How to Manage Urinary Incontinence & Restore Intimacy
By Kaitlyn Hunter, MedSpa Nurse Practitioner
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Today is a day to celebrate the relationships that mean the most to you: friends, family, and of course, your significant other.
But what if there’s an elephant in the room that prevents you from being physically intimate with your partner – or leaves you feeling worried, stressed, or embarrassed during intimacy?
Women come into our office all the time with common complaints like vaginal dryness, lack of libido, and urinary incontinence. These often stem from the typical aging process but can be worsened by childbirth, chemo, cancer, and other life impacting events.
I’m here to address these concerns and hopefully provide you a little support and hope for overcoming them.
Intimacy issues extend beyond the bedroom
Female sexual dysfunction issues can be very intimate for a lot of women. The obvious implication is that it causes issues in your relationship with your spouse. But for many women, these issues disrupt their social life, too.
I have treated women who have urinary incontinence so bad that they feel uncomfortable being in public and not knowing where a bathroom is located. What if they get a sudden urge to use the restroom but don’t know where to go? There’s a real chance that they may have an accident in what they’re wearing, which only causes further embarrassment.
Luckily, women have a variety of options for managing these symptoms. One of the easiest treatments that we have in our MedSpa is called diVa.
diVa restores intimacy
diVa is a laser vaginal therapy that resurfaces the tissue and stimulates new collagen growth. It’s safe, comfortable, and hygienic, and the best part is that the 3-8 minute procedure is fully customizable for your unique needs.
Unfortunately, there’s a stigma around laser vaginal therapy, because people believe it’s more cosmetic than medical. But that isn’t the case at all, because:
- There’s nothing wrong with a cosmetic procedure to make you feel more confident in the bedroom
- diVa was designed to restore your ability to have pleasurable sexual intercourse by improving vaginal dryness, looseness (laxity), and urinary incontinence
What you can expect
When you come in for your diVa treatment, expect to spend about 45 minutes in our office. The actual treatment itself only takes about 3-8 minutes once the device is inserted into the vaginal canal. The device will rotate 360 degrees for full coverage before slowly withdrawing.
Our package includes a series of three treatments spaced out every 4-6 weeks. Maintenance treatments are required anywhere from 6-12 months, depending on how severe your symptoms are.
The most-asked questions about diVa
Is it painful?
- We use topical numbing cream, so you hardly feel much at all during the treatment.
When do I see results?
- Some women experience improvement in urinary incontinence or vaginal dryness after the first treatment, but most will notice a change after the second treatment.
What are the side effects?
- You may have some mild cramping that’s similar to a period cramping, or a little bit of spotting. We recommend wearing a little panty liner, but this will only last for a few days.
Is it worth it?
Believe me when I say that you are not alone with these challenges. It’s very common for women to experience these issues, especially as we get older. The hardest part is making that first phone call, but I encourage you to take that step. Make the call. Come sit down with us and learn more about the treatment to see if it’s right for you.
If you have any questions or would like a consultation, please fill out this online form or call our office at 513-791-9474.