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Female Urinary Incontinence — It's More Common Than You May Think

 Female Urinary Incontinence — It's More Common Than You May Think

Did you know that women are twice as likely as men to develop urinary incontinence? Pregnancy, childbirth, and the hormonal changes that accompany perimenopause and menopause weaken your pelvic floor muscles as well as your bladder and reproductive organs.

Over 40% of women age 65 and up experience either stress incontinence, urge incontinence, or both. If you have stress incontinence, you can’t hold your urine when you put pressure on your bladder by sneezing, coughing, laughing, or jumping. If you have urge incontinence, you may rush to get to the bathroom in time or awaken multiple times per night to pee.

While you might resign yourself to becoming an expert at crossing your legs just before you sneeze, cough, or laugh, there’s another choice. Integrative Medicine specialist Heather Auld, MD, and our team of experts at SWFL Integrative Medicine in Fort Myers, Florida, help you regain control of your bladder with holistic treatments.

Exercise your pelvic floor

If you leak urine when you laugh, cough, or sneeze, your pelvic floor muscles have weakened due to trauma or time. You can strengthen your pelvic floor muscles with Kegel exercises. However, you should be trained in proper Kegel techniques to reap the benefits. Done incorrectly, Kegels are ineffective and can even worsen incontinence.

Schedule a visit with our team. Once you master Kegels with our help, you can continue doing them to keep your pelvic floor muscles healthy and strong.

Strengthen your pelvic floor

Either in conjunction with Kegels or as a standalone treatment, we recommend vaginal revitalization with FDA-cleared  VTone by InMode. VTone is a nonsurgical treatment that uses intravaginal electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) to strengthen and rehabilitate weakened pelvic floor muscles. VTone alleviates:

The gentle EMS pulses are transmitted to your organs and tissues through a device that we insert into your vagina. The device features a single-use, two-sided tip to ensure your safety. The EMS gently contracts and relaxes the muscles in your pelvic floor. Advantages include:

Your VTone treatment lasts less than an hour. You need 6 twice-weekly VTone sessions to improve your bladder control. Best of all, you won’t experience discomfort or downtime after your treatment. You can go back to your daily activities directly after leaving our office.

Completely restore your pelvic floor

One of the most revolutionary ways to end incontinence is through vaginal rejuvenation with either FDA-approved FormaV or MorpheusV by Inmode.  FormaV is a nonsurgical, noninvasive, energy-based treatment that uses the power of radiofrequency (RF) waves to improve blood circulation and resolve symptoms of incontinence.

MorpheusV has the added bonus of combining RF energy with microneedling to target deep skin layers in the vagina. MorpheusV boosts production of collagen and elastin and stimulates regrowth of stronger, healthier new tissue in the vagina and other genitourinary organs. 

MorpheusV thickens, tightens, and restores your internal vaginal membrane. Treatments simultaneously rejuvenate genitourinary tissues to improve or resolve:

The result is restored urinary continence, better sexual satisfaction, and increased confidence. MorpheusV is a safe and effective alternative to surgery, which is administered in the privacy and comfort of our office. After a series of three treatments, you can expect benefits such as:

To maintain your results, we recommend an annual touch-up treatment. 

Restore your hormones

If you’re in perimenopause, menopause, or if you have a hormonal condition such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, you could also benefit from hormone balancing treatments. At our clinic, we offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). 

We customize BHRT to supplement your hormones as determined by a blood test. BHRT is all-natural and plant-based. The hormone molecules are synthesized to precisely mimic the molecular structure of your own hormones, so they’re easily metabolized and incorporated into your body.

Once you replace depleted estrogen and progesterone, unpleasant symptoms of incontinence fade or disappear. You notice other benefits from BHRT, too, including:

Of course, you can combine FormaV or MorpehusV vaginal rejuvenation with BHRT for both immediate and long-lasting relief from incontinence and other symptoms of menopause.

Restore and rejuvenate your pelvic floor or balance your hormones to reduce urinary incontinence today. Call us to book a consultation or use our online form.

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