Are you tired of leaking? You are not alone! Incontinence is common, affecting over 60% of women over 40. Thankfully, research is evolving, and more effective treatments are needed.
There are two types of incontinence that women experience. The first is called stress incontinence, and this is due to weakness of the urethra and pelvic floor. Weakness can develop from childbirth and the effects of aging and gravity so that it can happen to anyone! Stress-associated leakage occurs when increased pressure in the abdomen pushes on the bladder. Increased pressure can happen with laughing, coughing, sneezing, and exercise.
Stress leakage can be treated by strengthening the pelvic floor, such as with Kegel exercises or the new BTL EMSELLA treatment. BTL EMSELLA is noninvasive and science-based, with 95% reporting a significant improvement in quality of life. It uses HiFem technology to cause deep pelvic floor muscle stimulation and restore neuromuscular control. It is completed in 6 short office sessions, and you remain fully clothed. We feel this technology is groundbreaking!
For stress incontinence, some specialized physical therapists can guide you in Kegel exercises. Another option is vaginal inserts that can help support the urethra, such as the Impressa, which is available over-the-counter and is appropriate for short-term use, such as with exercising; or a pessary, which is a silicone device you can be fitted for in the office, for leakage that does not improve with these conservative measures, a bladder sling can be placed surgically, with a satisfaction rate over 90%.
The second type of incontinence is called urge incontinence. This type occurs when the muscles of the bladder contract at inconvenient times or too frequently. This is often referred to as an “overactive bladder.” Typically, you will feel an urge to urinate and may or may not leak with it. Urgency is common at nighttime and can greatly interrupt sleep, which can profoundly affect your quality of life. Many women will also find they are curtailing their daily activities due to inconvenient leakage — or they know where every bathroom is!
Several treatment options are also available for urge incontinence. Something as simple as bladder training can help with scheduled toilet trips. Strengthening the pelvic floor, such as with Kegels and the BTL EMSELLA, will also give you greater control over your bladder urgency. Lastly, several medications can help calm an overactive bladder.
If you want to improve your bladder function and quality of life, we invite you to make an appointment with Dr. Zaander to discuss the right treatment.
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