Treatment Options for Bladder Leaks & Incontinence

Treatment Options for Bladder Leaks & Incontinence

Bladder leakage, or urinary incontinence, affects both women and men of all ages – although it becomes more common as we get older. The good news is that there are several treatments that can minimize or eliminate bladder leaks. However, with so many treatments available, how do you know which is right for you?

Oakland County plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women in Birmingham, West Bloomfield, Troy, MI and across Southeastern Michigan elliminate bladder leaks with just one treatment, with non-surgical Geneveve radiofrequency.

In this article we discuss the many bladde leak and incontinence treatments on the market – so you can compare “apples to apples” – and see why are patients prefer Geneveve treatments.

What Causes Bladder Leaks?

Before determining the best treatment for your bladder leakage, it is important to identify which of the two primary types of urinary incontinence you have.

Stress incontinence

If coughing, sneezing, laughing, jumping or lifting heavy objects causes your leaks, you likely have stress incontinence. Stress incontinence eaks result when pressure inside your abdomen causes urine to leak through the ring of muscle in your bladder. Childbirth and normal aging are among the causes of this very common condition.

Urge incontinence

If your bladder suddenly empties without warning (even when not laughing, coughing or exerting) or you feel like you need to urinate frequently you may have urge incontinence – also called “overactive bladder.” Urge incontinence occurs when your brain, spinal cord, nerves and bladder don’t work together properly to hold and release urine at the right time.

Diseases that affect the nervous system (eg multiple sclerosis or stroke), can cause urge incontinence. But in many cases, doctors don’t can’t identify the cause of an over active bladder.

Treatments for Bladder Leaks & Incontinence

(1.) Kegel Exercises for Bladder Leaks & Incontinence

Kegel exercises (tighten the muscles in your pelvis) can help you become more leak-proof.

Pros:

  • Non-surgical
  • Helps with Stress Incontinence

Cons:

  • Takes a lot of work and dedication to exercise on a daily basis;
  • Does not improve Urge Incontinence

(2.) Medication for Bladder Leaks & Incontinence

Certain medications that can help your bladder hold more, reduce urgency and improve your ability to empty your bladder.

Pros:

  • Can treat Urge Incontinence

Cons:

  • Side effects can include drowsiness dry mouth, constipation, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, headache, increased blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, and more.

(3.) Topical Estrogen Therapy for Bladder Leaks & Incontinence

After menopause, a woman’s body produces less estrogen, which can contribute to deterioration of the supportive tissues around the bladder and urethra.   Applying topical estrogen in the form of a vaginal cream may help rejuvenate deteriorating tissues in the vagina and urinary tract and relieve some incontinence symptoms.

Pros:

  • Can treat Stress Incontinence

Cons:

  • Requires messy application of cream to vagina
  • Linked to certain breast cancers or uterine cancers

(4.) Surgery for Bladder Leaks & Incontinence

Surgical solutions for incontinence include inserting a strip of mesh to press against your urethra and prevent leaks. As with any surgery, there is the risk associated with the anesthetic as well as the risk of of infection.

Cons:

  • Mesh can erode through the vagina, causing infection, pain, and further urinary problems.
  • Scarring of the vagina and/or pain during sex can occur.
  • Injury to the bladder itself and nearby organs, like the bowel, is possible
  • Downtime after surgery

(5.) Vaginal Rejuvenation for Bladder Leaks & Incontinence

“Geneveve” is a new state-of-the-art non-surgical procedure that applies heat to targeted areas of the vagina using radiofrequency, to stimulate the body’s own collagen production. This naturally strengthens and thickens the muscles and tissue surrounding the bladder and in the walls of the vagina – and embarrassing bladder leakage decreases.

Only one 30 to 45 minute Geneveve treatment is needed for most women. It is performed in the comfort of our discreet, state-of-the-art Birmingham, Mi medical office under the supervision of renowned Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ali.

Because Geneveve is a non-surgical procedure, no anesthetic is needed and there is no incision or scarring. There is also no downtime!

Pros:

  • Painless
  • Non-Surgical
  • No Downtime
  • Only Takes One Treatment
  • No Side Effects

Learn More About Geneveve Treatments for Bladder Control HERE.

Bladder Leak & Incontinence Treatment – Oakland County

Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women in the Birmingham, West Bloomfield and Troy, MI  area stop bladder leaks & improve sexual intimacy with just one 30 minute Geneveve vaginal rejuvenation treatment!

It is an affordable, painless, one-time procedure performed in our Oakland County medical office, that only takes 30 minutes. There is no downtime, and you will begin to notice vaginal improvement within just a few weeks.

Call us for a free, discreet, confidential vaginal rejuvenatiuon consultation and see if Geneveve is right for you!

Oakland County Vaginal Rejuvenation Consultation: 248-335-7200