Electrical stimulation of the pelvic floor
What is electrical stimulation of the pelvic floor?
Electrical stimulation of the pelvic floor is a painless and effective procedure that treats urinary incontinence, frequency and urgency.
During pelvic floor electrical stimulation, a low-grade electrical current (similar to “TENS” units used in physical therapy) stimulates the muscles to contract creating a muscular response similar to Kegels (an exercise for your pelvic floor muscles). This movement strengthens your pelvic floor muscles, which can improve urinary frequency, urgency and incontinence, and increase the strength of the pelvic floor and vaginal muscles.
Electrical stimulation involves inserting a tiny probe into the vagina (size of a small tampon), which emits a very low-grade, safe electrical signal to excite a set of nerves or muscles for a session of 20 to 30 minutes. This simple and effective office therapy is FDA approved and covered by most insurance companies.
At Northwell Health, our urogynecology experts understand that your busy life should not be put on pause to deal with the disruptive symptoms of incontinence or other pelvic floor symptoms. That’s why our team will work with you to develop a custom treatment plan utilizing a combination of cutting-edge techniques, including electrical stimulation of the pelvic floor, to rejuvenate the muscles and nerves of the pelvis and help you get back to being yourself again.
Why it's done
Electrical stimulation of the pelvic floor is typically used for women who experience urinary frequency, urgency or incontinence due to an overactive bladder condition. It is also used to help pelvic floor strengthening in women with weak vaginal muscle tone.
Your physician may recommend electrical stimulation if you have any of the following conditions:
- Incontinence due to an overactive bladder
- Urinary frequency and urgency
- Weak pelvic floor muscles
- Weak anal sphincter muscles