Stress urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine. It means that the female leaks urine (or urinates) even when she does not want to. In stress urinary incontinence, the control over the urinary sphincter is weakened or lost, leading to involuntary leakage of urine.
Being a female and advancing in age are the most common risk factors for urinary incontinence, but they are not the only ones. What cannot be ignored is that left untreated, stress urinary incontinence can lead to infections and various other serious health problems.
An estimated 30 % of females between the ages 30-60 complain of stress urinary incontinence. Most of the females get relief by timely treatment and practicing a healthy lifestyle.
What can happen if you do not get treatment for Stress Urinary Incontinence?
Stress urinary incontinence is a common but serious problem among females. A female should not ignore the symptoms of urinary incontinence. Timely treatment of SUI can prevent the condition from worsening and prevent complications. If left untreated, SUI can lead to several complications. Common complications of stress urinary incontinence can include –
- Infections & sores
- UTIs (Urinary tract infections)
- Effects on social and personal life
- Impact on sexual life
While physical discomfort affects the female’s daily life, the emotional stress about dealing with urinary incontinence is an important factor that cannot be ignored. Many females who have urinary incontinence do not tell anyone about their symptoms as they are embarrassed or believe nothing can be done regarding this, and so suffer in silence.
Females also seem to avoid or drift away from sexual activities due to their insecurities in bed. Dealing with urinary incontinence without treatment would affect the emotional, psychological, sexual, and social life of the female. The inability to hold urine can sometimes lead to feelings of discomfort, embarrassment, and at times other physical problems.
- Skin problems – A female with urinary incontinence is more likely to have sores, rashes, and infections in her genitals because the skin is wet or damp a lot of time, which promotes fungal infections and other skin problems.
- Urinary tract infections – Untreated stress urinary incontinence increases the risk of UTIs.
- Prolapse – Prolapse occurs when a part of the vagina, bladder, or urethra droops down into the entrance of the vagina. This is commonly caused due to weakened pelvic floor muscles.
Embarrassment can cause females to withdraw socially, which can lead to depression. A female who is suffering from urinary incontinence should see a gynecologist, as medical help can improve her symptoms and raise her quality of life. Working with an expert gynecologist can help you live a life free from the fears of SUI.
Are you at a risk of stress urinary incontinence?
Stress urinary incontinence occurs when the muscles which control the ability to hold urine get weak or do not work. The urinary bladder and the urethra are supported by the pelvic floor muscles. Urine flows from the urinary bladder through the urethra to the outside. The sphincter muscle is present around the opening of the bladder and this muscle squeezes to prevent urine from leaking.
When sphincter muscles or pelvic floor muscles get weak, urine can leak involuntarily when pressure is placed on the bladder. A female may notice it while:
- Lifting heavy objects
Weakened muscles may be caused due to:
- Injury to urethra area
- Several medicines
- Surgery or injury in the pelvic area
- Being overweight
It is important to note here that in several cases, stress urinary incontinence can be caused due to unknown causes.
Stress incontinence is common in females and may often be caused due to unknown reasons. However, some factors can increase a female’s risk or urinary incontinence, such as:
- Vaginal delivery
- Pelvic organ prolapse
Treatment Options for SUI
The choice of treatment for stress urinary incontinence depends on the severity of the condition and the willingness of the female to participate in treatments. These treatments generally include non-invasive or surgical treatments or other options like hormone estrogen therapy.
Gynecologists often begin the treatment procedure by suggesting the least-invasive options. Females experiencing minimal and very mild to rare leakage may be comfortable using absorbent pads and avoiding invasive activities that trigger involuntary leakage of urine. But, most females wish to get a permanent solution for a problem like SUI.
The most common and favorable choice of treatment option for females with stress urinary incontinence is laser treatment. Pristyn Care uses the most advanced CO2 laser for this treatment. Laser treatment is used to cure and treat the problem of SUI without any surgical procedure. In the laser procedure, the vagina and vaginal walls are tightened or lifted up in a manner that reinforces the weakened muscles and tissues which lead to urinary leakage.
Here are some unique benefits of laser procedure for SUI treatment-
- Problems of stress urinary incontinence are resolved in under 30 minutes, with better control over the urine.
- Immediate effects with a long-lasting result
- Laser treatment will not interrupt the regular daily activities
- Laser procedures enhance vaginal suppleness
- With the laser procedure, comes back the sexual satisfaction
- Looseness & laxity of vaginal muscles are treated
- Problems of vaginal prolapse os solved
- Boosts overall vaginal health
After the laser treatment for stress urinary incontinence, the female regains control over the vaginal muscles and can control the release of urine. At Pristyn Care clinics, most advanced laser treatment is provided for the treatment of SUI which gives relief from the problem of urinary leakage right away.
Laser treatment for SUI is the most advanced and easy procedure for females. With no downtime from daily activities, the female would have no pain, swelling, side effects, or other problems after the procedure. Would you like to speak to a gynecologist for your problem with SUI or regarding other gynecological problems? Consult expert gynecologists via a video call or by visiting a Pristyn Care clinic near you.