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Ulrika Jonsson Breaks the Incontinence Taboo

Ulrika Jonsson Breaks the Incontinence Taboo
Ulrika has been breaking taboos and raising awareness about Urinary Stress Incontinence, something she delicately refers to as Light Adult Incontinence.

The stigma surrounding incontinence means it is not widely talked about despite the estimation that 1 in 3 British women suffer at some point in their lives, particularly post pregnancy. Studies show that women are still too embarrassed to seek help, often suffering in silence, battling with pelvic floor exercises or considering uncomfortable surgery to combat the condition. For many the level of muscle damage is too extreme for the exercises to be of any use, and surgery is the only option.

Professor Dartey at the UK Laser Gynaecology Centre in Harley Street has been helping women with this condition for years, offering a pioneering laser surgery developed in the USA, which benefits from faster healing time, minimal scarring and blood loss, and reduced risk of infection.

Pelvic Floor Exercises VS Laser Surgery

In her many interviews this month, Ulrika recommends using pelvic floor exercises, which are one of the first-line treatments for Urinary Stress Incontinence. The exercises are designed to make your pelvic floor stronger and make you more able to tighten your pelvic floor muscles before pressure increases in your abdomen, for example when you sneeze, cough or laugh.

reception at Professor Dartey's clinic
The effect Urinary Stress Incontinence has on women's self-esteem, confidence, stress levels and sex lives can be huge. For more serious incontinence, and when pelvic floor exercises fail to have effect, Professor Dartey's method of surgery is certainly the best option. The laser surgery offers unique surgical capabilities and significant benefits to patients. Until recently, women have only been offered scalpel surgery for anterior and posterior vaginal repair. Scalpels cut through tissue meaning there can be up to 200ml of blood loss followed by granulation scarring.

The high heat of the lasers Professor Dartey uses evaporates tissue cells, cauterising blood vessels, resulting in very little blood loss (around 5ml) and minimal, clean scarring. The heat of the laser also kills bacteria and viruses so there is a much lower risk of infection. Another benefit of the laser is that the cutting action is very precise so there's less danger of damaging healthy tissue when dissecting. Professor Dartey uses dissolvable stitches to aid healing and reduce pain and discomfort. The results are long lasting, providing the woman does not have any more vaginal births, and most women return to normal daily life within five to seven days after the two hour procedure.

Professor Dartey says: 'The Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation technique that I use causes minimal discomfort and achieves excellent results. The improvement to my patients' quality of life is considerable and the only complaint I hear is that they wish they had known about it sooner'.

March 2009

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