A Berlin-based doctor is injecting women’s vaginas with hyaluronic acid, claiming it improves their sex lives increases the likelihood of having an orgasm. The procedure promises to enlarge a woman’s G spot (a part of the vagina most scientists suspect doesn’t actually exist) in order to increase the odds of it being stimulated during intercourse. It’s called a “g-shot”. And it’s a very, very bad idea.
“There are no data that support such injections improve orgasm in any way,” psychophysiologist and neuroscientist Nicole Prause, who is also the founder of a biotech company that studies the female orgasm, told Fatherly. Prause argues against the idea of a g-shot, popularized by a recent VICE article on Dr. Mark Wolter, who has been conducting the cosmetic procedure in Berlin since at least 2013.
The G spot, named after 19th century German gynecologist Ernst Gräfenberg, is thought to be an erogenous zone responsible for powerful orgasms and possible female ejaculation. While it has never been proven to even exist, much less cause orgasm (one review of 60 years of research on the topic couldn’t find it) it is thought to be about the size of a grape and located on the anterior vaginal wall.
“The scientific consensus is pretty strongly that there is not an anatomical G spot,” Prause says. “So I have no idea what area [Wolter] thinks he is injecting.
According to board-certified plastic surgeon Joshua Zuckerman, Wolter is likely injecting a hyaluronic acid dermal filler like Juvederm under the mucus layer of the vagina, along its front wall. Zuckerman also notes that hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring component of in the body, and “generally considered safe to inject,” he told Fatherly. When used for other cosmetic procedures, the acid shots need to be re-administered every two years because the body breaks down the acid over time.
The dubious existence of the G spot and the temporary nature of the injection notwithstanding, Wolter says women rave about the therapy. “Almost all of my patients tell me that their sex lives got better after the shot, so the question of whether or not the G spot exists is irrelevant to me,” Wolter told VICE.
put undue pressure on women to orgasm, and make them feel exceedingly inadequate when even science can’t get them off. This is bound to make sex an unpleasant experience.
“The provider is suggesting that the therapy is effective therefore, when they fail, something is atypical or wrong with her,” Prause says. “I would be very concerned about such clinicians.”