I’m beginning to notice a new side effect from the Botox. It’s not a huge deal, but it is mildly annoying; I’m beginning to need to pee more often, and the need is more urgent. I’m probably going twice as often as I did before the Botox, even though I’m not drinking any more than I used to.
I suppose this makes sense; now that the PC muscles are frozen, the ones that clench to hold the bladder in place, and keep it from relaxing/leaking, aren’t able to perform that function as well. And like I said above, it’s really just a minor inconvenience; I haven’t had any actual incontinence yet.
It does make me a little sad though; I used to pride myself on my Iron Bladder. When I was in high school, I could hold it through the entire day, 7am to 3pm, without needing to go. And when I worked in retail up to a few months ago, my shifts were often up to 6 hours long and I never needed to use the restroom there. (Unless I drank a Frappucino on my shift. Nothing holds those in.)
But yes, now I’m probably going every 3-4 hours, maybe. So definitely a change from before. But as long as it stays this way, that’s still under the realm of “normal.” In fact, maybe it’s more normal than before; I bet the reason I could get through a shift without using the restroom was BECAUSE all those PC muscles were always tense.
I wonder… Are there other vaginismus sufferers out there who’ve noticed something similar? Who are able to avoid the restroom for 7-8 hours at a time? Everything is connected, and I wonder if these two things (vaginismus and bladder control) are connected as well.
If you’ve got any thoughts on this, comment below and let me know!