by Lauren Streicher, MD
You have to study for the test to get the “A,” prepare the meal to enjoy eating it, and lift those weights to get fabulous toned arms. No pain, no gain. One of the few exceptions to that rule is having orgasms. Not only are orgasms predictably pleasurable, but also the getting there is half the fun.
Unless that is you need to get a shot in your vagina or a surgical procedure in order to achieve orgasm. That’s why when I first heard about the O-Shot, my reaction, like many others’ was, you get a shot WHERE????
Up to 25% of women have an orgasmic dysfunction, which is defined as the persistent or recurrent delay or absence of orgasm following a normal sexual excitement phase. The list of reasons this might happen is long and includes medications, hormone issues, medical problems or relationship issues. Studies also show that if you or your partner are depending on intercourse alone or need a map to the clitoris, it’s unlikely to happen.
Enter, the O-Shot. The O-Shot is not a drug. It’s a procedure performed in a doctor’s office in which your own blood platelets are injected into vaginal tissue. The theory proposed by the inventor, Dr. Charles Runels is that platelets naturally attract your own stem cells to the injected area, and according to his website, “generate healthier and more functional tissue in the areas of sexual response in the vagina (G-Spot, O-Spot, Skene’s Glands, urethra, and vaginal wall).” This is the same technique used by Dr. Runels when he invented the Vampire Facelift.
In addition to claiming to improve your sex life, The O-Shot also promises to “cure” urinary incontinence (when you accidentally leak when laughing, coughing or exercising). It’s true that many of the same women who have difficulty achieving orgasm also have problems with involuntary loss of urine, since weak pelvic floor muscles can be responsible for both problems.
While some women are thanking their doctors for bringing the zest back into their bedrooms with the O-shot, most gynecologists aren’t on board. There simply has not been adequate research to prove its safety and effectiveness for either orgasmic dysfunction or incontinence. It may well work, and it may be safe, but the studies have not been done.
The O-shot isn’t the only procedure some women are enduring in the quest for a decent orgasm. A machine where you simply push a button to climax is in development. There is a slight down side. This device requires surgery in order to implant a cigarette pack size generator into your buttocks. Oh, and there would also need to be electric contacts surgically inserted into your spinal cord. The remote control sends a signal to the implant, which then stimulates the nerves with electrical impulses to trigger an orgasm. I could be wrong, but I just can’t see women standing in line to surgically implant electrodes into their spinal cord and a box in their butt in order to have remote control orgasms. The inventor, however, who is starting clinical trials, expects to have no trouble getting women to sign up since women “currently endure more painful operations to enlarge their breasts.” Huh?
I am not diminishing how frustrating and upsetting it is for women who have lost the ability to orgasm, but there are a number of easier ways to achieve this pleasure than plunging a needle into your vagina, or having spinal surgery. (The details are in my book, Sex Rx)
One interesting alternative is a device called Intensity that exercises and tones pelvic floor muscles combined with clitoral stimulation. And here’s the interesting part… many of the doctors that administer the O-Shot recommend that their patients use Intensity as well. So before you plunk down $1200 or more to get platelets injected into your vagina (no, insurance does not cover it, and yes it does need to be repeated) you might want to invest in an Intensity ($230 and it’s yours forever) to get the desired affect. No pain… and great gain.