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Accidental Orgasms Offer New Hope for Many Women

Women's Sexual Health

A serendipitous discovery from a novel method designed originally for treating back pain offers new hope for many women who suffer from sexual dysfunction. This discovery is labeled as “accidental orgasms” by a researcher who discovered that when electrodes are implanted along a specific region of the spine, as many as 4 out of 5 women experience an unexpected orgasm when an external electrical generator powering the electrodes is turned on.

This report was recently released both online and in print in the July 2014 sex issue of The Scientist magazine. According to Stuart Meloy, an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist who made the discovery, the original finding dates back to 1999 while testing electrode placement on one patient, who “let out a noise between a shriek and a moan,” followed by a “You’re going to have to teach my husband how to do that,” from the patient after recovering from her artificially induced orgasm.

Dr. Meloy’s accidental orgasm finding has since been supported by further research on his part that was published in the journal Neuromodulation in a clinical trial involving women who suffer from one of two types of sexual dysfunction: secondary anorgasmia where a woman has experienced at least one orgasm sometime in her life but is currently unable to have one; and, primary anorgasmia where a woman has never been able to reach an orgasm at all.

What the clinical trial revealed was that more than 80 percent of the women tested with secondary anorgasmia were able to achieve an orgasm with the electrode implants. However, those with primary anorgasmia did not have inducible orgasms.

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The significance of this discovery cannot be overstated as sexual dysfunction in women is an under-recognized health issue that affects up to an estimated 12 to 43 percent of women who are typically limited to treatment that consists of only hormone therapy and/or psychological counseling.

The biggest hurdles to seeing Dr. Meloy’s discovery coming to the rescue of many women is the need for FDA approval as a medical device, and investor funding for further research and development into an affordable product.

Currently, the electrode generator alone costs between $23,000 and $25,000 and is not covered by insurance companies. Dr. Meloy estimates that about $6 million is needed in order to bring the device to market.

While working on FDA approval and seeking financial backing, Dr. Meloy is currently continuing his research and running his pain-management practice with hope that in the next six months he will find out if an NIH grant will come through to support his second phase clinical trials. Thus far, for those patients who can afford it, Dr. Meloy has provided this experimental treatment for approximately 30 women with an orgasmic dysfunction condition.

For more about having an accidental orgasm, take a look at Dr. Oz's top 5 embarrassing medical conditions.

Image Source: Courtesy of The Scientist

Reference: The Scientist July 2014 issue