Do you leak when you sneeze? It’s not exactly something you’d bring up at the water cooler.
But, urinary incontinence, or involuntary loss of urine, is a common condition many women live with and face silently.
The American Family Physician reports 51 percent of women in the U.S. experience urinary leakage due to childbirth, menopause, weight gain, or other conditions that weaken pelvic floor muscles. Pressure placed on the bladder from coughing, sneezing, laughing, or physical activity can all trigger leakage, leaving some women opting to avoid physical activity or wearing dark clothing to mask accidents.
GracePointe Healthcare wants to help change that.
Through Votiva, a non-surgical, painless treatment using radio frequency energy and heat to strengthen the tissue responsible for leakage, the direct-primary-care practice hopes to help women get their lives back by offering the procedure.
“The majority of women feel like this is the way it is. They’ve been pat on the head and told its normal. They’re told it’s what happens after you have a baby — get used to it. But, this is not ever normal. It’s never normal to lose control of your bladder,” says Krystal Lynch, women’s health nurse practitioner for GracePointe Healthcare who administers Votiva. “I had a patient talking to me about not jumping on the trampoline with her kids. She couldn’t enjoy the fun stuff as a mom. It doesn’t have to be this way.”
Lynch says the FDA-approved treatment is simple and done in-office without anesthesia, side effects, or recovery time. In three visits, patients receive one treatment every 2-4 weeks. Depending on patient need, the procedure can be customized to address multiple women’s health and wellness concerns including incontinence, laxity,, dryness, decreased sensation, sexual dysfunction, constipation, urinary tract infections and yeast infections.
“I’ve seen the difference Votiva makes,” Lynch shares. “I’m passionate about it because I can see immediate changes in patients. Our patients are seeing results after the first treatment and continued results over time.”
Robin Hawkins is one of those patients.
The 61-year-old Franklin resident says she saw results right away after receiving the Votiva treatment last year. She suffered from multiple symptoms.
“I could tell a difference after one treatment. After a year, I still feel 100 percent better and have not had a bladder infection since Votiva,” Hawkins shares. “I was having bladder infections back-to-back. Antibiotics weren’t working and I even went to a urologist. Votiva was more effective. I’ve had good results and I’m glad I did it.”
GracePointe Healthcare has provided Votiva for two years and has serviced more than 70 women, like Hawkins.
“It’s such an intimate procedure and we try to make it the most comfortable as possible,” Lynch says. “This is the most vulnerable position for a woman to be in. It can be difficult to talk about and a lot of women have no idea how to get through it. We’re here to help them and give exceptional patient-centered care.”
For more information about Votiva or to schedule a consultation, individuals can call (615) 599-6868. Learn more at gracepointehealthcare.com.
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