Picture this: You’ve been out shopping all day and after stepping foot into your car you suddenly feel the urge to pee—immediately. While debating whether to race home or head back into the mall to find a public bathroom, you’ve already wet yourself. Sound familiar? Well, you’re not alone.
Stress urinary incontinence, the most common form of incontinence, affects around 15 million adult women in the United States. However, thankfully there’s now a brand-new solution for that. Enter: Emsella, the first device of its kind to treat urinary incontinence and vaginal laxity in women.
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While anything that targets such a sensitive area might seem daunting, Emsella is completely painless. The treatment uses electromagnetic technology to stimulate the pelvic floor muscles leading to thousands of contractions per session (about 11,200 in 28 minutes!). The result? Stronger, tighter pelvic floor muscles for improved control over the bladder.
In order to get a full rundown of how the treatment works, we had one woman named Cassidy Miller* head over to Vspot, a medispa in New York City, to experience the procedure and report on her results.
After arriving at Vspot, Miller was walked to a treatment room and told to sit on the machine, which Miller notes, looks exactly like a normal chair. Once comfortable, Dr. Carolyn Delucia, ob-gyn and medical director at Vspot, began the treatment, first starting off on a low setting so that Miller could get used to the sensation as well as adjust her body so that it’s positioned correctly.
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“Once the procedure started, it wasn’t painful at all and there was no soreness afterward. It felt like a vibrating sensation for 28 minutes,” explained Miller. “It’s also perfect for someone who’s very modest since you’re completely clothed and simply sitting on a chair.”
After four treatments (they cost about $300 each), Miller felt her results were significant. “The best part of this whole experience is that I wake up less at night now, whereas I was waking up every single night to use the bathroom before this.” Additionally, Miller admits to feeling much more control when it comes to urinary leakage. “I haven’t had any leakage issue since getting it done. That didn’t happen often in the past, but it did used to happen and it hasn’t occurred at all since doing Emsella.” Considering women with incontinence spend around $900 a year on pads to protect against leakage, this feeling of being in control of her body was a huge deal for Miller.
While it’s always recommended to see a board-certified gynecologist or urologist to get to the root of any incontinence issues, Emsella is a great noninvasive option that can make a real difference in people’s lives. If Miller’s experience is any indication, it’s certainly worth the money.