Urinary Incontinence In Women
We understand that Urinary Incontinence In Women is a very delicate issue. Moreover, Some people consider it as a taboo and some stigma is still attached to it. Even though most of the women at different stages of their life go through Urinary incontinence with different severity.
When does urinary incontinence happen?
Our focus here is the female's urinary incontinence. As a matter of fact, aging is one of the most often cause of this type of urinary incontinence. However, many young women experience different severity of urinary incontinence and loss of bladder control after during pregnancy and after childbirth.
Women with urinary incontinence
Females are more vulnerable to loss of bladder control and urine leaks than men. Pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and the anatomical shape of the urinary and production system are all factors that make women more prone to his issue.
Incidence of loss of bladder control
The urinary incontinence in women is more common than you think. However, these women feel embarrassed to discuss the problem with their health professional. Alternatively, they seek a different source of information such as the internet or ask for help from family and friends. Recently, we added an effective and safe treatment that can change your life, It is Called Votiva
Votiva is in Edmonton, a breakthrough treatment
Votiva is #1 device that has a vaginal applicator for urinary incontinence in women. It sends high radio frequency waves to strengthen the pelvic muscles. Stronger muscles help with multiple vaginal and urinary problem such as dryness, sexual dysfunction, and urinary incontinence. But how does that even make sense? In order to explain that, we have to explain the main cause of urine leakage in the female.
If you kept reading to reach this paragraph, it means that you (or a dear one) is affected by an accidental or involuntary control of her bladder. As a matter of fact, women are more valuable than men to this issue, almost 2:1. The difference is explained by the difference in urinary system anatomy, and other aggravating factors. These factors are mainly childbirth and hormonal fluctuations in pre and post-menopause. As a matter of fact, most women suffer from vaginal and urinary issues after pregnancy. Some of these problems resolve spontaneously, and most of it stays and require treatment. We refer to it as Chronic Unitary incontinence.
Causes of Urinary incontinence in females
Think of a blader as a tank that gets filled all the time with urine. The tank is surrounded by a muscle and it has one opening which is also controlled by the sphincter muscle. This is the detrusor muscle along with other bigger muscle ( pelvic floor muscle) are responsible for supporting and controlling the bladder muscle and its functionality. Therefore, weakening of the pelvic floor muscle will result in different disorders including the urinary incontinence.
What Cause the Pelvic floor muscles to get weaker?
The constant pressure and prolonged stretching causes a permanent change in this muscle and make it weaker. The increased pressure comes from pregnancy, overweight and some type of exercise! Yes, In fact, females athletes involved in repetitive, high-intensity physical activity are more prone to have urinary incontinence. In athlete female, the insufficient strength of Pelvic Floor Muscles and the high intra-abdominal pressure due to the muscular structure result in a high incidence of incontinence! Other factors are chronic coughing, weight lifting, high impact exercise and obesity
Type of Urinary incontinence
There are different types of chronic urinary incontinence:
- Stress urinary incontinence
- Overactive bladder
- Acute Urinary incontinence
With Stress incontinence, the woman does not feel the urge to urinate, however, she leaks urine due to any moderate abdominal muscle contractions such as laughing and sneezing.
On the contrary, a woman with overactive bladder incontinence, she feels a sudden urge to urinate and most probably will leak before reaching the bathroom. This often happens even if the balder is not full and has only a minimal amount of urine.
The acute type is due to urinary tract infection or kidney diseases and usually resolve as the infection or the renal issue is treated.
There is some pharmaceutical treatment for chronic urinary incontinence that could be prescribed by your family physician, mainly in the overactive bladder. These treatments are not permanent, meaning, it reduces the symptoms but does not correct the main cause of the urinary incontinence. Moreover, it has lots of side effects profile such as constipation and dry mouth. However, these medications have very little effect on stress incontinence, which is most prevalent among women. Other options are to reduce pressure on your bladder by losing weight in obese patients or electrical stimulation and different types of surgery
Votiva is the ideal treatment?
We need to restore the strength and functionality of the pelvic floor muscles to have better control over the bladder. But how can we achieve a stronger and healthy internal muscle such as pelvic muscle? There is some exercise that women can do on there own such as Kegel exercise. which is an excellent option, however in the long term. Votiva can offer an amazing option for stress incontinence in women.
Radio Frequency waves
Firstly, the vaginal handpiece of the Votiva, produce RF wave designed for deep penetration. Secondly, the bipolar radiofrequency is turned in the turn into thermal energy (heat). The vaginal tissues and muscles surrounding it including the pelvic muscles reach up to 42 C. The heat will rejuvenate the tissues and increase the blood flow to the tissue including muscle. The heat regenerates elastin and collagen and promotes tissue growth. With the course of three treatment, most of the treatment women restore up to 80% of their pelvic muscle functionality. Guess what does that mean? about 80% improvement in your stress incontinence.
How does the treatment go?
The treatment is about 30 min, and it is pain-free. It includes inserting a small probe vaginally and leaves it 10 min inside the vagina and 10 min outside the vagina. For optimal results, women need 3 treatments, one month apart, with once a year maintenance treatment. Some women reported that they stop using the incontinence pads after the first treatment. Along with improved balder function, all women will experience significant improvement in their sexual life, such as more pleasure and less pain during and after intercourse.
Who Can Benefit From Votiva?
The simple answer is all women, even ones with no symptoms. But to be more specific, females who
- Gave Childbirth
- Experience decrease of sexual pleasure
- Loss of vaginal tissue elasticity, tone, and dryness due to menopause
- Symptoms due to surgical ovary removal
- Side effects of breast cancer treatment
- Pelvic floor muscles weakness
- Painful during and after intercourse
What other urology problems that Votiva Treats
Votiva is a complete non-laser portfolio that uses radio frequency for a comprehensive vaginal and urinary rejuvenation in females. In addition to urinary incontinence, Votiva helps in all the problems that caused by changes of pelvic muscles such as Prolapse
Some women are unfortunate to have prolapse go through a life change event. This occurs are weak to the extent that it cannot anymore support the organs in the pelvis. The organs push down against the vaginal cavity. The prolapse can occur in the front (bladder prolapse) or in the back (Cystocele, and Rectocele)
The symptoms of prolapse are chronic incontinence, discomfort, chronic constipation and patient during and after intercourse.
What is Next?
If you feel you need help, call us today at Albany Cosmetic and Laser center in Edmonton to see one of our medical staff lead by Dr. Adel Abdulhafez, a board certified GYN for complete free assessment and consultation.