Can’t Hold Urine as a Female? Don’t be Content with Incontinence
Incontinence is a problem for many women
A woman usually realises that she needs to be careful when she is surprised by a sneeze or cough, or when she is always thinking where the next toilet may be, or not to have a cup of tea or coffee before jumping onto the bus or train just in case its delayed, or even worse having a glass of wine and then going out into the cold night air!
Starting to think about having a spare pair of ‘emergency’ pants in her handbag just in case of ‘mishaps’ or perhaps starting to take more notice of the disposable pants and pads advertised on the television might just be a good idea.
What is incontinence?
Incontinence is where a loss of control of the bladder is occurring, symptoms may be urgent need to relieve yourself, not getting to the toilet in time, wetting yourself with a change in temperature, or even a glass of wine may relax your muscles so that control is less.
Different types of Incontinence
There are multiple different types of urinary incontinence, including:
- Stress Incontinence
- Urge Incontinence
- Overactive Bladder
- Functional Incontinence
- Overflow Incontinence
What causes incontinence in females?
The bladder may feel irritable all the time, a sense of urgency to relive yourself, not making it to the toilet in time are all factors of Stress Incontinence.
Even with just one pregnancy women may start to feel things aren’t quite the same as before, it might only be a slight loss of control on a sneeze or cough, or doing exercise may feel as if you are slightly not in control of your bladder. This is usually more common with multiple births.
The loss of collagen throughout the whole body is a gradual thing, however, most people will notice their skin, and eyes deteriorating, with women this also means the bladder/womb as it is the collagen strands that hold our interior organs in place as well, and when these become lax and loose, then our bladder starts to lower and thus the urge to urinate or loss of control becomes more pronounced. For some women this can become unbearable and disruptive to sleep as well as normal day to day life.
How to stop/deal with urinary incontinence?
There are a number of changes that women can make to their lifestyles which can help with reducing the likelihood of incontinence – these include controlling your weight, taking regular exercise, and engaging in yoga, Pilates and consistent Kegel’s exercises. These will help to keep core strength in the pelvic area in good shape, aiding in the avoidance of accidents.
Unfortunately even these activities may not be enough for many women, as hormonal changes such as early Menopause, childbirth or even STDs or cystitis can cause long term issues with Urinary Stress Incontinence. More serious issues such as breast cancer or other hormonal cancers where patients are given drugs such as Tamoxifen can also very rapidly see the severe side effects of loss of hormones in the bladder and vaginal area.
For those women whose symptoms are starting to dictate their life and are on their mind frequently, a more permanent, safe solution is often needed.
Urolon filler treatment
Urolon is a revolutionary new procedure which has been safely used in Europe for several years and is now available to us in the UK – and we’re delighted to announce that The Women’s Clinic is the first in the UK to make it available.
Urolon makes use of a specialist filler which increases natural collagen levels in the urethra, preventing incontinence from occurring. And as the filler naturally dissolves, the body itself stimulates the formation of new collagen. The procedure takes only 20 minutes or so, and can remain effective for 2 years or more.
CO2RE Intima laser treatment
This safe minimally invasive treatment is a painless 15 minute procedure, and a life changing solution.
Levels of the female hormone oestrogen can drop during and after the menopause – and this can cause pelvic muscles to weaken, reducing bladder support and your ability to hold in urine.
The CO2RE Intima laser treatment significantly restores the normal vaginal architecture and environment, as if the oestrogen was still there; thereby improving many of the unpleasant consequences of low oestrogen states. Within two weeks of your first treatment you will find a noticeable change in urgency, and also the speed of flow.
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We’d be delighted to discuss issues surrounding incontinence and your own needs – please do contact us using our online form to discuss your situation in the strictest confidence and utmost discretion.