New Stress Incontinence Treatment

The type of incontinence that affects millions of women, young and old, is stress incontinence. This type of incontinence is largely a result of pregnancy or childbirth, and it manifests itself when pressure is applied to the abdomen. The pressure does not have to be excessive to cause a problem. For example, the incontinence frequently occurs when a women lifts something heavy, sneezes, coughs or even laughs. The resulting urine leakage can be embarrassing and unexpected, and soon stress incontinence may cease to be a problem; because now lasers are being used to treat this type of incontinence.

The laser treatment is completely non invasive, and it is easy to administer. The infrared light is applied to the bladder area, and it tightens the delicate tissue around the urethra. This infrared procedure is the exact same one that is used in cosmetic applications to tighten sagging skin. Only recently have lasers been used to treat stress incontinence, and the results are promising.

Genityte, the official name of this treatment is somewhat of a breakthrough when it comes to treating stress incontinence. Since the procedure is completely safe, the hope is that it can be used in place of more invasive techniques currently used to treat stress incontinence. Standard treatments for stress incontinence include the following: a pessary device to help support the bladder; a urethral insert to plug the urethra; injectable bulking agents, like collagen, to apply pressure to the urethra; and surgery or surgical implants. While many of these treatments are quite successful, they are all highly invasive, and they come with quite a few potential risks and side effects.

The new laser treatment can be used on women of any age equally well, and it can also be used to treat symptoms from the mildest to the most severe cases of stress incontinence. With such a simple and safe treatment option for stress incontinence, women may no longer need to suffer incontinence as a result of bearing children.

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