Understanding Urinary Incontinence, and Risk Factors
There are two main types of Incontinence:
- Stress Incontinence is urinary leaking when coughing, laughing, sneezing, and a handful of other activities.
- Urge Incontinence can be defined as a desire to urinate even when your bladder is not full.
Although avoiding incontinence may not be possible, there are actions you can take to reduce the likelihood of developing this disturbing problem:
- Weight: There is a high correlation between excess weight and incontinence, , particularly for women. Some research suggests that that excess abdominal fat weakens the muscles of the pelvic floor which can then result in stress incontinence and, in some cases, simply losing weight can reduce incontinence.
- Smoking/Nicotine: Of the many ways that smoking threatens your health, it also doubles the chances a woman will develop stress incontinence. There has also been research suggesting that Nicotine has been linked to urge incontinence.
- Keep active: In the Nurses’ Health Study, middle-aged women who were most physically active were least likely to develop incontinence.
- Minimize bladder irritants: It has been demonstrated in clinical studies that caffeine and alcohol have been linked to urge incontinence. Even carbonated drinks and the sweetener, aspartame (NutraSweet), spicy foods, and citrus fruits and juices cause urge incontinence in some people.
- Straining during bowel movements: Constipation-related straining can weaken the pelvic floor muscles and if your stools take effort or are frequently hard, talk with your doctor. Research involving subjects 65 and older suggests that treating constipation also improved other urinary symptoms, including frequency and urgency. This is another aspect in which Lifestyle modification can enhance the quality of life by changing your diet and increasing your fiber and fluid intake to help prevent constipation.
As you can see, Urinary Incontinence in Men and Women can occur from a wide variety of factors and lifestyle choices. However, there are varying degrees of severity in the symptoms associated with Urinary Incontinence and, therefore, varying ways in which your Quality of Life may be influenced.
As a result, we would ask that you complete a short (4-5 minute) ICIQ-Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Questionnaire to determine the degree to which Urinary Incontinence has impacted your Quality of Life.
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What treatment options are available?
Pelvic floor dysfunction and other symptoms of age, menopause, and childbirth can lead to urinary (stress and urge) incontinence, pelvic floor prolapse, and an overactive bladder. This has affected hundreds of millions of women worldwide with very few realistic solutions.
The latest Clinical Research has indicated that:
- 40% of adult women suffer from some form of urinary incontinence
- Almost 50% of women following childbirth suffer from some degree of pelvic organ prolapse
- 60-80% of women over the age of 50 will experience vaginal atrophy at some point in their lifetime
These staggering statistics have ensured that a large portion of the female population would welcome a safe, reasonable and simple non-surgical alternative. Through a combination of new devices, therapies and procedures, you will finally have the opportunity to gain back your confidence and take steps toward a long-term solution for your incontinence. Women of all ages can benefit from our expertise and non-invasive approach to improve and strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and eliminate these embarrassing and inconvenient medical conditions. Our Incontinence Therapy involves a customized combination of laser, high intensity focused electromagnetic energy and injectable bio-cellular healing growth factor treatments. These treatments are a highly attractive option to women who desire solutions for urinary incontinence and an overactive bladder without the high rate of adverse effects from surgery. There are also other more conservative treatments such as pelvic floor muscle therapies that focus on Kegel exercises. However, these often fail because of patients’ lack of Compliance or even the patient’s lack of strength to complete the exercise in the first place.
Laser Treatments: Age, childbirth and menopause can result in a wide variety of conditions where the pelvic floor support weakens leading to conditions that radically impact your self-esteem, pleasure and confidence. Our treatments incorporate a revolutionary non-surgical laser to treat connective tissue in the vaginal walls. This connective tissue is an important factor in pelvic organ support and as we age and give birth, increased laxity can result in its corresponding dysfunction.
With this cutting-edge laser, we provide several unique new non-invasive non-ablative laser procedures for:
- Functional strengthening of connective tissue inside the vaginal wall
- Improving the pelvic floor support
- Diminishing symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction
- Improves urethral support by photothermal strengthening of the vaginal wall
- Works on connective tissue in the vaginal mucosa with emphasis on the anterior vaginal wall
This gynecological procedure is based on the evidence that the delivery of a measured sequence of heat pulses applied to the vaginal mucosa will result in strengthening and rejuvenation of the vaginal wall. The benefits to the patient are enormous as has been documented in satisfaction surveys with each of these outpatient procedures taking only up to 30 minutes with little or no downtime or even anesthesia. The treatment works best in mild and moderate stress urinary incontinence patients, with very good results in severe stress urinary incontinence as well. Mixed incontinence patients get relief in stress symptoms.