The sneeze wee solution

“Don’t jump with the kids on the trampoline.” It’s a saying every mum has heard and knows well.

Urinary stress incontinence, or the ‘sneeze wee’ as it’s commonly known, is leakage caused by laughing, coughing or any physical exertion, or often just an over full bladder. It affects as many as one in four of all sexually active women, particularly those who have experienced vaginal childbirth. But despite its prevalence, it’s a condition that remains largely taboo.

GynaeLase is a safe, painless, non-invasive laser therapy for the treatment of a weak bladder post-childbirth, laxity, dryness and possible prolapse. Specialist Clinics of Australia’s
clinical director and owner Dr Garry Cussell has over 30 years’ experience in women’s health and pioneered the treatment. He explains how it works.

“After childbirth and pregnancy, stretching and the loss of elasticity, together with damage caused to the connective tissue of the pelvic floor can cause a degree of incontinence. This affects the lifestyle and confidence of mothers, who often find that they avoid physical activity like running or jumping around with the kids out of fear of leakage. Feelings of embarrassment and a lack of knowledge about the treatments available means many women suffer in silence. Often they have not even discussed their issue with their GP.

“GynaeLase is a specially designed laser that passes laser light technology into the vagina. The initial heat from the laser causes contraction of the lax tissue. As a result, the collagen contracts and new collagen formation begins strengthening, firming and tightening the area,” says Dr Cussell.

The treatment is completely painless, takes only 25-30 minutes and doesn’t involve any anaesthesia. Patients can return to daily activities immediately and there’s no downtime.

“Many clients report feeling a warm sensation or slight pressure similar to a pap smear,” says Dr Cussell.

Women report other benefits of GynaeLase, including the reduction of frequent infections, better lubrication and thus the easing of pain during intercourse and improved sexual gratification due to the tightening of the vaginal walls, tightening and reducing prolapse and increasing sensitivity.

Three treatments are generally recommended one month apart with optimal results taking place 2-3 months after the third treatment.

“The treatment works by using heat energy from a laser passed through a small speculum inserted into the vagina. The heat from the laser causes immediate contraction of the collagen structure supporting the wall of the vagina and ongoing production of new collagen tissue, gradually strengthening the vaginal wall support. As a result, the vaginal tissue begins strengthening, firming, and tightening the urethral and anterior vaginal wall that supports the bladder – stopping stress incontinence, reducing laxity and reducing prolapse. The laser is also proven to stimulate new vaginal mucosa tissues and fibres, which rebuild the vaginal wall mucosa, where it has become thin and dry due to a lack of oestrogen after menopause.’ says Dr Cussell.

GynaeLase is available at Specialist Clinics of Australia’s locations in Sydney’s CBD, Barangaroo and Chatswood.

Dr Cussell (MBBS) is the owner and clinical director of Specialist Clinics of Australia and has been practicing cutting-edge women’s health and cosmetic medicine for the past 30 years. He developed GynaeLase to treat common conditions many mothers suffer from post-childbirth. For more information on GynaeLase, head to: