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Is Urinary Incontinence Normal?4 min read



Melanie Schwarz is a registered nurse who works closely with each of our patients to provide the quality treatment they deserve for optimal results.

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Urinary incontinence is often an uncomfortable topic for women talk about…but, difficulty controlling the bladder is actually a much more common problem than most people realize! If you’re struggling with involuntary urination, rest assured that you are not alone. And fortunately, with proper treatment, this problem is very solvable. 

Even though urinary incontinence is a common problem during aging and post-childbirth, it does not (and should not!) have to be normal to everyday life. Read below to learn more about how DiVa and Kegel exercises can help you overcome urinary incontinence!

What is Urinary Incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is loss of bladder control. This could manifest itself in multiple ways: accidentally leaking when sneezing/coughing/moving suddenly/laughing/etc., feeling like you have to urinate constantly, consistent dripping that lasts a while after using the restroom, being unable to hold in urine for long, or random leakage throughout the day. While this issue is uncomfortable or embarrassing to talk about, it’s important to bring up with your doctor. Sometimes, urinary incontinence is a result of a bladder infection or a symptom of a more serious issue which needs treatment. Urinary incontinence could also be the result of constipation or an improper diet. Other times, persistent urinary incontinence is the result of aging or childbirth. Regardless of the reason, it is always best to discuss your incontinence with a doctor to help pinpoint what could be causing the problem and possible solutions. 

Is Urinary Incontinence a Normal Part of Aging?

As women age, menopause and post-childbirth are both events that can bring about stress urinary incontinence. Up to 70% of women post-childbirth experience urinary incontinence. Most women know what this entails — leaking when sneezing, laughing, or moving. It’s embarrassing,  not fun, and certainly annoying. During childbirth and menopause, the muscles and nerves that help the bladder hold and control urine can weaken and experience problems. While urinary incontinence is common, this doesn’t necessarily mean it must be your normal — you certainly don’t have to live with it! 

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Do Kegels Help with Urinary Incontinence?

Kegels and pelvic floor exercises are a great way to help treat urinary incontinence. These exercises strengthen the pelvic muscles, which strengthens the muscles that support the bladder, uterus, small intestine, and rectum. It’s a good idea to replace high-impact exercises (like running and weights) with pilates and other low-impact exercises to strengthen the pelvic muscles. These exercises are effective when done consistently every day. 

These exercises can be done in the comfort of your own home, and there are many YouTube tutorials and websites that can help you learn the moves step-by-step! In addition to exercises, there are other medical ways to treat urinary incontinence as well. 

Will DiVa Treatment Help Urinary Incontinence?

DiVa Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation uses Hybrid Fractional Laser (HFL) technology to target and strengthen the vaginal walls and replace them with stronger, tighter, and more robust lining. The procedure takes under 10 minutes to perform, is minimally invasive, and has an 80-90% success rate among women. Depending on the woman, 1-3 procedures is generally recommended. By strengthening the vaginal walls, it is much easier to control urine and urinary urges. If you’re struggling with urinary incontinence, DiVa is a great option to efficiently and effectively help solve your incontinence! 

Not only does DiVa use laser treatments to safely and successfully help solve urinary incontinence in women, but it also helps improve sexual function and vaginal dryness. By strengthening the walls with new, healthy, stronger lining, the vaginal canal is rejuvenated.  

While there are many laser treatments being promoted for women’s intimate health, Aesthetica prides itself in using the most proven and safest manufactures and technology to address women’s needs. DiVa has a fantastic track record and has helped many women with urinary incontinence and vaginal rejuvenation. 

A mixture of Kegel exercises along with DiVa treatment is a great way to bid your urinary incontinence problems goodbye! Fortunately, leakage and worry doesn’t have to be your new normal. Reclaim control and worry no more!

Ready for the next step?

If you want to learn more about how we can help you solve your urinary incontinence struggles, we invite you to simply come in for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Chang or one of the cosmetic laser and injection nurses to explore whether you would make a good candidate. To find out more whether Aesthetica can help you, contact us online or at 703-729-5553 to arrange an appointment. Dr. Phillip Chang is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Northern Virginia near Leesburg, Virginia and an expert in a wide variety of cosmetic treatments.

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