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Vaginal Rejuvenation Is a Popular Procedure but Lacks Medical Legitimacy

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  • 77.5% of survey respondents said that they thought vaginal rejuvenation was a surgery or a procedure
  • The procedure most commonly mentioned by respondents was the use of a vaginal laser, which has never received FDA approval for treatment of menopause symptoms, urinary incontinence or sexual function
  • Ajay Singla, MD, said that while there are some established procedures that have the effect of tightening the vagina, there is no medical legitimacy to vaginal laser procedures

Vaginal rejuvenation is a confusing concept for patients and physicians, according to Medscape. It encompasses various vaginal procedures, and people have mixed interpretations of what it really entails.

The results of a survey about vaginal rejuvenation were presented at the American Urological Association 2019 Annual Meeting in Chicago. Out of 40 respondents, 77.5% said that they thought vaginal rejuvenation was a surgery or procedure. The remaining 32.5% of respondents thought that it was a nonprocedural treatment. The procedure most commonly mentioned by respondents was the use of vaginal laser.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has never approved vaginal laser procedures to treat symptoms of menopause, urinary incontinence or sexual function. Ajay Singla, MD, urologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, told Medscape that the vaginal laser procedure is a gimmick and has no science in it.

He also said that while he has offered to tighten a patulous vagina while doing another procedure, he does not use laser technology, and he has to explain this to patients who ask about vaginal rejuvenation.

There are some procedures, including perineoplasty and perineorrhaphy, that have the effect of tightening the vagina, he said. Unlike vaginal laser procedures, however, those procedures are well established.

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