Treating stress urinary incontinence with Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
You might find a sneeze or cough often results in damp underwear. Or, while searching your handbag for your front door key, you have a sudden urge to pee. Don’t worry – you’re not alone. Many women experience moments like these. And while mild urinary incontinence can be especially common during the menopause and in women who’ve given birth, it can affect anyone.
Recently, we introduced Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy into our clinic. It’s a nonsurgical treatment that’s already proved highly effective in treating and improving female incontinence. Consultant Gynaecologist Ms Tania Adib is delighted by the positive changes her patients at our clinic are experiencing.
“I see women – sometimes very young women – who have to wear pads to the gym because they leak. This has a huge impact on their daily lives. PRP regenerates the tissues around the urethra, and causes a bulking effect. So it helps stop urinary leakage,” says Ms Adib.
If you experience mild urinary leaks, you may feel embarrassed and uncomfortable talking about it. This can make you feel like you’re the only person this is happening to. Rest assured, our gynaecologists want you to feel free from shame and worry around urinary incontinence. That’s why we’re dedicated to offering simple yet effective ways to treat and manage it.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy uses cells taken from a patient’s blood on the day of treatment, to rejuvenate vaginal and vulval tissues. Platelet-rich plasma is injected around the opening of the urethra, to help treat women who experience stress incontinence and urge incontinence. It can also help with many other conditions, particularly those affecting the vulva and vagina.
If I make an appointment for PRP Therapy, what happens?
A nurse will take a small amount of blood from your arm. Then, you will have numbing cream applied to your vulvo-vaginal area, while your blood is processed in a centrifuge to extract the ‘active’ part of it. For the final step, your gynaecologist injects this platelet-rich plasma around the opening of your urethra.
Will I feel anything?
The procedure is not at all painful. When drawing the blood from your arm, it will feel just like a regular blood test. Numbing cream is applied to the vagina and vulva, to minimise any discomfort. Many women feel nothing at all.
How long will it take?
Typically, everything will take around an hour. Of course, we always want you to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible, so we never rush the process.
Is PRP used for anything else?
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy has been used for decades in a range of medical fields, from treating wounds to facial cosmetic procedures. But it’s only in recent years that it’s come to prominence as an effective way of treating female incontinence and other conditions, such as painful intercourse – especially if there is scar tissue – and inflammatory skin conditions such as lichen sclerosus.
“PRP regenerates the tissues, so it can be particularly effective in women with lichen sclerosus, which can cause loss of labial tissue and chronic itching,” Ms Adib says.
How can I be sure that Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy will help me with my stress urinary incontinence?
Making an appointment with Ms Tania Adib is the best way to explore a treatment plan for your needs. She has extensive gynaecological experience and her work always focuses on offering women the most effective care, whatever their diagnosis.
Tania also uses Laser Therapy and Radiofrequency Therapy, both of which can be used to help with urinary incontinence, as well as other conditions such as painful sex, loss of labial sensation or vaginal dryness.
Tania often finds some treatments work well when used together, as a way of optimising the long-term management and improvement in women who experience urinary incontinence.
And how often should I have PRP Therapy?
Tania suggests a Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy appointment once a year. Often, she offers the treatment in conjunction with Radiofrequency Therapy, though of course she likes to hear about how urinary incontinence is affecting you before she suggests a plan.
How much does PRP Therapy cost?
A single treatment at The Medical Chambers Kensington is £1150.
What happens next?
Our Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is always carried out by a Consultant Gynaecologist. If you’d like to learn more or make an appointment to see Ms Tania Adib, please contact the clinic.