What Is Urinary Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is when urine leaks involuntarily from the bladder. The urinary sphincter should enable control over urination, but when it is weak or damaged, the flow of urine is uncontrolled. If you suffer from urinary incontinence, you understand the impact it can have on a woman’s life. Many women are unable to play sport, run, jump, sneeze or cough without the embarrassment of being incontinent. Others find that a sudden urgent need to use the toilet affects daily activities and undermines their confidence. It’s a problem that is not only limited to post-menopausal women or those who have had babies; it can affect women of all ages and life situations.
Symptoms of Urinary Incontinence
- An urgent need to urinate, followed by involuntary urination,
- Small amounts of urine leakage,
- Bladder may completely empty involuntarily
- Urine leakage from exertion such as running, jumping, sneezing, coughing or lifting heavy objects
Types of Urinary Incontinence
- Stress incontinence: This type of incontinence means that you can’t run, jump, sneeze or cough without urine leakage. The stress of movement or pressure on the bladder causes urine to leak past the urinary sphincter.
- Urge Incontinence: Urge incontinence is when you experience an intense and sudden urge to empty your bladder, even if you went to the toilet a short time ago. Urge incontinence is caused by an overactive bladder muscle that pushes urine out of the bladder. Sometimes women suffer from more than one type of urinary incontinence at the same time.
What Causes Urinary Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence affects women more than men. Its causes include:
- Pregnancy: Hormonal changes in pregnancy as well as added pressure from the uterus can cause stress incontinence.
- Childbirth: A vaginal delivery can cause damage to pelvic nerves and muscles, resulting in an overactive bladder and stress incontinence.
- Menopause: Menopause can cause the pelvic floor muscles to weaken and the bladder to lose its elasticity, leading to a more frequent or more urgent need to urinate.
- Vaginal Dryness: Vaginal dryness can also affect the urethra, the outlet for the bladder. This raises the risk of infections and affects the frequency of urination.
- Surgery: Some women who have a hysterectomy or prolapse repair find that they suffer from incontinence afterwards.
- Other Health Conditions: Some chronic health conditions such as diabetes raise the risk of incontinence. Other conditions include Parkinson’s disease, urinary stones, brain tumors, stroke and spinal injury.
How Can the Mona Lisa Touch Treatment Help Urinary Incontinence?
Mona Lisa Touch is a non-surgical fractional laser system. A laser beam is split into microscopic dots and aimed at the area to be treated. The Mona Lisa Touch treatment is effective in treating urinary incontinence. It stimulates blood flow to the affected areas, bringing healing and rejuvenation to the pelvic floor muscles, vaginal walls and urethra. Increased blood flow and better tissue tone reduces pain and leads to better urinary function. Many women report an immediate improvement in their symptoms.