Do I need a prescription?
ELITONE® is FDA-cleared for use without a prescription.
How do I use ELITONE?
ELITONE is used at your convenience in the privacy of your home. A GelPad is placed on your perineal (pubic) area, then connected to a tiny controller. After putting on your clothes, clip the controller to your waistband, and press a button to start treatment. You will feel your pelvic floor muscles tighten, hold for a few seconds, and then release. During treatment, you can walk around and continue your daily routine. After 20 minutes of treatment, the controller turns off automatically.
A User Manual accompanies the device and includes easy-to-follow instructions, plus our how to start using ELITONE video is a great resource.
What does the therapy feel like?
Women report a tingling sensation where the GelPad contacts the skin. Internally, you should feel tightening, followed by 6 seconds of “hold” and then 6 seconds of “rest.” This sequence repeats 100x for a complete workout. A few minutes into the workout, your skin may feel a little numb.
This treatment is based on a proven pelvic floor therapy called electrical muscle stimulation (EMS or e-stim). The device’s signal is similar to the current your brain uses to tell muscles to contract. ELITONE is specially developed to send signals safely and comfortably through the skin to treat stress urinary incontinence [unlike low-frequency devices like TENS for pain management].
How long do the effects of ELITONE last?
Treatment outcomes vary by individual. Most women see a continued reduction in leaks after the initial 6-week therapy. We recommend periodic follow-up treatment sessions. For some women, this may be 3–4 sessions after a few months. For others, this may be a weekly maintenance session. After using ELITONE, some women have a better understanding of their pelvic floor muscles and can perform Kegels more effectively on their own for maintenance.
Do I need to shave?
The gel used in the GelPads can be applied over hair and will not pull out hair when removed. However, there does need to be good skin contact. About half the women in our clinical study said they shaved or trimmed hair for better results.
Can I use ELITONE if I...
Yes. Our studies have found no correlation between weight/BMI and efficacy.
Have a sling?
Yes. ELITONE can be used with the sling in place.
Have an IUD?
ELITONE can be used with hormonal IUDs (Mirena, Kyleena, Liletta, and Skyla) but cannot be used with the copper IUD (Paraguard).
Had a hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy would not affect the use of the ELITONE device because your pelvic floor muscles are still intact.
We can’t make any claims about prolapse. Please check with your doctor. For early stages of prolapse, many doctors recommend Kegel exercises. The ELITONE does Kegel exercises longer and stronger than you could on your own, so if your doctor has recommended that you do Kegel exercises, ELITONE could help.
Have urge incontinence
Many women have both stress and urge incontinence, and the device does send out both signals. When you have urgency or an overactive bladder, a stronger pelvic floor can also help you get to the toilet without an accident. Many women say ELITONE helps with their urgency and night wakings (see the Reviews page). However, we are only FDA cleared for stress incontinence, so if you have NO stress incontinence, this device is not for you. **NEW** Contact Us if you would like to be considered for our Urge Incontinence Study.
Please review the Indications and Contraindications for other situations.
Will this feel like Kegel exercises? They didn't work for me.
Some women report similarities to Kegel exercises, but not all. A common reason for ineffective Kegels according to one study is 25% of women do not perform Kegels correctly. They either contract the wrong muscles or fail to hold the contraction long enough, often because the muscles are already so weak. ELITONE does the Kegels longer and stronger than you can on your own. ELITONE also focuses on the muscles surrounding the urethra, instead of the entire pelvic floor structure.
If I use it more, will I get faster results?
Perhaps. The biggest factor we saw with the speed of improvement is the degree of intensity coupled with consistency of treatment. You can treat more than the recommended schedule, but remember your pelvic floor muscles need to recover after a “workout,” and just as with regular exercise, it’s possible to fatigue the muscles, reducing the benefit.
How can I afford this?
We understand this is a major purchase and also know that early intervention yields the best results. We believe so strongly in early, conservative treatment that we’ve partnered with PayPal and Splitit to provide flexible payment options. (See below for how to sign up.)
Another option is to pay with HSA/FSA accounts. (See below for those options.)
In the end, you’re already paying for your incontinence. An NIH study showed that the average annual cost of not getting treatment is $750/year from pads and extra laundry. Also, muscle is never static, which means that if you don’t actively contract the muscles, symptoms will get worse. There will be a point where muscles and ligaments are too stretched and will not recover, so we encourage you to get treatment early.
How do I pay in monthly installments with PayPal?
PayPal Credit offer quick loans subject to eligibility check and approval (it won’t affect your credit to check). Both have installments from 3-12 months.
- Go to Checkout Page → Proceed with payment method. You will be taken offsite to complete the transaction.
- Enter Personal information (date of birth, SSN last 4 digits, phone, annual income after taxes) → Agree
- Review terms (If 6 months or less then it should be 0% interest) → Agree and Apply
With PayPal Credit you pay no interest for 6 months. If you need lower payments, you can do that with an interest fee for longer than 6 months. Once on PayPal choose +Apply for PayPal Credit.
How do I pay in installments with SplitIt?
Splitit is different because it is NOT a loan that requires a credit check. Splitit charges your VISA or MasterCard in monthly intervals until the full payment is paid. There are no fees or interest from Splitit.
- At the time of purchase, you will only be charged for the first payment. The remaining balance will be held on your credit card. After each monthly payment, the amount held from your available balance will be reduced to the new remaining balance (the held amount might appear as “pending”).
Go to Checkout Page → Proceed with Splitit
Is ELITONE covered by insurance?
Some insurance providers cover the cost of ELITONE, but we do not process insurance payments. You would purchase ELITONE, and then submit the invoice to your insurer for reimbursement.
Insurance companies have different coverage requirements. You may need a prescription and evidence that you’ve tried Kegel exercises for at least 4 weeks, so it may be helpful to have your doctor complete a Detailed Written Order.
When calling to discuss ELITONE with your insurer, ask whether they cover “non-implanted pelvic floor electrical stimulators” HCPCS/DME code E0740.
Medicare: ELITONE is approved for reimbursement by Medicare. The out-of-pocket cost is about $130 spread over 13 months. With Medicare, you are renting the product rather than buying it outright. After you have what you need for Medicare, you may proceed to our partner here.
Learn more about reimbursement here.
What are FSA and HSA?
Flexible spending accounts (FSA) and health savings accounts (HSA) are programs that allow you to set aside money (before taxes) for specific health care expenses. If you’re unsure whether or not you have an FSA or HSA, check with your employer/HR or insurance company.
At checkout, enter your FSA or HSA card information like you normally would with any debit/credit card. If you do not have a card for your FSA or HSA account, check out using your normal credit card and get reimbursed directly from your FSA/HSA provider.
Many accounts don’t “roll-over” from year to year, so ELITONE can be a great option to use up funds before the end of year. Please direct any questions specific to your personal plan and expiration date to your employer/HR or insurance provider.
Can men use ELITONE?
The GelPads are designed to fit female anatomy. In the future, we hope to offer a similar product for men. Contact us to stay in the loop and be notified when available.
Use with pregnancy and after childbirth?
You should not use the device during pregnancy.
After childbirth, ELITONE is perfect to help you “get your normal back” quickly. We recommend waiting 6 weeks after you deliver, but consult your doctor about using ELITONE earlier.
For those planning on getting pregnant and wondering if they should wait until after childbirth, we encourage you to have a strong pelvic floor BEFORE you deliver so that you can recover quickly. ELITONE trains you about which muscles to contract during Kegels, so you can keep your pelvic floor fit on your own during pregnancy.
Will this help with prolapse?
The pelvic floor muscles do a lot to support everything above it, including the uterus and bladder. As the muscles get weak, often the organs above it start to drop (prolapse).
If the condition is mild, doctors often recommend Kegel exercises to help support the organs. If this is the case, ELITONE may help because that’s the purpose of the device. However, if the prolapse condition is severe, ELITONE is less likely to help. Please consult your doctor.
Will this improve sex?
We get this question a lot. We cannot make any claims. However, if you consider that ELITONE exercises and tones the pelvic floor muscles, our customers tell us that it has helped.
What is the GelPad made out of?
Rest assured, as an FDA-cleared device, it has passed all biocompatibility tests. The gels in the GelPads are non-toxic hydrogels, which means it is mostly salt-water. The gel is slightly sticky and originates from the wound-care industry, which means that it does NOT pull hair and is very gentle.
Can ELITONE be shipped internationally?
No, not yet.