Woman's Urinary Incontinence

Women of all ages are susceptible to unpleasant bladder leaks caused by urinary incontinence. But, as a woman ages, leaky bladders grow more prevalent. In fact, 50% of women experience annoying bladder leaks as a result of laughing, sneezing, coughing, running, exercising, or overexerting themselves. 

We at Hazelwood Family Medicine are aware that urinary incontinence can significantly lower a woman’s quality of life. That’s why we have invested in the groundbreaking EMSELLA Chair.  This is a very non-invasive practice that doesn’t even require you to take off your clothing.  It utilizes High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic Energy.  This energy naturally strengthens and thickens the muscles and tissue that surround the bladder. This procedure improves urination control and lessens or completely eliminates some types of incontinence.

Additionally, we offer a wide range of other conventional bladder control treatments, such as medications, topical estrogen therapy, and pelvic floor therapies that can treat urinary incontinence without surgery.  These are utilized in rare instances where the EMSELLA chair isn’t an option.

Whatever the cause, you don’t have to put up with annoying urine incontinence anymore. To finally put an end to the inconvenience and shame of bladder leaks, get in touch with the highly skilled and specialized women’s health professionals at Hazelwood Family Medicine right away.

Why Incontinence Therapy?

Experience ground-breaking incontinence therapy while sitting.  For women of any age who want a non-invasive treatment for urine incontinence, it is a comfortable option. The pelvic floor muscles deteriorate and can no longer adequately support the pelvic organs as a result of things like the body’s natural aging process, childbirth, menopause, or obesity. Urinary incontinence and these contributing variables are directly related. EMSELLA treatments are intended to assist women in reclaiming their bodies and improving their quality of life. Incontinence affects many people worldwide. Are you among them?

When you sneeze, cough, or play sports, do you ever leak urine? Do you frequently need to use the restroom? Have you avoided having an intimate relationship recently for fear of leaking information?

If you said “yes,” you most likely have urine incontinence. EMSELLA is the first product of its kind and has received FDA approval to treat urinary incontinence. In fact, 12,000 Kegels are equal to one EMSELLA session.

What Does Emsella Do?

Using High-Intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM) technology, EMSELLA activates the deep pelvic floor muscles. During a single EMSELLA session, thousands of supramaximal pelvic floor muscular contractions occur.  This helps re-educate your pelvic floor muscles. You don’t have to be an expert or take off any clothes to complete this. 

With no downtime, EMSELLA is a completely non-invasive technique. Patients receive therapy while wearing their complete clothing. Although the procedure causes strong contractions and tingling, it is not difficult to endure. After the session, there can be some stiffness getting out of the chair and some mild pain the next day, but it doesn’t prevent you from doing anything.

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Stimulated Pelvic Floor

When Should You Expect To See Results?

The majority of patients experience improvement after six twice-weekly sessions. Depending on how severe your issues are, you might see relief after a few sessions. Less serious urinary incontinence responds best to this treatment. Keep in mind some patients experience a brief worsening before seeing an improvement. Furthermore, depending on how severe their problem is, some women may require additional treatments. The outcomes differ from person to person, making it impossible to anticipate an exact outcome.

The Treatment Plan

There should be six treatments in total. Depending on your demands, the therapy lasts 28 minutes for every session, with sessions spaced at least two days apart. To maximize therapy effectiveness, a complete treatment course must be completed. However, depending on how severe your incontinence is, you could need additional treatments. You will complete an incontinence survey to assess the severity of your issues before the first treatment. You will then be requested to complete the survey once more, three months after finishing all treatments, in order to gauge the improvement.

Emsella Incontinence Therapy

How to Prepare for Emsella Treatment

On the days of treatment, dress comfortably so that your legs can be spread wide and your back is straight, allowing the pelvis to tilt properly. Avoid having any metal on your body at all costs. Wear bottoms made of light materials to prevent disruption with electromagnetic energy. Furthermore, electromagnetic energy will damage any electronic gadgets, including phones, watches, iPads, and computers. Thus, they must all be left outside of the treatment room.  Therefore, it is recommended that you bring reading material for the treatment—a book or magazine. Menstruating patients shouldn’t receive treatment on that day.

Usually, there is no pain during the procedure, and no anesthesia is needed. Muscle spasms and tingling will get progressively worse. The more the muscles warm up, the more intense it will feel. Similar to a handheld massager, the vibration alternates between rapid contractions and deep throbbing. There is no pain associated with the normal, expected feelings in the pelvic area. The optimal intensity setting is 100%. However, if that causes discomfort, lower it. Keep in mind the majority of patients can receive care at 100% intensity without discomfort. Again, you are fully covered throughout the procedure, and you are free to get back to your regular routine right away.


Changes may begin to reverse six to twelve months following the treatment, depending on the initial severity of the incontinence. Most people will have results last anywhere from 6 months to a year.  However, without continued exercise, pelvic muscles begin to droop as all other muscles do. The effects of gravity and aging on the anatomy are constant. As thousands of Kegels cannot be performed regularly, because of this, maintenance treatments are advised. Remember, one treatment is the equivalent of 12,000 Kegels, which can really have a direct impact on your pelvic floor.

If you are suffering from incontinence, it is important to discuss with your doctor your treatment options. Don’t simply live with this sort of issue. Determine with your doctor what would be the best course of action. If you have just started to notice this problem, seeking the help of an EMSELLA treatment might be the very best course of action. We at Hazelwood Family Medicine would be happy to help and discuss what treatment would look like for you. Call 828-456-2828 today to find out more.