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New Non-Invasive Bowel Incontinence Control Device for Women

FDA Approves “Eclipse” as an Effective Treatment for Bowel Incontinence in Women


Women experience bladder and bowel incontinence far more often than men. This is due to a number of different female functions (like pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause) that directly affect the pelvic floor muscles. Bowel incontinence, for men and women, can be socially and emotionally crippling. Many with incontinence stop going out as much for fear of leakage, they do not engage in sex as often, they feel less attractive, the list goes on. This lack of activity and increase in depression can cause weight gain or weakened muscles, which increases symptoms of incontinence. It can feel like a Catch 22. Do you go out and risk leakage? Or do you stay in an increase leakage? The answer is go out and seek treatment to reduce leakage and live an active life.


There are many forms of treatment for bladder and bowel incontinence including medication, pelvic floor training, diet changes, and surgery. Physicians throughout the United States have developed specialized incontinence centers dedicated to finding more effective and comfortable treatments. Too many people suffer in silence. Medical studies are constantly performed to alleviate incontinence, so more incontinent people will seek treatment and live a healthy happy lifestyle. One of the most recent and successful achievements in incontinence care is a bowel incontinence control device called Eclipse, released by Pelvalon this year.


Pelvalon develops vaginal bowel control systems for women who suffer from bowel control problems. The company was founded in 2010 and is based in Sunnyvale, California. Their medical researchers have officially upgraded and launched a modern non-invasive device to treat bowel incontinence in women. Pelvalon says 20 million women in the U.S. suffer from poor bowel control, also called fecal incontinence and accidental bowel leakage. Fortunately they have focused on this common condition and found an incredibly effective and comfortable solution, Eclipse.


Pelvalon tells us How Eclipse Works –


Eclipse is the first vaginal insert designed to provide bowel control. The insert is placed in the same location as a tampon or a diaphragm, and can be removed at any time.


A detachable and discreet pump is used to inflate and deflate a balloon on the insert. The balloon is designed to control your rectum and prevent stool from passing when you’re not ready for it. When you’re ready to have a bowel movement, simply deflate the balloon. Once you have finished your bowel movement, inflate the balloon again and go on your way. This design allows you to actively control your bowels.


How do Women Feel about Eclipse?


A well-fit insert will be comfortable for almost all women. Women who were successfully fit with Eclipse in a 1-month study overwhelmingly reported comfort wearing the insert. Some said they couldn’t even feel it. They said the insert was incredibly easy to use and 8 out of 10 women reported treatment success during 1-month of use. And the detachable pump is so discreet, it can fit in your purse. Now they can go to the movies, dinner parties, even hit the beach with little worry of accidental bowel incontinence. Of the women in the clinical trial, 98% said they would recommend Eclipse to a friend.


“Eclipse is a non-surgical therapy offering immediate bowel control that can be used early in the treatment pathway,” said Dr. Holly E. Richter, director of the division of urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Eclipse eliminates the need for constant in office procedures aside from the initial doctor visit.


What are the Ultimate Results?


Pelvalon is excited about their newly FDA approved device. The results of the study showed an 86% success rate with no serious device-related adverse events, so it would be hard for the FDA not to approve. Prior to a full-scale launch, Eclipse will be available in California, Illinois, and Alabama.


Companies like Pelvalon are adding to the new non-invasive incontinence treatment trend. Companies like Poise already paved the way with their Poise Impressa Bladder Supports for the treatment of Urinary Incontinence. Even a sexual health company called Minna Life sells the “kGoal”, which is a “smart kegel exercise trainer” that provides women with immediate feedback on their pelvic floor exercises (which help control bladder and bowel incontinence). Ultimately, these innovations in medical technology are just the beginning.


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