Many tissues in the body require estrogen to maintain their integrity. The vagina is no exception. As women age, and they lose their estrogen, the walls of the vagina thin, blood flow changes and the tissue weakens. These changes may also affect the strength of the bladder, and some women may experience an increase in loss of urine with coughing, sneezing, and exercising. Treatment of incontinence has historically been either with surgery or exercises such as Kegel exercises. Pelvic floor physiotherapy may also help improve the muscle tone of the muscles surrounding the vagina and bladder, thus helping with incontinence.
Loss of urine involuntarily is a common problem for women, and is becoming increasingly significant as women want to maintain active lifestyles, which may often increase the incontinence. Vaginal deliveries, obesity, smoking and asthma are often conditions that may lead to incontinence, and the impact of these is underestimated. Menopause leading to decreased estrogen and therefore less collagen, may also increase the incidence of incontinence.
If exercises fail to alleviate the problem and the surgical route is not the preferred method of choice, we have two different technological approaches to incontinence. By increasing blood flow to the vagina and strengthening the walls with collagen and other cells, these tech solution treatments may improve mild incontinence in some women.
After a consultation and examination, Dr. Weisberg will discuss your options for treatment, and if you qualify for a tech solution, it can often be started on the day of your visit.