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Placebo effect?

Journalist undergoes O-Shot to test whether it really improves women’s orgasms

By WITW Staff on September 24, 2016

Journalist Kathleen Hale traveled all the way to Alabama to investigate the O-Shot, a non-surgical treatment aimed at helping improve orgasms in women, and ultimately decided to undergo the procedure herself in order to verify whether the procedure really worked.

Dr. Charles Runels had experimented by injecting blood into his own penis, a procedure he said led to bigger and stronger erections. Seven years ago, he said his lover approached him demanding that he perform the procedure on her clitoris as a Valentine’s Day present. The results, Runels said, were explosive. “The next afternoon, she came to see me and her orgasms came more quickly — very strong, ejaculatory orgasms,” Runels confided. “The passion, the under, the sounds that she was making … That’s when I thought: I should try this on my patients.”

More than 20,000 women have since undergone the procedure, and Runels, famous for sensational sounding procedures known as the vampire facelift and vampire breast lift, said he estimated an 85 percent success rate. Amongst those in the mainstream medical community, however, there are significant doubts about whether the benefits that women have reported amount to more than a placebo effect. The O-Shot does not have FDA approval, and, according to Dr. Jennifer Gunter, an OB/GYN and writer on female sexuality, it was incredibly unethical for Runels to have performed the untested procedure on a partner. “To get something approved by the FDA is a very low bar,” noted Gunter. “You basically have to prove you didn’t kill 20 people.”

In the end, Hale decided to test the efficacy of the procedure for herself — and the results she discovered were surprising.

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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