What Are the Common Causes of Urinary Incontinence?

By: Dr. David Alonso


Stress urinary incontinence commonly affects women, particularly later in life, and can be due to one or more contributing factors. The symptoms of stress incontinence include frequent urination, the inability to hold urine, and an overactive bladder, all of which can be disruptive and embarrassing for the patient. Surgery and medication for incontinence are available therapies, though they can be costly and inconvenient in many cases. For women who are searching for a more natural solution for stress urinary incontinence, board-certified physician Dr. David Alonso and the compassionate team at Amour Medical Aesthetics in Chico, CA offer a collection of female intimate health and wellness treatments, including the EMSELLA® chair and MonaLisa Touch®. You’ll find more information below on the benefits of using these nonsurgical treatments to improve incontinence symptoms and give you back the control you deserve.

What causes female incontinence?

Incontinence in women is a common complaint, often developing later in life – though it can affect women of virtually any age. One of the most prevalent types of incontinence is stress urinary incontinence, which is primarily characterized by the leakage of urine with certain kinds of pressure or activity, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, jumping, pushing, or straining. Stress incontinence is often multifactorial – with many factors contributing to the condition – some of which may include:

  • Age
  • Pregnancy/childbirth
  • Pelvic floor injury
  • Weight fluctuation
  • Repetitive heavy lifting
  • Chronic cough

In most of these scenarios, weakened pelvic floor muscles are the underlying cause of stress urinary incontinence, making it difficult or impossible for the patient to control their urine flow under certain circumstances or when engaging in certain activities.

How can I improve my continence without surgery?

Female incontinence surgery can be painful and often requires time off of work for recovery. Medications may be effective but can be costly and have unwanted side effects. At Amour Medical Aesthetics, our team is committed to offering the most convenient, effective, and natural solutions possible to help our patients achieve rapid, reliable, and long-lasting relief from their stress incontinence symptoms. One of the most popular treatments for incontinence is the EMSELLA chair, which is nonsurgical, noninvasive, and virtually painless. In fact, the EMSELLA treatment is performed with the patient fully clothed, simply sitting comfortably in the treatment chair.

How does the EMSELLA chair work?

During an EMSELLA chair treatment, which is performed while the patient is fully clothed and sitting down on the specialized apparatus resembling a chair, approximately 10,000 pulses are delivered to contract the pelvic floor muscles. This strengthens the pelvic floor more quickly and dramatically than Kegels alone are able to, though practicing Kegel exercises between treatments can help to boost the effects of the EMSELLA chair. Additionally, many women choose to combine or alternate their EMSELLA treatments with the MonaLisa Touch system, another nonsurgical system that improves circulation and blood flow to the intimate areas for improvement in continence, sexual wellness, and more.

Following a full round of EMSELLA chair treatment, which typically involves about 4 – 6 treatment sessions, many patients report a profound improvement in their stress urinary incontinence symptoms, allowing them to once again enjoy all that life has to offer with confidence.

Don’t let urinary leakage keep you on the sidelines. Consider EMSELLA treatment in Chico, CA

If you are searching for a convenient and effective treatment for stress urinary incontinence in Chico, CA, call Amour Medical Aesthetics to schedule your private consultation with board-certified physician Dr. David Alonso or one of our expertly trained staff members today. We look forward to giving you back the comfort, confidence, and dryness you deserve with EMSELLA for stress urinary incontinence.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.