Of all the things you could do in a quest for better orgasms, getting your own blood injected into your vagina with a needle seems a little extreme. Still, that's basically what The O(rgasm)-Shot is, and some women are more than happy to give it a go.
Elite Daily's Emily McCombs recently tried the procedure, which was described to her as a "simple procedure that uses your own blood plasma, which is injected into the vagina, to enhance sexual pleasure." Oh, OK. Sure.
McCombs says the procedure involved the doctor taking her blood, applying some kind of numbing cream to her clitoris and inside her vagina, and then leaving the room to centrifuge her blood. When the doctor came back, she numbed her vagina further with Lidocaine and then injected her with her own blood. I can't tell if the needle went directly into her vagina and into her clitoris, but either way it happened.
She says the benefits of the procedure are supposed to include increased arousal and better orgasms, and after three weeks she felt like she had experienced both. Plus, her fiance also said she felt "waaaay tighter."
Cosmopolitan spoke with Alyssa Dweck, MD, the assistant clinical professor at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and co-author of V is for Vagina, to find out more about the procedure that sounds kind of scary. Dweck explains: "I do not perform these [procedures] nor can I advocate for them, since its safety and efficacy have not been evaluated by the FDA. With that in mind, I know of some patients who have been very happy with results, some not so much. The jury is still out."
The O-shot also doesn't come cheap (McCombs saying it can cost around $1,200 to $1,500), but the effects are supposed to last for a year. So if you don't mind paying a ton of money to go through what to me sounds like a hellish vagina nightmare, I guess it's worth it?
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.