The Combination for a Strengthened Pelvic Floor and Better Sexual Health? EMSella Chair + Hormone Replacement Therapy
With summer here, most women are looking forward to spending some romantic time with their significant others and spouses.
But for some, something may be standing in the way of that plan — menopause.
According to Pelvic Floor First, “The onset of menopause can cause your pelvic floor muscles – just like the rest of the muscles in your body – to weaken. These muscles support the pelvic organs, which means that the weakening of these muscles can result in pelvic floor problems.”
Once these muscles weaken, many women will suffer from overactive bladder, Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) and sexual dysfunction; all of which can put a damper on warm weather fun.
So is there a way for women struggling with menopause to still enjoy the summer with their partners even when dealing with problems such as these? Yes — thanks to the EMSella chair treatment.
Read on to learn more about EMSella treatment and how to go about receiving EMSella treatment in Katy, Texas.
What is EMSella Treatment?
For those who don’t have the time or energy to do 10,000 kegel exercises or want to undergo surgery immediately because their symptoms are mild to moderate (which are most women) but still desire an active sex life, the new EMSella treatment has emerged.
The treatment involves the patient sitting on the EMSella chair (fully clothed) for 30 minutes. This FDA-cleared procedure then uses electromagnetic energy to deliver pelvic floor muscle contractions — providing a painless, yet tingling, sensation.
And just like that, the chair tones the bladder and pelvic floor muscles which have weakened to the point where they are typically difficult to isolate due to menopause.
The treatment is groundbreaking in the field of urogynecology not only for its efficacy, but also because it is completely non-invasive and only requires six treatments for the patient to experience marked improvement in pelvic muscle strength and bladder control.
In fact, research has shown that these stimulated pelvic floor muscle contractions aren’t just producing an interesting sensation in patients. They are also creating results. According to “Safety and Efficacy of a Non‐Invasive High‐Intensity Focused Electromagnetic Field (HIFEM) Device for Treatment of Urinary Incontinence and Enhancement of Quality of Life” in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine,“Generally speaking, after the sixth session, 61 out of 75 patients (81.33%) reported significant improvement of their symptoms.”
So the EMSella treatment is now here to successfully help treat quality of life symptoms, but what about getting to the root of menopause?
How Does EMSella Work With Other Treatments?
One of the reasons this new treatment is gaining such interest from women suffering from pelvic floor issues and sexual dysfunction is its ability to amplify the results of other treatments available today — allowing women to feel confident that they are fully addressing their menopausal issues.
To better understand this, first we need to dive into menopause 101. During pre-menopause, perimenopause and post menopause, a woman’s hormones fluctuate. In fact, most women will experience around a 30 to 60 percent drop in estrogen levels during menopause. These hormone fluctuations can then lead to other physical “symptoms,” such as incontinence and pain during sex.Therefore, it’s not just about treating the pelvic floor itself with EMSella, but also finding a way to treat the hormone fluctuations that may be playing a role in pelvic floor issues.
Harvard Medical School’s article “Dealing with the symptoms of menopause,” dives into a further correlative example of why many people choose to pair EMSella with other treatments. According to the article, “Decreased estrogen may cause or contribute to thinning in the lining of the urethra, the tube that empties urine from the bladder. Problems may include a more frequent need to urinate, a sudden urge to urinate even though your bladder is not full, pain during urination, the need to urinate more often during the night, and urine leakage when sneezing, coughing, or laughing. Urinary problems persist and worsen in postmenopause because changes in the urinary anatomy occur with general aging as well as estrogen loss.”
So while a woman will want to seek treatment for quality of life issues such as urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction, they will also need to get to the root of the issue to achieve the best, most long-lasting results. Therefore, for comprehensive pelvic care during the stages of menopause, many doctors will recommend doing EMSella treatment alongside Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).
More specifically, during BHRT, or pellet therapy, a doctor will insert pellets completely customized to the patient through a small incision after administering anesthesia to correct hormone imbalances in your body. So while the patient is receiving treatment to fix hormone imbalances with BHRT, they can also receive EMSella treatment in tandem to improve their day-to-day life by strengthening their pelvic floor.
Women are advised to visit an experienced urogynecologist who can develop a personalized pelvic floor treatment plan that will be best for their use case.
Where to Receive EMSella Treatment?
As an expert in comprehensive female urology and urogynecology, Christi Pramudji, MD of ChristiMD has embraced and mastered the use of EMSella treatment as part of her clients’ comprehensive pelvic care plans in Katy, Texas.
Having worked in private practice for over 20 years, Dr. Christi has treated a range of female pelvic conditions, including incontinence and Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs). With this experience, she is uniquely qualified to set up a pelvic floor treatment plan, which may include EMSella treatment, that she customizes to each patient’s specific needs.
To learn more about EMSella treatment at ChristiMD Medical Group, contact us at 281.717.4003.