Urinary incontinence refers to a condition where an individual loses control of the bladder. UI is a common, distressing problem, which can largely affect your quality of life. A number of factors could be causing urinary incontinence – stress, obesity, or simply coughing/sneezing. The chances of developing UI increase with age.
PRP for Urinary Incontinence -
Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP treatment offers viable, safe management for urinary incontinence in people. It belongs to the branch of Regenerative Medicine. To put it simply, PRP therapy involves drawing out a tiny amount of blood, concentrating the platelets, and injecting platelet-rich-plasma into the targeted area for regeneration.
PRP therapy can be effective in eliminating or reducing incontinence, as it regenerates the healthy tissues in your body to alter a few changes leading to UI. The relatively painless, simple procedure rejuvenates muscles, nerves, and urethral/bladder/clitoral/vaginal interface.
What to Expect?
Patients undergoing PRP treatment experience reduced symptoms of urinary incontinence. The therapy also works to improve and strengthen your orgasmic activity, clitoris sensation and reduce pain during sex.
The procedure typically does not involve side effects, as it is done using your own plasma/blood. In most cases, the results of platelet-rich-plasma procedure last from 18 months to 3 years.
Laser Treatment for Urinary Incontinence -
Laser therapy has gained recognition as a promising treatment approach for urinary incontinence. CO2 laser and ER: YAG laser are the two techniques usually used for the procedure.
Laser beam focused on the targeted area penetrates 10-11mm deep into the skin without damaging the vaginal mucosa and the internal organs. Based on photothermic effect, the laser treatment is performed smoothly without sewing and cutting through the skin.
Why Opt for Laser Treatment?
Laser therapy for urinary incontinence is a preferred choice of treatment due to the following reasons –
• It is a minimally invasive procedure
• Relatively painless – does not require anaesthesia
• No special preparation is needed prior to the treatment
• Relatively safe procedure – no risk of tissue damage
• It is an outpatient procedure
What to Expect Following Laser Treatment?
You can expect to get back to routine activities immediately after the treatment. Results are observed soon after the procedure, and become more prominent as time passes – usually in about six months. However, keep in mind that the results are not permanent. You may have to undergo laser treatment again after 2 years.
Urinary incontinence is seen in both men and women but usually affects the female population. If you have been encountering problems controlling the bladder, you can opt for any of the above procedures. Nevertheless, it is advisable that you discuss both the treatment methods with a certified medical professional, who in this case, is a gynecologist.