G Shot Parties



ABC News and the NY Times’ T Magazine fashion section both published articles about "g shot parties" this week which, if you work in the world of media, you might think "so I suppose the people who throw g shot parties sent out a press release not so long ago?" How else to explain such a coincidence of two  major news outlets running stories about something that is not actually a trend or a hot topic among nearly anyone. Most cities in the US do NOT offer g shot parties. In fact, quite a lot of you are probably wondering what in the world a "g shot" even is. 

The g shot is essentially a shot of collagen injected by a trained gynecologist, plastic surgeon or other medical professional. It is injected into the front wall of the vagina, in the area that some describe as the g spot and others simply call "the anterior wall of the vagina" (anterior meaning "front"). The doctor who invented the g shot frequently reports that most women have had a positive experience with the shot. However, there has not been one objective, scientific research study on the g shot so, as scientists, we cannot say whether the shot helps women, hurts women, puts them at risk, makes their sex life better (or worse) or even what the true range of risks might be (the release/consent form apparently lists scar tissue and sexual dysfunction among them). When women and men ask me if the g shots work, then, my answer is "we don’t know." I would love to be involved with such a research study because I think that women patients deserve to have scientific information available to them that will help them make their decision about any medical procedure… alas, no such research study exists yet.

Read the ABC News article here and the NY Times T Magazine article here.

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About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.