Frequently Asked Questions
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT LADYSYSTEM®
Vaginal cones and urinary stress incontinence
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- What is the pelvic floor?
- The pelvic floor is a small group of muscles and ligaments which supports the bladder and other abdominal organs.
- What happens if my pelvic floor loses its tone?
- A weakened pelvic floor affects among other things your ability to hold in urine, and small leaks then take place at moments of sudden exertion, such as when coughing, laughing, sneezing, or during heavy exercises. This is the type of leakage which is called urinary stress incontinence, or simply stress incontinence; it affects one out of three women at some time of their lives.
- Why is urinary stress incontinence so common in pregnancy and childbirth?
- Pregnancy and childbirth is the time when your pelvic floor muscles are most likely to be stretched and strained, and gynaecologists and midwives advise new mothers to take care to rehabilitate the pelvic floor as part of the normal process of post-natal recovery. LadySystem® program can help you to do so very effectively, by strengthening the muscles gradually and gently, and thereby preventing pelvic floor problems and associated symptoms such as urinary stress incontinence.
- Are there other ways of treating urinary stress incontinence?
Yes, there are other alternatives to the LadySystem® therapy: (1) Pelvic floor exercises (Kegel), (2) electrical stimulation, (3) surgical intervention:
- Pelvic floor exercises (also known as Kegel exercises) can be effective when they are performed correctly. The LadySystem® therapy helps conduct Kegel exercises by targeting and strengthening the proper pelvic floor muscles through passive contractions (biofeedback).
- Electrical (or neuromuscular) stimulation involves the use of a mild electrical impulse to induce rhythmic contractions of the pelvic floor muscles. It can be an effective program, but you will need to find a clinic which offers it. A full course of treatment normally lasts several weeks or months and may need to be repeated.
- Surgery is an option which is invasive and most specialists do not consider it in a first-line treatment. It is usually advised only in the most severe cases. Interestingly, when surgery is indicated, specialists often advise the use of a vaginal cone therapy in the weeks before and after, in order to optimize the results of the surgery.
LadySystem® pelvic floor therapy is simple. It is easy to use and requires minimal effort, working naturally with your own body to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. A few minutes each day is all it takes, while you are able to continue with daily activities.