Over the years, women who’ve suffered from urinary incontinence have been instructed to practice their Kegel exercises to strengthen their bladders. They’ve also gone along with wearing panty liners in strenuous exercise classes in order to prevent the embarrassment and odor that can come with urine sneaking out when least expected. Now those same women are turning to a new trend: getting Botox injections in their bladders in order to help prevent such urinary leaks and accidents.
According to Penn Live, Botox shots in the bladder helped a woman named Connie Ziegler with the overactive bladder she developed as a result of suddenly being paralyzed. Defined as going to the restroom more than eight times in one day or in time periods of fewer than two-hour periods, an overactive bladder can be an annoying and embarrassing thing to suffer from. For Ziegler, Botox injections in her bladder eased her problems.
“Since I’ve had the injections, I’ve had no leakage. I’m back to my old self. I’d recommend it to anyone.”
The Ventura County Star concurs, reporting that Botox injected straight into the bladder offers a promising solution for the 44 percent of people 65-years-old and older that report having trouble with bladder incontinence — most of them women. The most popular form of incontinence problems is stress incontinence, which means some type of pressure causes the urine to leak — be it hoisting a heavy weight or laughing or sneezing.
Urologist Sherif Aboseif, M.D. at St. John’s Regional Medical Center, noted that urinary problems could occur after menopause. Quitting smoking, ceasing to drink alcohol, and cutting back on caffeine could help alleviate these symptoms. However, it’s Botox — or onabotulinumtoxinA — that has many doctors excited about the prospect of the FDA approved process to help overactive bladders.
“This in-office procedure, done through a scope, can last nine months, and only takes 15 minutes. It works right away.”
Another good bit of news about using Botox to treat bladder problems is that it is a treatment that many insurance providers will pay for, including Medicare. Due to the results of a recent study revealed at the American Urological Association’s yearly meeting revealed that Botox shots in the bladder helped cure 50 percent or more of the amount of events caused by urinary incontinence each day. For people who refuse to leave their homes for fear of having an accident related to urinary incontinence, these results are promising.
As reported by the Inquisitr, Botox injections in the face have caused some actresses to be called nearly unrecognizable.
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