Urinary Incontinence Treatment
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Over 25 million Americans suffer from urinary incontinence (UI). UI refers to the involuntary leakage of urine and can range from mild leaking to complete loss of bladder control. UI can occur at any age but usually in those over 50 and more often in women than men. Many women are too embarrassed to seek help, but treatments are available.
At Health Expressions, we aim to provide the best possible care for our patients and help improve their quality of life. We offer various services and treatments for women’s health issues, including urinary incontinence. If you have questions about radiofrequency treatments for women’s health and urinary incontinence in Rockville, MD, Baltimore, MD, or the Washington DC area, call (301) 244-4717.
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What Causes Incontinence?
Incontinence in women is often due to weakened pelvic floor muscles as women age but can also be caused by pregnancy, vaginal delivery, menopause, certain medications, and neurological conditions. The four main types of incontinence are:
- Stress incontinence. This is the most common type of UI and occurs when the pelvic floor muscles are weakened. It is often caused by pregnancy, childbirth, or menopause. Stress urinary incontinence happens when there is a sudden increase in pressure on the bladder, such as coughing, laughing, sneezing, or exercising.
- Urgency incontinence. Also called overactive bladder, urge incontinence is caused by an involuntary contraction of the muscles in the bladder. This can be due to a urinary tract infection, nerve damage, or certain medications. People with urge incontinence often feel the need to urinate frequently and may wake up several times during the night to urinate.
- Overflow incontinence. Caused by an inability to empty the bladder completely, overflow incontinence is often due to a blockage in the urinary tract or nerve damage leading to urine leakage when the bladder becomes full.
- Functional incontinence. This type of UI is caused by a physical or cognitive impairment that makes it difficult to get to the toilet in time. For example, someone with arthritis may not be able to get to the bathroom quickly enough, or someone with dementia may not be able to communicate their need to go.
- Mixed Incontinence. As the name suggests, this type of UI is a combination of two or more of the above types.
Testing for Urinary incontinence
If you think you may be suffering from urinary incontinence, visit your doctor or healthcare provider for a professional evaluation. In some cases, your doctor may also recommend one or more of the following tests:
- Urinalysis: A simple urine test that detects signs of infection, inflammation, or other problems.
- Pelvic exam: A physical exam of the pelvic area to look for any abnormalities.
- Ultrasound: A painless test that uses sound waves to create images of the urinary tract.
- Cystoscopy: A test that uses a thin, flexible camera to look inside the urethra and bladder.
- Stress Test: A test in which the doctor observes urine loss when you cough or bear down.
TempSure® Vitalia for Urinary Incontinence
At Health Expressions, we offer TempSure® Vitalia treatments to help our patients with urinary incontinence. TempSure Vitalia is a minimally-invasive RF (radio frequency) treatment that can help to improve the function of the pelvic floor muscles and tightening of the vaginal wall. During the simple procedure, the system’s tiny probe or wand is inserted into the vaginal canal and emits monopolar RF energy waves, gently heating the delicate tissue.
As the vaginal tissue temperature rises, blood flow to the region improves inducing collagen synthesis. Cells believe there’s an injury and begin regenerating and creating new tissues immediately. Over time, new, fresh, and firm tissue grows, replacing damaged tissue and resolving some of the uncomfortable (and embarrassing) problems you may be experiencing.
With this non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation technique, there is no downtime and you can return to your normal activities immediately after treatment is complete.
How Long Until I See Results?
Some women see results after just one vaginal rejuvenation treatment, but most will need a series of treatments, spaced about 3 weeks apart, to see optimal results. Our team will work with you to create a treatment plan that is right for you. The results of treatment for UI will vary depending on the individual and the type of treatment used.
Are There Any Risks?
RF energy has been used safely and effectively for years in various medical applications and the risk of complications is very minor. But as with any treatment, there are some risks associated with TempSure Vitalia treatments. These risks include but are not limited to irritation, minor swelling, and redness. Most patients find the gentle warmth very tolerable.
Our team will discuss the risks and benefits of the treatment with you before your procedure so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not this treatment is right for you.
Other Treatment Options for Urinary Incontinence
There are a number of other nonsurgical treatments or methods for urinary incontinence that can be used in conjunction with TempSure Vitalia or on their own.
- Pelvic floor muscle exercises: Also called Kegel exercises, this helps to strengthen the pelvic muscles that support the bladder and urethra.
- Biofeedback: This technique uses sensors to measure the activity of the pelvic floor muscles and provides feedback to help you learn to control these muscles.
- Weight loss: Excess weight can put additional pressure on the bladder and pelvic floor muscles, leading to UI.
- Bladder training: This involves retraining the bladder to hold urine for longer periods of time.
- Anticholinergic medications: Several medications can be used to treat UI, including anticholinergics, which help to relax the bladder muscles, and topical estrogen or progesterone, which can help to improve vaginal health.
- Surgery: In some cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to treat UI. This can include surgery to repair damage to the urinary tract or support the bladder or urethra.
Regain Your Confidence
Bladder leaks and accidents from UI can be a thing of the past with TempSure Vitalia and shock wave therapy, but they aren’t the only thing that can be improved with this treatment. The same process of collagen regeneration that helps to improve UI can also help to improve vaginal laxity, dryness, and other issues.
If you’re interested in learning more about treatment for urinary incontinence or vaginal rejuvenation in Rockville, MD, Baltimore, MD, or Washington DC areas, or vaginal rejuvenation in Rochester, NY, and Pittsford, NY area, schedule a consultation with us today. We will work with you to create a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs to get the results you want. Call (301) 244-4717 or complete the online booking form.
Frequently Asked Questions
While any type of high-impact activity can put additional pressure on the bladder and pelvic floor muscles and lead to UI, running is not necessarily any more likely to cause UI than other activities.
Fibroids are benign growths that can develop in the uterus. While they are not cancerous, they can cause several symptoms, including urinary incontinence. Fibroids can press on the bladder or urethra and cause UI.
No, urinary incontinence is not a normal part of aging, and while UI is more common in older women, it is not something that necessarily has to happen as you age. There are a number of treatments that can help to improve or resolve UI.
Diabetes can cause a number of changes in the body, including nerve damage. This nerve damage can lead to UI. Women with diabetes have a 70% higher chance of having urinary incontinence.
Magnesium is a mineral that is involved in many processes in the body, including muscle function. Low magnesium levels have been linked to bladder spasms. It’s possible supplementing with magnesium can help to improve UI.
You may notice an immediate tightening and firming of the area after the first treatment session which is due to the collagen being boosted in the area. As the weeks go on, you should experience even better results as your body continues to produce more collagen. It is important to note that results vary from person to person, so it is difficult to predict exactly what kind of results you can expect.
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