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Vulvovaginal surgery is being carried out without evidence of safety or benefits, gynaecologists say

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 16 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1684
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    Aggressive marketing by private clinics in the United Kingdom and United States and media coverage have led to growing numbers of women asking for cosmetic genital procedures, a new report says.

    But many such procedures are being carried out without adequate evidence of either safety or psychosocial benefits, say the authors (Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine, doi:10.1016/j.ogrm.2008.07.008).

    “There are very significant gaps in our understanding of these types of procedures. Given the political and ethical controversy, the onus remains on the surgeons who perform such surgery …

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