Sexual Health & The O-Shot
Women’s Sexual Health
The extent to which sexual problems and concerns are present in women is finally coming to light. Studies have shown there is a significant amount of women who experience lack of libido, issues with achieving climax, and painful intercourse.
As the awareness has grown, science has progressed and there are now two medications available to improve libido and sexual experiences. The first medication, taken by mouth daily, is called Addyi. While not directed at improving climax, or relieving pain with intercourse, this medication is FDA approved for HypoActive Sexual Desire (take the screener) which is felt to be an imbalance of chemicals in the brain and works through the serotonin system. The mediation is indicated for women who are premenopausal, however, there are ongoing studies in the postmenopausal population.
Another medication called Vylessi has been released, also with Hypoactive Sexual Desire as the FDA criteria for use. This unique medication works through a different set of chemicals (hormones) that govern sexual desire, in conjunction with the melanocortin receptor. Vylessie is delivered through a one-time injection 30 minutes prior to intimacy. It is also approved for premenopausal women only. Hopefully, with more studies, the mediation will also be available to postmenopausal women.
There are more clinical options with respect to low libido, pain with intercourse and lack of climax including hormone therapy, vaginal rejuvenation with laser or radiofrequency, the O Shot (see below), and hormone therapy, including testosterone.
The best approach to the treatment of sexual issues is a thorough discussion with your doctor, examination, laboratory analysis of hormone levels, and presentation of treatment options, with awareness of the risks, benefits, and alternatives to each proposed therapy.
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What is the O-Shot?
A 30-minute office based procedure that involves injecting platelet rich plasma into the vaginal/clitoral area.
What does the O-Shot do?
Growth factors concentrated by a centrifuge in the plasma portion of the blood stimulate stem cells to develop into new tissue in the form of collagen, blood vessels and fat cells.
Patients will possibly benefit as follows: greater arousal from clitoral stimulation, younger, smoother skin of the outer vagina, tighter vaginal opening, stronger, more frequent orgasm, increased libido, increased lubrication, decreased pain for those experiencing pain with intercourse, and decreased urinary incontinence.
The O-Shot is also used to treat a condition called Lichen Sclerosus.
What can I expect during the procedure?
A few tablespoons of blood are drawn from your arm after numbing cream has been applied; the blood is then placed in a centrifuge and processed for twenty minutes under sterile conditions. Following this the blood is drawn into a syringe and injected into the area around the vaginal opening and clitoris that has been pre-prepared with numbing cream.
What can I expect after the procedure?
You may resume normal activity, including sexual activity, following the procedure. Around 10 percent of patients will have excess arousal that will last up to one week. Other side effects include a mild pressure like sensation in the vaginal area. The women most likely to benefit are those taking hormone replacement or are producing hormones on their own. Woman who are post menopausal and not sexually active may not receive as much benefit as women in the two previous categories and may wish to begin hormone therapy prior to receiving their first O-Shot.
It takes three months for the stem cells to divide and become new tissue and experience the full effect of the treatment. Patients may need a repeat procedure 8 – 10 weeks following the first injection. Studies have shown that some patients will receive benefit up to 2 – 3 years from one injection. Overall 90% of the patients respond to their first injection.
Are there serious side effects to the procedure?
There have been no serious side effects reported as you are receiving your own blood. This information is derived from the longstanding practice of injection of platelet rich plasma into the knees of professional athletes to promote healing and recovery from injury, heal diabetic wounds and enhance recovery from dental procedures. Platelet rich plasma is also injected into the face to enhance appearance, also known as the Vampire Facelift.
What is the cost of the O-Shot?
The cost is $1,500. We do not bill the charges to your insurance company. You will be provided a statement upon request.
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