Cosmetic surgery to "rejuvenate" the vagina has been blacklisted by Australian gynecologists who say more women are being injured by the dangerous procedures than being helped by it.
The country's sexual health specialists say women are having the operations to change the external appearance of the vagina or, less commonly, to narrow the vagina or "amplify'' the G-spot.
So the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has issued a statement on the trend, labelling it dangerous, expensive and unwarranted: "The college is particularly concerned that such surgery may exploit vulnerable women.
"We feel these operations might prey on people with insecurities and fears who actually need psychological help. They are also not very anatomically-based and have the potential to cause serious harm."
Operations can cost at least $10,000 and there's concern that women seeking the operation do not realize there is huge variation in how women's external genitalia look says Dr. Ted Weaver, chairman of the college's women's health committee.
"In one case we heard of a man bringing in a Brazilian pornographic photo and saying: `Make my girlfriend look like this'," says Weaver. "We don't think it is ethical behavior to agree to do that."
He says G-spot augmentation, where collagen is injected into the vaginal wall to enhance sexual pleasure, is also controversial since "it is often not clear where the G-spot is or if it even exists at all in some women."