It's one of the most common medical conditions, affecting 30 million American women, but 80 percent of those women are not getting treatment.
Now, new smart phone technology is helping those women with incontinence.
Carol Hebert has a very common health condition, one that many women, and her friends, don't even want to discuss with their doctors.
"They find it very embarrassing. Matter of fact, they said to me, 'You're going to go talk on television about this?' And I said, 'If I can, if this works, I will go shout it on top of the mountains," said Hebert.
Stress urinary incontinence happens when they exercise, laugh, cough, sneeze, even go up stairs, because the pelvic floor muscles are weak.
"I would be asleep and I'd have to go to the bathroom and my bathroom's like six feet away from me, and I'd get up and I wouldn't even make it to the bathroom," Hebert said.
"It's childbirth. It is obesity. It is menopause. These are the most common causes" explained urologist Dr. Neil Baum.
Dr. Baum prescribed a new FDA cleared device for Carol called Leva and it's nothing like the old Kegel balls and exercises. Twice a day, for just two and a half minutes, the probe is inserted into the vagina and connects to your smart phone by Bluetooth. Then you get instant feedback to make sure you're doing the exercise correctly.
The goal is not just to squeeze the muscles, but to pull them upward. It also monitors your progress and muscle strength. In just two and a half weeks, studies show women with mild to moderate urinary stress incontinence get improvement.
"Women who have stress urinary incontinence no longer need to suffer in silence. They don't have to depend on Depends," Dr. Baum said since many patients turn to pads and adult diapers.
The Leva is by prescription and ordered through your doctor's office. Most insurance and Medicare cover the device.
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