A study has found that Botox injections could reduce the debilitating pain associated with endometriosis, providing relief for women with the condition.
Whilst endometriosis affects around 10% of women, and is often the cause of fertility issues, little is understood about the condition and its cause. For women with endometriosis, the pain can reach to the pelvis and lower back and mean that they are unable to function normally.
Thankfully, a new study has found that a course of botox injections at the site could reduce the pain associated with the disorder, providing relief for women with the condition.
The study was carried out over four weeks and participants were given either a course of botox injections at the site or a course of saline injections, allowing the effectiveness of the botox to be determined.
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At the conclusion of the study, the thirteen women who receive the botox injections reported significantly reduced pain or said that it had disappeared completely Women’s Health reports.
“Many of the women in our study reported that the pain had a profound effect on their quality of life, and this treatment may be able to help them get their lives back,” study lead Dr. Pamela Stratton said.
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It’s important to note that this was a small pilot study and further research is needed to determine the ability of these injections to offer relief from chronic pain.
For the 176 million women worldwide who live with endometriosis day to day, however, the findings could have significant implications. Celebrities such as Lena Dunham, Whoopi Goldberg, and Emma Bunton have all spoken out in recent years about the impact of the condition on not only fertility and relationships but also their mental health.
“It was an awful time for me,” Dolly Parton said of her battle with endometriosis and subsequent infertility. “I used to wish I had the nerve to kill myself.”
We can only hope that this study starts a process to further investigate the potential of botox, and in doing so, provide real relief for women from the pain and suffering of endometriosis.
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