BTL Emsella – How To Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor When Kegels Don’t Work
A strong pelvic floor can help you to keep control over your bladder, avoid unwanted accidents and help make sex more enjoyable.
But keeping your pelvic floor healthy and strong isn’t always easy. In fact, around 50% of women will suffer from pelvic floor weakness or dysfunction at some time in their lives – with age being a significant contributing factor.
But you don’t have to resign yourself to bland sex and panty liners just yet. There are things you can do to strengthen your pelvic floor – even if Kegels haven’t worked for you.
What Is The Pelvic Floor?
Your pelvic floor is a group of muscles that run between your pubic bone in the front of your pelvis and your tailbone at the back.
For women, the pelvic floor muscles support your uterus, bladder and bowel. Men also have a pelvic floor – but no uterus of course – so it just supports the bladder and bowel.
Why Is It Important To Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor?
The pelvic floor is an important muscle group because it controls the sphincters of your bowel and bladder. It’s involved in sexual function and the intensity of orgasms too.
If your pelvic floor is weak you might experience one more of the following problems:
- Urinary incontinence – leaking urine when you cough or sneeze or being unable to get to the toilet in time.
- Bowel incontinence – leaking or not making it to the toilet fast enough.
- Reduced sexual pleasure – difficulty achieving orgasms and less sensation in the vagina.
- Prolapse – one or more of the pelvic organs falling down into or out of the vagina.
- Tampons dislodging or falling out.
- Passing wind from the anus or vagina when you bend over.
- Pain during sex.
What Causes Problems With Your Pelvic Floor?
Research shows that 50% of women will have problems with their pelvic floor at some stage of life. But why is it such a common problem?
There are several things that can cause the pelvic floor muscles to weaken.
Pregnancy and childbirth is a very common cause. During pregnancy, your pelvic floor muscles have to support the extra weight of the uterus and baby. Combine this with childbirth, which can overstretch the muscles, and you’ve got the perfect storm.
Another common contributing factor is the reduction in estrogen levels during menopause. Estrogen is responsible for many important processes in the body, including keeping the ligaments of your pelvic floor muscles strong and elastic. When your estrogen levels drop during menopause, the pelvic floor can become thinner, weaker and less resilient.
If you’re suffering from menopause symptoms then you might want to check out our previous blog post on BHRT to find out how it could help…
Other contributing factors include obesity, chronic constipation, constant coughing and some surgeries.
Can You Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor At Home?
So what can you do about it? Well, the most common suggestion from healthcare providers is to do your Kegel exercises.
While Kegel exercises can work for some people, they are not effective for everyone. The severity of your condition along with your ability to complete them correctly and regularly can have a significant impact on how much impact they can have on your problems.
There’s no shortage of advice out there on how to do Kegels, so I’m not going to go into that here. But I do want to address is the importance of doing them properly.
Studies suggest that many women are still unable to do Kegels correctly after simple instruction on how to do them – such as reading an article or watching a video. This is probably because your pelvic floor muscles are internal, therefore they are hard to visualize and difficult to feel.
And, if you have pelvic floor weakness, you are even less likely to be able to do them correctly and get the desired results.
Over 30% of women suffering from urinary incontinence are unable to contract the Levator Ani muscles of the pelvic floor and instead mistakenly contract the abdominals, gluteal muscles or hip adductor muscles! Making the Kegels ineffective and prolonging the symptoms until another solution is found.
What If Kegels Don’t Work For You Or You Want Faster Results?
But what else can you do? You could resign yourself to panty liners and boring sex. For prolapses, there is always mesh surgery – although it doesn’t carry great results.
There is another option.
Thanks to the huge advances over the last few decades, there are some exciting treatments available for women’s intimate health problems – including alternative ways to strengthen your pelvic floor!
The BTL Emsella chair offers a painless, dignified and effective way to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and regain control.
How Does BTL Emsella Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor?
The BTL Emsella Chair works by using electromagnetic therapy to induce thousands of pelvic floor muscle contractions in a single session.
The procedure is very simple. You sit on the chair – fully clothed – and the machine does the rest. Using electromagnetic energy the BTL Emsella Chair painlessly contracts your pelvic floor muscles on a supramaximal level. The muscles are given a workout equivalent to 11,000 kegel exercises per treatment session!
This helps to strengthen your pelvic floor and stimulates your body to create new muscle fibres and proteins.
Is The Treatment Painful, Awkward Or Embarrassing?
No. One of the really great things about the BTL Emsella Chair is that it’s totally dignified and non-invasive. It doesn’t hurt or cause discomfort either. You might feel the muscles contracting but it won’t cause you any pain.
There’s no need for anyone to examine, touch or view your private parts. You use the chair fully clothed too – making it a great choice if you’re a little uncomfortable with invasive or personal treatments.
Where To Get Help
Knowing who to talk to when your condition or problem is so personal can be a little tricky. But here at Elite Aesthetics, we’re experts in women’s intimate health problems. We’ll listen to you, helping you to feel comfortable as you discuss your concerns and advising you on the best treatment for your personal condition.