Every woman who has ever experienced incontinence understands just how massive of an impact it can have on their everyday life. For many women, this may mean being unable to enjoy their favorite sport, jump, run, or in more severe cases, even cough or sneeze without embarrassment and shame.
Also, other women find the problems of urge incontinence daunting, as frequent and abrupt visits to the toilet ruin their daily activities and hurt their confidence.
To make matters even worse, urge and stress incontinence aren’t just problems that post-menopausal or menopausal women have to deal with. The condition may affect any female at any age, regardless of their life situation.
Dr. Andrew Krinsky understands the massive impact incontinence can have on his patient’s life. This is why he’s committed to providing impeccable health care, offering such state-of-the-art methods as the MonaLisa Touch treatment for urinary incontinence.
That said, in this blog article, we’ll discuss the advantages of the MonaLisa touch when it comes to treating stress and urge incontinence.
Defining Urinary Incontinence
This defines a condition in which women experience involuntary urine leakage from the bladder. Generally, the urinary sphincter should be able to control urination, but when it’s been damaged or weakened, women may experience leaks, which often become entirely uncontrolled.
So, when the urinary sphincter is unable to do its job correctly, women may experience the following incontinence symptoms:
- A sudden urge to urinate, most often followed by actual involuntary urination
- Uncontrolled urine leaks (only a tiny amount)
- The entire bladder may completely empty, also involuntarily
- Urine leakage due to physical activity and exertion, like jumping, coughing, running, sneezing, or lifting heavy objects
- Constant or frequent urine dribbling from the bladder that may often fail to empty completely
Urinary Incontinence Types
Generally, the medical community categorizes two main urinary incontinence types that affect women:
Urge incontinence refers to a condition when the urge to empty the bladder comes suddenly and intensely, even when patients have just been to the toilet (or a short time ago). The main culprits behind urge incontinence are overactive bladder muscles that constantly try to push the urine out of the bladder.
This type of urinary incontinence refers to a condition where patients can sneeze, jump, cough, or run with the risk of experiencing urine leaking from their bladder. Generally, the stress of the movement and the pressure it causes to the bladder triggers the leakage.
To make matters worse, women may suffer from both of these conditions simultaneously.
The Main Causes Behind Urinary Incontinence
While men may also be affected by urinary incontinence, it’s more prevalent in women. Usually, the leading causes behind the condition are:
- Pregnancy: The hormonal changes that happen during pregnancy and the added pressure from the uterus may lead to stress incontinence.
- Childbirth: In some cases, vaginal delivery has the potential to damage the pelvic muscles and the surrounding nerves. This may cause an overactive bladder along with stress incontinence problems.
- Menopause: There are cases when entering menopuase that can cause the pelvic floor muscles to weaken, and the bladder may also lose its elasticity. All this can lead to more frequent urination and more intense urges to do so.
- Vaginal Dryness: A dry vagina can affect the outlet for the bladder, also known as the urethra. This can potentially lead to infections that directly affect urination frequency.
- Surgery: Women who have undergone procedures such as prolapse repair and hysterectomy may develop incontinence as a surgical side effect.
- Other Health Problems: There are cases when chronic health problems like diabetes may raise the risk of developing incontinence. Other conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, spinal injuries, stroke, and urinary stones, may also increase the chances of incontinence.
The MonaLisa Touch Treatment for Eliminating Urinary Incontinence
As a treatment, the MonaLisa Touch can help relieve the symptoms of urinary incontinence. How? It stimulates blood flow in the areas that are affected, rejuvenating the muscles of the pelvic floor, urethra, and vaginal walls. The healing triggered by the better tissue tone and increased blood flow will also reduce vaginal pain and ensure better overall urinary function.
As a matter of fact, many women experience deep symptom relief and immediate improvement after only a few MonaLisa touch treatment sessions.
How Does the MonaLisa Touch Treatment Work?
Also known as vaginal rejuvenation, the MonaLisa Touch procedure is a non-surgical fractional laser treatment in which the laser beam is split into small, microscopic dots to treat specific areas. The procedure is computer-assisted, meaning a device controls both the time and length of the laser beam, more specifically, its contact with the treatment area.
The laser beams “hit” the targeted areas with less than a tenth of a second pulses. When meeting the tissue of the targeted area, the laser beams remove a tiny bit of the tissue, which is no larger than a tip of a pin, enabling the laser to stimulate a natural healing response from the body at the treatment site and the surrounding cells. As a result, new healthy cells replace the old ones while the body repairs the damage. The laser also heats the targeted tissue to a certain extent between the dots, which promotes collagen and elastin production.
The Main Benefits of the MonaLisa Touch Treatment
- It’s a short and painless procedure that takes no more than 10 minutes
- It’s a non-invasive, low-risk procedure with only some or no side effects
- Suitable for most patients
- Improves control over urinary functions
- Decreases urination frequency, most notably during nighttime
- Less urgent feelings of urination
- Patients are at a lower risk of contracting UTIs or urinary tract infections
- Improves lubrication and tone in the vagina, decreasing vaginal pain
- Increased libido, more sexual enjoyment
- Decrease the need to use HRT creams for menopausal women
Possible Side Effects
Even though it’s an entirely safe and painless procedure, some patients might experience rare side effects from the MonaLisa Touch treatment, which could include:
- Mild discomfort
- Vaginal redness
- Slight itching
- Slight bleeding
- Slight swelling
Fortunately, all of these unwanted side effects are only temporary and will go away within a few days following treatment.
Get Your Life Back on Track Quickly
Urinary incontinence can have a massive negative impact on women’s life regardless of age and life circumstances. While several other treatment options may be able to bring relief, vaginal rejuvenation is painless and an effective method that brings quick results, enabling patients to get back on track with their lives.
Why suffer in silence when you can quickly rediscover your love of life and daily activities? To learn more about the treatment, feel free to reach out to Dr. Krinsky and learn more about your options.