ProKegel - Advanced Treatment for Men’s Urinary Incontinence and Erectile Dysfunction

ProKegel - Advanced Treatment for Men’s Urinary Incontinence and Erectile Dysfunction

Prokegel is a cutting edge, FDA-approved treatment that tones your bladder and pelvic floor muscles, returning neuromuscular control to the pelvic floor. This non-invasive treatment can help men suffering from urinary incontinence (UI), issues that arise following prostate removal (prostatectomy) and erectile dysfunction. 

As we age, pelvic floor muscles can weaken and compromise the support of your internal organs - leading to incontinence. Defined as the involuntary leakage of urine, urinary incontinence can be embarrassing and impact one’s quality of life. Men are more likely to experience urinary incontinence as they age with 21 percent of men ages 45-64 reporting episodes of UI. Approximately 6-8 percent of men who have prostate removal surgery will develop urinary incontinence.

Although Prokegel is FDA-approved to treat men with urinary incontinence issues, it has shown promising results for treating men’s erectile dysfunction issues. See below for further information about sexual dysfunction and how Prokegel can treat this issue for men.

WHAT IS URINARY INCONTINENCE?

While many men experience intermittent, minor leaks of urine, others may lose small to moderate amounts of urine more frequently. There are several types of UI:

  • Urge incontinence - a sudden, intense urge to urinate followed by an involuntary loss of urine. The urge to urinate may become more frequent, including throughout the night. Urge incontinence may be caused by a minor condition such as infection, or a more severe condition such as a neurological disorder or diabetes. This is the most common type of incontinence among men.

  • Stress incontinence - the leakage of urine when pressure is exerted on the bladder by sneezing, coughing, exercising, or laughing. Common contributors to stress incontinence include obesity, high impact exercise, family history and age. Prostate surgery is the most common cause of stress incontinence due to inadequate urethral sphincter function.

  • Overflow incontinence - the experience of frequent or constant dribbling of urine due to a bladder that doesn't empty completely. This is most common for men with enlarged prostate (i.e. BPH or benign prostatic hyperplasia). 

  • Functional incontinence - a mental or physical impairment that makes it difficult to get to the toilet in time. 

  • Mixed incontinence - the experience of more than one type of urinary incontinence (most frequently a combination of stress and urge incontinence).

CAUSES OF URINARY INCONTINENCE

More temporary UI may be caused by a number of factors - from food, drinks and medications to urinary tract infections. For more persistent urinary incontinence, there are several potential causes relating to underlying physical problems or changes, including:

  • Prostate surgery

  • Enlarged prostate (BPH)

  • Prostate cancer

  • Changes with age

  • High impact exercise

  • Obesity

  • Lifestyle choices (smoking, caffeine intake)

  • Family history

  • Urobiome (i.e. unhealthy bacteria in the bladder)

  • Obstruction (tumors, urinary stones) 

  • Neurological disorders (MS, Parkinson's disease, stroke, brain tumor or spinal injury)

TREATING URINARY INCONTINENCE WITH Prokegel

If an evaluation by your physician determines that you suffer from persistent stress or urge incontinence, Prokegel is a non-invasive treatment that has been proven to alleviate symptoms. Here’s a step by step of what to expect:

  1. While remaining fully clothed, the patient sits on the Prokegel for approximately 30 minutes.

  2. Prokegel uses focused, high-intensity pulse  technology to stimulate the deep muscles of the pelvic floor, causing them to contract. A single Prokegel session produces thousands of supramaximal pelvic floor muscle contractions, which serve to re-educate men’s pelvic floor muscles. It produces the same result as doing 10,000 kegel exercises in a half hour. We call it the Kegel Throne.

  3. Typically, patients will need two treatments per day for two weeks .

  4. Most patients report a significant, remarkable improvement in strengthened muscles and bladder control. Prokegel treatments tend to produce faster, more significant results when compared to pelvic floor therapy. 

A NOTE ABOUT PROKEGEL AND ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION

When studies were conducted on Prokegel for urinary incontinence, clinicians observed that many men reported improvement in the quality of erections and overall sexual function. When pelvic floor weakness occurs, it may lead to erectile dysfunction and/or premature ejaculation or poor control of ejaculation. Prokegel is now commonly used off label for erectile dysfunction - helping treat ED by strengthening the pelvic floor muscles, leading to increased penile rigidity and hardness as well as enhancing control of ejaculation. Patients might also experience enhanced orgasms as a result of their Prokegel treatments.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. Is there clinical research supporting Prokegel?

To date, there are ten published studies on Prokegel. According to clinical reports, 95% of patients reported a substantial improvement to their quality of life following Prokegel treatments. 75% of patients reported using less urinary pads. 

Q. Will Prokegel help treat erectile dysfunction?

The Prokegel is commonly used off-label to treat erectile dysfunction. During studies on Prokegel’s effectiveness for UI, patients reported improvements in sexual function. Prokegel uses electromagnetic pulses to help restore your neuromuscular control, which can work as an exercise to reverse ED.

Q. Does Prokegel help premature ejaculation?

The Mayo Clinic reports that pelvic floor strengthening exercises are beneficial for improving ejaculatory control. Pelvic floor exercises, i.e. kegels, have been shown to strengthen the pelvic muscles which are imperative to delaying ejaculation. A thirty minute Prokegel treatment is the equivalent of doing 10,000 kegel exercises in a half hour.

Q. How long does an Prokegel treatment last?

Your treatment plan will be tailored for your specific needs. Treatment typically takes thirty minutes with most patients needing six sessions, scheduled twice a week. 

Q. What does an Prokegel treatment feel like?

Patients experience tingling and pelvic floor muscle contractions  - there is no reported pain or discomfort.

Q. Is there any downtime following an Prokegel treatment?

You may resume daily activities immediately after the treatment.

Q. How quickly will I see results from Prokegel treatments?

You may notice improvement after a single session.  More typically, the results will continue to improve over the next few weeks.

Q. How long do the effects of Prokegel treatments last?

The effects of the initial six-session treatment can last between 9-12 months. Touch-up sessions may be advised three or six months following the initial treatment, depending on each individual.

Q. Is Prokegel better than pelvic floor therapy in treating urinary incontinence?

Because Prokegel produces thousands of pelvic floor muscle contractions in a short amount of time, this treatment seems to be providing faster, more effective results than pelvic floor therapy.

Q. How much do Prokegel treatments cost?

Free. 

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