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Injections of blood plasma directly into your clitoris will not give you better orgasms. Recent reports about the Orgasm shot – or 'O-shot' have suggested the procedure is backed up by science, but this is not the case.

According to the official O-shot website, the treatment works because if you transfer platelet rich blood plasma from another part of the body and inject it into the clitoris, the stem cells in it make it grow "younger tissue". You can read the full explanation below:

Biopsy studies show that when platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is injected, then stem cells multiply and grow new younger tissue. In the same way PRP regenerates the skin of the face, it appears PRP regenerates healthy vaginal tissue. So, using this same technology, the O-Shot procedure works by using PRP to stimulate stem cells to grow healthier vaginal tissue.

NB the link to 'biopsy studies' goes to this...

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A list of research which O-shot claims backs up the procedure can be found here. The first, which was authored by the founder of O-shot Charles Runels, was a pilot study of 11 women. It concluded that it "could" help to treat female sexual dysfunction, but added: "Improvement in satisfaction and pain were noted, but were not statistically significant." Some of the other studies listed have nothing to do with sexual pleasure.

Gaining traction over recent years, the procedure has bubbled up into mainstream media earlier this week after SheKnows writer Lisa Fogarty wrote about her experience at V-Spot. The New York-based vagina-spa, founded by Cindy Barshop of The Real Housewives of New York, offers the 20-minute treatment for around $2,500 (£1,900).

Some anecdotal reports say it helps improve orgasms – and keeps doing so for up to a year. But asserting that the procedure can be backed up by science is nonsense.

Dr Naomi Crouch, spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), told IBTimes UK: "Difficulty having an orgasm can be caused by a number of physical or psychological issues including not being stimulated sufficiently, worrying about sexual performance, mood disorders such as depression, problems with physical health, a lack of knowledge or fear of sex, a previous traumatic sexual experience, problems in the relationship or the menopause.

"There is no proven evidence or research studies to suggest that injecting a woman's blood into her clitoris, would improve her chances of having an orgasm.

"If you're unable to have an orgasm, see your GP or go to a genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic. They will be able to check for any physical reasons that may be causing the problem, and may refer you for psychosexual counselling if there are no obvious physical issues."

From clitoris injections and cervical steaming to herbal balls you put up your vagina, more products are being created to make female genitals 'better'. However, most (all) have no scientific backing and some could be downright dangerous. To read something sensible on vaginas, click here.