Urinary Incontinence (UI) In Women
Urinary Incontinence (UI) affects millions of women.
UI is manageable at any age.
PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma injection treatment is an effective natural non-surgical treatment option for UI in many women
Get educated and know your treatment options for UI. Menopause leads to thinning of vaginal mucosa, vaginal dryness, loss of vaginal tone, and reduced vaginal-clitoral sensitivity, low libido, weaker orgasm; all of these menopausal vaginal changes can be improved with PRP therapy.
Millions of women suffer from Urinary Incontinence (UI). Incontinence of urine most commonly is a symptom of an underlying treatable medical condition, and not a disease in itself. UI has a profound negative impact on quality of life, emotional well being and self esteem. Most women suffering from UI find it embarrassing to talk about it and are unaware that the condition can be effectively managed with a safe, natural and non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment.
Types Of Urinary Incontinence in Women:
There are several different types of UI based on presenting symptoms; the most common types of UI in women are:
Stress Incontinence: Involuntary leakage of small amounts of urine a urine leakage that happens during activity which causes pressure on the bladder such as laughing, coughing or sneezing.
Urge Incontinence: Involuntary leakage of large amounts of urine at rest with no precipitating activity e.g while resting comfortably or even during sleep.
Mixed Incontinence: This usually includes symptoms of stress and urge incontinence together.
Overflow Incontinence: Inability to hold urine in a full bladder leading to involuntary leakage of small amounts of urine
Overactive Bladder: Frequent and urgent desire to urinate, may be associated with urge incontinence.
Causes of Urinary Incontinence in Women:
Urinary incontinence is almost always a symptom of an underlying treatable condition. It can be caused by everyday habits, medical conditions or physical problems, such as:
- Bladder muscles that are weak or overactive
- Thinning of the skin in the vagina or urethra in women, particularly after menopause
- Pelvic muscles weakened or stretched by childbirth
- Conditions that affect bladder control, like multiple sclerosis, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease
- Urinary tract infections
- Chronic cough
Management Of Urinary incontinence in Women:
You urinary incontinence management starts with evaluation of your condition; a thorough history of your urinary symptoms, your overall health and other medical conditions, response to prior treatments are taken into account before putting together your UI management plan. At our Dallas and Southlake offices, a mini pelvic exam and an in office “bladder stress test’ may be done by your provider as part of your initial evaluation. The bladder stress test consists of observation for urinary leakage with coughing. Additional tests that may be recommended by Dr. Malik to further assess your urinary incontinence include:
Urinalysis and urine culture: A sample of your urine is obtained and examined for red and white blood cells and bacteria to rule out bladder infection or presence of stone in the urinary tract which may cause temporary incontinence.
Pelvic Ultrasound: This test is done to look at the the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra by placing a probe on the abdominal wall which uses the sound waves for imagery.
Cystoscopy Exam: Consists of examining the interior of your bladder via a very small camera on a thin tube inserted through the urethra after numbing the area.
Urodynamic Studies: These studies measure pressure inside the bladder and urinary flow.
Not everyone needs additional testing.
Management Of urinary Incontinence in Women:
A combination of treatment modalities yield the best results with the least side effects for effective management of UI. For treatment of our Dallas and Southlake patients with urinary incontinence we recommend combining PRP injection therapy and pelvic muscle strengthening with behavioral therapy for best results.
The traditional treatments available for treatment of Urinary Incontinence in women are:
- Behavioral Remedies: Bladder Retraining
- Strengthening The Pelvic Muscles: Kegel Exercises and TENS unit
- Medicines for Overactive Bladder: A class of medications called anticholinergics are frequently prescribed for overactive bladder. They work by causing relaxation of bladder muscles and thereby preventing bladder muscle spasms and spontaneous urine leakage. These medications have several side effects, most common side effects are: dry mouth, constipation and drowsiness but at larger doses they may cause blurred vision, a faster heartbeat, and flushing and confusion Prolonged uses has been associated with memory loss and dementia.
- Vaginal Devices for Stress Incontinence: Like a pessary can lead to increased incidence of recurrent vaginal infections
- Injections for Stress Incontinence: A variety of bulking agents, such as collagen and carbon spheres, have been used for injection near the urinary sphincter to increase tissue thickness and to close the bladder opening which reduces stress incontinence. This treatment is less invasive than surgery but more invasive than the aforementioned treatments.The bulking agents dissolve over time and have to be repeated.
- Surgery for Stress Incontinence: There are three types of Surgery for supporting the bladder back to its normal position; retropubic suspension and two types of sling procedures. Each surgery has its own pros and cons.
In our practice we help patients with stress, urge and mixed incontinence get better bladder control and reduce the symptoms for optimum bladder function with no medication. We use a combination of behavioral remedies, pelvic muscle strengthening and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injection treatment.
PRP Therapy For Urinary Incontinence In Women: How Does It Work?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) can be very effective in improving Urinary Incontinence and for vaginal rejuvenation. PRP treatment is a simple, relatively painless procedure. The entire treatment takes less than an hour in our Dallas office.
Your PRP therapy for urinary Incontinence starts with a small amount of blood drawn from your vein just like blood draw for routine labs at your PCP. The blood is collected in a specialized FDA approved PRP kit; we use the Harvest PRP kit for UI treatment. We apply a potent numbing creme to blood draw area on your arm and to the area of PRP injections for your maximum comfort. Platelets are small cells in your blood responsible for your body’s healing response. When you incur an injury, your platelets are activated and they release eight growth factors. The platelet growth factors initiate healthy tissue regeneration to repair the injury. It takes about 30 minutes for the PRP to be ready, which gives you time to relax and let the numbing creme work to get you very numb before the injections. Once the PRP is ready, it is injected into the the genitourinary tract -clitoral- urethral- bladder-vaginal interface where it leads to regeneration of your own normal healthy tissue to rejuvenate the muscles, nerves, blood vessels, mucous membrane in urethra and vagina; resulting in improvement of tone, elasticity, firmness, lubrication, sensitivity of the area. A single treatment improves urinary control, clitoral sensation, libido, orgasm and sexual function and provides vaginal rejuvenation.
We prescribe pelvic muscle strengthening exercises and include a small portable vaginal TENS unit for at home use to improve your vaginal and urethral muscle tone. Our patients treated with PRP and vaginal muscle training exercises experience reduction in Urinary Incontinence, improvement and strengthening of orgasmic activity, improvement in sensation of clitoris and reduction of pain during intercourse and overall vaginal rejuvenation within days after a single treatment.
How Many PRP Treatments Are Needed For Management Of UI and Vaginal Rejuvenation?
For UI and vaginal rejuvenation with PRP therapy, we start with two treatments 10-12 weeks apart, followed by a single PRP therapy every 12-18 months to continue healthy tissue regeneration for maintenance of your UI management and vaginal rejuvenation.
Take charge of your Urinary Incontinence, call 888-210-9693 today for a consultation and find out how PRP therapy can help you manage UI and provide vaginal rejuvenation.