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Try This Safe and Effective Treatment if You Leak Urine When You Exercise

Try This Safe and Effective Treatment if You Leak Urine When You Exercise

It’s common, after giving birth, to have a period of urinary incontinence as the muscles controlling bladder release recover from the changes you’ve been through. The problem can be magnified if you’ve had several children. 

In some cases, you may never regain full control over your bladder. Leaks continue when you exert yourself, such as during sessions at the gym. This is stress urinary incontinence (SUI), and it can be an embarrassing problem. 

It’s one of several types of female urinary incontinence. If you’re troubled by leakage, a visit to Southeast Urogyn can help. As specialists in the urinary incontinence field, we can help you pinpoint a solution that’s right for you. With SUI, Bulkamid may be a game-changer. 

The problems of stress incontinence

The leakage of urine due to stress incontinence traces back to muscles weakened by childbirth or other conditions. Essentially, these muscles no longer seal off the urethra reliably. 

If you exercise, sneeze, lift, or laugh, you may loosen the urethral sphincter and urine may leak. These pelvic floor muscles simply can’t clamp down enough to stop leakage. 

Bulkamid urethral bulking system

When you grab something with your hand, sometimes your grip strength depends on the diameter of the object that you’re grasping. If it’s too small, you can’t get a good grip. If it’s larger, then no problem: Your fingers can hold it securely. 

This is similar to your SUI problem. Bulkamid may be the solution, as it creates a larger urethra, one that’s easier for the weakened sphincter to grasp. 

At the heart of this treatment, approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2020, is the Bulkamid gel. Injected into the walls of the urethra, this gel adds volume, making the urethra larger and easier for pelvic floor muscles to grasp. 

Biologically inert

It’s natural to have concerns about any products injected into your body. Bulkamid uses a polyacrylamide gel that’s been used in plastic surgery and contact lens manufacturing for over a decade. 

It causes no allergic reaction. Your body’s immune system won’t break it down, and the gel stays where it’s injected. 

What to expect

The procedure is simple and fast. Each Bulkamid treatment is a single-use kit. Typically delivered in a 10-minute office visit under local anesthetic, the kit’s telescope inserts into the urethra and guides the injections. Results are usually immediate.

Success rates in preapproval trials for the procedure approach 70% seven years after injection. Results between patients can vary, and it’s common to need a second treatment to completely stop SUI. 

Bulkamid injections don't interfere with your ability to receive other incontinence treatments. 

To find out more about Bulkamid and to learn if you’re a candidate for treatment, contact us at our Madison or Flowood, Mississippi, office today. It won’t be long before you can exercise with confidence once again.

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