Richard Gaines, M.D., FAARM, ABAARM
A new study investigating the benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma treatments for sexual dysfunction in women has been published in the Journal of Women’s Health Care. The peer-reviewed study concludes that PRP shows promise in “the relief of sexual difficulties and in the reduction of levels of sexual distress”, and bears further study.
In PRP Therapy, a centrifuge is used to separate the white and red blood cells from the liquid portion of the blood, or plasma, and “super-charge” it with an increased number of platelets and growth factors, as much as 10 times the amount found in “ordinary” plasma. This “super-charged” plasma is then injected back into the patient to promote healing. Since PRP is made from your own blood, there is no risk of side effects.
According to the study, “investigators have studied the injection of various substances into the vaginal or periurethral areas for treatment of both urinary incontinence and sexual issues.” The problem has been, “finding a material that, when injected, produces the desired therapeutic effect without causing untoward side effects.”
There have been numerous studies proving the safety and effectiveness of PRP Therapy in other areas such as wound care, orthopedics, dental surgery and in a variety of cosmetic procedures, with no reports of serious side effects. PRP has been used for female sexual dysfunction in the increasingly popular O-shot. However, success reported has been largely anecdotal.
This is one of the first studies to take a serious look at PRP for sexual dysfunction in women. 64% of the women in the study showed improvement following the PRP treatments. The researchers conclude that “[our results indicate] female sexual dysfunction, manifested by decreases in sexual desire, arousal, lubrication and orgasmic responsiveness, may be treated with specifically directed injections of autologous Platelet Rich Plasma.”
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To read the full study, click here.