Let's face it, the thought of post-baby sex doesn't always sound glorious—it can even sound outright scary if you've just given birth. Turns out, a trip to the spa just might be the solution to those after-birth Os.
After you give birth, but before you're cleared to work out and, well, have sex, you are pretty much in post-baby body limbo. You start asking yourself: Will sex hurt? How has my body changed? Am I going to enjoy it again? Then you get cleared for liftoff and sometimes things just aren't the same. For those who find sex painful, want to get the ultimate orgasm back, or just need a little tightening—a trip to the spa might be all you need.
One New York City spa is offering treatments for post-pregnancy women to help get their sex life back on track. Dubbed the O-Shot and Femmilift, these (admittedly pricey) procedures promise to be painless and are undertaken by an in-house doctor.
The O-Shot takes platelet rich plasma (PRP) extracted from the patient's blood and injects it back into the clitoris and vagina while under a local anesthesia. The procedure says it helps the big "O" feel much more scream-worthy, and also assists with incontinence problems that many women face postpartum. PRP isn't a new concept; it's been used for many years to help orthopedists resolve joint pains, as it stimulates young cell growth, heals, and rejuvenates. This treatment reaches its maximum effect three months after the procedure, works up to a year, but costs a solid $1,900 per treatment.
The Femmilift focuses on tightening. It's a painless, five-minute procedure that uses a CO2 laser to tighten the vagina. It can be done in conjunction with the O-Shot, but must be completed in a series of three treatments, one month apart, and costs an eye-watering $1,200 per treatment. (You can get a discount for purchasing the treatments together.)
"First and foremost, these procedures are in no way to downplay women's health, and sometimes a doctor is needed to see if there is a bigger issue," says George Liakeas, M.D., the husband of spa owner Nicole Contos and the internist who performs the treatments. "But, these hormone-free treatments have women so pleased, that it's impacting their post-baby sex life in a very big way."
Being a longtime women's health advocate, Contos set out to create an experience for her clients to help their libidos and make sex fun again. "Things aren't always perfect when it comes to sex and it's common for postpartum women to have a low libido or suffer discomfort from vaginal dryness. And it's not a topic people talk about a lot. It's now becoming more acceptable than ever to discuss sexual health and how to counter the difficulties of sex after baby."
If you feel that a treatment like this could be something for you, the obvious thing to ponder is its safety. Chandra Adams, board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and owner of Full Circle Women's Care of Jacksonville, Fla., weighs in on this growing trend: "Because of the lack of research on their efficacy, they should be treated as cosmetic, without promise of results, and women should be counseled about the risks as if having any surgery—including bleeding, infection, damage to surrounding tissues, not improving the problem, and possibly making the problem worse. Like any surgery, the risks are dependent upon the extent of the procedure being performed and the skill and training of the performing physician, and may be worth taking for women who could benefit from the procedure."
There is something appealing about making an appointment at your local spa to turn your sex life back around, here's hoping it actually works.