Symptoms and Causes of Urinary Incontinence In Women: How Do I Solve Them?

There is a misconception that having the occasional urine leakage (incontinence) in women is normal. However, suffering from urinary incontinence is not “normal.” While this condition may be common, it should not be a typical occurrence, and if you suffer from incontinence, you should address your symptoms with a doctor. 

Incontinence is not easy to treat since there can be many reasons for the problem. Urinary incontinence can be so tricky to diagnose that there is a subspecialty in gynecology called urogynecology. Urogynecology focuses on female pelvic medicine, health, and reconstructive surgery to address possible causes and solutions for incontinence.

However, before seeking out the help of a urogynecologist, you might be experiencing incontinence from one of its more common causes. The most common cause is trauma to the supporting structures of the pelvic floor, which typically happen during pregnancy and vaginal deliveries.

Another common reason for incontinence is age. When a woman reaches menopause (at approximately 51 years), her lack of estrogen directly affects the supporting structure of her urinary tract system, which can cause incontinence.

When you combine the number of women who have had vaginal births and have experienced menopause, there are a significant number of women today who live with incontinence. Fortunately, in the past decade, technological improvements have provided increased opportunities to improve urinary incontinence in women.

The Erbium-YAG (Er: YAG) is one such advancement. The Er: YAG is a specialized laser that is currently in its 2nd generation. It is an excellent option to treat urinary incontinence and offers other benefits such as increased vaginal lubrication, and it supports the tightening of the vaginal walls.

Genitourinary Syndrome is characterized by urinary incontinence, vaginal dryness, and relaxation of the vaginal walls. Using the Er: AG is a fantastic non-invasive alternative to help improve these symptoms and improve quality of life. Additional options include the use of lubricants, estrogen creams, kegel exercises, or invasive surgeries such as mesh placement.

Unlike invasive surgeries, the Er: YAG is an outpatient procedure that does not interrupt daily activities. The process is discreet, takes approximately 20-25 minutes to perform, and does not require hospitalization or anesthesia. Er: YAG procedures have a high effectiveness rate, and only a few cases have documented no improvement.

Don’t live with the idea that incontinence is “normal.” If you are suffering from incontinence – you should seek help today. From the Er: YAG to more invasive surgeries, many treatment options can help improve your quality of life.

If you want to know more about incontinence or what procedures we offer, contact us or schedule an appointment today

Before performing any procedure, we will have a prior consultation with you, listen to your symptoms, answer your questions, and help you evaluate what the best options are to treat your symptoms.