Urinary problems in women

The issues of urinary leakage and problems with urinary frequency and urgency can cause a real disruption to a woman's life. We want to go over the most common causes and possible solutions to alleviate this significant medical condition.

 

We define urinary incontinence as the involuntary loss of urine.

 

Bladder control issues are very common in women including teenagers up to postmenopausal women.

51.1 % of women experience urinary incontinence at some point in their lives.

Recent study published in the journal of urology has shown that the prevalence of the problem in women has increased from 49.5 % in 2001 to 53.4 % in 2007.

Severe incontinence in women and men rapidly increases after age 70 and up to age 80.

The majority of women experience issues with bladder control after childbearing and also typically around the time of menopause as a result of hormonal changes.

There are mainly two different kinds of urinary incontinence.

The first one is the stress incontinence which it is typically related to an anatomical problem affecting the support system of the pelvic floor.

Childbearing is one of the most common predisposing factors to stress urinary incontinence.

The most common symptom is the leaking of urine upon coughing, laughing, bearing down, or exercising.

This condition can be easily addressed by surgical intervention.

The second kind of urinary incontinence is called overactive bladder or urge incontinence.

It is typically a functional disorder of the bladder rather than an anatomical one.

Overactivity of the bladder causes the bladder to empty out without any warning.

The most common events that trigger leakage are sneezing, laughing, changing position, or having sex.

Urinary frequency during the day and/or night and a strong urge to go are also associated with this condition.

Overactive bladder can respond to a treatment like physical therapy, a home regimen of kegel exercises, low-potassium diet, anti-cholinergic medications that have the effect of relaxing the detrusor muscle of the bladder, and posterior tibial nerve stimulation.

All of these procedures aim to lower the sensitivity of the detrusor muscle of the bladder which is responsible for producing the involuntary loss of urine.

All of these procedure have the ability also to assist in restoring the control of the bladder by facilitating the mind-body connection.

A new office procedure has been recently introduced in order to improve the symptoms of both stress urinary incontinence and overactivity of the bladder.

The procedure is called O'Shot and it does not require any anesthesia.

A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient's arm through a phebotomy.

The blood is then processed by spinning the vial of blood in a centrifuge in order to separate the plasma from the red blood cells.

At the end of the process, the activated plasma contains a high level of blood organules called platelets which are responsible for attracting stem cells to the area.

Stem cells will not only start producing collagen but will also have the effect of increasing the blood supply to the area.

It takes about 8 wks after the procedure in order to achieve the full effect.

The procedure is done entirely in the office and it only takes 20 minutes.

There are very limited risks commonly observed.

The final outcome is to build collagen, providing better support and some tightening of the tissue which will feel rejuvenated.

For more information about PRP and the O'Shot treatments, please visit our website at www.sorgentemedspa.com

You can also call us at 508-418-6026 with any questions.

Thank you for your attention.

I hope to see you all at SorgenteMedSpa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                             

 

 

 

Author
Dr. Lucia Cagnes Dr. Cagnes is a double certified Ob/ Gyn doctor in Europe as well as in the USA. She has been in practice in the US for more than 23 years.

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