Over 40% of sexually active adult women have experienced some form of sexual dysfunction at some point in their lives. Symptoms include (1) lacking desire for sex; (2) arousal difficulties and lubrication problems; (3) inability to orgasm; (4) anxiety about sexual performance; (5) physical pain during intercourse; and (6) not finding sex pleasurable.
Women experience these symptoms, but are led to believe that they are a normal part of being a woman and only few seek medical help. It is partially due to the lack of formal education on this topic as well as the persistent stigma about female sexual health that this condition remains untreated.
Treating Sexual Dysfunction in Women
While male sexual dysfunction, especially erectile dysfunction has been extensively studied, female sexual dysfunction (FSD) has only recently become a subject of medical interest. “Our understanding of female sexuality was only first formally addressed roughly 50 years ago. During this period, and even now, the treatment of FSD has primarily focused on psychosocial/cultural therapy, and highlights that our limited knowledge is reflective of the inadequate treatment options available,” explain Allahdadi, Tostes, and Webb in their study on therapeutic options for FSD.
Thankfully, a lot has happened between 2009, when this study was published and 2019. We now know that there are effective treatments for FSD that can either replace or be administered alongside traditional psychological therapy.
At A New Dawn Wellness Center, we have seen significant improvements in symptoms of FSD treating female patients with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections. A natural, minimally invasive treatment, the so-called O-shot (Orgasm Shot) utilizes the growth factors in PRP to stimulate cellular repair within the vagina. The results? Increased sensitivity, increased sensation and pleasure, and more frequent orgasms.
The most common symptoms among our patients have been vaginal dryness and inability to orgasm. One patient in her 40s came in because she had never experienced an orgasm without additional external stimulation. After a series of three treatments with PRP, she reported to have had her very first vaginally-stimulated orgasm.
Another patient sought treatment because she experienced frequent and sudden urges to go to the bathroom and urinary incontinence. Her symptoms worsened to the point that she was afraid to stay anywhere that did not have a bathroom nearby. By stimulating the generation of healthy tissue in the urethral-vaginal interface, the O-Shot helped this patient to improve her urinary control and travel freely without fear or embarrassment.
What Exactly Is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is plasma that has a high concentration of platelets, five to ten times greater than normal blood. Platelets are a component of blood that are best known for their importance in clotting blood. However, that is not their only purpose. Platelets contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which play an important role in the healing of injuries.
PRP is taken from a sample of your blood that is processed in a centrifuge. Frequently used to speed up the healing process in acute sports injuries (we’re looking at you, Tiger Woods), PRP has been shown to effectively accelerate tissue repair nearly everywhere in the body. “PRP activates pluripotent stem cells in the area of injection, resulting in rejuvenation and even enhancement of damaged or undamaged tissue” (Runels et al 2014).
We use PRP in several treatments, for example to enhance the rejuvenating effects of microneedling or to promote new hair growth with PRP hair restoration. If you have any more questions about the O-Shot or other procedures that involve Platelet Rich Plasma, we’d be happy to answer them for you. Our consultations are complimentary, so don’t hesitate to give us a call. We look forward to seeing you.
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