Do Not Risk Your Money, Health, or Life for “Better Sex”

April 20, 2013

in Sexuality

There’s a sucker born every minute, and the Internet sells them useless and dangerous sex enhancing products. (With apologies to P. T. Barnum and David Hannum)

Most people want better sex, and the Internet is awash with drugs, devices, and procedures promising to deliver better sex. Problem is most of these things are bogus, and some are dangerous.

Magic pills and shots! © Victor Habbick | freedigitalphotos.net

A big part of the problem is the FDA doesn’t regulate most of these items. Federal law prevents the FDA from regulating herbs and supplements the way they regulate drugs. Companies must prove drugs are safe before the FDA allows their sale, but supplements don’t have to be proven safe, nor do they have to prove they contain what they claim to contain. The FDA can only act if it can prove something is unsafe. Additionally, the law governing supplements says the makers can claim just about anything, so long as they don’t say the product can “treat, mitigate or cure a disease”. That means claiming a supplement will make your penis longer, or harder, or make you last longer is perfectly legal. Supplements can also claim to arouse women, make orgasm easy, or cause mind-blowing multiple orgasms. All those claims are legal, even if the product is nothing but sugar and sawdust. (The situation is different in other countries, both better and worse. Europe is far better, as are some Asian countries.)

Devices and procedures are much the same. Claims a device enlarges the penis need not be proven, and medical procedures claiming to make sex better for women don’t have to pass any testing.

I bring this up because I saw two stories about such things in one day recently:

FDA Warns of 3 Penis Pills – The FDA issued warnings about three pills claiming to be all herbal, but containing the prescription drugs found in Viagra® and or Cialis®. The pills may well help with erections (both for men who can’t get an erection and for those who want firmer erections) but they also have side effects. The pills could be particularly hazardous for men taking medications for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or high cholesterol as the combination could result in dangerously low blood pressure. This is just the most recent round of problem pills – the FDA has a growing number of product on it’ss webpage of Tainted Sexual Enhancement Products.

The O Shot is a procedure that takes a woman’s blood, runs it through a centrifuge to separate out the platelets, “activates the platelets”, then injects the resulting solution under the clitoris and into the upper wall of the vagina. There are a number of issues with this procedure. The primary injection site is the “O spot” which no one seemed to have heard about before now. The “science” behind this is based on the “vampire facelift” which has been proven by nothing more than claims and testimonials. Finally, there’s no research to back up the claims made by those who provide the O Shot. It does get rave reviews from some who have had it, but the placebo effect is huge for things like this. From what I’ve read there are no real dangers with this, assuming the tools used are properly cleaned, but at $1200 it’s a significant gamble.

The O Shot is the latest procedure that’s supposed to make sex better for a woman. Other things include:

  • The G-Shot, which injects collagen in the g-spot to make it larger.
  • Laser vaginal rejuvenation (yes, really).
  • Surgical rejuvenation of the genitals.
  • Surgical modifications – including removal of part of or the entire clitoral hood, and tightening the vagina.
  • Clitoral suction, which can permanently enlarge the clitoris.
  • Procedures to massage the reproductive organs from both the inside and the outside to “release” things stuck in the wrong place.

You can find women who swear by all of these. If you dig deep enough, you can also find women who swear about all of these. All would have a placebo effect, and some could make a woman feel better about her body, which could make sex better. However, many of these can’t be undone, and there’s the real if small, risk for sex will get worse. Additionally, there are risks of infection and scar tissue with any surgery, and both happen with these procedures.  

The bottom line here is you need to educate yourself well before using any product, device, or procedure claiming to make sex better. There’s not adequate oversight, regulation, or study of these things, so buyer beware needs to be your watch word. You might make sex better, but it’s more likely you will just waste money, and there’s the chance of doing real harm to yourself.

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2 comments
KathleenKeene
KathleenKeene

O.o  WHAT?!  Geez, I can't imagine! No thank you!  The only thing I would be interested in (for my husband) is foreskin restoration, which isn't invasive, it's nonsurgical, and just involves stretching what foreskin a man has left.  

TheGenerousHusband
TheGenerousHusband moderator

@KathleenKeene I can see doing that. I'd call it reconstruction, not modification. From what I've read it can be very effective, but it requires a good deal of dedication.

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