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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!

What Our Patients Have to Say

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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.

Testimonial by S.H., age 24

I just wanted to thank you for everything you've done for me for the past 19 months. I literally could not have reached my goals without you and your practice. You gave me the courage to keep moving forth with my treatment no matter how afraid and anxious I was. You were always there to answer questions and made this whole process so much easier than I expected it to be.

It's because of you that my marriage is on the right track, that I can get pregnant and that this part of my life is finally over. I really feel that Fusion Wellness is a team of people you can call family and are there to root for you and cheer you on until you reach your goals. There is nothing better than knowing I accomplished this with you guys by my side and as calmly and patiently as I needed. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for always being there and helping me reach my goals.

S.H., age 24

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.

Testimonial by Amanda W.

Heather's unique physical therapy program literally changed my life! After years of struggling with vaginismus, a condition that made it impossible for me to have intercourse and very difficult to use tampons without pain, a gynecologist referred me to Heather. I was nervous for my first appointment, but Heather's professional and friendly demeanor put me at ease. She did a great job explaining each technique she was using to help my muscles relax. Heather uses a combination of internal and external stretches and exercises to relax the pelvic floor and build muscle strength. Her specially developed home program helped me quickly recover from an issue that seemed insurmountable before meeting Heather. She was optimistic about my progress and incredibly encouraging. Less than 6 months after my first session, I was able to have pain-free sex for the first time in my life! If you are suffering from vaginismus or any other pelvic floor issues, I highly recommend making an appointment with Heather and reading her book!

-- Amanda W., 2/15/16 via Yelp!

Testimonial by Y.L. (mom of 2)

After having my second baby via C-section I searched for months to try to find help for my lower back pain and separated abdominal muscles. I finally came across Heather Jeffcoat via a mommy blog. I reached out to her via email and set my first appointment. My first appointment went amazing … she listened to what my symptoms, check my separation and explained to me in detail what the next steps would be. Not only did my abdominal separation go from 3 to about 1 -1/2 but my back has pain has significantly reduced. I’m personally recommending all my mommy friends to Heather!

Y.L. (mom of 2)

Testimonial by M.M.

My husband and I were married for 5 years and unable to have intercourse, but I never knew why. After numerous awful experiences at doctor’s offices (where many doctors told me I “just needed to relax”), a surgery that didn’t fix the problem, and a year of owning dilators that didn’t get me anywhere, someone finally referred me to Heather for Physical Therapy. I finally had answers and information from someone who knew exactly what I was dealing with!

Read more: Testimonial by M.M.

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