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  • August 2018
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Stop the go!

Have you ever been out with friends when the feeling hits you? You know the feeling — that uncontrollable urge to pee for the tenth time today — and it’s only noon? Urinary incontinence in women is a common condition that is normally treated via medication. Finally, there is a natural procedure to fight incontinence.

Two types of incontinence

Urinary incontinence, or UI, affects women of all age groups. This condition can have many causes but is mainly the result of muscle weakness that affects the release of urine, causing involuntary release of urine. The two main categories are stress incontinence and urge incontinence.

Stress incontinence

If you’ve ever laughed, coughed or sneezed and experienced leakage, you have stress incontinence. This will occur when the muscles and other tissues that support the bladder and the muscles that regulate the release of urine weaken. The valve like muscles in the urethra stay closed until you are able to reach the bathroom. However, when those muscles are weak, this can cause pressure on the bladder and cause urine to leak out when you bend, lift or sneeze.

Urge incontinence

This type of incontinence is more common as people age. This is characterized by the loss of bladder control — either a leak or not making it to the bathroom in time. It can be caused by everyday habits or a medical or physical condition.

PRP as a treatment

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is autologous, meaning it is obtained from a small sample of the patient’s blood. Because PRP comes from you, the risk of rejection or allergic reaction is greatly reduced. The platelets and growth factors in your blood stimulate healing in the body. The platelets are the most important part of this procedure as they contain growth factors and signaling proteins. Those proteins begin the repair process in the body by bringing your body’s stem cells to the desired area to regenerate tissues.

PRP is injected into the muscles surrounding the bladder to encourage regeneration and repair of damaged tissue. Improvements after treatment are normally experienced within a few weeks, although immediate positive effects have been reported.

If you’re tired of running to the restroom or having to hold back laughter, platelet rich plasma may be a solution for you.

Diana Hardy, PA-C, MS

Diana Hardy, PA-C is the Physician’s Assistant at Northwoods Family Physical Medicine in Green Bay. Northwoods Family Physical Medicine has been using regenerative medicine in the Upper Midwest to help the community live a full, active life. To schedule your complimentary consultation, call the office at 920-301-3024 or visit

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