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"Girls’ Night Out" Showcased InControl Medical's Fabulous Products

Hosted by Femina PT at LA's Big and Tiny

Three expert speakers chatted and answered questions on female pelvic and sexual health. One of our major sponsors was InControl Medical, the creators of one of my favorite product lines for urinary, bowel and sexual dysfunction. They have three different products that are focused on these basic necessities of female health and wellness.

At the event, the nearly 60 ladies in attendance had a 1 in 8 chance of winning either the Intensity, Apex and Attain! These were definitely the hot items of the night.

We also sell this line in our office. Patients have many questions on the differences between them (naturally!) and there are pros and cons to each. If you are not local to our offices, you can also purchase these items directly here. Before going in to why these devices are so great, it’s important to first understand the differences between the types of incontinence we treat:

Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI): This is involuntary bladder leakage that occurs during coughing, sneezing, laughing or exercise. This is also referred to as light bladder leakage. Don’t downplay even a minor leakage. This only gets worse with time!

Urge Urinary Incontinence (UUI): This is involuntary bladder leakage that is associated with a strong urge to go the bathroom, resulting in the inability to hold the urine, and thus leakage occurs. Another symptom is constant bladder leakage. Even though this is not necessarily associated with an urge sensation, this is still due to an overactivity of the bladder and treated the same as urge urinary incontinence.

Mixed Urinary Incontinence (MUI): This is when symptoms of both Stress and Urge urinary incontinence are present.

Bowel Incontinence:Also known as anal incontinence or fecal incontinence, is the result of the involuntary loss of your stool.

Incontinence of Flatus: This is when you pass gas involuntary. This can be due to diet and/or pelvc floor muscle weakness.

Use of pelvic floor muscle biofeedback and muscle stimulation can also help with symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse (when your pelvic organs aren’t tucked up as high in your pelvis as they used to be!)

Once common feature that makes this product line so appealing is that the internal portion is inflatable. The problem with biofeedback or pelvic floor muscle stimulation devices that do not have this feature and are of a fixed size, is that when it comes to the pelvic floor, one size never fits all. For my patients that have prolapse or an injury from childbirth, using a fixed sensor size is essentially useless, as these tend to actually just fall out of the vagina.

What’s worse, when using the pelvic floor (or perineal) electrical stimulation feature, these women will also experience a SHOCK instead of a muscle contraction – OUCH!! Not only is that painful, it is 100% ineffective.

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The Attainis a home biofeedback and electrical stimulation device used to conservatively treat both urinary (stress, urge and mixed) and bowel incontinence. Bladder leakage, even just a few drops is NOT normal, despite what your Ob/GYN or your mom may have told you. Bowel leakage is also NOT normal, and has a huge impact on social and relationship functions.

Bladder and bowel leakage typically gets WORSE if not treated. The Attain is appropriate for treatment of incontinence and is one of the most user-friendly devices on the market. This is a huge upgrade from their previous InTone line, as it allows the user to fully control the stimulation settings at home AND it’s at half the price – retail price $499.

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The Apex is rated for stress urinary incontinence only. It has a larger sensor than the Attain, making it a challenge for some women, including new moms, perimenopausal and menopausal women. It also lacks the encouraging visual display, but the price point is nice at $249.

The Intensity is designed for improving sexual function. I recommend this to patients as a graduation gift to themselves when they met their goal of painfree sex! I also see women that report reduced sexual function, and the stimulation frequency on this device helps with muscle contraction to help get their orgasms back on track.

Bladder and bowel leakage can be stopped or significantly reduced with the Attain or Apex. When these modalities are used in combination with our pelvic floor and orthopedic physical therapy services, the results are long-lasting and empowering for the women that go through our program.

Our licensed physical therapists have been utilizing biofeedback and electrical stimulation to the pelvic floor muscles for over 25 years and have integrated the use of the Attain and Apex into our practice to maximize patient outcomes. We have also seen positive results in our patients that have pelvic organ prolapse and sexual dysfunction, such as anorgasmia (no orgasm) or diminished orgasms. (See our testimonials page)

In addition to the Attain and Apex devices, we also offer over the counter purchasing of the Intensity. This device is like a “Vibrator PLUS”. While initially looking like a traditional vibrator, the metal sides provide a powerful and comfortable electrical stimulation at a frequency that help facilitate a pelvic floor muscle contraction. Since part of the orgasm cycle is enhanced by contraction of the pelvic floor, the result is a WOW experience different from other vibrators on the market..

Give us a call for current device cost here. We honor specials offered by the InControl Medical website, so don't wait 3 days for it to arrive when you can pick it up from us today!

More Great Products We Love

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Although loss of labial skin moisture is most common among women who are menopausal (i.e. have not had a period for 12 months), it can affect younger women. Labial skin dryness occurs due to hormonal changes after menstruation, postpartum, during breast feeding or during peri-menopause (typically ages 40 to 50) or as a side-effect of taking certain medications, such as oral contraceptives, antidepressants, and antihistamines.

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Cleo was inspired by Cleopatra. Did you know Cleopatra with the inventor of lip balm?

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What Our Patients Have to Say

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Testimonial by J.B.

My husband and I were having problems with painful intercourse. My therapist recommended that I go and get a pelvic floor evaluation from a physical therapist. Having never been treated by a physical therapist, I wondered how this really was going to help me. My husband who is a physician was very supportive and agreed that a PT evaluation would be a great idea. So i made the appointment and was blown away by what I learned. I had no idea that pelvic floor muscles could get tight and have trigger points just like any other muscle in the body. I'm a massage therapist and very familiar with tight muscles, and this new thought really amazed me. Heather's program to help relax and strengthen these muscles made such a difference. I can say that I am 100% pain free during intercourse now. Yippee! Going to the PT appointments and doing the at-home exercises was definitely a discipline, but it's 100% worth it! The rewards are amazing.

-- J.B.

Testimonial by Jamie M.

I have been going to see Heather for a while now, and I can't tell you enough how much she has improved my quality of life. Heather specializes in issues like pelvic floor, but I see her for other orthopedic issues.

I have a lot of chronic joint pain and dysfunction issues (back, hips, neck) that require that have ongoing physical therapy maintenance. The effects of my problem joints/areas overlap and interconnect with each other in complex ways, so helping me requires really having a complete understanding of the entire skeletal and muscular system. Pain does not always appear where the problem actually is, the human body is a twisty, many-layered puzzle. I have an exercise program I do at home and I am very functional, but there are just something things I need a PT to help me out with.

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Testimonial by Julie T.

Femina PT (née Fusion Wellness & Physical Therapy) has honestly changed my life. Before receiving treatment at Femina, I was going doctor to doctor to try and find the answer to my pelvic pain. It has taken me YEARS to find someone that can help fix this. It wasn't until my gynecologist recommended your clinic that I finally felt relief. My pelvic pain is almost gone, and granted I still have a lot more to work on with Laureen (my PT), my original problem is nearly cured. I am so grateful to her.

What is even better is she gave me practical exercises to do at home that were not tedious and provided instant (and lasting) relief. Although I mainly work with Laureen, my interaction with the owner (Heather) has been great. She is very generous, kind, and committed to her business.

It hurts to know there are women out there suffering who will never know or have the opportunity to work with women like Laureen and Heather because this issue is hardly talked about and this field is so rare. I hope more doctors and physical therapists see the value in this work and can relieve more woman of their pain.

-- Julie T., 12/4/16 via Yelp!

Testimonial by Ann V.

I wish i could give this place 10 stars!! 
I have been suffering from vaginismus for 5 years and never found the cure to it. I had seen an ob/gyn and he diagnosed me with vaginismus and told me i needed a surgery to cure my condition, which i refused to do. He also referred me to a PT that he works with, i had given them multiple calls and they never responded back to me, so i started searching yelp for another PT. I am SO HAPPY I found Heather's office! I was working with Laureen, and with her guidance and techniques i was able to be cured from vaginismus in only 2 1/2 short months!!! I couldn't believe how quickly their program worked for me! I am forever grateful and thankful from Heather, and Laureen! They are the absolute best at what they do!

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Testimonial by J.H.

My last appointment with Heather was over 6 years ago but I still think of her every day. I don’t take for granted that I can easily get out of bed, care for my two active and busy young boys, run, play tennis, clean my house, or sit at a desk for several hours at a time. None of these tasks were easy for me before meeting Heather. Eight years ago my car was struck from behind by a tractor trailer that was estimated to have been speeding. I spent 3 years working with different PTs and Drs trying to heal and move on with my life. When I became pregnant and the hormone relaxin that “relaxes” all the joints of the body and the additional weight gain erased all my progress and I was suddenly in a lot of pain again. My OB sent me to Heather for one last try.

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Testimonial by T.H.

I started seeing Heather in October 2014. For more than two years, I had been suffering from painful urinary tract infection type symptoms after my bartholins gland surgery which included constant burning and urinary frequency sensation that led to more and more painful intercourse. I had made multiple visits to internist, obgyn and urologist's offices, went through a range of treatment with UTI and bladder frequency medication that included antibiotics, vesicare, estrogen cream, but nothing worked.

Read more: Testimonial by T.H.

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