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.

Early Stages

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.

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.

Just The Beginning

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.

Do you have endometriosis? Share your journey in the comments.

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  • I suffered with the debilitating pain for 5 years before they finally found out what the problem was. For the first 5 days I would have a bed put in the lounge room because I would have to crawl from the toilet to wherever I was sitting or sleeping. It was some of the worst pain I’d ever felt. I was told for years that I was faking it because I didn’t want to do anything. By the time they diagnosed me it was so bad I had to have microsurgery as it had adhered the bowel to the womb. Glad to say I no longer have any problems. Yaay

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  • I have never been diagnosed with endometriosis but have suffered period pain from the age of 11 when it first arrived. Only the pill managed to dim the symptoms somewhat. However, I suffered severe fertility issues too. So whilst I was not diagnosed, I fully appreciate and understand the monthly pain that required me to take a day off at least most months and wanting to shoot my stomach and blow it up to stop the pain. If they can find a cure, fantastic but I think much more research of the use of botox needs to be done first.

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  • I don’t but I am sorry for those that do. An intriguing article.

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  • Should be looking at what causes it in the first place, prevention is the best cure, Botox is a poison that can cause more issues as the liver has to deal with another foreign substance. Healing with celery juice is possible along with many other herbs and fresh wholefoods.

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  • I had it as well, I had fertility surgeries and was lucky enough to be able to conceive twice after my diagnosis and since my last pregnancy it seems to have settled down and the pain isn’t as bad but the heavy flow is horrific!

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  • Any new potential treatment for endometriosis is awesome!
    I’ve been crippled by it & my life pretty much ruined. I relate to the quote on the story ‘I wish I had the nerve to kill myself’. It really gets that bad.

    I’ve had Botox for my pelvic floor (as it’s ridiculously tight from endometriosis) and Botox into my bladder as I now have a permanent catheter due to endo damaging my bladder.
    It helped with some of the nerve pain, but wore off over 4-5 months. And definitely still had crippling endo pain.

    But awesome this is being done – for a disease/illness/condition that affects so many women & so debilitating….to have no cure still is unbelievable. Any step towards it is a great step.

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  • Hope they have a much larger trial soon so that more people can be helped.

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  • That sounds really interesting.

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  • Nope i dont. but its an interesting read.

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  • No, but I can suffer from Migraine. And the Botox is a great muscle relaxant.

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  • If it works, I’m sure sufferers will give it a go.

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  • Good to know that there’s another thing to try for sufferers of this.

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  • Interesting. No I don’t suffer endometriosis.

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  • Very interesting read. Definitely taking it to my GP! #sickofthepain

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  • Botox may eliminate the pain but I doubt it will remove the cause of the medical problem


    • I agree, we need to look at what causes it.

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