At New You Medical in Fort Lauderdale, FL, we welcome candid conversations with our patients. If you’re experiencing symptoms of sexual dysfunction or vaginal atrophy, now is your chance to speak freely. Especially when we tell you that the O Shots PRP, a treatment that rejuvenates vaginal and surrounding tissues, can improve a range of symptoms, from sexual dissatisfaction to bladder incontinence.
Is the O-shot Worth It?
If you want to correct urinary incontinence, reduce or eliminate the symptoms of vaginal atrophy, and experience sex in a whole new way, this shot is absolutely worth it. It is, first and foremost, safe because it uses your body’s own blood. You can therefore be assured of its biocompatibility without fear of allergic reactions or rejections by the body.
Second, a variety of clinical studies confirm this treatment works. It is especially beneficial for women post-childbirth and while they are peri- and post-menopausal. Keep in mind the vagina, just like other parts of the body, changes with time. Pregnancy can stretch the muscles, and although the vagina is designed to snap back, it never returns to its pre-childbirth state. And with age, waning estrogen production leads to symptoms like thinning tissues, laxity, and dryness.
Third, and finally, the numerous benefits of this treatment cannot be replicated with traditional first-line therapies like vaginal moisturizers and lubricants. These therapies treat only the symptoms of vaginal atrophy rather than the underlying cause, which is a change in vaginal tissues.
Benefits of Treatment
The O-shot, on the other hand, goes well beyond masking symptoms and revitalizes and/or restores damaged tissues. This comprehensive approach leads to broad improvements in vaginal health, including:
- Enhanced sexual desire
- More satisfying intercourse
- Increased clitoral and vaginal sensitivity
- Stronger and more frequent orgasms
- Tighter vaginal opening
- Stronger and thicker vulva skin
- More vaginal lubrication
- Decreased urinary incontinence
Research confirms that tissue changes over your life can result in a smaller clitoris which can, in turn, interfere with your ability to reach orgasm and enjoy sex. In this same vein, a study published in the Journal of Women’s Health Care found that all participating women who received the O shot treatment of sexual dysfunction experienced pleasant outcomes. For some women, this meant increased libido; others reported stronger and more frequent orgasms.
In another study published by the Journal of Women’s Health Care, 94 percent of women treated with this shot reported satisfaction with their treatment results. The study’s authors concluded the shot is effective for overcoming:
- Overactive bladder
- Stress incontinence
- Lack of lubrication
- Sexual dysfunction
All the Details
Starting with the O-shot itself, we’re going to provide all the details you need here. Treatment begins with a blood draw from your arm exactly as your doctor might perform. We then place that sample into a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the white and red blood cells. Your platelets contain potent healing powers that form the premise of this treatment.
What, exactly, do platelets do? Release growth factors that activate collagen and elastin production at the molecular level. In turn, these proteins restore thickness, elasticity, and structure to lax vaginal tissues. They also plump the clitoris for easier stimulation, which leads to some of the benefits we just mentioned, including greater arousal, increased clitoral and vaginal sensitivity, and more satisfying intercourse overall.
These Factors Are Inter-Connected
Greater stimulation also promotes natural lubrication, which can provide even more pleasure and eliminate any pain you usually feel during sex. But another topic also deserves our attention, and that is the Skene glands. Located near the opening of the urethra, these glands share some tissues with part of the clitoris. By plumping and restoring the latter, we’re also able to rejuvenate the former.
The Skene glands comprise a portion of the G-spot, which, when stimulated, can help women reach vaginal orgasm. The Skene glands also swell with blood during arousal to to make both the clitoris and G-spot easier to find – and therefore, easier to stimulate. You can see how these three highly sensitive spots are all connected, and why maintaining the health of each is important to your sexual pleasure.
How This Differs from Hormone Therapy
While estrogen-based treatments can be highly effective in relieving some symptoms of vaginal atrophy and sexual dysfunction, it’s not right for everyone. Some women have balanced hormone levels but still experience vaginal atrophy. Others have recovered from hormone-related cancers and cannot undergo hormone therapy (HT), and still, others want to explore their options before choosing HT.
The O-shot is not dependent upon hormones and therefore does not alter their levels within the body. We would like to note, however, that combining HT with this shot is sometimes part of a more comprehensive treatment plan that can yield additional benefits. We’ll discuss the best course for your needs during your consultation.
What to Expect During Treatment
Many women, all too familiar with the delicate tissues of their vagina, fear this shot is painful. We want to discard this notion altogether because treatment is completely pain-free. Once we’ve drawn your blood sample and provided it to our onsite laboratory for processing, we apply a topical anesthetic to the treatment site. We also administer a local numbing injection to remove any possibility of pain.
Throughout all of this, you lie in a comfortable position and simply rest. After receiving back your processed blood, which is now platelet-rich plasma (PRP), we make targeted injections in the vaginal and clitoral areas. These steps take about 30 minutes, and once complete, you’re free to resume your normal activities. You can even have intercourse on the day of treatment.
Many women report immediate results after the shot, including heightened sensation and more satisfaction during sex. As new tissues continue to grow, and collagen and elastin production increase, your results will continue to develop over a period of several weeks or months. To illustrate, tighter and smoother skin may take a few weeks to develop.
The same is true of stress incontinence, which usually starts to improve within two weeks before completely or almost completely resolving within three to four weeks. Depending on your body’s unique composition, results from the shot can last anywhere from 18 months to three years or more. Many women choose to repeat the therapy on a regular schedule, depending, again, on their unique needs and goals.
A Note on Urinary Incontinence
It’s not something women often discuss, and we certainly understand why. Bladder leakage can interfere with daily activities, make you feel increasingly self-conscious, and occur at the most inopportune moments. But this problem is very common, especially following childbirth and menopause, and usually strikes during laughing, sneezing, and coughing.
Two Different Types
Incontinence can be divided into two categories: stress and urge. A weakened urethra, as caused by the traumas of childbirth, is to blame for stress incontinence. It’s characterized by small droplets of urine leaked without others even noticing.
Urge incontinence, on the other hand, Is the uncontrollable feeling that you must use the restroom immediately. Involuntary contractions of the detrusor muscle (found in the bladder wall) are to blame, and many women find they can’t get to the bathroom in time.
Bladder problems are more than the sum of their parts, however; they can keep you from:
- Social situations
- Sexual intercourse
- Enjoying life
- Feeling confident
By injecting o shots PRP near the urethra, we’re able to regenerate tissues to replace those that are old and degraded. Muscles that are integral to controlling urine flow also become stronger, offering rapid relief from symptoms, as mentioned earlier. Continued improvements will increase in the coming weeks. Therapy allows many women to reduce their bladder medications, forego bulky protective pads, and return to their normal activities – without adverse side effects.
Explaining Vaginal Atrophy
To help simplify this condition, we can describe it as the vaginal lining growing drier and thinner. This produces uncomfortable symptoms like itching, pain during sex, postcoital bleeding, and burning. It’s also associated with frequent urination and urinary tract infections (UTIs). A drop in estrogen is usually to blame, which commonly happens before and during menopause, but it can also affect younger women with hormonal imbalances or related conditions.
Some women confuse atrophy with a yeast infection, and understandably so. They both cause redness, itching, pain, and dryness. But a yeast infection is caused by a fungal imbalance and usually needs antibiotics, topical ointment, or a combination of both for treatment. Vaginal atrophy is an altogether different condition and is usually accompanied by diminished libido and a vagina that feels looser.
Finally Disspelling the Myth
This brings us to our next point: vaginal looseness is not caused by “excessive” sex, as myth tends to have us believe. Instead, it is the result of weak pelvic floor muscles that surround the vagina. These muscles lose their strength after childbirth and naturally with time, as mentioned earlier. Their primary purpose is to support the vagina, bladder, womb, and rectum, but as they lose their tenacity, these organs also become weaker and looser.
While targeted exercises can help these muscles, their effects develop more slowly than those of the O-shot. Rather than choosing one or the other, we may recommend these two therapies be used in tandem.
The Answers You Need
If you’re wondering whether this shot poses any side effects, the answer is no. Not a single adverse reaction has been reported from all the patients who have received treatment to date. To be safe, however, we recommend patients who are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, nursing or have active infections delay treatment.
In preparing for therapy, we recommend you hydrate well in the days leading up to your session. This makes blood flow more easily and can help keep you comfortable during therapy. You should also clean the treatment area on the day of your appointment.
After Care Instructions
Because PRP is so well-tolerated, the post-treatment protocol is pretty basic. We suggest you refrain from strenuous exercise that may involve the pelvic area for about 24 hours. Take any medications our office prescribes as directed, and follow any other personalized instructions we provide.
Get Your Spark Back
Sex should be enjoyable, and treatment specifically targets vaginal tissues to revitalize, tighten, and plump in ways that heighten sensitivity. It can also improve symptoms of general vaginal discomfort and relieve urinary incontinence. Schedule your consultation today by calling New You Medical in Fort Lauderdale, FL.