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'Designer Vagina' Fad: Doctors Caution Against It

08/09/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Surprise, surprise.

Australian doctors have raised concerns about clinics offering vaginal cosmetic surgery, warning the trend towards so-called "designer vaginas" may be exploiting vulnerable women.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said procedures being offered included "vaginal rejuvenation, revirgination, designer vaginoplasty and G-spot amplification".

"What is involved in these procedures is often unclear since recognised clinical nomenclature is not being used," it said in a position paper released this week.

The college labelled the procedures dangerous, expensive and unwarranted, and said it strongly discouraged surgery that was not backed by scientific evidence or clinical trials.

This news comes on the heels of a recently opened vagina spa in New York City:

The spa is essentially a gussied-up examination room down the hall from Dr. Romanzi's medical practice. At the spa, the signature treatment will be a $150 gynecological exam -- in which a client contracts her pelvic muscles around Dr. Romanzi's fingers -- to determine by feel whether muscle tone is weak, moderate or strong.

Dr. Romanzi likes to call the vaginal workouts she prescribes "personal training." Clients could also use an in-office electrostimulation machine to improve pelvic muscle tone or buy a device for home use. Dr. Romanzi said that such treatments are intended to improve bladder control; she said pelvic training may also lead to more intense orgasms.

Or read about the work of one West Hollywood vaginal plastician.

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