The loss of bladder control or urinary incontinence is a widespread and embarrassing problem for women of all ages.
Sadly, many women spend years dealing with the discomfort, inconvenience, and shame of urinary incontinence needlessly because the condition is highly treatable. Yes! We do have good news as urinary incontinence is treatable. Let’s show you how!
Types of Urinary Incontinence
Stress Incontinence: The condition refers to the involuntary leaking of urine when sneezing, coughing, having sex, or exercising. Stress incontinence is related to damaged or weak pelvic floor muscles. It is common in women who have given birth vaginally.
Urge Incontinence: This condition involves sudden and unpredictable overwhelming urge to urinate, leading to leaking small to large amounts of urine. Urge incontinence is more common in overweight women and those with diabetes or other neurological issues such as dementia or strokes. The problem is due to spasms of the bladder. Many factors can worsen symptoms, such as caffeine, diuretics, drinking too much fluid, and bladder infections.
Urinary Incontinence Is More Common Than You May Think
If you are experiencing urinary incontinence, know that you are not alone.
As we mentioned before, urinary incontinence is a common and distressing medical disorder that affects close to 50% of American women during their lifetimes.
The condition is not only a physical affliction; it also affects the person’s emotional and mental states and significantly decreases their quality of life.
Urinary incontinence can affect both men and women. However, because of pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause, which can affect the urinary tract, pelvic floor muscles, and other surrounding tissue, it’s more common in women than men.
Many women spend years living with urinary incontinence either because they are too embarrassed to talk about it or because they believe it’s a natural part of aging.
Although it is true that as we age, the likelihood of developing urinary incontinence increases. The condition isn’t an inevitable consequence of aging, and treatment is available.
Trans-Obturator Tension-Free Vaginal Tape (TOT) Placement
A vaginal procedure involving the placement of a mesh tape under the bladder neck functions as a “hammock” supporting the urethra to prevent urine leakage when coughing, sneezing, exercising, or laughing.
The procedure, which takes only 20-30 minutes, does require anesthesia. Still, patients can go home the same day, and recovery time usually takes only a few days. This procedure’s success rate is very high, 86-95%, when done by an experienced physician.
Posterior Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS)
A form of neuromodulation therapy involving the use of mild electrical impulses to address urinary symptoms. The treatment can improve bladder leakage problems in over 95% of patients.
The O-Spot® uses a small blood sample from the patient to develop a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) serum filled with highly active growth factors.
When injected into the vaginal area, the growth factors trigger new cell creation and tissue regeneration.
The rejuvenated tissue growth in the vaginal walls provides better support to the bladder and urethra, easing stress incontinence symptoms.
ThermiVa® is a non-surgical radiofrequency treatment used to tighten and rejuvenate parts of the vagina.
The controlled radiofrequency stimulates collagen production, resulting in tighter, healthier vaginal skin and muscles, which in turn help control stress incontinence symptoms.
At women’s OBY/GYN Center, we specialize in women’s urinary tract wellness. If you are struggling with urinary incontinence, please call us today to receive a free initial consultation. For your convenience, we have two locations, one in Pasadena and the other Webster.