Deb Di blasi, the Clinical Director of Regenerative Cell Therapy of GA was recently interviewed by Jacqlyn Charles on the Women are Worthy Show.
Below are highlights from the interview:
Jackie: What is the OMG Shot?
Deb: The OMG shot is designed to wake up your “lady parts” that are down there that may have gone into hibernation, so to speak. If your OMG isn’t as exciting as you’d like it to be, then that’s where we can help tremendously.
Jackie: OK so when you say go into hibernation, are you talking about women who cannot have an orgasm? I want to talk about this because normally we talk about the warm and fuzzy things, but we also have to understand that there are women that are out there that are not having intimate relationships with their significant other. It’s damaging relationships. We need to talk about women who are having issues. What made you want to to talk about this?
Deb: It’s my personal story, which is that those “lady parts” stopped working for me decades ago and it was after pregnancy, after deliveries. It got worse and worse. When I was young prior to that, everything was in tip top shape and worked great. But those deliveries and hormonal issues got to the point where I wasn’t really feeling anything down there, which was really sad. I kind of gave up on that part of my life for quite some time, which was wrong and didn’t know there was an option for so when we delved into this in regenerative medicine and found there is something that can be done, I was the first one to get on board and say – ok so before I can promote this in any way I need to know if it works because I am the poster child for that and it worked.
Jackie: I want women to be comfortable and I want people to understand that this is something that can ruin your life because if you’re in a relationship with someone and you’re not showing intimacy with your significant other, I don’t want women to think that they can’t talk about it, that it’s embarrassing and I commend you for coming out and sharing your story.
So when did you realize that you had a problem, because we want to understand the symptoms so can you walk us through that please?
Deb: I was in my early 30’s. I had already had two children and I don’t know if it was just exhaustion and it just wasn’t feeling good anymore. I mean my husband was very interested in having sex. It just didn’t feel like much of anything to me and so there wasn’t a whole lot of “oh yeah let’s go ahead” and be together that way so I was holding back a little bit because it just didn’t feel great. I justified by thinking – okay I’m just a busy mom. But that’s not the truth because my children grew up and it was still a problem and it got worse hormonally.
Jackie: Did you have anyone that you could talk to when you found out what it was or were you in that space where it was embarrassing?
Deb: I would not speak to anybody about it and that’s why when talking about this, this is about as far out of the box that I could possibly be to talk about it. I was very conservative, wouldn’t talk to anybody about it. My husband clearly knew, but really no one and it caused a struggle between us for sure. But then when I learned about the possibility of this procedure, my first initiative was to take care of the lady leaking that became significantly difficult for me. I was comfortable enough to say okay, I don’t want to leak anymore. I don’t want to wear diapers, I don’t want to have accidents. I want to be able to jump and laugh and enjoy my life without having those embarrassing times. That’s where I felt okay to speak about that, but then the other side of it is that it really does rejuvenate the sensitivity that I had lost tremendously and just the lubrication, the interest, it all turned around for me after that procedure. I actually saw a definite hormonal change in me even though I was not using any kind of hormonal supplements or anything because I am past menopause.
Jackie: You said something that I’m not familiar with. What’s the lady leaking?
Deb: It’s called urinary incontinence. If I had one of my magazines, you will see “Depends” and all these pads and lady diapers with frilly things on them and flowers and women. It starts often with women in their 30s, they start having signs of this leaking if you laugh or you cough. When I laughed so hard tears would run down my legs and that kind of thing starts in the 30s and progresses. About 40% of women in their 40s, 50% of women in their 50s and it goes up from there. It is a big deal and when there’s more commercials on tv and in magazines for helping ladies who leak more than baby diapers – it’s a big deal right.
Jackie: Can you tell us a little bit about this procedure and how did you find out about it?
Deb: Yes, i would do my wifely duty because it was important to him, but it was basically like a lot of women feel, it’s just another job because they’re not enjoying it. I knew that it was causing problems in our relationship and it was making him feel bad. It was making me feel bad so I said when we first we got into regenerative medicine to take care of orthopedic problems so people who have joint problems and knees that are falling apart before they get knee replacement surgery, that’s when we would intervene and rejuvenate and restore those joints and that was the first thing that we were doing in regenerative medicine.
Jackie: So you’re telling me this procedure also helps anything with ortho and things like that, is that what you’re saying?
Deb: This procedure does not. This procedure is strictly in the lady parts, however we do treat people for osteoarthritis in the knees, torn meniscus, that type of thing in the knees, shoulder problems, any kind of joints. We use exosomes, which is the purest form of stem cells and they actually restore and repair the problems in the joints. But the other part of regenerative medicine is the restoration of the lady parts and there are procedures for gentlemen as well.
I’m a lady who had problems with my lady parts and so I didn’t know how I was going to have the conversation with patients. I was more comfortable for some reason about urinary incontinence because I was seeing diapers everywhere and so I felt more comfortable talking to women about that and that’s what I led with for about a year. I then realized there’s a lot of problems with women sexually. I know it made a huge difference in my life and that I’d have to be brave enough to have the conversation with women. It can just make a huge difference, whether it’s feeling good about yourself just personally, your strength versus as well as your problems in your relationship. Intimacy is a big deal when it’s not exciting anymore.
Jackie: Who does the surgery regarding the lady parts – is it a female or a male?
Deb: We will have the option of both. A lot of women are very comfortable with gentlemen. We’ve gone to gynecologists forever that were men, but I know that there are women who also really appreciate having a female take care of them so that’s the other option for us.
Jackie: Okay so with the OMG shot, which is the lady part procedure, can you talk a little bit more about what that entails? What is the recovery time? Is it similar to vaginal rejuvenation?
Deb: Well vaginal rejuvenation is a vague term and there are very different procedures that can bring that about and the OMG shot is in that realm of rejuvenating the tissue. We use platelet PRP, which is platelet rich plasma that comes from your own blood. The procedure is that we do a blood draw and we put the blood into a special tube to spin out the blood cells and get rid of the blood cells because we want the plasma. The plasma has all the healing factors and that’s what we inject up into your lady parts after you’re thoroughly numbed. The thought of having injections up in there could be a little scary, but honestly it is very comfortable. I tell ladies to be careful when you get into your car to drive home so that you’re not sitting on anything sharp because you wouldn’t know the difference. There really isn’t any recovery time. We just say no sexual activity for you for just a couple of days because you did puncture the body and we just want to keep it clean and let it heal. But really two days is fine and then after that it’s play time.
Jackie: So basically you had your procedure and let me guess, it was an OMG experience after you healed.
Deb: Oh yes because it was so long that I hadn’t had that feeling. It was like I was almost not aware of what was happening. It was like something is happening again that was very unfamiliar at this point which was really interesting so it definitely helps and now I notice that during the night sometimes.
Jackie: So let’s talk about the ortho side. Speaking of the orthopedic side, I’ve met some people who had hip replacement, knee replacement and the recovery was hell. It was hellacious. I have one where there’s an infection. I think it was a hip surgery that’s infected now. I don’t know how, but there’s an infection. So can you talk about the pros of coming to you and what do you guys treat?
Deb: The most common thing that we do treat are knees, we just break down things constantly, whether it’s playing sports or just getting older. Osteoarthritis is just breaking down the cartilage in the knees. I don’t know how many times I speak to people and they say that the doctors told them that they they are bone on bone and I’m not quite ready for knee replacement surgery, he’s not wanting to do that yet. I say that’s perfect because we don’t want you to have that done.
I actually spent about an hour with a woman today who had a knee replacement on one leg and she said the doctor’s saying the other one is bone on bone. The doctor wants to do the other surgery and she’s in terrible pain with the knee that has been replaced, which is awful. I said yeah we need to get to you prior to you doing
that other knee because your cartilage can heal your tissue and you could get back to your normal function because there are way too many scary stories when you replace these joints. You’re not supposed to have that kind of metal in your body. It’s just not healthy and here she had the surgery, went through the rehab, and she’s in constant pain and there’s nothing really to be done except the doctors are suggesting she get on heavy duty pain meds. That’s not a good life.
Jackie: How long after the OMG Shot does it take to heal?
Deb: It’s just a couple of days. It doesn’t hurt and you might stain a tiny bit for a day, but typically you don’t. It’s just an injection. It’s not like a big cut, it’s not like any stitches or anything like that. The tiny prick just needs to be completely closed. Two days is plenty. There’s no rehab, there’s no other down time. For me, I stopped leaking that same night which was amazing to me because I was getting up to go to the bathroom two and three times a night to urinate, if I got to the bathroom on time.
Jackie: Does it go through the muscle or is it just the tissue when they are doing the injection?
Deb: There’s a numbing injection and then there’s 2 PRP platelet rich plasma injections. One is up through the vagina, kind of like on the belly button side because that’s where the urethra comes through so you want to build that tissue up. There’s sensitive tissue there also, so we want that to be rejuvenated with the PRP, which has a lot of growth factors. The other part of the injection is right along the clitoris because that’s the sensitive area. Different women respond differently. Some women feel the sexual thing right away. For my, my lady parts were so numb for so long that it took me probably a month before things really started changing. But that same night I stopped leaking. I was able to laugh, sneeze, I was able to jump without any “oopses”. Because of the leaking, it was tremendous for me to actually get a full night’s sleep again and waking up refreshed in the morning.
Jackie: How long ago did you have your procedure?
Deb: About a year and a half
Jackie: You’re writing a book! What’s your book about?
Deb: What I learned during the process of what I’ve been going through and learning more and more about women and how many women are really struggling. I learned more about the idea that women don’t necessarily even feel that sex is important in their life. They understand it’s usually important for the husband and more and more how important it is for us physiologically to not just have sex, but have orgasms because of the hormones that it turns on and the circulation that it turns on. A lot of it is hormones, the feel good hormones or things to help against depression.
I’m collecting more information for my book and I want to collect my own personal information with the research so if any ladies are in a committed relationship and are willing to anonymously answer questions for me that would be fantastic to include more real time data in my book. The survey is very confidential and you don’t have to worry about anyone knowing who you are.
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