Shoot me with the O!
Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:Finally, a man has introduced a 'shot' that activates the female orgasm system and reduces distress of urinary incontinence in women.
A Jamaican female medical doctor is administering this revolutionary 'shot'.
Dr Simone French of Imara Medical Centre at the Winchester Business Centre in Kingston has given hope to Caribbean women suffering from female sexual dysfunction and urinary incontinence, with her introduction of the 'O-shot' to the Jamaican shores.
O, which comes from orgasm, can now happen with increased frequency and strength, owing to the fact this is one of the only side effects that the injection into the urethra, has on women.
Inventor of the procedure Dr Charles Runels created it to help women with urinary incontinence (uncontrollable peeing) and sexual dysfunction. The procedure comes at a time when men have approximately 24 different drugs that help to enhance their sexual performance.
Exactly what is the O-Shot
The O-Shot procedure is using blood-derived growth factors to rejuvenate the vagina to improve sex and to stop urinary incontinence. "This platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) is derived from the patient's blood. It is prepared in a special machine, activated by addition of a small amount of calcium and injected around the urethra and into the clitoris," explains French, adding the calcium causes the platelets to release growth factors and other substances that are part of the body's normal response to injury/healing process.
According to her, PRP is not new. It has been used in orthopedics to treat certain joint pathologies and in wound management to promote wound healing. "It has been used in cardiac surgery to promote healing of the sternum when it is split open."
Prepared from the patient's own blood, there is no possibility of a foreign-body reaction, said French.
The magic of this cutting-edge procedure is that it treats the very common urinary incontinence condition in women, which increases with age, although this has been known to start to affect women in their 20s.
Several factors contribute to the development of urinary stress incontinence, said French, who is the first to admit that she is neither a urologist nor a gynaecologist.
"Increased weight, childbearing, especially if babies were large, or there were birthing difficulties such as tearing, as well as hormonal changes that occur with aging, are among the contributing factors," states the medical doctor who has been practising for 19 years, with 13 of those years as an emergency physician.
As difficult and embarrassing as urinary incontinence is, it that the sexual pleasure that it will allow women with dysfunction that those who have heard of it are touting.
"I have been having sex with my husband for over 20 years and he has never been able to make me orgasm during penetration," said 49-year-old Theresa Haye, who said there are days she becomes frustrated because she has lost hope.
For 52-year-old Kathryn Ruddock, since approaching menopause her hormonal levels have fallen and her sexual interest has diminished, because she is so dry.
"The vagina actually undergoes atrophy, some women use cream to lubricate to try to get back that wetness. The O-Shot restores the vaginal health, and the actual sensation is improved," says French.
She says 80-90 per cent of women who get the procedure achieve an improvement in orgasm. "With one shot, the success rate is between 70 and 90 per cent; with two shots, it is 90 per cent."
She said it can take up to three injections for women to achieve maximum orgasm. "And the impact of the injection can last up to two years."
Dr French did four procedures on patients overseas, and is about to commence the procedure locally.
Suggesting that women who smoke should stop smoking before having the procedure, Dr French also notes that persons who have been abused sexually or physically and as a result are having psychological challenges should not expect their problems to be addressed by the O-shot.
"Usually, that is a mental health issue," she advises.
She was also quick to point out that no one has ever focused on improving the female genitalia. "For men we say, if you have diabetes or high blood pressure and there are changes to the blood vessel, there are medications to improve the blood flow, but in the case of women, nothing has been done prior to this procedure."
Not a cheap procedure, it will cost US$1,200 per injection, but Dr French is willing to discuss payment plans with those mostly in need and who cannot afford to do it immediately.