How do you fix a leaking bladder after pregnancy?

How do you fix a leaking bladder after pregnancy?

Date 09 May 2024  

Table of Contents

Urinary Incontinence in Females
What is a leaking bladder
Why does leaking bladder occur after pregnancy
Who is at risk of experiencing a leaking bladder after pregnancy
How do you fix a leaking bladder after pregnancy
Is leaking bladder after pregnancy preventable
When to consult a cosmetic gynaecologist for leaking bladder

Urinary Incontinence in Females

During and after pregnancy, 4 out of 10 women do experience a leaking bladder. Despite it being normal, many newly made mothers feel ashamed and embarrassed about such physical change. Many mothers do not even discuss it with their partners, family members, or doctors and assume that this problem has no simple solution. But the reality is, leaking bladder is common and it can be fixed with many non-surgical treatment options like vaginal tightening in Hyderabad, shares Eternelle Aesthetics cosmetic gynaecologist. Surgical intervention is often required when the condition does not improve with other treatments.

In this post you can learn about post-pregnancy leaking bladder or urinary incontinence , its causes and risk factors, and finally its treatment.

What is a leaking bladder?

A leaking bladder is a symptom of a medical condition called urinary incontinence. Urine leakage when occurs after pregnancy or childbirth, it is medically known as postpartum incontinence. In this condition, a female is unable to control her bladder functioning, meaning her urination.

There are two kinds of urinary incontinence affecting a female.

  • One of them is Stress Urinary Incontinence which occurs when extra pressure on the bladder sphincter causes urine leakage. The bladder sphincter is the muscular valve at the end of the urinary bladder which controls urine flow. The activities that can cause stress urinary incontinence include laughing, sneezing, coughing, or jumping. Weakened pelvic floor muscles can also put pressure on the urethra and bladder.
  • The other type is Urge Urinary Incontinence or overactive bladder. It occurs when there is a strong urge to urinate and before reaching the washroom, the person leaks urine. Postpartum women mostly experience stress urinary incontinence.

If you are the one experiencing these issues, then urinary incontinence treatment in Hyderabad at Eternelle Aesthetics can help you. Read on to learn more about them in this blog.

Why does leaking bladder occur after pregnancy?

During pregnancy, the developing baby in the mother’s womb causes expansion of the uterus. The weight of the expanding uterus causes weakening of the pelvic floor muscles, thereby causing urine leakage. At the time of childbirth also there is extra pressure on the pelvic floor muscles which can lead to a leaking bladder. Leaking bladder can therefore persist even after pregnancy.

Leaking bladder in females may also be caused by the following conditions:

  • Damage to the nerves that control the rectum, urinary bladder, and pelvic floor muscles.
  • Improper positioning of the bladder and urethra
  • Having a tear in the pelvic floor muscles or episiotomy at the time of delivery.
  • Undergoing a vaginal delivery with the assistance of a forceps or vacuum. It can cause damage to the anal sphincter and pelvic floor muscles, thereby causing a leaking bladder.
  • Other factors that can make it more likely for women to leak bladder after pregnancy include hormones, genetics, and bad lifestyle habits like smoking.

Who is at risk of experiencing a leaking bladder after pregnancy?

Leaking bladder after pregnancy is more likely in women:

  • Who had urinary incontinence during pregnancy, particularly in their first or second trimester
  • Who had long deliveries or labour because of complications
  • Who had their first vaginal delivery
  • Who had multiple child deliveries or had given birth to a baby of high birth weight
  • Who needed forceps or vacuum during labour
  • Who have a high body mass index or have retained pregnancy weight gain even after childbirth.

How do you fix a leaking bladder after pregnancy?

There are many ways by which a leaking bladder can be fixed after pregnancy, but first and foremost is to report it by consulting a urogynaecologist. A cosmetic gynaecologist will perform evaluation and testing in the clinic in an effective, efficient manner and accordingly suggest a treatment plan.

Here are some of the treatment options that a cosmetic gynaecologist in Hyderabad may ask you to go ahead with:

  • Pelvic floor strengthening exercise- To get back bladder control after pregnancy, women need to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles which control the urine flow. A simple kegel exercise done in just five minutes daily can help. When to start and how to do this exercise after delivery can be learnt from the gynaecologist, nurse, or midwife.
  • BTL EMSELLA- It is a revolutionary technology, non-surgical treatment for leaking bladder. In this treatment, a fully clothed mother is asked to just sit on the EMSELLA chair. EMSELLA works using HIFEM (High-Intensity Focussed Electromagnetic) energy. This energy causes intense, thousands of pelvic floor muscle contractions and stimulates the entire pelvic floor area, thereby strengthening the pelvic floor and regaining urinary control. It is one of the best and promising non-surgical urinary incontinence treatments in Hyderabad performed at Eternelle Aesthetics.
  • Vaginal tightening surgery (Vaginoplasty in Hyderabad)- After pregnancy, vaginal laxity or loosening/weakening of vaginal muscles occurs and there may be pelvic organ prolapse or an unappealing vaginal appearance because of vulvar sagging. Vaginal childbirth can even cause nerve impingement, muscle injury, and fibrosis in the vaginal area as well as reduced sexual desire and pleasure. All of such concerns can be well addressed surgically with vaginoplasty.

Vaginoplasty, can help permanently restore the size, function, and pleasure sensation of the vagina after pregnancy and even fix leaking urine condition. It is done usually when the mother has decided to stop childbearing and cannot get relief from the leaking bladder with other therapies.

Is leaking bladder after pregnancy preventable?

After childbirth, women can take certain steps to avoid being at high risk of developing long-term urinary incontinence. The preventive steps include:

  • Maintaining a healthy body weight. Women should lose their excess body weight after childbirth as extra weight can put pressure on the bladder and cause it to leak.
  • Performing kegel exercises. Women should start with pelvic strengthening exercises like Kegels before getting pregnant to avoid the onset of leaking bladder during late pregnancy or after childbirth.
  • Maintaining normal bowel movements. When constipated, pressure is placed on the urethra and bladder, which can cause a leaking bladder. Constipation can be avoided during pregnancy and afterwards by eating dietary fibre-rich food and drinking an adequate amount of water.

When to consult a cosmetic gynaecologist for leaking bladder?

Leaking bladder to some extent is common after pregnancy. Often, a small amount of urinary incontinence lasts for a few weeks without being tagged as a worrisome issue. However, if the leaking bladder persists even after 6 weeks of childbirth, it is recommended to consult a cosmetic gynaecologist. Seeking advice and getting an appropriate treatment plan from a gynaecologist is even essential if a leaking bladder or urinary incontinence impacts the patient’s life quality and mental well-being.

Looking for the vaginal tightening surgeon to address your leaking bladder post-pregnancy? Visit Eternelle Aesthetics clinic and consult, a renowned cosmetic and functional gynaecologist for vaginal tightening in Hyderabad.

Undergoing this procedure can help you with urinary leakage concern and even with other health concerns caused by loose vagina.