Incontinence Specialist

Michael J. Barnthouse, MD

Gynecologist & Hormone Replacement Specialist located in Kansas City, MO

Stress urinary incontinence is an embarrassing women’s health issue that can keep you from doing things you love. OB/GYN Michael J. Barnthouse, MD, can diagnose and treat women with urinary incontinence at his practice, serving Johnson County, Kansas, and the greater Kansas City, Missouri, area. If stress incontinence is affecting your quality of life, call Dr. Barnthouse’s office or schedule an appointment online today.

Incontinence Q & A

What is stress urinary incontinence?

Stress urinary incontinence is a medical condition that involves unintentional loss of urine. This often happens during certain movements or activities, such as:

  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Laughing
  • Standing up
  • Lifting something heavy
  • Having sex
  • Exercise

Urinary incontinence can be embarrassing, causing you to isolate yourself from others and refrain from participating in activities you love. In addition to negatively affecting your sexual wellness and self-esteem, incontinence can interfere with your work and social life.

What causes urinary incontinence in women?

Weakness in the muscles that support your bladder and regulate the release of urine may lead to urinary incontinence. Normally, valve-like muscles in your urethra prevent urine from leaking out until you’re ready to use the bathroom. When these muscles begin to fail, you may accidentally release urine before you reach the bathroom.

These muscles may weaken as a result of pregnancy and childbirth, but other factors that may lead to urinary incontinence include:

  • Older age
  • Pelvic surgery
  • Obesity
  • Certain diseases

How does an OB/GYN diagnose and treat urinary incontinence?

First, Dr. Barnthouse performs a comprehensive physical exam including a thorough evaluation of your symptoms and medical history. Once he determines the cause of your incontinence, Dr. Barnthouse discusses the best options for treatment.

If you suffer from stress urinary incontinence due to weakened pelvic muscles and tissues, Dr. Barnthouse may suggest one of the following treatments:

  • Lifestyle changes such as avoiding alcohol and tobacco
  • Weight loss
  • Pelvic floor muscle training
  • Non-invasive vaginal rejuvenation with ThermiVa®

How does vaginal rejuvenation treat urinary incontinence?

ThermiVa uses radiofrequency energy to tighten the tissues around your vagina and increase natural collagen production. In combination with exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, ThermiVa may help reduce urinary leakage.

In addition to treating stress urinary incontinence, ThermiVa vaginal rejuvenation may help improve the following conditions:

  • Inability to reach orgasm or enjoy sex
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Unhappiness with the appearance of your labia
  • Vaginal laxity or looseness

If stress urinary incontinence is negatively affecting your self-esteem or quality of life, call or click online to schedule an appointment with Dr. Barnthouse today.