Botox has many uses, not least for anti-ageing and skin smoothing. From hip conditions to over-active bladders, Botulinum Toxin lands news headlines week after week as doctors continue to innovate with the substance.
The latest story is one of extreme arousal. Persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD) is a distressing sexual dysfunction that can cause uncontrollable arousal lasting for days at a time. It is unrelated to sexual desire, and orgasm gives only a few hours of relief.
Despite sounding like a somewhat comical condition, the reality is anything but. A Florida woman last year committed suicide after battling PGAD for over sixteen years. The condition can become painful and an intense source of stress, with symptoms displaying without warning. If symptoms are ignored or not acted upon the patient may experience waves of spontaneous orgasms. This can be a debilitating problem, rendering sufferers helpless and unable to function day-to-day.
Long-term sufferers of persistent genital arousal disorder can eventually lose their sense of sexual pleasure, as orgasm becomes associated with the relief from pain over the climax of pleasure.
Turkish doctors have recently treated two women with Botox, to great success. A single dose of Botox to the dorsal nerve blocks sensation to the clitoris, and both patients said that after treatment their symptoms had improved.
In one newspaper article our own medical director Dr Patrick Bowler explained: ‘Botox reduces electrical activity in the nerve so it can dull an inflamed nerve to provide relief.’
The research continues.