Vaginal rejuvenation, a procedure that enhances sexual gratification by using a laser to repair vaginal tissue damaged during pregnancy, is increasing in popularity, according to the Washington Post.

According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the procedure was administered too 800 patients in 2005. However, the figure is considered low because many of the physicians who perform the procedures are gynecologists, which the plastic surgeons’ society does not track, the Post reports.

Some surgeons say there is also an increase in the number of hymenoplasties, a procedure that restores the hymen—the membrane that covers the vagina prior to first intercourse.

According to the Post, there is no evidence that the procedures are safe or effective. Some physicians even say they can foster or create insecurity while doing little to treat the underlying causes of female sexual dissatisfaction.

[www.medicalnewstoday.com, March 8, 2008]