“Oops moments” are extremely common. Urinary incontinence is believed to affect between three and six million people in the UK with women being five times more likely to develop it than men, especially stress urinary incontinence due to childbirth. Despite the huge numbers of us affected by urinary incontinence only one in five of us will seek help and, of those who do seek help, we’ll wait an average of six and a half years before seeking professional help*.
We do not need to put up with urinary incontinence; there is a non-invasive, quick, pain-free treatment to help improve it.
Urinary incontinence is something that can be treated with the Emsella chair by strengthening your pelvic floor muscles quickly and effectively without requiring you to remove any clothes.
Emsella is recommended by Urologists and Gynaecologists, including The Portland Women’s Hospital.
Indications that the Emsella Chair UK treatment may be right for you:
11,000 Kegel contractions per 30-minute treatment
At The Skin to Love Clinic, we are passionate about making our patients know that with us you are in a safe environment to seek help and treatment for urinary incontinence; you will never be judged or made to feel uncomfortable for seeking treatment for urinary incontinence. Rest assured that many of our team have required this treatment ourselves.
Frequently we hear patients say they don’t think they have a problem with urinary incontinence, but they then go on to explain that they don’t drink too much after a certain time at night, or they wear a pad in their underwear if they go out ‘just in case’. These lifestyle tweaks are not something that you have to accept because you’re over a certain age or because you’ve given birth.
What does the Emsella chair do?
Your pelvic floor muscles support your pelvic floor organs and play a major role in controlling continence. The Emsella treatment is a non-surgical, non-invasive, and painless physiotherapy treatment option to help you target and strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, giving you back bladder and pelvic floor control.
Recommended by gynaecologists and urologists, the Emsella treatment uses High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic technology (HIFEM) to directly target the muscles in your pelvis. The focused energy causes those muscles to contract and relax, much like Kegel exercises. These movements are 100% stimulated by the treatment and do not require you to do anything other than to sit on the Emsella chair.
The treatment causes the muscles in the pelvic area to hypertrophy and strengthen, giving you some control back when you cough, sneeze, laugh and lift heavy objects (see ‘Urinary incontinence UK’ tab). Treatment also calms the nerves in this area making them less over-reactive, which helps to improve the frequent need to urinate; a symptom of urge incontinence (see ‘Urinary incontinence UK’ tab).
Conveniently, Emsella takes all the guesswork out of pelvic floor conditioning as the correct muscles are directly targeted and engaged during the treatment without you wondering if you’re ‘squeezing’ in the right area.
Although the Emsella treatment replicates Kegel exercise, it dramatically supersedes what can be achieved by doing this exercise yourself, in both strength and number of contractions; each 30-minute treatment is the equivalent to 11,000 Kegel contractions.
Traditional Kegel exercises can be difficult, time-consuming and, in some cases, impossible to do without the aid of treatment due to severe pelvic floor weakness.
Emsella is a quick and painless treatment that is a wonderful alternative or adjunct treatment to traditional Kegel exercises, both to correct urinary incontinence or to prevent it.
There are several types of urinary incontinence. The main types of incontinence and the types that can be treated by the Emsella chair are:
Urge incontinence. Often referred to as an overactive bladder, this is when you have the sensation of needing to urinate when you have very little in your bladder or even when it is empty. Those with this type of urinary incontinence will feel a sudden and urgent need to urinate.
Urge incontinence is caused by the muscles in the wall of the bladder acting abnormally; usually, when the bladder fills, the muscles in the wall of the bladder expand. As the bladder empties these muscles contract. In an overactive bladder, these muscles contract irregularly making you feel like you have a full bladder, even when you do not.
This type of incontinence can sometimes be triggered by an infection or other health conditions, including diabetes.
Stress incontinence. This is when you have difficulty in holding urine when your bladder is under physical stress or pressure from sneezing, laughing, coughing, lifting, or jumping. Stress incontinence happens when our pelvic floor and the other muscles around the bladder weaken; a natural occurrence as we age, during menopause or after childbirth.
Stress incontinence is often seen in mothers of all ages after vaginal childbirth as the muscles are put under strain, both during pregnancy and whilst giving birth. Continence after vaginal childbirth can be restored naturally; it has been suggested that by two months post-partum over half of us will have a resolution of incontinence••. However, if you have had multiple vaginal childbirths, given birth to a large baby, had a long and/or complex vaginal birth, intervention is often required to help you regain continence.
Mixed incontinence. This is when you experience symptoms of both urge and stress incontinence.
Emsella treatment can treat these types of urinary incontinence.
As with all unique individuals and treatments, each person will describe what the Emsella treatment feels like slightly differently. The sensation may feel different to another person depending on the starting condition of your pelvic muscles and it may also change in sensation throughout your course of treatment as your pelvic floor muscles become stronger.
The Emsella is not a painful treatment. You sit, fully clothed on the Emsella chair and your practitioner will position you, ask for feedback on the sensation you’re experiencing and make any necessary tweaks to your position before starting the session.
The sensation is mostly likened to strong, deep Kegel exercises. At first, the sensation can feel ‘strange’ as it’s not something we’re used to; remember we could never achieve this level of Kegel exercise on our own! You do become accustomed to the sensation. It is not painful, in fact, you can read a book or magazine during your 30-minute sessions.
Emsella results will not last forever as we are treating your muscles which are subject to stress and the natural ageing process. Length of results from the Emsella will also vary according to your health condition. Clinical studies show that many patients are able to maintain their results for 6 months after their treatment course. Keeping a healthy lifestyle is key to maintaining results longer term.
We would recommend doing the daily recommended Kegel exercises at home to help maintain your results and you can have maintenance Emsella treatments should you choose.
The Emsella ‘Kegel chair’ treatment can be found in the UK. Although patients travel far and wide to our St. Albans, Hertfordshire clinic, our location is easily accessible via car and train.
Many of our patients come to us after looking for:
The Emsella chair is a non-invasive treatment that uses HIFEM technology to safely strengthen and tighten your pelvic floor to improve bladder control and intimate satisfaction.
It is, as suggested, a chair that the patient sits on, fully clothed, for each 30-minute treatment session.
Although the treatment sounds too good to be true there are multiple scientific studies that have been published that document in detail how the Emsella treatment helps patients. This is very exciting technology.
Please see FAQ ‘are there Emsella studies?’ for further information.
The issue of incontinence is often focused on women however men do experience urinary incontinence; age, stress and prostate health can all have an impact on incontinence and/or intimate health.
Men are suitable for the Emsella treatment.
Emsella is FDA cleared, medical CE-marked. It is recommended by a number of urologists and gynaecologists.
Other procedures, such as intravaginal electrostimulation, carry the risk of burns and lack the effect as the electrical current treats tissue superficially, not to mention the need to insert the disposable vaginal probe.
There are some contraindications to the treatment such as having an IUD/copper coil, during pregnancy, a pacemaker or defibrillator and metal plates such as a hip replacement.
Unfortunately, having an IUD or copper coil is a contraindication and treatment would not be suitable.
Yes. There are multiple published scientific studies on the Emsella treatment showing improvement in both incontinence and quality of life after treatment. These include:
Hifem® Technology – A new perspective in the treatment of stress urinary incontinence – (ALISON DR., VASILEV V., YANEV K., BUZHOV B., STOILOV M., GEORGIEV M.)
HIFEM technology can improve the quality of life of incontinent patients – (BERENHOLZ J., SIMS T., BOTROS G.)
HIFEM technology non-invasive treatment for incontinence – (ALINSOD R., VASILEV V., ET. AL.)
The clinical evidence for the revolutionary BTL Emsella chair Safety and preliminary efficacy of magnetic stimulation of pelvic floor with Hifem Technology in urinary incontinence – (Delgado Cidranes E1* and Estrada Blanco)
Cost of Emsella treatment depends on how many treatments your condition needs to get the result you are after. Are you available to come in for a consultation so that we can determine this and provide you with an answer?
To give you an idea of costs, single treatments are £250 and a course of 6 treatments is £1,200.
Please be aware that you will always be required to have a full course as a starting point.
No. of treatments
Dependent on your concern. A course of 6 is usually recommended.
None. You may experience the strong sensation of Kegel exercises in your pelvis.
Dependent on your concerns. Many notice changes during their course of treatments.
Duration of results
Emsella results will not last forever as we are treating your muscles which are subject to stress and the natural ageing process. Length of results from the Emsella will also vary according to your health condition. Clinical studies show that many patients maintain their results for 6 months after their treatment course. Keeping a healthy lifestyle is key to maintaining results longer term. We would recommend doing the daily recommended Kegel exercises at home to help maintain your results and you can have maintenance Emsella treatments should you wish.
Resume usual activities
Consultation needed prior
*Disclaimer: We are all individuals therefore results and patient experience may vary from person to person. The information we provide is based on extensive experience treating a wide variety of patients of different ages and genders with varying baselines and is based on an average patient experience. No guarantees can be made about what your results and experience will be.