Time to Live Leak-Free with Today’s Innovative Treatments for Incontinence
Urinary incontinence and bladder control problems in women can occur at any age. Contributing factors include aging, child birth, medications and pelvic prolapse. The problem continues to grow as measured by the increase in sales of urinary incontinence pads. Pads are not a solution, nor can silence treat the problem. Open discussion with your physician, however, can result in dramatic improvement in symptoms.
Did You Know?
Many patients may not know that there is more than one type of bladder control issue. In fact, there are two main types of urinary incontinence problems that women can experience.
Urge incontinence is the feeling and need to go all the time. You are constantly looking for a bathroom. This urgency can limit your activity and your confidence. Urge incontinence can be treated by lifestyle changes such as timed urination or limiting the type and amount of fluids. There are also medications that can help decrease frequency and urgency.
Stress incontinence is the unwanted loss of urine with activities such as running, lifting, coughing, sneezing, or during sex. This type of urinary incontinence is due to the loss of support for the bladder and or urethra.
Traditional Treatments for Incontinence
Conservative treatments consist of urinating more often, or before activities like running, which is known to cause urine loss. Exercising and strengthening the Kegel muscles can also improve bladder control for mild to moderate urine loss. Unfortunately, most patients cannot exercise these muscles adequately on their own. There are many devices available that provide bio-feedback on your efforts, as well as electrical stimulation of the Kegel muscles. See my article on the Intone device.
Advanced & Effective Treatment Options
Both the MonaLisa Touch® and the O-Shot® treatment procedures are innovative options that can also help with urinary incontinence. These methods work by improving the collagen support around the urethra. The MonaLisa is a non-surgical laser treatment for the vagina that helps to stimulate the growth and thickness of the vaginal tissue. This improves vaginal moisture, helps with alleviating painful intercourse, as well as improving bladder control.
The O-shot for women is an innovative and natural technique that utilizes platelet rich plasma, or better known as PRP. PRP is obtained by spinning your blood to concentrate the growth factors and platelets that are in the plasma. These treatments have been used in orthopedics to heal injuries. When injected as the O-Shot, the PRP stimulates the growth of collagen around the urethra, giving it additional support. The O-Shot has an additional benefit in helping to make orgasm easier and stronger, by stimulating the growth of nerves and blood supply to the clitoris.
Fortunately, at Woodlands OBGYN Associates, we have seen remarkable success with these procedures for our patients. Both are performed in our office and are proven effective in helping treat bladder control problems, as well as issues concerning female intimacy or sexual dysfunction. Even more, both procedures are non-surgical, painless, and there is very little to no recovery time.
For some, surgical options may be necessary. These can usually be done as day surgery with minimal recovery time. Modern slings give good safe support to the urethra and can last many years. These surgeries can be combined with additional procedures to treat symptoms of prolapse and vaginal laxity. Learn more about surgical treatment options.
As you can see there are many treatment options available to improve bladder control. Your concerns about urinary incontinence are best addressed with an open discussion of your symptoms and needs with your physician. At Woodlands OBGYN Associates, we take pride in offering the latest innovations in gynecology. Schedule your consultation appointment to address any of your concerns at tel:281-364-9898.
Raj Syal MD