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MSP Q&A: The G Shot for the G Spot – does it work?

Question: Does the G Shot procedure work? Answer: Unfortunately, we have no scientifically published safety or effectiveness data on the so-called “G shot” (that I have seen, anyway). The G Shot involves an injection of collagen into the anterior (front) wall of the vagina, at or around the area described as the “g spot”. While some marketing sites for the g shot suggest that it is “FDA approved”, that is and is not true. Continue Reading →

Sexy Fonts for the Penis and Vagina


When I was in high school, a boy in my class once delivered a typed note to my mailbox inviting me to watch a movie with him. Not only that, but he later admitted to spending more than an hour carefully choosing which font to use in his note – time that my best friend and I couldn’t imagine spending on selecting computer font. Of course, we were far too busy spending multiple hours dissecting every little thing that boys we liked (or didn’t like) said or did, including why someone would ever spend so much time choosing a font. And yet, font sometimes does matter. For reasons unknown to me, today I wondered which fonts were sexiest. Continue Reading →

Bleeding during or after intercourse: Vaginal tears and other problems

Sex Crisis #2: You Get a Sex Cut

Last week we explored what to do when a condom breaks during sex. This week, I want to make sure you know how to handle sex cuts (such as tears from vaginal sex or anal sex), as they happen to many women and men at one point or another. In case you’re wondering what the heck a sex cut is, it’s a cut or tear that happens during sex. Given that vaginal intercourse is one of the most common sex acts, it’s perhaps no surprise that many sex cuts occur during vaginal sex. However, they can also happen during anal sex, fingering (of the vagina or anus) or toy play. Continue Reading →

For crying out loud, they’re called the labia majora!! (aka Down with the Cuchini)

Today I caught a glimpse of the brazilliant iPhone panty prototypes featured on Gizmodo with the “slide to unlock” imagery (click the above link if you are not an iPhone user or otherwise don’t get it). (Btw, I would TOTALLY wear these).  

The post was later followed by one about the Cuchini , a product that apparently aims to “smooth the ridges of a woman’s mons pubis”. Except, um, Ms. Cuchini Inventress (they are said to be invented by women), they are called labia majora – as in, outer vaginal lips. That’s where women have texture and get the so-called camel toe from – not from the mons pubis. In fact, a Cuchini would likely only enhance the appearance of the mons pubis which otherwise lays flat or slightly curved in somewhat line with a woman’s abdomen. Not only that, but some women actually pay big bucks to further flatten their mons pubis via a removal of fat (which is an entirely different story for another day, lovely readers). Continue Reading →

MSP Q&A: How to use a tampon

Recently on Yahoo Questions, a young woman had a question about how to use tampons. She was using one with an applicator but finding it difficult to get it in right, as it kept feeling as though she had to pee (she thought that perhaps she was pressing it against her bladder by accident). Here is my response:

It can feel tricky to put a tampon in the first few times. With practice, it often gets much easier. Many young women find it helpful to look at the information sheet that comes inside boxes of tampons. Continue Reading →

Botox treatment for Vaginismus: Is it safe? Does it work?

Recently the use of Botox for vaginismus has been a hot topic in some circles. Vaginismus is a condition that is sometimes described as uncontrollable muscle spasms that prevent women from being able to comfortably have vaginal intercourse or, sometimes, other forms of vaginal penetration including tampon use and gyn exams. (A difficulty with this description, however, is that vaginal spasms have not been found to be the most effective diagnostic predictors of vaginismus, and controversy continues to swirl around how vaginismus is similar to or different from other vaginal pain disorders.)

But on to Botox and what it has to do with vaginismus, since most people think of Botox as being used for cosmetic purposes as a facial injection. In fact, Botox has been used in many “off-label” ways – for example, research has shown that some healthcare providers have used it to effectively treat sweat gland disorders in the underarm and genital areas. It’s also been used to treat certain types of urge incontinence (peeing when one doesn’t intend to pee). One of these off-label (read: not FDA approved) uses of Botox has been to treat vaginismus. Continue Reading →

Surgery down where? Cosmetic surgery on women’s vaginas and vulvas


In recent years, cosmetic surgery on women’s genitals has been increasingly marketed and made available by doctors around the world. These include a vaginal tightening procedure and labiaplasty (a procedure used to reduce the size of the labia minora/inner vaginal lips). A difficult thing about these procedures is that there are very little published data about them. If you want cosmetic surgery on your nose, breasts, stomach or thighs you can information about safety and effectiveness. Not so much with the female genital cosmetic surgeries which has prompted critical pieces in SELF magazine, The New York Times (in 2004 and 2007), and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. Continue Reading →

Designer vagina surgeries for tighter vaginas, smaller labia and more

Check news stands for the recent issue of SELF magazine in which I, along with a few folks, discuss the controversies around “designer vagina” cosmetic surgeries. As you may know, laser vaginal rejuvenation is an increasingly common (but still relatively rare) surgery intended to reduce the size of the vagina, thus helping women to potentially feel more sensation during sex. Labia minora reduction (also called labiaplasty) is intended to reduce the size of the labia minora via the use of lasers. As little research has been conducted on these surgeries, if you are considering having either done, I would strongly encourage you to make an appointment with a trained healthcare provider (such as a gynecologist or plastic surgeon) who has done a large number of these surgeries, and is willing to provide you with references. Also, if you are considering them, check in with your own healthcare provider for his or her thoughts on how these surgeries may or may not be beneficial for you as again, we lack good long-term safety data on the surgeries at the moment. Continue Reading →