Those who struggle to contract their pelvic floor muscles and cannot tolerate medication may benefit from electrical stimulation of the nerves that control the bladder.
Vaginal electrical stimulation (VES) is a technique used in pelvic floor physiotherapy. If pelvic floor muscles need to be strengthened, VES may be used. Vaginal electrical stimulation can be facilitated by a healthcare professional or at home using a personal device.
First, a lubricant is applied to a sensor that is inserted into the vagina. Next, a low-voltage current stimulates the muscles to create a contraction, a response similar to Kegels. The strength of the current can be adjusted to suit the specific needs and comfort of the wearer.
VES is often used with other treatment techniques to improve pelvic floor strength and tone.