Better Sex for Women?
A Lift Down Under: Worth It? continued...
"Surgery should be the last resort," says Alan Wabrek,
MD, PhD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Syracuse University in New
York, who also ran a sexual counseling program at Hartford Hospital in
Connecticut for 20 years. "If one person or the other is unhappy with a
sexual relationship, it's frankly rare that something surgical is going to
All types of surgery has its risks, he adds, and any claims
otherwise are untrue. Inevitable scarring, for instance, can leave the treated
area -- especially the genitals -- very tender and painful.
Wabrek recommends discussing the sexual dilemma first with your
partner, noting that perhaps she may have thought he was disappointed with her
performance in bed when he really wasn't.
If that doesn't work, he suggests Kegel exercises, which are
scientifically proven to help women increase muscle tone, and to become more
aware of the sensations coming from her vagina.
Cindy Pearson, executive director of the National Women's
Health Network, agrees with Wabrek, calling marketing claims for better, more
sexually sensitive vaginas "a bunch of baloney."
Although Pearson is all for bestowing more attention on women's
sexual needs and desires, she says she would prefer to see less invasive and
less dangerous methods. She likens some vaginal surgery to the archaic
practices of removing ladies' lower ribs to reduce waistline sizes, and having
women wear rings around their necks to make them look longer. She says society
has always had an official-sounding explanation for the reshaping of women's
Pearson, however, is not totally opposed to vaginal enhancement
procedures, saying that it may work for some women who have a medical condition
that could be relieved through surgery.
Yet she says "We [at the National Women's Health Network]
always warn people--when they're thinking of trying something where the benefit
is not well-proven--that no side effect or complication is worth it."
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology has no
official position on the subject. Neither do the American Medical Women's
Association and the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and