Stress Incontinence in Men & Women
Urinary stress incontinence is a condition where urine leaks out of your bladder and urethra when you don’t want it to. It is most likely to occur when coughing, sneezing, or trying to hold and delay urinating. Urinary stress incontinence can affect both men and women, but is much more common in women, often due to bodily changes that cause damage or weakness to the pelvic muscles.
Stress incontinence is not the same as overactive bladder or urgency incontinence, both of which are caused by spasms and contractions of the bladder muscles. While there is no psychological factor to the cause of this malady, the effects of chronically experiencing unwanted bladder leakage can have devastating psychological effects like embarrassment, isolation, social anxiety, and depression.
What Causes Unwanted Bladder Leakage in Men?
Most of the time, incontinence in men is caused by other issues like prostate problems, nerve damage, Diabetes I or II, or degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s. In case of stress incontinence in men, being severely overweight can put pressure on the bladder and overload the muscles in the bladder and the urethra.
What Causes Urinary Stress Incontinence in Women?
There are several life changes only experienced by women that can affect the bladder as well as the pelvic floor:
- Pelvic surgery
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- Weakened muscles around the urethra
What Are the Treatment Options for Leakage from Stress Incontinence?
Treatment choices will differ depending on the cause of the dysfunction; weak muscles are a different issue than physical damage from trauma. Common standard medicine treatments for urinary stress incontinence include:
- Kegel exercises
- Relaxation exercises
- Weight loss
- Insertion of a pessary into the vagina
- Injection of a bulking substance like Coaptite
- Sling surgery
Foreign substances and invasive procedures like sling surgeries are a last resort, in our opinion. Kegel exercises, weight loss, or pessaries (which are basically weightlifting for your vaginal canal) are methods you can try yourself before contacting a doctor.
Regenerative Injection Therapies for Urinary Stress Incontinence
Unfortunately, sometimes lifestyle changes aren’t enough to resolve your bladder leakage problems. Fortunately, there is a new treatment for this problem that uses a painless injections around the urethra and/or in the cervix: platelet-rich-plasma injections and sometimes stem cells.
This cutting-edge, holistic regenerative therapy involves the injection of platelet-rich plasma (extracted from a sample of your blood) to regenerate the normal tissue around your urethra. As the tissue is restored, so is function. Platelet-rich plasma treatments, or PRP therapy, uses platelets from your own blood to help you heal.
Biopsy studies show that when PRP is injected into the damaged area (in this case the urethra), cells are more likely to multiply and grow new, healthy tissue. In the same way PRP therapy can regenerate ligaments, tendons, and joint cartilage, it appears PRP also regenerates vaginal tissue.
Using this same technology, the O-Shot procedure works by using PRP to stimulate the growth of healthy vaginal tissue and tissue around the urethra. And the whole procedure for processing the blood and injecting the growth factors takes less than 45 minutes in the doctor’s office.
Comprehensive, Holistic Treatment for Urinary Stress Incontinence from a Cincinnati Doctor in Regenerative Medicine
Dr. Blatman understands the value in treating physical ailments through the lens of the patient’s whole health. Especially with intimate issues like chronic bladder leakage, where symptoms are physical and psychological, recommending counseling along with techniques in regenerative medicine can help restore both your physical and mental health. We can help you get back to living your best life, not having to worry about embarrassing accidents ever again.
For more information, visit www.o-shotcinci.com