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British physician questions safety, effectiveness of cosmetic vaginal surgery

Article-British physician questions safety, effectiveness of cosmetic vaginal surgery

Montreal - A British physician and academician has voiced concern over the increase in cosmetic vaginal surgery procedures, reports news source Medical News Today.

Speaking at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 7th International Scientific Meeting, held here recently, Linda Cardozo, M.D., professor of urogynaecology at London's King's College, said medical literature does not support media and physicians' claims that cosmetic vaginal surgery is always safe and effective.

According to Medical News Today, Dr. Cardozo notes that scientific literature deals mostly with correction of birth defects or intersex conditions, not cosmetic surgery performed for aesthetic reasons. She says that apart from testimonials from "satisfied clients," there is very little scientific evidence to support claims that cosmetic vaginal surgery "restores normal anatomical relationships" or "enhances sexual gratification."

Indeed, Dr. Cardoza says that some literature on reconstructive pelvic surgery suggests that repeated vaginal surgery increases the risks of scarring, loss of sensation and decreased sexual function.

Dr. Cardozo suggests that women considering cosmetic vaginal surgery as a way to restore sexual dysfunction should consider less invasive options, such as psychosexual counseling and physiotherapy for the pelvic floor.

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