FAQ: Our Products

What does muscle stimulation feel like?

Gentle muscle stimulation feels as if your pelvic floor muscles are pulling upward and inward, then relaxing — a gentle tightening of your muscles around the probe. The stimulated contractions strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, providing you greater control.  As with all InControl Medical products, the muscle stimulation is customized specifically for each person.

Why are InControl Medical products money well spent?

  • InControl Medical is governed by FDA regulations for quality and efficacy. InControl meets or exceeds those requirements for quality and safety.
  • InControl Medical uses only medical grade components to create its products.
  • InControl Medical manufactures all of its products in the United States with American workers and wages.
  • Unlike InControl’s products, foreign-made products meet no standards and use low cost, foreign labor.
  • Compared to the cost of diapers, pads and the aggravation of bladder leakage, InControl’s products are a bargain.

Do InControl Medical devices contain latex?

InControl Medical’s devices are made of 100 percent medical grade silicone and medical grade stainless steel; it is phthalate-free and contains no latex.

Why aren’t pads a solution to bladder leakage?

Pads are not a solution to bladder leakage – they are simply a temporary, inconvenient strategy until you solve the underlying problem that causes your bladder leakage. Bladder leakage is not something that will get better with time. In fact, wearing a pad increases your chances of urinary tract infection.

Some women may be concerned about the cost of solving a bladder leakage problem; however, treating the problem with InControl products typically costs less than purchasing pads, diapers and other products over time. Studies have shown women with incontinence pay approximately $900 annually for routine care and management of incontinence, including pads and laundry/dry cleaning, but you can’t put a cost on your quality of life.

Why are Kegel exercises alone not effective?

Research has shown that over half of women who attempt Kegel exercises do them incorrectly by over-using their abdominal, buttock or leg muscles — resulting in no improvement in pelvic floor muscle strength. You have to contract pelvic floor muscles in isolation in order for the exercises to be effective.

Additionally, if you already have weak pelvic floor muscles, you may not be able to contract them effectively. InControl Medical devices use muscle stimulation to activate and strengthen the correct muscles more efficiently than you can do on our own, leading to a stronger pelvic floor.

Our products take the confusion out of pelvic floor strengthening (Kegel exercises) by providing you the “mind muscle connection” of what a properly performed Kegel exercise should feel like when done correctly. Once you understand the proper technique to contract your pelvic floor muscles in isolation, you are on your way to stronger pelvic floor muscles and a healthy pelvic floor.

With regard to urinary incontinence, when should I expect improvement?

Results depend upon the condition of your pelvic floor muscles and the severity of your symptoms when you begin your sessions. Many people begin to notice improvement within a few weeks.

InControl Medical’s studies have shown that at 90 days of proper use, people experienced a 90 percent reduction in bladder leakage. On average, stress incontinence symptoms are resolved within 12–14 weeks while symptoms of urgency/OAB may take longer to completely resolve. With continued usage,  your symptoms decrease over time, allowing you an improved quality of life.

Why are ApexM, Apex, InTone and Intensity devices vaginally inserted?

The pelvic floor muscles hold the vagina, uterus and bladder in place. The most direct route to those muscles, to stop stress urinary incontinence, is through the vagina. In addition, the detrusor muscle that contracts the bladder is approximately three inches away from the tip of the device when vaginally inserted. Calming that muscle is what prevents urge incontinence (also called Overactive Bladder).

Why is the InTone®MV device inserted rectally?

The rectum is the most direct route to the pelvic floor muscles in men. When treating urinary incontinence, the device strengthens the pelvic floor muscles, the bladder sphincter and the anal sphincter and calms the detrusor muscle that affects overactive bladder (OAB), also known as urge incontinence.

Rectal insertion is the most effective way to treat bowel leakage in both men and women.

Can I substitute the InControl Gel or not use it at all?

InControl Medical Gel is a conductive gel that enhances the delivery of stimulation and the effectiveness of our devices, and also functions as a lubricant. The gel has been biocompatibility tested for safety when in contact with mucosal surfaces, and is the only gel recommended by InControl Medical.

Other lubricants should not be used. Water-based lubricants do not conduct stimulation and silicone- based lubricants actually block the conduction of stimulation.