The vast role urology plays as a branch of medicine in the larger medical community is often misunderstood by the general public. The common perception is that urologists are primarily tasked with surgeries and medical diseases of the male reproductive organs.
And of course it is true that many urologists specialize in effective treatment procedures for male reproductive conditions like prostate cancer. They help improve male quality of life with surgical solutions for erectile dysfunction, by skillfully performing vasectomies and by treating Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, a condition that affects over half of men over 50.
Sometimes, however, the role urologists play in treating female patients is overlooked, when in fact the male reproductive organs are only one area of the body on which urology is focused. Urologists also diagnose and treat a vast array of conditions in the urinary tract system for both males and females.
Doctors have observed that female patients may not be aware how common urological problems are among women. They may be under false impressions that their personal symptoms are not medically significant, or how easily treatable they can be.
Many women avoid discussing vaginal and urinary tract health with even their most intimate friends, and in many cases their doctor. This can sometimes lead to them mentally downplaying conditions that are negatively impacting the quality of their life.
Having to pee with annoying frequence, or involuntarily discharging small amounts of urine when you sneeze, might be regarded initially as a simple nuisance. However these symptoms can sometimes be a sign of more serious conditions. Just as importantly, women need to know that in most instances these are normal things that happen, and that effective treatment is well within their grasp.
As women age, they naturally undergo changes in urological health, conditions that can be exacerbated by childbirth, hysterectomies, cancer treatments and menopause
When these symptoms arise, women should look to consult with a urology team that is well-versed in women’s vaginal and urinary health. At Puyallup Surgical Consultants, we understand that the importance and sensitivity of vaginal health and we know which treatment options will alleviate symptoms, boost self-confidence and lead to an overall better life for women.
Where’s a brief rundown of the most common urological conditions in women:
Female Urinary Incontinence
Unintentional leakage following sudden movement, coughing or laughing is a very frequent symptom in women in their late 30s and older, and occurs more frequently during and just after pregnancy.
At best, these symptoms are a pesky annoyance. As time goes on, however, they can take a mental and emotional toll on women. Urinary incontinence can impact one’s social work and personal relationships. In some cases, your doctor may suggest simple behavior modifications to ease the symptoms, in other cases there are safe and effective treatment options regardless of the severity of the symptoms.
Also known as atrophic vaginitis, this condition is the thinning and drying of the vaginal walls, which leads to inflammation and discomfort. The condition occurs most frequently during and after menopause, as natural estrogen production wanes.
Women with vaginal atrophy often have reduced sex drives or find sex painful. Self-confidence and relationships with partners can sometimes be impacted.
Fortunately there are treatments for vaginal atrophy readily available. Through consultation with a trusted urologist, women do not need to live with the mental and physical discomfort of vaginal conditions that occur as they age.
Dysparenia is a condition that results in painful intercourse in women. Most women experience painful intercourse at some point in there lives, but for others recurrent genital pain occurs consistently just prior to or after intercourse.
Sometimes caused by structural problems in the vaginal cavity, and often compounded by psychological concerns, dyspareunia can negatively impacts a woman’s sex life, her emotional intimacy and her self-image.
The treatment options available will depend on the cause and severity, but it is crucial that women are aware that this is not a condition they simply have to live with. Help is available.
Mona Lisa Touch
For women experiencing some or all of these conditions, one revolutionary treatment option may be the MonaLisa Touch. A laser therapy that treats mild urinary incontinence, the MonaLisa Touch also reduces the uncomfortable drying and itchiness associated with vaginal atrophy and can ease or eliminate dyspareunia. Unbelievably, this non-invasive fractional laser treatment takes only about five minutes to complete!
It’s a simple, safe and proven treatment offered by Puyallup Surgical Consultants that has proven to help women reverse the feelings of aging, improve their sex lives and relationships and restore their self-confidence and dignity.