Bladder leakage (urinary incontinence) is a common occurrence – 1% of women experience leaky bladder at the age of 20, and this number rises to 60% of women by age 60. Women typically notice more of an issue with bladder leakage after childbirth and around menopause.
There are three main types of leaky bladder:
As we age, we lose the support of the tissues around the urethra, the ‘tube’ that urine comes out of from the bladder. This tube sits just above the front wall of the vagina. Damage to the tissues during childbirth, and vaginal atrophy of the tissues during menopause can weaken these tissues further. When the pressure in your bladder is higher than what the urethra can hold, such as when you sneeze, cough or jump, urine leaks out. This might be a few drops, a teaspoon, a tablespoon, or in the worst cases a small cup worth of urine.
Traditionally, mild to moderate Stress Urinary Incontinence has been treated with pelvic floor exercises (kegels), and obstetric physiotherapy, which require continued practice to maintain results, and don’t work for everyone. Urge Incontinence is often treated with water restriction, or anticolinergic medications taken daily which give side effects such as a dry mouth, blurred vision and constipation. If these don’t work, until recently, the next step was surgery.
We offer two treatments which can be highly successful in treating bladder leakage:
Both help to support and strengthen the tissues around the urethra, in many cases stopping or significantly reducing bladder leakage. Because they improve both vaginal and urethral tissue, a nice side effect of the treatments is often an improvement in sensation, lubrication and orgasm with sexual activity.
If you are interested in ThermiVa or the O-Shot the first step is an Initial Consultation. During this consult we will assess your current condition and advise whether ThermiVa or the O-Shot is appropriate – if it is, our clinicians can perform this treatment on the day. In our online booking system you will see the option of one consult for the O-Shot and another for Thermi-Va. It doesn’t matter which of these you book as our medical team are all trained in both and can assess which one is best for you in one consult only.
We also suggest parking on Northcroft Street or Anzac Street using AT Pay & Display.
Anzac Street Carpark offers Pay & Display parking as well as monthly parking leases with casual parking from $1.
First 2 hours – $1 per hour
Hours thereafter – $2 per hour
Monday – Saturday 6pm – 8am No Charge
Sunday and Public Holidays- No Charge
Motorcycle and Mobility parking P180 – No Charge
The Central Valet drop-off point is located on the corner of Gore and Tyler Streets, opposite Takutai Square. Drive in via the entrance on Gore Street, where you’ll be greeted by a friendly valet concierge. Just leave your engine running, take your ticket and off you go. Cars dropped here will be valet parked for you at Britomart Car Park. You can retrieve your car at any time by taking your valet ticket to Britomart Car Park Reception on the corner of Britomart Place and Scene Lane.
Valet parking is $20* for two hours (includes parking charges) $5 each additional half-hour to a daily maximum of $45 (to midnight). You just drop off your car and pick up a ticket, without the hassle of finding a parking space. It is available from 10am-8pm.