Sexual Revolution: Reclaiming Vaginal Health
LLNYC & VSPOT
This medical spa says injections and laser treatments are the key to vaginal health — and a better sex life.
Honey pot, vajayjay, lady garden. We’ve got a lot of names for vaginas, but when it comes to their happiness and well-being, we tend to clam up, so to speak.
At the VSpot Medispa at 960 Park Avenue, laser hair-removal guru Cindy Barshop (of “The Real Housewives of New York” fame) — and her all-female team of experts — is making it her mission to change that, one vagina at a time.
Opened in 2015, and with a second location newly launched at 741 Madison Avenue in February, the spa’s purpose is simple: to enhance women’s vaginal health and sex lives.
“I’ve found a lot of women don’t orgasm, or have the inability to orgasm during intercourse,” said Barshop. “It’s old fashioned to think, ‘Oh it’s in your head.’ It’s not in your head. It’s something that’s very simple and can be fixed and we should be doing it.”
The spa offers a variety of nonsurgical services, such as the V-Steam, which uses a combination of herbs and steam to cleanse and tone the cervix, uterus and vaginal tissues. There’s also the V-Plump, a process that injects fillers and your own blood plasma into the labia majora to rejuvenate and stimulate it.
“These are the women who are taking control of their life and their bodies.” —Cindy Barshop, VSpot Medispa
“The FemiLift treats all the things that are natural that every woman goes through,” explained Barshop. The FDA-approved FemiLift laser stimulates collagen and elastin production, which increase lubrication and elasticity of the vaginal walls, improving sensation. A package of three treatments costs $2,950.
Then there’s the O-Shot, in which platelet-rich plasma is injected right into your most precious parts. Designed to enhance sexual pleasure, the procedure is simple, if a little daunting. First, blood is drawn from the patient’s arm, and then it’s spun down to concentrate the plasma.
“[The plasma] regenerates soft tissue, so it helps to stimulate our stem cells to create new blood vessels, new nerves and new collagen,” said Dr. Carolyn Delucia, one of VSpot’s three resident gynecologists. That plasma is then injected into the patient’s clitoris and the anterior vaginal wall — right around the elusive G-spot. Both areas have, of course, been numbed, reportedly making the procedure painless.
“It doesn’t hurt, there’s no pain and there’s no down time,” said Barshop. “[It] absolutely takes orgasms to the next level.” The O-Shot will set you back $2,500 for a single treatment.
Women’s vaginal health and well-being, said Delucia, is both misrepresented and underrepresented, but the VSpot and the treatments it offers give women a platform to talk openly and ultimately feel better about themselves.
“I think women are stronger now, and millennials are more open,” Barshop added. “But I also believe it’s because the technology is here and that’s why people are talking about it, because we do have something to talk about.”
Beyond their openness and desire for a happy vagina, Barshop’s clients have another thing in common — in addition to their gender: “I’d say that these are kind of the superstars of their field,” said Barshop. “And the reason I say that is because these are the women who are taking control of their life and their bodies.”