An influential physicians group is expected to warn today against so-called vaginal rejuvenation and other cosmetic procedures, saying the methods are unproven and potentially risky, and that medical claims about results are exaggerated. Doctors who perform the procedures say the opinion from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is overly cautious. They say the procedures are safe and that more women are requesting such surgeries, having seen TV shows and magazines featuring them. The E!
Campaigners are urging the government to outlaw "virginity repair" surgery. Many Muslim women risk being outcast, or in extreme cases killed, if their spouses or families discover they have had sex before marriage. And some are opting for a medical procedure in which doctors restore a layer of membrane at the entrance to the vagina. But there are concerns a ban would increase the dangers to Muslim women by driving the procedure underground. Guidelines from the General Medical Council GMC state a patient's consent to undergo a procedure should come into question if it is suspected of being "given under pressure or duress exerted by another person". After coming to the UK in to study, the woman, now 26, had met a man and they had moved in together. But when her father had found out about their relationship, he had demanded she return to Morocco, where he had taken her to a clinic for a "virginity test" and discovered her hymen was no longer intact.
A cosmetic surgeon has shed light on the physical and mental trauma that leads women to undergo labiaplasty. The procedure rose tenfold between and However, Christopher Inglefield, a plastic and cosmetic surgeon at the London Bridge clinic stressed that the women on whom he operates experience great phsyical discomfort. Around two women a week — the majority of whom are in their twenties or thirties - visit Mr Inglefield for labiaplasty consultations. Only three patients in the past ten years have visited him because they dislike the appearance of their labia, he said.
Energy-based devices - commonly radiofrequency or laser - that have received FDA clearance for general gynecologic tool indications, including, but not limited to, the destruction of abnormal or pre-cancerous cervical or vaginal tissue and condylomas genital warts. To alert patients and health care providers that the use of energy-based devices to perform vaginal "rejuvenation," cosmetic vaginal procedures, or non-surgical vaginal procedures to treat symptoms related to menopause, urinary incontinence, or sexual function may be associated with serious adverse events. The safety and effectiveness of energy-based devices for treatment of these conditions has not been established. The safety and effectiveness of energy-based medical devices to perform these procedures has not been established.