Stress Urinary Incontinence
Learn about the best methods to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)
Intimate issues like stress urinary incontinence (SUI) can be tough to talk about, but there are exciting advances in natural treatment methods for this common problem. That means if you leak when you laugh (or sneeze, cough, or jump), Sovereign Skin can help you get back to worry-free activities leak-free, without surgery or medication.
SUI describes a condition affecting numerous post-partum women who experience urinary leakage with sudden pressure on the bladder. Mild SUI can be caused by forceful actions like sneezing, laughing, or lifting weights at the gym. When stress incontinence is more severe, leaks occur with less pressure, so even standing, bending over, or holding it too long can lead to leaks.
However you experience SUI, you know that it can have a dramatic, negative effect on your social life and self-esteem. Sometimes women are given the impression that leakage is a fact of life after childbirth and not much can improve it. The female gynecologists and urology specialists at Sovereign Skin are happy to let you know that a powerful new laser technology works for SUI, and it is helping our patients get back to themselves.
Imagine jumping into activities and laughter again without fear of leaks. Book your confidential consultation at Sovereign and learn more about stress urinary incontinence treatment.
What Is Stress Urinary Incontinence?
SUI is a urethral problem related to weakened urethra muscles that cannot withstand the typical force of bladder pressure in multiple situations. Running, jumping, picking up your children, or even sex might make you a little nervous if you’ve been experiencing surprise urine leaks.
Women who have given birth vaginally report particularly high rates of this type of incontinence. Sometimes unpleasant post-partum symptoms resolve on their own in the weeks and months following childbirth. As stretched, fatigued pelvic tissues slowly contract and tone up, you might find that your incontinence improves.
However, urinary incontinence may last a year or more, and after multiple pregnancies or weight gain, a percentage of women learn to live with the constant worry of leaking. Pads and underwear designed to hide leaks are often marketed as a solution, but they don’t solve the issue. Kegel exercises for flexing and tightening the pelvic floor are also recommended, but they can’t always make the significant difference that women hope for.
Rapid changes in hormones have also been linked to changes in tissue elasticity. As internal reproductive structures sometimes shift throughout midlife, the additional pressure and loss of muscle strength can be contributing factors.
What Are the Symptoms of Stress Urinary Incontinence?
The key symptom of SUI is urine leaking in small or larger amounts during activities that increase abdominal pressure.
SUI symptoms are not the same as the symptoms of urge incontinence or overactive bladder (OAB). Those conditions cause an urgent, uncontrollable need to urinate. Stress incontinence relates specifically to weakened urinary sphincter muscles.
You might be struggling with SUI if leaking urine:
- sometimes stops you from doing physical activities you enjoy
- causes you to think ahead about changes of clothes
- prevents you from playing sports or strenuous workouts
- makes you uncomfortable with intimacy or worried about odour
Many people find that SUI affects their quality of life and sexual relationships. It’s becoming more common today to joke about “peeing when we laugh” and accepting this problem as normal. However, some people feel isolated or hopeless because of it.
It’s a good thing when we can talk about women’s health issues openly. It can even be positive to have a sense of humour about it, but it’s absolutely not necessary to feel hopeless or think that you are stuck with SUI. If you’re ready for a real treatment solution that doesn’t require medication or surgery, contact us to learn more about IntimaLase.
How Does IntimaLase Treat Stress Incontinence Naturally?
IntimaLase is a new generation of vaginal rejuvenation laser. It doesn’t involve scalpels, incisions, or recovery time, and it is a safe, non-surgical alternative.
IntimaLase uses thermal energy applied to vaginal and urethra tissue through gentle, non-invasive pulses. The carefully directed heat energy triggers your body’s natural collagen and elastin production, along with improved blood flow to the area. Over several weeks following treatment, your vulva, the delicate muscles surrounding your urethra, and vaginal walls will undergo restorative strengthening, toning, and tightening.
Along with muscle atrophy and stretching that affects urine retention, many women also find that vaginal wall laxity and diminished lubrication are frustrating effects of age, childbirth, and hormone changes. IntimaLase is a multidimensional and multi-benefit treatment for numerous sexual health and SUI concerns. That means, while you effectively treat and improve one issue, you could experience a delightful series of bonus improvements too!
Are You a Good Candidate for Laser Stress Incontinence Treatment?
The advanced laser technology delivered by IntimaLase is safe for all skin types. It targets precise tissue layers without harming the skin’s surface and without causing redness or requiring aftercare. No special preparation is required, and you can resume most regular activities right away after your session.
IntimaLase is comfortable and convenient, because it is a non-ablative laser. That means that, unlike fractionated CO2 lasers, which remove a fine layer of surface tissue, IntimaLase works under the surface. Many concerns or risks related to other laser modalities are avoided through this non-ablative, non-invasive approach.
After you meet with your specialist at Sovereign Skin to talk about your concerns, goals, and expectations, she will examine you and make personalized recommendations. Many people report significant improvements and a reduction in episodes of incontinence after just one treatment!
Depending on your personal needs, you may be advised to undergo 2 sessions of IntimaLase, spaced roughly 5 weeks apart. Over time, the restorative effects are cumulative and can reduce SUI substantially.
Best of all, there’s no pain medication or downtime necessary after SUI treatment at Sovereign Skin. Patients typically report a mild warming sensation. Aside from avoiding sexual intercourse or tampon insertion for a short time, there are no restrictions to worry about.
Effective Non-Surgical SUI Treatment
IntimaLase is reported to be remarkably successful, with an average 97% satisfaction rate. Many people want to know, can a drug-free, non-surgical solution for incontinence really work?
Here’s the science behind IntimaLase:
This popular, in-office treatment is a 2940 nm Er:YAG non-ablative laser. It uses a hand-held wand attached to the device, which looks a little like a gynecologist’s speculum. The smooth mode technology developed by Fotona stimulates collagen remodelling and the synthesis of new collagen fibres in the vestibule and urethral orifice. That is the area that controls urine retention and helps stop urine flow or prevent it.
Neocollagenesis is a term that describes the formation of new collagen fibres, and angiogenesis describes the increased vascularisation allowing improved blood flow to targeted tissues. The selective, heat-induced denaturation of collagen in the dermis (beneath the skin’s surface) leads to new elastic collagen deposition without damaging the surface skin.
Existing collagen in the area also responds to thermal energy by shortening along the longitudinal axis when it is exposed to temperatures from 61°C to 67°. This occurs in short microseconds for instantaneous collagen and tissue tightening.
There are immediate and long-term benefits, including tissue firmness, elasticity, muscle strength, and the overall rejuvenation of the vulva.
Our caring specialists will be pleased to meet with you, discuss your unique situation, and help you create a plan to revive body confidence and comfort again.
Schedule a Private Consultation for SUI Treatment at Sovereign Skin
Whether you know exactly which treatment you want or you’re unsure about your needs and options, our empathetic female specialists are here to help. You can book your consultation and treatment in the same appointment if you wish.
Sovereign is home to top practitioners in a spectrum of aesthetic and wellness fields. We offer sensitive, knowledgeable female doctors and nurses, plus cosmetic gynecology and laser specialists. We understand feminine concerns, and intimate issues are handled with supportive discretion.
Feel free to bring your questions. We’ll ensure that you find what you need and receive personalized advice and royal treatment!
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If you would like to further learn about what this incredible team of beauty advisors and medical professionals can offer you, please contact Sovereign Skin today to start your journey towards the very best that Canada has to offer!