Designer vagina: Blacklisted!

Australian gynecologists are taking a stand against vaginal "rejuvenation."

Published August 1, 2008 3:40PM (EDT)

Fox News reports that designer vagina surgeries have been "blacklisted" down under -- as in Australia. (But, also, down under.) Gynecologists say they're seeing an uptick in the number of female patients with "scarring, infections and altered sexual sensations" from labial snips, vaginal tightening and collagen shots to the G spot. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued the following statement: "The college is particularly concerned that such surgery may exploit vulnerable women."

But it's important to note that all sorts of cosmetic surgery has the potential to "exploit vulnerable women" and men -- and, vulnerable or not, it is their choice. That's not to say I don't find it a very unfortunate choice, particularly when, in the case of designer vagina procedures, it's so often based on ignorance of the bodily variety outside of pornography. The focus here should be speaking out against these procedures' risks and questioning their actual benefits. Luckily, Dr. Ted Weaver, the college's women's health committee chairman, does just that. He told Fox that these cosmetic surgeries are "not very anatomically based and have the potential to cause serious harm." That's certainly something to consider before throwing down $10,000 for the apparently much-sought-after "slit-like" vagina.

By Tracy Clark-Flory

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