Bladder Botox? Not Just For Wrinkles Anymore

Available for Interviews: Dr. Karyn Eilber

Karyn Eilber, MD, is a board-certified urologist, an associate professor of urology & OB/GYN at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, and is an expert in women’s health and men & women’s sexual wellness.

What Dr. Eilber Can Say about
Bladder Botox:

  • Bladder Botox is the same Botox used cosmetically—it’s a botulinum toxin that is used to “relax” the bladder muscle much like it relaxes (paralyzes) facial muscles for wrinkles.

  • Bladder Botox can be used to treat ​an overactive bladder. When people have this health condition, their bladder muscle is involuntarily contracting/spasming so they can get uncontrollable urges to urinate and even have incontinence.
  • Bladder Botox can be life-changing. ​Although many people can control their overactive bladder with behavioral changes such as avoiding excessive fluid intake or excessive caffeine, some people need overactive bladder medication. And despite these measures, many people seek out treatments such as bladder Botox. There are even treatments similar to acupuncture or a “bladder pacemaker” to control the nerves in the bladder.
  • ​Though bladder Botox can be very beneficial at treating an overactive bladder, the main risk of bladder Botox is that it works too well and someone can temporarily have difficulty urinating or even inability to urinate, but fortunately, this occurs in a very small percentage of people and it also doesn’t occur suddenly as Botox effects have a gradual onset. The other consideration is that Botox is not permanent and usually requires treatment every five to six months.


Interview: Dr. Karyn Eilber

Karyn Eilber, MD, is a board-certified urologist with sub-specialty board certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and has over 20 years of experience taking care of women’s most intimate needs. She is an Associate Professor of Urology and Obstetrics & Gynecology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is the Associate Program Director for the Cedars-Sinai Urology Residency Training Program. Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Eilber served at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Urology Department, where she gained extensive experience in pelvic reconstruction following cancer treatment.

​Dr. Eilber’s research focus has been in the field of urogynecology, and she has published multiple peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters. In addition to being a member and past president of the Los Angeles Urologic Society, Dr. Eilber is a member of the American Urological Association, the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital reconstruction, the American Urogynecologic Society, and the Society of Women in Urology. She is also a Founding Medical Partner of Doctorpedia.

Dr. Eilber earned her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California, Riverside, which was an accelerated 3-year premedical program that allowed her to matriculate into the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine (UCLA). She completed a general surgery internship, urology residency, and female pelvic medicine fellowship at UCLA. 

Jo Allison
Managing Editor
Director of Public Relations
Success In Media, Inc.

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