The providers at Rockville Gynecology are trained to provide PRP (platelet-rich plasma) treatment to patients in order to improve sexual pleasure and desire, and to improve urinary issues such as leakage, urgency, and frequency. Known as the O-shot, many patients have had great improvements in sexual dysfunction as well as urinary incontinence after having the procedure. Go to www.oshot.info for more information (this is the website of Dr. Charles Runels, the creator of the O-shot).
The O-shot is performed during an office visit under local anesthesia. First, the provider applies a numbing cream to the vulva and vagina. Blood is then drawn from the arm and placed in a special centrifuge which separates the red blood cells from platelet-rich plasma. The plasma has growth factors and stem cells which cause new blood vessels and nerves to grow in the area where is injected. After we make sure the vulva is thoroughly numb, a very thin needle is used to inject the PRP into the upper vagina and clitoris, the areas most important for sexual response and bladder control. Because these areas have been numbed with the anesthetic cream, there is little or no pain.
The procedure is simple, quick, and has minimal risks since we are simply re-injecting a patient’s own concentrated plasma with enriched growth factors back into their own bodies. Some women note instantaneous results, but the majority of women note improvement in their symptoms in 3 weeks. After the procedure, you are immediately able to resume all normal activities including intercourse. Results tend to last for one year.
Although every woman’s experience is different, here is a list of some of the things patients have experienced after having the O-shot:
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) has been safely used in many areas of the body, including: - Injected into the knee to help with joint pain
The initial studies using PRP for sexual dysfunction and urinary incontinence have shown benefit, but the use of PRP in the vagina has not been extensively studied, and it is considered an off-label use. There is not a guarantee of results in any woman with any procedure including the O-shot.