Urinary incontinence is defined simply as the unintentional or uncontrollable excretion of urine. It is more common in women than it is in men. Pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause can all cause it. With InTone, female urinary incontinence is treatable, thus making your life a bit easier.
Types of Incontinence
There are several different types of urinary incontinence. It is a good idea to understand what each kind is and how it affects the body.
Functional incontinence is seen in patients who have medical problems that interfere with their ability to reach the toilet in time.
- In overactive bladder incontinence, the patient has a neurological problem causing nerves to send signals to the bladder at the wrong time. The signals then cause the bladder to empty suddenly.
- In overflow incontinence, the bladder does not completely empty. That results in small amounts of urine leaking out.
- Stress incontinence is the type most often caused by physical changes within a woman like menopause or childbirth. In this type of incontinence, the patient passes small amounts of urine after sneezing, coughing or laughing.
- As its name suggests, transient incontinence is caused by a temporary condition. It can be caused by constipation, urinary tract infections, colds, and certain medications.
- In urge incontinence, the patient feels an overwhelming need to urinate – and promptly does so. It can be caused by nerve damage seen in conditions like stroke or Parkinson’s disease.
- Mixed incontinence occurs when the patient has two or more types of incontinence. Stress and urge incontinence are the types most likely to occur together.
What is InTone?
Intone is a device used to treat women with stress, urge or mixed incontinence. It is designed to help women strengthen their pelvic floor and prevent the patient’s bladder from leaking while calming bladder spasms so the patient can “hold it” longer and get to the bathroom. The pelvic floor consists of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves that support the bladder, rectum and reproductive organs. The treatment combines performing floor exercises and using the InTone probe to stimulate muscles by sending an electric current to the pelvic floor muscles. The patient inserts the probe, which comes in several different sizes, into her vagina.
Patients perform 12-minute exercise sessions during which they contract their pelvic floor muscles. The InTone device includes a bar graph that lets the patient see how strong their contractions are and if they are doing the exercises correctly. Intone also has a voice program that instructs the patient on how to do their exercises.
The patient works with her doctor to design an exercise program that will be the most helpful. She can then perform the exercise at home. InTone records data of each session so the doctor can monitor the patient’s progress.
Who should not use InTone?
Pregnant women or women trying to get pregnant should not use InTone. People who have had surgery of the pelvis or around the pelvis should wait at least six weeks before using InTone.
Patients with any electronic implants like pacemakers should not use InTone. People who currently have urinary tract infections, cancer, vaginal infections, or open sores should not use InTone.
If you struggle with female urinary incontinence, InTone treatments at Associates in Women’s Health could help. Our medical team will work with you to create a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. Contact Associates in Women’s Health today to schedule your consultation.