Botox ‘stops the call of the bathroom’

Botox ‘stops the call of the bathroom’

  • On March 12, 2012

A British study has found that injecting a tiny quantity of the toxic protein into the bladder wall of women with overactive bladder syndrome, can have a long-lasting impact.

It halved the numbers of times when women with moderate to severe urinary incontinence urgently needed the lavatory, or ended up having a little accident. It also cut the number of times they needed the bathroom by a quarter.

Researchers reached their conclusions after analysing results from 240 women, 122 of whom had the Botox injection, and 118 a salt water placebo.

They found a third of women who received the Botox jab still had significantly improved urinary continence six months later.

However, those who had the Botox treatment also had a higher risk of developing a urinary tract infection – almost one in three, compared to one in 10.

Dr Douglas Tincello from Leicester University, lead author of the study, published in the journal European Urology and supported by the health charity Wellbeing of Women, said: “Overactive bladder syndrome is a relatively common health issue which affects up to a fifth of women aged 40 and over.

“The study hopefully means much better treatment for this condition which can severely impact on quality of life and cause women considerable embarrassment.”