Stress Urinary Incontinence
There’s no need to feel ashamed! Often, the stigma surrounding female incontinence is due to its association with old age. However, this linked is misconceived: Urinary Stress Incontinence can and does affect women of all ages. And no matter what age you are, there is no need to continue living with the stress of hiding your accidents.
Fortunately, there is a highly effective and completely safe non-surgical treatment that outdoes all the other options available. For example, while vaginal-tightening exercises (like the Kegel) can help the problem in some cases, their efficacy is far from guaranteed.
Stress Incontinence Causes & Symptoms
- Urine leakage can be caused by excessive stretching and loss of elasticity, or a weakening of the connective tissue in the pelvic floor (located just above the urethra). These symptoms typically result from pregnancy and childbirth. As a result, the bladder sags on top of the urethra near the front of the vagina. This is not its natural position. As the urethra makes contact with the bladder, it gets in the way of the bladder’s ability to open and close effectively. Because of this internal imbalance, your normal everyday activities, like coughing or laughter, can cause urine to leak into the urethra and out.
- The other type is caused by a weakening of the sphincter, referred to as intrinsic sphincteric deficiency (ISD). The sphincter is a ring of muscles located at the bottom of the bladder: its function is to seal off the bladder and block the passage of urine. As the sphincter loses its ability to seal in the contents of the bladder, urine can pass into the urethra – unfortunately, it can happen when it’s most inopportune. Whether your incontinence results from ISD or from weakening of the pelvic floor, non-invasive laser treatment can have very positive results
Stress Incontinence Treatment
Laser techniques are non-invasive alternatives that do not cause any bleeding and does not involve sutures or scars. Incontilase™ is an advanced laser therapy option designed for the treatment of mild to moderate cases of Urinary Stress Incontinence. The objective of the therapy is to give more support to the bladder that has been weakened and to return normal control to urinary functions.
The second phase of the procedure happens without the help of the speculum or mirror. To strengthen connective tissue at the very front of the vagina, your doctor merely needs to gently spread the labia to expose the opening. The doctor then directs the laser pulses once again to the top of the vaginal walls.
Typically, you will be asked by your doctor to come in for two sessions so that the procedure is thorough. This also allows you to have a dialogue about your results from the first session. The treatment is done in an outpatient setting, meaning that you can leave on the same day after the procedure.
How does IncontiLase Work?
What to Expect After Incontilase™
Ultimately, the procedure is a highly beneficial one; its efficacy has already been statistically proven. For instance, clinical studies have shown that after 120 days of Incontilase™ therapy, 94% of clients report improvements to their conditions, and 70% report that they are completely dry. And due to the features like the “smooth mode” function in Incontilase™ therapy, clients remark that the laser pulses feel like a feather’s touch.