Breakthrough technology to help women with an ’embarrassing’ and debilitating disorder is now available in Australia.
Like one in four Australians, Catherine Davis suffers from an uncomfortable, embarrassing and disabling disorder.
The Sydney mother-of-two suffers from incontinence – a loss of bladder control – like more than half under 50 and one in three women who have given birth.
During World Continence Week, the 36-year-old opened up about her condition, admitting to seeing a psychologist because it was traumatic for her after the birth of her two boys, now aged 9 and 5 years.
“It’s been horrible since I had the boys. Every time I go out I need to know where the toilet is and how quickly I can get there,” Ms Davis said.
“Incontinence has had a huge impact on my life, and I can only wear baggy pants, usually black, in case I have an ‘accident’. Anything tight and brightly colored is too noticeable.
“It also affected me to have quality time with the kids – I can’t even go on the trampoline with them.
“It’s terribly embarrassing…People joke about it but it’s actually debilitating.”
Treatment for incontinence was previously limited, painful and invasive, but Ms Davis has since tried revolutionary radio frequency technology which was only launched in the country last month.
Empower RF uses radio frequency technology to treat pelvic floor muscle weakness, stress, urgency and mixed urinary incontinence in women.
Three complementary energies – fractional submucosal radiofrequency, intravaginal muscle electrostimulation and bipolar radiofrequency – and different internal insertion applicators are used during the sessions.
The treatment – designed to treat bladder dysfunction, genitourinary syndrome of menopause, sexual dysfunction or enhancement, and pelvic aesthetic indications – has already been used in the United States or America, Israel and the UK.
Ms Lowe had four sessions and said she noticed a difference after the first.
“It changed my life. If I go out and need to pee, I can hold it until I get to the bathroom, and I can laugh, cough, and sneeze without worrying about getting wet,” she said.
“It’s also tighter ‘out there’ in general, and I feel like I’m back to normal like before I had kids.”
Obstetrician Elizabeth Golez, who performs the treatment in Sydney, said the radiofrequency strengthens the muscles of the pelvic floor and restores the liquidity of collagen to the vaginal walls.
“The response from patients so far is that it has shown a noticeable difference after just one treatment. But it is imperative that depending on the severity of their problems, patients should continue to be treated for a period of time. defined to ensure results are amplified,” said Dr. Golez.
“We know that over time the female anatomy changes due to multiple factors – pregnancy, childbirth, hormonal changes, menopause and aging, which inevitably negatively impact the pelvic floor, leading to weakness and incontinence. stress urine.
“Using EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation) through the Vtone applicator provides muscle rehabilitation and rehabilitation for weak pelvic floor muscles.”
EmpowerRF technology is provided to Australian physicians by InMode Australia.
The company’s chief executive, Dennis Cronje, said the device was revolutionary because the treatment could be performed in the office with “amazing” results rather than in the hospital.
“There are so many women who suffer in silence but they no longer need it. EmpowerRF restores self-confidence and quality of life to patients without surgery or extended downtime,” said Cronje.
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