PELVIC FLOOR STIMULATION
Pelvic floor stimulation (PFS) can help women with Stress Urinary Incontinence contract and strengthen their pelvic floor. Small amounts of stimulation are delivered to the nerves and muscles of the pelvic floor and bladder. These stimulations have typically been delivered via a tampon-like sensor, although recently, a new crop of non-invasive devices, which are worn externally - usually in the underwear or a pair of shorts - have been cleared by the FDA. Stimulation causes the muscles to tighten or contract, strengthening them.
Women often report a tightening or lifting of the pelvic floor muscles when using PFS but it is rarely described as painful.
Pelvic floor stimulation should be used as a way to help "wake up" the pelvic floor muscles, but is not a substitute for a full strengthening program. The pelvic floor does not work in isolation - it's part of the larger group of core muscles that contribute to overall strength. Once progress is made with PFS, efforts should be made to develop a consistent strengthening routine with your doctor.
To learn more about PFS, speak to your healthcare professional. If he or she is not familiar with stimulation for improved bladder control, look for a physical therapist, nurse specialist, or physician who is knowledgeable about urinary incontinence. An average program is 3 to 6 months and varies depending on the person’s needs and progress.