setembro 13, 2007

Medicine News- ACOG Advises Against "Vaginal Rejuvenation" Procedure

Vaginal cosmetic surgeries such as "vaginal rejuvenation" or "designer vaginoplasty" have not been proven safe or effective, warns the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Obstetrics & Gynecology.
The surgeries — purported to enhance sexual gratification and genital appearance altered by childbirth and aging — are growing in popularity, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Some of these cosmetic procedures are variations of surgeries for recognized medical conditions, including pelvic prolapse, vaginal relaxation with symptoms, female circumcision, and treatment for labial hypertrophy or asymmetrical labial growth. However, patients undergoing the cosmetic versions should be aware of possible complications: infection, altered sensation, pain, adhesions, and scarring.
Abbey B. Berenson, a member of ACOG's Committee on Gynecologic Practice, says, "An honest discussion about the wide variation in the appearance of normal genitalia could reassure women who are insecure about the look of their own genitalia."
ACOG statement (Free)
Obstetrics & Gynecology article (Subscription required)
Wall Street Journal story (Free)

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