Incidence And Impact Of Urinary Incontinence in Women:
Urinary Incontinence (UI) or involuntary loss of urine affects millions of women of all ages. UI is more common in women with pregnancy and vaginal child birth. The degenerative changes in urogenital tract due to hormonal decline with menopause and the shorter urethra in women are the reason for higher incidence of UI in women. UI leads to depression, poorer self esteem and can affect your social life. Involuntary urine loss during intercourse is associated with loss of sexual desire and difficulty achieving orgasm.
Types of Urinary Incontinence:
Urinary leakage can present as one or combination of several types:
- Stress Incontinence: Small amount of urine leakage with coughing, sneezing, jumping or any activity that increases intra-abdominal pressure.
- Urge Incontinence: Large amounts of urine leakage without any precipitating activity
- Mixed Incontinence: Occurance of both stress and urge incontinence together.
- Overflow Incontinence: Involuntary leakage of small amounts of urine when the bladder is full.
- Overactive Bladder: Frequency and urgency to urinate.
- Functional Incontinence: Urinary leakage due to inability to communicate or physical disability that prevents getting to the toilet.
- Transient Incontinence: Temporary urinary leakage due to side effect of medication or physical illness such as coughing, or bladder infection.
Traditionally a combination of treatments are used to manage urinary incontinence; usually behavioral therapy, pelvic muscle strengthening exercises with medications and bladder surgery. medications and bladder surgery are associate with side effects and complications, some of the complications from bladder surgery are permanent.
PRP- Platelet Rich Plasma For Urinary Incontinence:
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy offers a safe, natural and very effective treatment option for mild to moderate stress and urge urinary incontinence in women. PRP treatment is a simple, relatively painless procedure. The entire treatment takes less than an hour in our Dallas and Southlake offices. The PRP therapy for UI works by harnessing the healing power of your own blood. Your PRP or platelet Rich Plasma contains several growth factors; platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), transforming growth factor (TGF), platelet factor interleukin (IL), platelet-derived angiogenesis factor (PDAF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), epidermal growth factor (EGF), insulin-like growth factor IGF and fibronectin. When released upon activation of platelets, these growth factors initiate the cascade of healthy new tissue regeneration in the area of treatment, leading to improved urethral tone, improved sensitivity, thicker vaginal tissue and mucosa; the results of tissue regeneration is an improvement in bladder control and in sexual function.
How Is PRP Therapy For UI Done?
For your PRP therapy for UI, our PRP trained assistant will draw a small amount of blood from your arm vein, similar to blood draw at your PCP for routine lab work. Your blood is processed in a a FDA approved kit (the Harvest PRP kit) to separate your platelets fro red and white blood cells, this takes about 30 minutes. A potent numbing creme is applied to the treatment area before your blood draw which ensure adequate local anesthesia before your injection. The injection of PRP in previously numbed urethra leads to regeneration of your own healthy tissue including muscles, nerves, blood vessels, mucous membrane of your genitourinary tract -clitoral- urethral- bladder-vaginal interface. There is mild tenderness of the treated area for a short period of time following the treatment. We combine the PRP therapy for UI with pelvic muscle training and a home use vaginal TENS unit to improve the tone and function of urethral/vaginal muscles. Our patients treated with PRP therapy experience reduction in Urinary Incontinence, improvement and strengthening of orgasmic activity, improvement in sensation of clitoris and reduction of pain during intercourse within days following a single treatment.
How Many PRP Therapy Sessions Are Needed For Management Of Urinary Incontinence in Women?
We start most patients with two PRP therapy sessions, 2-3 months apart and evaluate for the response. Most patients do great with two treatments and need a single PRP therapy session every 12-18 months after the initial two sessions.
To find out if PRP therapy for Urinary Incontinence is a treatment option for you, please call 888-210-9693 for a consultation in Dallas or Southlake