The Best, Proven Ways to Treat Urinary Incontinence
By William Lovett, M.D.
Over the past few years, we’ve had many women in the Greater Cincinnati area come to us with an issue that affects their entire lives, from intimacy with their partners to exercising, traveling, and even going to parties. Urinary incontinence (UI) can develop for a variety of reasons, but the impact is certainly felt across their lives.
What I want to tell these women – and men who have partners with UI – is that there are treatments that can alleviate the symptoms. We can restore your confidence, your comfort, and your freedom with the diVa and the O-shot treatments.
What causes urinary incontinence in women?
The three biggest causes of UI are:
- Vaginal childbirth
- Decreasing hormones
- Hormonal birth control
Stress urinary incontinence is very common in women after childbirth because vaginal births can stretch and weaken the vaginal tissue and muscles. Women may experience UI immediately after childbirth, but even if they don’t, they are at an increased risk as they enter menopause.
As women age and their muscles relax and their hormone production decreases, they will find their bodies may experience leakage of urine as they cough, sneeze, laugh, or exercise.
Interestingly, birth control can also cause urinary incontinence. This happens because most hormonal birth control actually decreases estrogen and some other vital hormones, putting you at risk for UI.
Is there a treatment for urinary incontinence?
As I mentioned above, there are two revolutionary treatments that are helping women all over the country: diVa and the O-Shot.
With diVa, a safe, FDA-approved laser is used to help revitalize the vaginal wall tissue by strengthening, tightening, and resurfacing the tissue. This rejuvenation helps restore and strengthen the tissue to alleviate urinary incontinence. diVa also helps with dryness and painful intercourse for the same reason. Initially, we perform diVa once a month for three months, as this series of treatments has the highest success rate. From there, you will need yearly maintenance treatments.
With the O-Shot we take platelet-rich plasma from your own blood and inject it back into your vaginal wall and behind your clitoris. This recruits your own growth hormone and stem cells into the area to help make youthful collagen again, which tightens and strengthens the vaginal tissue.
Both of these treatments target the root cause of your UI. You’ll see the best results by combining these two treatments into what we call a Laser Enhanced O-Shot (LEO). With the LEO, 90-95% of women will experience significant improvement up to complete resolution of their issue. This combined treatment will need maintenance treatments about once a year.
What are my non-treatment options?
Unfortunately, without restoring the vaginal tissue, your options for handling UI will be limited to trying oral medications or wearing mini or maxi pads all the time or to specific events. A LEO can and in most cases will eliminate the need for wearing feminine hygiene pads to catch leakage or taking oral prescription medications.
To learn more
Urinary incontinence can greatly impact your quality of life, which is why we strive to educate women on their treatment options. If you have any personal questions, don’t be shy. Reach out to us at 513-791-9474 or fill out our online form to get started with us. We are on your team and are ready to help you restore your quality of life.