Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) for urinary incontinence & female sexual dysfunction
Can urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction be helped with a shot? Yes! Now these conditions can be improved naturally with a powerful healing product made from your own blood. Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is a regenerative treatment that when injected into the vaginal tissue has led to decreased leakage of urine and improvement in sexual function.
How PRP Works
The procedure of using PRP has been around for many years to aid in wound healing, repair damaged joints, stimulate hair regrowth and recently revitalize vaginal tissue (sometimes known as the O-shot). Platelets contain healing growth factors that give instructions to your tissue to regenerate and multiply. With PRP treatments, your growth factors and stem cells work together to strengthen vaginal tissue, increase blood flow to the area, rejuvenate nerve tissue and increase lubrication.
How does PRP help urinary incontinence?
There are different types of incontinence and PRP works best for stress incontinence. Stress incontinence is leakage of small amounts of urine that happens during activities which cause pressure on the bladder such as coughing, sneezing or exercising. With aging or after pregnancy tissues in the vaginal area stretch and lose structure allowing the valve in the urethra to open slightly and leak especially with external pressure. PRP strengthens vaginal tissues to provide more support to the urethra and valve which controls the flow of urine out of the bladder.
Other types of incontinence include:
Urge Incontinence: Involuntary leakage of urine at rest with no precipitating activity such as incontinence while sleeping. Overflow Incontinence: Inability to hold urine in a full bladder.
Overactive Bladder: Frequent and urgent desire to urinate.
PRP does not work well with these types of incontinence. If you are unsure which type you have, an evaluation by a urologist or gynecologist will provide more information.