Do you love those male enhancement commercials on television as much as I do? Ever notice that the men are 50-something and the women appear to be late 30’s, early 40’s? Is there an unwritten rule somewhere that men should have a healthy sex life until old age, while women lose interest in sex altogether? It certainly seems that way. There are countless products that support a man’s virility. Women, on the other hand, are left wondering if it’s a lost cause, resigning ourselves to live out the second halves of our lives as though we’re holed up in a convent.
The reality is the older we get, the more in tune we become with our bodies. As we learn to identify and adjust to our menopausal symptoms, we take comfort in knowing we’ve had the time to learn what we want in a sexual experience. Women have the right to toe-curling, earth shattering orgasms, just like men. But due to what seems to be a double standard, having a fulfilling sex life after menopause just isn’t a reality for all women.
Ladies, there’s now a light at the end of the tunnel.
Enter, the O-Shot. The O-Shot is not a drug and it isn’t surgical. It’s a procedure that uses your own blood platelets to support your body’s natural ability to achieve an orgasm. The procedure is rather simple and can be completed in about 30 minutes at your doctor’s office or medical spa. Blood is drawn, as it would be in any routine laboratory blood tests. Plasma is then taken from the sample and placed into a syringe. The platelets are then injected into the vaginal tissue.
So what’s the connection between the big O and your blood platelets? Platelets naturally help your body heal by attracting your own stem cells to the injected area, encouraging new, healthy vaginal tissue to grow. This new tissue will increase the area of sensitive tissue allowing more surface space to be stimulated to orgasm. In addition to improving your sex life, The O-Shot also promises to cure urinary incontinence due to weak pelvic floor muscles. This is when you accidentally leak when laughing, coughing or exercising.
Since research shows that sexual dysfunction occurs in about 30% to 50% of women (and that’s just those who report it), the fact that doctors are working towards new ways to boost women’s sexual experiences is fantastic news. Common complaints include low sexual desire, difficulty attaining or maintaining sexual arousal, inability to achieve an orgasm, painful intercourse and urinary incontinence.
Be aware that not everyone in the women’s health community is excited about the new big O. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is not sure that the O-Shot is a safe procedure. Like plastic surgery for your vagina, they’re not sure the O-Shot is medically necessary, and there’s just not enough research to prove its safety and effectiveness.
Ask your doctor. While The O-Shot is not readily accessible everywhere as of yet, the developers of the procedure are currently training doctors so that it can be offered to more women who are interested. If you have questions about the O-Shot or other procedures to help you achieve a healthy sex life, ask your doctor for more information.
Turned off by the thought of a shot “down there”? All is not lost!
There are other new developments that will strengthen your orgasm–and will stop you from accidently leaking urine as well. Consider these alternatives:
- Strengthen and tone the pelvic floor muscles with Intensity, an intimate health and stimulation device that improves a woman’s sexual experience by exercising the pelvic floor muscles and providing targeted stimulation to specific areas of the anatomy. Intensity is scientifically designed to restore intimacy and pleasure.
- To strengthen pelvic floors to prevent unexpected bladder leakage, turn to Apex, an automatic pelvic floor exerciser. It’s a medical device that will strengthen and tone the pelvic floor muscles to eliminate accidental bladder leakage. You’ve been told to “do your kegels,” but actually doing them correctly is tricky. This is the first in-home device that exercises your muscles correctly, every time.
- Recurring vaginal dryness can make everyday comfort and sex painful. As baby boomers reach menopause, they are saying no to “sandpaper sex” and are finding relief with estrogen-free Replens Long-Lasting Vaginal Moisturizer. Replens provides soothing relief for 3 days of comfort by replenishing the natural vaginal moisture and regenerating the vaginal cells. As with dry skin that you experience on your face and hands, regular moisturizing treatment may be necessary to prevent dryness from recurring
- Lube it up just before intercourse with a top quality silicone lubricant. Silicone is never sticky like water based lubes and it’s long lasting because it never dries and leaves the skin feeling soft and moisturized. It also doesn’t break down in water and can be used in the bath, shower, or spa or for full body massages and skin conditioning. Shhhh! I heard Replens is coming out with a new Silicone Lube this year called Silky Smooth.
Use It Or Lose It
Whether you decide to try the O-Shot or go with an alternative, it’s important to realize that orgasms are more than just fun. They’re also great for your health. Let me count the ways:
- Stress relief. When you have an orgasm, the hormone, oxytocin, is released from the hypothalamus of the brain into the bloodstream. This creates an instant feeling of release and relaxation. And what better way to start off a good night’s sleep than with an orgasm?
- Pain relief. Research shows that endorphins can help women increase their pain tolerance by as much as 75%! So rather than popping pain-relieving pills for your headache, try a little self-pleasure instead.
- Improved creativity. Increased blood flow to the brain helps it to receive the nutrients and oxygen it needs to function at a high level. So if you’re in need of some fresh ideas, want to rejuvenate your artistic goals, or just want to be able to express yourself more freely, just try getting it on more often.
An orgasm a day… Go for it!