Botox Injections Can Do More Than Enhance a Woman’s Face

A single shot of a Botox injection into a woman’s bladder can cure a woman’s urinary incontinence as effectively as a daily pill, giving women the necessary tools to regain control of their lives.

November 14, 2013

Botox Therapy Proves to be an Effective Treatment for Overactive Bladders

Washington, D.C., Nov. 14, 2013 - A single shot of a Botox injection into a woman’s bladder can cure a woman’s urinary incontinence as effectively as a daily pill, giving women the necessary tools to regain control of their lives. In honor of National Bladder Health Week, MedStar Washington Hospital Center is promoting bladder health and urging women to know the treatment options available should they experience problems with bladder control.

“I have my life back,” said Bekki Welter, who undergoes Botox treatments to treat her bladder control problems. “I’m more confident. I don’t have to worry about accidents. It has been such a relief.”

Currently, one out of three women over the age of 45 suffers from incontinence. Weak pelvic muscles are often the culprit, but sometimes a neurological disorder can bring on incontinence, too. Women who experience stress incontinence may leak urine when they exercise, laugh hard, or cough. Women with urge incontinence may feel a strong, sudden urge to urinate eight or more times a day.

“Women don’t have to suffer in silence,” said Cheryl Iglesia, MD, an urogynecologist and director of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. “Women should know that urine leakage is not normal. Botox therapy to treat urinary incontinence is effective because it paralyzes the muscle of the bladder, stopping the leakage.”

Dr. Iglesia added patients will need treatment with subsequent bladder Botox injections one to two times per year on average. Botox therapy for urge incontinence has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

About MedStar Washington Hospital Center

MedStar Washington Hospital Center is a 926-bed, major teaching and research hospital. It is the largest private, not-for-profit hospital in the nation’s capital, among the 50 largest hospitals in the nation and a major referral center for the most complex tertiary services. It consistently ranks among the nation’s top hospitals as recognized by U.S.News & World Report. The Hospital Center is a respected top facility in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, women’s services, nephrology, orthopaedics, pulmonology and urology. It operates MedSTAR, one of the country’s top shock-trauma and medevac programs, and also operates the region’s only adult burn center.

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