Thoughts To Live By…


Posted on: February 20, 2009

Designer bags, designer jeans, designer gowns…and now — designer vaginas!? That’s right, ladies, designer vaginas are the hottest new plastic surgery trend.

Previously, when a woman was unhappy with her appearance, she simply had to grin and bear it. However, thanks to plastic surgery and the latest advances in medical science, a woman can now alter and “improve” almost every part of her body — including her vagina. Indeed, there are now many cosmetic procedures that can modify every aspect of a woman’s genitals.

Vaginal rejuvenation, a procedure in which a woman’s vaginal muscles are tightened, is usually performed on women who have experienced vaginal changes after giving birth. There is also labiaplasty, a procedure in which a woman’s labia can be reduced and restructured. Other vaginal surgeries include: G-spot amplification (a procedure in which collagen is injected into the G-spot in order to “plump up” this vaginal hot spot) and revirginization (a procedure in which a membrane is constructed across a woman’s vagina in order to re-create the illusion of virginity).

So what do ob/gyns and medical professionals think of these procedures? Many of them are wary of these vaginal “enhancements.” Here’s what the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists has to say: “These procedures are not medically indicated, and the safety and effectiveness of these procedures have not been documented.”

Indeed, like all medical procedures, these cosmetic surgeries come with a risk. Not only are they expensive, but women who undergo these types of vaginal surgeries risk infection, scarring, decreased sensation, and pain during intercourse. That is a hefty price to pay, particularly for a surgery which is not medically necessary!

In my own research, I have discovered the detrimental effects that poor genital self-image can have on a woman’s sex life.  Through a comprehensive survey performed at the Berman Center, I found that women who were unhappy with the appearance of their vaginas were also more likely to be unhappy with their sex lives and sexual functions. And while I wish every woman could love the appearance of her vagina, I am not sure that these risky and expensive vaginal procedures are a good idea for everyone.

The truth is that no two vaginas look alike. There is not one “perfect” vagina for women to emulate. All vaginas differ in size, coloring and structure, and that is completely healthy and normal. More importantly, there are many types of vaginal exercises, such as Kegels, which can strengthen and tighten the pelvic floor — no surgery required. In some situations, vaginal surgeries are necessary (such as in cases of car accidents or physical trauma), but in most cases there is no need for a woman to undergo such invasive procedures.

Women have always had complicated relationships with their vaginas. We worry about odor, pubic hair, labia, and menstruation. Some of us go to extreme lengths in attempt to “design” the perfect vagina. But the reality is this: Vaginas are already perfect. Don’t believe me? Ask the nearest man!

So you tell me, readers: What do you think about designer vaginas?

The Art of Intimacy
by Dr. Laura Berman a Yahoo! Health Expert for Sexual Health & STDs


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