Coming soon: a spa for your vagina

via New York Times

I don’t believe I’ve yet stated my position on the cosmetogynecology being marketed to women these days (hymen reconstruction, labiaplasties, G-spot injections, etc.).  Long story short: it’s a fucked up, multi-billion dollar male-dominated industry that preys on women’s insecurities and keeps furthering the goal posts to that ever-elusive standard of female perfection.

But just when you think it couldn’t get any lower (no pun intended), the NY Times is reporting (in it’s Fashion & Style section, no less) a new pelvic fitness spa for women.  As in, “Get in shape from the inside out!” I’m swear I’m not making this shit up.

Dr. Lauri Romanzi, a gynecologist who performs pelvic reconstruction surgery, said she came up with the idea for the spa one day while walking by an outlet of BriteSmile, the tooth-whitening chain. She liked that the stores cater to people with healthy teeth…

The spa is essentially a gussied-up examination room down the hall from Dr. Romanzi’s medical practice. At the spa, the signature treatment will be a $150 gynecological exam — in which a client contracts her pelvic muscles around Dr. Romanzi’s fingers — to determine by feel whether muscle tone is weak, moderate or strong.

Dr. Romanzi likes to call the vaginal workouts she prescribes “personal training.” Clients could also use an in-office electrostimulation machine to improve pelvic muscle tone or buy a device for home use. Dr. Romanzi said that such treatments are intended to improve bladder control; she said pelvic training may also lead to more intense orgasms. […]

“If you can vote and you have a vagina, you should do these,” she said. “It’s the dental floss of feminine fitness.” […]

Dr. Romanzi said the pelvic fitness concept is based more on her clinical experience than on rigorous medical evidence. The spa will also offer cosmetic laser treatments intended to tighten the skin of the vulva in post-menopausal women.

The outer layer can become almost scrotal, very wrinkly and lax,” Dr. Romanzi said. [emphasis mine]

Because God forbid your vulva wrinkles as you age.  And did she really have to go there with the menopause=manliness “scrotum” insinuation?  Christ!  These “doctors” who get rich preying off (and creating) women’s insecurities are such assholes. 

[S]ome doctors scoff at the notion of pelvic fitness, which is not a medical term.

There are no medical standards for determining what constitutes normal “fitness” or how to evaluate it, said Dr. Abbey B. Berenson, a gynecologist who directs the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

“If this is being recommended to women who have no symptoms, then there are no medical organizations or literature that support that that is necessary,” Dr. Berenson said.

With the ubiquity of pornography, the pelvis had already become a marketable area for modification, ranging from the Brazilian bikini wax to genital surgery referred to as vaginal “rejuvenation.” … The advent of the pelvic spa, however, takes body fixation to a new level, furthering the idea that there is no female body part that cannot be tightened, plumped, trimmed or pruned. […]

But there is no evidence to suggest that a young woman who starts doing Kegel exercises will decrease her chances of pelvic problems later in life, (said Dr. Erin E. Tracy, a gynecologist who is an assistant professor in obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at the Harvard Medical School.}

The thought of paying $150 to do Kegels on this woman’s fingers makes my skin crawl.  I’ll keep my wrinkly and lax skin as is, thankyouverymuch. 

Whatever happened to the good ol’ days when women went to the gyno for actual health stuff like pap smears and birth control?

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2 Responses to Coming soon: a spa for your vagina

  1. Yumerica says:

    What a great article! What a schlocky industry you are exposing–thank you. Yes, woman and girls, yet another area of your bodies to justifiably feel insecure about. You thought you were OK down there, but no. You might be the victim of vaginal laxity. Yup. “You better not bring that saggy thing to your man in the bedroom,” the ads might say if they dared, “lest you fail to satisfy with your non-Kegelicious cave.” Did I just say that? Now I have a five-year-old girl. And I do NOT want her to walk by a place like that in the mall and say, “Mama, what’s the place for?” “Well, honey, that’s for women who don’t feel good about their twinkies. It’s where they go to get twinkie manicures.” UGHHHH!!!

  2. Tumerica says:

    Love your blog, BTW. Thank you.

    Tumerica

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