A new wireless incontinence device could potentially help millions of women manage their bladder weakness without using surgery or drugs. The best part of the wireless device? It’s operated by remote control.
Women suffer with leaky bladder issues in the millions. Overactive bladder, often abbreviated to OAB, can send you running to the bathroom as many as twenty times a day. When you may get the uncontrollable urge to go every few minutes, it can seriously impede the way you approach social activities and even life in general.
The VERV system might change that. Through wireless technology, the system sends high-frequency signals from a patch on the lower back through the skin. The signals stimulate the nerves at the base of the spine to control bladder contractions, and prevent leaking bladder problems that lead to embarrassing mishaps. A successful clinical trial has already been conducted at the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton, UK.
The VERV system is very small and discreet, and requires no additional drugs or surgery. It’s non-invasive and relatively easy to use, fully waterproof and can even be self-placed with a special tool. The patch is worn continuously for 7 days, at which point it’s replaced. Patients can continue swimming, showering and exercises normally while wearing the VERV.
During the four-week clinical trial, which involved 64 patients, 63 percent said their leaking bladder problems were reduced by 50 percent or more. An even higher number of patients, 66 percent, said the device improved their quality of life.
Better bladder control
Exercises can also help women re-establish control over a leaking bladder. Even without the aid of special devices, it’s possible for the majority of women to re-strengthen the muscles that keep the bladder in place. Through time, childbirth and estrogen loss – which happens to everyone who goes through menopause – these muscles become much weaker, and the bladder may slip out of place as a result. Isn’t exercise always the answer when you want to strengthen certain muscles?
Kegels and other bladder control exercises can often provide the answer, and many physicians will recommend these as a first course of action. However, bladder control exercises may not always be effective for women suffering with overactive bladder problems that cause urine leakage. Women who are looking for options that are specific to OAB may find that the VERV device is the answer. The successful clinical trial of the device is very promising, and women may not have to wait too much longer before it’s widely available on the open medical market.
Learn more about managing bladder weakness in our free special report, 5 Keys to Manage a Leaking Bladder or Overactive Bladder for Women Over 50.