Your pelvic floor is a key set of deep muscles situated in the pelvis. As this muscle is hidden from view, it’s easy to neglect it. A weak pelvic floor can cause many problems, the most common being urinary incontinence. Some people have weak pelvic floor muscles from an early age, whilst others notice problems during & after key life stages such as pregnancy, childbirth or menopause.
The good news is it’s never too late to restore the strength in your pelvic floor.
How do I know if my pelvic floor muscles are weak?
We’ve outlined five common signs that can help you identify whether your pelvic floor needs some attention, and how you can restore strength quickly and effectively.
1. Accidentally leaking urine
A common sign of a weak pelvic floor is when you find yourself accidentally leaking urine during simple everyday activities like exercising, lifting something heavy or when you cough, laugh or sneeze. Simple movements such as these put pressure on your bladder which, in turn, leads to accidental. This type of incontinence is called Stress Urinary Incontinence and is the most commonly experienced form of incontinence in women.
2. You struggle to make it to the loo in time
When you have an urgent and uncontrollable need to use the loo and often don’t make it in time, you might be experiencing urge incontinence, a common problem especially in older women where the nerve signals from the brain to the bladder aren’t working correctly or when the bladder muscles are overactive. This is often referred to as 'overactive bladder' or 'frequent urination', although frequent urination isn’t always accompanied by urinary leakage.
3. Pain in the pelvic area
Tension or problems with the pelvic floor muscles can cause pelvic pain. However, if you are feeling pain in the pelvic area you should always consult your doctor as this could also be a sign of a more serious issue such as an infection.
4. Reduced feeling or sensation during sex
Research indicates that strengthening your pelvic floor can improve sexual satisfaction for most women. If your pelvic floor muscles are weak, you may start experiencing symptoms of loss of sensation and sexual satisfaction.
5. Accidentally passing wind
The pelvic floor supports the bowel as well as the bladder so accidentally passing wind or an inability to hold it in is another sign of a weakened pelvic floor. This can be very embarrassing, leading to anxiety in social situations.
Sound familiar? You may be one of the 1 in 3 women in the UK experiencing urinary incontinence. But don’t worry, you’re not alone and the great news is that it’s fixable. INNOVO offers an innovative and highly effective solution for strengthening the pelvic floor muscles in the comfort and privacy of your home.
INNOVO is a clinically proven, truly non-invasive and long-lasting solution to urinary incontinence. Easy to use and comfortable to wear, INNOVO helps you safely and effortlessly strengthen and re-educate the entire network of pelvic floor muscles through gentle muscle stimulation.
Using INNOVO for just 30 minutes a day/five days a week over 12 weeks has been proven to treat bladder weakness – delivering results in as little as four weeks1.
INNOVO treats Stress, Urge & Mixed Incontinence in both women and men of all ages, and is the only non-invasive pelvic floor exerciser that targets the root cause of the problem. INNOVO’s Urge Incontinence treatment programme can help with an overactive bladder as the stimulations are designed to calm down the muscles spasms that occur in OAB and which trigger your constant need to use the loo.
A clinical study found that:
- 80% of users saw a significant reduction in leaks after just 4 weeks2
- 87% of users were defined as either dry or almost dry after 12 weeks3
- 90% of users would recommend the therapy to others4
1 Soeder S, et al, A randomised, controlled, double-blind, clinical study to compare two neuromuscular stimulator devices in female stress urinary incontinence: Effects on symptoms and quality of life. IUGA Conference 2018
2 R. Dmochowski – Novel external electrical muscle stimulation device for the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence: randomized controlled noninferiority trial versus intravaginal electrical stimulation. ICS Conference 2018
3 Observational study on the treatment of stress urinary incontinence with Innovotherapy, April 2014