Some medi-spas have begun promoting laser treatments as the cure for vaginal dryness and other age-related vaginal atrophy symptoms. Laser is our treatment of choice for vaginal rejuvenation but it should be approached with care: a professional medical diagnosis is a must. Before you opt for laser vaginal rejuvenation, do yourself a favor and see a doctor, not an aesthetician.
The once very private topic of post-menopausal vaginal atrophy is having a moment.
Women of a certain age are asking their doctors to treat dryness, painful intercourse and incontinence at the same time makers of prescription medicines, over-the-counter moisturizers and even specialized vaginal lasers are being aggressively marketed…
The other laser approved to treat GSM in Canada is the Fotona Dynamis which is also used for facial treatments. There are 14 machines in B.C. — seven in Metro Vancouver, according to its distributor — which can be used to perform procedures marketed as IncontiLase and IntimaLase, mostly in medi-spas.
Toronto urologist Dr. Dean Elterman is using it (Intimalase) in his practise to treat incontinence and GSM and says it’s important for women to be examined by a specialist before turning to laser therapy.
“Do they have stress incontinence, do they have atrophy, does something look abnormal like a cancer? A trained eye who’s doing the assessment as well as the treatment is important, I think,” Elterman said in a phone interview.
Alcohol in itself doesn’t cause incontinence, unless you regularly consume large amounts. But even if you’re just an occasional drinker, alcohol still affects incontinence in these ways:
1) It stimulates a complex biochemical process that causes kidneys to produce more urine. As a result, you might feel like you have to pee more often when drinking.
2) Alcohol also dehydrates the body, which is one of the reasons we get hangovers. It helps to drink water to deal with the hangover, and naturally, when you drink more water, your bladder starts working overtime.
What to do?
If your symptoms are mild, you can simply cut down on the amount of alcohol you consume. Each person is different, with a unique personal and medical history, predispositions, and even the body size all of which can affect your “safe” dose. Listen to your body and how it reacts, regardless of the “recommended” guidelines.
If your symptoms are extreme, avoid drinking alcohol until the underlying condition is dealt with (explore the treatment options). Incontinence can be a lot more than a nuisance, so get it checked out.
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