It was six months after Rebecca* had her baby that she started to notice incontinence.
“When it’s just you and the baby, you don’t laugh much,” she said.
“When I came back to work, I started laughing again and noticed it. When I laughed and sneeze mainly. A very small amount of urine, about a five-cent-piece or less, comes out though mostly I can hold it,” she added.
Although her condition was “very mild” she is one of the many women opting to get help.
The 34-year-old had a so-called “designer vagina” treatment but it wasn’t for cosmetic reasons.
“The treatment itself was fine, I didn’t feel any pain,” she said.
“Immediately afterwards, my vulva was swollen. I found it difficult to sit, especially when trying to sit straight…I did it around lunchtime on a Friday, so for about 12 hours I felt I was swollen and I couldn’t sit straight – it was uncomfortable.”
But Rebecca says she noticed improvements only days afterwards following some discharge and insane itching.
According to vaginal rejuvenation specialist, Dr Sandy Fieldhouse, more women are opting for treatments to help with “debilitating symptoms” that include looseness of the vagina, urinary incontinence and dryness.
“Up to 55% of premenopausal women and up to 80% of post menopausal women present some degree of urinary incontinence, and up to 40% of postmenopausal women suffer from vaginal dryness,” says Dr Fieldhouse.