Vaginal Rejuvenation Awareness Day? Seriously?

by MomGrind

plastic surgery 250The email was titled “Vaginal Rejuvenation Awareness Day–You’re Invited!”

Inside the email, Vanessa politely explained that I have been chosen to participate in this “important discussion” becuase I’m a mommy blogger, and as we all know, moms endure childbirth and so have vaginas that no longer function properly and apparently need surgery to be restored back to their youthful tightness.

Vaginal Rejuvenation surgery is generally offered as an elective, cosmetic procedure, feeding on women’s fears and insecurities about their bodies, but Vanessa says this is not just about beautifying our private parts, but about treating serious medical issues. Specifically, she mentions two medical issues that vaginal rejuvenation supposedly solves: bladder or rectal prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.

I immediately consulted my trusted online sources for medical info and looked into her claims. Will you be shocked if I tell you that according to the Mayo Clinic website, the treatment for rectal prolapse has nothing to do with “veginal rejuvenation?” According to WebMD, a prolapsed bladder can be treated in various ways, and only if severe it requires surgery. Again, NOT vaginal rejuvenation surgery. The same is true for stress urinary incontinence.

I could be wrong, but I will venture a wild guess here that unlike “Vaginal Rejuvenation” procedures, these treatments do not make your vagina look like the vagina of a 12 year old.

Make no mistake: vaginal rejuvenation is about making your vagina “pretty” and tight. It is a completely unnecessary procedure that can lead to serious problems, including infection, scarring, incontinence, loss of sensation and painful sexual intercourse.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists warns against cosmetic vaginoplasty and other so-called vaginal rejuvenation procedures. If you suffer from a real medical issue following childbirth, go see your doctor and see what can be done to remedy the situation. But if you are active and healthy and doing your Kegel exercises daily and don’t suffer from any issues, stay away from these scammers and leave your vagina alone. It is perfect, just the way it is.

Loved this comment: “It sounds so shocking when we first hear about it but then we remember breast augmentation has been around for a while and think, huh, they’re cousins. Can you imagine the amount of money that goes to things like this instead of eliminating debts, feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, etc?” Belinda Munoz, The Halfway Point.

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