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FDA Warns Against Vaginal Rejuvenation Procedures

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Following an uptick in interest

Vaginal rejuvenation is a thing, but maybe it shouldn’t be—the FDA recently released a warning against these types of procedures, as reported by Teen Vogue. The procedures, which claim to "tighten" the inside and outside of the vagina, often use energy-based gadgets to achieve this desired effect. And, unsurprisingly, the FDA isn't too keen on people taking lasers to their private parts, especially for cosmetic purposes.

In a Safety Communication addressing patients who may be interested in getting a procedure, as well as doctors who may be performing them, they defined vaginal rejuvenation as non-surgical procedures used to treat symptoms like "vaginal laxity, vaginal atrophy, dryness, or itching, pain during sexual intercourse, pain during urination, and decreased sexual sensation.” There has recently been an uptick in interest for treating these symptoms by using devices such as lasers or radiofrequency, which is the practice that they warn against.

These energy-based devices are not approved by the FDA, as explicitly stated in the communication. "We are aware that certain device manufacturers may be marketing their energy-based medical device for vaginal 'rejuvenation' and/or cosmetic vaginal procedures,” the statement says. “The safety and effectiveness of energy-based medical devices to perform these procedures has not been established.”

Further, the statement also warns of potential side effects and reactions that could come as a result of these treatments, including "vaginal burns, scarring, pain during sexual intercourse, and recurring/chronic pain," all of which, if you ask me, sound so much worse than the symptoms people are looking to cure with these procedures.

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Delevingne shared why they chose now

Last week, Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson officially confirmed the rumor that they're dating, with Delevingne posting an Instagram video of the two of them kissing. Now, in a new interview, she revealed why they confirmed the rumors. Basically, it was in celebration of Pride.

In the interview with E! News at the TrevorLIVE Gala, Delevingne was asked why the pair chose this moment to take their relationship public, and she answered: "Because it is Pride, it's been 50 years since Stonewall happened, and I don't know... It's been just about our one year anniversary so, why not?"

Why not, indeed? Delevingne also said that the kissing video was "just a little something," which makes sense. After all, the couple were recently spotted lugging around a kinky sex bench, so some simple kissing must feel pretty elementary.

At the Gala, Delevingne shouted out Benson during her speech too, though not by name. "I also have another very special woman in this room to thank and you know who you are," she said. "She's one of the people who help me love myself when I needed it most and I really needed it. She showed me what real love is and how to accept it, which is a lot harder than I thought." I'm swooning.

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