New Dietary Supplement for Treating Incontinence

Together with the researchers of a partner company, the Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of the Clinical Centre, UD, have developed a dietary supplement that may help women who live with incontinence. Combined with physical exercise, the product strengthens pelvic muscles. The dietary supplement was tested at the Clinic, the results were reported on Wednesday.

The urogynecology section was established at the Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of the Clinical Centre five years ago. It has published numerous scientific findings and developed surgical procedures. Now the doctors of the Clinic have participated in the development and the clinical trial of a dietary supplement that can help women with incontinence.

- It is an innovative niche product. It can help people living with incontinence and to avoid surgical intervention. The project was launched by the Clinic and was carried out using cutting-edge technology that allowed the collection of accurate data – said Zoárd Krasznai, director of the Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of the Clinical Centre.

Incontinence means that someone cannot control their urination. About 1.5 million women suffer from this problem in Hungary.
- Stress or pressure-induced incontinence is caused by the reduced function of the sphincter, and is generally triggered by physical activity. The most common risk factor is the weakness of the muscles in the pelvic floor. Stress-induced incontinence does not only affect older women. According to surveys, 50 percent of women between 18 and 24 have experienced incontinence. After menopause, the problem occurs significantly more often. Incontinence can be considered a public health issue – explained Bence Kozma, head of the project, senior lecturer at UD and head of the urogynecology section of the Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics.

The treatment of incontinence is a complex process. The first things patients are advised are to change their lifestyles, take behavioural therapy and strengthen the muscles of pelvic floor. If these do not help, medications, laser treatment and surgical intervention are the remaining options. Currently, there is no medication for strengthening and improving the functioning of pelvic floor muscles. Now, with the help of other organisations, the Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics and Fempharma Ltd. have developed a product that may help women who live with incontinence.
- The product supports the treatment of incontinence by strengthening the perineal and by enhancing the biomechanical functionality of the pelvis. Combined with physical exercise, its ingredients, like creatine and leucine, effectively help to strengthen the perineal. In practice, this  means that combined with perineal exercises, the product may significantly  contribute to the strengthening of the pelvic muscles, which in turn reduces the risk of unintentional leaking  of urine – explained Péter Takács, science director of Fempharma Ltd., honorary lecturer of UD and professor of the Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Professor Takács added that this project had been a world-class research. Currently, there is no other product that would support pelvic exercises so efficiently in the cases of pressure-induced incontinence.

The device used for the clinical trial of the product, Vaginal Tactile Imager, was used in clinical research in Hungary for the first time.  
The dietary supplement is not yet available on the market.

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