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Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery—Is it Safe, Effective? Latest Evidence Reviewed in Journal of Women’s Health
New Rochelle, NY, July 22, 2010—Cosmetic surgical procedures to “fix,” reduce, or augment female genitalia are increasing in popularity, but there are growing concerns related to the safety, efficacy, promotion, and claims of success associated with these procedures. A comprehensive review of the medical evidence and of the issues related to female genital cosmetic surgery is presented in the current issue of Journal of Women’s Health, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The article is available free online.
Virginia Braun, PhD, from The University of Auckland, New Zealand, reviewed the medical literature available on the range of procedures that fall under the description female genital cosmetic surgery (FGCS)—including vaginal rejuvenation, labia augmentation or reduction, pubic liposuction, and G-spot amplification—and concludes that “the evidence that currently exists is of questionable quality.” Braun states that “FGCS currently should be classified as a set of procedures not clinically indicated and without an evidence base to support their efficacy.” She presents her findings in the article entitled, “Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery: A Critical Review of Current Knowledge and Contemporary Debates.”
In contrast to the “extensive and often overwhelmingly positive media coverage about this cluster of genital procedures,” position statements against FGCS have been issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG). The ongoing debate over the purpose and outcomes of FGCS is broader than its medical implications and also takes into account ethical, psychological, and sociocultural issues.
“The practice and promotion of these procedures require intensive scrutiny with regard to safety, efficacy, and impact on women’s psychological and sexual health and well-being,” says Susan G. Kornstein, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Women’s Health, and Executive Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Women’s Health, Richmond, VA.