Botox is a purified protein derived from bacteria, and when injected into muscles or glands, it is able to significantly reduce their activity. Since 2013, Botox has been used successfully to treat people who suffer from overactive bladders. Allergan, the company that manufactures and markets Botox, estimates that 2.5 million people in the U.S.A. live with this condition. Some of your friends and family probably experience this problem, but don’t mention the condition because it is a rather embarrassing topic.
Normally, when the bladder is full, it sends a signal along the spinal cord to the brain and we get the “urge” to urinate. The brain then tells the bladder that it’s time to contract, and we find a washroom. Loss of bladder control can be caused by many things, but it is considered a neurological condition when it involves the spinal cord. People who have suffered spinal cord injury, MS, a stroke, or Parkinson’s Disease often experience overactive bladders because the communication between the brain and the bladder is not transmitting properly through the spinal cord.
People suffering with overactive bladders often experience leakage problems or full-blown incontinence because the bladder contracts too often. When Botox is injected into the bladder muscle, it reduces its activity and lowers the number of muscle contractions. It has successfully reduced the number of leakages per day as well as the number of accidents in 90% of the recipients. Many who were afraid to go out in public because they never knew when incontinence would strike, got their lives back! Better to endure a few needles than to wear Depends.