The O-Shot (officially known as the O-Shot® or the Orgasm Shot®) is a groundbreaking procedure that helps women who are struggling with intimacy or having difficulty reaching orgasm. But did you know the O-Shot® may also be a highly effective treatment for urinary incontinence? In this post, we’ll talk more about how the O-Shot® could improve urinary control and get you back to pre-incontinence days.
What Is Urinary Incontinence?
When urine involuntarily leaks from the bladder during coughing, laughing, sneezing, or other activities, it is called urinary incontinence. It’s a condition that happens to at least one in four women and is typically brought on by childbirth, trauma, or aging. In fact, more than 75 percent of women over 65 experience UI to some degree.
This leaking of urine can be highly distressing. You may wear a pad or diaper to control it, and you probably feel self-conscious about laughing or coughing when you are with others. You might even opt out of activities like exercise, intercourse, or social situations to avoid embarrassment. Not surprisingly, urinary incontinence is linked to anxiety and depression.
Treatment for urinary incontinence depends on the extent of the issue, and many physicians suggest solutions like:
- Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor
- Cutting back on carbonated beverages or caffeine, which seem to exacerbate the condition
- Maintaining a healthy weight
In severe cases, it may be necessary to undergo surgery for urinary incontinence. However, before resorting to this extreme, many women have discovered that the O-Shot®—a procedure usually reserved for sexual dysfunction—has resolved their UI issues. So how does it work?
What Is the O-Shot?
The O-Shot® is a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment developed by Charles Runels, MD. It is being used successfully to treat urinary incontinence and other conditions such as:
- Painful intercourse
- Vaginal dryness
- Ongoing vaginal pain from transvaginal mesh or childbirth
- Decreased or complete inability to have an orgasm
- Pain and weakness of the pelvic floor
We all have plasma in our blood that contains unique proteins to encourage cell growth. The idea behind PRP treatment is to isolate and concentrate this plasma from your own blood and inject it into damaged tissue to promote new cell growth and healing. The procedure is used widely in treating broken bones, healing muscle damage, repairing tendons, and more. Doctors now use it regularly for postsurgical repair, sports injuries, and even hair loss.
With the O-Shot®, your own PRP is injected into your vaginal and clitoral tissue to improve blood flow and stimulate cell regeneration. Studies have shown that not only is the O-Shot® effective for women with sexual dysfunction but that it can also cure female urinary incontinence in just one or more treatments.
What Is In the O Shot? Is It Safe?
The O-Shot® is not a medication. The injection itself contains platelets that come for your own blood. The supplies used to collect and process your PRP, as well as those used to inject the growth factors back into your vagina, are FDA approved. Your body will react naturally to the O-Shot since it is formulated especially with your blood.
PRP has been in use since 1987 to help with healing in dental, plastic surgery, and orthopedic procedures. The Stanford School of Medicine regularly administers PRP injections for musculoskeletal conditions and states, “Because PRP is derived from your own blood, there is no chance of having an allergy or immune reaction. Side effects or complications of PRP injection are extremely rare.” They include pain at the injection site and local infection.
How Does the O-Shot® Improve Urinary Incontinence?
New tissue growth within the walls of your vagina can support your urethra and bladder, which helps to ease stress urinary incontinence (leaking) symptoms. At the same time, experts believe that platelet-rich plasma treatment helps with urge incontinence (overactive bladder) by rebuilding the nerves you need for proper bladder control.
This safe, surgery-free option for helping women with urinary incontinence may reduce or even eliminate UI in women entirely.
What Is the Process of Getting the O-Shot for Urinary Incontinence?
At La Belle Vie Medical Spa in Utah, we begin with a consultation to listen to the concerns you have about urinary incontinence. We’ll discuss your options in detail since we want you to be satisfied and confident with your decisions.
If you decide to go with the O-Shot, you’ll be happy to know it is a relatively short and simple three-step procedure:
1. First, we will perform a simple blood draw from your arm and spit it using a state-of-the-art centrifuge and FDA-approved kit that extracts the growth factors from your own platelets.
2. We then apply a numbing cream to your vaginal area to ensure the injection is as comfortable as possible.
3. Finally, we take your own PRP and inject it into an area near the urethra or clitoris and upper vagina to stimulate stem cell and tissue regeneration.
Does the O-Shot® Hurt?
Because the injections are performed in ultra-sensitive areas, many women assume that the O-Shot is painful. However, our team at La Belle Vie applies a topical anesthetic to numb the tissue beforehand, minimizing any discomfort you may have.
Surprisingly, many patients report the procedure to be virtually pain-free, while others note only a slight pinching sensation.
How Long Will the O-Shot Procedure Take?
The whole process can take around ninety minutes from start to finish, although the procedure itself is quick and typically only lasts between 10 or 15 minutes at the most. Nurse Practitioner Kelly Lance has advanced training and certification in the O-Shot procedure.
Since there is no anesthesia or recovery time involved, you can drive yourself home after your O-Shot and resume your normal schedule immediately. Some women even engage in sexual activities. The choice is yours.
How Long Does the O-Shot® Take to Work For Urinary Incontinence?
The benefits of the O-Shot® begin right away as your plasma activates your own cells to start restoring and rejuvenating the tissues. Some women may experience immediate improvements in sexual response, while others notice their urinary incontinence starts getting much better within a few days to a few weeks.
Will I need additional O-Shots to treat UI?
Some have found the O-Shot treatment for UI lasts up to three years. However, many women opt to repeat the O-Shot about every 18 months for maximum effectiveness. If you fail to achieve satisfactory results with your initial procedure, you can repeat it after eight weeks. Generally, this almost always yields excellent results.
What Are Some Other Reasons to Consider the O-Shot?
Women who seek the O-Shot® procedure for urinary incontinence often find it solves other problems as well. While everyone is different, many women report:
- Ability to achieve more frequent, intense orgasms (in some cases, multiple orgasms)
- Increased libido
- Increased pleasure with vaginal and clitoral stimulation
- Vaginal opening feels tighter and more toned
- Less dryness and increased lubrication
- Less pain and discomfort during intercourse
- Skin of the vulva feels and looks smoother
The O-Shot® is a proven, non-surgical intervention for those who suffer from urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction. At La Belle Vie, we have helped many women just like you overcome these issues and go on to achieve more physical and emotional satisfaction with themselves and their lives.
Schedule a consultation today for more information.