Do you occasionally leak urine when you sneeze or laugh? Do you sometimes experience an out-of-nowhere urge to pee and have trouble getting to the bathroom fast enough? If so, you may have urinary incontinence, a condition that strikes as many as 4 in 10 women at some point in their lives.
At Women’s Healthcare of Princeton in Princeton, New Jersey, our team of all-female care providers have many years of experience treating all types of urinary incontinence. One of the procedures we offer our patients is MonaLisa TouchⓇ, a gentle laser treatment that can help provide relief for several gynecological conditions.
If you’re struggling with urinary incontinence, we’d like to tell you how MonaLisa Touch might help you.
About urinary incontinence
Urinary incontinence can happen when the muscles or nerves in your urinary tract don’t work as well as they should, or when the vaginal walls become thin or atrophied. There are two main types of urinary incontinence: stress incontinence and urge incontinence.
Stress incontinence occurs when pressure on your bladder causes it to release urine. Pressure can happen when you press down on your bladder when laughing, sneezing, coughing, or exercising. (If you automatically cross your legs when you feel a sneeze coming on, you know what it’s like to have stress incontinence.)
Urge incontinence, also known as overactive bladder, occurs when you have a sudden, unexpected urge to urinate, or when you need to urinate frequently. Spasms in your bladder may make it difficult for you to get to a toilet before releasing urine.
In women, common causes of urinary incontinence include physical changes related to pregnancy and childbirth or hormone changes that occur during menopause. These conditions can contribute to the thinning of vaginal tissue.
Urinary incontinence is a treatable condition. Your treatment depends on what’s causing you to release urine. For example, if weak muscles are contributing to your incontinence, pelvic floor muscle strengthening with Kegel exercises may help.
When incontinence is related to vaginal atrophy, treatment with MonaLisa Touch may offer relief. This gentle laser treatment is a medical procedure that regenerates vaginal tissue and forms new collagen and new blood vessels within the vagina.
MonaLisa Touch is not a vaginal rejuvenation tool or a cosmetic procedure. It’s a treatment used for clinical purposes to help relieve a number of medical symptoms, including some forms of urinary incontinence.
Women like MonaLisa Touch because it provides results for gynecological medical issues without medication or surgery. In most cases, women benefit from three treatments spaced 40-60 days apart, along with annual maintenance treatments.
Help for your incontinence
If you’re experiencing any kind of incontinence, let our providers at Women’s Healthcare of Princeton help. We perform a full evaluation and recommend a personalized treatment plan. To make an appointment, call our office at 609-246-5541 or use our online booking tool.