Experts at Dubai London Clinic offer advice on dealing with urinary incontinence in women
19 May 2019| Last updated on 21 May 2019
Many women have to deal with unwelcomed health issues every day. A very common issue indeed is those dreaded urine drops that slip when they sneeze, cough, laugh hard or exercise, otherwise known as `stress urinary incontinence`.
This form of involuntary bladder leakage affects millions of women across the globe, and many of them don’t think twice about crossing their legs when they cough hard or sneeze. It’s normal to experience this with age or after having kids, right? Certainly no … It may be common among women, but surely it isn’t normal!
As the name implies, stress urinary incontinence describes the complaint of involuntary loss of urine on effort or physical exertion (such as sports), or on coughing or sneezing. It’s a distressing and embarrassing health problem that may negatively impact quality of life and, if severe enough, may lead to social seclusion. Any pressure placed on the abdomen and bladder can lead to the loss of urine.
Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from involuntary urine leakage. The most common risk factors among women are pregnancy and childbirth, especially having multiple vaginal deliveries. During pregnancy and childbirth, the bladder sphincter and pelvic muscles stretch out and are weakened. Menopause, aging and health ailments that induce chronic coughing may also be linked with development of stress urinary incontinence.
Regretfully true, women seldom initiate discussion about incontinence with their gynaecologist out of embarrassment, stigma or fear of invasive testing or treatment. Moreover, older women are usually under the misconception that urinary incontinence is a normal consequence of aging.
If you`re among those millions who suffer in silence, there’s no need to feel embarrassed. If you have a leaky bladder, you’re definitely not alone and no matter what’s causing your bladder leakage, there is always good news; the vast majority of cases can either be radically cured or significantly improved.
Conservative (such as lifestyle modifications, pelvic floor exercises and medications) solutions can reduce the number of stress urinary incontinence episodes or their severity.
But if the problem is more distressing and you need a permanent solution, there are surgical procedures that can radically address it. Nevertheless, these will only be considered if your condition is severe and is causing a negative impact on your daily life.
New horizons in stress urinary incontinence treatment
Nowadays, a revolutionary treatment strategy for stress urinary incontinence is gaining worldwide recognition and being hailed by experts as a groundbreaking solution, claiming that it can achieve up to 85% recovery in mild to moderate cases of stress urinary incontinence; non-invasive vaginal laser treatment.
With vaginal laser treatment, the vaginal wall is strengthened through stimulation of the underlying connective tissue with the formation of new collagen. Collagen contraction results in thickening, tightening, and strengthening of the vaginal walls and tissues, and thus supports the urethra. This efficient, easy-to-perform and safe treatment takes place at the outpatient clinic and can be performed without anesthesia and leaves no incisions or stitches.
Laser treatment of stress urinary incontinence comes with a multitude of advantages: treatment is virtually painless, there is no downtime and women can return immediately to their daily life routine after treatment, tightening of vaginal mucosa tissue and collagen-rich endopelvic fascia is achieved and accordingly, vagina is rejuvenated as well.
Two to three treatment sessions, four weeks apart are recommended to achieve maximum effects. The treatment session takes approximately 30 – 45 minutes to perform in a walk-in, walk-out procedure. And often enough, in just one treatment session many women can begin to have relief from incontinence with a painless laser treatment with full effects being experienced after course of treatment.
The effects of laser treatment will keep improving for six months after the procedure as new collagen is being produced. Yearly booster treatments are required to ensure longevity and effectiveness of the treatment.
To conclude, many women put off seeking treatment for their stress urinary incontinence symptoms. If you've suffered too long with this complaint, it may be surprising to learn that a permanent solution can seem so simple.
But in fact, it can be! But you can only get help for what you’re willing to talk about and explain. Get the professional help you need so you can get back to your enjoyable and energetic life. If you`re among those millions who complain of mild to moderate stress urinary incontinence, with non-invasive laser treatment, your concerns and embarrassing symptoms can be treated, effectively and … Safely!
Dr. Nada Altabara
Specialist, Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Women`s Health Expert