How can we help you?
Do you have urinary incontinence, vaginal prolapse or vaginal dysfunction?
Here at South Coast Women's Health Institute, we can offer you concise information about your treatment options and outcomes. On phoning to enquire or book an appointment, our friendly staff will ask you some questions before we make your appointment with Dr Elise Perger (specialist medical doctor). Dr Perger will then have a detailed consultation and initiate your treatment.
Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)
What is stress urinary incontinence?
Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is involuntary loss of urine when coughing, sneezing, laughing or with physical exercise such as running, aerobics or general exertion.
What are the causes of SUI?
SUI is caused by the weakening of the urethral closure mechanism, which is the result of changes in the pelvic floor region. The main contributing factors are vaginal child birth, obesity and aging.
What are the traditional treatment options?
Until now SUI was treated non-invasively through muscular training, known as Kegel exercises, which are only marginally effective
since they rely on daily compliance. A surgical implant known as a Urethral Sling is an invasive procedure which requires hospitalisation, recovery time and could potentially cause serious post operative complications.
Vaginal Relaxation & Atrophy
What is vaginal relaxation & atrophy?
Vaginal relaxation syndrome (VRS) is defined as laxity of the vaginal wall. It can result in loss of friction and sexual satisfaction for both a woman and her partner. Vaginal atrophy refers to the thinning of the wall of the vagina that often occurs post menopause and is associated with dryness.
What are the causes of vaginal relaxation & atrophy?
The most common cause of vaginal relaxation is overstretching of the vaginal wall during childbirth, which can increase with the number of births. Other causes are congenital connective tissue weakness and natural aging. Vaginal atrophy normally occurs post menopause due to a lack of oestrogen.
What are the treatment options?
Until now, effective results for VRS could only be achieved through invasive surgical treatments such as anterior and posterior vaginal plastic surgery. There are many post-operative complications associated with these procedures and a high degree of dissatisfaction with the results. The treatment options for atrophy due to menopause typically involve hormone therapy.
The non-surgical laser treatments for stress urinary incontinence, vaginal relaxation syndrome and vaginal atrophy.
How does IncontiLase™ & IntimaLase™ work?
The laser has a photo thermal heating effect on collagen in both the vaginal walls and the urethra which causes restructuring
and regrowth of the collagen. This results in thickening and tightening of the vaginal walls and urethra to improve atrophy and
prevent urine loss. This simple, non-surgical, 15 minute, in-office procedure is highly effective, pain free and safe. A special attachment, similar to a speculum as used during a pap test, is inserted into the vagina, during which the entire vaginal region is treated with short laser pulses through a small hand piece.
You can leave immediately after the procedure and continue your daily routine. There may be some minimal sensitivity after the procedure and a transparent discharge for 2-3 days afterwards. Sexual intercourse is not recommended for 1 week after the procedure.