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INEGI contributes to the development of a new device to strengthen the pelvic muscles

12 August 2020
Urinary incontinence is the most prevalent pelvic floor dysfunction in women, with an estimated 303 million women suffering from the disease worldwide. 

The training of the pelvic floor muscles is the type of intervention with the greatest scientific evidence, to combat this and other dysfunctions that cause the weakening of the pelvic muscles, since it promotes the improvement of the different variables of the function of these muscles. 

Although there are already several devices on the market to exercise these muscles, with different characteristics, complexity and costs, Alice Carvalhais and Renato Natal Jorge, both Researchers from INEGI and LAETA - Associated Laboratory for Energy, Transports, and Aeronautics, have found a way to make this therapy more effective and more comfortable for the patient and the physiotherapist.  

New equipment is simpler and more efficient than those on the market 

It is a new device that allows to include different characteristics in a single device. "It makes it possible to make, in a very easy and intuitive way, the appropriate adjustments so that this intervention is as oriented as possible to achieve the intended objectives, in a shorter period of time. In addition, it allows to monitor in real time and in a simple way, the quality and intensity of the contraction and relaxation of this musculature”, explain the inventors of the technology. 

The next steps include the development of the device in two versions: one is more basic, a purely mechanical equipment, and the other includes more technological components, both can be used at home and in the clinic. 

For this purpose, the research team is establishing contacts trying to create partnerships with companies or investors, which bring together the conditions for the development, production and marketing of the final equipment. 

The national patent has already been formalized and the international one is already submitted.