Why and When Not To Treat Incontinence

Mom too busy with work and family

We get it. You have lots of reasons for not treating your incontinence and you’re not alone.

We often hear from women that they’ve been dealing with incontinence for years or even decades.  All types of reasons for not pursuing treatment are given.  Discover when you should and when you should not… and our thoughts on how ELITONE can help you get past those excuses and commit to regaining control and confidence.


Most Popular Reasons Why Women Are NOT Treating Incontinence

  • I’m too busy:  Us too.  Between work, driving the kids to soccer practice and trying to make a healthy dinner, who has time to think about doing something for yourself?  ELITONE is used at home and worn under your clothing, so you can do other things while receiving your short 20-minute treatment. Thanks to ELITONE’s discreet design women have even chosen to treat while on the go (walking the dog, watching your kid’s soccer game, etc.)
  • My leaks aren’t that bad:  We’ve heard women say “I don’t have incontinence, I only leak when I laugh, sneeze or exercise.”  Guess what, that’s incontinence. You may be able to manage your leaks now, but in time they will get worse, and it’s much easier and cost-effective to treat symptoms when they are less severe.
  • It’s too expensive:  Pads may not seem expensive when you buy them one package at a time, but the lifetime costs of managing incontinence add up, and if symptoms progress resulting in surgery as the only alternative, the cost can be substantial ($$$).  Are you willing to wait until then?
  • I’m too embarrassed:  Incontinence isn’t something we like to think about, much less discuss, even with our doctor.   Although we encourage you to discuss your particular situation with a healthcare professional, we’ve made ELITONE easy to use and available without a prescription, so you can get started on your own.
  • I’m not inserting anything down there:  We hear you! This was one of our top reasons for designing ELITONE.  All the other options required vaginal insertion, which is a non-starter for so many of us.  ELITONE is non-invasive and worn against the skin… NOT placed inside you.

When should you “not” treat your incontinence?

  • When your incontinence is not stress or urge incontinence.  Not to say you should not treat other types of incontinence, but that you should not treat it yourself without a professional evaluation.  Most over-the-counter treatments are designed for stress and urge incontinence only.  
  • When your stress incontinence is not from the typical weak muscles, but some other underlying condition, even too-tight muscles. Consult a doctor.
  • When the only option presented to you by a surgeon is surgery. Surgery may be the best choice for your condition, but you should first rule out all conservative measures of treatment. Many surgeons are not aware of all the conservative treatments, such as external electrical stimulation.

You may be interested in learning about How to do Kegels Correctly, or a device such as ELITONE to do it for you. You may also want to know the consequences of NOT treating when you should.

ELITONE does 100 Kegel contractions in 20 minutes