Having Trouble Holding Your Bladder? Here’s What You Need to Know!
- Posted on: Dec 15 2017
A woman’s body changes over time, not only due to pregnancy and childbirth, but also as a result of weight fluctuations and hormonal shifts. The various stages of life have an effect on everything from a woman’s mood to her ability to hold urine successfully. The accidental leakage of urine during times of physical exertion, even a simple sneeze or laugh, is referred to as stress urinary incontinence. If you struggle with this condition, you may refer to it as a huge frustration.
What is stress urinary incontinence?
Stress urinary incontinence is the type of bladder control problem that coincides with physical movements that place stress, or pressure, on the bladder and pelvic floor. It has been estimated that as many as 15 million women struggle with some degree of stress-related incontinence. Women are encouraged to perform Kegel exercises to tighten the muscles of the pelvic floor, but more may be needed to fully and successfully address the seepage of urine at inopportune moments.
What is behind stress urinary incontinence?
There are several reasons why a woman may develop bladder control issues. Most of them seem to be related to the natural changes that occur in the lining of the vagina and surrounding muscles. These changes, referred to as vaginal atrophy, may stem from spikes and drops in estrogen and progestin during the years leading up to menopause. Prior to this, the pressure of a growing fetus and subsequent delivery stretch the muscles of the pelvic floor substantially. In some instances, muscle and nerve damage may occur, making it more difficult for a woman to sense the need to urinate.
Diagnosis and Treatment for Stress Urinary Incontinence
It isn’t difficult to know if you have stress urinary incontinence. If you experience accidental leakage when you laugh or exercise or cough, chances are SUI is the cause. Your doctor may perform a routine vaginal exam to assess the muscle tone within the vaginal canal as a method of confirmation.
At Women First in Chesapeake, VA, treatment for stress urinary incontinence may be easier than you imagine. Using the FemTouch device by Lumenis, Dr. Corney gently disrupts the status of the cellular matrix that lines the vaginal canal. In so doing, collagen proliferation occurs. Immediately after targeting the epithelium with fractional CO2 laser beams, FemTouch causes constriction of existing collagen. As a result, many women report improvements within a week to two weeks. To obtain the full extent of benefit from FemTouch, we may suggest a number of short, comfortable treatment sessions.
Statistics indicate that most women live with the symptoms of incontinence for more than six years before obtaining treatment. This doesn’t have to be you. Call Women First at (757) 548-2800.
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