinence can happen to women of any age. That’s not true. Pregnancy, childbirth, straining your muscles, chronic coughing, lifting, intense exercise may also factor in. Please do not think
“I am turning into my mother”
“that’s it, I am giving up running.”
The fix? Get the pelvic floor muscles back into strength and natural position through pelvic floor muscle exercises, like Kegels.
Kegel exercises and pelvic floor muscles exercises are fantastic ways to prevent, and treat, urinary incontinence. When you are able to contract the muscles, and relax, them on command - they keep our pelvic muscles toned and strong. Almost every woman who has gone to the gyno has heard
“make sure to do Kegels.”
However, over half of women who attempt to do Kegels are unable to do a proper exercise – making them useless. This may be why postpartum urinary incontinence affects a high number of women, with around 25% (for c-section deliveries) to 40 (traditional vaginal deliveries) of new mothers experiencing some form of incontinence postpartum. Postpartum urinary incontinence also doubles the risk of postpartum depression according to a study by McMaster University.
Biofeedback devices may not help because they track the muscle movements.
If you do the Kegel or pelvic floor muscles exercises incorrectly (like you use your rear end or abs to do the exercises), the device will still track those movements as an exercise. If you have little or no control of your muscles, biofeedback may be a waste because the signals from your brain to the muscles isn’t going through to the muscles to contract. This is why Yarlap is important to help as training wheels for women who have urinary incontinence, weak pelvic floor muscles, or want to prevent either of those two options.
Yarlap treats urinary incontinence by doing the actual pelvic floor muscles exercises for you.
Yarlap treats urinary incontinence by doing the actual pelvic floor muscles exercises for you. It is a re-educational device to tone and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Yarlap is an FDA cleared, clinically proven device to treat urinary incontinence and maintain continence through NMES (neuromuscular electrostimulation). NMES in Yarlap sends the signals your brain is sending to your muscles directly to your pelvic floor muscles telling them to move. This is the huge difference between a re-educating device and a biofeedback device. A re-educating device signals your pelvic floor muscles to do the exercise and then does it for you. A biofeedback device tracks your muscle movements for you, but they also will track any muscle movement regardless if it’s the right or wrong muscle. Yarlap will ensure that the exercises are timed out for you, done for you, and results given to you.
To recap, The Yarlap Device:
*MaryEllen is the Director of Business Development at Relevium Labs Inc., who blogs at www.yarlap.com in hopes to empower and inform women about urinary incontinence.