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After childbirth, many women experience stress urinary incontinence, (SUI) which is a medical condition characterized by unintentional leakage of urine during moments of physical strain such as sneezing, coughing and exercise. Often women learn to be on guard for this embarrassing problem and may wear sanitary napkins on a regular basis in case of leaks. This problem is often mistaken for urge incontinence, which is the loss of urinary control caused by bladder contraction and associated with a sense of urgency. Stress urinary incontinence is more common for women than men due to changes in the supporting structure around the bladder after pregnancy.

SUI is typically caused by weakened muscles and supportive tissue in the pelvic floor region. This area supports the bladder and plays an integral part in the urethral closure mechanism during urination. Normally, when the bladder fills with urine, the urethra has strong valves that prevent urine leakage, however, when an individual has weakened pelvic muscles, the bladder can press down and weakened urethral muscles leak urine. These crucial pelvic muscles are often or stretched or atrophied by childbirth, aging and obesity.
If you experience urine leakage during the following activities, it is possible that you may have stress urinary incontinence:
  1. Coughing
  2. Sneezing
  3. Laughing
  4. Standing
  5. Heavy-lifting
  6. Exercise
  7. Sex
Although you may not experience urinary incontinence every time you engage in these activities, they will tend to increase your vulnerability to unintentional urine loss.
If you are aware of having stress urinary incontinence, you may feel embarrassed, but you should know that you are not alone. There are treatment options available and Philosophy of Beauty which can help you manage and reduce the problem to get you back to enjoying life. Traditional treatments for weakened pelvic muscles and stress urinary incontinence were once only Kegel exercises and invasive surgery. Unfortunately, there are risks associated with surgical options and Kegel exercises often lack effectiveness.

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Thanks to recent advances in medical technology, Philosophy of Beauty offers Fotona’s IncontiLase therapy, an advanced non-surgical treatment using a non-ablative laser specially designed for the delicate female vaginal tissue.
The goal of IncontiLase is to treat mild to moderate stress urinary incontinence with non-invasive Er:YAG laser therapy by Fotona- a world leader in laser technology. The system uses controlled thermal energy to gently stimulate regeneration of collagen within the vaginal canal, improving tissue strength and support to the area which reduces and can eliminate urine loss. As an added bonus, it also tightens the vaginal tissue.

This type of laser treatment is quick and simple, with no requirement of anesthesia. It involves a simple walk-in and out appointment at our comfortable clinic, with no surgical incisions or downtime involved. During the procedure, a small, speculum-like device is inserted into the vagina to deliver short pulses of energy. The result is collagen restructuring and growth, which ultimately leads to the thickening, strengthening and tightening of the vaginal muscles. Due to its simplicity, there are no special pre-operative or post-operative measures needed.

The IncontiLase treatment strategy involves two sessions that are four-weeks apart, followed by a check-up six-months after. Each treatment session lasts approximately 20 minutes. The treatment is well-tolerated by our patients and is virtually painless, although a mild heating and itching sensation can sometimes be felt during the procedure. No need to worry, our medical experts will work with you to ensure that you are comfortable during the process. The results vary from patient to patient, but can usually be fully appreciated after four-months.
If you have questions or would like to know more about how IncontiLase can help your stress urinary incontinence, our knowledgeable team at Philosophy of Beauty are happy to offer a private consultation and talk about how we can help you get your confidence back.

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