Bladder, Vaginal & Sexual Health
Leaking Urine is Never Normal!
May lead to isolation and/or depression, may make you feel tired (if you’re getting up at night) and lead to increased weight due to lack of exercise, embarrassment, infection and/or skin breakdown. It is the number reason for admission to Long Term Care Homes.
Causes of Leakage of Urine:
- Lifestyle & Behavioural
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Pregnancy, childbirth, peri-menopause & menopause
- Medical Conditions
Types of Urinary Incontinence
Stress Urinary incontinence – leaks with cough, sneeze and/or exercise or going from a lying to standing
Urge incontinence – overwhelming urge to void with or without incontinence
Overflow incontinence – incomplete emptying of the bladder
Functional incontinence – inability to get to the bathroom usually due to mobility issues
Mixed incontinence – combination or Stress Urinary Incontinence and Urge Incontinence
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than men.
Women over the age of 65 who experience bladder infections are at risk of sepsis which requires hospitalization & may lead to death.
There are many ways to reduce your risk of getting a UTI in the first place.
There Are Treatments
Behavioral modification strategies — fluids, treat constipation
Physical therapy or exercises — Don’t be disappointed. Kegels may or may not help.
Pessary— a small medical grade silicone device inserted in the vagina to support prolapse
Medications — hormones and/or anticholinergic/antimuscarinics
Bulking Agents — fluids injected to support the urethra
Botox — injections into the bladder typically last 6 months
InterStim® therapy — A small device implanted under the skin of your hip.
Sling procedures — Minimally invasive surgery for Stress Urinary Incontinence
Intimate Solutions — Radio frequency and laser therapy
Vaginal health is important for women at all stages of their life. Vaginal dryness affects 70% of women but only 5% are treated.
It is important to treat vaginal dryness whether you are sexually active or not.
Women who don’t treat vaginal dryness are at risk of a urinary tract infections and/or pelvic organ prolapse
There are treatments for you!
Did You Know…
Low Sexual Desire is the #1 Sexual Dysfunction in women
About 30 to 50% of women have sexual problems at some time during their life.
Sexual dysfunction includes;
- Low Sexual Desire
- Arousal Issues
- Vaginal Dryness
- Painful contraction (spasm) of the vaginal muscles
- Lubrication issues
- Primary Anorgasmia (never had one)
“Maureen has proven to be a valuable adjunct in my healthcare. I have been with her for the past 5 years. She is very detail oriented, explaining things thoroughly in layman’s language without being dismissive about questions or concerns. I have never reached out to her and not received an answer within 24 hours. She is compassionate and well known within the medical community and can suggest solutions and possible referrals to other Health Care Professionals. I am very pleased with my relationship with Maureen and would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone.”
The body is important to sexual function and that includes the nervous, circulatory and endocrine systems.
Women may love their partner/spouse and still have low sexual desire.
There are risks to a relationship. But you don’t have to risk your relationship in order for your sexual desire to increase.
This is where I come in. I help with sexual dysfunction to help you increase your sexual desire & sexual satisfaction.
“Maureen is fantastic, with a great sense of humour, very helpful, knowledgeable, top smile and extremely patient. I didn’t understand my treatment options at first. Maureen took the time to explain it two or three times in laymen’s terms terms very clearly. She is saved me money by getting me out of diapers! She has made some very helpful suggestions and I am no longer getting up at night or leaking urine!”