Urinary Incontinence FAQs
What causes urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence can be a temporary condition, such as when you eat or drink something that overly stimulates your bladder, or persistent. Temporary causes might be drinking too much caffeine, alcohol, or large doses of muscle relaxants, vitamin C, or sedatives. A urinary tract infection and constipation are easily treatable conditions that can cause incontinence.
If your symptoms are more persistent, it might be due to age – which weakens muscles around the bladder and decreases the ability of your bladder to store urine. After menopause, deterioration of the bladder lining and urethra occurs due to diminished estrogen. A hysterectomy or childbirth sometimes weakens muscles around the bladder, too, leading to a lack of control.
What lifestyle changes can ease symptoms?
If you determine a specific food or drink irritates your bladder, it makes sense to limit consumption to ease incontinence. Timing liquid consumption and wearing light liners can also be options to reducing embarrassing incidences of incontinence.
Kegel exercises that strengthen the pelvic floor can go a long way in improving bladder control. You may also find that losing weight helps.
How can Dr. Gor help?
Not all fixes for urinary incontinence are in your control. Dr. Gor can coach you on treatments that are simple and effective. She may run specific tests to determine the reason for your incontinence and tailor your treatment to the results. Options might include surgical vaginoplasty or a sling. She may also recommend vaginal rejuvenation, through FemiLift™, to tighten lax muscles.
What is FemiLift?
FemiLift is a state-of-the-art treatment that uses a laser to encourage tissue to produce new proteins, or collagen, to support the skin structure of your vagina. It tightens the vaginal area and helps create greater strength in the ligaments that surround the bladder and urethra. The treatment is noninvasive and requires no downtime afterwards – you can go back to work or other daily activities immediately. It’s virtually pain free and completely safe. A FemiLift procedure lasts just about 10 minutes. You might need 3-4 to start and then yearly maintenance treatments.