Female urinary incontinence is a very common condition that causes the involuntary release of urine. Symptoms can range from a few drops when you laugh or cough to a severe urge to urinate, followed by full bladder release. Urinary incontinence is more common in women due to their physical makeup as well as contributing factors that increase risk, such as childbirth.
While the severity varies, living with urinary incontinence is embarrassing and can negatively affect your enjoyment of life. Fortunately, urinary incontinence is a treatable condition, allowing you to reduce symptoms so you can live life to the fullest.
What Causes Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence can be caused by:
- Weak bladder muscles
- Overactive bladder muscles
- Nerve damage
- Urinary tract infections
There are many different types of urinary incontinence including:
- Stress: Bladder leakage of small amounts due to coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercising, etc.
- Urge: Urine leakage is unexpected and in large amounts. It can occur during sleep.
- Overactive bladder: Frequent, urgent urination that can include bladder leaks.
- Functional: Untimely urination due to various factors like a physical disability or the inability to reach a bathroom.
- Overflow: Small unexpected leaks due to a full bladder.
- Mixed: Often combines stress and urge incontinence.
- Transient: Temporary bladder incontinence due to other conditions or factors from infections to medications.
Urinary incontinence is diagnosed with a physical exam and tests such as:
- Urodynamic testing
- Bladder stress test
Once a diagnosis is made, you can explore the different types of urinary incontinence treatments available to help alleviate symptoms.
Urinary Incontinence Treatment
The most common urinary incontinence treatments available are:
- Bladder retraining and kegel exercises
- Medicines to block the nerve signals for urination
- Surgical implants and vaginal devices
Many women are not keen on the idea of undergoing surgical procedures or may not get results from exercises. In this case, many seek alternative treatments such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) Therapy. This is an injection treatment applied in the area of the urinary sphincter to help reduce incontinence.
PRP Therapy uses platelet-rich plasma sourced from your own blood. It is a preferred choice for many patients as it reduces the risk of allergic reaction in such a sensitive area.
The blood collected is placed in a centrifuge to separate the plasma from platelets. Plasma containing a high concentration of healing platelets is created and injected into the vulvovaginal area. Platelets are an effective treatment as they play a key role in repairing damaged tissue.
The injections help stimulate your natural healing process, using the high concentration of cytokines and growth factors found in platelets. This accelerates your body’s ability to heal by delivering the natural, specialized components, including growth factors, to assist in repairing connective tissue. Your body receives a healing boost that helps to regulate tissue reconstruction in the area and restore ligament strength.
If you are suffering from urinary incontinence, PRP Therapy can help you regain bladder control and your confidence. For more information on Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy, arrange a consultation with our doctors here.