Botox treatments work by blocking nerves and paralyzing specific muscles. The results of a new study show that botox could provide relief for persistent pelvic pain caused by endometriosis in women. Millions of women around the world suffer from this condition. Although the study conducted involved only a small group of women, researchers are looking to test out the findings on a larger group.
A Much-needed Solution
An estimated 176 million women around the world suffer from endometriosis. The condition affects roughly 5-10 percent of women in the reproductive age bracket. The condition involves the growth of strong muscles tissues similar to those in the uterus in other parts of the body. This leads to muscles spasm and a lot of pain, particularly in the pelvic floor.
Despite the huge numbers of women suffering from endometriosis, there has been a range of challenges in the relief and treatment of the disorder. One of the problems is that not enough is known about this common condition. This may lead to delayed treatment. Others simply brush off that such a condition is real. There are also limitations in current treatment methods. Surgery and hormonal treatment, as well as strong pain medicines such as opioids, are commonly used. These, however, do not always provide permanent relief from the pain of the muscle spasms.
In a new study reported in Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, scientists look at the effects of botox on the pain of a group of 13 women diagnosed with the disorder. Botox uses the treatment botulinum toxin to quell muscles, and besides being used in wrinkle treatment, it has also been explored for use in other muscle conditions, with promising results. Most of the women in the study reported relief in their persistent pelvic pain after the trial treatments. It remains to be seen what results are going to be found in a larger-scale test.