Stop the leakage! New treatment options for urinary incontinence in women

Stop the leakage! New treatment options for urinary incontinence in women

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By David Schwartz, MD, FACOG

Urinary incontinence is more than an inconvenient condition; it’s also an embarrassing one, often stripping many women of their self-confidence.  Many women who suffer from symptoms of urinary incontinence simply write it off as just part of the normal aging process and fail to seek treatment. 

Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control or urine leakage. Ever leaked a little when you sneeze? Or when you workout? Laughed so hard you “wet your pants”? This is urinary incontinence, and it occurs due to weakening of the muscles in the front part of the vaginal wall that support the bladder. Childbirth, increasing age, hormonal changes and menopause can result in poor vaginal tautness, leaving the bladder susceptible to pressure that can result in leakage.

For women with moderate to severe symptoms, there are out-patient surgical procedures that are very effective. For women with mild to moderate symptoms, fortunately, there are non-surgical treatment options. One of those is treatment with Viveve ™, an in-office therapy indicated for the treatment of vaginal laxity, sexual function or urinary incontinence.  The Viveve System uses cryogen-cooled monopolar radiofrequency (CMRF) and works by cooling and gently heating vaginal tissue to enhance collagen production to increase feelings of vaginal tightness, improve bladder control and increase sexual satisfaction.

The treatment encourages the generation of new collagen, elastin, and vascularization in the vaginal tissue without the use of hormones, making it an ideal option for women with a history of breast cancer or women who don’t want to take hormones. 

Only one treatment is required, and each treatment lasts about 30 – 45 minutes, and is painless. Patients require no down-time, and most patients experience some relief within weeks of treatment.

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