Honestly, I thought we’d lived through the era of chasing the big ‘O’ with the passing of the 80s and Cosmo girl who bed-hopped her way across New York City and then re-emerged in the noughties in TV show Sex & the City.
But no, there are women still hell-bent on improving their orgasmic chances with an injection, and an intravaginal one at that.
The miracle claims of the so-called Orgasm Shot leave me highly sceptical.
Who wouldn’t be suspicious of a treatment that promises to raise your level of sexual arousal and “rejuvenate your vagina”, something I don’t pretend to understand.
It goes hand in hand with the emergence of two so-called medical conditions about which I’m equally sceptical: female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD) and female orgasmic disorder (FOD).
Both of these questionable labels describe little more than variations of normal. Could these two spurious conditions be whipping up interest in the O-Shot?
The injection is offered at £1,000 a go by Dr Sharif Wakil, a dermatologist working in London’s Harley Street.
He claims his jab gives his patients stronger and more frequent orgasms, increased natural lubrication and greater arousal. But could it work?
The shot uses platelets from the women’s own blood in the form of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) which is injected into specific areas of the vagina. Don’t ask me what platelets have to do with orgasms. They cause the blood to clot.
We also know they contain growth factors that help wound healing and sports injuries.
It’s claimed that when PRP growth factors are injected into the vagina, stem cells are triggered to increase blood flow and grow healthy tissue.
To what end? Sounds good, doesn’t it?
But honestly, I’ve searched the scientific literature on your behalf to find robust evidence to substantiate these claims. For sports injuries, yes. For orgasms, no.
Some women who choose the procedure might suffer from FSAD, supposedly affecting one in 20 women, but is it a real medical condition?
Or they might have difficulty achieving orgasm (FOD). A real medical disorder?
Other women who opt for the shot may be experiencing pain during sex, which, it’s claimed, afflicts nearly one in 10 British women.
But does the shot work? Could it be a placebo effect? I can’t tell you. All I’ve got is a list of dramatic claims. No published research, just anecdotes.
Claims report greater arousal from clitoral stimulation, multiple orgasms, improvement in urinary incontinence, less pain, increased lubrication and vaginal orgasms.
Really? Where’s the research? Bring it on.