In honor of Women’s Health month, we wanted to discuss how Central Minnesota Dermatology offers life-changing technologies for women’s health, treating a broad range of conditions including urinary incontinence, vaginal dryness and pain, weak pelvic floor muscles, decreased sensation, and so much more.

Approximately 1 out of 3 women over the age of 45, and 1 out of every 2 women over 65 experience stress urinary incontinence. 

The cost of urinary incontinence in women in the United States ranges from $19.5 billion to $31.7 billion per year. This substantial economic burden not only affects individuals and their families but also puts a strain on the healthcare system. Direct costs include expenses related to healthcare services such as doctor’s visits, diagnostic tests, medications, and surgical procedures aimed at managing or treating urinary incontinence. Indirect costs can be difficult to calculate but do stem from productivity losses due to incontinence-related issues such as missed workdays, reduced efficiency at work, and the need for informal caregiving support due to the emotional impact of this condition. It is impossible to put a number on the psychosocial impact that urinary incontinence has on women.

Urinary incontinence increases with age and over 50% of women with stress urinary incontinence also have overactive bladder. Overactive bladder is NOT a normal part of getting older and isn’t something you have to live with. It is a real medical condition that deserves treatment.

The Walmart generic brand (Equate) Options Pads Ultimate Protection retail for $20.14 for 102 pads. If you use 3 pads a day that results in an annual cost of $216.21 without tax. If you need to wear a full brief, the cost is about $1.29 per brief. If you use one a day that is an annual cost of $470.85 without tax. There are medications available for the treatment of overactive bladder. However, the newer medications are not well covered by insurance. The GoodRx cost for oxybutynin (Ditropan XL) is $17.38 for 30 tablets, vibegron (Gemtesa) is $475.06 for 30 tablets and mirabegron (Myrbetriq) is $1136 for 90 tablets. Often, these medications do not completely control the symptoms, or their side effects do not allow for continued use. Botox injections into an overactive bladder can be helpful for some patients but the side effects include an inability to completely empty the bladder and increased risk of bladder infection. Surgical interventions are always an option if the symptoms are severe enough, but they also come with potential side effects including difficulty urinating or emptying your bladder, development of overactive bladder, bladder infection, wound infection, difficult or painful intercourse, surgical material sticking out into the vagina, and groin pain.

Let us help you claim your self-confidence and get back to living a more full and rewarding life.

At Central Minnesota Dermatology we are excited to offer the innovative EmpowerRF platform. This FDA-cleared state-of-the-art technology uses a combination of radiofrequency (RF) heat, microneedling, and electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) to help women regain their self-confidence and improve their quality of life. Any woman with vaginal dryness, pain with intercourse, urinary incontinence (stress, urge or mixed), overactive bladder, vaginal laxity, chronic vaginal infections, or lichen sclerosus is an excellent candidate for treatment. It can also benefit women desiring an aesthetic enhancement, replacing sagging or wrinkly skin with a more youthful, tighter appearance. It also offers improvement for women (and their partners) desiring a boost in sensation with intercourse.

The EmpowerRF platform offers four different treatment options: FormaV, Morpheus8V, Aviva and VTone. The FormaV device delivers targeted and precise bipolar RF energy without pain to tighten tissue and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. The Morpheus8 is a revolutionary bipolar RF microneedling device that safely delivers controlled pulses of thermal energy to tighten soft tissue and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin with minimal discomfort. The Aviva is a non-surgical labiaplasty device that safely and effectively uses bipolar RF energy to shrink unwanted bulky tissue and tighten the skin resulting in a more youthful and tighter appearance of the vulva. The VTone device uses electromagnetic energy to stimulate pelvic floor muscle contraction to improve all types of urinary incontinence.

Enjoy activities without worrying about urinary leakage.

Let the providers at Central Minnesota Dermatology customize a treatment designed just for you. Please visit our website at www.centralmnderm.com for more information on each device, cost for these services, advantages of our membership program, CareCredit financing options, and to schedule your free Women’s Health consult. You are worth it!