August 16, 2018
Let’s Talk About Urinary Incontinence
On a recent segment of her Facebook Watch series, Red Table Talk actress Jada Pinkett Smith discussed vaginal rejuvenation, a treatment that can help with a problem many women have but are too embarrassed to discuss – urinary incontinence.
“One in three women over the age of 50 is estimated to experience incontinence on a weekly or more frequent basis,” Alison Huang, MD, associate professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco, said in an interview with Healio Family Medicine.
As we age the pelvic muscles and the urethra weaken and urine is able to pass more easily, or leak. There are other factors that can cause urinary incontinence, too, such as multiple vaginal deliveries, and your risk of incontinence can increase if you’re overweight, if you smoke, if you’re overweight, or if you suffer from diabetes or high blood pressure.
There are four types of urinary incontinence:
With stress incontinence laughing, coughing, or jumping can cause urine leakage.
Overactive bladder incontinence
Women with overactive bladder incontinence will have a strong urge to urinate even when the bladder is not full and could even have trouble making it to the restroom in time. This could be caused by a serious neurological condition that results in miscommunication between the brain and the bladder. Post-menopausal women tend to also experience this type of incontinence.
Overflow incontinence happens when the bladder doesn’t completely empty, leading to leakage. Though this is more common in men, women should be aware of this condition, which can be related to high blood pressure or diabetes.
Women with mixed incontinence will experience both stress and overactive bladder incontinence.
“Less than half of women suffering from this problem report receiving any clinical treatment,”
Dr. Huang told Healio Family Medicine.
Despite how common urinary incontinence is, many women are not getting the help they need.
Treatment will vary depending on the type of incontinence you are experiencing, but treatment options include pelvic floor exercises (which strengthen muscles that help to control urination), medication, surgery, or medical devices such as the Juliet Device – Dr. Mia’s new vaginal rejuvenation machine.
The Juliet Device tightens the vagina internally and externally, meaning the device could not only help decrease urinary incontinence but can also improve sexual pleasure and the cosmetic look of the labia, which can change as we age.
You don’t have to be a celebrity like Jada Pinkett Smith to have a vaginal rejuvenation treatment. Call Dr. Mia today to learn more about this affordable treatment and schedule your appointment.