A procedure you do not, repeat, do not want

With this issue being all about style, you may appreciate some tips from someone you wouldn’t normally hear from – an OB/GYN. Yes, there are many ways a woman can feel more stylish and attractive. While of course, the best way is to realize you’re beautiful on the inside, there are certainly some external ways to improve how you feel about your looks. Those things could be a pair of earrings, a swipe of mascara, some highlights, or perhaps a pair of jeans that fit just right. We all have something that makes us feel just a little more sexy and beautiful.

Sometimes, though, we think we need more. We see ads, read articles, and hear from friends about a special cream, a magical undergarment, or new procedure that can make us feel even younger-looking, thinner-looking and more attractive. Some may work, some may waste money, and many will do a bit of both. However, there is one new trend that is never in style – and that is vaginal rejuvenation.

Say what? Perhaps you haven’t seen this latest wave in cosmetic surgery in the news or magazines yet, but it is coming. Vaginal rejuvenation is a surgical process that tightens the muscle tone of the vagina in an attempt to beautify it or bring it back to the state it was in prior to delivering a baby.

Ladies, have we gone mad? Have we become so obsessed with youth and perfect bodies that we would go so far as to laser or “tighten” our vagina in an effort to make them prettier?

Let me start with the facts. Vaginal rejuvenation will not improve your sex life. There is nothing about vaginal rejuvenation that will improve sensation – either for you or your partner. And, if your partner is concerned about the look of your vagina, it’s time to take a deeper look at your relationship.

While this procedure will not improve your sex life, there is a chance it can diminish it. In fact, some risks from this surgery include decreased clitoral and genital sensation and complications including nerve damage, painful intercourse, infection, tissue adhesions and painful scarring.

In addition to the risks, there are also the costs – which are not covered by insurance. Women can expect to pay anywhere between $5,000 and $12,000 for this type of cosmetic surgery. Think about the personal trainer or yoga classes you could buy with that. The recovery takes a few weeks – during which you could be missing work, hitting your wallet even more.

And for what? To improve the look of your vagina? As a doctor who spends most of her days looking at vaginas, I can tell you, you have nothing to worry about.

That said, there are some surgeries for your vagina that are important and worthwhile; however, they are all medically necessary. Women who suffer pain from sex, during certain sports or other activities may need surgery to alleviate the discomfort. There are options if you are in pain, have trouble using the bathroom or difficulty during sex. By all means, don’t be afraid to speak up if you experience those symptoms.

However, if you’re looking for a facelift for your vagina to improve your self-esteem or your sex life, I would suggest you look elsewhere. Vaginal rejuvenation is not the answer you need.

My advice would be to do some kegal exercises every day or investigate a Pilates class (strengthens the pelvic floor) and spend that extra money on something else. Evidence suggests that women have higher rates of satisfaction with their sex lives when they spend time actually engaging with their partner. So consider spending your money on a nice dinner out or a weekend away. You may find that’s just the spark you’re looking for – no surgery required.

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