Women’s Sexual Health

Orchid Shot® (O-shot®) for Women

Male sexual dissatisfaction and dysfunction has been a topic of open discussion and treatment for years. There are currently over 20 medications or devices that address this issue. Yet, little has been said or done about female sexual issues. Over 40% of women suffer from female sexual dysfunction yet only about 10% seek treatment.  And to these 10%, treatments have often been unsatisfactory leaving the problem unresolved. Many experts today still imply that female sexual problems can be addressed with counseling, lubrication and a good vibrator.

The symptoms of sexual dysfunction are multifactorial: decreased sex-drive (libido), impaired arousal, delayed or unsatisfactory orgasms or a total inability to achieve orgasm (anorgasmia). Orgasm is not only one of the most pleasurable experiences in life, but in females, the oxytocin released from the brain leads to an enhanced feeling of well- being and reduction of stress.

For women, sexual health issues can stem from a variety of factors. Hormonal imbalances and natural bodily changes, such as those caused by pregnancy or aging, may cause urinary incontinence or infection, low libido, a lack of lubrication, or even pain with intercourse. Additionally, using certain birth control methods and drug side effects could also affect your sex life. No matter the reason, know that help is available to ensure an enjoyable and satisfying experience.

We know that increased intimacy strengthens the bond in a relationship and by doing so, can create stronger families. Aware of the problem of female sexual dysfunction, of the large number of women experiencing it and the lack of adequate treatment, in 2011 Dr. Charles Runels  developed a truly revolutionary treatment: The O-Shot® . However, not only does this procedure address female sexual dysfunction, it can also be a very effective treatment for urinary incontinence.

Orchid Shot® (O-shot® ) for Women

What is O-Shot® for women?

The O-Shot® is a revolutionary and non-invasive treatment that has helped countless women experience more fulfilling intimacy. Also known as the Orchid Shot® or Orgasm Shot®, this breakthrough procedure revitalizes the tissues in and around the vagina, creating intense pleasure during sexual encounters and heightened sensitivity to touch. Don’t let lackluster libido get in the way of appreciating life’s most special moments.

O-Shot® treatment provides a potential solution for women dealing with: 

  • Difficulty achieving arousal
  • Inability to reach orgasm
  • Dryness due to Menopause or Breast Cancer treatments
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Lowered libido
  • Childbirth-related trauma, such as episiotomy scars
  • Mesh-related discomfort
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Postpartum fecal incontinence
  • Lichen planus and lichen sclerosis

Urinary Incontinence

It is extremely common for women to experience urinary incontinence after pregnancy and child birth. It is even more common when a woman loses internal vaginal wall collagen support as they age. While some women have extreme symptoms requiring surgery, medications or other treatments, many more women have mild to moderate symptoms. These mild to moderate symptoms can be treated with the O-Shot®.

Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness is present when the tissues of the vagina are no longer well- lubricated. This can be related to the hormonal shifts associated with menopause and peri-menopause, or can be something women notice after childbirth. When these symptoms are caused by a decreased amount of estrogen in a woman’s body, this problem is called atrophic vaginitis. Not only does the vaginal tissue feel dry, but it also loses its elasticity, thus resulting in painful intercourse. The O-Shot® increases your natural vaginal lubrication.

Experience an increased sense of well-being and pleasure in the bedroom with O-Shot®

What should I expect during the O-Shot® procedure?

We will draw some blood from your arm and process it for the platelets (PRP). We activate the PRP releasing all of the healing growth factors from your own
The treatment consists of two injection sites. One injection area is inside the vagina. This feels very similar to a pap smear. The second injection is in the clitoris. The clitoris is numbed, to reduce any discomfort from the injection.

What do I need to do to get ready for the procedure?

Prior to your O-Shot® appointment, we need to make sure you are ready for your treatment!

Please note the following:

  • Avoid alcohol and blood thinners 48 hours prior to treatment.
  • Make sure you have talked to Dr. Esmay about your blood thinners if you use them.  He may have specific instructions for you.

Please call our office if you have any questions:  512-504-7399.

O-Shot® After Care Instructions

Following your O-Shot® procedure there really are no restrictions. We encourage you to wash off any topical numbing cream that may remain following the procedure.

You may experience some mild spotting for the next 24 hours and some irritation where the injections were placed.  This is typically described as “stinging” for 24 hours.

There are no restrictions on sexual activity.  When you feel ready, you are ready.

Do not take any anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) and Aleve for one week. An inflammatory response is the goal for regenerative benefit and will be decreased with these medications.

Use Tylenol as needed for soreness.

If you suffer from genital herpes, make sure you have talked with Dr. Esmay as you may want to consider an anti-viral to help prevent possible break out.

How long will it take to see results?

60% of women improve after the first O-Shot® and approximately 85% are thrilled after their second O-Shot®. It typically takes about 12 weeks to see the full effect, and some women may require a series of two or three O-Shot® treatments, spaced 8 to 12 weeks in between, to reach their desired potential. After about 8-12 weeks, you’ll notice an improvement in stress urinary incontinence and enhanced pleasure during intercourse. The effects of the O- Shot® last about 12-18 months.

How long will this last?

  • We recommend that your first O-Shot® treatments be a series of 2 treatment, separated by around a month.
  • There really is not a risk of “overtreatment” so ultimately your body will help you decide when its time again.  Some individuals love the results they see and seek them several times a year and others find a “touch up” once or twice a year is sufficient.

If you have any questions or concerns and for further information or to book an appointment, please call our office at 512-504-7399.

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