Forget Botox parties and sex toy soirees. A new and controversial type of get-together has some women claiming enhanced sexual pleasure — it also has some sex experts worried that these women could be putting their health at risk.
The gathering in question is called a G-shot party. And the women in attendance hope that a doctor can help to increase their sensitivity during sex through a special injection on the area on the inside front wall of the vagina, known as the G spot.
Heather Greene, who requested her real name not be used, is a 42-year-old Los Angeles woman who attended a G-shot party Feb. 12.
"When I first heard about it, I just started laughing hysterically because it was the funniest thing I had ever heard of," Greene said. "It was just so outrageous."
But she says despite the initial humor, the shot gave her sex life a serious boost.
"There is no way you can miss where the G spot is now," she said. "That was kind of shocking to me."
It's precisely the type of review that David Matlock, gynecologist and innovator of the technique, hopes to achieve through the gatherings, which he says always occur at a doctor's office.
"Our study showed that 87 percent of women reported enhanced sexual arousal because of an enhanced G spot," he said. "What we're doing is basically talking to women in a small group about this procedure, with individual exams and procedures in the office."
But the G shot is not a risk-free procedure. And a number of sexual health experts say that until there is more research behind the techniques, women should be wary of the injection.
"This is a medical procedure, it is invasive, it involves inserting something into the vagina, it has never been tested, and it has never been approved by the FDA [Food and Drug Administration]," said Jennifer Bass, director of communications for the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction in Bloomington, Ind. She added that she is concerned the promotion and advertisement of the technique may drive women to seek it out and ignore the potential health risks.
"This isn't a sex toy we're talking about here," she said. "I would hope that women take a different approach and have a sex toy party rather than one involving a medical procedure."
If there is any doubt that the procedure has its potential risks, one need only look at the consent form that all women must sign before having the procedure performed. The two-page document lists 68 risks associated with the procedure, ranging from "No effect at all" to "Scar formation" and "Sexual dysfunction."
But thus far, Matlock said, there have been no such injuries of which he is aware. Plus, he said, he only teaches the technique to trained gynecologists, plastic surgeons and urologists. And, he maintains, the simplicity of the procedure lends itself to safe results.
"First we numb the area with lidocaine using a very small needle that many patients don't even feel," he said. "Then we inject right under the mucosa in the area of the G spot with collagen to augment it."
And Matlock added that collagen injection into the vaginal area for medical purposes has been performed since the 1940s, mainly for the treatment of urinary incontinence.
But using the filler to pump up the G spot is a much newer indication. And a study that documents the safety and efficacy of the procedure has yet to appear in a peer-reviewed medical journal.