If a doctor said you could erupt like Mount Vesuvius in bed after a simple 10-minute procedure, would you have it? Even if it meant a needle in your vagina? By injecting the G-spot with hyaluronic acid - the stuff that makes celebrity trout pouts look weird - it's supposed to get bigger, easier to find, and more sensitive. The result: more powerful orgasms.
Women in the US are lining up for "G-spot amplification", and we've started giving it a go here, too. One Australian cosmetic surgeon claims G-spot amplification benefits 90 per cent of patients. But could it be too good to be true?
Before any needles go near anything, prospective patients have a 45-minute consultation with the doctor. "We talk about their attitudes and feelings towards sex," explains cosmetic surgeon Dr Les Blackstock, who performs around one G-spot amplification a month. "If the patient is in a good relationship and can have orgasms, she's a good candidate."
During the next appointment, at which a female assistant will be present, the patient's vulva is cleaned, and a speculum is used to open her vagina. A local anaesthetic is then administered, which stings for about three seconds. Next, a dermal filler containing hyaluronic acid is injected into the G-spot (wincing yet?).
The $800 procedure takes 10 to 15 minutes, and sex, saunas and high-intensity exercise are banned for the next 48 hours.The benefits can last anywhere from two to nine months, according to Blackstock.
Does it work?
In a pilot study, Blackstock found that 10 per cent of women felt no different after having a G-spot amplification, 15 per cent said it had a positive effect and 65 per cent had a significantly positive effect, while 10 per cent said the procedure rocked their world.
But the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists warns there's no evidence it's either safe or effective. A known side effect is urinary tract infection. Sex therapist Dr Vivienne Cass, author of The Elusive Orgasm, isn't a fan. "The G-spot is a protrusion of part of the clitoris," she says. "It's erectile tissue that swells when a woman is aroused." G-spot amplification is simply "imitating" that swelling. If the jab works, she argues, it's nothing more than a placebo effect. "If a woman believes she has a G-spot, and can have orgasms with it, she's going to feel more turned on." Surprisingly, Blackstock agrees with Cass's analysis. "Much of the benefit of G-spot amplification comes from the initial consultation, which helps women to understand their sexuality better," he says. Some find it gives them such a boost, they don't even come back for the shot.