Causes of Stress Incontinence (And How to Fix It)

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If you’ve ever been running errands or laughing at a joke when you’re struck with an unstoppable urge to go, you’re not alone. Nearly 10% of the population experiences some form of urinary incontinence. Unfortunately, having plenty of company doesn’t make the problem any less inconvenient or distressing. 

Stress incontinence, where urine leaks because your bladder is under pressure, is one of the most common types. When the muscles that support your urethra are weakened, the bladder and other organs drop, creating that uncomfortable feeling of fullness and pressure. At CüR Laser and Skin, Dr. Kumar Shivdasani regularly encounters patients with urinary incontinence and offers one of the most innovative and effective treatments.

Urinary Incontinence After Pregnancy and Childbirth

During pregnancy, your body releases hormones to loosen the muscles and tissues of your pelvic floor. These muscles stretch further when your baby is born. One study of new first-time mothers surveyed six months after giving birth found 29.6% struggled with urinary incontinence.

You’re more likely to develop postpartum stress incontinence if you chose a vaginal birth and had a large baby, prolonged labour, or difficult delivery. While some women find their bladder control improves over time, many are left with chronic incontinence after childbirth. 

Changes With Age That Cause Urinary Incontinence

Persistent urinary incontinence is a common problem for older adults, affecting 12% of Canadian seniors. Age-related stress incontinence has a variety of causes, from a thinning of the bladder and urethra lining after menopause to pressure from an enlarged prostate. Often, the reason is simply a weakening of the bladder muscle and those supporting it.

How Do I Get Rid of Urinary Incontinence?

There are several ways to manage urinary incontinence, from reducing fluid consumption to doing pelvic floor exercises. Your doctor may also prescribe medications and devices or recommend surgery. 

Fortunately, there’s now a much simpler way to treat urinary incontinence. The EMSELLA® device delivers electromagnetic energy directly to the pelvic floor. This causes thousands of rapid contractions, similar to Kegel exercises, to strengthen the muscles that support your bladder. A whopping 81.33% of patients reported significant improvement in symptoms after six quick and painless EMSELLA sessions.

Schedule Your Vancouver EMSELLA Treatment

If you’re looking for an effective treatment for urinary incontinence in Vancouver, you could find long-lasting relief with EMSELLA at CüR Laser and Skin. Schedule your appointment at 604-662-7368 to stop the leaks and confidently enjoy your favourite activities again.

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