Truth About Trying Blogger Jen Jones Donatelli talks about the buzz-worthy treatment that has everyone scratching their heads.
There’s a new PRP treatment for the vagina, and no, it (unfortunately) has nothing to do with Robert Pattinson. Enter the Orgasm Shot, the latest treatment from Dr. Charles Runels. Runels is the Alabama-based creator of the buzz-worthy “PRP facelift” and “PRP facial” procedures, which “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” devotees are likely to recognize from this indelible image of Kim.
The Orgasm Shot mirrors the PRP facelift and facial in that it utilizes PRP (platelet-rich plasma) to help grow and regenerate healthier tissue. The way it works: blood is drawn from the patient’s arm and run through a FDA-approved centrifuge machine to isolate the platelet-rich plasma. Growth factors from those platelets are then injected into the clitoris and upper vagina (both of which are numbed), where they start working their magic.
Runels is incredibly confident about the new technique—he just can’t believe no one has tried it sooner. “Over 10,000 papers have been published about how PRP rejuvenates tissue, but no one had ever tried it as a way to rejuvenate vaginal tissue for women,” says Runels. “When I started trying this[method] and saw how it worked for the face, it become apparent that it could also be extremely beneficial for the genitalia.”
But does it work? (For $1,500 a pop, let’s hope so!) According to Runels, women who receive the Orgasm Shot experience more (and better) orgasms, increased libido and lubrication, and vaginal tightening; medical issues like painful intercourse (dyspareunia) and urinary incontinence can also be improved. In some clinics, the treatment is even being used to help female patients from Somalia who’ve been through genital mutilation. “The Orgasm Shot makes the tissue healthier and more responsive,” says Runels. “[The patient’s] sexuality wakes up.”
Runels sees the Orgasm Shot as a way of filling what he views as a gaping hole in options for women with sexual dysfunction—unlike men, who currently have more than 20 FDA-approved from Viagra to Cialis at their disposal. “It’s outrageous that the FDA has still not approved a drug for women,” says Runels. But that may be changing: flibanserin, or “Viagra for women,” is on its way to being FDA-approved.
While many are in agreement with Runels about the need for more female sexual aids, not everyone is convinced about the Orgasm Shot’s claims. “Platelets have indeed been shown to cause tissue regeneration and repair, but orgasm and sexual desire are multi-factorial,” says Plano-based gynecologist Pari Ghodsi. “Also, in terms of [relieving] painful intercourse, dyspareunia has many reasons—from endometriosis to ovarian cysts—and this one shot clearly cannot cure them all. ”
Runels responds to critics by pointing to this 2013 study and saying that “no one who does this shot thinks it is the end-all, cure-all [solution]. Relationships, hormones, and overall health all play a big part as well.” But with increased media attention and more than 400 doctors in 13 countries now certified to perform the Orgasm Shot, Runels is hopeful that it will become an important part of the equation.