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May 16, 2005

Cosmetic Gynecology.

Cosmetic Gynecology, or why you should not read your referral logs too closely. Stars and Garters is a blog that runs the "Recently Updated Blogs" feed from Typepad. Something of mine turned up on it, someone there clicked and it turned up in my logs. So I wander through the system backwards to see what is there.

A photo of a billboard offering Cosmetic gynecology. Umm, what’s that?  I can imagine reconstructive surgery (what midwives over here have called "the husband’s stitch" for generations is a very minor example) but looking at the site it appears to be much more than this (or less, depending upon your viewpoint). Have a look at the services offered which include reconstruction of the hymen and other oddities.

I think we might have found the answer to one of the great puzzles of the age, why the US spends so much on health care. All that’s left, I guess, is to wonder who would be in charge of pushing such services onto the NHS approved list? Would it be the Minister for Women or the as yet non-existent Minister for Men?

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I saw a great documentary on designer vaginas when I was still living in the UK. Interesting stuff.

Posted by: Tim Newman | May 16, 2005 11:42:25 AM

Actually, Tim, as you would know had you read Bliss magazine in the early 90's (falling down on the ministry of men mandate there...) hymen reconstruction is big business for girls who come from families that place a high value on being a virgin at marriage, but still want to have a little teenage fun. Especially prevalent among first generation (ie the one born in the new country) immigrants, especially muslims.

Tim adds: Errr, early 90s? Um, I was living in Russia where such things were not really worried about. I was involved in importing papers and magazines but I don’t recall Bliss being on the list. Although one piece of trivia is that Julian Manyon insisted on getting the Sunday Sport.

Posted by: Katie | May 16, 2005 11:43:26 AM

Victorian prostitutes used to stitch up their bits and pieces too to appear virginal. You could make more money that way as clients didn't want to get syphillis. Also as we know from eBay there's still a high value put on taking someone's cherry.

Posted by: Monjo | May 16, 2005 12:52:59 PM

Apparently the minister for women isn't getting paid for this role, in the time honoured tradition of 'women's work'. I heartily agree with the idea of an unpaid men's minister to help men deal with their issues, whatever they are, as I'd love to know.

Posted by: mrs mcmuffin | May 16, 2005 6:13:55 PM

...oh dear, I suppose I should have read all your posts before commenting. It seems you've answered all my questions.

Posted by: mrs mcmuffin | May 16, 2005 6:19:10 PM

mmm? No one has commented on Abo men's initiations in Oz where the guys get surgery to make it fatter.
A man's issue I guess.
Getting your forskin whacked seems like only a small detail in comparison.

Posted by: dilbert dogbert | May 16, 2005 9:26:38 PM

Hi Tim,

I know what you mean about checking referral logs. I saw your link and wanted to drop in on your blog to see what people are saying about Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation, Laser Reduction Labioplasty and Hymenoplasty.

I’m the only female board-certified ob-gyn in the U.S. trained in those procedures and have been doing them for over two years. Unfortunately, many women who see me have been told by their doctors there’s nothing that can be done to resolve their concerns. A woman’s body can change significantly after having kids and because of that many suffer with incontinence problems and don’t enjoy sex like they used to. LVR really helps in those areas.

For women with large or uneven labia minora, they are interested in labioplasty because it can be uncomfortable, even painful, while others may just want a “prettier look.”

And I’ve found there are actually 3 groups of women interested in hymenoplasty (recreating the intact hymen): 1) women who must be certified virgins before getting married and may face being ostracized by their family or even death; 2) women who were raped or abused and had their virginity taken from them unwillingly and now want to give it willingly to a partner of their choice; 3) women who simply want to give their significant other that “virgin-again” experience.

There’s a lot of information on my site. Also, I’ll be on Dr. Drew’s new show, “Strictly Sex,” on July 13 on Discovery Health with some patients who have gone through the procedures. So anyone who’s interested, I hope you’ll check it out.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to post to your blog.

Dr. Troy Robbin Hailparn
Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Institute of San Antonio

Posted by: Dr. Troy Robbin Hailparn | Jun 25, 2005 5:12:27 AM