Although a quarter of sexually active woman suffers from some degree of Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), many find it very difficult to talk to their doctor about such intimate things.
Despite the prevalence of SUI and its accompanying embarrassment and diminished quality of life, many women who experience symptoms do not seek medical treatment due to embarrassment, lack of knowledge or fear that the treatment will require surgery.
Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), is an extremely common problem for women, especially those aged over 35. Although many women think SUI is embarrassing, it’s important to remember that you are far from alone.
Equally importantly, appropriately skilled medical professionals, utilising the latest techniques in non-invasive laser therapy, can offer you a cure, or at the very least significantly reduce your symptoms:
What is Stress Urinary Incontinence ?
Also known as ‘effort incontinence’ or 'Light Bladder Leakage', SUI is due essentially to insufficient strength in the muslces and connective tissue of the pelvic floor, that results in the involuntary loss of a small amount of urine; during coughing, sneezing, laughing, physical exertion such as running or climbing stairs or other activities that increase the intra-abdominal pressure on the bladder.
What are the causes of Stress Urinary Incontinence?
The fundamental cause for this involuntary loss of urine is the weakening of the urethral closure mechanism, the small tube leading out of your bladder, as a result of changes in the tissue structure of the pelvic floor.
Common contributory factors leading to SUI are; pregnancy (with and without vaginal delivery), obesity and aging (particularly menopause).
Stree Urinary Incontinence can be an inconvenient, embarassing and debilitating condition - but it is not incurable and there are treatment options available:
Non-Laser treatment options
Most readers will have heard of “Pelvic Floor Exercises”, more formally known as “Kegel Exercise”, but unfortunately they have limited effectiveness as they require daily repeats over an extended period. (typical recommendations are at least 24 daily contractions for at least 6 weeks, They are most effective in those under 60 years of age, after which there appears to be limited response.
Alternative, surgical options involve the use of a ‘Urethral Sling’ implant, to help support the position of the bladder and urethra, using a synthetic mesh. Alternatively, the tension-free trans-vaginal tape (TVT) sling procedure treats urinary stress incontinence by positioning a polypropylene mesh tape underneath the urethra.
In both cases, as in a wide variety of similar, less common, surgical options, these procedures require a hospital stay, extended recovery time and the potential risks associated with invasive surgery and anaesthesia. Complications, such as bladder perforation, can occur.
IncontiLase is a rapid, non-surgical, laser procedure that can be performed as an out-patient and is safe, pain free and highly effective.
The laser is introduced in to the vagina through a speculum, much like a pap test, or trans-vaginal Ultrasound scan, and the entire vaginal region, together with the urethra, is gently heated with short laser pulses.
These pulses are not painful, and the procedure should be no more than minimally uncomfortable.
IncontiLase results in restructuring and regrowth of the collagen fibres that provide structure within the pelvic floor and tightening of urethra.
In other words, it actively reverses the effects of ageing and wear, which have developed over time.
After the 15 - 20 minute treatment, you can immediately continue your daily routine.
Does IncontiLase really work?
Although incontiLase is new to the UK, it was developed in Europe several years ago, and is now an internationally accepted procedure.
Most patients who undergo the IncontiLase™ procedure are dry after 120 days following the procedure and 94% of patients experience some improvement.
No pain. No hospitalisation. No extended Recovery. No surgical complications.