Botox Bladder Injections

About overactive bladder (OAB)

The normal function of the bladder is to store urine and release urine at a time and place that is suitable and convenient for you.

As more and more urine is produced, the bladder stretches like a balloon to hold it. Eventually it becomes so stretched and full of urine that the nerves in the bladder send a signal to the brain that it needs to be emptied.

During the course of a day, an average person will need to pass urine approximately 4-8 times.

The symptoms of OAB include:

  • A strong, sudden urge to urinate – You may be worried that you won’t make it to the bathroom in time. You may or may not leak urine after feeling this urge
  • Frequent urination – You may need to go to the bathroom more than eight times a day (more than eight times in 24 hours is considered ‘frequent urination’)
  • Waking up at night to urinate – Waking up more than once a night to urinate is another symptom of OAB

The symptoms can have a significant impact on your life, but can be treated!

What is a Botox injection?

A Botox injection is a natural, purified protein which has the ability to relax muscles. It works on the bladder nerves to relax the bladder, helping to:

  • Reduce bladder contractions
  • Reduce the occurrence of urine leakage
  • Reduce the feeling of needing to go to the toilet very suddenly
  • Reduce how often you feel the need to pass urine

 

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