At a recent OB/GYN conference
, an expert spoke out against the rise in cosmetic vaginal surgery. Professor Linda Cardozo, of King's College Hospital, London, says that ads and media coverage have increased the demand for these procedures and that not enough studies have been done regarding their safety.
Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale University, says she's seen a surge in requests for such cosmetic operations. "When I examine them, there is no medical need," she says. (She refuses to do these types of operations.) She says Brazillian waxes, which leave everything exposed, and the mainstream-ization of porn have contributed to the fixation on this body part's appearance. Click here to read about six types of surgeries currently being performed on the down-there.
There are now about six different ways for women to voluntarily allow scalpel and lady parts to meet. Here is a handy cheat sheet to help you learn your way around some of the cringe-worthy terms.
Also known as vaginoplasty, this procedure tightens the vaginal muscles that can lose elasticity after numerous childbirths. Earlier this year, a newly single Roseanne Barr admitted to having the surgery in April, saying, "Now I have a va-junior. And I'm not afraid to use it."
: Like a lip plumper for your G-spot -- a collagen injection supposedly makes the area more sensitive and pleasure-prone. For about $1,800 you get four months of amplified G-spot fun.
: Same as G-spot amplification, but for your clitoris. Hymenoplasty
: Also called "revirginization," it restores the hymen. Has long been performed on women who want to appear virginal, often for cultural reasons, but has been repositioned as a hot anniversary gift for your hubby. Labiaplasty
: Originally used to trim an over-sized labia, which can cause discomfort during sex or in clothing, this cuts excessive or over-sized labias to make them smaller and/or more even.
Clitoral Hood Reduction:
In just 30 minutes, for $1,850, your clitoris can be nearly hood-free, making it "appear more appealing to the eye." Our question: To whose
As if worrying about positions that hide your cellulite or bedhead isn't enough, are women really supposed to be self-conscious about the actual shape of their intimate anatomy?
Could these things help a woman's sex life or self-esteem, or are they just inventions of a few money-hungry clinics?