A new wonder drug that boosts women's low sex drive is now available in Nairobi. Labelled G-Shot, it works like magic on a woman's sipping libido, as Dr Pranav Pancholi explains to HAROLD AYODO
Urban women are now spending Sh80,000 for a single medical injection to improve their sex drives. The effects of the injection lasts for four months, meaning it will cost Sh320,000 to maintain increased arousal for a year. And women in the United States are spending up to Sh480,000 annually for similar bedroom effects.
Dr Pranav Pancholi, a medic who administers the injection called the ‘G-Shot’ in Nairobi, says it works wonders on women. Woman’s Instinct caught up with him in his private clinic on the third floor of the up-market Yaya Centre. Dr Pranav Pancholi the man behind the G-Shot.
Dr Pranav Pancholi the man behind the G-Shot.
As the only expert who offers the injection in East Africa, Dr Pancholi says the doctor-patient confidentiality forbids him from discussing identities of his clients.
"G-shot is a form of human collagen injected into the vaginal tissues where the Grafenburg spot (popularly known as the G-spot) is located," Dr Pancholi explains.
For starters, the Grafenburg spot is named after German gynaecologist Ernst Grafenburg who discovered it during the 1950s.
"The G-spot is small and because of its location, is hard to reach. But once located and stimulated, it leads to sexual arousal and powerful orgasms," Dr Pancholi says.
Normally, urban women have used collagen for plumping lips or reducing wrinkles on their faces but using the same to increase sexual satisfaction is new.
‘I got my groove back’
The G-Shot is the brainchild of gynaecologist David Matlock and grew out of a medical procedure mainly done for women who are incontinent.
Hannah Mutiso, 32, admits to using the modern technique that is a recent breakthrough in the US says it works.
"It really helped me get my groove back. We heard about it from friends in the US but never thought it would be available locally," she says.
Hannah, who works in a corporate firm, says she discussed with her husband before they resolved to give it a try.
"My initial fear was that it could either backfire or have adverse side effects. Three months down the line, I have no regrets," she says.
According to Hannah, G-Shot has of late been a topic of discussion during their chama (merry-go-round) meetings.
"Women talk about several products in the market that directly affect them and the G-Shot is one of the hottest topics today," she says. Lawyer Chris Sankara Sociologist Dr Agnes Zani
Lawyer Chris Sankara
Sociologist Dr Agnes Zani
For Timothy Simiyu, 35, the injection turned around their marital bed after what he terms three years of ‘searching’.
"My wife and I appreciate the G-Shot. It is working. We were introduced by a couple who subscribed last month," Timothy says.
According to online medical journals, 87 per cent of women surveyed after receiving the G-Shot reported enhanced sexual arousal and gratification in the US. However, the research shows that the results vary as the procedure is only for normally sexually functioning women.
Reproductive health experts say a low libido is more common in women compared to men. Menopause, pregnancy, pain during intercourse, illness, obesity, drugs and alcohol are among common causes of low sex drives in women.
More vaginal orgasms
Others include relationship issues, psychological factors and sexual abuse — a traumatic experience that may lead to fear and avoidance of sexual experiences.
And doctors in the US say slightly over 43 per cent of women have dipping sex drives but can be helped by expert medical or psychosexual advice.
In Kenya, Dr Pancholi says it is also works for most women who lost their sex drive after undergoing Female Genital Mutilation.
According to Dr Pancholi, the procedure that lasts less than ten minutes involves local anaesthesia in the vagina.
The collagen is then injected into the G-spot which is located behind the pubic bone, which is hard to reach.
"G-shot increases the two-centimetre-sized spot. It gets to almost a quarter inch closer to the vaginal wall, causing faster and longer sexual arousal," he says.
Experts say the theory is simple — a larger G-spot gives your partner a larger target to hit, which theoretically equals more vaginal orgasms.
Sexologists concur that, like with any medical procedure, there are possible side effects, ranging from minor bleeding to the sensation of always being aroused.
Dr Pancholi says the new injection would answer debate among scientists over the existence of the G spot as some dismiss it as an urban myth.
"It requires an expert to offer the injection as it is medicine and risks would be involved," he says.
Dr Pancholi says he counsels either couples or women who request for the service before embarking on the simple medical procedure.
However, the injection might remain a preserve of the rich because it is costly. Low income earning women — like in Western Kenya — rely on Mondia Whytei (mukhovero) — a plant that is said to boost the sex drive.
In the US, the medical breakthrough has made Dr Justin Salerno of California popular for giving the injections.
Dr Salerno became a hero in the media, which editorialised him for his ability to give women collagen injections in places some men fail to find.
Back home, sociologists say the use of technology to improve sex drives is an emerging trend in women.
The University of Nairobi lecturer and consultant sociologist Dr Agnes Zani says enhancers were traditionally a preserve of men, but are now being embraced as an option for women too.
"Society is undergoing a transformation that has lead women to adapt. Consider the packed daily diary that leaves women so low on energy by the time they get home. Multi-tasking as a mother, wife and a career woman who goes for her Masters classes in the evening is no mean fit," she says.
According to Dr Zani, majority of women may be out to improve on their sex drives so they can please their sexually-domineering men.
She argues that relationships are not based on sexual pleasure alone but some men may indirectly push women to enhancers.
"A man naturally feels like a stud when he leaves a woman satisfied after a love-making session," Dr Zani says.
She says that some women may resort to ‘artificial’ means of sexual satisfaction because some relationships are incompatible.
"Granted, relationships are not all about sex, but intimacy. However, there are some spouses who lack the natural chemistry," Dr Zani obsreves.
According to the consultant sociologist, research shows that majority of women could be losing their sex drives over other assorted reasons.
"Eating habits, leisure and health are among the major reasons attributed to low libido in our women," Dr Zani says.
As debate rages on the pros and cons of the G-Shot, lawyers argue that it is not an offence, if procured professionally.
Chris Sankara, an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, says registered doctors who offer medication to help with this predicament are within the law.
Not for small girls
"Doctors are professionals under oath. They are within the law to offer prescriptions to patients as required, because they follow a code of ethics," Sankara says.
However, the law would be against doctors who prescribe the G-Shot to girls below the age of 18 years, who, Sankara says, are considered minors before the law. They lack capacity to consent.
The advocate says that the same principle would apply should a woman who is over 18 years old be injected without her consent.
"Doctors generally take their patients through the effects of medication and signatures needed in case of surgeries. I expect that the same applies with this procedure," Sankara says.