You’re not alone if you experience frequent urination, accidental urine leakage (incontinence), or frequent trips to the bathroom at night; they’re common problems for women of all ages. At Park Avenue Women’s Center in New York City, Dr. Gila Leiter, Dr. Shari Leipzig, and Dr. Douglas Moss accurately diagnose the underlying cause of your problem and develop a customized treatment plan to alleviate symptoms and improve your quality of life. To schedule an appointment, call their Yorkville, Upper East Side office or book an appointment online.
Frequent urination, the need to urinate more often than normal, arises from several possible causes, such as:
At least half of all women will experience one or more UTIs during their lifetime, making UTIs one of the most common causes of frequent urination. A UTI may cause a sensation of burning at the end of your urinary stream as your bladder empties.
Different types of urinary incontinence affect women of all ages, leading to frequent or urgent urination.
When you have urge incontinence, overactive bladder muscles cause urgent urination or the need to urinate throughout the night.
Stress incontinence causes involuntary leakage when pressure is placed on your bladder. The pressure may occur when you laugh, cough, sneeze, carry packages, or exercise, especially running and jumping.
Many women experience urinary leakage during pregnancy and/or after a vaginal delivery. It may occur due to hormonal changes that make tissues more elastic or due to pelvic muscles that stretch and loosen.
More than half of all women develop vaginal atrophy during perimenopause and menopause. Loss of estrogen at this time affects tissues lining your vagina and urinary tract, making them dry, thin, and less elastic. As a result, you may develop urinary incontinence, painful intercourse, vaginal burning, and pain during urination.
The decline of estrogen at menopause increases the risk of other problems, including recurrent UTIs, problematic sleep, hot flashes and night sweats, and low bone mass density (also called osteopenia and osteoporosis, which is weak, brittle bones). The team at Park Avenue Women’s Center treats all of these postmenopausal problems, helping women achieve a better quality of life.
Your treatment plan depends on the underlying cause of the problem. A UTI may only require antibiotic medication, but treatment for urinary incontinence is more complex and depends on the type of incontinence.
Examples of treatment approaches for incontinence include dietary changes, Kegel exercises, medications, and surgical repair. Postmenopausal vaginal atrophy also responds to hormone replacement therapy. Laser treatment with the MonaLisa Touch® is safe and effective for vaginal atrophy and urinary incontinence.
The MonaLisa Touch is a state-of-the-art laser that treats vaginal atrophy and urinary incontinence by rejuvenating tissues inside the vagina and beneficially affecting the urinary tract.
Gentle heat from the laser stimulates the production of collagen and elastin and restores blood circulation. It also increases hyaluronic acid, which hydrates tissues. As tissues regenerate, they regain better tone and your symptoms are relieved.
To end suffering from frequent urination, call Park Avenue Women’s Center or book an appointment online.