Urinary incontinence is a medical condition characterized by the involuntary loss of urine, leading to an individual's inability to control their bladder function fully. It can manifest in various forms and severity levels. The condition may range from occasional minor leakage to a complete inability to hold urine. Let us dive deeper to understand some of the causes, types, and different types of urinary incontinence treatments.
Simple lifestyle modifications like maintaining a healthy weight, quitting smoking, and avoiding caffeine and alcohol can significantly improve symptoms.
Pelvic Floor Exercises
Kegel exercises, which involve contracting and relaxing the muscles of the pelvic floor, can help strengthen the muscles responsible for bladder control.
Certain medications, such as anticholinergics, can help relax the bladder muscles and reduce episodes of incontinence.
Laser treatments are also gaining popularity to as a form of urinary incontinence treatment for women. At Shens Medical Aesthetics we offer specifically Fotona's IncontiLase® incontinence treatment. This minimally invasive procedure uses laser technology to strengthen the vaginal walls and pelvic floor muscles, addressing stress urinary incontinence in women.
IncontiLase® is a minimally invasive urinary incontinence treatment designed to address stress urinary incontinence in women. During the procedure, a specially designed laser probe is inserted into the vaginal canal, delivering controlled laser energy to the targeted areas. The controlled laser energy heats the tissues, stimulating collagen production and promoting the tightening of the vaginal walls and pelvic floor muscles, which play a crucial role in bladder control. This incontinence treatment can help improve bladder control and reduce episodes of leakage.
IncontiLase® utilizes Fotona's 2940 nm Er:YAG non-ablative laser with a specialized "Smooth-mode" technology to generate controlled heat within the vaginal tissue. This thermal effect triggers a process known as collagen remodelling and stimulates the production of new collagen fibers in specific areas such as the vestibule, urethral orifice, and the anterior vaginal wall. The end result of this collagen neogenesis is the tightening and shrinking of the vaginal mucosa tissue and the collagen-rich endopelvic fascia. As a result, the bladder gains greater support, leading to the restoration of normal continence function.
One significant advantage of IncontiLase® is that the procedure is non-invasive and virtually painless. It does not involve any cutting, ablation, bleeding, or sutures. Patients experience a remarkably quick recovery and downtime as well.
For the alleviation of mild to moderate stress urinary incontinence, it is generally recommended to undergo two sessions. There is no need for special pre-operative preparation or post-operative precautions, and patients can immediately resume their normal daily activities.
Clinical studies have verified that IncontiLase® is an effective, safe, and comfortable treatment option for relieving symptoms in patients with mild and moderate stress urinary incontinence.
If you are considering any urinary incontinence treatment, it is crucial to consult with a qualified healthcare professional experienced in this area. They can provide a comprehensive evaluation, discuss the potential benefits and risks, and guide you towards the most suitable treatment options based on your unique circumstances.
Weak or Overactive Bladder Muscles
The muscles that control the release of urine may become weak or overly active, leading to leakage.
In women, hormonal fluctuations, such as those occurring during pregnancy, childbirth, or menopause, can weaken the muscles responsible for bladder control.
Conditions like diabetes, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease can affect the nerves that control the bladder, leading to incontinence.
Urinary Tract Infections
Infections in the urinary tract can cause temporary incontinence.
Chronic coughing, obesity, constipation, and conditions affecting mobility can put pressure on the bladder and lead to leakage.
This type of incontinence occurs when pressure is exerted on the bladder during physical activities like coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercising.
Urge incontinence, also known as overactive bladder, is characterized by a strong and sudden urge to urinate, often leading to leakage before reaching the bathroom.
Occurring when the bladder doesn't empty completely, this type results in frequent or constant dribbling of urine due to an overfilled bladder.
Functional incontinence refers to the inability to reach the bathroom in time due to physical or cognitive limitations, such as mobility issues or dementia.
While not all cases of urinary incontinence can be prevented, there are steps individuals can take to reduce the risk or delay the onset of this condition:
Maintain A Healthy Weight
Excess weight can put pressure on the bladder, so maintaining a healthy weight through a balanced diet and regular exercise can help prevent incontinence.
Adequate hydration is important for overall bladder health. However, avoid excessive consumption of fluids before bedtime to minimize night-time urinary urgency.
Practice Pelvic Floor Exercises
Regularly performing pelvic floor exercises, such as Kegels, can help strengthen the muscles that support the bladder and prevent leakage.
Maintain A Healthy Weight
Straining during bowel movements can weaken the pelvic floor muscles and contribute to urinary incontinence. Maintain a high-fiber diet and seek treatment for constipation if necessary.