Problems with the bladder in women are unfortunately very common, and many suffer in silence, reluctant to seek help. This might be because they are embarrassed, or they are not sure what treatments are available apart from drugs or surgery.

Stress incontinence occurs when the muscles and ligaments supporting the pelvic floor become loose and weak. It is often more common after pregnancies, whether or not the baby was delivered vaginally or by caesarean section.

Common symptoms include leakage of urine after coughing, sneezing or exercise. Ladies might need to wear a pad because they are often very fearful about having an accident.

Incontinence can be associated with a prolapse, which is where the uterus descends down into the vagina.

What treatments are there for female stress incontinence?

Pelvic floor exercises are very important, and physiotherapists who specialise in women’s health can give you a customised rehab plan.

Certain medications can be valuable but tend to be used more for urge incontinence, which is where patients might get a very strong urge to pass urine and not have enough time to get to the toilet.

Surgery can certainly be helpful in severe cases, but of course needs to be considered carefully, as it is invasive and requires a general anaesthetic.

Finally, at Azure Medical, we have a special interest in using our Fotona laser to treat stress incontinence. This uses the heating effect of laser light to stimulate contraction and rejuvenation of collagen fibres, and has the benefit of no downtime or drugs being needed.

To find out more about laser treatments for stress incontinence it’s best to come in for a personalised consultation with one of our friendly female GP’s. Please call us to book on 92869900.