Women's bodies may be built for childbirth, but, as you well know if you've experienced it, the process certainly takes its toll. For this reason plastic surgeons have seen an uptick in the so-called "mommy makeover" over the years, with women yearning to get as close to their pre-baby body as possible. Furthermore, vaginal rejuvenation treatments have been publicized as a way to to help repair things down there, because why only address what's on the inside?
If you're considering one of these treatments (there are many devices on the market touting the benefits of vaginal rejuvenation), know that that U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) isn't buying what they're selling. In fact, the FDA is so concerned it issued a warning that these procedures can be so dangerous and counterproductive that they can lead to vaginal burns, scarring, pain during sexual intercourse, and recurring or chronic pain.
Does that sound "rejuvenating" at all? Not really.
Currently companies are touting the procedure as a way to cure vaginal dryness, pain , and "laxity" (looseness, if you will), but in reality these devices have been approved to treat only a certain number of conditions, and those aren't them. For the record, according to Live Science, these gadgets are approved for addressing pre-cancerous lesions in the cervix.
To emphasize it's concern over rejuvenation procedures, the FDA sent warning letters to seven companies who make and promote these devices. Specifically, the administration is concerned about the wording used in marketing campaigns, citing it as inappropriate.
"The deceptive marketing of unproven treatments may not only cause injuries but may also keep some patients from accessing appropriate, recognized therapies to treat severe medical conditions," FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb says.
If you have any concerns about the current state of your lady parts, the best option is to consult with a trusted gynecologist who can run through various treatments that are both safe and actually effective. Nothing is worth putting your health and well-being at risk, not to mention how costly these procedures are without providing real benefits. While exercises that strengthen the pelvic floor may not sound as glossy and simple as a laser procedure, if they get the job done without further pain and anguish, it's worth the effort.
At the end of the day our bodies are powerhouses in all shapes and sizes, and don't let anyone or anything tell you otherwise.