INNOVO uses electrodes placed in athletic shorts to cause the pelvic floor muscles to contract. This strengthens the pelvic floor over time and reduces or eliminates incontinence.
Urinary incontinence or leaking urine is a common problem that affects 1 in 3 women. Bladder leakage is caused by weak pelvic floor muscles that cannot properly control the bladder. When a woman sneezes, laughs, exercises, coughs, or anything else that puts pressure on the bladder, an involuntary leak can occur when the pelvic floor isn’t able to tighten enough to prevent leakage. Pelvic floor muscles can become weak for various reasons, with the most common being menopause and pregnancy.
Medication and physical therapy are the two most common ways to manage incontinence. However, medication isn’t an ideal option for everyone, and physical therapy requires that people keep up with their prescribed exercise plan. Emy is a wireless Kegel trainer that helps with the physical therapy concept, by using gamification and real-time feedback to help measure the effectiveness of the exercises to support women.
Ireland-based INNOVO has developed a solution that treats the root cause of incontinence in a non-invasive and low-effort way. The FDA-cleared technology is integrated into a pair of athletic shorts. The shorts use electrical muscle stimulation technology which delivers gentle pulses that cause the pelvic floor to contract as if the wearer was doing perfect Kegel exercises.
Over the daily 30-minute session, INNOVO causes the pelvic floor to contract 180 times while the user relaxes and is free to watch TV, read a book, etc. Results from a study found that 80% of women saw results in 4 weeks of using INNOVO. By week 12, 87% of participants were either dry or nearly dry.