Contrary to popular belief, Botox injections can treat an array of medical concerns-- not just fine lines or wrinkles. In fact, those suffering from urinary incontinence, also known as “overactive bladder,” may benefit from Botox injections to paralyze the bladder muscle and prevent contractions that cause an urge to urinate.
At Affiliated Urologists, we may recommend Botox injections for both male and female patients if other treatment options have been determined “bothersome” or “unsuccessful.” Continue reading for more information on Botox injections for urinary incontinence.
Overactive bladder (OAB) is a common condition in the U.S. that affects millions, about 33 million to be exact. Furthermore, it’s a condition that typically affects women more than men: about 40 percent of women in the U.S. are affected by OAB versus 30 percent of men. Signs of OAB may include:
- Leaking urine
- Urinating while sneezing, laughing or doing some kind of physical activity
- Frequent urination (going to the bathroom more than 8 times in 24 hours)
- Disrupted sleep because of an urge to urinate
If you have an overactive bladder, your muscles are likely contracting too frequently or at unpredictable times, which is causing some of the symptoms outlined above. This can affect your personal and professional lives as well as your emotional and physical wellbeing. Therefore, you should consult your urologist about Botox to correct this problem.
In a study published in the October 2012 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, nearly 250 women who had OAB reported Botox injections in their bladder worked as well as their daily medication at reducing their urge to urinate. Moreover, 70 percent of women in the study groups noted they had an average of three “leaks” a day after six months compared to the five “leaks” a day they had at the beginning of the study.
However, much like Botox for wrinkles, men and women will need “maintenance” injections every few months (roughly 9 months) to maintain the effects. There are also side effects that can occur after receiving this therapy. You should not take Botox if you have a UTI or are routinely catheterizing to empty your bladder. Every patient is different, so please discuss these concerns with your Affiliated Urologists physician. If you’re considering Botox or any other treatment option for OAB, call us to set-up an appointment today!
Affiliated Urologists is an award-winning practice recognized both locally and nationally that has provided service to patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and surrounding communities in the Valley, for over 40 years. The physicians emphasize top-of-the-line comprehensive urological care and strive to deliver the highest outcomes for patient satisfaction. To make an appointment, call 602-264-0608 or visit http://affiliatedurologists.com/contact/ for instructions on scheduling an appointment.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.