Urinary Incontinence Q & A
What is urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is the inability to control the flow of urine from your body. It varies in severity, from a small leakage from time to time to ongoing inability to prevent urine flow.
Whether you’re dealing with your urinary incontinence by using pads or incontinence briefs or by making regularly-scheduled trips to the bathroom, Dr. Stern is here to help.
With the dedicated urinary incontinence treatment at Stern Comprehensive Women’s Healthcare, she helps women get relief from the stress and embarrassment of urinary incontinence.
What causes urinary incontinence?
It depends on your type of incontinence. The two most common types are:
Stress urinary incontinence
Stress incontinence occurs when your bladder is under pressure, like when you cough, sneeze, laugh, or lift something heavy. Stress incontinence becomes more common with age as your bladder loses storage capacity.
Urge urinary incontinence
Do you ever experience the sudden urge to urinate followed by leakage? If so, you’re probably living with urge urinary incontinence. This condition is often caused by another condition affecting your body, like an infection or diabetes.
Can urinary incontinence be treated?
Absolutely. Dr. Stern offers a number of treatment options to help you regain control over your bladder, and she’s experienced in treating all types of urinary incontinence.
Bladder and mental training exercises can be helpful, especially for people with urge urinary incontinence. Dr. Stern also offers MonaLisa TouchⓇ, a comfortable laser treatment to help minimize incontinence.
During this treatment, Dr. Stern inserts the slim MonaLisa Touch device into your vagina. It sends gentle and safe laser energy into the surrounding tissue, stimulating the production of collagen which helps firm up the tissue in the vaginal area, providing more support for the urethra as well.
Not only does the increase in collagen help decrease incontinence, but it also helps you avoid — and even reverse — vaginal laxity and dryness.
Treatment with MonaLisa Touch takes just 5 minutes and is so comfortable that you won’t need any anesthesia. What’s more, there’s no downtime with MonaLisa Touch. You can continue on with your day immediately after your appointment.
If you think MonaLisa Touch treatment could be right for you, don’t hesitate to contact Stern Comprehensive Women’s Healthcare. Their dedicated team is available to answer all of your questions and to let you know what to expect from the process.
Get started by calling the office or scheduling your appointment online.