According to an American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) press release, the so-called vaginal surgical procedures, an aesthetic group of surgical procedures, have not been assessed in regard to their efficiency and safety. This is the reason why the ACOG is warning against the performance of these cosmetic vaginal procedures.
A scientific opinion has been published in the most recent issue of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology (September 2007) with respect to cosmetic vaginal procedures also known as “vaginal rejuvenation,” “designer vaginoplasty,” “revirgination,” and “G-spot amplification” procedures. These procedures are not medically prescribed and their safety have not been proven by the ACOG or any other medical body and/or association.
The ACOG goes over, and call these procedures deceptive since it is deceptive, in the AOGC opinion, to give the impression that any of these procedures are accepted and are routine surgical practices. Many women are being lured into believing that these procedures can enhance their “genital appearance and sexual gratification.”
Women considering such procedures should get all the information possible and make informed decisions about them. Little is known about potential complications of cosmetic vaginal procedures, such as infection, altered sensation, dyspareunia (pain), adhesions, and scarring.
The ACOG is also expressing an interesting issue in their scientific opinion in regard with these so-called cosmetic surgical procedures. They are concerned with the ethical issues associated with the marketing and national franchising of cosmetic vaginal procedures.
A situation in which these procedures are being kept from medical scrutiny is highly risky since it is not possible to assess the effectiveness and safety of a surgical procedure that is being kept secret by patents or protected by law or business contracts. There is a need for these procedures to come out to light to see and assess if there are appropriate or not and if they are safe or not.
Abbey B. Berenson, MD, a member of ACOG’s Committee on Gynecologic Practice who participated in the AOGC opinion on Cosmetic Vaginal surgical procedures believes that “It is imperative that studies on these procedures be conducted and published in peer-reviewed publications so that the evidence and clinical outcomes can be reviewed…Until that time, the absence of data supporting the safety and efficacy of these procedures makes their recommendation untenable.”
If you are considering such Cosmetic Vaginal Procedures ask your doctor about it and consider all available information with respect to them. Information is readily available from medical personnel. A complete medical assessment is needed if you are considering any of these new Cosmetic Vaginal Procedures.
ACOG Advises Against Cosmetic Vaginal Procedures Due to Lack
of Safety and Efficacy Data. Press Release. URL: http://www.acog.org/from_home/publications/press_releases/nr09-01-07-1.cfm
ACOG Committee Opinion No. 378: Vaginal “Rejuvenation” and Cosmetic Vaginal Procedures. Obstet. Gynecol., Sep 2007; 110: 737 – 738.