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Skip navigation! Story from Sex. Almost half of all women are concerned about the appearance of theirs, according to a survey by Refinery29 UK, and of those, about a third were specifically worried about the color. Both labiaplasty cosmetic surgery to shorten the labia and labia lightening procedures involving laser treatments or bleaching creams are on the rise. However, experts say these treatments are unnecessary and, in fact, can be dangerous. This natural flora helps to protect the vagina and disrupting it could lead to irritation, inflammation, and infections, such as bacterial vaginosis or thrush. Women should know that every one is unique, and that variation in appearance is normal in the vast majority of cases. Research confirms this. Sexual function does not appear to be associated with genital dimensions. Basically, the vulvas we see in porn and other media aren't reflective of the wide variety of ones that exist in the real world.
A post from a popular beauty blog is under fire for its recommendation of "DIY hacks" to lighten the vagina. The post was initially published April 7 on Huda Beauty, the website of beauty blogger and makeup artist Huda Kattan , who currently boasts more than 25 million Instagram followers. The post made headlines this past week when it was reported on by UK publication The Independent.
In early , Huda Kattan wrote a blog post on her site that baffled a lot of her fans. The backlash was swift and effective; the post was subsequently deleted. Still, the treatment is being performed more and more in doctors' offices and medical spas, so it nevertheless seems this controversial topic is still on many minds. Refinery29's U. To get to the bottom of the processes and risks that vaginal lightening actually entails, as well as the body-shaming sentiments that some feel these treatments stem from, we spoke to a few medical experts. A Google search of "laser vaginal lightening" brings up the websites for medical clinics across the country that offer the service, including in major cities like Miami, Phoenix, and San Francisco. Called "intimate area lightening" by some and "vaginal bleaching" by others, these practices — often run by plastic surgeons, dermatologists, or gynecologists — promise to "remove genital discoloration" after just a few chemical or laser treatments.