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The Link Between Childbirth and Incontinence

 The Link Between Childbirth and Incontinence

It’s important for women to discuss potentially uncomfortable topics like urinary incontinence or leaking because women who have been pregnant or given birth face a higher risk of dealing with this type of personal issue afterward. 

And, you should know that women coping with post-pregnancy or post-menopausal incontinence have options to address the issue, relieving embarrassment and restoring comfort.

At Apex Dermatology, Dr. Karin Harp, MD, FAAD, FASDS, and the Apex Dermatology team are here to help. You can count on our discreet and compassionate team to understand your condition and provide expert treatment. We offer vaginal revitalization treatments from our location in Westlake Village, California. Urinary incontinence is one of the issues that vaginal revitalization targets.


Could you benefit from this non-surgical and comfortable procedure after giving birth or years down the line? Here’s what you need to know about addressing post-pregnancy incontinence with vaginal revitalization.

Post-pregnancy incontinence issues

Female reproductive biology occupies the same general space in your body as your urinary system for eliminating liquid waste. That’s why pregnancy and childbirth may create complications for your urinary health, including postpartum incontinence.

During pregnancy, your uterus may put pressure on your bladder. And pregnancy-related hormone changes also make your pelvic floor muscles more flexible. That’s great for delivery, but loosened pelvic floor muscles post-pregnancy may not give your urinary system sufficient support.

While nearly half of pregnancies involve bladder control problems during the pregnancy itself, for some, incontinence continues after childbirth. Giving birth vaginally increases your risk of post-pregnancy incontinence. Vaginal delivery can damage the muscles and nerves and tissues in and supporting your pelvic floor.

Your incontinence might mean dribbling when your abdomen is stressed by laughing, coughing, jumping, running or sneezing. Or, you may experience increased urgency and urinary frequency post-pregnancy. It may cause you to wake up in the middle of the night or earlier than desired.  It may be interfering with your intimate life as well.  Either way, incontinence can be embarrassing and often stressful to cope with.

You don’t have to learn to live with post-pregnancy incontinence. And you have non-surgical, painless treatment options!

Vaginal revitalization to improve tissue health.  

Vaginal revitalization treatment restores the tissues of your inner vaginal canal and outer lips (vulva). Here’s how it works:  The Juliet laser system uses thermal energy to heat and stimulate tissues in your vagina, delivered in two specialized and easy on you passes over the treatment area. This increases blood flow to the area and kickstarts new production of collagen and elastin proteins.

These proteins are key to the firmness and elasticity of your vaginal tissues. With increased tissue strength and lubrication, you may benefit from reduced stress incontinence, improved tissue appearance, improved sensation, and improved tone. After a series of three quick, in-office treatments, you may find that your post-pregnancy incontinence or other tissue laxity or tissue pigment issues  become a thing of the past! 

No guarantees are offered but our patients regularly express how much they appreciate the benefits of this treatment and our expert and thoughtful delivery of the service and care.

The procedure offers additional benefits, including improved vaginal appearance and increased moisture responsiveness for greater comfort and pleasure during sexual activity.  Additionally the appearance and positioning of the tissue becomes more youthful.

We also offer this treatment for post-menopausal, estrogen-blocked or even the inflammatory condition called lichen sclerosis. This treatment is really the only known cure for this condition.  

Treatment is minimally invasive and completely non-surgical. And this treatment doesn’t involve hormones. After your procedure, you only need to avoid sexual intercourse for four days. You’ll also need to avoid hot tubs and swimming pools.

The skin and tissue experts at Apex Dermatology recommend this procedure for patients who have delivered vaginally or by c-section at any time. You can also benefit from vaginal revitalization in perimenopause or menopause

To learn more about how the Juliet (Erbium laser) vaginal revitalization treatment can help you reclaim your pre-pregnancy vaginal condition, reducing or even eliminating your post-pregnancy incontinence, contact Apex Dermatology today. 

Schedule your initial consultation appointment online or over the phone now.

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