Vaginal and Bladder Rejuvenation
What Can Votiva Do?
As an OB/GYN Dr. Russell has seen many patients who’ve struggled with getting help for sensitive feminine health and wellness problems. These intimate wellness issues are sometimes very difficult to talk about. Many women come to us suffering from:
- Vaginal Dryness
- Painful Intercourse
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Urinary Incontinence (Bladder Leakage)
We now have more revolutionary treatment options than ever before, and Votiva is one of the best treatments for female intimate rejuvenation and improving bladder control.
What Is Votiva?
Votiva is a painless, non-invasive radiofrequency treatment (heat energy) that tightens the vaginal and pelvic collagen. This vaginal rejuvenation treatment also strengthens the pelvic floor to allow better bladder control and generalized pelvic floor function. Votiva has been shown in medical studies to scientifically thicken collagen, increase healthy blood vessels, and initiate the repair of damaged nerves in the pelvic floor.
Who Benefits From Votiva?
Women who are experiencing vaginal atrophy, vaginal dryness and painful sex who want an alternative to hormone treatment. Breast cancer survivors who can’t use hormones may especially benefit. Women who are experiencing pain with intimacy that is caused the loss of vaginal elasticity and dryness, can also be helped.
Due to Votiva’s initiation of nerve repair, some women experience benefits beyond relief from vaginal pain and can return to having orgasms and more satisfying intimacy. Votiva can also be used to increase sensation for the woman and her partner by tightening the vaginal opening which helps both partners.
*For a comprehensive path to addressing intimacy issues we will occasionally recommend combining Votiva treatment with hormone balancing (BioTE Bioidentical Hormone Pellets) and PRP (the O-Shot using platelet rich plasma).
What Are Other Votiva Benefits?
Votiva provides a noninvasive alternative to tedious Kegel exercises or surgery for urinary incontinence. Unlike other laser vaginal treatments Votiva tightens the collagen and supports the bladder and urethra to improve bladder control and reduce both stress and urge incontinence. There is no downtime after a Votiva treatment and you can return to work, exercise and living right away.
*We often recommend a series of 3 Votiva sessions spaced over 3-4 months for optimal treatment of stress and some types of urge urinary incontinence.
What Causes Urinary Incontinence In Women?
- Women experience urinary when there is weakening of the pelvic floor muscles that results in the loss of bladder control and the unintended release of urine.
- Women experience more urinary incontinence due to the extra stresses on the pelvic floor including repetitive stress, gravity, pregnancy, childbirth and hormone changes like menopause.
- Urinary incontinence in women shows up as stress, urge and mixed incontinence.
- Incontinence treatment options for women range from lifestyle changes that retrain the bladder (pelvic floor physical therapy) to non-invasive options like Votiva or PRP (specifically the O shot) to surgical procedures that reinforce the pelvic wall.
If you have urinary incontinence you’re not alone. Urinary incontinence affects millions of women in increasing numbers as women get older. During normal urination a woman’s bladder muscles contract while the sphincter muscles around the urethra relax, allowing for normal urination. If a woman’s sphincter muscles aren’t strong enough to hold back the urine, she has incontinence. We have solutions.
The Main Types Of Urinary Incontinence Include:
- Stress Incontinence — Occurs when the bladder releases urine when a woman coughs, laughs, sneezes. Leakage can also happen with exercise and lifting and even with simply standing up.
- Urge Incontinence — Classified by having a sudden and severe need to urinate and the inability to get to the bathroom in time.
- Mixed Incontinence — Includes both stress and urge incontinence symptoms.
- Overflow Incontinence — Occurs when urine is blocked from flowing normally out of the bladder. This can cause the bladder to never fully empty and to build up so much urine that it eventually “spills over”. Overflow incontinence happens most commonly with nerve diseases or after surgery.
Women with medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and others that interfere with physical movement, communication and thinking may experience a type of incontinence called functional incontinence that can effect both women and men. experience incontinence twice as frequently as men primarily due to pregnancy, childbirth and menopause. Pregnancy causes hormonal changes and as the uterus increases in weight, the organ may put pressure on the bladder and lead to stress incontinence. Childbirth, especially vaginal delivery, weakens the muscles required for urine control, such as the sphincter, and may contribute to incontinence symptoms. Menopause drastically decreases estrogen production, which normally keeps the urethra and bladder lining healthy and strong.
Incontinence itself is not a syndrome or condition, but rather a symptom of underlying weak urinary tract muscles or damage in the urinary tract or the nerves that control urination. Childbirth or weight gain may contribute to stress incontinence. Urge incontinence may be governed by more inherent factors such as emotional stress, brain damage or neurological diseases like Parkinson’s Disease.