What is the O-Shot®?
The O-Shot® is a non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure that can help improve a woman’s sexual desire and orgasm, decrease urinary incontinence and treat a chronic skin condition called lichen sclerosus. Up to half of women experience low sexual desire and many others experience issues with arousal, lubrication and orgasm. The O-Shot® uses platelet-rich plasma (PRP) that contains growth factors from the woman’s own blood, and is injected into the clitoris and vaginal wall. This increases the blood flow, nerve sensitivity and collagen formation in the area, leading to improved sexual function.
What are the benefits of the O-Shot®?
This injection can increase a woman’s sexual desire and arousal, as well as improve the number or quality of her orgasms. In addition, this procedure can help with
- Leaking urine
- Painful sex
- Vaginal dryness
- Decrease symptoms and long-term consequences of lichen sclerosus
How is it performed?
Blood is drawn from the patient and then using a special double-spin process the red blood cells are removed, leaving the plasma which is full of growth factors. Numbing cream is then placed onto the areas that will be injected, and a lidocaine injection is performed to ensure there is minimal to no discomfort during the procedure. The PRP is then injected into the clitoris and vaginal wall. The procedure takes less than an hour.
What are the risks?
Some women experience spotting from the location of the injections, as well as temporary soreness. Infection or significant bleeding is unlikely. While most women tolerate the procedure well, there are reports of women with prolonged numbness of the clitoris or hypersexuality after the procedure. If this happens, it typically will resolve within the first few days.
What is the recovery?
There is no downtime after the procedure, you can immediately resume all physical activity and even intercourse that same day. The full effect of the O-Shot® is reached around 3-4 weeks after the procedure. Depending on the reason for the injection, the results can last for more than a year with a single injection. Women with lichen sclerosus will often need additional treatments to continue its benefits.
Is it right for me?
If you suffer from low sexual desire, unsatisfactory arousal, lubrication, orgasm, urinary incontinence or lichen sclerosus, then the O-Shot® may be for you. At Rittenhouse Women’s, our gynecologist and women’s health nurse practitioners are trained to address these issues and determine if this procedure is your best option for treatment.
It is important to discuss all concerns with your provider, as they may also be signs of other medical problems.