Vaginal health is a big topic these days. Urinary Incontinence is something many women experience but it’s not something we talk about openly. Vaginal Atrophy is talked about even less. Do you know there are laser treatments that can reduce the symptoms of Stress Urinary Incontinence and tighten the vagina? Yes there are, and they do work! There are educational videos on our web-site, and this article will explain more. Consultations for these treatments can be done by telephone. >>
Urinary Incontinence is something many women experience and suffer from, but don’t talk about. The involuntary loss of urine is so common it drives a lucrative market of protective underwear for adult women. The commercials depict happy women dancing and laughing, but for the multitude of women who experience this embarrassing leakage on a regular basis, it is no laughing matter.
Incontinence comes in several forms, and many factors can cause or contribute to its development. Vaginal childbirth is the most common cause but not all incontinence is related to pelvic floor damage or injury to the vaginal structures. Age can be a factor, but even teenagers can suffer from it. Obesity can also contribute.
The most common type is Stress Urinary Incontinence, a type of incontinence where urine is involuntarily leaked during coughing, sneezing, laughing or physical exertions such as dancing, running or climbing stairs. Sufferers may be too inhibited to participate in activities they enjoy or tasks they need to do on a daily basis. At the same time they may experience a lack of self-esteem due to fear of smell, embarrassment, sexual difficulty, loss of social contact and productivity. The majority of women who suffer from SUI do not seek treatment, possibly because the problem is not significant enough or because symptoms are only occasional. Others fear surgery.
It's a revolutionary new laser treatment that can safely and effectively relieve the symptoms of mild to moderate Stress Urinary Incontinence without surgery. The treatment is known as IncontiLaseTM. To understand how IncontiLase works, let’s start by considering the anatomy of the vagina. The vaginal region is extremely complex, so to simplify it, let’s imagine a hand towel, wrapped around a thick sock and squeezed by two hands. The hands represent the pelvic floor muscles that surround the vagina. The towel represents the vaginal muscles. The sock is the mucosa membrane that lines the inside of the vagina. It consists of an Epithelium and an underlying layer of connective tissue known as the Lamina Propria. The muscles can be strengthened with Kegel exercises, but Kegels can do nothing for the sock. The integrity of the sock can be strengthened with IncontiLase.
IncontiLase is a simple, non-surgical laser treatment that causes restructuring and regrowth of collagen. The result is thickening and tightening of the vaginal walls and strengthening of the urethra. The treatment is a walk-in, walk-out procedure that takes about 30 minutes to perform. It is relatively comfortable and no pain medications are required. After the procedure, patients can leave and carry on with their daily routines with few restrictions.
The key to success with IncontiLase is patient selection. Women who leak urine 1-4 times per week are generally candidates while those who leak several times a day may only hope for a degree of improvement. An assessment at the time of your consultation will determine if you are a suitable candidate for IncontiLase.
This is another topic women don’t discuss. A modified treatment known as IntimaLaseTM can deliver the added benefit of vaginal tightening. Pleasure during intimate relations is heightened for both partners with improved friction. The thermal effect of the laser on the vaginal mucosa stimulates collagen remodeling to counter thinning of the vaginal wall. The result is a tighter vagina! This is a benefit that both partners can appreciate.