Well, this sounds terrifying: A new procedure called the O-Shot is a vaginal injection that promises to regenerate healthy vaginal tissue for stronger orgasms. Oh yeah, and an opportunity to get the procedure was included in all the swag bags at the Oscars this year, according to Us Weekly.
So how does it work? First, physicians take a person's own blood and separate out the platelets (which are used in clotting) to create a platelet-rich plasma (PRP), according to the shot's website. Then, the doctors inject the plasma back into the patient in two spots: the upper vagina and directly under the clitoris. Um, ouch? The area is numbed with a local anesthetic for the procedure, but still.
This same procedure can be done on your face (known as the "vampire facial," which Kim Kardashian reportedly tried last year) or in other body parts to stimulate tissue growth. "Platelets are used in all different areas of medicine, but there are no real studies on the O-Shot in particular to see if it's effective," says Madeleine Castellanos, M.D., founder of ReclaimYourSexuality.com. Essentially, there's been a lot of research on using this procedure to grow healthy tissue, but we don't really know if that translates to stronger orgasmsÃ¢â‚¬”not to mention if there are any long-term side effects. "They have self-testimony from a few women who have gotten it, but how much of that is psychological and how much is the actual physical effect?" says Castellanos.
MORE: 8 Reasons Guys Love it When You Orgasm
Plus, the O-Shot costs about $1,500 and isn't covered by insuranceÃ¢â‚¬”so unless you got an Oscars swag bag, that's one expensive libido booster! Don't worry, thoughÃ¢â‚¬”there are definitely other ways to have bigger, better orgasms. Here are a few options that have nothing to do with putting a needle in your vagina:
Aside from being turned on and with a great partner, strong pelvic floor muscles are what give you powerful orgasms, says Castellanos. The easiest place to start is by doing Kegels regularly to strengthen them. To know if you're doing it right, Castellanos says you should feel not just a tightening but also a pulling up of the pelvic floor when youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re squeezing. For most women, she suggests doing three sets of 10 repetitions (with a minute rest in between) every day. If you're having regular sex and just want to maintain your pelvic floor muscles, performing this three times a week should do the trick.
MORE: The Secret to Better Orgasms: The C-Spot?
Let's be real, sometimes it takes fun workout equipment to get us to stick with a fitness routine. If that's true for you, you might want to give tiny weights a try. When you insert weighted beads (like these from OhMiBod), you can squeeze your pelvic floor to lift them up. If you think about Kegels as if they were body-weight exercises, this is like upping the challenge by adding some dumbbells.
Adding some slickness down there can do wonders for your orgasm. In fact, one study found that nearly 50 percent of people who have used lube said it makes it easier to cross the finish line. "Lubrication naturally drops off with age as well as in long-term relationships," says Castellanos. "We often don't lubricate as much after a long period of time because our partners are more familiar." Don't worry, it has nothing to do with your desire to have sex or your attraction to your partnerÃ¢â‚¬”you may just need a little help to get things going. And not only can lube make sex feel better, but it also mentally reinforces that you're aroused, says Castellanos. Win win. Check out our tips for making sex even better with lubes.
Still having trouble seeing fireworks? Try these nine positions that practically promise an orgasm!
MORE: The Better-Sex Workout