If you’ve ever lost control of your bladder when you cough, sneeze, laugh or during exercise, you know the embarrassment that accompanies even the smallest of urine leaks. If it’s a recurring problem, you’re probably uncomfortable with the hassle of wearing incontinence pads or adult diapers. What you may not know is that there may be a vaginal rejuvenation procedure available that can rid you of this embarrassing problem.
It may surprise you to hear that urinary stress incontinence is actually a rather common complaint among women, particularly mothers who have had one or more vaginal births. Relaxation of the vaginal wall, coupled with stretching of the pelvic floor muscles can create a range of problems, including sudden loss of bladder control in certain situations.
In the mildest of cases, a program of Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles may help considerably. For some women, these exercises may even correct the condition entirely. In many cases, the vagina may remain loose but the pelvic floor muscles will regain enough tone to stop the urine leakage.
When Kegel exercises aren’t enough to correct a urine leakage problem, vaginal rejuvenation can help. When the top portion of the vaginal wall becomes weak, usually with age or after childbirth, mild to moderate urine leakage under stress can result.
Vaginal rejuvenation surgery tightens and tones the entire length of the vaginal wall. The procedure will revive the strength of the pelvic muscles and can restore full bladder control—even with the mightiest of sneezes.
In moderate to severe cases of urinary stress incontinence, exercises will generally not resolve the issue. Vaginoplasty, which is a short outpatient surgical procedure, may be the best option for some women. In particular, women who are unhappy with the slack or loose feeling of their vagina can benefit from a tighter, more toned pelvic region.
Vaginal rejuvenation procedures should only be performed by a specially trained, skilled gynecological surgeon. If you decide to undergo the procedure, be prepared to allow six weeks for healing and to follow your doctor’s post-operative instructions closely. This will ensure the best possible result.