Botox for Bladder Condition?

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By Karen McNew McGuire on February 10, 2017

 

Fact Check: Botox is only for wrinkles.

False.

Botox is widely known for reducing wrinkles, but can it also help treat another common issue that can start to plague us as we age? Yep, I am talking about urinary incontinence. 

Urinary incontinence is leaking of urine that you can't control. According to the Urology Care Foundation, about 33 million men and women in the U.S. suffer from overactive bladder and a quarter to a third of men and women in the U.S. have urinary incontinence. But the number could be greater as many suffer in silence out of embarrassment. 

For this week's Fact Check I sat down with Carilion Clinic Urogynecologist, Jerod Greer, M.D., to find out if Botox could be the answer for many of those who suffer from pelvic floor disorders and incontinence.